Great Walks editor gives our Karijini tour the thumbs up!

Jan 11, 2024

Swimming with whale sharks might not sound like something you’d do on a walking holiday but Life’s An Adventure’s 7-day Karijini National Park and Ningaloo Reef pack-free guided walk is no ordinary walking holiday.

It’s a full immersive experience. From the spectacular red gorges and spinifex rangelands of the Pilbara through to the vibrant, turquoise waters and rich reefs of the Indian Ocean, this tour takes in some of the most remarkable scenery in Western Australia.

We asked Great Walks editor Brent McKean, who was a guest on this tour last August, what his favourite parts of the tour were.

“Where do I start?!” Brent told us. “This tour has been om my bucket list for a few years and Covid delayed my departure by a couple of years but the wait was worth it!”

“Now, one of the things I love about this trip is if you do the north-south tour, the climax is swimming with the whale sharks but if you do the south-north tour, like ours, you start with the whale sharks and end the trip with Karijini National Park’s dramatic gorges to explore. It’s win-win!”

“Of course any tour is only as good as the guides who take you around. And without a doubt guides Glen and Janaya are some of the best in the industry. They were helpful, informative and very approachable.”

“Glen’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the area’s geology was first-rate and he didn’t bombard us with heavy concepts and theories. He drip-fed us digestible bits of info where and when it was appropriate.”

“Some of the walks took some of the guests out of their comfort zones so with two guides there was an option for anyone to turn around halfway through a walk or opt out of a walk and do something else if they wanted to.”

“The food… oh my god the food! From the first day at Exmouth where I ate my body weight in prawns to the last night where I had delicious steak washed down with a tasty Magaret River pinot my stomach was very happy!”

“And with all the physical activities during the day – swimming in waterholes, explore gorges, climbing up and down steps – I certainly built up an appetite.”

“A favourite memory was having sunset drinks in the middle of the Pilbara after a long day on the trail. The light was just amazing – as we the super cold beers!”



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