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7 Day Albany to Esperance Explorer Walk

Albany to Esperance Explorer walk

A Guided 7 day Pack-Free walk

This fantastic 7 day guided pack free walk showcases some of Western Australia’s most popular and picturesque walks between Albany and Esperance taking in stunning national parks, white sandy beaches, and incredible walking trails. We’ll explore Fitzgerald River and Cape Le Grand National Parks including Frenchman’s Peak which is thought to have formed by wave action and underwater currents during a period some 40 million years ago!

This walk takes in some of Australia’s most magnificent coastline with giant granite boulders, stunning beaches and magnificent coastal views! We may even see some local kangaroos jumping along the shoreline at Lucky Bay!

We end this fabulous journey with a helicopter flight over to Woody Island for an overnight stay. The island is rich in history and one of the 105 islands in the Recherche Archipelago located just 15km off the coast of Esperance, Western Australia.

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A Pack Free Walking Holiday

We specialise in providing Pack Free walking holidays across Australia. Our focus is allowing our guests to walk with as little as their water and camera so they can truly immerse themselves in the landscapes without the burden of carrying a heavy pack of clothes. Leave the logistics to us, knowing we take care of your luggage and all your walking experience details.

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Dog Rock Motel, Albany

1 night stay

The Dog Rock Motel is located in the heart of Albany’s historic and cultural district, and across from the famous local landmark, the natural granite Dog Rock. The city centre, shopping district, York Street, Visitor Centre, Anzac Peace Park, Museum, and the Brig Amity are all within walking distance. The popular and beautiful Middleton Beach is about a 5-minute drive away.

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Hopetoun Beachside Caravan Park

2 night stay

Nestled on WA’s South Coast, Hopetoun Beachside Caravan Park provides direct beach access, a short walk to town, and close proximity to the world-renowned Fitzgerald River National Park. Each self-contained cabin contains an ensuite, a double bed, and a sofa.

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Esperance Island View Apartments

2 night stay (or similar dependant on availability)

At Esperance Island View Apartments you’ll be just a 15-minute stroll to Esperance Beach.

Each apartment is individually decorated and features a furnished balcony or patio, a kitchenette, a private yard, and  TV.

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Woody Island off the coast of Esperance

1 night stay

On our overnight stay on Woody Island we’ll stay in safari huts and wake up to the sounds of nature.

After our nights stay and before heading back by boat to Esperance enjoy a delicious morning tea on the deck of the Visitor’s Centre. You can then join a guide on a tour of Woody Island’s walk trails. Learn about the history, while discovering the local wildlife on this unique Nature Reserve. Or relax and swim while watching the bay for dolphins.

Black Jacks Bar & the Kiosk is open daily on the island.

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WOW Factor - Helicopter flight

from Esperance to Woody Island

At Life’s An Adventure we want to make your journey truly inspirational, that’s why we always include ‘Wow Factors’ on every tour.  In Esperance, we have included a special helicopter flight to enrich your experience with a short scenic helicopter flight to Woody Island. Discover the turquoise coast from above as you fly toward Woody Island.

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Personalised Tours

A maximum of 12 guests

We keep our group sizes small and personalised with a maximum of 12 guests per trip, we find this delivers more personalised service, a great social environment and has less impact on the environment.

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Our CEO Guides

Chief Experience Officers

Our talented team of guides pride themselves on their passion for each region. We call them our CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your tour exceeds your expectations. They are committed to your safety and have a genuine desire to provide an enriching and memorable walking experience.

 

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Genuinely all-inclusive

There’s nothing more frustrating than paying for a tour to find out you have to pay additional money for transfers, wine, restaurant meals or even credit card fees. On a Life’s An Adventure walking holiday, we ensure we provide an all-inclusive holiday with no hidden extras. Regional wines are provided to enjoy with every evening meal.

NO Credit Cards Fees!

 

 

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Tour Itinerary

Tour Inclusions
7 Day Albany to Esperance Explorer Walk

Your 7 day walking holiday includes:

  • Pack Free Walk – no overnight packs to carry
  • Short Helicopter Flight transfer from Esperance to Woody Island
  • Professional and passionate guides

ACCOMMODATION:

  • 1  night at Dog Rock Motel, Albany
  • 2 nights at Hopetoun Beachside Caravan Park
  • 2 nights at Esperance Island View Apartments (or similar dependant on availability)
  • 1 night on Woody Island

MEALS:

  • Local wines served with all evening meals
  • 6 x a la carte restaurant dinners served with regional wine
  • 6 x walkers lunches to enjoy whilst walking
  • 6 x Hot and Cold breakfasts
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy while walking
Day 1: Arrival day into Albany
7 Day Albany to Esperance Explorer Walk

ITINERARY: Today is an arrival day. Book your own flight to arrive any time into Albany and make your own way to the Dog Rock Motel, located in the heart of Albany’s historic and cultural district, and across from the famous local landmark, the natural granite Dog Rock. Tonight meet your guides in the on-site restaurant Lime303 at 6:30pm to enjoy a lovely dinner served with wine.

Day 2: Albany - East Mt Barren Walk - Hopetoun
7 Day Albany to Esperance Explorer Walk

TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 4hours transfer from the accommodation to the start of your walk near Hopetoun. Afternoon: 15-minute transfer from the end of the trail to -our accommodation.

TRAIL DETAILS: 3kms. 1.5hours with breaks. Medium walk.

TERRAIN: There’s a bit of shale to negotiate and a bit of a boulder scramble to get to the summit.

WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting out from our accommodation to Hopetoun to start our walk in Fitzgerald National Park. Today’s walk is a return walk to the summit of at East Mount Barren with spectacular views. The trail up is a short and moderately difficult but worth the hike with impressive views from the summit over Culham Inlet, the Eyre Range, Hamersley Inlet and the peaks of mid Mt Barren and Thumb Peak. At the base of the peak there are eucalypts, myrtles, banksias and pea flowers. Mountain banksia, and the bright red Barrens regelia attract honeyeaters while honey possums search out more discrete flowers closer to the ground. Barrens clawflower, trigger plants and jugflowers appear higher up the trail. Afterwards we’ll drive to nearby Hopetoun to our accommodation for the next two nights at Hopetoun Beachside Caravan Park for a bit of downtime before we head to a local restaurant  to enjoy dinner accompanied by wine.

Please note guests are able to opt out of any day’s walking and remain with our logistics guide to do sightseeing (or at the accommodation)

Day 3: Hakea Trail, Fitzgerald National Park
7 Day Albany to Esperance Explorer Walk

TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 30-minute transfer from Hopetoun to the start of your walk. Afternoon: 20-minute transfer from the end of the trail to our accommodation.

TRAIL DETAILS: 13kms. 6-hours with breaks. Medium to Hard walk.

TERRAIN: A mix of moderately steep descents and ascents, with more gentle sections and some flat beach walking.

WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast, we transfer to the start of our walk in the East Fitzgerald National Park. The Hakea Trail – named after the iconic wildflower – the Royal Hakea (Hakea Victoria) which can be seen growing along many parts of the trail, is considered by many visitors as one of the best remote hiking trails in Western Australia. We will walk 13kms of this spectacular and rugged coastal walk with 360 degree views along the way of the central peaks and western coastline. Afterwards, enjoy a short transfer back to our accommodation in Hopetoun before dinner at a local restaurant including wines.

Day 4: Hopetoun - Rossiter Bay to Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park - Esperance
7 Day Albany to Esperance Explorer Walk

TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 3.5hours transfer from the accommodation to the start of your walk. Afternoon: 10-minutes transfer from end of walk to accommodation in Esperance.

TRAIL DETAILS: 7kms. 3 hours with break. Medium Grade.

TERRAIN: A mix of moderately steep descents and ascents, with more gentle sections and some flat beach walking.

WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy a hearty breakfast before we drive towards Esperance to walk part of the Cape Le Grand Coastal Trail. We’ll start our walk at Rossiter Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park walking along this long beach, up and over the first ridge with vast expanses of Lucky Bay below. The bright white sand is so fine that it squeaks when you walk. Option to swim if you fancy a dip! Look out for kangaroos basking on pristine white beaches, dolphins surfing the aqua waters and amazing view. Option to continue walking from Lucky Bay to Thistle Cove or transfer the short distance to our accommodation for the next 2 nights in Esperance at the Esperance Island View Apartments. After some downtime we head to Lucky Bay Brewery for dinner and drinks.

Day 5: Cape Le Grand Beach to Thistle Cove, Cape Le Grand National Park
7 Day Albany to Esperance Explorer Walk

TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 30-minute transfer from our accommodation to the trail. Afternoon: 1-hour transfer from our the end of our walk to the accommodation.

TRACK DETAILS: 9kms. 6 hours with breaks. Hard walk.

TERRAIN: The coastal trail has some short but challenging hills (both up and down), but the views are worth it!

WALK ITINERARY: Wake up and enjoy breakfast before we head to enjoy more of the Cape Le Grand Coastal Trail from Le Grand Beach to Thistle Cove. Todays walk has some challenging hills both up and downhill, but the views are worth it! On approach to the isolated beach of Little Hellfire Bay, you are beckoned for a swim by this extraordinary panorama. Option to swim if you fancy a dip! Again look out for kangaroos basking on pristine white beaches and dolphins. At Thistle Cove we’ll transfer back to Esperance before dinner at a local restaurant served with wine.

Day 6: Frenchmans Peak, Cape Le Grand National Park - Woody Island
7 Day Albany to Esperance Explorer Walk

TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 45-minute transfer from accommodation to the trail. Afternoon: 45-minute transfer from the end of our walk to Esperance Heli-pad to join our short helicopter flight to Woody Island.

TRACK DETAILS: 3kms return. 2-3 hours with breaks. Hard walk.

TERRAIN: Steep sections to reach the summit and back with sections of granite. We’ll take it slow as the views are worth it!

WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy breakfast before we head out. Today we’ll complete another section of the coastal trail and walk up Frenchman’s Peak, named by surveyor Alexander Forrest during an expedition in search of good country for pasture in 1870. The peak’s shape was thought to resemble the hats worn by French troops in the 1800s. We will walk slow and steady to reach the peak of this remarkable mountain with outstanding views over the coast! A large cave near the summit is thought to have formed by wave action and underwater currents during a period some 40 million years ago when sea levels were at least 300m above their current level and the peaks of Cape Le Grand were largely submerged. The Aboriginal name for the peak is Mandooboornup and it is an important place in local Aboriginal culture. Afterwards, we’ll drive back to Esperance to enjoy a short helicopter flight over to Woody Island, seeing the turquoise coast from above! Once on the island, enjoy free time where you may choose to discover the local flora on the walking tracks with your guide or go snorkelling! Tonight enjoy dinner and wine at the island restaurant.

Day 7: Woody Island - Esperance
7 Day Albany to Esperance Explorer Walk

TRANSFER TIMES: Afternoon: 40-minute boat transfer from Woody Island to Esperance.

ITINERARY: Enjoy breakfast and a leisurely morning enjoying either free time where you may choose to discover the local flora on the walking tracks with your guide or go snorkelling! After lunch at the island restaurant we’ll catch the ferry back to Esperance where our tour ends.

ARRIVAL TIME: We will arrive back to Esperance at approximately 2pm. Note: if you are planning to fly out this day please do not book a flight before 4pm. For those wishing to stay in Esperance contact the hotel directly to book accommodation for the night.

OPTIONAL ADD ON: If you would like to join the guide to drive back to Perth with an overnight stay near Wave Rock please let our reservations team know. Accommodation is subject to availability. See pricing for additional cost.

Tour Availability

We run regular monthly tours from September to May every year. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

PRIVATE GROUPS:
Date of your choice is available for groups of 8-10 people. Subject to availability.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: groups@lifesanadventure.com.au


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If you are a solo traveller willing to share a room, we will attempt to match you with another solo traveller of the same gender. If we can’t find you a match of the same gender by around 8 weeks prior to the tour, you will be charged the single supplement cost of $745 extra.

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For those wanting to guarantee their own room, a single supplement cost of $745 extra will be charged at the time of booking

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OPTIONAL ADD ON: If you would like to join the guide to drive back to Perth with an overnight stay near Wave Rock please let our reservations team know at the time of booking. Accommodation is subject to availability. Additional Cost: $300 per person.

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We strongly advise our clients travelling within Australia to take out Travel Insurance. We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE

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PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. This discount will automatically be deducted from future bookings when you book online using the same email address used for past bookings.

EARLYBIRD & SPOT SPECIAL CANCELLATIONS: Refunds or cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour. Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking. Flexiwalk Add-On option not available on these tickets.

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We strongly advise our clients travelling within Australia to take out Travel Insurance. We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE .

Additional Information

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $300 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 90 days of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • No Credit Cards fees.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.

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  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: Shop 7, 1306 Pittwater Road
    Narrabeen NSW 2101.

    WALKING THE THREE CAPES:
    Guests can meet this tour at our Life’s An Adventure Premises:
    29/6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur.
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
    After Hours: 0457 002 482
  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
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