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7 Day Karijini National Park & Ningaloo Reef

Karijini National Park Walk and Ningaloo Reef

A guided 7 day Pack-Free walk

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 visit the unique Karijini National Park and travel to the coastal beauty of the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef with an itinerary that showcases the scenic grandeur of both locations.

In Karijini National Park you will walk through deep, stunning gorges as well as climb some of Western Australia’s highest mountains. At Ningaloo, the world’s largest fringing reef, you have the opportunity to snorkel with Ningaloo’s famous whale sharks – a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Add to this some of Western Australia’s world-famous wildflower displays and this guided Pack-Free walk ticks all the boxes.

By flying into Paraburdoo and out of Exmouth, we minimise driving time and despite the remote locations this tour includes first-class accommodation and food, ranging from luxury glamping and station stays to beachside resorts.

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A Pack Free Walking Experience

Carry as little as your water and lunch

One of the biggest drawcards of this walk is that our guests won’t be asked to carry their clothes, food or overnight bags for the entire walk. This is a big advantage in that you will avoid carrying an additional 8kg or more on your back. With Life’s An Adventure, you will carry as little as your water bottle, lunch and camera each day.

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Wow-Mazing Inclusion - Swim with the Whale Sharks

Or Sightseeing from the cruise boat

We carefully design our walks to include Wow-Mazing inclusions. While in Exmouth, seize the opportunity for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure – swim alongside majestic Whale Sharks at Ningaloo Reef, an unparalleled wildlife experience. For those preferring to stay dry, relish the astonishing marine life from the comfort of the viewing deck.

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Karijini Eco Retreat - Deluxe Eco Glamping Tent

3 night stay

We spend three night In Deluxe Eco Tents at the award-winning Karijini Eco Retreat located in pristine bushland at Joffre Gorge in the remote Karijini National Park. This unique outback glamping experience is an environmentally friendly accommodation. Guest stay in spacious and stylish eco tents with ensuites with a front and rear deck. Choose from king or 2 x king singles beds.

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Cheela Plains Station

1 night stay

Nestled in the Pilbara lies the Cheela Plains Station, a working Cattle Station and our home away from home during our time here. This is remote accommodation so don’t expect to find luxury in the outback, our guests will stay in airconditioned rooms but there are a limited number of rooms with ensuites available and guests may be required to share a bathroom.

 

 

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Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort

2 night stay

Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort in Exmouth is the only resort on sunset beach. The views across the property look out over the Gulf where sightings of whales, dugongs and dolphins can often be spotted. The well appointed and modern one-bedroom apartments feature king or twin bedding, air-conditioning, tv, wifi, ensuite bathroom and a private balcony. The resort also features a restaurant, bar, lounge, resort-style swimming pool and gym, all with stunning beach views.

*Please note: this accommodation is for departures from May 2025 onwards.

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Personalised Tours

Make new friends on the trail

Our tours are designed to be personal and intimate. We love the clients we attract on a Life’s An Adventure walking experience. Happy, down to earth people, who are passionate about walking and simply excited to be on holidays. We find our guests often form lifelong friendships on tour as they are travelling with wonderful like-minded people.

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Fabulous restaurant meals featuring local produce

and Australian wines

Mealtime is a special time on tour. Not only does it provide the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers in a relaxed environment, but it also allows you to sample regional specialities.

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Our CEO Guides

Chief Experience Officers

Our guides are truly exceptional at what they do. We call them our CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your tour exceeds your expectations. Our guide’s caring attitude and wonderful outgoing nature ensure your tour is relaxing, fun and informative.

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Genuinely all-inclusive

Our walking tours are all genuinely all-inclusive and once you pay for your tour there are no hidden extras. During your evening meals, you will enjoy a la carte dining and won’t need to put your hand in your pocket to pay for wine as this is included in the price of the tour.

No Credit Cards fees.

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Tour Itinerary

Tour Inclusions
7 Day Karijini National Park & Ningaloo Reef

This is an all-inclusive tour with no hidden extras:

PACK-FREE WALKING:

  • Pack Free Walk – Carry only a day pack

WOW-MAZING EXPERIENCES INCLUDED:

  • Spectacular Ningaloo Reef Whale Shark experience

BEST ACCOMMODATION IN EACH AREA:

  • 3 nights accommodation at Karijini Eco-Retreat
  • 1 nights accommodation at Cheela Plains Station
  • 2 nights accommodation at Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort (for departures from May 2025 onwards)

SUPERB MEALS & WINE:

  • Complimentary Australian wine served with evening meals
  • 6 x delicious restaurant dinners featuring beautiful local produce
  • 7 x packed lunches
  • 6 x breakfasts
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk

GUIDES & TRANSFERS:

  • Professionally guided – Our CEO’s (Chief Experience Officers) are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
  • Transfers to/from the walk each day
  • National Park Fees
Day 1: Arrive in Paraburdoo - Hamersley Gorge - Karijini Eco Retreat
7 Day Karijini National Park & Ningaloo Reef

NOTE: This itinerary also departs in the reverse order to the below detailed itinerary. See Departure Dates for itinerary starting location.

GETTING THERE: Guests will need to fly to Paraburdoo in Western Australia on the morning of day one of the tour. Qantas and Virgin operate regular flights from Perth to Paraburdoo. Flights from Perth to Paraburdoo are 1 hour 45 mins duration.

At the time of creating this tour we based departure dates around scheduled flights. Unfortunately schedule changes with airlines are a possibility. If you cannot find flights which match the arrival and departure date to our itinerary, clients (at own expense) will have to book a pre or post night accommodation. 

TRAIL NOTES: Hamersley Gorge Walk 1km, 3 hours return. Moderate to Difficult Grade.

TERRAIN: There’s a short descent into the gorge. Expect some rock-hopping and uneven ground but a well formed trail.

ITINERARY: Welcome to Western Australia. Guests will fly today from Perth to Paraburdoo. Please enquire best flight times to book or our flights team can arrange your flights for you. Our guides will collect you from the airport and drive 1.5 hours directly to Karijini National Park. Our aim, over the next few days, is to get you straight to the best sites Karijini National Park has to offer with its narrow red-rock gorges, swimming holes and classic Pilbara scenery. Upon arrival at Paraburdoo Airport, we drive 1 ½ hours to Karijini National Park and head straight to the awe-inspiring Hamersley Gorge. Your walk today takes in the contrasting ecosystems of the Pilbara, as we descend from the dry plains into the cool, shady greenness of the gorge where you will marvel at the contrasts between the red rock, lush ferns and the clear pools hidden below. This is a dramatic gorge, full of colour texture and reflections and a great spot for a swim. There are several lookouts giving spectacular views of the Karijini gorge system. After a glorious day exploring you check into your luxury glamping accommodation at the Karijini Eco Retreat which will be home for the next three nights. Then, enjoy a fabulous dinner with wine at Alfresco Restaurant while watching tonight’s rich, colourful, long-burn sunset typical of outback Western Australia

Day 2: Dale Gorge and Knox Gorge
7 Day Karijini National Park & Ningaloo Reef

TRAIL NOTES: Dale Gorge and Knox Gorge Walks – 5.4km, 5 hours. Moderate to Difficult Grade.

TERRAIN: There are some good dirt paths but today’s walks are largely on uneven, rocky and unmodified terrain. Be prepared for some scrambling over rocks and a small amount of ledge walking. In and out of the gorge’s are steep, short ascents with steps.

WALK ITINERARY: After a hearty breakfast our guides take you on a series of short but challenging walks today as you explore Dale Gorge and Knox Gorge. Today you will witness how the power of water has shaped Karijini. There are impressive waterfalls, and deep, cold pools as well as spectacular lookouts. This morning we’ll walk into Fortescue Falls (approx 1.5hrs), enjoying various breaks along the way with optional swimming before walking to Fern Pool. We’ll then transfer to Know Gorge. This is an ancient part of our Earth where the slow but impressive process of erosion has carved out a unique landscape from rocks that are more than 2,000 million years old. Afterwards we return to our accommodation for relaxation followed by dinner served with wine.

Day 3: Mt Bruce
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TRAIL NOTES: Mt Bruce Walk – 9km, 6 hours. Difficult Grade.

TERRAIN: The trail varies from easy, gentle gradients to sections of steeper terrain and one short section that requires scrambling up a rock chute, with some exposure.  Overall it is a clear and well defined trail, with sections on uneven, rocky and unmodified terrain. Total climb is 450m in elevation change.

WALK ITINERARY: You will rise above it all today, for spectacular views across the Spinifex-clad Pilbara landscape. You will climb to the summit of Mt Bruce, Western Australia’s second-highest peak, at 1,234 metres above sea level. The Aboriginal name for Mount Bruce is Punurrunha and while the summit trail has some steep and rocky sections many walkers regard this as one of the finest and most exciting mountain walks in Western Australia. It is also a great chance to see some of Western Australia’s unique wildlife including the Pebble Mound Mouse and Rothschild’s Rock Wallaby. We will all walk halfway up Mt Bruce, at this point those who wish to continue to the submit to enjoy a lunch with a view with continue with one guide, while the rest of the group descends the mountain to enjoy lunch back at the Eco-Retreat.  Option to go to Joffre Gorge for a swim. After our walk, we make our way back to our accommodation to relax before enjoying dinner and wine in the restaurant.

Day 4: Hancock and Weano Gorge then drive to Cheela Plains Station
7 Day Karijini National Park & Ningaloo Reef

TRAIL NOTES: Hancock & Weano Gorge Walks total – 2km, 2 hours. Moderate Grade.

TERRAIN: Like the other gorge walks, there are some good sections of dirt paths but also some uneven, rocky and unmodified terrain. Be prepared for some scrambling over rocks and a small amount of ledge walking.

WALK ITINERARY: Another day of strapping on your boots and heading out to explore two of Karijini’s finest and most famous gorges – Hancock and Weano. The walks are challenging in places, with some wading through water and clambering over rock ledges, but these are not difficult walks and the gorges are truly amazing. At times, the gorge walls are just an arms-length apart and the rich red colour and banding of the rock is simply breathtaking. You will discover beautiful jade pools nestled deep within the gorge complex, including the famous Handrail Pool. These walks are a photographer’s paradise. After this fabulous finale, you will leave Karijini and drive 3 hours to our accommodation at Cheela Plains Station, a family-owned and managed cattle station located in the semi-arid, pastoral rangelands of the Pilbara with a unique environmentally-centred grazing system. If time permits we can visit a local waterhole, Munderie Springs which is on the property in the late afternoon for a quick dip. Tonight we’ll enjoy traditional country hospitality and a fabulous home-cooked meal with wine.

Day 5: Drive to Exmouth plus Charles Knife Canyon
7 Day Karijini National Park & Ningaloo Reef

ITINERARY: After a hearty country breakfast, today we head west towards Exmouth. As Western Australia is a big state it will take you much of the day to drive to the coast but there is plenty to see along the way, particularly Western Australia’s famous wildflowers. While wildflowers vary in abundance with the seasons, and from year to year, there is always something interesting and colourful in flower and this section of road is renowned for its swathes of purple Ashburton pea, yellow flowering sennas (cassias) and acacias, purple mulla mullas and the iconic Sturt’s Desert Pea. On route, we will also visit the spectacular Charles Knife Canyon and stretch our legs whilst taking in the magnificent views.  After a late lunch, we then continue on to your accommodation at Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort Exmouth, where you will be staying for the next two nights. Tonight you enjoy dinner served with wine.

Day 6: Ningaloo Reef Whale Shark Experience
7 Day Karijini National Park & Ningaloo Reef

ITINERARY: After breakfast, the guides will transfer you to today’s activity – Swim with the gentle Whale Sharks
For adventure-lovers and nature-lovers, nothing compares to the exhilaration of swimming with the gentle giants of Ningaloo Reef – the whale sharks. The World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef is one of the largest, most reliable and best-managed whale shark aggregations in the world. An estimated 300-500 whale sharks make their way to Ningaloo annually between March and August. Mark Norek Life’s An Adventure MD said… “However, this is only a rule of thumb and when we did the tour in September we did swim with the whale shark. The crew did say they do also look for Humpback whales and Manta Rays. On the tour we saw all three marine animals. End of the day you can be not so lucky, but the tour was amazing and the Coral alone was well worth the day out let alone swimming with Whale sharks- It was the best day tour I have ever done!”

After our day’s activities, all guests return to our accommodation at Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort with the remainder of the day at leisure. Tonight enjoy dinner in the restaurant served with wine while you talk about our day’s adventures.

Day 7: Exmouth and Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area
7 Day Karijini National Park & Ningaloo Reef

ITINERARY: After breakfast your tour concludes, the end of a remarkable journey. The rest of the day is free to explore the town of Exmouth at your leisure. Make your own way to the airport.

DEPARTING: Lunchtime and early afternoon flights are available from Exmouth to Perth, either option can be booked. From Perth flights can be booked to your home port.

Tour Availability

This tour runs during May to August each year. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

SPOT SPECIALS:
Choose from one of the dates listed below and save up to $250 per person when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Limited spots available!

  • 15 – 21 June 2024
  • 22 – 28 July 2024
  • 29 July – 5 August 2024

Alternative Itineraries for selected departure dates:
Please note our tours run in two directions Karijini to Exmouth and Exmouth to Karijini. Also due to limited flight times and variations to these remote areas, some departures will require an additional night. See full details below for specific departures.

2024 DEPARTURES

Departure DateAlternative ItineraryNotes
27 May 2024
Forward (Karijini to Exmouth)
Original ItineraryOriginal Itinerary
Staying at Exmouth Escape instead of
Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort
15 June 2024
Forward (Karijini to Exmouth)
Original ItineraryOriginal Itinerary
Staying at Exmouth Escape instead of
Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort
24 June 2024
Reverse (Exmouth to Karijini)
VIEW ITINERARY8-day Itinerary in reverse
Staying at Exmouth Escape instead of
Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort
12 July 2024
Reverse (Exmouth to Karijini)
VIEW ITINERARYItinerary in reverse
Staying at Exmouth Escape instead of
Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort
22 July 2024
Forward (Karijini to Exmouth)
Original ItineraryForward Itinerary
Staying at Exmouth Escape instead of
Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort
29 July 2024
Reverse (Exmouth to Karijini)
VIEW ITINERARY8-day Itinerary in reverse
Staying at Exmouth Escape instead of
Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort
7 August 2024
Forward (Karijini to Exmouth)
Original ItineraryForward Itinerary
Staying at Exmouth Escape instead of
Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort

2025 DEPARTURES

Departure DateAlternative ItineraryNotes
27 May 2025
Reverse (Exmouth to Karijini)
VIEW ITINERARYItinerary in reverse.
Staying at Ningaloo Lodge instead of
Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort
4 June 2025
Forward (Karijini to Exmouth)
Itinerary as per websiteItinerary as per website
11 June 2025
Reverse (Exmouth to Karijini)
VIEW ITINERARYItinerary in reverse.
Staying at Ningaloo Lodge instead of
Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort.
Only 2 nights at Eco Retreat with the
last night at Tom Price Tourist Park.
20 June 2025
Forward (Karijini to Exmouth)
Itinerary as per websiteItinerary as per website
29 June 2025
Reverse (Exmouth to Karijini)
VIEW ITINERARYItinerary in reverse.
7 July 2025
Forward (Karijini to Exmouth)
Itinerary as per websiteItinerary as per website
14 July 2025
Reverse (Exmouth to Karijini)
VIEW ITINERARYItinerary in reverse.
23 July 2025
Forward (Karijini to Exmouth)
Itinerary as per websiteStaying at Ningaloo Lodge instead of
Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort
31 July 2025
Reverse (Exmouth to Karijini)
VIEW ITINERARYItinerary in reverse.
Staying at Ningaloo Lodge instead of
Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort

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PRIVATE GROUPS:
Date of your choice is available for groups of 10 -12 people. Subject to availability.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: groups@lifesanadventure.com.au

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Tour Prices

Spot Specials - Save up to $500 per couple on selected departures

HURRY OFFER ENDS UNTIL SOLD OUT - LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE!
Spot Special saving of up to $500 per couple or $250 per person available on specific departures when you pay in full at time of booking.
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PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 10 - 12 people can choose the date of their choice. Subject to availability.


Spot Specials Prices from
$ 6149 /p

Save up to $250 per person on specific departures

MAY – SEPTEMBER 2024 DATES
SPOT SPECIAL DEALS

Normal Price…. $6399
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FIRST TIME PASSENGERS:
Spot Special…… $6249
SAVE $150 per person
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TRAVELLED WITH
LIFE’S AN ADVENTURE BEFORE:
Spot Special…… $6149
SAVE $250 per person
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Spot Special prices available on specific departures when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Offer ends until sold out – limited spots available! See departure dates tab for specific dates. Normal Price requires $500 deposit only, with final payments due 12 weeks prior. Past passengers $100 extra saving also available on normal priced fares. Based on twin share – see details about Single Supplement and upgrade extras. See full ticket conditions below under Discount information.

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$ Xtras /p

The following extras can be purchased with your tour:
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SOLO TRAVELLERS
WILLING TO SHARE
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.

SOLO TRAVELLERS
WANTING THEIR OWN ROOM
For those wanting to guarantee their own room, a single supplement cost will be charged at the time of booking. Subject to availability.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $1600
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FLEXI-WALK ADD-ON
Cancel for Any Reason:

Purchase a FlexiWalk Add-On for normal price tickets and cancel 96 hours prior to departure for any reason. See conditions below for full details.
Price: $639 per person.
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TRAVEL INSURANCE
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

Private Group Prices From
$ 6149 /p

Departure of your choice

PRIVATE GROUPS
10 – 12 participants

Departure date of your choice

PRICES
Prices are equal to Past Travellers’ discount rates.

Departure date of your choice is subjective to availability. A minimum group size of 10 required. Prices are equal to Past Travellers’ discounted rates. Additional Past Traveller’s’ discount not available for groups. Based on twin share – see details about Single Supplement and upgrade extras.

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FlexiWalk Option – Cancel for any Reason

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Discount Information:

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 12 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.

Travel Insurance

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 $500 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.

Credit for cancelled activities

If a tour activity has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances a credit for this missed activity can be applied to any future bookings. Click here.

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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
  • Monday - Friday: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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