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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 as well as walk the coastline’s ancient limestone gorges in Cape Range National Park. 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.


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.


Ningaloo Reef Experience

Explore the remote Bungles

We carefully design our walks to include a wow factor where possible. During your stay in Exmouth choose from a glass-bottom boat cruise, a snorkel trip, a swim with the Whalesharks or for landlovers a fascinating walk. These activities will make your journey truly inspirational..


Karijini Eco Retreat

3 night stay

We spend three night 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.

Cheela Plains station-1

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, but our guests will stay in airconditioned rooms.




Exmouth Escape

2 night stay

Exmouth Escape Resort is a modern, luxurious, and family-friendly hotel in Exmouth, Western Australia. The beach, restaurants and stores are all within walking distance of the resort, which is located in Exmouth Town, with Ningaloo Reef, a World Heritage-listed gem right on your doorstep.


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.


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. At El Questro Station enjoy fine dining in the Verandah Restaurant overlooking the Pentecost River. The restaurant has a wonderful selection of local produce including barramundi and succulent beef.


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.


Genuinely all-inclusive with a COVID Booking Guarantee

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:

  • Professionally guided – Our CEO’s – Chief Experience Officers who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
  • 3 nights accommodation at Karijini Eco-Retreat
  • 1 nights accommodation at Cheela Plains Station
  • 2 nights accommodation at Exmouth Escape Resort or an alternative comparable accommodation
  • 6 x breakfasts
  • 7 x lunches
  • 6 x dinners served with wine
  • Wow Factor Ningaloo Reef Whale Shark or snorkelling experience (or optional walk)
  • Transfers to/from the walk each day
  • National Park Fees
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk
Day 1: Arrive in Paraburdoo + transfer to Karijini National Park + Dales Gorge
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.

TRAIL NOTES: Dales Gorge Walk 4.8km, 3 hours. Moderate to Difficult Grade.

TERRAIN: There’s a short descent into the gorge, which is steep but has some stairs and handrails. Then there’s a similar short climb back out of 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 see the departure page for best flight times to book. 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 directly to Karijini National Park and head straight to the awe-inspiring Dales 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. You will pass Fortescue Falls, the park’s only permanent waterfall, before relaxing beside the beautiful Fern Pool. 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: Knox Gorge and Joffre Gorge plus Kalamina Falls
7 Day Karijini National Park & Ningaloo Reef

TRAIL NOTES: Knox and Joffre Gorge Walks – 5.4km, 5 hours. Kalamina Gorge and Falls Walk – 3km, 3 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 Knox Gorge and Joffre Gorge before driving to the more remote, and less visited, Kalamina Falls. 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 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.
7 Day Karijini National Park & Ningaloo Reef

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. The 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. 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 and Shothole Lookout
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. We then continue on 5 km if time permits to visit Shothole Canyon, named from the shot holes left in the terrain following the explosive charges set for seismic studies during oil exploration work in the early 1950s, where we can travel along the base of the Canyon for 12 km and be totally surrounded by its beauty in one of the most rugged areas of Cape Range National Park. After a late lunch, we then continue on to your accommodation at Exmouth Escape Resort in Exmouth, where you will be staying for the next two nights. Tonight you enjoy dinner at the onsite Whalers Restaurant which prides itself on fresh, honest flavours and sources the finest local seafood, steaks and produce. Served with wine.

Day 6: Ningaloo Reef Whale Shark or Reef experience or Cape Range National Park Walk
7 Day Karijini National Park & Ningaloo Reef

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 Lifes 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!”

Reef Snorkelling tour
If you’re not into swimming with the Whale Sharks
A reef snorkelling tour is also available for all participants on the same tour. Ningaloo is one of the longest and most pristine fringing reefs in the world and is home to manta rays, turtles, and a plethora of colourful fish and corals. While today’s reef tours are optional they are highly recommended.

For those who like to keep their feet firmly planted on land, you can explore the ancient, limestone gorges of Cape Range National Park, home to the rare black-flanked rock wallaby. The walks include Mandu Mandu and Yardie Creek gorges which offer amazing views from the top of Cape Range highlighting the dramatic contrast between the arid landscape and the rich blue of the Indian Ocean. There is also the opportunity to explore some of the park’s pristine beaches and coastal areas.

TRAIL NOTES: Walk 1: Mandu Mandu Walk: 3km, 2 hours. Moderate Grade followed by Yardie Nature Walk and Gorge Trail: 2km, 1 hr 40 minutes. Moderate Grade.

TERRAIN: Uneven, rocky and unmodified terrain. Sections of good, well-defined track but also sections of the bouldery and sandy riverbed. Largely flat walks with some small ascents and descents.

WALK ITINERARY: For those who are keen to walk today, we start the day with the Mandu Mandu walk, a moderately difficult trail that winds its way along a rocky creek bed, deep into the gorge. A steep path takes you up to the gorge rim where, on your return, you can enjoy the views over Ningaloo Reef and the surrounding country. On your walk, keep your eyes peeled for black-flanked rock wallabies. There are steep gradients and rough, uneven surfaces along this trail. This walk is along a gentle, well-defined path that winds along the edge of Yardie Creek with views of the gorge, creek mouth and Ningaloo Reef. Along the walk, you may see emus and euros and a variety of birds. The trail then meets the more difficult Yardie Gorge Trail taking you high above Yardie Creek. At lunchtime we join a fabulous cruise along Yardie Creek.

After our day’s activities, all guests return to our accommodation at Exmouth Escape 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

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.

Departure DateAlternative ItinerarySuggested Qantas Flight TimesNotes
8 June 2022
Ningaloo to Karijini
VIEW ITINERARY8 Jun: Perth to Exmouth at 9:30am
14 Jun: Paraburdoo to Perth at 4pm, 5pm or 6pm
Itinerary in reverse
17 June 2022
Karijini to Ningaloo
Normal itinerary17 Jun: Perth to Paraburdoo at 6:30am
23 Jun: Exmouth to Perth at 1:55pm
The accommodation in Exmouth for this departure will be Ningaloo Lodge
26 June 2022
Karijini to Ningaloo
(8 Day Tour - varied cost)
VIEW ITINERARY26 Jun: Perth to Paraburdoo at 3:30pm
3 Jul: Exmouth to Perth at 3:15pm
Additional night at Karijini Eco-Retreat and the accommodation in Exmouth for this departure will be Exmouth Holiday House
14 July 2022
Ningaloo to Karijini
VIEW ITINERARY14 Jul: Perth to Exmouth at 7am
20 Jul: Paraburdoo to Perth at 4pm, 5pm or 6pm
Itinerary in reverse
25 July 2022
Karijini to Ningaloo
Normal itinerary25 Jul: Perth to Paraburdoo at 6:30am or 7:10am
31 Jul: Exmouth to Perth at 1:15pm
3 August 2022
Ningaloo to Karijini
VIEW ITINERARY3 Aug: Perth to Exmouth at 5:10am or 9:30am
9 Aug: Paraburdoo to Perth at 4pm, 5pm or 6pm
Itinerary in reverse
12 August 2022
Karijini to Ningaloo
Normal itinerary12 Aug: Perth to Paraburdoo at 6:30am
18 Aug: Exmouth to Perth at 1:55pm
21 August 2022
Ningaloo to Karijini
(8 Day Tour - varied cost)
VIEW ITINERARY21 Aug: Perth to Exmouth at 12:35pm
28 Aug: Paraburdoo to Perth at 6pm
The accommodation in Exmouth for this departure will be Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort. Additional night at Karijini Eco-Retreat


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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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: $510 per person.

Solo travellers willing to share a room with someone of the same gender will pay no extra.

Those wanting their own room will need to pay a single supplement cost. Subject to availability at time of booking.
Single Supplement Price: Add $1543 for the entire 7 days.

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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 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.

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 $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.

    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: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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