West Coast Explorer Self-Drive
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Discover the wonderful West Coast of Australia on this 11 day self-drive tour. Starting in Perth, you’ll explore some of Australia’s most naturally beautiful destinations, including Monkey Mia, Kalbarri National Park, Ningaloo Reef and Karratha, before ending the trip in the characterful town of Broome.
- Wander through gorgeous wildflowers in Geraldton
- Discover Kalbarri National Park’s striking natural arches and gorges
- Meet wild dolphins at Monkey Mia
- Explore the Ningaloo Reef and swim with Manta Rays
- Wander through the charming town of Broome
Perth to Geraldton (419km)
Once you’ve collected your car, you will drive to Cervantes and then on to the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park. Soon you’ll arrive in Geraldton via Greenough. Geraldton is a beautiful destination, full of colourful wildflowers and sweeping countryside.
Today you will journey along the North West Coastal Highway to Kalbarri National Park, a naturally stunning area with incredible natural arches and magnificent gorges, before arriving at Kalbarri. Your afternoon will be free to explore the area and Murchison River.
Monkey Mia (399km)
The day will be spent exploring Monkey Mia and the Shark Bay World Heritage area. Home to wild bottlenose dolphins, Monkey Mia is a beachside oasis with crystal clear waters. Discover the living marine stromatolites at Hamelin Pool, explore the 110 kilometre Shell Beach made up of billions of tiny white shells. Afterwards, view the stunning views from Eagle Bluff.
In the morning you’ll have the chance to meet the dolphins in the clear shallows, before departing Shark Bay and driving to Carnarvon, a charming coastal town nestled on the mouth of the Gascoyne River.
Coral Bay (238km)
Depart Carnarvon and drive north before turning off to Coral Bay. There’s plenty to do at this seaside town, including exploring the stunning coral of Ningaloo Reef, and the Ningaloo Marine Park with its fantastic underwater viewing platform. The colourful reef here certainly rivals the Great Barrier Reef.
The whole day is free for you to explore the destination, and discover the vibrant reef. Take a half day snorkel cruise to get up close to the Manta rays (own expense).
Today you’ll return to the North West Coastal Highway and travel to Karratha, the commercial centre of the Pilbara, via Dampier.
Port Hedland (242km)
Depart Karratha and journey towards Port Hedland, stopping at the small, characterful town of Roebourne on the way. Soon you’ll arrive in Port Hedland, the gateway for Australia’s iron ore exports.
Wake up early and join the Great Northern Highway, which runs through the rugged landscapes of the Great Sandy Desert. Afterwards you’ll arrive in Broome, a quaint area well known for its beautiful beaches and topaz water. In the evening, be sure to watch the famous Broome sunset, best seen from Cable Beach.
The next two days are at your leisure to explore the area’s natural attractions and wander through the town.
Your car is booked until the following day. You must return the car at the city or airport by the same time it was picked up on day 1, or you’ll be given an additional charge.
- Accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis
- Car hire with GPS
What’s Not Included
- International flights
Half day snorkel at Coral Bay