West Coast Australian Adventure

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Explore the West Coast of Australia - deserts, beaches, wildlife and wine!

With a new direct flight from London, Perth has never been ‘closer’. Bush walking, wineries, and the spectacular Cape Range and Pinnacles are iconic attractions of the ‘West’ but it is the marine adventures that really shine. Swimming with Whale sharks and snorkelling with Manta rays would be guaranteed highlights of any wildlife holiday.


  • Snorkel with Whale sharks and Manta rays
  • Explore the  Pinnacles Desert
  • Discover Kalbari N.P. and Cape Range N.P.

Key information

  • 14 nights comfortable hotels and lodges
  • Travel by minibus, motorboat and internal flight
  • Full day day Whale shark safari included

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 3 dinners
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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  • Day 1

    Depart London

  • Day 2

    Arrive Perth

    Perth is the city with the best of both worlds, a city where soft-sand beaches and scenic park meet a thriving metropolis of small bars, creative restaurants and curated street art. Located on Australia’s west coast, the locals soak up more sunny days than in any other Australian capital city. Explore the Australian bush while still in the city -  Kings Park is one of the biggest city parks in the world yet it's right in the heart of Perth. It grants epic views of the Swan and Canning rivers and the skyscrapers perched on their banks. Astonishingly tall, white-trunked trees line the entrance road to this inspiring patch of green, which has a treetop bridge, bushland trails, manicured gardens and cafés. The group flights arrive in the early afternoon and the rest of the day is free to explore the city. This evening's welcome briefing is the perfect opportunity to meet your guide and get to know your fellow travellers.

    Accommodation: Pensione Perth Hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel


  • Day 3

    Ferry to Rottnest Island, home to the adorable and inquisitive quokka

    Today we have a morning ferry ride to car-free Rottnest Island, 19km off the coast of Western Australia. Spend the day either kicking back on soft sand beaches or explore the island with your included bike to see the abundant marine life and meet the happiest little animal on earth, the Quokka, a marsupial found only in Western Australia! Rottnest Island also is a perfect location to see Humpback and Southern Right whales as they make their annual migration along Western Australia's coastline. In April about 35,000 whales travel north from the Antarctic to feeding and birthing grounds in the Indian Ocean. From late August to November, on their return journey with newborn calves, they spend significant time around Rottnest Island's protected waters, before once more heading south.

    Accommodation: Karma Rottnest Hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 4

    Visit the ancient desert sculptures of the Pinnacles in Nambung N.P.; sunset in the Pinnacles Desert

    After catching the ferry back to Perth from Rottnest Island, we will start our bus trip to Cervantes. In the afternoon we visit Nambung National Park where you will find the ancient desert sculptures of the Pinnacles, standing tall in the midst of the park. These limestone pillars that rise out of the yellow sand dunes are a magical sight and an experience like no other. When the sun goes down, experience how the sunset changes the colours of these awkward looking desert sculptures.

    Accommodation: Cervantes Pinnacles Motel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 5

    To Kalbarri; afternoon whale watching excursion

    Today we travel on to Kalbarri, an area blessed with a stunning coastline, soaring rover gorges and protected swimming bays. In the afternoon we’ll join a whale watching excursion by boat where we hope to observe the majestic Humpback whale and the occasional Southern Right whale. You will also get to enjoy the stunning scenery of the clear water, the cliffs and other marine wildlife.

    Accommodation: Kalbari Palm Resort or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 6

    Full day to discover the rocky gorges and outback of Kalbarri N.P. including a bush walk and kayaking excursion

    A full day to discover Kalbarri’s beautiful National Park. A 4WD vehicle will take us on a remote wilderness tour through the pristine landscape of the Kalbarri National Park. We will visit Natures Window and the Z Bend lookouts, and hike down into ‘4-Ways Gorge’ before discovering the magic of the gorges from the water as we kayak along the meandering river and explore a remote section of the gorge. This full day tour will have you swimming in secluded waterholes, hiking through breath-taking scenery and climbing a waterfall back to the top of the gorge!

    Accommodation: Kalbari Palm Resort or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 7

    To Coral Bay, the gateway to the Ningaloo Reef

    A long day of travel lies ahead of us, as we continue to Coral Bay. We will stop to see the Hamelin Pool stromatolites on the way, the oldest and largest living fossils on earth. Stromatolites are considered 'living fossils', part of the Earth's evolutionary history. As we drive north of Carnarvon, you will start to get a feel for why the Australian Outback is called just that! We arrive at Coral Bay, a small settlement that lies protected from the Indian Ocean by the Ningaloo reef. With stunning beaches, the small but fashionable beach village of Coral Bay is known for being Australia’s only fringing reef where the coral starts right at the waters edge

    Accommodation: Bayview Coral Bay Hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 8

    Full day marine tour including swimming with Manta rays

    We board a custom-built vessel in the morning for a full day marine eco-tour. Today’s highlight is the opportunity to swim with the awe-inspiring Manta ray! On this tour you will snorkel on the magnificent Ningaloo coral reef where you will see hundreds of types of reef fish as well as exciting aquatic life such as reef sharks, turtles, giant clams and octopus. Other marine mammals that may be encountered but not snorkelled with due to strict conservation efforts  include dolphins, dugongs and Humpback whales. The state of the art eco-tour vessel has a large upper deck viewing area, perfect for observing the tropical reef and all its inhabitants.

    Accommodation: Bayview Coral Bay Hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 9

    Snorkelling at Ningaloo Reef's cabbage coral gardens

    We have another day in Coral Bay to continue exploring the tropical-coloured party at Ningaloo Reef, home to 200 species of hard coral, 50 soft coral and over 500 species of fish. Ningaloo’s cabbage coral gardens are found directly off the beach making it very easy to immerse yourself in the natural beauty these coral gardens!

    Accommodation: Bayview Coral Bay Hotel or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 10

    To Exmouth via the Australian outback; free afternoon

    We leave Coral Bay behind and travel 2 hours to Exmouth, which sits at the northern end of Ningaloo Marine Park. A place where nature reveals its true colours with the red earth of the outback, take in the views of the Australian desert roads as we drive through outback and enjoy the raw, untouched views of the land. Upon arrival in Exmouth, enjoy the afternoon at your own leisure; relax by the pool or take a walk and explore what the charming coastal town of Exmouth has to offer.

    Accommodation: Exmouth Escape Resort or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

  • Day 11

    Full day marine tour including swimming with Whale sharks

    Today we have a full day Whale Shark safari on the Ningaloo Reef. After an early morning pick up from the hotel, we travel to the Tantabiddi port to board our boat and head into the Ningaloo Reef to search for Whale sharks, and other amazing marine life. Our Skipper will cruise along the inside of the reef towards the best snorkel site given the weather conditions on the day. At the same time, our pilot is warming up the spotter plane’s engines and heading out to the Ningaloo Reef to find us Whale sharks to swim with.

    We cruise down the outside of the reef soaking up the sights of the Cape Range National Park from the ocean, and encountering a wide variety of spectacular marine life and birds. Turtles are often seen, taking a big breath before diving downwards to the floor of the ocean for minutes at a time. Flying fish jump out of the water and glide their way safely out of the way of the boat’s passage. Flocks of wedge-tailed Shearwaters bomb into the ocean with a spectacular splash, in their efforts to catch one of massive schools of fish. In season, you will also often see Manta rays barrel-rolling (from May), Humpbacks and their calves breaching and slapping their tails (from June) and if we’re lucky, schools of up to 500 Bottlenose, Spinner and Indo-Pacific dolphins.

    Once a Whale shark has been spotted, the plane will guide the Skipper to where it is found, and you will be split into two groups to jump into the water and swim with the Whale shark. Marvel at the size, grace and beauty of the biggest fish in the world as you swim alongside it in the pristine waters of the Ningaloo Marine Park. Whale sharks of the Ningaloo vary between 2.5m and 10.5m, with most being around 4-6m in length.

    We return to the inside reef to enjoy lunch. In the afternoon we may then head back out for more swimming with Whale sharks, or to interact with other marine life the plane has spotted. We may also head off to a favourite afternoon snorkelling spot, where you often get the chance to see some of the many species of turtles, rays, sharks, sea snakes and huge schools of fish, sometimes even a dugong of two!

    Accommodation: Exmouth Escape Resort or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 12

    Discover Cape Range N.P. by 4WD visiting Yardie Creek and Turquoise Bay

    We will experience the wonders of the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area by 4WD today, from the biological diversity and rugged expanses of the Cape Range to underwater wonderland of the Ningaloo Reef. We ascend to the top of Cape Range to view the stunning scenery of Charles Knife Gorge and enjoy sprawling views across the Exmouth Gulf. We meander through Shothole Canyon and wonder at the grandeur of Yardie Creek as we navigate through shear limestone cliffs in search of the timid Black-footed Rock Wallaby and majestic osprey. Finish the day snorkelling the coral wonderland of Turquoise Bay or opt to walk the pure white sandy beaches.

    Accommodation: Exmouth Escape Resort or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 13

    Free day with the option to repeat the Whale shark swim

    Enjoy a full day at your own leisure to relax or participate in optional activities, including a second Whale shark safari.

    Accommodation: Exmouth Escape Resort or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Fly to Perth; to Margaret River

    After breakfast we depart to nearby Learmouth Airport for a late morning flight to Perth, arriving early in the afternoon.  We then drive to the beautiful town of Margaret River, home to Australia’s premium wine region, where we spend the night.

    Accommodation: Quality inn Margaret River or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Discover the wineries of Margaret River, visit an underground cave and coastal walk

    Today we discover what Margaret River has to offer by visiting an underground cave, taking one of the best coastal walking tracks of Western Australia and ending with an intimate wine tour. Not all the sites are above ground in the Margaret River region: we start with a morning visit to ‘Jewel Cave’, the biggest show cave in Western Australia comprising three massive chambers. Our expert guide will show us the breath-taking magnitude of Jewel Cave; you will see towering crystal creations that have taken thousands of years to form, and intricate decorations stretching and suspended across the ceiling like vines and dancing cobwebs. We then head for Cape Naturaliste for a gentle four kilometre walk, taking us nearly to the top of the Cape with spectacular views, before visiting one of Margaret River’s most reputable wineries in the afternoon and enjoy a private tasting. 

    Accommodation: Quality inn Margaret River or similar
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 16

    To Perth and depart

    After breakfast we start our return journey to Perth, making a final stop to see the Busselton Jetty on the way. Our adventure ends in the afternoon in Perth, those on the group flights will be transferred to the airport for their flight to London.

  • Day 17

    Arrive London.

Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info



All nationalities except New Zealand require a visa for Australia. British, most EU passport holders, Canadian and US passport holders can apply for an electronic visa online. For British passport holders this is done through www.australia.org.uk.



There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 3 dinners included.

Most breakfasts are English style ‘full breakfast’, some are buffet style and some Continental style with cereals, fruit, juice and coffee.

Vegetarians are generally well catered for although please be sure to advise us of any specific dietary requirements before departure.


Western Australia’s capital city of Perth is bathed in sunshine for an average of nine hours a day, officially making it the sunniest capital city in Australia with one of the most enviable outdoor lifestyles in the world. The average maximum summer temperature is 29°C, and February is generally the hottest month. Temperatures hover around 12°C in winter (June to August).

Western Australia's Coral Coast enjoys a warm climate all year round. Covering approximately 1,270 kilometres of coastline, from Cervantes to Exmouth, the region enjoys a Mediterranean climate in the south and a sub-tropical climate in the north. ​

Margaret River​​​ owes its world-wide fame as a premium wine and surfing region to its mild weather and abundant sunshine. Here, the unique Mediterranean climate has blessed the South West​ region with more biodiversity per square kilometre than the whole of the UK. Beach weather arrives in December, with summer temperatures between 25 and 35°C, and the cooler winter months (8 to 16°C) are perfect for forest walks and a glass of red wine by a log fire.

Is this trip for you?

Activity Level: 1 (Leisurely)

Although the tour is not physically demanding, a fair amount of travelling is involved and there are some long days, but these are generally broken up with sightseeing en route or on arrival. Some of the main roads are good and fast, there are some bumpy stretches that take us to some of the sites away from the main road.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Hotels & Lodges

On this itinerary we spend 14 nights comfortable hotels and lodges.

On this itinerary we use a balanced mix of fairly small, mostly privately run, overnight accommodation. From the modern minimalist Pensione Perth and the heritage feel of Karma Rottnest Lodge to the almost luxurious comfort of Exmouth Escape Resort. As tourism on much of Western Australia’s coast is not as developed as in other parts of the country, options are sometimes limited and you should expect family operated but more basic motel-style accommodation between Cervantes and Coral Bay.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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