• Ningaloo Marine Reef Park

Itinerary Summary

Duration
11 Days
Price
£6995
When
Mar-Apr
Destination
Australia
Type
Tailor-Made
Duration Price When Destination Type
11 Days £6995 Mar-Apr Australia Tailor-Made
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Western Australia Safari

Explore southwestern Australia, spotting orcas at Bremer Bay and whale sharks up in northwest Australia and the Ningaloo reef.

Travel the western coast of Australia in search for the magnificent marine wildlife that resides there. Stay at The Beach House at Bayside whilst embarking on a Bremer Bay killer whale expedition with a world-class crew, led by a qualified marine biologist. Travel up the coast and explore Ningaloo Reef, one of the largest fringing reefs in the world and one of the last ocean paradises. Whilst there, stay in Sal Salis WildresnesTent, the ultimate base camp for exploring Ningaloo Reef and the Cape Range National Park. Between March and July it is possible to swim with whale sharks, as well as keeping an eye out for turtles, dolphins, dugongs, rays and sea birds. From August to October, the water is home to magnificent humpback whales. Snorkelling in Ningaloo Reef is an experience of a lifetime. 

What makes this trip extraordinary

  • Spot Orcas at Bremer Bay
  • See whale sharks in Northwest Australia
  • Visit Ningaloo Reef and swim with the marine life
  • Stay at Sal Slais eco-luxe wilderness lodge

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A 11-day journey full of wildlife in Western Australia
from $8,919 per person, excluding international flights

Day by day

Day by day

Day 1

Arrive in Perth

On arrival into Perth International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.

Overnight Accommodation: COMO The Treasury

Days 2-3

Bremer Bay Killer Whale Expedition

Bremer Bay Killer Whale Expedition After a short flight, you will be transferred to Bremer Bay Boat Harbour. Naturaliste Charters presents the world-renowned full day Killer Whale Expeditions departing from Bremer Bay. Naturaliste Charters are the Founders of the Bremer Canyon Killer Whale Expeditions and is the only operator equipped with the knowledge and experience of the Bremer Bay Orca. Expert commentary by onboard Marine Biologist, photos and a daily blog from your expedition the water. Every expedition is led by a qualified Marine Biologist with extensive knowledge and experience in local marine ecology, wildlife and environmental education. This ensures you are receiving correct and current high calibre information all while being able to assist in conducting research on board. Their depth of ocean knowledge and its inhabitants allows them to deliver informative, educational and inspirational experiences to guests and be able to explain the unique encounter you are witnessing as it unfolds! On conclusion you will be transferred to Bremer Bay airstrip and chartered back.

Overnight accommodation: The Beach House at Bayside

Day 4

Albany

Today is a day at leisure. In a single day, you can relax with a glass of the region’s world-renowned wine, matched with local truffles and freshwater crayfish, and experience some of the natural treasures that make the South West one of the world’s 36 biodiversity hotspots. Watch humpback whales on their annual migration. Find hidden gems in ancient caves. Climb the Granite Skywalk near Albany. Take a postcard-perfect snap of Greens Pool while in Denmark. Stroll through forests of timber giants. Discover rare flora and fauna found nowhere else on Earth. The breathtaking beauty of Albany’s rugged coastline creates a fitting backdrop to a dramatic whaling, convict and settler history and a sensational south coast adventure. This charming city marks the spot where the first European settlers set foot in Western Australia, and much of their legacy remains today with around 50 colonial buildings standing proudly as museums, galleries and restaurants. From convict prisons, whaling ships and taverns to quaint cottages and grand National Trust residences, you can take in almost two centuries of history on a 30-minute self-guided walk, following the Amity Trail.

Overnight accommodation: The Beach House at Bayside

Day 5

Albany - Perth

Today you will be transferred back to Albany Airport for your flight to Perth. On arrival into Perth International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.

Overnight Accommodation: COMO The Treasury

Day 6

Perth - Exmouth

Today you will be transferred back to Perth International Airport for your flight to Exmouth. On arrival you will be met and join a shared transfer to Ningaloo Reef Sal Salis. The rest of the day is yours at leisure.

Overnight Accommodation: Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef Safari Camp

Days 7-9

Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef

Over the next few days you are at leisure. Enjoy included activities at the accommodation. The coastal reef and inshore waters of Ningaloo Reef provide one of Australia’s great marine experiences. Sal Salis is open from mid-March to mid-November. If you want to experience something special on your trip each year between mid-March and July you can swim with Whale Sharks, the world’s largest fish. Fortunately for most sea-dwellers (and for us) they feed primarily on plankton and krill, taking in huge gulps of water and filtering out their microscopic meal.

Your included whale shark experience begins with a transfer to Tantabiddi Boat Ramp (about 25 minutes’ drive) where you will meet your experienced skipper and crew for the day. Morning tea is usually served as you motor out into the Indian Ocean to begin the search for the whale sharks, this is aided by a spotter aircraft that relays sightings to the skipper. The crew will help you get kitted out in wetsuits and snorkel gear; they will also provide a thorough briefing. During the course of the day your crew will keep an eye out for turtles, dolphins, dugongs, rays and sea birds and there is usually time for a snorkel at the back of the Reef. A delicious lunch featuring fresh Western Australian produce is provided.

From August to October, the magnificent Humpback whales swim through the waters of the Ningaloo Marine Park. They can be seen from the camp or you can experience a swim right alongside them. Stretching 260km the Ningaloo Reef is the longest fringing coastal reef in the world. At high tide, you only have to wander 10 metres offshore to reach it. All snorkelling gear and wetsuits are provided for you. With over 500 species of fish, 250 coral varieties and 600 types of mollusc there is plenty to marvel at. The area near the camp is also a major breeding spot for Hawksbill, Green and Loggerhead Turtles. A guided Kayak tour is a perfect way to explore more of the reef. Head further out in your kayaks to snorkel some of the deeper lagoons. The lagoons in the Reef are some of the best snorkelling spots, showcasing the life cycle of the reef as well as stunning marine life. Explore some of the backcountry in the Cape Range, and venture down the coast. Your guide will share their knowledge of local flora and fauna with you as they quietly sneak up on the resident colony of rare black-footed rock wallabies in Mandu Mandu Gorge, or explain the local geomorphology and fossil history during a hike up Yardie Creek, one of the only sources of permanent water in the Cape Range National park and bursting with life.

Overnight accommodation: Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef Safari Camp

Day 10

Ningaloo Reef Sal Salis - Perth

Today you will be transferred back to Exmouth Airport by shared transfer for your flight to Perth. On arrival you will be transferred to your accommodation. The rest of the evening is yours at leisure.

Overnight Accommodation: COMO The Treasury

Day 11

Depart Perth

Today you will be transferred to Perth International Airport for your onward international flights home.

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