Perth to Exmouth Tour 7 Days
Perth to Exmouth Tour | Exmouth Explorer
Book Now! Special WA departure operating 4th June 2021
$1345 Basic Dormitory (shared)
$1840 Standard Double (private)
$2335 Standard Single (private)
Not suitable for infants or children 5 years and under.
Children aged between 6 and 17 years old are required to stay in a shared private room and must be accompanied by a legal guardian or adult.
Basic Dormitory and Single Room fares apply to Adults 18+ over.
Introducing our Perth to Exmouth Tour 7 days
Discover why Western Australia is a nature lovers’ paradise. Become an Exmouth Explorer and experience the many wonders of the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef. As you journey through the idyllic West Coast you will experience a totally different side to Australia, a region many are yet to discover!
Start your adventure in the most remote capital city of Perth before heading north into the nature lovers’ paradise that is Western Australia. Hike down in to of the Murchison River and peek through Nature’s Window into an ancient gorge. read more
For those seeking a unique view over the gorge, there’ll also be an opportunity to test your abseil skills (own expense). A visit to the World Heritage Listed region of Shark Bay will leave you in awe of the beauty of nature. Here you can marvel at a beach made entirely of tiny shells, meet the world’s oldest living fossils, the stromatolites, and witness dolphins playing just offshore at Monkey Mia. The region is not only home to around 2000 wild dolphins but also turtles, dugongs, kangaroos and emus! Be amazed by your visit to the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef, known for its diverse marine life, manta rays and whale shark visitors! Stay overnight in Coral Bay, a town right by the beach which boasts coral so close to shore you can swim out to view it. Or join a search of whale sharks or manta rays. Whether you choose to join a boat tour or simply relax on the beach, the pristine beaches and turquoise waters here will leave a truly lasting impression. We follow the road as far north as Exmouth Cape, a place where rugged almost down to the sea. Stand atop Vlamingh Head at the lighthouse for views over the reef and ranges. In spring, you may even spot the migrating humpback whales go by. Complete your tour of the Cape with a visit to the snorkelling haven of Turquoise Bay. From Exmouth, we make our way back down towards Perth stopping for many comfort breaks along the way. Take this last opportunity for you to solidify new friendships and reflect on your adventure together.
For those seeking a unique view over the gorge, there’ll also be an opportunity to test your abseil skills (own expense). A visit to the World Heritage Listed region of Shark Bay will leave you in awe of the beauty of nature. Here you can marvel at a beach made entirely of tiny shells, meet the world’s oldest living fossils, the stromatolites, and witness dolphins playing just offshore at Monkey Mia.
The region is not only home to around 2000 wild dolphins but also turtles, dugongs, kangaroos and emus! Be amazed by your visit to the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef, known for its diverse marine life, manta rays and whale shark visitors! Stay overnight in Coral Bay, a town right by the beach which boasts coral so close to shore you can swim out to view it. Or join a search of whale sharks or manta rays. Whether you choose to join a boat tour or simply relax on the beach, the pristine beaches and turquoise waters here will leave a truly lasting impression.
We follow the road as far north as Exmouth Cape, a place where rugged almost down to the sea. Stand atop Vlamingh Head at the lighthouse for views over the reef and ranges. In spring, you may even spot the migrating humpback whales go by. Complete your tour of the Cape with a visit to the snorkelling haven of Turquoise Bay. From Exmouth, we make our way back down towards Perth stopping for many comfort breaks along the way. Take this last opportunity for you to solidify new friendships and reflect on your adventure together.
- Tour Code: PXR7
- Operates Fridays
- Departs 7:25am
- Returns 5:00pm approx
- 6 x Breakfast, 6 x lunch, 6 x dinner
- 6 night accommodation
- National Park entry fees
- Guided walks (~9km total)
- Australian wildlife sightings
- Experienced driver guide
- Air-conditioned small group travel
- Comprehensive tour commentary
- Select inner city pick up / drop off
- Wonder at the limestone outcrops of The Pinnacles
- Explore the stunning gorges of Kalbarri National Park
- Hike to Nature’s Window and the Z Bend in Murchison Gorge
- Experience a wild dolphin encounter in Monkey Mia
- Wander along Shell Beach made entirely of tiny white cockle shells
- Snorkel the Ningaloo Reef and discover the underwater world of Coral Bay
- Opportunity to swim with Manta Rays, Whalesharks or dive The Navy Pier
- Relax & unwind in the clear waters of Turquoise Bay
- Guided tour of Cape Range National Park with spectacular lighthouse views
- Stay overnight at a unique and traditional Australian Farmstay before returning to Perth
Perth to Exmouth Return Tour – Leong, 2019
“First time I joined a tour like that and it was quite simply amazing.
I joined the 7 Day Perth Exmouth Perth tour. The pick-up/drop-off from/to my hostel was easy and comfortable, the guide (Jason) was very friendly, funny, knowledgeable and a terrific guy!…”
Accomodations are adequate, the food is alright and the sights are stunning!
The group is was travelling with was outstanding!”
Day 1 – Perth to Kalbarri National Park
Kick-off your adventure with a guided tour through the Pinnacles Desert before enjoying lunch by the sea then journey up Indian Ocean Drive for some stunning coastal views. After a quick stop in Geraldton and if time permits a visit to the pink lake (seasonal, not guaranteed) then it’s on to the seaside town of Kalbarri for our overnight accommodation. (L, D) Driving distance 575km. Walking distance 2km.
Day 2 – Kalbarri National Park to Monkey Mia, Shark Bay
Visit the marvels of The Murchison Gorge, Nature’s Window and Z-Bend in Kalbarri National Park where water has carved its way through sandstone. Here you have the option to try abseiling (additional cost). Witness bright pops of colour here during wildflower season (spring). Enjoy a great photo opportunity at Nature’s Window before strolling a beach made entirely of tiny shells. Then it’s on to Monkey Mia for our accommodation by the beach. (B, L, D) Driving distance 450km. Walking distance 4km.
Day 3 – Monkey Mia, Shark Bay to Coral Bay
This morning meet the famous Monkey Mia Dolphins and get some amazing photos. Enjoy chill-out time on the beach here or enjoy a coffee at the restaurant before we get back on the road mid-morning. We’ll visit the fascinating rock formations, the Stromatolites, before settling into our accommodation in Coral Bay, located right on the famous Ningaloo Reef. (B, L, D) Driving distance 580km. Walking distance 2km.
Day 4 – Coral Bay and Ningaloo Reef
You’ll have most of the day to explore the Ningaloo Reef at your own leisure. Choose to join a boat tour or enjoy free time to experience the beautiful beaches Coral Bay has to offer. Go for a stroll on the beach and check out the shark nursery, swim with the manta rays (additional cost) or go for a snorkel on the Ningaloo Reef only metres from shore. This evening we take the short drive up the peninsula to Exmouth and check into our accommodation for two nights in the town centre. (B, L, D) Driving distance 155km.
Day 5 – Exmouth and Cape Range National Park
Today choose to do another boat tour and swim with Whale Sharks (seasonal) or explore Cape Range National park, a spectacular place of rugged limestone ranges, breathtaking deep canyons and 50km of pristine beaches. Relax on the beach or choose to go snorkelling at the stunning Turquoise Bay (snorkel hire available), visit Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, relax at Milyering Visitors Center and more before we return to our accommodation late afternoon. (B, L, D) Driving distance 135km. Walking distance 1km.
Day 6 – Exmouth to Northampton
Visit the town of Carnarvon and one of the local banana or mango plantations (seasonal) and stay overnight at our accommodation on an Australian wheat farm. (B, L, D) Driving distance 785km.
Day 7 – Northampton to Perth
Take in the last views of the scenic countryside before making our way back towards Perth. We’ll stop along the way to walk among the incredible Lancelin dunes. Then kick back and relax on the bus for the last stretch to Perth, with drop off starting around 5:00pm. (B) Driving distance 465km.
What to bring
1.5 Litre water bottle,15kg soft luggage and small day bag, any medications you usually take, Please ensure you pack appropriately, all weather conditions, warm jacket, thermals, woollen hat is advisable for the colder months, sturdy comfortable walking/hiking shoes with tread, hat, sunscreen & sunglasses, swimmers, towel & toiletries, camp torch/headlamp, camera
- Any meals not indicated
- Additional tours or hire equipment (see below)
- Travel insurance highly recommended
Kalbarri Abseil – for 2 descents (beginners)
Start the day with adventure by abseiling down the gorge walls in Kalbarri National Park with Kalbarri Abseil. No previous experience is necessary, as full training will be provided on site. All equipment provided also. Get photos on your own camera, as guests not participating can take photos for you!
Swim with Manta Rays on the Ningaloo Reef with Coral Bay Ecotours
Enjoy a 5-6 hour tour of the Ningaloo Reef with Coral Bay Ecotours. The day includes all equipment, including a short length wetsuit if required, morning and afternoon tea and a buffet style lunch of cold meats and salads. Enjoy the underwater dance of the manta rays as well as 2 reef snorkels where you will see beautiful fish, corals and possibly sea turtles and reef sharks! They’ll also make a visit to the turtle sanctuary, where you can view turtles coming up for a breath in the shallows. (competent swimmers only)
Glass Bottom Boat on the Ningaloo Reef with Coral Bay Ecotours
Join Coral Bay Ecotours for a tour of the Ningaloo Reef on board their glass bottom boat. Learn about the tropical and temperate fish and corals you see under the glass. Choose between a 1,2 or 3 hour journey. The 1 hour is glass viewing only. The 2 hour journey includes viewing through the glass and a snorkel site. The 3 hour includes viewing through the glass, snorkelling and a visit to the turtle sanctuary, where you can view turtles feeding and coming up for air in the shallows. Your skipper can even try to get the turtles under the glass for you! Snorkel tours include equipment.
Whaleshark swim with Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours
(Seasonal March-July) Get set for an unforgettable day, as you head out to swim next to the biggest fish in the sea, the whale shark! This is truly a once in a lifetime experience and one that you will never forget! Start the day with a reef snorkel, where you can explore the coral gardens and view beautiful fish. You may even spot a sea turtle or reef shark! Then experience the awe of swimming along-side the whale shark, which are typically 5-10m in length here! All equipment is provided, including a wet-suit if required. Morning and afternoon tea and a delicious lunch also included. (competent swimmers only)
Whaleshark/Humpback Whale swim with Kings Ningaloo Reef Tours
(Seasonal Aug – Sept) Join King’s Ningaloo Reef tours for an unforgettable day out on the water. Start the day with a reef snorkel, where you can enjoy the beautiful coral gardens and fish. You may even spot some turtles or reef sharks! Then they’ll head out in search of humpback whales and whale sharks with the help of a spotter plane. The humpback whale swim is dependent on the willingness of the whales to be part of the tour. In the event the whales are uncooperative, the plane will search for another group. Should a whale shark be spotted on the day also, guests can upgrade their ticket to include a whale shark swim for an additional $110. All equipment is included as well as a wetsuit if required. Moring and afternoon tea and a buffet style lunch supplied also. (competent swimmers only)
Scuba Dive the Navy Pier with Dive Ningaloo
(Certified divers only) The Navy Pier Exmouth has been voted one of the top 10 dive sites in Australia and one of the top shore dives in the world. The dive is to a maximum depth of 15m and strong currents mean that dives can only be completed during slack tide. Therefore, dive times will vary day to day. Search for nudibranchs, scorpion fish, octopus and eels. Huge groupers, sea snakes, grey nurse sharks, reef sharks and wobbegongs are commonly seen here also, as well as a beautiful array of fish and corals. There is a $50 Navy Entrance payable in cash only on the day (included in above pricing). All equipment supplied.
Scuba Dive the Ningaloo Reef with Exmouth Dive Centre
Explore the underwater world during 2 reef dives with Exmouth Dive Centre. There are numerous dive sites to choose from and these will be selected on the day based on conditions. Tours typically run from 7.30am until 4.30pm. See amazing coral formations, beautiful fish, reef sharks, turtles, nudibranchs, eels and more during your 2 dives. All equipment is provided.
*Please note these tours are not operated by us and can have different terms and conditions. We recommend you contact the operator directly via their websites for booking details and terms and conditions. Weather can impact on these tours, which is outside of our control. Tours may be cancelled, in which case a full refund will be issued by the operator. As we are dealing with wildlife, they are always expected but never guaranteed.
Where to meet
Our central meeting point is 7:25am Criterion Hotel, 560 HAY ST, PERTH.
Below is a full list of our hotel pick locations.
6:40am Fremantle Prison YHA, 6A THE TERRACE, FREMANTLE.
7:10am Rendezvous Hotel Perth Central, 24 MOUNT ST, PERTH.
7:25am Criterion Hotel, 560 HAY ST, PERTH.
7:35am Hostel G. 80 STIRLING ST, PERTH.
7:40am Billabong Backpackers, 381 BEAUFORT ST, PERTH.
7:45am The Witches Hat Hostel, 148 PALMERSTON ST, NORTH PERTH.
8:05am Whitfords Train Station, STATION ENTRANCE, KINGSLEY.
** Please arrive 5-10 mins prior to your nominated pickup location, so as not to delay or miss your tour.
Cancellations within 14 days or failure to board on the day, will result in 100% full fare forfeiture. Date change fees apply outside of 14 days $150 per person. Read Full Terms and Conditions here
Our commitment to sustainability
At Autopia Tours, we actively promote the protection of flora and fauna on our Perth to Exmouth Tour. It is our duty to ensure there is minimal disturbance to this National Heritage Listed region and the species that call it home. Cultural sensitivity and respect for the traditional owners should also be shown at all times.
Part of our responsibility is educating guests on minimal impact practices and the importance of ensuring the safety of wildlife and the environmental sustainability of the destinations we visit.
Learn more about EcoTourism: https://www.ecotourism.org.au/
Autopia Tours would like to begin by paying our respects to the traditional owners of this country. Please be conscious and respectful of the sensitivities of indigenous culture and the spiritual connection they have with the land at all times.
The natural behaviours of wildlife are to be respected and not interfered with. When viewing wildlife, people should take care to avoid rapid or sudden movements, which could frighten the animal, and should keep noise to a minimum and refrain from touching, petting or feeding all wildlife including birds. Contact with people can introduce diseases to wildlife and can cause them to become aggressive.
Wildlife should not be handled or fed, unless by certified wildlife handlers. Feeding wildlife can alter their natural foraging behaviour and can lead to disease or illness through contact with people and the introduction of foods that are harmful to their digestive system. Feeding wildlife can also cause them to become aggressive toward people.
Wildlife that appears to be in distress, injured or in danger should be reported immediately to the appropriate authority, such as your Guide/Tour Leader, a National Park Ranger or Visitor Centre Staff.
Protecting our National Parks
People should remain on designated walking tracks, behind safety barriers/fences and follow all directions given by the guide/tour leader. Venturing off these can alter fragile ecosystems and can harm wildlife shelters and native vegetation. There are other dangers to be aware of too, such as cliff edges, unstable rock formations, overhanging tree branches and slippery ground cover. Remaining on tracks ensures safe visitation for guests and the environment.
No flora or fauna should be removed from their natural setting. This includes dead wood, fallen leaves, flowers and so forth, as they form part of the ecosystem of the region and their removal could cause a disturbance.
All buses are fitted with waste bins. No organic waste should be disposed of onto the ground. Although organic, items such as banana peels, apple cores, bread and other food scraps, are not natural/native to the region and can introduce pest species, diseases or harm to wildlife if found and eaten. We recommend all passengers bring a water bottle with you on our Perth to Exmouth Tours. Purchasing bottled water contributes large amounts of plastic into the landfill. Therefore, we ask guests to bring their own bottle, as there is access to water refill stations available on our vehicles. Please ensure you stay hydrated throughout the tour to reduce the risk of sun exposure and dehydration.
All our guides carry a current Level 2 First Aid certificate. Please report any accident or illness to your tour guide. We recommend anyone with an existing medical condition to carry their medication with them on tour and to notify their tour guide at the beginning of the tour.
If you are a smoker! We ask you to refrain from smoking whilst in the company of other passengers and limit it to designated smoking areas. Smoking is not permitted on any of our vehicles, or in any type of accommodation including permanent campsites. We make frequent ‘comfort stops’ to allow free time for guests but cannot guaranteed smoke breaks. Please ensure you dispose of your cigarette butt responsibly and appropriately.
Customer Trip Report
Perth to Exmouth Tour – by Marilou B, Netherlands. Tuesday 9th April 2019
Last Tuesday I took off on what was gonna be one of the best trips I’ve ever done! Our tour guide Paul (aka Meatloaf) picked us up in Perth in the morning and off we went to start our 7 day trip along the west coast to Exmouth.
Our first stop was the Pinnacles desert. The Pinnacles are limestone formations in Nambung National Park. Wasn’t sure what to expect from this, but once you get there you understand why it’s a must see if you’re around! There were hundreds, if not thousands of funny looking rock formations. It really makes you feel like you are walking around on a different moon-like planet. And the blue sky made for great photo opportunities.
After we enjoyed lunch on a beautiful spot next to the ocean, we had a couple of hours of coastal drive and were lucky to see an amazing sunset on the beach before we went on to our accommodation for the night in Kalbarri.
During our dinner, prepared by Meatloaf (a great chef by the way!), a guy called Cole came and explained about an optional activity for the next day: abseiling in Kalbarri National Park! Couldn’t wait!!
After a good night sleep full of new impressions, we got up early morning to have some breaky, make our lunch for later and leave early so we wouldn’t be out in the national park during the hottest time of the day.
Kalbarri National Park was definitely one of the highlights of the trip! After a short hike we came to the adrenaline pumping part of the day; abseiling! Always love a bit of adventure and hadn’t done abseiling before, so was very excited to be able to get the chance to do this, especially in such a beautiful place. I got a little nervous when we had to put our gear on and the first one went over the edge. But Cole’s help and banter definitely helped everyone with their nerves and made it so much more fun! The best thing is that we got to go twice, so the second time around I had time to actually enjoy the views and make some bigger jumps.
After the abseiling we went on a bit of a hike down to the river, where you had the most beautiful views of the gorge, it was absolutely gorgeous ;). The red colour of the stones, the lush green bushes and again blue skies, just stunning!!
After the hike, we went to one other spot called ‘nature’s window’ where you have some awesome photo opportunities (definitely one for on Instagram ;)). Luckily that was only a short walk, as it was already getting quite hot!
After Kalbarri National Park we went on to our next accommodation; Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort. Monkey Mia is a little resort in Denham, based around the dolphin experience they have every morning, but more about that later.
The resort itself is stunning with a beautiful pool, great facilities and a paradise-looking beach with palm trees, white sand and some dolphins not too far from the beach if you’re lucky!
Oh and don’t be surprised if an emu comes to say g’day while you’re eating your dinner, they’re one of the locals roaming around.
We had some free time for a nice swim, then an Aussie BBQ was on the menu, yum! After dinner, we went for a walk to the jetty with Meatloaf and the group. It was already dark and as this little resort is far from everything, we were able to see one of the most amazing skies full of stars I’ve ever seen!! Meatloaf had so many interesting facts and stories about our little galaxy, I think we were on the jetty for at least an hour, stargazing. Definitely a night I won’t soon forget!!
The next morning the dolphin experience began. The friendly pod of wild bottlenose dolphins regularly swim to Monkey Mia’s shore to interact with the visitors up to three times a day. Due to the strict regulations, only a couple of dolphins can be fed and it cannot be more than about 10% of their daily food intake. The first time only two dolphins showed up. The rangers then randomly picked two visitors that could feed the dolphins a fish (if you want to get picked, wear a really bright or funny outfit, definitely helps!).
The second time about 8 dolphins showed up! Was really awesome to experience this from up close, we were literally standing a couple of meters away with our toes in the water!
After leaving monkey Mia we went to Shell Beach, a beach made out of tiny little white shells (tip: use the Slo-Mo setting on your phone and take a little video of yourself throwing the shells in the air, pretty cool!). Then, after a short stop at the Stromatolites (fascinating rock formations), we went on to Coral Bay, located right on the Ningaloo Reef.
We had some chill time at the accommodation, played some pool and table tennis, then went to bed after dinner as we had to get up early the next morning to explore the reef.
The next morning we got dropped off at Coral Bay Eco Tours, where we got our snorkel gear sorted for the day and went on the boat for a marine cruise. We got to do three snorkels and saw some amazing marine life. Got to see some turtles, amazing coral and there was a ‘shark cleaning station’, where at least a dozen reef sharks were hanging out and getting cleaned by the little fish, super cool!! Was such an awesome day out on the water with a great crew!
Then after a short drive, we got to Exmouth, the place to go swimming with the whale sharks!! Something which has been on my bucket list for a long long time! Went to bed pretty early as the next day would be a pretty big day.
After signing up at The Exmouth Diving Centre we went for a drive for about 30 minutes to the jetty where the boats leave from. Not long after the safety briefing and some info about the day’s happenings, the spotter plane had already spotted the first whale shark, woohoo!! We got in the water in two groups, to make sure we got a good view and wouldn’t scare the shark away. WOW. What a magical experience that was! Swimming three meters away from these big, majestical creatures was just incredible. We were lucky the first one was a slow one, which gave us plenty of time to swim along with him, so good!!
Then not much later a second one was spotted, a bigger one this time; 8 meters!! I’ve never felt so small before. He was a little faster so it was a bit harder to keep up haha! Then the third and last one of the day was a baby one, ‘only’ 4 meters. This one was a bit more playful, swimming in circles around us and diving down and back up again!
Then to top off the day, a hammerhead shark showed up for a little visit, wow! He stuck around long enough for everyone to have a swim with him. Even the crew said this was pretty special as these sharks usually don’t stick around for long.
I don’t think the smile on my face could’ve been any bigger.
On day 6 we arrived (after a big day of driving) at our last accommodation; Northbrook Farm. Perfect place to end this trip! As soon as we arrived the farmer came and picked us up on his truck to drop off a few hay bales around the farm. After that, we got to meet Humphrey the camel and Jack the donkey and got some cuddles off of them.
Then after a beautiful sunset, we got treated to another clear sky with millions of stars for another night of stargazing, can’t get enough of it!
Then day 7 came around. Cannot believe how fast this trip went! The last day started with a great stop at the Greenough wildlife park, where we got to meet some hilarious (talking) birds, feed some hungry kangaroos and got to see some other Australian animals such as crocodiles, dingoes and emus. The very last activity of the day and this trip was sand boarding in a little holiday town called Lancelin. With some amazing ocean views on one side and desert-like views on the other, we boarded off the sand dunes a few times until we couldn’t walk up the dunes anymore (believe me, it’s a great work out walking up those dunes!).
Then it was time to say goodbye to our awesome little group as we dropped everyone back off in Perth.
Massive, massive shout out to Meatloaf for making this trip as incredible as it was. His knowledge, experience and passion just really shone through and made this trip what it was; best trip ever!”
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