Itinerary Highlights

  • Wander through a desert of mystical limestone pinnacles said to have formed 25, 000 years ago
  • Explore the rugged terrain and spectacular gorges of Kalbarri National Park
  • Witness sociable dolphins swim close to the shore and try to spot turtles and manta rays swim by
  • Stroll along Broome's pristine Cable Beach and watch spectacular sun sets over the Indian Ocean
  • Best time to travel APR - SEP

What's Included

  • Accommodation Throughout
  • Car Hire
  • International Flights
15 nights from £2,899 per person
All of our holidays are tailor-made to your requirements by an expert Travel Specialist
The Inspiring Travel Company Team
01244 435 806

Travel along Western Australia's wild coastline and through its remote regions on our 15-night West Coast Explorer fly-drive from Perth to Broome. Leave the cosmopolitan city of Perth with its cityscape of towering skyscrapers on the banks of the Swan River and head into outback territory where you will see more kangaroos than other vehicles on the road.

This spectacular stretch of coastline offers many treasures and attractions along the journey including the mystical Pinnacles Desert where you will wander through a forest of hundreds of limestone formations that are said to have formed 25,000 years ago. Hike through spectacular gorges and over rugged terrain at Kalbarri National Park, watch social dolphins and manta rays swim close to shore at Monkey Mia and swim offshore at Exmouth over the pristine Ningaloo Reef.

Your adventure will take you deep in to Western Australia's outback to Karijini National Park, a unique landscape of chasms, gorges and emerald rock pools. Your West Coast Explorer adventure ends in Broome where you can relax and soak up the sun rays at the spectacular Cable Beach. Broome is the gateway to the magnificent Kimberley region where you can join 4WD adventures to Windjana Gorge or Cape Leveque or take to the sky on a spectacular flightseeing tour over the Buccaneer Archipelago.

Itinerary

Take Qantas’ direct flight from London Heathrow to Perth.

Collect your rental vehicle from the depot at Perth Airport and make your way to your city hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to settle in to your hotel and explore the city of Perth. For impressive sweeping views of the Swan River and Perth’s skyline, head up to Kings Park, one of the world’s largest inner-city parks.

Enjoy a full day discovering Perth or take a drive to Fremantle; here you can peruse the markets, visit the historic Fremantle Prison and Western Australian Maritime Museum. For an island getaway, take the ferry to the picturesque Rottnest Island and explore the island by bicycle in search of your own secluded beach or bay. Keep a look out for the resident quokkas, the island’s famed marsupial.

Staying at  Pan Pacific Perth
Cervantes

Travel north to Cervantes, a laidback fishing village and gateway to Namburg National Park. Wander through the mystical Pinnacles Desert, home to hundreds of limestone formations that are said to have formed 25,000 - 30,000 years ago. Arrive early and you may see western grey kangaroos grazing on vegetation in the park. Visit Lake Thetis to marvel at stromatolites, some of the planets oldest living fossils.
Hotel – Pinnacles Edge Resort

Geraldton

Continue your journey on to Geraldton. Stop at Jurien Bay Marine Park and explore the underwater world. Snorkel amongst tropical fish and soft corals, and if you’re lucky you may have an encounter with sea lions and dolphins! Step back in time with a visit to Central Greenough Historic Settlement and wander through restored pioneer buildings from the 1860’s. Geraldton is blessed warm sunny weather and beautiful white sand beaches.
Hotel – Ibis Styles Geraldton

Kalbarri

Drive along the North West Coastal Highway towards Kalbarri. Spend the afternoon exploring the spectacular gorges and rugged terrain of Kalbarri National Park. Take a short walk to Meanarra Hill Lookout for 360? views of the Murchison River and Kalbarri. Hiking trails take you to spectacular rock formations such as Natures Window, which perfectly frames Murchison River, and Hawks Head where you will enjoy breath-taking gorge views.
Hotel – Kalbarri Edge Resort

Monkey Mia, Western Australia

Today’s drive will take you through red desert-like landscapes. To your west is Toolonga Nature Reserve, home to the Hamelin Skink – a lizard that only exists in this area. Stop at Hamelin Pool, one of only a handful of locations where rare living marine stromatolites can be found. Turn off towards Denham, visiting Shark Bay where billions of tiny coquina bivalve shells make up the 69-mile Shell Beach.
Hotel – Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

Monkey Mia, Western Australia

Located in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Monkey Mia is famed for its friendly and sociable dolphin population. Other marine encounters include spotting turtles, manta rays, whales and dugongs from the shore or by boat. There are several 4WD tours and scenic flights that will take you in to the unspoilt wilderness of Francois Peron National Park and the remote Dirk Hartog Island, a breeding ground for loggerhead turtles.
Hotel – Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

Carnarvon, Western Australia

Stock up on fuel and water for your drive north to Carnarvon through barren and remote landscapes. Carnarvon is a palm-fringed coastal oasis and is a popular wind and kite surfing destination. From June to November you may spot migrating whales from atop the cliffs at Cape Cuvier. Catch the Coffee Pot Train to One Mile Jetty to soak in spectacular rugged coastal views.
Hotel – Best Western Hospitality Inn

From Carnarvon, continue north towards Exmouth. Turn off at Coral, the gateway to the astonishing colours of Ningaloo Reef, rich in marine life that rivals that of the Great Barrier Reef. Whatever time of year you visit, you’re sure to see a wildlife spectacle; either turtles nesting November to February, swimming with whale sharks between March and June and spotting migrating humpback whales from June to October.
Hotel – Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort

Enjoy a complete day of relaxation in the small resort town of Exmouth, or take a tour out to the Ningaloo Reef for a snorkelling or diving experience amongst the colourful corals and tropical fish. 4WD tours to the rugged Cape Range National Park or glass bottom boat tours are popular activities from Exmouth, or during June to November you can swim with giant manta rays.
Hotel – Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort

Karijini

We suggest an early start today as the journey is 400 miles. Ensure you stock up on fuel, water and provisions beforehand, as you will be driving deep into remote outback country. During July to September colourful wildflowers carpet the desert floor and rocky landscape. Pass the iron ore mining town of Tom Price, then arrive at Karinji National Park where the earth has been carved over two billion years.
Hotel – Karinji Eco Resort

Karijini

Discover spectacular chasms, sparkling waterfalls, emerald rock pools and plunging gorges in Karinji National Park on a guided tour. For the more adventurous and active, spend the day hiking, abseiling and climbing through deep narrow gorges and sliding off four-metre high waterfalls on a canyoning adventure with professional guides. If you wish to witness the vast Pilbara region from the air, take to the skies on a helicopter tour.
Hotel – Karinji Eco Resort

Port Hedland, Western Australia

Leave Karinji National Park and travel north along the Great Northern Highway to Port Hedland, the gateway and port to Australia’s massive iron ore exports from the surrounding Pilbara region. Tour BHP’s Nelson Point facility, where ships are loaded with iron ore, and you will gain an insight into the workings of one of the world’s leading iron ore producers. Wander the streets on a self-guided street art tour.
Hotel – Ibis Styles Port Hedland

We suggest an early start, ensuring you have stocked up on fuel, water and provisions for your drive through the Great Sandy Desert and along the Indian Ocean coastline to the remote beach resort of Broome. Stop for a picnic lunch at 80-mile beach, about half way between Port Hedland and Broome. This area is one of Australia’s most important sites for migratory shorebirds.
Hotel – Seashells Broome

Broome was built on the pearling trade has created a multicultural melting pot which is evident in its mix of colonial and Asian architecture in the town’s Chinatown. Broome is most famed for its 14-mile white sand Cable Beach and memorable sunsets. Broome is the gateway for tours to the magnificent Kimberley region, Windjana Gorge, Buccaneer Archipelago and Cape Leveque.
Hotel – Seashells Broome

Drop your vehicle at the car rental depot at Broome Airport in time for your flight back to the UK.

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