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    Criss-crossing up 'n' back the Western Australian coast, get unplugged and away from the city for a journey full of highlights. Take in dramatic scenery from the desert to the sea, enjoy wind along hilltops overlooking turquoise surf, and marvel at the graceful sight of local marine life.

    Journey through the natural wonders, vast expanses, and jaw-dropping landscapes of northern and western Australia on this incredible 7-day adventure from Perth to Carnarvon and back. Question why chimney-like limestones stick out of the desert at The Pinnacles or how the Stromatolites still exist at Hamelin Bay. Marvel at the spectacular sights of Kalbarri National Park, and have your breath taken away by the underwater world of Shark Bay, before ending each day with a spectacular sunset.

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    YOU PAY FROM $2,351pp $1,599 AFTER GCASH TRAVEL CREDITS

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    Trip Highlights

    There are so many highlights on this trip but the stand-out is the wild dolphin experience in Monkey Mia. Join a professional guide and encounter wild Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins on one of the world’s great wildlife experiences.

    Wild dolphin experience in Monkey Mia

    For more than 50 years wild Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins have visited the shallows at Monkey Mia. This encounter is one of the world’s great wildlife experiences and attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year.

    Explore the famous limestone structures of Nambung National Park

    A visit to Nambung National Park's Pinnacles is a must. Found between Cervantes and Jurien Bay, these amazing natural limestone structures, some standing as high as 3.5 metres, were formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago, after the sea receded and left deposits of sea shells. Over time, coastal winds removed the surrounding sand, leaving the pillars exposed to the elements.

    More trip highlights:

    Ocean Park Aquarium with shark feeding experience

    Explore the wonders of the Shark Bay Marine Park with a marine scientist by your side on a fun, highly educational tour that will leave you breathless. Watch the raw fury of sharks feeding, discover endangered sea turtles, highly venomous sea snakes, excruciating stonefish and more!

    Drive Carnarvon's popular 'Fruit Loop Track'

    When visiting Carnarvon, take a drive along the scenic North and South River Roads, known as “The Fruit Loop Track”. The drive will take you past cactus farms and working plantations – some of which run roadside stalls or shop fronts where you can purchase a wide range of preserves, dried fruits and ice-creams made fresh from seasonal fruit and vegetables.

    Kalbarri National Park Skywalk experience

    Breathtaking twin skywalks in Kalbarri National Park boast stunning vistas of the Murchison River Gorge's rust-red cliffs, flowing water and bushland from high above.

    Explore Yanchep's Crystal Caves

    See Perth’s only tourist cave and experience an underground wonderland full of natural cave decorations such as stalagmites, helictites, columns and shawls throughout this 'stream cave'. During the guided walk you will discover the cave’s history, geology and the ecosystem that lies within.

    Visit the remarkable Hamelin Pool stromatolites

    A visit to the remarkable Hamelin Pool stromatolites in Western Australia is a must when holidaying in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. The Hamelin Pool stromatolites are oldest and largest living fossils on earth and are apart of the Earth's evolutionary history.

    Witness Lancelin's spectacular sand dunes

    Afternoon offshore winds and a protective outlying reef make raffish little Lancelin a heaven-sent destination. Spend some time in Lancelin and marvel at it's famed mountainous white sand dunes and clean blue waters.

    Global Escapes Travel

    In the style of most Global Escapes Independent Traveler itineraries, this is a perfect blend of self-guided adventure and forward-planning to ensure that the main elements are organised in advance allowing for plenty of time to relax and take in each place you visit.

    Member Pricing

    Getaway Cash (GCash) travel credits reduce the price of your trip from retail down to industry-wholesale. Free Flights Vouchers further discount your holiday.

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    Bronze star self-drive or group package

    • 7 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 11 towns/places of interest visited
    • 6 nights' Bronze standard accommodation
    • 6 breakfasts
    • 6 lunches
    • 3 dinners
    • 14 excursions/activities

    Detailed inclusions

    RETAIL VALUE

    $2,351pp

    GETAWAY CASH CREDITS APPLIED

    -$752

    YOU PAY*

    $1,599

    DISCOUNT OFF RETAIL VALUE: 32%

    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price, Getaway Cash travel credit usage, Free Flights Voucher usage and deposit amount varies according to travel date. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Full booking terms and conditions are available here.

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    Simply submit a booking enquiry and we'll automatically provide you with a 3-month Travel Club Trial account. No payment is required and you get instant access to member prices.

    Inclusions

    "Western Australia's picturesque and rugged beauty was made to be explored."

    Covering an immense distance at a leisurely pace, this trip serves as the perfect getaway for those looking to unearth some of Australia's most serene delights.

    This is a first-class travel itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Self-guided for independent travellers

    Travel Type

    We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide.

    BOOKING ENQUIRY

    Perfect for clubs/groups. This trip is fully flexible and can be easily customised to suit any group size and interests.

    Bronze star self-drive or group package $1,599 (+ $752 GCash credits)

    1 night accommodation in Geraldton

    Spend 1 night in the heart of Geraldton, a cozy town perfect for exploring the Coral Coast from.

    2 nights accommodation in Monkey Mia

    Nestled on the beach, this Monkey Mia accommodation will have you waking up in paradise.

    1 night accommodation in Carnarvon

    Located in the heart of Gascoyne, with perfect views of Whitlock Island, this accommodation provides a serene setting with easy access to Carvarvon’s city centre.

    1 night accommodation in Kalbarri

    Where the ancient rugged outback meets white sand beaches, Kalbarri is the ultimate ocean-side adventure playground. Your centrally located accommodation provides you with easy access to the city centre as well as the popular Chinaman's Beach.

    1 night accommodation in Lancelin

    Situated near the beach, your accommodation will have you waking up to perfect, clear waters and white sandy beaches.

    Ocean Park Aquarium with shark feeding experience

    Explore the wonders of the Shark Bay Marine Park with a marine scientist by your side on a fun, highly educational tour that will leave you breathless. Watch the raw fury of sharks feeding, discover endangered sea turtles, highly venomous sea snakes, excruciating stonefish and more!

    Yanchep Crystal Caves tour

    See Perth’s only tourist cave and experience an underground wonderland full of natural cave decorations such as stalagmites, helictites, columns and shawls throughout this 'stream cave'. During the guided walk you will discover the cave’s history, geology and the ecosystem that lies within.

    6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 3 dinners

    Dine at hand-picked restaurants and cafes in each of your destinations. 6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, and 3 dinners are included on this trip.

    7 days car hire (can be changed to bus)

    Self-drive or bus charter for a group. Embark on an epic self-guided adventure of Western Australia's west coast. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and discover everything this exciting region has to offer.

    Exclusions and options:

    • Other meals can be arranged at an affordable price
    • A professional tour director is available for medium to large groups

    Other information:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Flexible for any group size (2 or more)
    • Tour director notes supplied for great organisation and more fun
    • Group package discount available
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    This tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants.

    Some substitution of activities might be required subject to travel date and/or day of week as not all activities operate seven days a week.

    Carefully selected accommodation:

    Hotel standards

    Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.

    Fully customisable:

    This itinerary is fully customisable to suit your requirements. Your personal travel consultant is available to discuss changes and additions that will enhance your travel experience.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies. Total price after Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable, is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Flight pricing included in packages or other estimates is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. Travel insurance included (if any) is a provision only. We will supply factual, comparitive information on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

    Overview:

    Australia's west coast boasts some of the world's best beaches set against a backdrop of rugged Outback terrain - perfect for a road trip like no other. This unique adventure 7-day adventure brings you face-to-face with the region's best natural wonders and gives you a taste of Western Australia's highlights.

    "To Travel is to Live" - Hans Christian Andersen

    Logistics Start City/Location Perth: Your group meeting place. (Start time is flexible.)
    End City Perth: Your group meeting place.
    Meeting & Pick-up Arrangements* If there are multiple pickups, we will advise timing in advance.
    Duration 7 days
    Departure Time 8.45 am
    Return Time 3.00 pm

    * All charter tour packages are flexible. Talk to us about meeting and pickup arrangements that suit your group.

    Your Day-to-day Itinerary:

    DAY 1:  PERTH - JURIEN BAY - GERALDTON

    Leaving Perth city, our epic West Coast adventure begins. Driving north to Nambung National Park, we will stop in to explore The Pinnacles; these ancient rock sculptures rise out of the desert, providing a spectacular view. Don’t forget your camera!


    Jurien Bay

    Our next destination is the beautiful Jurien Bay. Stroll the jetty, taking in the scenery before enjoying a delicious lunch. From here we will continue on through to Geraldton, where we will stay the night. After checking-in to the accommodation, enjoy some free time in the afternoon. In the evening, rejoin the group for dinner at L’Italiano Restaurant.

    Note: Entry to The Pinnacles is not included, a $15 fee per vehicle is to be paid at the park.

    Meals: Lunch and dinner.

    DAY 2:  GERALDTON - KALBARRI - SHARK BAY

    Enjoy a coffee and stroll Geraldton’s white sandy beaches before uniting with the group for the journey to Kalbarri.

    Upon arrival, we will make our way to Rainbow Jungle, the largest parrot free-flight aviary in Australia. Walk through gorgeous forests and enjoy close encounters with friendly birds before having lunch at Black Rock Cafe. After lunch, we will visit the beautiful Shell Beach before heading to Kalbarri National Park for a Skywalk experience. Take in the spectacular views and enjoy the fresh air before getting back on the road and continuing up to Shark Bay.

    Checking-in to the accommodation, the rest of the night is yours to enjoy at leisure. Group dinner arrangements are optional but can be made upon request.

    Note: Entry into Rainbow Jungle ($14 per person) and Kalbarri National Park Skywalk ($15 per vehicle, carrying up to 12 people) are not included and require to be paid directly to the venues.

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch.

    DAY 3: SHARK BAY

    Today you’ll be waking up in paradise; enjoy your breakfast with a spectacular view before heading to Monkey Mia beach for a wild dolphin experience. Afterwards, we will stroll the idyllic shores around the Francoise Peron National Park, admiring another slice of Western Australian coastline.


    Wild dolphin experience in Monkey Mia

    Explore the wonders of Shark Bay’s Ocean Park & Aquarium on a guided tour. After an unforgettable shark feeding experience, replenish with a delicious lunch at Boughshed Restaurant. In the afternoon, we will head to the Shark Bay Discovery & Heritage centre where we will learn about the area’s rich Indigenous and maritime history.

    You have some time to unwind before reuniting with the group for dinner at Old Pearler Restaurant.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    DAY 4: SHARK BAY - HAMELIN POOL - CARNARVON

    Following breakfast, we will hit the road and head to Hamelin Pool to view the fascinating stromatolites. After a short break, we will continue along the highway to Carnarvon. Upon arrival, lunch will be served at Sunsets Cafe, overlooking One Mile Jetty. Afterwards, we will visit Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum and learn about the role Carnarvon played in the manned space program and in the Australian communications industry.

    Checking-in to the accommodation, the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy at leisure. Group dinner arrangements are optional but can be made upon request.

    Note: Entry to Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum is not included. A $10 entry fee is to be paid directly to the museum.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

    DAY 5: CARNARVON - KALBARRI

    After breakfast, we will embark on the famous Fruit Loop track; a drive along North and South river roads will introduce you to Carnarvon’s abundance of fresh produce and native cactus farms. Returning back to Carnarvon in the early afternoon, we will walk the spectacular One Mile Jetty before enjoying a decadent meal at Harbourside Cafe Restaurant.


    One Mile Jetty, Carnarvon

    After lunch, we will return to the road and begin our journey back to Perth. Our first stop is Kalbarri. With 444kms ahead of us, we will be making a half-way detour to Nerren Nerren to stretch our legs and enjoy a small packed afternoon tea from Carnarvon. After checking-in to our accommodation, you have some time to rest before digging into a delicious seafood dinner at Upstairs Restaurant.

    Note: Afternoon tea is not included but can be arranged.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    DAY 6: KALBARRI - CARNAMAH - LANCELIN

    Waking up in gorgeous Kalbarri, we will enjoy breakfast overlooking Gantheaume Bay before heading into outback WA. Our destination is Carnamah; along the way, we will drive through the gorgeous Three Springs region, taking in the gorgeous floral scenery. Stopping in Carnamah for the afternoon, we will visit the Carnamah Museum and replenish with lunch before returning to the road.


    Carnamah flowers

    Our home for the night is Lancelin, a small coastal town famous for its spectacular sand dunes. After checking in to our accommodation, we will take some time to walk the Lancelin jetty and watch the sun set. The rest of the evening is yours to enjoy. Group dinner arrangements are optional but can be made upon request.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

    DAY 7: LANCELIN - YANCHEP - PERTH

    After having breakfast by the beach, we set our sights on the nearby town of Yanchep where we will explore their spectacular Crystal Caves. Embarking on a guided walk, you will discover the cave’s history, geology, and the ecosystem that lies within.

    Afterwards, we will continue on to Perth, completing your unforgettable coastal explorer.

    Meals: Breakfast.

    FAQ's for This Package

    Flights are not included in this package. If required, we'll happily price flights for you to suit your requirements along with transfers to and from the airport once the number of travelers is known. If you have accumulated Australian Escapes Free Flights vouchers, these can be used to reduce the overall price (limits will apply).

    All of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we'll go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied in all overnight destinations. It will be hotel style rated Bronze Standard or above. This means high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and high quality.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    All tours are flexible. In this case the base tour package has been designed for a club or other group of 20 or more on an "Exclusive group charter" basis. However it can be modified to suit a "Small group charter" to suit groups of as few as 6 people. Couples or small groups of say 3 to 6 could do this trip as a self-guided holiday.

    When you arrive at each destination on your trip your tour director will show you around and point out places of interest. A professional tour director is provided and recommended for exclusive charters of 20 or more people. A group trip organiser may also fill this role.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    Yes, the idea of our tour packages is to get you to the destinations on the itinerary where you can stay with the main group or go off on your own if you prefer. Flexibility is the essential ingredient.

    Yes, however please ensure that you mention this requirement so we can be certain that arrangements are made where needed. You do need to be traveling with a person who will provide personal assistance.

    Yes, and if rain is forecast you should be prepared with a compact umbrella or rainproof jacket as preferred.

    Yes we do. Dietary requirements affect included set meals and will be taken into consideration during the planning process.

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) Many will show "Join a departure" dates to suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for your group size as pricing is often affected by the number of people.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van. It means that you guide yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required.

    One of the challenges in managing tour groups is making sure everyone can hear what is being said. Audio-guide equipment enables the tour guide or manager to communicate via microphone and headset with all members of the tour group. For groups of 12 or more a tour-guide system is recommended.

    On multi-day tours where accommodation is supplied you will often have a choice of accommodation types at the same hotel or resort. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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