West Coast Loop (Perth to Exmouth, Karijini, return)

Jump on the Share Bus on the West Coast Loop to explore the amazing beaches, snorkelling, hikes and gorges between Perth, Exmouth, Karijini and back to Perth again. Travel for 17 days!

If you don’t want to do the loop and are interested in leaving the trip early (day 15) in Karijini and catching a bus up to Broome, that is possible. However, please check by emailing us first to check the details and availability: hello@sharebus.com.au

At first, you’ll travel up the coast. Here, there are many beautiful, long, isolated beaches which you can use for swimming, kayaking and other water activities. Including swimming with dolphins! However, the real highlight is the Ningaloo Reef. It rivals the Great Barrier Reef, but you don’t need a boat, just jump in from the beach for some world-class snorkelling. If you’re up for it, you can also dive with Whale Sharks in Exmouth. Then, you will also see vast stretches of red land and desert as you head inland to explore spectacular Karijini National Park and many of it’s gorges and swimming holes. Expect to get fit with lots of hiking, snorkelling and exercise as you appreciate the natural sights.

This is a no-frills adventure – you’ll be setting up your own tents, cooking your own dinner and sharing your tent with another person. The target age group is 18-35.

Things to note

Please note this is a minibus rental, not a guided tour. You rent a seat on the bus. We provide a recommended itinerary to help guide you. You will rent your seat as either a ‘driver’ or ‘non-driver’. Non-drivers must never drive. Drivers can share driving and must be aged 21+

A few days before your trip you will be given a full guide book with free activities, paid activities, recommended campsites to visit, access to discounts, as well as recommended sights to see.

Please bring your own water bottle, sunscreen and torch. However please limit your luggage to about 20kg – 1 big bag, and one day bag/small backpack.

The minibus seats 12, anyone with a regular driver’s license can drive it.

There is a trailer attached with all camping equipment and space for your bags.

Be prepared to mostly free camp!

Trip Highlights

  • World famous Karijini National Park
  • Swimming with dolphins in Monkey Mia
  • Snorkelling the Ningaloo Reef off the coast
  • The beautiful beaches of Cape Range National Park

Inclusions

General inclusions

  • Your Toyota Hiace Minibus, to drive to the places you choose (but not on 4WD roads!)
  • Fully equipped trailer with everything you need for camping, cooking, and fun (equipment list)
  • Consumables such as: toilet paper, oil, salt and pepper, gas, bin bags etc
  • Recommended itinerary (but you have freedom!)
  • Guidebook (for activities and camping locations – both free and pay sites)
  • Fuel consumption for unlimited km
  • Comprehensive insurance with roadside assistance
  • Special discounts on activities and accommodation
  • National Park Entries

Trip-specific inclusions

  • Snorkelling gear to explore the Ningaloo reef from Coral Bay and Cape Range National Park

Exclusions

  • Accommodation: although you can choose to stay at plenty of free camps, or budget pay camps
  • Food: We will give you all the equipment you need to cook what you like!
  • Sleeping bag: bring your own for hygiene reasons
  • Guide: it’s just you and fellow “rentees” driving this minibus. Enjoy!

Recommended itinerary

Day 01: Lancelin and the Pinnacles

After meeting the group and doing a food shop, head to Lancelin to play on giant sand dunes and go sandboarding, kayaking or swimming. In the afternoon check out the world-famous ‘alien’ Pinnacles at Cervantes!

Day 02: Jurien Bay and Greenhead

Enjoy some beach time, and view the Pinnacles in the morning if you didn’t get the chance the ay before. At Jurien Bay you have the opportunity to snorkel with friendly sea lions. Heading up the coast, you can stop at Greenhead where you can see the nice ‘Dynamite Bay’ and enjoy a BBQ, swim, or one of the walking trails. There is a free camp on a beach not too far north of Greenhead

Day 03 and 04: Kalbarri and Hutt Lagoon (Pink Lake!)

There’s a little bit more driving as you can continue the drive North. On your way to Kalbarri make sure you detour to see ‘Hutt Lagoon’, one of the more accessible and pink ‘pink lakes’ in Australia. Then head towards Kalbarri and stop at the Kalbarri sea cliffs for some beautiful walks and dramatic sea views. The gorge near Kalbarri (Murchison Gorge) deserves a whole day, so it’s best to check it out on your second day in the area. You can see the famous ‘Nature’s Window’ here, but we recommend doing one or two of the longer hikes to make the most of what this location has to offer.

Day 05 and 06: Monkey Mia and Shark Bay World Heritage Area

Head towards Monkey Mia stopping at sights like Shell Beach, Eagle Bluff and the town of Denham on the way. Monkey Mia is famous for being able to feed and swim with dolphins! Stay overnight at Monkey Mia and enjoy the dolphin experience the next morning and laze by the beach and swim near dolphins during the day the following day. Kayak hire is also available if you feel like being more adventurous and exploring the peninsula.

Day 07: Hamelin Pool, Carnarvon and Quobba Blowholes

After leaving the Peninsula, at Hamelin Pool you can see old stromatolites. Once you’ve check them out head North to Carnarvon, and stop in town to grocery shop or pass by a local farm for fresh mangoes and produce. Nearby are the Quobba Blowholes which are quite impressive, and also have a good snorkelling spot nearby.

Day 08 and 09: Coral Bay

Coral Bay is a special place! It’s a very small town with a beautiful beach. The most special part is that you can snorkel the Ningaloo Reef right off the coast! Stay here for a couple of nights.

Day 10: Cape Range National Park Cape Range National Park is an amazing place; camp here if you can! There is world-class snorkelling at oyster stacks. Or you can visit one of the most beautiful beaches in existence at Turquoise Bay. There is also some nice hiking available at Yardie Creek and Charles Knife Canyon.

Day 11 and 12: Cape Range National Park and Exmouth

We recommend spending most of Day 11 inside Cape Range National Park and heading out to Exmouth in the afternoon. Do any tours on Day 12 (like seeing whale sharks, or a diving tour), as well as exploring Exmouth. Then drive a couple of hours towards Karijini National Park before setting up camp for the night.

Day 13, 14 and 15:  Karijini National Park

It’s a long drive to Karijini, but once you are there set up a camp for a few nights – there’s a lot to see. There are falls, pools, hikes, gorges – look up some pictures. If you stop at a tourist information centre on the way you’ll be able to get some maps, and possibly join an abseiling/canyoning tour if you feel adventurous. In the afternoon of Day 15, drive a couple of hours out of the park to get started on the long drive back to Perth.

Day 16: En-route to Perth

This is the longest driving day of the trip, but you’ll still be able to make a few interesting stops. You’ll take the Great Northern Highway heading back into Perth. We recommend stopping at Meekatharra for lunch and to explore; perhaps walking the 3km heritage trail. Then jump back into the car and head towards Cue where you can find historical buildings from the Gold Rush and then on to Mount Magnet for the night.

Day 17: Mount Magnet to Perth

Wake up in Mount Magnet then journey towards Perth. Stop by New Norcia – the town of monks, then head in to Perth to enjoy the afternoon

Trip details

West Coast Loop

Trip length: 17 days

Prices:
Early bird: $822 (4+ weeks before Start Date)
Full fee: $895

Start Date:

  • 4th June 2020
  • 25th June 2020
  • 15th July 2020
  • 5th August 2020
  • 26th August 2020

Discounts

Discounts are available:

  • if you book more than 4 weeks in advance
  • for groups of friends travelling together
  • if you want to stay on the Share Bus for more than one trip

Please send us an email for details and to ask for your discount eligibility.

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