Kalbarri Coral Coast Walking Tour

From
$3,760 AUD

Days

8 Days

Tour Type

Walking

From

$3,760 Twin Share

Start
Perth
Finish
Denham (Monkey Mia)
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour Distance
Approx. 27km
Group size
Min 4, Max 12
Code
KALCOR

Overview

Escape the cold this winter for a truly memorable adventure to the Coral Coast and Kalbarri National Park. Western Australia's Coral Coast is a stunning place, with peaceful gorges, spectacular coastline, beautiful wildflowers and amazing geology. This is the place where life first walked on the earth!


Over eight days, you will enjoy a number of walks within Kalbarri National Park, discovering living rocks, the colourful everlastings of Coalseam, a scenic flight and day trip to the "shipwreck" Abrolhos Islands, a spectactular full day marine excursion to Dirk Hartog Island, the Pinnacles, the dolphins of Monkey Mia and the hidden gem, Mt Lesueur National Park. Excellent healthy food, comfortable accommodation and professional guiding will make your experience all the more enjoyable.

The Coral Coast Kalbarri walking tour is relatively easy going, with plenty of time to relax. The longest walk is about 10 km and the terrain is not too difficult. There is some clambering on rocks, but we take our time.

Highlights of this walk

  • Wildflower tour at Hi Vallee Farm: Join local floral icon Don Williams and his wife Joy.
  • Wildflower hotspots Coalseam Conservation Park and Mt Lesueur National Park: Our departures run at the height of wildflower season. Coalseam Conservation Park is one of Western Australia’s prime locations for wildflower viewing, where you can witness the mesmerising sight of a landscape blanketed with vibrant everlasting flowers. Marvel at the captivating beauty of this picturesque park and soak in the stunning colours of nature’s bounty that adorn the area.
  • Abrolhos Islands Flight and Snorkel: Embark on an unforgettable adventure with a flight and snorkel experience on the Abrolhos Islands! Take to the skies for a scenic flight over the turquoise waters and picturesque coral reefs of the Abrolhos Islands, showcasing the breathtaking beauty of this remote location from a bird’s eye view. After landing, dive into the pristine waters and explore the vibrant underwater world, teeming with colorful tropical fish, dolphins, turtles, and even playful sea lions.
  • Dirk Hartog Island Full Day Marine Safari: Situated off the coast of Western Australia, is a breathtakingly beautiful and unique destination. With its pristine white beaches, crystal clear waters, and striking red cliffs, the island is a haven for nature lovers and adventurers alike. The island’s remote location and protected status have preserved its natural beauty, allowing visitors to experience a range of rare and endemic flora and fauna. The island is also steeped in history, being the site of the first European landing in Western Australia.
  • Monkey Mia Dolphin Encounter – meet the resident bottlenose dolphins of Monkey Mia
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Itinerary

First stop; one of Western Australia's most iconic destinations. The Pinnacles (Nambung National Park) is one of the strangest landscapes you will ever experience. Take a short walk around this limestone "forest" before we hit the road again towards our first big walk.

Our afternoon walk is at the stunningly pristine Mt Lesueur National Park. One of the best wildflower spotting locations in WA, this 7 km loop walk has some fabulous views and many endemic wildflower species. There are definitely some challenges to this walk, with some rocky ground and a few ascents, but it is doable for the everyday walker, and well worth the effort.

After the walk, we will head the short distance to Jurien Bay, where we will stay at the Jurien Bay Motel Apartments, and dinner will be a typical country pub meal down at the local.

Accommodation: Jurien Bay Motel Apartments, Jurien Bay (or similar)

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 1 - Perth to Pinnacles + Yued Ponar Trail, Mt Lesueur National Park

Wildflowers, wildflowers and more wildflowers! This is a really easy day, with a short drive out to Hi Vallee Farm in Badingarra, to meet local floral icon Don Williams and his wife Joy. Don will take us on a tour of his property, sharing all his knowledge from years in the bush. Whether you are a casual lover of colour, or a real flower geek, a few hours with this local character is a morning well spent.

After Don and Joy's place, we will head north (2.5hrs) and roll out the yellow carpet! Whilst you may never have heard of Coalseam Conservation park, you have definitely seen photos of the carpets of colourful everlasting flowers. We have timed the departure of this tour to give us the best chance to see the everlastings at their peak, but nature can be cruel, so there are no guarantees.

There is a flat easy 3km walk within Coalseam which we will do, taking our time to enjoy one of Western Australia's most memorable experiences.

From Coalseam it is about a 1.5 hr drive to Geraldton, where we will base ourselves for the next two nights.

Accommodation: IBIS Geraldton OR Hospitality Inn, Geraldton (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 - Wildflower tour at Hi Vallee Farm, Coalseam Conservation Park and Geraldton

It's an exciting day today as we hop on our own charter planes and fly over to the Abrolhos Islands, about 80 km off the coast of Geraldton. We'll take a scenic flight over the chain of islands, learning about their history and infamous shipwrecks, before setting down at East Wallabi Island. Here you can enjoy a short guided nature walk and a snorkel in the pristine waters.

We return to Geraldton mid/late afternoon and then head up to the picturesque HMAS Sydney memorial lookout for sunset drinks and nibbles.

Accommodation: IBIS Geraldton OR Hospitality Inn, Geraldton (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - A day tour of the Abrolhos Islands

We start the day with a 1hr 45min drive to Kalbarri. We'll have a wonderful day today exploring some of the ancient gorges of the Murchison River. We'll visit Natures Window and walk the 9 km Loop Trail, which takes us from the top of the gorge wall, down into the beautiful gorge itself to walk beside the river. If the weather's nice, you might enjoy a refreshing swim in the cool water at lunch time.

In the afternoon, we'll have an easy exploration of the Z Bend Gorge where we will take a short stroll and soak up the tranquil atmosphere.

Accommodation: Kalbarri Edge Resort, Kalbarri (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Kalbarri National Park, Murchison River Gorge

The views along the Kalbarri coast are nothing short of spectacular - with pink and red layers of sandstone cliffs contrasted against the turquoise Indian Ocean. We'll walk the length of the Bigurda Trail in the morning. This trail stretches for 8 km along the top of the sea cliffs from Eagle Gorge to the Natural Bridge.

In the afternoon we'll explore the coastal areas closer to town, including a 3 km loop walk around Mushroom Rock and Rainbow Valley.

Accommodation: Kalbarri Edge Resort, Kalbarri (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Kalbarri National Park

After all of the activity of the past few days, it is time to get some kilometres under our belt. We have about 375km to cover today. It's a long drive to Denham, but we will be able to break up the drive with quite a few spectacular stops. Just outside of Kalbarri we will enjoy the grand views at Hawks Head and Ross Graham Lookout.

Then it's onwards to Shell Beach for a little wander around this amazing beach, you might even choose to dip your feet into the water. From Shell Beach we make our way to Eagle Bluff before arriving at Denham to check in at our new home for the next 2 nights.

Accommodation: Heritage Resort Shark Bay, Denham (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Drive to Denham: Shell Beach and Eagle Bluff

Today's adventure is truly unique. We will enjoy a full day marine Safari exploring Steep Point (the most westerly point of Australia), the magnificent Zuytdorp Cliffs and the historic Dirk Hartog Island. Snorkel in pristine World Heritage listed waters. See dolphins, dugongs, sharks, rays, turtles and whales (Jul-Oct).

All the snorkelling equipment will be provided, all you need to bring is a towel, swimmers, sun protection and your sense of adventure.

Accommodation: Heritage Resort Shark Bay, Denham (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Steep Point & Dirk Hartog Island Marine Safari

This morning we have a date with the dolphins at Monkey Mia! One of Western Australia's much loved experiences, see the resident bottlenose up close and personal.
The tour ends just after lunch, with wet feet and a drop off in Denham. There are airport transfers from Denham. We recommend booking a flight after 1:30pm back to Perth (cost of flight not included in tour price). For those returning to the East Coast, there should be plenty of time to make an evening flight.

OPTIONAL Return Transfer to Perth:
Anyone booked on the optional return road-transfer to Perth will leave Denham just after lunch and drive to Geraldton for the night. The next day after breakfast (included with accommodation) we drive straight to Perth where you will be dropped off at the same pickup locations from Day 1. Meals (other than breakfast) for the return to Perth are not included in the price.
$165 per person / twin share ($331 single room)

Accommodation: IBIS Geraldton OR Hospitality Inn, Geraldton (only for guests who have booked the optional return to Perth)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 - Dolphins of Monkey Mia. End of tour in Denham.

Inclusions

Meals

  • 7 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners

Transport

  • Transport is by a comfortable air-conditioned mini bus

Accommodation

  • Resort (4 nights), Other (2 nights), Hotel (1 night)

Included activities

  • Professional guiding and support each day

  • Emergency support: guides carry satellite phones and a full first aid kit

  • All national park entrance fees

  • Tours at Hi Valley Farm, Dirk Hartog and Monkey Mia

  • Air charter and tour of the Abrolhos island

  • Snorkelling equipment

Dates & Availability

$3,760 AUD
per person twin share
Want your own room? From an extra $800 (subject to availability).

This tour is on request

$4,699 AUD
per person twin share
Want your own room? From an extra $800 (subject to availability).

Contact us to arrange a different departure or join the waitlist

$4,699 AUD
per person twin share
Want your own room? From an extra $800 (subject to availability).

Contact us to arrange a different departure or join the waitlist

$4,899 AUD
per person twin share
Want your own room? From an extra $1,020 (subject to availability).

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12 spots available

$4,899 AUD
per person twin share
Want your own room? From an extra $1,020 (subject to availability).

Book Now

12 spots available

$4,899 AUD
per person twin share
Want your own room? From an extra $1,020 (subject to availability).

Book Now

12 spots available

Important Notes

  • Single Supplement: A single supplement is bookable, subject to availability at the time of booking.
  • This tour starts in Perth and finishes in Monkey Mia. At the end of the tour you can choose to either fly back to Perth (at own expense) or choose the optional return road – transfer (additional $330) back to Perth with the bus. This transfer includes an overnight stay in Geraldton and breakfast (all other meals are not included).
  • Start & End Times: The trip pickup will be at 7:45am from the Tourist Bus Stop at 37 Beaufort Street near the corner of James Street. Please be on time as we will depart Perth right away. The trip finishes at Denham Airport after lunch. We recommend booking a flight after 1:30pm on the last day.
  • Return Flights:  There are airport transfers from Denham. We recommend booking a flight after 1:30pm back to Perth (cost of flight not included in tour price ~$200-$550). For those returning to the East Coast, there should be plenty of time to make an evening flight.
  • First Day Info: Once we pick you up it is a 2.5hr drive to the Pinnacles, our first stop. Please come dressed in your walking gear with your day pack and water ready to go. While we only stroll around the Pinnacles you will be completing a 7km walk in the afternoon at Mt Lesueur National Park. Your main luggage will be stowed in a trailer and available to you when we reach the accommodation in Jurien Bay at the end of the day.
  • In the event of unforeseeable circumstances that require a modification to the itinerary or accommodation, we will make every effort to provide a suitable alternative.

FAQs

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How hard are the walks?

The difficulty of the walks ranges from tour to tour, from easy to challenging. We design all of our walking tours to be achievable for those with a moderate level of fitness. We do recommend doing some training before most tours, because physical activity is always more enjoyable if you are physically prepared. We will send you information about how to train when you book.

When on tour we find that a positive mental attitude is most important and that if you focus on the scenery, the company and the moment, and not on the kilometres, then you find yourself reaching your destination with little problem. You can always have a day or sometimes an afternoon off to relax if you feel like it. If you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to complete a walk, give us a call or send us an email and we can talk you through it.

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Do I have to twin-share accommodation? Can I have my own room?

Our tour prices are based on rooms being twin share (two single beds in one room) or double (one double/queen bed in a room, shared by a couple). If you are travelling alone, we will place you in a room with someone of the same gender. If you have opted for a single supplement, this means you will have your own room but we won’t always be able to guarantee your own bathroom and king/queen bed due to the types of accommodation we use for group bookings. Often we stay at 2 or 3 bedroom chalets so that we can cook and have a common area for the group to relax and mingle at the end of your days walk. If having your own bathroom is important, give us a ring and we will see if it is possible.

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Will I hold up the group if I’m a slow walker?

We find a lot of people who haven’t been on a walking tour before worry about this, but it’s rarely an issue. We keep a comfortable steady pace with plenty of opportunities to rest and take in the scenery along the way. Usually the group will spread out over a couple of hundred metres as we walk.

Normal walking pace on a formed surface like a road or footpath is around 4.5 – 6 km per hour and we tend to average just over 3 km per hour on bush tracks. It’s not a stroll but it’s not a brisk walk either. If you feel you may be slower than this, try some longer training walks to increase your walking fitness.

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What is the average age of Inspiration Outdoors’ guests?

About 80% of our walkers are aged between 45 – 75, but we welcome all adults on our tours. We get a roughly 60/40 female to male split.

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What’s the food like? Can you cater for my dietary needs?

We serve simple, nutritious and delicious food on tour prepared by our guides, using fresh and local ingredients as much as possible. Sometimes we also eat out at restaurants. Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, fresh fruit, pre-dinner nibbles and a two course evening meal are all included. We are happy to adapt our menu to suit many dietary needs including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets – please ask when you book.

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Are your walking tours just for “bushwalkers”?

Our walks are for anyone who enjoys walking and nature – bushwalkers or not. Our walks are conducted in safe, supportive and fun environments and you don’t need specialised equipment or experience to undertake them. We give you information about what you will need to bring and how you should prepare for each tour and we’re always here to answer any questions or concerns.

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Do I have to walk every day on tour?

Of course not – it’s your holiday and you should do what you feel! Relax at the accommodation, come for a drive, get dropped off in town or go for a stroll of your own. On some days there is also the opportunity to walk for part of the day. This last option depends on whether there is vehicle access to the track.

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What do I have to carry when I walk?

Very little. A water bladder or bottles, lunch/snacks/fruit for the day. a rain jacket, some personal first aid supplies and, on some days, lunch. You will probably want a camera as well. We return to accommodation each evening so there is no need to carry a large backpack.

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  • 85 days or more, you will be refunded all monies paid, less a $50 administration fee.
  • 42 to 84 days prior to departure, you will lose your deposit
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