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Whale Shark Tour

Take part in a tour from Perth to Exmouth and witness Australia’s astounding natural wonders. Explore the intriguing rock formations of the Pinnacles Desert. Discover the breathtaking Kalbarri National Park. Experience an unforgettable wildlife encounter as wild dolphins swim close to you.

Visit a beach composed entirely of tiny white seashells. And finally, explore the stunning beaches and incredible snorkelling locations in Coral Bay and Exmouth.

DAYS6
DEPARTS

07:25 PERTH

RETURNS

22:00 EXMOUTH

Price$ 1410 AUD

Highlights

  • Visitors can explore the Pinnacles Desert and observe intriguing rock formations.
  • You can visit the Kalbarri National Park and see nature’s window.
  • Explore Murchison Gorge within Kalbarri National Park by hiking.
  • Visitors can encounter the renowned Monkey Mia Bottlenose Dolphins up close.
  • You can visit Shell Beach, which is completely covered in white shells.
  • Enjoy your time in Coral Bay, where there are plenty of opportunities for snorkelling and engaging in various activities.
  • There is a full day available in Exmouth to explore Turquoise Bay & Cape Range National Park.
  • You can extend your stay and join a Whaleshark tour the day after the tour has ended. 

Tour Itinarary

Departing Melbourne, our path leads us to the Surf Coast, meandering through beautiful coastal hamlets like Anglesea, Lorne, and Airey’s Inlet. We’ll make stops for morning refreshments, enjoying the crisp ocean air and observing surfers in action. Given the proximity to Antarctica, we’ll explain the excellent surfing conditions here and the necessity for wetsuits.

  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner.
  • Accom: Accommodation: Kalbarri Backpackers YHA (Dorm – shared bathroom facilities).
  • Driving Distance: 575km. Hike
  • Distance: 2km Grade 1-2. 

Today, explore Kalbarri National Park. Hike to Nature’s Window and witness the breathtaking rock formation. Take the Z Bend trail for stunning views of Murchinson Gorge. Head to Shark Bay in the afternoon and visit the white cockleshell beach. Tonight, accommodation will be at Monkey Mia.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner.
  • Accom: RAC Monkey Mia Resort Backpacker Dorms or similar (shared bathroom facilities).
  • Options: Kalbarri Abseiling Z-Bend.
  • Driving Distance: 450km.
  • Hike Distance: 3km Grade 3-4.


Begin your day with an exciting adventure by abseiling down the gorge walls in Kalbarri National Park with Kalbarri Abseil. No prior experience is required, as on-site training will be given. All necessary equipment will be provided. Those not participating can take photos for you, or you can use your camera. This thrilling experience can be arranged during your tour. 

This morning, you will witness a renowned wildlife event in Australia. The Monkey Mia Dolphins will swim to shore to be hand-fed in shallow water. Enjoy the stunning coastline before visiting the ancient Stromatolites. These rock formations were formed by a single-celled microbe and are estimated to be 3.7 billion years old. Tonight, you will journey to Coral Bay and stay overnight on the edge of Ningaloo Reef.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • Accom: Ningaloo Coral Bay Backpacker Dorms or similar (shared bathroom facilities).
  • Driving Distance: 580km.
  • Hike Distance: 2km Grade 1.

 

Explore the Ningaloo Reef in Coral Bay all day. Snorkel the vibrant reefs just a few meters from the beach. Take a tour to see the offshore reefs. Enjoy the beach and the sun. In the evening, travel to Exmouth.

This package includes accommodation at Potshot Hotel Resort Backpacker Dorms or a similar option with shared bathroom facilities. Activities like swimming with Manta Rays, snorkelling at Ningaloo Reef, and taking Glass Bottom Boat Tours are available. Please note that guests cannot book Whaleshark Swims on day four as they return after the bus has already left Coral Bay. The driving distance for this day is 155km, classified as Grade 1.

  • Optional Activities: (pre-booking is recommended)

Coral Bay Ecotours offers the opportunity to swim with Manta Rays on the Ningaloo Reef, but please note that this activity is only suitable for competent swimmers and involves snorkelling.

Experience a 5-6 hour tour of the Ningaloo Reef with Coral Bay Ecotours. The tour includes all necessary equipment, such as a wetsuit, morning and afternoon tea and a buffet lunch of cold meats and salads. Witness the graceful movements of manta rays underwater, enjoy two snorkelling sessions to admire colourful fish corals and possibly encounter sea turtles and reef sharks. Additionally, the tour will take you to a turtle sanctuary where you can observe turtles surfacing for air in the shallow waters.

With Coral Bay Ecotours, you can experience a Glass Bottom Boat tour on the Ningaloo Reef.

Experience a tour of Ninglao Reef with Coral Bay Ecotours. Their glass bottom boat lets you see tropical and temperate fish and corals. Choose from 1, 2, or 3-hour journeys. The 1 hour option is for viewing only. The 2-hour journey includes glass viewing and a snorkel site. The 3-hour option includes glass viewing, snorkelling, and visiting the turtle sanctuary. You can witness turtles feeding and coming up for air in the shallows at the refuge. The skipper may even try to bring the turtles under the glass for you. Snorkel tours come with equipment.

It is important to note that guests cannot book Whaleshark Swims on [day 4] due to the bus departing Coral Bay at that time. All optional activities in Coral Bay must be completed by 3:45-4:00 pm. 

You will explore Cape Range National Park today. You will see rugged limestone ranges, deep canyons, and pristine beaches. You can visit Turquoise Bay and Vlamingh Head Lighthouse and relax at the Milyering Visitors Center. The tour will finish in the late afternoon. It will be a great way to end your Perth to Exmouth tour.

You will have three meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Your accommodation will be in the Potshot Hotel Resort Backpacker Dorms or a similar option with shared bathroom facilities. You can pre-book a Whaleshark Swim (March-Sep) or a Humpback Swim (August-October). The driving distance is 135km. The hike distance is 1km with a Grade 1-2 difficulty level.

  • Optional Activities: (pre-booking is recommended)

Exmouth Dive Centre offers snorkelling trips to swim with Whalesharks and Humpback Whales from March to August. Please note that only competent swimmers are allowed.

Join Exmouth Dive Centre for a day on the water. Start with a reef snorkel to see beautiful coral gardens and fish. Look out for turtles and reef sharks! Then, they’ll search for humpback whales and whale sharks with a spotter plane. The humpback whale swim depends on the whales’ willingness to participate. If they’re not cooperative, the plane will search for another group. All equipment and a wetsuit, if needed, are included. Enjoy morning and afternoon tea, as well as a buffet-style lunch. 

Today is the check-out day for your accommodation at 10:00 am, so we will unfortunately have to say our goodbyes.

Meals available for guests include breakfast, and guests can extend their stay or arrange connections to their next destination at their own expense.

We may change tour routes or itinerary schedules due to seasonal weather fluctuations, park closures, and operational reasons. 

Details

Dormitory (with shared room & facilities) – $1410 per person 18+ years

Please Note: Our extended touring program is unsuitable for children under six. Private room upgrade fares are available via our main website, Autopia Tours. Children under 17 must stay in private rooms with an adult or legal guardian.

*We do not operate Optional Activities on our 6-Day Coral Coaster Tour and can have different terms and conditions. We recommend you contact the operator directly via their websites for full booking details and terms and conditions. Weather, which is outside of our control, can impact these tours. Tours may be cancelled so that the operator will issue a full refund. As we deal with wildlife, they are always expected but never guaranteed.

We can organise a private group charter for you if you want to travel with your family or friends. Contact our charters team at charters@gltg.com.au or through our contact form for more information and a personalised quote. 

  • Breakfast x 5
  • Lunch x 4
  • Dinner x 5
  • Multiple Pickups from Perth / drop off Exmouth
  • One-way journey in an Air-Conditioned Mini Bus
  • Five nights accommodation
  • National Park Entrance Fees
  • Monkey Mia entrance fee
  • Highly Experienced Driver / Guide
  • Informative Tour Commentary
  • Small Group Touring
  • Water Bottle 1.5 Litre
  • 15kg soft luggage and small day bag
  • Prescribed medications
  • A warm jacket, thermals, and woollen hat are advisable for
  • colder months
  • Hiking shoes (recommended)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Toiletries
  • Torch or Headlamp
  • Camera 

FAQs

Despite being the largest fish, whale sharks are incredibly gentle and pose no threat to snorkelers.
Ningaloo Reef is home to an array of marine life, including turtles, manta rays, and hundreds of species of colourful fish.
Tour operators cater to all levels of swimming proficiency and will ensure you are safe and comfortable at all times.
The best time is during the whale shark season, from March to July.
Yes, you can, but there’s also a professional photographer on board to capture these magical moments.

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