My 7 Day West Coast Road Trip

I recently took a 7 day Perth to Exmouth return trip and had an awesome time. Here's a little run down of what I got up to day by day on the west coast of Australia, all the places I saw and the fun that was had. 

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Day 1: The Pinnacles desert, Jurien Bay, Sand boarding, Kalbarri.

I was picked up from Old Swan Barracks at 6.45 to begin the eagerly awaited trip up the West Coast. Met a few of the gang also waiting there, then went on to pick the rest up from other locations. There were 15 of us plus the tour guide. We had a pretty mixed group. Two couples from South America, 4 of us from Singapore and the rest all from around Europe. First stop was to the Pinnacles. They were actually a really cool sight to see. I've never seen sand this yellow ever before. Back on the bus and the group were really bonding quite well.

 

Everyone chatting with each other and having a laugh. Was good vibe, nice because there’s usually quiet people on these type of group trips or people who like to keep themselves to themselves. But not here, everyone were getting along and this helped by having a fun guide, she was excellent. She knew her stuff, fun and very chatty. We stopped for lunch at Jurien Bay, where we also went sand boarding. Sadly we were told we could only sit down but obviously a few of us thought we'd give standing up a go, which led to some epic falls. Luckily no one was hurt. We drove through Geraldton and up to Kalbarri stopping off on the way for pit stops.

 

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Day 2: Murchison Gorge and Nature's Window in Kalbarri National Park, Shell Beach, Monkey Mia.

After a good night sleep in a comfortable 6 bed dorm we were up early for breakfast and headed off to Kalbarri National Park. Murchison Gorge was a sight to see. We hiked around and a few of the guys abseiled down a 20m cliff for $30. It’s a good price and makes for a nice picture. But the abseil was pretty tame, ideal for beginners. From here we took a short drive to my favourite sight of the trip, where we saw Natures Window and the Z-Bend gorge. Took some awesome pictures here. It’s amazing how much you can fit into a day when you wake up at 6am! After making lunch, which once again was very good and always enough at Kalbarri National park we spent the afternoon on Shell Beach. The name kind of gives it away, it’s a beach made of just shells. It’s actually stunning and the water was super clear so most of us went for a swim. Was a beautiful evening on the foreshore where we cooked a good old Aussie BBQ and watched the sunset. We then stayed in a hostel at Monkey Mia overnight.

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Day 3: Monkey Mia, Eagle Bluff, Hamelin Pool, Stromatolites, Coral Bay.

Waking up nice and early, yet again on another beautiful sunny day. We stayed in a 6 bed dorm, comfortable hostel. Few snorers tonight but nothing could keep me awake after the busy days and a few beers. Fed the dolphins in the morning. Then had an hour or so to chill on the beach so went snorkeling and swimming with a few guys and soon enough accompanied by some dolphins. This was pretty awesome! Soon after visited Eagle Bluff then built up an appetite for another fresh meat with salad lunch at Hamelin pool. Next stop the stomatolites. Yes they are just a load of rocks in the sea but the history behind them is pretty extravagant. Nice to say you've seen the longest living organisms in the world. Spent the night in Coral bay at the Ningaloo Club.

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Day 4: Coral Bay

So, just for a change, another early start this morning. But who doesn't want to wake up when you're scuba diving the Ningaloo reef and snorkeling with manta rays! A good day was had, also found a few turtles and visited a reef shark cleaning station. A day on a sunny boat, diving and snorkelling doesn't half tire you out. Back on the bus late afternoon and drove past heaps of termite mounds and stopped to take a quick picture of a huge one. Stayed in Exmouth tonight which was the nicest hostel, was a cosy little 4 bed dorm.

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Day 5: Vlamingh Head lighthouse, Turquoise Bay or Whale Shark snorkel, Milyering visitor centre, Exmouth.

As I was travelling in May I was able to take the optional activity on this day. Whale Shark Snorkelling! Spent an hour snorkeling with a 7 meter long whale shark.  Great company with very friendly staff. Took us to some great snorkeling areas on the outer Ningaloo reef, found a few more turtles, sharks, dolphins and got pretty lucky to see a whole load of false killer whales swimming right next to our boat. Cooked Burritos on the BBQ this night then headed to the one 'club' in Exmouth with all the gang for a last night together. Good way to say bye to half the group as they were not making the return journey back to Perth with us.

Day 6 and 7:

The Journey back to Perth has begun, pretty much a long day of driving. The journey flew by with good company and silly bus games! Stayed on a farm this night where the farmer cooked us all a pretty tasty curry. After a few more pit stops we all got dropped back to our desired finishing locations. Was quite sad to say goodbye to each person as they left the bus, so this ended up taking a while.

Overall this was a great trip and made some good friends from all over the world who one day I will hopefully see again.

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To book this trip: 7 DAY PERTH TO EXMOUTH RETURN

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