All about the 8 Day Perth To Exmouth Return Tour

Beautiful beaches, amazing cliffs, awesome gorges, native wildlife, endless skies, a billion stars, crystal-clear waters, coral reefs - your next adventure is waiting for you in the vast expanse of Western Australia.

This tour shows you the best of the west coast between Perth and Exmouth. We take care of everything, so you can really enjoy experiencing the wonders of the sunset and coral coast.

Departing Perth on Mondays we head north up to Yanchep National Park to take a walk in the wild and see the Koalas that live there.  Then it's onto the spectacular Pinnacles at Numbung National Park for sunset.  day 2 you will need your passport as we visit Hutt River province a micronation right in the middle of Australia. We then stay in Kalbarri overnight where you can have some free time to explore this beachside town with amazing red dirt cliffs and warm seas to swim in. Day 3 takes you to hike in the Kalbarri National Park seeing the famous Natures Window. We then drive up to the Shark Bay region where you will visit Monkey Mia to try to spot the friendly Dolphins that come into the beach almost daily. You will spend a night at a working sheep station on the west coast to see the other side of life here in Western Australia, it's not all beaches and BBQs. There is an active farm life in the outback with campfires and star gazing aplenty. 

Day 5 on tour you will hit the Ningaloo Reef. Known for its abundant coral right off the beach you can grab a snorkel and get exploring. You will have a free day in Exmouth on Day 6, so if its March to July Whale Shark season book a day tour with us prior to departure and you can head out to swim with these majestic beats of the sea. 

Day 7 and 8 we start the drive back down to Perth. Enjoy some fun on the bus with games and songs as you watch the West Coast change from Red dirt back to wheat fields as you make it back to Perth.

A fun and adventurous budget tour from Perth to Exmouth returning back to Perth. Make friends, explore the West coast and learn about our wonderful country all in 8 days. 

8 Day Perth To Exmouth Return Tour Itinerary - 8 days

  • Day 1 Yanchep National Park, Lancelin and the Pinnacles at sunset
    Pickups start early Monday morning at 7.30am at the YHA on Wellington Street. We then drive up the beautiful Sunset Tourist Drive picking up from Scarborough Beach and Hillary's on the way. Our first stop is at Yanchep National Park for a close encounter with some koalas. Depending on the weather we will either visit the Caves at Yanchep Park or have a go at sandboarding in Lancelin. After lunch, we travel further up the highway to Cervantes where there is time to chill out or walk down to the ocean for a swim and maybe see some of the local Sea Lions swimming close to shore. Then it's off to Nambung National Park to see the world-famous Pinnacles at Sunset, one of the best times to see them. Overnight in Cervantes (Dorms). (L, D)
  • Day 2 Hutt River Province to Kalbarri National Park
    Travelling north up the coast, we pass through historical Greenough and the Wildlife Park, stopping to see the unique horizontal trees before arriving at the Hutt River Province, a small breakaway country and the second largest on this continent. Meet a prince and hear about his passion for his own country. Don't forget to bring your passport! The Kalbarri coast will take your breath away with its beauty, migrating whales may be seen from the cliff tops in season, enjoy a little free time in Kalbarri before a mouth-watering Aussie BBQ. Overnight in Kalbarri (Dorms). (B, L, D)
  • Day 3 Kalbarri National Park to Denham
    We travel deep into Kalbarri National Park to the awesome Z-Bend gorge for some optional abseiling and a hike down into this 400-million-year-old landscape, in season we can enjoy a swim in a secluded pool, then on to Nature's Window. After lunch, we enter the Midwest Outback, land of few people and huge sheep stations. We drop into the strange Hamelin Pool stromatolites, some of the oldest organisms on Earth and believed to be among the first producers of oxygen, before entering the World Heritage area of Shark Bay and the unique Shell Beach. Tonight, we stay at the most western town in Australia overlooking the beautiful Shark Bay (Dorms) (B, L, D)
  • Day 4 Monkey Mia to the Sheep station
    We arrive at Monkey Mia in time to meet the world-famous Bottle Nose Dolphins, enjoy a real close encounter and some free time. Continuing north, we head to Eagle Bluff. From our cliff top spot, we may see lots of wildlife including sharks. Travelling ever northwards you can see why the locals call this area Big Sky Country, also home to the second longest straight road in Australia. Tonight, we have exclusive use of an Outback Sheep Station shearers quarters; really rustic and great fun - take a ride in the back of a ute to a private beach for sunset, toast marshmallows on the campfire, sit and soak up the ambience of the Outback, test your astronomy skills at our million-star accommodation, and if you like, you can take your bed outside and fall asleep to the sight of the milky-way and the sounds of the Outback. Sheep Station shearers quarters, twin share (no upgrade available). (B, L, D)
  • Day 5 Coral Bay and Exmouth
    We stop on the Tropic of Capricorn before we arrive at Coral Bay. Here the beautiful Ningaloo Reef is just meters from the white sandy beach. Today is full of optional activities; you can sit on the beach and swim, hire snorkel and fins to explore the reef yourself, take a glass bottom boat for a guided tour of what the reef has to offer, or join the Eco day tour to swim with the Coral Bay manta rays (includes lunch).
    Late this afternoon we make our way up onto the Northwest Cape and into Exmouth. Overnight Potshot Resort (Dorms). We have use of all Resort facilities which include 2 swimming pools, bars, and restaurants. (B, D)
  • Day 6 Exmouth adventures
    Today is yours to do as you want. There are day cruises with the whale sharks (in season, optional), dive charters to the outer reef (optional), or you can come on our FREE explorer tour out to Cape Range and Turquoise Bay. Hire snorkeling equipment (optional) and splash straight into the amazing underwater garden of the Ningaloo Reef either in the Bay or on the Drift. Hopefully, we'll spot turtles, octopus and reef sharks as well as a myriad of multi-colored fish and, of course, the beautiful coral formations that make up the reef. We take a drive up to Vlamingh Head lighthouse for spectacular views over the tip of the peninsula before heading back to town. The 6-day one-way tour finishes this afternoon. Those returning with us have overnight accommodation, Potshot Resort (Dorms). (B,L)
  • Day 7 and 8 Exmouth to Perth
    It's time to head back to Perth, we travel south down the highway towards our overnight stop at the Old Convent at Northampton where spooky things can happen. We will stop along the way regularly for anything we may see of interest also fuel, lunch, toilets etc. Overnight - Old Convent, Northampton (Dorms. No ensuite for upgrades)
    Travelling further back down the highway we arrive in Perth at our start point at around lunchtime. DAY 7/8 (B, L, D) / (B)
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Our 8 day Perth to Exmouth tour is a 'no frills' west coast experiences. All accommodation is in Backpackers/Budget Motels. While conditions can be basic, this is all part of the adventure. We stay in dormitory accommodation that may be mixed gender. Upgrades to single/twin/double are available at an extra cost - except at the farm-stay where we enjoy our outback experience. Our trips require a moderate level of fitness as they involve a fair bit of walking. The hike in Kalbarri National Park can be challenging. Please bring comfortable walking shoes. On some days of the trip, you will spend several hours driving, often through very sparse areas of the outback. Sit back, relax, listen to music and enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of transport. Temperatures in Western Australia can be extreme. During the day the weather can be hot (and the Australian sun is strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evening's temperatures can drop, so bring a jumper/sweater. Primarily a budget backpacker tour for the young and young at heart. Come prepared for an adventure!

8 Day Perth To Exmouth Return Tour Price information AUD per person



Tour code: RED
Adult dorm share

Departure information


Mondays from Perth.

Main departure location is at 07:30 outside Perth City YHA on Wellington Street. Other locations in the city such as some Northbridge hostels, Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough, Hillary's Boat Harbour, or Whitfords Train Station can be organized. Let us know where you are staying and we can arrange the nearest pick-up point.


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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour

Please advise us of any medical or mobility issues prior to booking. You must have a good level of fitness and be able to climb and descend stairs to take this tour.
Optional Whale Shark swim from March to July. Add the Whale Shark Swim at the time of booking
Luggage should be restricted to 15kg in a soft bag or backpack plus a daypack.

Suitable for passengers 14-70 years old only. this is a budget backpacker tour for the young and young at heart.

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