Perth, WA, Australia

WHY NOT BUS ​

Starting from

$929 AUD

Departure

– Pickup; 9.30am at the front of billabong backpackers resort, 381 Beaufort St, Highgate WA 6003, Perth

– Trip end (one way); late morning on day 10 (Sunday) we will drop you off in Exmouth town.
– Trip end (return); late afternoon/ early evening on day 11 (Monday) at billabong backpackers resort, Perth.

Pricing options

$1,129 AUD – 11 day Return: Perth To Exmouth Tour
$1,599 AUD – 13 Day Perth To Exmouth & Karijini Return Tour

Trip Highlights

Join us on an amazing adventure across Australia’s most impressive landscapes. Explore the Pinnacles, Kalbarri, Shark Bay, Monkey Mia, Coral Bay, Exmouth, Cape Range and more!

Owned and operated by two backpackers in their 20’s, you know your in for that personal experience only a small business can provide. With an emphasis on creating that Why Not Bus family vibe that people can’t get enough of. We all cook together in our fully equipped kitchen, camp together and party under the stars.

GENERAL INFORMATION

WHAT TO BRING

  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Insect repellent
  • Swimmers
  • Money for food (around $5-7 a day)
  • Warm clothes (april-sept)
  • Torch or head light

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Transport
  • Tour in karijini national park (includes food)
  • All accomodation and park fees
  • Use of tent mattress and sleeping bag ($30 rental for duration of the trip)
  • Full time support from your friendly guide

Go Where The Locals Go.

Run by 2 fun-loving, Aussie adventurers – with Why Not Bus Backpacker Tours you’ll go where the locals go because we ARE the locals. Come sit up the front for a chat, we are here to be one of the crew, not a stressed out guide.

Chill, Don’t rush it!

We know holiday’s are for relaxing, that’s why our trips are longer (yet a fraction of the price) of similar tours. We give you time to sip that morning tea and spend nights with new friends around the campfire without the worry of a 5am start the next day.

Exclusive WHY NOT BUS activities

Having more time means we can do extra fun activities! As well as Whale Shark Swims and Dive Tours we offer: Swims with Sea Lions, Surf Lessons, Whale Watching, Jet Skiing and even flights on the Water Jetpack.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Luggage Limit

  • 15kgs exmouth 25kgs broome (excess @ $10 p/kg

Age Recommendation:

  • 18-35 years

Fitness Requirement

  • low-medium

Group Size

  • 9-20
 

11 day Return: Perth To Exmouth Tour
Day 1 : Perth and Pinnacles
 
Set off to the local shops and stock up on food for our delicious home cooked meals. We then head north with our first stop along the way for a quick lunch. Enjoy the impressive views along Indian Ocean drive and then explore the pinnacles desert. A short drive brings us to our picturesque beach side camp site where we kick back for the night. Watch the sunset with your new mates and enjoy a beer!  
Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 2 : Geraldton and the Pink Lake

Sleep off your hangover or have an early morning swim we hit the road around 9.30am. Before lunch we take an optional boat tour of Jurien bay Marine park (seasonal) or checkout Geraldton foreshore. Then we head to the spectacular Pink Lake for some rad photo ops! The campsite tonight is at the scenic lucky bay, walk the sand dunes or swim as the sun goes down. There is plenty of space at the campsite so time to turn the music up and let your hair down for the night.  
Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 3 : Kalbarri National Park

Hit the road and see the Scenic kalbarri cliffs before a quick swim and cold shower at the river mouth. Then explore the amazing Kalbarri National Park with a few hours of hiking to Nature’s Window and the Z Bend. In the late afternoon we hit the road to our overnight stop by the river.  
Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 4 : Shark Bay

This Morning we drive into the World Heritage site of Shark Bay. Check out Shell Beach, relax and swim in the crystal clear water. After lunch we drive into the town of Denham followed by a stop at the Lagoon for a game of ultimate frisbee or cricket. It’s now time for a bit of luxury as we setup camp at the Monkey Mia Dolphin resort. After dinner and an amazing sunset you can head down to the jetty and spot wildlife with your torch or kick back on the grass around the campsite.  
Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 5 : Monkey Mia, Dolphins & Carnarvon

Wake up and walk 50m down to the water’s edge. It’s time to meet the famous Monkey Mia Dolphins, if you are lucky you will get to feed flipper his scaly breakfast! There is now a few free hours to explore swim or rent a kayak. We hit the road around lunchtime and travel to carnarvon to resupply. The campsite is a short drive north of here where we will settle in for the night.  
Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 6 : Coral Bay Day 1

We roll into coral bay mid morning and set up camp. There are now essentially two free days to explore, Snorkel the amazing reef, (Optional Fishing charter, diving, whale shark tours) or just sit with your new friends on the beach and enjoy this special place. Usually things will kickoff pretty early and by late afternoon everyone is ready to blow off some steam and party up! Truth or Dare anyone? Our campsite is 5 min walk from the beach and everything else in town. You will fall in love with this place the moment you arrive!  
Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 7 : Coral Bay Day 2

Extra day in coral bay! Today you can really see the reef at its finest, only meters from the beach are huge coral formations and large fish. If you are lucky you might swim alongside a turtle or friendly reef shark! (Optional Fishing charter, diving, Manta Ray Tours, whale shark tours)  
Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 8 : Exmouth Surfing and Water Sports

enjoy a morning swim or sleeping at coral bay then drive to exmouth. In the afternoon we have the option to rent a surfboard or do a lesson ($25, $60) Camp at lighthouse caravan park  
Meal(s) included : None

 

Day 9 : Cape Range National park, Whale Sharks, Ningaloo Reef

Our lucky Whale shark/Humpback swimmers will be picked up from the campsite early morning. The rest of the group will travel to the Cape Range National Park and explore the many sites. The lighthouse at sunset really sets the scene for our last night together and if we are lucky we will see the Humpback Whales breaching on the Horizon! The last night at the campsite is a nice time to spend with your new mates, make plans to meet in future travels or wonder how you can find a way to come back!  
Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 10 : (Return) – Head towards Home

Pack Up and say goodbye to your friends. People who are continuing north can be dropped in exmouth or coral bay as we drive south. A roadside camp will be home for us tonight.  
Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 11 : (Return) – Arrive Perth

Drive towards Perth with quick stops in Northampton and for lunch, we will arrive at Billabong Backpackers around 4-5pm.  
Meal(s) included : None
13 Day Perth To Exmouth & Karijini Return Tour
Day 1 : Perth and Pinnacles
Set off to the local shops and stock up on food for our delicious home cooked meals. We then head north with our first stop along the way for a quick lunch. Enjoy the impressive views along Indian Ocean drive and then explore the pinnacles desert. A short drive brings us to our picturesque bush camp site where we kick back for the night. Watch the sunset with your new mates and enjoy a beer!Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 2 : Geraldton and the Pink Lake
Sleep off your hangover or have an early morning swim (or Sea Lion boat trip $70 extra) then hit the road around. Before lunch we checkout Geraldton foreshore then head to the spectacular Pink Lake for some rad photo ops! The campsite tonight is at the scenic lucky bay, walk the sand dunes or swim as the sun goes down. There is plenty of space at the campsite so time to turn the music up and let your hair down for the night.

Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 3 : Kalbarri National Park
Hit the road and see the Scenic kalbarri cliffs before a quick swim and cold shower at the river mouth. Then explore the amazing Kalbarri National Park with a few hours of hiking to Nature’s Window and the Z Bend. In the late afternoon we hit the road to our overnight stop by the river.

Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 4 : Shark Bay
This Morning we drive into the World Heritage site of Shark Bay. Check out Shell Beach, relax and swim in the crystal clear water. It’s now time for a bit of luxury as we stay in dorms at the Monkey Mia Dolphin resort. There is now a few free hours to explore swim or rent a kayak. After dinner and an amazing sunset you can head down to the jetty and spot wildlife with your torch or kick back on the beach.

Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 5 : Monkey Mia Dolphins and Carnarvon
Wake up and walk 50m down to the water’s edge. It’s time to meet the famous Monkey Mia Dolphins, if you are lucky you will get to feed flipper his scaly breakfast! We hit the road around lunchtime and travel to Carnarvon to resupply. The campsite is a short drive north of here where we will settle in for the night.

Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 6 : Coral Bay
We roll into coral bay mid morning and set up camp. There are now essentially two free days to explore, Snorkel the amazing reef, or just sit with your new friends on the beach and enjoy this special place. Usually things will kickoff pretty early and by late afternoon everyone is ready to blow off some steam and party up! Truth or Dare anyone? Our campsite is 5 min walk from the beach and everything else in town. You will fall in love with this place the moment you arrive!

Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 7 : Coral Bay
Extra day in coral bay! Today you can really see the reef at its finest, only meters from the beach are huge coral formations and large fish. If you are lucky you might swim alongside a turtle or friendly reef shark! (Optional Fishing charter, diving, Manta Ray Tours, whale shark tours*) *It is recommended to book these in advance as they can fill up during the busy season. Most people on the bus use Ningaloo Reef Dive and Snorkel. Mention you are on the Why Not Bus to ensure you are on the same boat as your bus mates.

Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 8 : Exmouth
Today we head up to Exmouth. In the afternoon we have the option to rent a surfboard or do a lesson ($25, $50) our campsite tonight can vary depending on what the group feels, in town or by the beach.

Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 9 : Cape Range National Park
Our lucky Whale shark/Humpback swimmers will be picked up from the campsite early morning. The rest of the group will travel to the Cape Range National Park and explore the many sites. The lighthouse at sunset really sets the scene for our last night together and if we are lucky we will see the Humpback Whales breaching on the Horizon! The last night at the campsite is a nice time to spend with your new mates, make plans to meet in future travels or wonder how you can find a way to come back!

Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 10 : Whale sharks or take a tour?
Pack Up and say goodbye to some of your new friends (Some head back to Perth whilst others continue the adventure to Broome!). You have all day to recharge or Jump on one of the amazing (whale, Dive or Snorkel) tours in town. Tonight will be spent in the Exmouth YHA hostel (Dorm Accomodation)

Meal(s) included : None

Day 11 : Exmouth to Tom Price
You’ll then travel inland to the red earthed heart of the Pilbara. Keep an eye out the window for wildlife and maybe even a cheeky dingo. Later arrive at Karijini Eco retreat and enjoy the serenity!

Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 12 : Karijini National Park
Explore Hancock Gorge and hike down into Kermits Pool for a refreshing swim. We also check out Oxers, Junction Pool & Jofre lookouts. Enjoy an included lunch, then travel to Knox Gorge for more swimming.

Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 13 : Karijini National Park
In the morning depart for Dales Gorge. Start with a swim at the lovely Fern Pool & check out Fortesque Falls. Then hike 1.5 km through Dales Gorge to Circular Pool for another refreshing swim. After lunch the group departs for Karijini Visitors Centre. Now is your opportunity to learn more about Karijni past present & future, engage the traditional owners and checkout the gift shop. This afternoon take the bus to south on the way to Perth and camp overnight.

Meal(s) included : None
 

Day 14 : Perth
Finish off the drive to Perth arriving 4-6pm at Billabong Hostel. Say goodbye to your friends…or meet up for Dinner?Meal(s) included : None

LOCATION

Western Australia 

The large majority of the 2 million inhabitants live in the southwestern part of the state, in or close to Perth, the capital and one the most isolated cities of this size anywhere in the world. Outside of the Perth area there are fewer than 500,000 people, hence the demoynm Sandgropers. The largest towns outside Perth metro include Albany and Broome, less than 30,000 population each depending on seasonal fluctuations. Beyond the coast, Western Australia’s vast interior is very sparsely populated, with only a handful of townships with over a few thousand residents. Mining settlements and cattle stations are thinly-spread so it is all too easy to find yourself alone in a 100 mile radius.

One of this state’s main attraction is its overall huge expanses and distance between places.

Geography

Mount Augustus is widely claimed to be the world’s largest monolith

Western Australia covers about third of the total land mass of Australia. It encompasses climatic zones from the monsoonal and tropical north, to the temperate and Mediterranean south, and the desert and barren inland. Apart from the south-western coast, the majority of the land is extremely old, eroded, flat, arid and infertile.

Many of the population centres are isolated from one another, and from the other populated zones of Australia. This and the tough environment may account for a more independent spirit than in the eastern states.

The vastness of the state is certainly not to be underestimated when planning your trip. If it were a country, it would be in the top 10 by area, as large as Argentina, larger than any African or European country, and one and a half times the size of Alaska. It is the largest sub-national administrative division in the world besides the Sakha Republic in Russia.

Perth and the south-west corner including Margaret River and Albany are easily accessible. Visiting much of the rest of the state requires some planning, and will probably require some long drives. Never plan on doing a road trip, without clearly telling either the authorities or someone else, on your planned route, as you could have considerable delays if you break down. Make sure you always have lots of water (and spare fuel) with you.

Sealed highways and byways

Unsealed (dirt) roads and tracks

Track in Western Australia

Unsealed roads require preparation and research. They should not be taken lightly, and you would be unwise to just set off down a dirt road without having done your homework. Be cautious. On some more remote tracks, it could be weeks until anyone finds you or your body if you break down. Road conditions, weather, availability of fuel and spares, contact (phone/radio), and survival supplies should be on your checklist.

The Gunbarrel Highway may not be what you would think of as a highway. It may not even be what you would think of as a road.

That said, some of the best scenery and adventures that Western Australia has to offer lies on its dirt roads. Some can be traversed, slowly, and with care, by an average driver. Study your route, and be prepared for conditions.

  • The legendary Canning Stock Route is an 1800 km long cattle track from Willuna in the northern Goldfields to Halls Creek in the Kimberley, crossing the inner desert parts of the state. It is one of the most remote tracks on the planet, with absolutely no facilities, fuel or food supplies, and runs hundred kilometres from any civilization. Prior fuel dropping arrangements and thorough research about the dangers involved in the crossing are absolute prerequisites. Attempting the track in the summer is madness.
  • The 650 km long Gibb River Road crosses through the heart of the Kimberley in the North through majestic scenery, with some facilities along the route. Open only during the dry.
  • The Gunbarrel Highway crosses the heart of the continent from Wiluna to Kata Tjuta in the Northern Territory.
  • The comparatively easier Tanami Track crosses the Tanami desert to the Red Centre in Northern Territory.
  • The Great Central Road, regularly graded, may be attempted by strong 2WD (with very cautious and prepared drivers). It crosses several aboriginal lands (for which you will need permits) right to Kata Tjuta in the Northern Territory.

Cities:

  • Perth — The state capital of Western Australia and one of the most remote large cities in the world
  • Albany — the largest town on the south coast of the state
  • Broome — gateway to the Kimberley and a fashionable tourist destination among Australians
  • Esperance — on the south coast with a fine coastline and beaches
  • Kalgoorlie-Boulder — a historic mining town in the east
  • Kununurra — final stop before you enter the Northern Territory
  • Mandurah — a rapidly growing city nestled between estuary and ocean is popular for fishing and crabbing

Other Destinations:

  • Kalbarri National Park — explore vibrantly coloured gorges and cliffs sculpted by the Murchison River as it flows to the sea
  • 1 Coral Bay and Exmouth — 1250km from Perth, are gateways to the magnificent Ningaloo Reef
  • Karijini National Park — a major destination in the Pilbara, featuring huge canyons and gorges, and nice hikes through majestic scenery
  • 2 Margaret River — a fine winery and surfing region about 250 km south of Perth, a weekend playground for Perth.
  • Mount Augustus — rivalling the better-known Uluru in Northern Territory for size, it’s often claimed to be the largest monolith on Earth
  • Pinnacles Desert — an eerie landscape of limestone pillars rising from the sand about 100 km north of Perth
  • 3 Purnululu National Park — a UNESCO World Heritage Site features the enigmatic Bungle Bungle dome formations
  • 4 Shark Bay — on the westernmost point of Australia, the small town is known for stromatolites and the dolphins at Monkey Mia
  • Southern Forests — get among lush ancient forests around Denmark and Pemberton where towering karri and marri trees fringe the rugged coastline of D’Entrecasteaux National Park

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