Trek | Sea Kayak | Snorkel | Wilderness Camp

The Ningaloo Odyssey: 4 Day Trek & Kayak Expedition offers the opportunity to thoroughly explore this incredible area by land and sea. The tour begins with 2 days of guided trekking with Trek Ningaloo. Get off the beaten track and explore the upper reaches of Yardie Creek, traversing the rugged ridges and making camp high on Cape Range, overlooking Ningaloo Reef. The following day you will make your way down through hidden valleys and across the coastal plain to rendezvous with your guides from Exmouth Adventure Co mid-afternoon. It’s then time to make the transition from trekking gear to sea kayaking, before paddling off into the turquoise lagoons of Ningaloo for 2 days and 2 nights of sheltered sea kayaking, world class snorkelling and secluded beach camping.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR

Trekking in Cape Range National Park | Sea kayaking in double sit-inside expedition sea kayaks | Snorkelling | Camping on top of Cape Range & beach front wilderness camping at Ningaloo Reef

A BRIEF ITINERARY:

B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner | S = Snacks

Day 1: Your guide from Trek Ningaloo (TN) will pick you up from your Exmouth accommodation around 7.30am. Transfer to Exmouth Adventure Co (EAC) base for sea kayak and snorkel gear fit out, before making the journey into Cape Range National Park (CRNP) with TN. 2-Day Sunset Reef & Range Trek begins. L, D, S

Day 2: Trek from the heights of Cape Range to the coastal plain to rendezvous with your guide from EAC mid-afternoon to begin your 2-day 2-night sea kayak and snorkel expedition. B, L, D, S

Day 3: Sea kayak and snorkel expedition. B, L, D, S

Day 4: Sea kayak and snorkel expedition ends. Return to Exmouth accommodation around 4pm. B, L, S

TOUR INCLUSIONS AT A GLANCE

Transport, national park entry and camping fees | Trekking equipment:  | Snorkelling gear: quality snorkel and mask, fins, wetsuits in cooler months | Kayaking safety equipment and sun protection gear: long sleeve sun shirts (rashies), broad brim hats | All food and non-alcoholic drinks (BYO alcohol) | All camping gear | Dry bags | Photos taken by your guides


Aerial view of kayakers in a beautiful bay with turquoise water
Trekking in Cape Range National Park, overlooking Ningaloo Reef
Snorkelling amongst coral formations at Ningaloo Reef, with kayaks anchored in the background
SEASON

Late April to early October

LOCATION

Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Marine Park. On this tour the trekking normally starts on the Yardie Gorge Trail before heading further up into Cape Range to spend the night. The sea kayaking usually takes place in the sheltered lagoon between Osprey Bay in the south and Milyering in the north, taking in some of the most beautiful stretches of Ningaloo lagoon and amazing snorkelling sites along the way.

PRICE

Adult $2135 (16 years and over)

Please contact us for family/group/private tour pricing (6 pax and over)

All pricing is on a twin-share basis. For those wishing to have a private 'solo' tent, a $50 single supplement applies

A 30% deposit is required on booking, with balance payable 30 days prior to departure

TOUR NUMBERS

This tour will run with a minimum of 4 participants and a maximum of 12 participants, plus guides and volunteers.

TOUR PRE-REQUISITES

Guests should have at least an average level of fitness and mobility to safely participate in this tour. This tour is suitable for guests aged 16 years and over. Guests aged 60 years or over are required to gain a medical certificate stating that they are fit to undertake the tour as described. Your trek does at times involve negotiating steep rocky gullies and rough, uneven ground; packs can weigh up to 15 kg. As we begin our trek to the top of the range in the late morning/early afternoon, daytime temperatures at certain times of the year can reach above 30°C. Ability to carry at least a 15kg share of a loaded expedition sea kayak over soft sand, with short inclines, is expected. Participation in daily camp set up and pack down is welcomed, with guests expected to set up and pack down their own tent and camping gear each day.

MEETING PLACE AND TIME

Pick up from your Exmouth accommodation starting from 7.15am on Day 1 of the tour, or meet at EAC base (24 Pelias St) at 7.30am.

Free on-street parking is available at EAC base, or secure parking is available inside our fenced yard for $10/day

Please get in touch to enquire about dates and availability. Last-minute enquiries, custom, solo and group bookings are welcome.

TREKKING

This is an authentic, immersive experience, and as such, once we leave the main walking trail at Yardie Creek, we will be traversing some stunningly beautiful though rugged country. Worn-in walking boots or shoes are a must, as are a good level of fitness and agility. We will be covering a total distance of approximately 18 km - just over 7 km ascending Cape Range on day one & 10 km on day two, as we descend the Range and explore the Western Coastal Plain and Ningaloo Coastline. Here the rugged terrain dictates our pace. We take in the views, watch for wildlife and take plenty of breaks to absorb our surrounds. Trek Ningaloo provides all equipment necessary for you to enjoy your trek in comfort, including a quality backpack, sleeping system, tent, chair, cooking equipment, meals, camelback, water & refreshments, hiking poles and gaiters. All you need is to turn up on day one suitably attired for your days on the trail - as per the trekking equipment list.

2 people hiking up a rocky gully amongst the arid shrublands of Cape Range
Tent on top of Cape Range, overlooking Ningaloo Reef as the sun sets

CAPE RANGE CAMPING

Trek Ningaloo’s wilderness campsite is a true gem of the North West Cape, a red sand oasis amongst the rocky ramparts of Cape Range, overlooking the Indian Ocean and reef below. You will spend the night under the stars in a “cosy for two” two-person tent - If travelling alone, you should have plenty of room to spread out. Up here, where water is a rare (and heavy) commodity, a “wet- one’s” wipe-down will have to suffice for the night's shower. However, sitting back in your comfy hiking chair, sharing cheese and biscuits and perhaps a cup of wine, you could want for nothing more.

SEA KAYAKING

This is an expedition-style sea kayaking tour, meaning that we carry all of our food, water, camping gear and personal effects in the kayaks with us for 3 days. Our sea kayaks are double Eco Niizh or Sea Bear Packhorse expedition kayaks with rudder; there may be a small amount of single Eco Behzig sea kayaks available on request (subject to availability and tour numbers). The kayaks are stable, easy to paddle and control – quite forgiving and perfectly suited for this style of trip. The kayaks are designed as expedition boats and whilst there is plenty of storage space, it is important to minimise our gear (and minimise the weight) as we carry all of our food, water and equipment on board with us.

Each day we cover between 8 and 12km in the kayaks, dependant on the area we are exploring. The sea kayaking takes place inside the fringing reef, where the lagoon is rarely more than 3m deep - perfect for spotting wildlife and snorkelling. After your guide gives you the all-important paddling instruction and safety talk on our first day of paddling, we launch the kayaks and travel along the coast to our campsite for the first night. The following two days involve sea kayaking in the sheltered lagoon, stopping on secluded beaches for snacks and lunch as we go. We usually paddle the coastline from Osprey Bay and head north with the prevailing winds, usually finishing just north of Lakeside.

2 people sea kayaking in glassy waters over corals
A lady snorkels over large coral formations on Ningaloo reef

SNORKELLING

Each day provides fantastic snorkelling opportunities. At some sites we land the kayaks on the beach and swim a short distance from shore (‘shore-based’ snorkelling), at other sites we anchor or moor the kayaks and slip over the side (‘offshore’ snorkelling). We visit the well-known snorkel sites such as Turquoise Bay, Oyster Stacks (depending on having a favourable tide) and Lakeside, as well as some excellent ‘un-named’ snorkel spots that are accessible only by kayak. The snorkelling at Ningaloo is world-class, and our guides know the best spots to go, given the conditions on the day. We aim to provide a couple of opportunities to snorkel each day, dependent on the day’s itinerary and weather conditions.

BEACH CAMPING

These 4-day trek & kayak tours are perfect for the person looking to immerse themselves in the beauty of Ningaloo, enjoy nature, and get away from it all. Each afternoon we pull up our kayaks at a different beach, and, in between stories of the day, set up our camp for the night. Everything needed for a delicious meal and comfortable night’s sleep is carried in in the kayaks with us. We endeavour to make your camping experience as comfortable as possible. Camping equipment supplied includes twin-share (3-person) hiking dome tents (private ‘single’ tents are available for a $50 single supplement), self-inflating Thermarest-style mattresses, sleeping bag and liner, inflatable pillow and camp chair. As our campsites are wilderness sites (they are completely un-developed), we are very careful to respect the fragile environment within which we are travelling, operating under a strict minimal impact ethos. We carry a portable toilet, and all of our waste is carried out with us. (We have developed a good system for this, but let’s leave the particulars a surprise!). All of our fresh water is carried in the kayaks, so fresh water for washing is very limited.

After setting up camp, you may choose to go for a relaxing stroll along the beach, read a few pages of a good book, grab some snacks and a drink and settle in for a west coast sunset, or just relax and reflect on the beauty of your surroundings.

No fires are permitted at any of our camp sites, however the star gazing opportunities are second to none!

Tents nestled amongst the sand dunes, with kayaks and Ningaloo Reef in the background, as the sun sets
A turtle glides over soft corals on Ningaloo Reef

WILDLIFE WATCHING

Wildlife watching opportunities abound at Ningaloo. Black-flanked rock wallabies, Eastern grey kangaroos, goannas, dingoes, perhaps an emu or shy echidna, and myriad bird life including birds of prey may be seen on land.

Look for turtles, rays, schools of fish, and sometimes dolphins or dugong (winter months only) from your kayak. There are over 500 species of fish and 300 species of coral to marvel at whilst snorkelling, as well as the possibility of turtles, rays and reef sharks. Between June and October, we may be able to watch some of the estimated 35,000 to 45,000 Humpback whales as they make their annual migration outside the reef, sometimes putting on a show by breaching, tail or pectoral fin slapping. Osprey, terns, and Eastern reef egrets are a common sight in the coastal areas.

Please note that we don’t see Whale sharks or Manta rays on this tour, as we generally sea kayak inside the fringing reef, and Whale sharks and Manta rays are swimming and feeding outside the fringing reef.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

TK - Supplied for trekking portion of the tour | SK - Supplied for Seakayaking portion of the tour

  • Complimentary Exmouth accommodation pick up and drop off TK, SK
  • One-Planet High Plains Backpack and liner TK
  • Stuff bags for clothes and personal effects TK
  • Nalgene 1.5 L water containers TK
  • Sleep-system includes: Sleeping bag, Sleeping bag liner, pillow slip to stuff in your soft clothes for use as a pillow, Sea to Summit Ultralight sleeping mat TK
  • One Planet Goondie Mesh - Two person tent TK
  • Jetboil MiniMo Cooking System, plus gas canister, Cutlery, plastic mug TK
  • Head torch TK
  • Hiking poles TK
  • Gaiters TK
  • Double sit-inside expedition sea kayaks with rudder for comfortable cruising, paddles SK
  • PFDs (life jackets), spray skirts SK
  • Long sleeve sun shirts, broad-brim hats SK
  • Snorkelling gear: snorkel and mask, wetsuit in season SK
  • Gloves (fingerless paddling gloves are great for sun protection and blister prevention) SK
  • Dry bags for packing clothing, sleeping gear etc SK
  • Comfortable camping gear: twin-share tents, pillows, self-inflating mattresses, sleeping bags and liners, camp chairs SK
  • Healthy and delicious food, water and non-alcoholic drinks (alcohol not included, BYO welcome – no glass containers please) from snacks/morning tea on Day 1 to lunch and snacks on Day 4 TK, SK
  • Qualified and experienced guides TK, SK
  • Group first aid kit, risk management, emergency planning and communications TK, SK
  • Complimentary tour photos taken by your guide TK, SK

Want More Info?

Get in touch for detailed Ningaloo Trek & Kayak Expedition tour information by emailing us to request our Ningaloo Odyssey Trip Notes.

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OFFICE HOURS

Office open Monday - Sunday

 8.30am - 4.30pm

7 Days

After hours HIRE drop off is available at no extra charge