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Best of Western Australia & Red Centre

Suggested months: March, April.

Incredible tropical fish, soft & hard corals, turtles and Manta Rays await you at the largest fringing coral reef in the world, Ningaloo Reef, where you will also be captivated when swimming with the largest fish in the world, the Whale Shark. The extraordinary adventure continues with a trip to Bremer Canyon, to see pods of Killer Whales and a huge array of marine and bird life.

Next stop is Alice Springs, where you will start an exploration of the inspiring landscapes of the Red Centre, boasting vivid red sandstone canyons that are 350 million years old and the awe-inspiring rock formations of Uluru, Kata Tjuta, Mount Conner and oasis of Kings Canyon. 

Highlights of this wildlife vacation include:

  • Swimming with Whale Sharks and snorkelling the world’s largest fringing coral reef at Ningaloo
  • Viewing Humpback Whales and Southern Right Whales as they make their epic migration to northern Western Australia
  • Encounters with wild Killer Whales (95% success rate)
  • Abundant pelagic birds including albatross, petrels and shearwaters
  • Dolphins, Sperm Whales, Hammerhead, New Zealand Fur Seals and Giant Squid all present 
  • Visit to the world's most famous rock, Uluru along with Kata Tjuta and Mt Conner
  • Rim walk around the botanically rich Kings Canyon, home to numerous bushbirds
  • Exploration of Aboriginal culture and history including Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience.

Minimum Suggested Trip: 12 days - 4 days Exmouth/Ningaloo, 4 days Bremer/Albany/Perth, 4 days Red Centre/Uluru

Price Guideline: Typically, the budget for small group touring packages across Australia excluding flights is:
4-star: Minimum AUD $400 per person per day (USD $300)
3-star: Minimum AUD $250 per person per day (USD $170)

Bremer Bay Ningaloo & Exmouth Uluru-Kata Tjuta & Red Centre
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Type: Groups,Shared

Duration: Full Day - Ningaloo & Exmouth

Logistics: Fly to Perth (PER), then connect with a 2 hour flight to Exmouth (LEA).

Various accommodation standards available in Exmouth.

Deluxe Whaleshark Swim

The opportunity to swim with the Whaleshark is one of the world’s greatest interactive marine encounters. This fish, the largest of the shark family and the largest fish in the world at an average of 12 meters (40 foot) in length, is a harmless plankton eater, with their graceful and passive nature providing an unforgettable day out on the waters of the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Marine Park.

Educational talks from on-board marine biologists, provide a fascinating insight into the rich biodiversity found in the area. Guests will be entertained by Bottlenose and Australian Humpback Dolphins, with a keen eye occasionally spotting Dugongs as they surface to take breath.

About Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo: As the region’s original eco-tourism operation, Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo is synonymous with experiencing the aquatic treasures of the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Debbie & Mark Ferguson have been involved taking ecotours around Western Australia for over 20 years, managing the operations of a number of boats in various locations. The team is proud to specialise in small group tours for Whale Shark swims, Humpback Whale swims & watching, scuba diving and snorkelling and is active in numerous conservation projects including Whale Sharks, turtles and Manta Rays.

Seasonal highlights

Autumn: Mar-May - Fish & Marine Invertebrates

Mass spawning of coral 7-10 days after the full moon in March or April causes Whale Sharks to arrive, Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Damselfish, Scissor Tails, Coral Trout, Cod and Trevally, Whitetip and Blacktip Reef Sharks, Great and Scalloped Hammerheads, Bronze Whaler, Cat Sharks, Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Bull Rays, Nudibranchs, Manta Rays courtship dances around April. 

Autumn: Mar-May - Marine Mammals

Dugong can often spotted coming to the surface with May peak viewing time, plentiful Bottlenose and Australian Humpback Dolphins. Pseudo Orcas, Minke Whales, Pilot Whales, Short-beaked Common Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins are also occasionally sighted.

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Type: Groups,Shared

Duration: Full Day

Outer Reef or Islands Scuba Dive & Snorkel

The Muiron Islands and Ningaloo Marine Park, is regarded as one of the most beautiful underwater wilderness areas in Australia. Upon cruising out across the pristine waters, guests will spend the day exploring different snorkel and dive sights accessible by boat only, with Dolphins, Rays and Turtles all regular encounters.

Snorkellers will be delighted to see colourful tropical fish including Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Angelfish and Anemonefish amongst the spectacular coral bombies. Three species of turtle, Olive Sea Snakes, Manta Rays, Reef Sharks and surreal Nudibranches are highlights for enthusiasts. Free Nitrox for is available on all dives free of charge, with PADI Courses & Discover Scuba available for any unqualified visitors.

About Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo: As the region’s original eco-tourism operation, Exmouth Dive & Whalesharks Ningaloo is synonymous with experiencing the aquatic treasures of the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Debbie & Mark Ferguson have been involved taking ecotours around Western Australia for over 20 years, managing the operations of a number of boats in various locations. The team is proud to specialise in small group tours for Whale Shark swims, Humpback Whale swims & watching, scuba diving and snorkelling and is active in numerous conservation projects including Whale Sharks, turtles and Manta Rays.

 

Seasonal highlights

Autumn: Mar-May - Fish & Marine Invertebrates

Mass spawning of coral 7-10 days after the full moon in March or April causes Whale Sharks to arrive, Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Damselfish, Scissor Tails, Coral Trout, Cod and Trevally, Whitetip and Blacktip Reef Sharks, Great and Scalloped Hammerheads, Bronze Whaler, Cat Sharks, Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Bull Rays, Nudibranchs, Manta Rays courtship dances around April. 

Autumn: Mar-May - Reptiles & Amphibians

Green, Hawkesbill and Loggerhead hatchlings emerge through March (approximately six weeks after laying). 

Autumn: Mar-May - Marine Mammals

Dugong can often spotted coming to the surface with May peak viewing time, plentiful Bottlenose and Australian Humpback Dolphins. Pseudo Orcas, Minke Whales, Pilot Whales, Short-beaked Common Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins are also occasionally sighted.

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Type: Groups,Shared

Duration: Full Day (approx 8 hours)

Logistics: Fly to Perth (PER) and connect with a 1 hour flight to Albany (ALH) to stay overnight. Return trip to Bremer Bay available with Big Blue Bus or pick up rental car and drive to Bremer Bay (2 hours).

Accommodation: Several options in Albany, some options in Bremer Bay if self-driving.

Bremer Canyon Killer Whale Expedition

The Bremer Canyon has become one of the most sort after whale watching expeditions across the globe, with over 100 Killer Whales (Orcas) returning to the submarine canyon each year from January to April; the only place in Australia where you can regularly encounter Killer Whales in the wild. During the season, travellers can encounter these apex predators engaging in a variety of activities from hunting to socialising in family groups.

The offshore marine environment of the Bremer Canyon supports an incredible diversity of wildlife.  As well as encountering Killer Whales over 95% of the time, other species seen include Bottlenose, Striped and Common Dolphins, Long-Finned Pilot Whales, Sperm Whales, Hammerhead, Oceanic Blue and Whaler Sharks, Australian Sea Lions, New Zealand Fur Seals, Giant Squid, Oceanic Sunfish and even the rare Beaked Whale.  

Every expedition by Naturaliste Charters is led by a qualified marine biologist with extensive knowledge and experience in local marine ecology, wildlife and environmental education. Voyages also provide opportunities for guests to learn more about the amazing underwater ecosystem and contribute through adding to the Project Orca photo database amongst other scientific studies regularly carried out on-board.

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Type: Private Charter,Shared

Duration: 3 days/3 nights

Logistics: Take a flight to Perth (PER) and connect with a 3 hour flight to Alice Springs (ASP)

SEIT Red Centre Iconics (Uluru, Kata Tjuta & Kings Canyon)

Traversing through ancient rocky and rugged ranges, vivid red sandstone canyons that are 350 million years old, rich ochre coloured sand dunes, vast expanses of Mulga and Spinifex and the awe-inspiring rock formations of Uluru, Kata Tjuta & Kings Canyon, this is the ultimate small group exploration of the Red Centre.

This three day/three night immersive adventure escapes the crowds, showcasing this beautiful desert region and the amazing flora and fauna that have evolved to thrive in this arid environment including numerous skinks, the iconic Thorny Devil, bushbirds, raptor birds, Kangaroos, Common Wallaroos and fascinating insects. This small group adventure departs from Alice Springs to Uluru, or vice versa, inclusive of a sunset at Uluru, sunrise at Kata Tjuta, Karrke Aboriginal Cultural Experience and an early morning inspirational Rim Walk or stroll along the creek at Kings Canyon.

About SEIT Outback Australia: This award winning small group tour company is based in the Red Centre of Australia, offering visitors unique, educational and immersive experiences in and around Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Kathy and Brett Graham commenced the business in 2009, to realise their vision of sharing their passion for the environment, wildlife and culture of this spiritually and environmentally significant desert region, borne out of a combined 20 years' experience touring in the centre.

Seasonal highlights

Autumn: Mar-May - Birds

Nesting occur for Black-breasted Buzzards, Brown Falcons, Australian Hobby, Nankeen Kestrels and Wedge-tailed Eagles. Large flocks of Zebra Finches are generally seen across the desert skies at this time of year along with Galahs. Crimson Chats, Splendid Fairy Wrens and Australian Bustards are nomadic and present if rains have occurred.

Autumn: Mar-May - Reptiles & Amphibians

Thorny Devils present before they burrow underground to hibernate for the winter. Long-nosed Water Dragons, Sand Goannas, Bearded Dragons, Central Netted Dragons and Black-headed Monitors.

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