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Mandurah: Dolphin and Views Cruise with Optional Lunch

1. Mandurah: Dolphin and Views Cruise with Optional Lunch

Cruise with playful dolphins and explore winding waterways on Western Australia’s best value marine tour. Glide over the water on this scenic tour showcasing top highlights of the coastal haven of Mandurah. Choose to purchase a delicious lunch directly from the activity provider. Hop aboard a comfortable boat and set off on this award-winning, pristine waters which are home to over 100 bottlenose dolphins, the largest residential population in Wester Australia. See these captivating creatures up close in nature with guaranteed sightings. Travel through an area that is surrounded by a giant estuary, twice the size of Sydney Harbor. Journey through a magnificent ocean marina and stunning canals lined with luxury homes. Visit global landmarks and see amazing birdlife. Kids love the nautical fun on deck, with a lifelike engine room, marine controls, a captain’s wheel, and giant binoculars. Order lunch directly from the activity provider and tuck into some famous local fish and chips. Experience Mandurah’s unique wonders of the water, only an hour from Perth with cruises available daily.

Perth: Swim with Wild Dolphins Tour

2. Perth: Swim with Wild Dolphins Tour

Enjoy swimming with wild dolphins, a bucket list memorable adventure. Rockingham is a 45-minute drive south of Perth. In Rockingham, climb aboard the custom-built luxury dolphin swim boat designed to make accessing the water easy. Cruise Rockingham’s sheltered bays and islands in search of any of over 200 local dolphins. The crew will conduct introductory snorkeling lessons. Suddenly, you are surrounded by flashing grey torpedoes and the water is filled with whistles, splashes, and laughter, both human and dolphin. They don’t do tricks and you don’t feed them, they simply spend some time enjoying each other’s company. After your experience, enjoy a gourmet platter, including fresh local seafood onboard before returning to Rockingham, where your day finishes with the drive back to Perth. Choose to swim with the dolphins or stay dry onboard as a spectator.

Perth: 7 Day Explorer Return Tour to Exmouth

3. Perth: 7 Day Explorer Return Tour to Exmouth

Take a journey on the Exmouth Explorer along the idyllic west coast and experience a totally different side to Australia, a region many are yet to discover.  Start your adventure in the most remote capital city of Perth before heading north into the nature lovers’ paradise, Western Australia.  Begin your journey by visiting the Pinnacles desert, hike down to the banks of the Murchison River and peek through Nature’s Window into an ancient gorge.  For those seeking a unique view over the gorge, there will also be an opportunity to test your abseil skills (own expense). Visit the World Heritage Listed region of Shark Bay which will leave you in awe of the beauty of nature. Here, marvel at a beach made entirely of tiny shells, meet the world’s oldest living fossils, the stromatolites and witness dolphins playing just offshore at Monkey Mia. The region is not only home to around 2000 dolphins but also turtles, dugongs, kangaroos and emus! Be amazed by your visit to the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef, known for its diverse marine life, manta rays and whale shark visitors! Stay overnight in Coral Bay, a town right by the beach which boasts coral so close to shore you can swim out to view it. Alternatively, join a tour in search of whale sharks or manta rays. Whether you choose to join a boat tour or simply relax on the beach, the pristine beaches and turquoise waters here will leave a truly lasting impression.  Follow the road as far north as Exmouth Cape, where rugged mountains flow almost down to the sea. Stand atop Vlamingh Head at the lighthouse for views over the reef and ranges. In spring, you may even spot the migrating humpback whales go by. Complete your tour of the Cape with a visit to the snorkeling haven of Turquoise Bay.  From Exmouth, make your way back down towards Perth and solidify new friendships and reflect on your adventure together. Day 1 - Perth to Kalbarri Kick-off your adventure with a guided tour through the Pinnacles desert, where you can learn about the formations of the rocks. Follow up with a journey up to Indian Ocean Drive for some stunning coastal views. After a quick stop in Geraldton, it’s on to the seaside town of Kalbarri for our overnight accommodation.  Day 2 - Kalbarri National Park to Shark Bay/Denham Visit the marvels of The Murchison Gorge, Nature’s Window and Z-Bend in Kalbarri National Park where water has carved its way through sandstone. Here you have the option to try abseiling (additional cost). Witness bright pops of colour during wildflower season (spring).  Enjoy a great photo opportunity at Nature’s Window before strolling across a beach made entirely of tiny shells.  Then, it's on to Denham for accommodation by the beach.  Day 3 - Shark Bay to Coral Bay This morning, meet the famous Monkey Mia dolphins and get some amazing photos. Enjoy chill-out time on the beach here or enjoy a coffee at the restaurant before you get back on the road mid-morning. Visit the fascinating rock formations, the Stromatolites, before settling into your accommodation in Coral Bay, located right on the famous Ningaloo Reef. Day 4 - Coral Bay Spend most of the day exploring the Ningaloo Reef at your own leisure. Choose to join a boat tour or enjoy free time to experience the beautiful beaches the coral bay has to offer. Go for a stroll on the beach and check out the shark nursery, swim with the manta rays (additional cost) or go for a snorkel on the Ningaloo Reef, only metres from shore. This evening, take the short drive up the peninsula to Exmouth and check into your accommodation for two nights in the town centre.  Day 5 - Exmouth Explorer Today, explore Cape Range National park, a spectacular place of rugged limestone ranges, breathtaking deep canyons and 50km of pristine beaches. Relax on the beach or choose to go snorkeling at the stunning Turquoise Bay (snorkel hire $10), visit Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, relax at Milyering Visitors Center and more before you return to our accommodation late afternoon.  Day 6: Exmouth - Geraldton Visit the town of Carnarvon and one of the local banana or mango plantations (seasonal). Enjoy lunch on the waterfront of Carnarvon, before stopping off for a photo opportunity overlooking the Murchison River. Refreshments stop along the way at Billabong for coffee & ice-creams. Before arriving at our final overnight destination in Geraldton. The group will enjoy their final dinner together at The Murchison Tavern after a long day of driving, discounted meals available at guests' own expense. · Day 7: Geraldton - Perth Enjoy the HMAS Sydney Memorial with stunning views of Geraldton. Take a walk along the 3 bay walk at Green Head before wandering amongst the sand dunes of Lancelin. If you’re feeling adventurous, try out sandboarding for a bit of fun! Return to Perth late afternoon. Kick back and relax on the bus for the last stretch, take in the last views of the scenic countryside before making our way back towards Perth, with drop-off starting around 5:00 PM.

Perth: Shoalwater Islands Snorkel, Wildlife & Seafood Cruise

4. Perth: Shoalwater Islands Snorkel, Wildlife & Seafood Cruise

Embark on a special sightseeing tour to 3 Shoalwater Islands. Spot local wildlife and check out the underwater world while snorkeling. Discover the ruggedly spectacular Marine Park onboard a comfortable vessel allowing for safety and enjoyment. Graze on a platter of seafood throughout the experience. Board the vessel and get ready to set off on a marine adventure you'll never forget. Look out for wild bottlenose dolphins, explore limestone reefs and rocky outcrops, get to know the local marine bird life, and frolic with the rarest sea lions in the world. All equipment is provided and the highly experienced crew will introduce you to snorkeling with an emphasis on safety and environmental awareness so you can make the most of your encounter. Head to locations with the best wildlife spotting opportunities in the Shoalwater Islands. Wild dolphins, rare Australian sea lions, pelican rookeries, and birds of prey are regularly sighted and the friendly crew will get you right in the action. Enjoy a gourmet grazing platter, including a delicious array of seafood, as you cruise. The activity concludes at the Mersey Point mainland jetty.

Perth to Exmouth 6-Day Coral Coaster One-Way Journey

5. Perth to Exmouth 6-Day Coral Coaster One-Way Journey

Take a journey along Western Australia’s Coral Coast, a region known for its stunning natural scenery, diverse wildlife, and gorgeous beaches.  Day 1 – Perth to Kalbarri Kick off your adventure by exploring the Pinnacles Desert in a guided tour before you journey up Indian Ocean Drive with its stunning coastal views. Make a quick stop in Geraldton, then onto the seaside town for your Kalbarri overnight stay. Lunch and dinner are included Day 2 – Kalbarri National Park to Monkey Mia Rise early for a photo opportunity at sunrise at either Nature’s Window or the Kalbarri Skywalk. Visit the marvels of The Murchison Gorge and Z-Bend in Kalbarri National Park. Travel on to the Billabong Roadhouse for refreshments and lunch (own expense). Visit the living fossils known as The Stromatolites, before movings on to Monkey Mia for accommodation by the beach. Breakfast and dinner are included. Day 3 – Monkey Mia to Coral Bay Say good morning to the famous dolphins of Monkey Mia. Relax on the beach or grab a coffee at the resort, before you get back on the road. Visit the fascinating rock formations, the Stromatolites, before you reach your Coral Bay accommodation next to the Ningaloo Reef. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. Day 4 – Coral Bay to Exmouth Explore the Ningaloo Reef at your own leisure. Wander the beautiful Coral Bay beaches or check out the shark nursery. Snorkel the technicolor coral gardens only meters from shore. An optional boat tour or swim with the Manta Rays is available to purchase. Take a short drive up the peninsula to check-in to your Exmouth accommodation for two nights. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. Day 5 – Exmouth Explore Cape Range National Park, a spectacular place of rugged limestone ranges, breathtaking deep canyons, and 50km of pristine beaches. Relax on the beach or choose to go snorkeling at the stunning Turquoise Bay, before finishing the tour in the early afternoon in time for lunch. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. Day 6 – Exmouth Conclude your tour with check-out from your accommodation at 10:00 AM. Breakfast is included.

Dolphin Penguin & Sea Lion Cruise with Seafood Platter for 2

6. Dolphin Penguin & Sea Lion Cruise with Seafood Platter for 2

Enjoy the highlights of the Shoalwater Islands Marine Park on a wildlife cruise and keep a lookout for local animals. See the penguins being fed on Penguin Island before taking the ferry back to the mainland and enjoying a seafood platter. This glass bottom boat cruise takes place along the rugged coastlines of the Penguin, Seal, and Bird Islands. Wild dolphins, Australian sea lions, pelicans, and birds of prey are all regularly seen and the crew will be able to give you tips to help spot the animals. The cruise finishes up on Penguin Island where you can watch the penguins being fed. Enjoy some time to explore the island at your own pace before returning to the mainland by ferry at your leisure and enjoying a seafood platter lunch at Pengos Cafe.

Augusta: Whale Watching Tour

7. Augusta: Whale Watching Tour

Step on board and cruise Flinders Bay in style on board the Alison Maree, the sturdiest charter vessel in the South West. Everyone is treated as a VIP on board the vessel with complimentary access available to the Skippers lounge. Listen to old folk stories from Skipper Dundee or Jamie or head down the front of the vessel and learn the history and movements of the whales from the experienced on board Marine Biologist, ask them as many questions as you like. Enjoy a morning or afternoon tea consisting of a hot drink or water and help yourself to some biscuits. With a 99% success sighting rating, you are almost 100% guaranteed to see whales on your tour, if not you can join a tour again for free. The tours are family friendly and suitable for all ages. On average it takes about 7 minutes from departing the Marina until whales are sighted, with over 35000 Humpbacks migrating, binoculars aren't required, there's plenty to see. The cruise goes for approximately 2 hours in the sheltered waters of Flinders Bay, Augusta which is a resting place for the whales whilst on their northern migration. Quite often sighted here is the Southern Right whale - always amazing to see as they were once almost extinct from being hunted back in the whaling days, and due to their gestation period their populations haven't quite recovered as well as the Humpbacks.

From Perth: 4-Day Coastal Loop to Monkey Mia Comfort Level

8. From Perth: 4-Day Coastal Loop to Monkey Mia Comfort Level

Day 1: Perth to Kalbarri Our coastal loop adventure begins with a walk along the stunning Greenhead Three Bays Walks. After lunch at Dynamite Bay, part of the Three Bays Walk, we travel up Indian Ocean Drive for some stunning coastal views. On the way to Geraldton, we stopped at the Hutt Lagoon Pink Lake, a must-see attraction just outside of town. Then it's on to the stunning coast of Kalbarri at the Natural Bridge and then we take a leisurely walk along Castle Cove. Enjoy an overnight stay in the sleepy seaside town of Kalbarri, where the Murchison River flows out into the Indian Ocean. Meals: n/a. Accom: Kalbarri Edge Resort. Driving: 575km. Hiking: 2.5km. Day 2: Kalbarri to Monkey Mia Start early to catch a glimpse of the Murchison Gorge, Nature's Window, and the Kalbarri Skywalk. Visit the marvels of The Murchison Gorge at the beautiful Hawkes head lookout in Kalbarri National Park, where water has carved its way through sandstone. Visit the well-known Billabong Roadhouse for lunch and refreshments (at guests' expense), an iconic landmark that has been serving visitors to Western Australia since 1962. From here, we visit the remarkable Shell Beach, and take a stroll along a beach made entirely of tiny shells. At Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, we will stay right on the beach with resident dolphins living close by, within the World Heritage Listed area known as Shark Bay. Free time to hire a Kayak (optional extra), relax on the beach, or look for turtles, dugongs, emus, and kangaroos that live here. Meals: Breakfast. Accom: RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort. Driving: 450km. Hiking: 3km. Day 3: Monkey Mia to Geraldton This morning we will meet the famous Monkey Mia Dolphins and get some up close and amazing photos. Stop in the lovely town of Denham, and wander along the foreshore. Check out the spectacular cliff views overlooking Shark Bay and spot wildlife at Eagle Bluff. We then head south with photo stops at Galena bridge and Coronation beach and then on towards our final overnight stay by the seaside in Geraldton. Meals: Breakfast. Accom: Hospitality Geraldton Motel. Driving: 385km. Hiking: 2km. Day 4: Geraldton to Perth Enjoy the HMAS Sydney Memorial with stunning views of Geraldton. Visit the Point Moore Lighthouse in Geraldton. On to Port Denison with a walk along the foreshore and to the lookout. Then head back along the Indian Ocean road with a stop in the town of Jurien bay with a walk along the Jetty. Then we travel to the seaside town of Cervantes to our fabulous lunch option at the famous Lobster Shack, plus a guided tour of the Lobster factory. From here we head to Nambung National Park to wander around the Pinnacles Desert. Kick back and relax on the bus for the last stretch before making our way back towards Perth by 6.30pm. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch. Driving: 465km. Hiking: 2km. *Autopia Tours reserves the right to alter the route or itinerary stops during seasonal weather fluctuations and/or during park closures.

From Perth: 6-Day Whale Shark Snorkel and Ningaloo Reef Tour

9. From Perth: 6-Day Whale Shark Snorkel and Ningaloo Reef Tour

Discover Western Australia by land and water on a 6-day guided trip from Perth with lodging, entry fees, and most meals included. Explore Nambung National Park, visit the village of Kalbarri, and relax on the beaches of Monkey Mia. Swim and snorkel alongside whale sharks on a glass-bottom cruise. Day 1: Perth to KalbarriAfter pickup, leave Perth and head north along the coast towards Cervantes, the entrance to Nambung National Park. Once there, get plenty of time to explore the area and take some colorful photos of these unique formations. Continue north along the coast past Jurien Bay and Leeman towards Geraldton, the sunniest town in W.A. Cruising along the coastal road, enter the Kalbarri National Park via Port Gregory. Experience some of the most picturesque grazing land and the rough coastline. In the early evening, arrive in the laid-back village of Kalbarri. Day 2: Kalbarri to Monkey MiaAfter breakfast, say farewell to Kalbarri and continue into the Kalbarri National Park with breathtaking views down to the Murchison Gorge. Depending upon the season, drive through the Kalbarri National Park to the World Heritage area of Shark Bay. In the afternoon, arrive in Monkey Mia, home of the well-known dolphins. Enjoy time for relaxing and swimming on the beach. Before dinner, unwind on a catamaran cruise. Experience the silent sensation of sailing and capture a sweeping view of the coastline. Day 3: Monkey Mia to CarnarvonIn the morning, get the chance to come face to face with the famous dolphins. Before the next stop at Shell Beach, pay homage to this World Natural Heritage area with a visit to the Shark Bay Interpretive Centre in Denham. Later, head to Hamelin Pool where the world’s best-known colony of stromatolites can be admired. Get a taste of typical outback Australian impressions on the drive to Carnarvon. Day 4: Carnarvon to Exmouth (Ningaloo Reef)After enjoying breakfast, today’s destination will be beautiful Coral Bay. Encounter the 260-km-long natural wonder of the Ningaloo Reef. Not far from shore, the reef can be readily available to discover with the aid of snorkeling gear and flippers on an outing in a glass-bottom boat. Explore the shallow water of the reef, the homeland of various sea creatures such as corals, unusual sea stars, crustaceans, and over 500 species of different fishes. In the afternoon, continue the journey to Exmouth. Day 5: Exmouth Whale Shark Snorkel TourHead to the jetty, meet the crew, and join a safety briefing before hopping on the vessel and getting fitted for wetsuits and snorkel equipment. The marine adventure begins with an introductory snorkel on the inner Ningaloo Reef. Experience the thrill of swimming and snorkeling close to big, majestic whale sharks. You may also spot manta rays and humpback whales from the boat. Day 6: Exmouth to Airport LearmonthFinish off your trip with a transfer to Learmonth Airport for your flight back to Perth (airfare not included).

Perth: Orca Cruise, Scenic Flight, and Camel Farm 5-Day Tour

10. Perth: Orca Cruise, Scenic Flight, and Camel Farm 5-Day Tour

Discover the wonders of Western Australia on a 5-day adventure from Perth to Esperance, Hyden, and York. Explore the beaches of Cape Le Grand National Park, visit a camel farm, fly over Middle Island, and go whale watching on a Bremer Bay cruise. Day 1Meet your driver outside your Perth hotel to begin your adventure. Drive into the heart of the Wheatbelt of Western Australia to reach Bremer Bay. On the unusually named Pussy Cat Hill, view a memorial to Donald Campbell, who set a new world water speed record across Lake Dumbleyung. Next, enjoy a coffee/tea break with juices, biscuits, muesli bars, nuts, salty snacks, seasonal fruit or vegetables, and dried fruit, including gluten-free options. As you drive to the south coast, refresh yourself with a cold drink. Day 2 After breakfast, embark on an all-day Orca Whale expedition. As the pristine and scenic bays and cliffs of one of the world’s most ancient coastlines slip from your sight, the sparkling turquoise waters change to the deep blue of the Southern Ocean. Spend the day exploring the only place in Australia you can reliably encounter killer whales (orca), the ocean’s undisputed apex predator. Day 3Enjoy a delicious breakfast before heading off on a leisurely drive to Esperance to visit Cape Le Grand National Park. Indulge in the photo-worthy white beaches, the whitest in Australia as certified by Geoscience Australia, and admire the turquoise waters of Lucky Bay. Day 4Have breakfast before taking in sweeping views during a scenic flight over Middle Island and the dazzling pink of Lake Hillier. Keep an eye out for the brilliant white beaches and dense woodland surrounding the lake. Back on land, enjoy a scenic drive along Great Ocean Drive with its many highlights and lookouts. As you leave the Southern Ocean behind, head towards the Wave Rock in Hyden, where you'll spend the night. Day 5After breakfast, visit the famous Wave Rock, also called “breakers wave.” Get plenty of time to explore and learn about the story of this natural wonder. Afterward, drive through the wide-stretched West Australian Wheatbelt to reach York at about lunchtime. A quaint short stroll in the oldest inland settlement of W.A. will take you back to the time of the first settlers. The well-maintained and renovated houses boasting their original facades still give off the atmosphere of the pioneer’s time. Next, head to a camel farm to learn about the history and modern use of the single-humped desert ships here in Australia before returning to Perth for drop-off. 

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based on 112 reviews

It was so nice of the reception team to re-book ticket for same price after missing the first booking so kind, polite and helpful. Cruise staff provided information throughout trip and pointed historical places. Definitely worth and bang for buck

We saw dolphins! Was an awesome cruise and so cheap, Staff had a great sense of humour, good knowledge of the area, great way to see the luxury homes, boats and some wildlife even a licenced bar onboard

A great way to see Mandurah and it's attractions Dolphins included. Friendly staff & informative commentary. Highly recommended.

Instructor's were incredible and we saw plenty dolphins. It's a must-do experience!

Mega well organized tour with lots of dolphins and great staff