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Manta Ray on the Ningaloo Reef

Perth and The Ningaloo Reef



8 Days

Prices Start from

$3,864pp (ex. flights)

Spend time exploring Australia’s laid-back city of Perth before heading north to the Ningaloo Reef, home to pristine beaches and a magical underwater world.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

Aerial View of Sal Salis, Exmouth, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia 1

Beachside Glamping

Go kayaking, fishing, walking or just relax in a hammock and read a book at Sal Salis Wilderness Camp.

Perth, Australia 2

Explore Perth City

Explore the parklands, beaches, nearby vineyards and wealth of bars and restaurants in Perth.

Underwater shot of snorkeller on Ningaloo Reef. 3

Snorkel Ningaloo Reef

Snorkel amidst fantastic coral formations with over 500 species of fish.

Tale end of a whale shark as it swims away. 4

Swim with Ocean Giants

The chance to swim with manta rays, whale sharks and humpback whales.

Why we like it

Australia’s west coast is less developed than the more famous east coast and as such is far less visited. However, if it is idyllic beaches, colourful reefs and world-class snorkelling you are looking for, it is seriously worth the journey. Perth is a fabulous city with a harbour to rival Sydney, colourful markets, world class restaurants and an offshore nature reserve. Then there is the Ningaloo Reef, located just metres from the shore so snorkelling with turtles and an array of colourful fish is possible just steps from the beach. Alternatively head off shore by kayak, dropping anchor in the sand to snorkel in some of the deeper lagoons. The accommodation we recommend only serves to enhance, with stays in a beautiful historical building in Perth followed by a remote beach side bush camp just steps from the ocean – bliss.

Explore our suggested itinerary

  • Day 1


  • Day 2 - 3


  • Day 4

    Perth - Exmouth - Ningaloo Reef

  • Day 5 - 7

    Ningaloo Reef

  • Day 8

    Ningaloo Reef - Exmouth - Perth

Day 1


Day 2 - 3


Perth, Australia

Explore the parklands, beaches, nearby vineyards and wealth of bars and restaurants in Perth.

Day 4

Perth - Exmouth - Ningaloo Reef

Aerial View of Sal Salis, Exmouth, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia

Go kayaking, fishing, walking or just relax in a hammock and read a book at Sal Salis Wilderness Camp.

Day 5 - 7

Ningaloo Reef

Underwater shot of snorkeller on Ningaloo Reef.

Snorkel amidst fantastic coral formations with over 500 species of fish and the chance to swim with manta ray, whale shark and humpback whales.

Day 8

Ningaloo Reef - Exmouth - Perth

Our travel experts can tailor this itinerary to suit you.

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Wilderness Tent, Sal Salis, Exmouth, Australia
Sal Salis Tented Camp, Australia

Escape The World

Get truly off the grid for four nights at the wonderful Sal Salis tented camp. Nestled amongst sand dunes and with the coral reef literally on your doorstep, this slice of paradise offers a blissful escape from the outside world. A range of activities are included during your stay here including kayaking, walking and snorkelling, with the chance to swim with whale sharks or humpback whales an optional add on.

As well as the underwater world, just metres from your accommodation, the Cape Range National Park is also on your doorstep and is home to some of Australia’s iconic residents including the red kangaroo plus a whole host of wonderful birdlife.

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Silhouette of four manta ray taken from underneath looking towards the surface.
Manta ray

A Rare Ocean Paradise

Whale sharks and humpback whales migrate along this coastline every year so if you wish to come face to face with them ensure you time your trip accordingly. Whale sharks frequent the waters from April to July and the humpback whales from August to October. The waters of Ningaloo are home to another of the oceans giants, the manta ray and are also a major breeding ground for various species of turtle which nest on the beaches between September and December.

Skyline from Kings Park, Perth, Australia
Perth, Australia

Fly non-stop to Perth

Following a mining boom in the area, Perth and the surrounding areas are enjoying investment and restoration leading to the tagline ‘the re-birth of Perth’. Elizabeth Quay has re-connected the city from the Swan River to the harbour and is home to gourmet restaurants, boutique hotels and a buzzing atmosphere akin to that of Sydney Harbour.

The city is also home to some wonderful parks and gardens, nearby islands, lovely beaches and a thriving wine industry to the south of the city. Add to this the option to now fly non-stop to Perth with Qantas.

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Indijup Beach, Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
Indijup Beach, Margaret River, Australia

Margaret River Or The Northern Territories Extension

For a longer holiday, this trip would combine really nicely with some time exploring Margaret River, to the south of Perth. This combination would marry particularly well if travelling in October when the weather in this area becomes nicer. Alternatively, the Northern Territories works perfectly from June to September for wildlife, waterfalls and Aboriginal culture.


Below you can see some of the wonderful places we have recommended for this journey.

Sal Salis £££££

  • Australia
  • Beach and Island Escapes

Hidden in the dunes overlooking a pristine beach, this exclusive and environmentally friendly bush camp has the most isolated and stunning location. The corals and the magical underwater world of the Ningaloo Reef are just metres away. Accommodation is in free-standing, spacious tents on raised platforms. Each has an en suite bathroom with a natureloo (state of the art composting toilet) and a solar hot water shower. Each tent has an overhead fan and a comfortable bed with fabulous views of the Indian Ocean.

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COMO The Treasury £££££

  • Australia
  • City

COMO The Treasury is a 48 room boutique hotel housed in a group of late Victorian buildings. Beautifully renovated, these important historical buildings once served as a post office, treasury as well as being home to the cities original seat of government. Guest rooms and suites have been decorated using subtle colours to create wonderfully serene and elegant spaces with original high ceilings and cornicing. Large windows in many of the rooms profit from views over Cathedral Square, Stirling Gardens or the city. Some rooms have balconies and a number of rooms overlook the Swan River.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
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When to travel

As with most parts of Australia, not all areas of Western Australia are good to visit at that same time. The Ningaloo Reef is wonderful from April to September and it is possible to swim with whale sharks and humpback during a number of these months. From October to March, this area is hot but there are sea breezes and the waters are glorious.

The Margaret River region to the south of Perth is perfect from October to March. Outside of this period it can be wet and cold.

The far north from Broome to The Kimberley has a more extreme climate and most properties close from October to March when the monsoon rains arrive and the weather is very humid. These areas are perfect from June to September.

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