Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef, located off the coast of Western Australia, is a hidden gem that promises a remarkable paddling experience. With its great weather, stunning marine life, and the opportunity to camp in the nearby national park, this destination offers a perfect blend of adventure and tranquility.

Imagine stepping out of your tent, feeling the sand beneath your toes, and paddling out into the inviting waters to explore the reef’s hidden wonders. Camping in the national park also provides the chance to enjoy mesmerizing sunsets and stargazing, creating unforgettable memories of your paddling adventure

Handy info

We have arranged for May 2023 an expedition style kayaking trip to be run by Exmouth Adventure Co at Ningaloo Marine Park on the coast adjacent to Cape Range National Park and surrounding areas in water sheltered by the reef. It will offer wilderness camping out of the kayaks. We will be paddling for 4.5 paddle days covering 10 – 12 km each day plus lots of snorkel time.

After the end of the guided kayak trip there will be the option of joining a whale shark all-day tour and/or a day of walking that we will organise ourselves, or follow your own plans to explore the area further.

The first trip is full. Please contact the RCC committee if you would like to organise another trip and Jenny or Cath can assist and share further break down of arrangements and costs.

Rough Itinerary

Day 1: Exmouth Adventure Co pick up from Learmonth Airport, gear fit out at base, quick stop in Exmouth town, transfer to Cape Range National Park for first night camping
Day 2 – Day 6: 5-day/4 night sea kayak, snorkel and beach camping tour, Yardie Creek to Tantabiddi boat ramp
Day 7: Last day of expedition. Return to Exmouth town at 4pm; Exmouth Adventure Co to drop group at accommodation (booked at own expense)
Exmouth Adventure Co guided trip ends.
From here, paddlers will organise their own activities, accommodation etc
Day 8 and 9: Optional whale shark swim tour, dive trip or bushwalking and car rental (booked at own expense)
Day 10: Group departs Exmouth (flights and transfers at own expense – Exmouth Bus Charter operate an airport shuttle service).

Included in the kayak tour with Exmouth Adventure Co
• Pick up from Learmonth Airport
• 5 nights camping in Cape Range National Park
• 5 day fully guided sea kayak and snorkel expedition
• All kayaking equipment, snorkelling equipment ie – they provide double expedition sea kayaks, paddles, spray decks, PFDs, paddling gloves, long sleeve rashies, broad brim hats, snorkelling gear, wetsuits in season
• All camping equipment – 3 person tents for 2 pax, 2 person tent for 1 pax, thermarests, camp pillows, sleeping bag and liners, camp chairs. Campsites do not have any facilities but a portable toilet will be provided so that all waste is carried out.
• All food and non-alcoholic drinks from snacks and dinner on Day 1 to lunch/afternoon tea on Day 6. Alcohol BYO (no glass)
• Qualified and experienced guide. Safety equipment, first aid kit, comms.
• Complimentary photos taken by the guide
• Dry bags, stuff sacks and Ikea carry all.
Not included in the kayak tour with Exmouth Adventure Co
• Airfares
• Airport drop off post-tour
• Exmouth accommodation pre or post tour
• Alcoholic beverages
• Meals other than as mentioned above
• Whale shark tour, diving, bushwalking and car rental
2024 budget guide for whole trip
The whole trip including the tours, flights, transport, accommodation will cost around $5000 per person.

If you’d like to organise another trip remember you will need to organise your own flights, travel insurance, whale shark tour and other optional activities and accommodation. Of course, you can follow your own plans, choose not to go with an organised tour group or organise a wide range of activities before or after the kayak trip.

To plan a trip
If you want more information about organising another trip for the club contact the RCC Committee directly and we will respond to any questions.