- Karijini NP
- Millstream Chichester NP
- Tom Price
- Ningaloo Reef NP- snorkeling, beaches, gorges and 2 cruises
- Monkey Mia snorkelling and dolphins
- Kalbarri NP
- Pinnacles NP
- 7 nights accommodation
- 5 nights comfortable camping
Day 1 (L,D)
You will be collected from your Broome hotel at 6.30am this morning to begin your 13 day 4WD safari along the West Coast.
Today we travel to the mining town of Karratha, the heart of the West Pilbara Coast, adjoining the port of Dampier.
En-route we pass Port Headland, one of the largest and busiest iron ore ports in the world.
Overnight cabin or motel style accommodation, with en-suite – Karratha
Day 2 (B,L,D)
Passengers joining the tour in Karratha will be collected from their accommodation this morning.
We spend today in Millstream-Chichester National Park, which is a lush oasis of deep gorges and palm-fringed rock pools which provides a stark contrast to the surrounding landscape of rocky escarpments and rolling spinifex-covered hills.
We enter the park from the north and have a swim at Python Pool, a permanent freshwater plunge pool at the base of a cliff in the Chichester Range escarpment.
We also take a walk to the top of Mount Herbert, where we are treated to a splendid view of the savannah lands, including Pyramid, Sherlock and Warambie stations.
After lunch we visit the Millstream Visitor Centre and museum, which is the old homestead from the pastoral station the early European settlers established and ran for over 100 years. We also have the option of taking the short Homestead walk.
Departing the park, our destination this evening is halfway between Millstream-Chichester and Karijini National Parks.
Overnight mobile camp- Mt Florance Station campground (a working cattle station), with toilets and showers
Day 3 (B,L,D)
After breakfast we continue towards Karijini National Park, in the Hamersley Range, driving through the old mining town of Wittenoom en-route. Karijini is Western Australia’s second largest national park, encompassing some 627,442 hectares of spectacular, rugged scenery, ancient geological formations and a variety of arid-land ecosystems.
Massive mountains and escarpments rise out of the flat valleys. The high plateau is dissected by breathtaking gorges, and stony,tree-lined watercourses wind their way over the dusty plain. The slow process of erosion has carved the shape of the land out of rocks that are 2,000 million years old, to form this intriguing landscape and complex ecology.
A variety of ecosystems are represented in the park and these are home to a range of wildlife including a variety of birds, native rodents, native marsupial carnivores (such as the Pilbara ninguai- resident, but nocturnal and shy), red kangaroos, euros, Rothschild’s rock wallabies, bats, dingoes, reptiles and amphibians such as frogs, geckoes, goannas, dragons and legless lizards. Termites and the pebble mound mouse also make their homes here in the form of mounds.
We’ll explore the western part of the park today, starting at Dales Gorge, through to Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool and Circular Pool.
Have a refreshing swim in the spring-fed permanent falls of Fortescue falls, ramble along the gorge floor to the lovely fern framed Fern Pool and enjoy the hidden gardens of Circular Pool.
We have the whole day to explore, swim, relax and take in the scenery here.
Overnight mobile camp- Karijini Eco Retreat campground, with toilets and showers (2 night stay).
****upgrade to deluxe eco tents with en-suites may be available for an extra charge- please enquire when booking to avoid disappointment****
Day 4 (B,L,D)
This morning we take a short walk into Lower Weano Gorge and to Handrail Pool, which is a beautiful spot for a swim.
Then enjoy the scenery at Junction Pool Lookout and Oxer Lookout, located at the junction of four mighty gorges and offering one of the most stunning panoramas in WA.
An optional walk into Hancock Gorge is also available (depending on fitness level). Hancock Gorge is one of the most spectacular gorges in Karijini National Park and after descending a ladder, navigating the rocks and Spider Gorge, we reach Kermit's Pool.
We finish the day at Knox Lookout, where we’ll take the steps down to the lookout and watch the view spread out in the distance.
Overnight mobile camp- Karijini Eco Retreat campground, with toilets and showers
Day 5 (B,L,D)
Start today at Joffre Lookout, where rock steps take you down to the lookout to view this spectacular curved waterfall forming a natural amphitheatre.
Our final stop in the park is Hamersley gorge and waterfall, where we’ll find amazing coloured banded iron formations. Take a dip in the natural spa pool at the Gorge and enjoy a spa treatment the way nature intended – surrounded by amazing rock formations almost as old as the Earth itself.
Then we’ll head to Tom Price for overnight.
Overnight mobile camp- Tom Price Tourist Park campground, with toilets and showers
****upgrade to cabins with en-suites may be available for an extra charge- please enquire when booking to avoid disappointment****
Day 6 (B,L,D)
Today we depart the Pilbara and take a scenic drive west towards the coast, travelling through the Hammersley Ranges, onto the North West Coastal Highway. We turn off and travel up the Exmouth Gulf to the town of Exmouth.
We finish the day by visiting Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, which stands on the northernmost tip of the Cape Range. It overlooks Lighthouse Bay, offering panoramic views over Ningaloo Reef and we may be lucky to see humpback whales migrating south to their feeding grounds in Antarctica with their calves.
Overnight cabin accommodation with shared facilities - Exmouth (2 night stay)
****upgrade to cabins with en-suites may be available for an extra charge- please enquire when booking to avoid disappointment****
Day 7 (B,L,D)
Today we explore Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Ningaloo is the largest fringing coral reef in Australia. It is the only large reef in the world found so close to a continental land mass; about 100 metres offshore at its nearest point and less than seven kilometres at its furthest.
The shallow lagoons formed by the reef, and the deeper offshore waters, create a diverse array of habitats for a multitude of colourful corals and more than 500 species of fish. Many other creatures are found in the park, including whale sharks (the world’s largest fish), turtles, dugongs, dolphins, manta rays and humpback whales.
We access the marine park via the western side of Cape Range National Park, where spectacular rocky gorges, carved by ancient rivers, adjoin one of the most pristine and beautiful coastlines in the world. The area is well known for the striking contrast between the clear blue seas, coral reefs, sandy beaches and rugged scenery.
We have the whole day to explore this stunning coastline, where we can snorkel, swim and relax on the beach at Turquoise Bay. The reef offers 250 species of corals, including cabbage corals, brain corals, lavender corals and delicate colourful branching corals, which form gardens in the shallow lagoons. Green turtles have extensive rookeries inside the reef, dugong feed on seagrasses within the lagoons, there are multitudes of colourful reef fish, occasional oceanic fish species, as well as rays, sharks and dolphins.
As well as the beaches, we can do some bird watching at Mangrove Bay and visit the Oyster Stacks, which are five isolated islets that protrude from the reef. Not a great place to snorkel but worth a look as they are literally covered with oysters. You may also like to take the Mandu Mandu Gorge lookout for a stunning view over the coast walk.
We take a short cruise through Yardie Creek Gorge, which is a highlight of the National park. The ancient gorge has deep blue waters, red limestone cliff faces and a wonderful array of birds and wildlife, including the rare black-footed wallaby, with euros and red kangaroos dotting the coastal plain. A sandbar traps the water and the striking reflections of the sheer canyon's multi-coloured bands are breathtaking.
****reef walking shoes are recommended during our time at Ningaloo Reef due to the presence of fireweed, fire coral, stingrays, toadfish, stonefish and sea urchins****
Overnight cabin accommodation with shared facilities – Exmouth
Day 8 (B,L)
After breakfast we depart Exmouth and make our way south to the small but picturesque resort town of Coral Bay.
Upon arrival into Coral Bay, we take a half day cruise on Ningaloo Reef. Cruise through the crystal clear and calm turquoise waters, snorkel magical coral gardens filled with exotic marine life and search for turtles, dolphins, dugongs, mantra rays and more.
The rest of the day is at your leisure to relax on the beach, have another snorkel or take a look around the town- the choice is yours.
Overnight motel style accommodation with en-suite - Ningaloo Reef Resort, Coral Bay
Day 9 (B,L,D)
From Coral Bay we continue south, through Carnarvon and then turn off towards Denham. En-route we stop at White Bluff Lookout for stunning views of the bay. This whole area, including Cape Peron is part of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, renowned for its incredible diversity and is home to sea turtles, dolphins, whales, dugongs, a variety of small marine life and sea grasses.
Our destination this afternoon is Hamelin Pool and the Stromatolites, which are the oldest living organisms on the planet, first appearing on earth about 3.5 billion years ago. Hamelin Pool is the location of the best example in the world of living marine stromatolites as the water of Hamelin Bay is twice as saline as usual sea water.
We can also visit the nearby Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station (including the post office and postmaster’s quarters), one of the few surviving relics from the chain of stations that once stretched from Wyndham, in the far north of Western Australia, around to Albany in the far south. Long before the stromatolites were discovered, Hamelin Pool was an important transport and communication hub and the buildings are now listed on Western Australia’s State Register of Heritage Places and have been turned into a museum.
Overnight mobile camp – Hamelin Station, with toilets and showers
****upgrade to rooms with shared bathrooms, may be available for an extra charge- please enquire when booking to avoid disappointment****
Day 10 (B,L)
We continue north up Cape Peron this morning, to Monkey Mia Resort.
You have the choice for our day here to swim, snorkel, relax on the beach or take an optional activity such as a boat cruise, camel ride or hiring a kayak (optional activities at own expense).
Overnight accommodation in Garden Villas or Beachside Dolphin Units, both with en-suites- Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
Day 11 (B,L,D)
This morning we wander down to Dolphin Beach early to see if we can catch a glimpse of the Bottle Nosed Dolphins that have visited the beautiful beach each morning for the past 40 years.
Heading back south down the Cape, we call in to Eagle Bluff, named after the osprey or sea eagles which nest on the rock island just offshore. The boardwalk is the ideal place to view the Useless Loop salt pile and marine life of the clear blue Shark Bay waters including turtles, sharks, rays and maybe even a dugong! The vistas are simply breathtaking.
After a short visit to Shell Beach, we continue south towards Kalbarri. Shell Beach is made of tonnes of tiny white Hamelin cockle shells (unique to this area), heaped into massive ridges up to 10m - it’s a spectacular sight and we’ll need our sunglasses as the glare can be quite blinding !.
Few areas in the State boast more species of native flora than Kalbarri National Park and during July and October the park's landscape is ablaze with colour. The park is also home to an array of fauna such as Echidna, Red and Grey Kangaroos, Thorny Devil and Emu.
As we drive through the park, the Murchison River Gorges slash abruptly through Sand Plain from the Highway to Kalbarri town. It is estimated that these tumblagooda sandstone walls were created 400 million years ago on the tidal flats of an ancient sea. Fossil tracks and sea fossils can be found in many places along the river. Rippled surfaces can be seen around Nature’s Window, formed during ancient times by waves moving over tidal flats in a shallow sea.
During this drive, we visit Ross Graham Lookout and Hawkes Head Lookout for expansive views over the Murchison River Gorge. Further north, we also visit The Loop, Z Bend and Natures Window.
A 400m walk from The Loop car park brings you to one of WA’s most iconic natural attractions, Nature’s Window. This natural rock arch frames the river view perfectly and is a must-snap photograph opportunity in Kalbarri National Park.
Considered by many to offer the most breathtaking view in the park, the Z-Bend lookout can be reached by a 500-metre walk trail from the car park. Gazing down, the gorge plunges 150 metres to the river below where river redgums create a striking contrast against the earthy Tumblagooda sandstone.
Overnight hotel accommodation- Kalbarri Edge Resort
Day 12 (B,L,D)
This morning we take a look at the Coastal Gorges of Kalbarri NP including Red Bluff, Pot Alley Gorge, Rainbow Valley, Eagle Gorge, Shell House, Mushroom Rock (3km loop walk), and the most spectacular of the lot, Island Rock and the Natural Arch, provide spectacular views of this rugged piece of coastline. The ocean here has carved out massive chunks of soft limestone coast and created towering cliff formations approximately 100 metres high, strange rocky shapes, secluded beaches and colourful layered sands and silts compacted and layered in stone.
Continuing south down the Coral Coast, we’ll come to Hutt Lagoon, at Port Gregory. A beautiful scenic drive takes us to an endless white beach and a stunning Pink Lake. The Pink Lake gets its spectacular colour from the algal blooms of the microscopic algae, which are harvested and sold as dietary supplements.
Overnight hotel accommodation- Ocean Centre Hotel, Geraldton
Day 13 (B,L)
Our final day starts with a drive along the coast to Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles. The coastline between Geraldton and Cervantes is stunning and we can admire the views as we drive down the coast.
These amazing natural limestone structures, some standing as high as five metres, were formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago, after the sea receded and left deposits of sea shells. Over time, coastal winds removed the surrounding sand, leaving the pillars exposed to the elements. The thousands of pillars rising from the shifting yellow sands, resemble a landscape from a science fiction movie.
We view the Pinnacles from the Pinnacles View lookout and a 1.2 km. loop walk takes us to a lookout over the Pinnacles desert area.
You will be dropped off at your Perth accommodation in the late afternoon.
B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner
Departs Broome to Perth in 2014, on 19th September only
AUD $6695 per adult twin share
$6395 per child (age 10 - 15 years) twin share
$750 single supplement for own tent / room
If you would prefer to start your Broome to Perth tour from Karratha you will be picked up from your Karratha accommodation on the morning of 20th September. If you would prefer to finish your Perth to Broome tour in Karratha you will be dropped off at your Karratha accommodation on the evening of May 8th.Take $155 per person off the tour price twin share and $280 single room.
Departs Perth to Broome in 2015, on 30th April only and
departs Broome to Perth on 2nd October
AUD $6995 per adult twin share
$6695 per child (age 10 - 15 years) twin share
$950 single supplement for own tent / room
If you would prefer to start your Broome to Perth tour from Karratha you will be picked up from your Karratha accommodation on the morning of 3rd October. If you would prefer to finish your Perth to Broome tour in Karratha you will be dropped off at your Karratha accommodation on the evening of May 11th. Take $170 per person off the tour price twin share and $320 single room.
Twin share price is $6695 pp adult and $6395 child (aged 10-15 years), single room / tent is $7445 and solo travelers must have own room /tent. 7 nights are accommodated and 5 nights are camping. 4 of the 5 camping nights can be upgraded to accommodation for an extra cost.
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