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10 DAY WEST COAST WILDFLOWER DISCOVERER

Included Highlights:    

  • Burup Peninsular Ancient Aboriginal Petroglyph
  • Travel Remote Railway Roads
  • Millstream Chichester National Park
  • Awesome Karijini National Park / Dales Gorge
  • Ningaloo Reef – World Heritage Site
  • Monkey Mia Dolphins
  • Wooleen Conservation Area
  • Kalbarri National Park
  • Lesueur Wildflower region
  • The Pinnacles

Details:

  • Price: from $8090.00pp
  • Stay: The Ranges Karratha (1N), Karijini Eco Retreat (2N), Ningaloo Reef Resort (1N), Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort (2N), Wooleen Station (1N), Kalbarri Edge Resort (1N), Pinnacles Edge Resort (1N)
  • Commence: Karratha – Conclude: Perth
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This is a spectacular journey into the spectacular Pilbara, discovering incredible gorges, gaining a view of the powerful mining industry, before hitting the coast at the majestic World Heritage Ningaloo Reef. We continue our coastal trip encountering the playful wild dolphins before heading inland to the inspiring Wooleen Station. The highlights continue as we enter ‘Wildflower Country’ from the inland through to the coast.

Day 1 Ancient Petroglyphs, North West Shelf Project

On arrival at Karratha airport this morning be picked up in our small luxury 4WD. We take the short drive to the spectacular Burup Peninsular where it’s a short walk to the ancient petroglyphs. The peninsula and surrounding Dampier Archipelago have the highest concentration of rock art in the world. The carvings include depictions of human-like figures, human faces and animals that no longer inhabited the region, including the Tasmanian tiger.

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Archaeologists haven’t been able to date engravings directly, but have previously estimated some of them to be up to 30,000 years old based on the style of the art and weathering patterns. We explore the coast followed by a visit to the North West Shelf Visitor Centre which is an interactive display explaining one of the world’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) areas supplying oil and gas to Australian and international markets.

Accommodation: The Ranges, Karratha
Meals: Lunch

Day 2 Millstream Chichester NP, Hamersley Gorge

We journey off the beaten track this morning as we visit the beautiful surrounds of Millstream-Chichester National Park. Covering an area of approximately 200,000 hectares around the Fortescue River – the heartland of the Yindjibarndi people – this lush oasis of deep gorges and palm-fringed rock pools provides a stark contrast to the surrounding landscape of rocky escarpments and rolling spinifex covered hills. After a picnic lunch we join the privately owned railway road where we may pass some of the worlds longest trains carrying riches of iron ore, destined for export. Late afternoon brings us to mesmerising Hamersley Gorge, with its stark beauty and the rich colours of iron, contrasting with the aqua blue deep pools. We reach our comfortable wilderness retreat home for the next two nights in time for a spectacular sunset.

Accommodation: Karijini Eco Retreat
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Karijini National Park Touring

Set off after breakfast and enjoy a full day to discover beautiful Karijini National Park. Here, spectacular gorges, crystal clear waterfalls and leafy verdure contrast delightfully with the arid red landscapes of the Pilbara. Admire the rich red colours from Oxer and Junction Pool lookouts and visit the stunning Fortescue Falls, a rare year round waterfall that tumbles 20 metres over red rock benches, where you will have the opportunity to enjoy a dip in the crystal clear waters of Fern Pool. Returning to our retreat you may choose to walk to nearby Joffre Falls.

Accommodation: Karijini Eco Retreat
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Tom Price Mine 

We depart Karijini this morning and re-join our journey through the remote Pilbara landscape. We stop off at Tom Price, one of Australia’s first company mining towns, for a view of one of Australia’s most important iron ore mines, before heading towards the coast. This afternoon we arrive at the pretty coastal village of Coral Bay, located on the eastern side of WA’s North West Cape, in Australia’s Ningaloo Reef region.

Accommodation: Ningaloo Reef Resort, Coral Bay
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 Glass Bottom Boat

This morning we join a fascinating Glass Bottom Boat trip over the stunning World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef. With the opportunity to snorkel or sit back and just enjoy the vast array of marine life on one of the world’s real natural wonders. Departing Coral Bay we continue along the coastal road, via the rich agricultural district of Carnarvon, arriving at Monkey Mia on Shark Bay for our two night stay.

Accommodation: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Dolphin viewing, Optional tours

Today see the famous wild dolphins that swim close to shore at Monkey Mia, before exploring Francois Peron National Park. This afternoon, choose your preferred activity: learn about the local culture with a Wulu Guda Nyinda indigenous tour; or board the ‘Shotover’ catamaran and enjoy a sunset cruise with a Monkey Mia wildlife specialist.

Accommodation: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Hamelin Pool, Shell Beach

We visit extraordinary Shell Beach then head for Hamelin Pool to see the stromatolites, which are the world’s oldest living organisms. Traverse inland to the Murchison River Region, known for it’s wildflowers in season before arriving at Wooleen a former sheep and cattle station that has been transformed into an environmental showcase by it’s dedicated young owners.

Accommodation: Wooleen Station
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 Kalbarri National Park

Home to the largest variety of wildflowers in the world, Western Australia is blanketed in stunning pink, white and yellow Everlasting Daisies from July to October. Journey through the mid-west ‘Wildflower Way’, then continue to Kalbarri National Park and see Nature’s Window before views of the Murchison River.

Accommodation: Kalbarri Edge Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 Lesueur National Park     

Departing Kalbarri we continue along stunning coastal scenery arriving at a highlight on our wildflower journey. Lesueur National Park is a must see for all wildflower lovers and botanists with over 900 species of flora identified within the park. We visit during the wildflower season for a spectacular sight when a profusion of colour covers much of the National Park. Driving to the top of Mount Lesueur for a magnificent panoramic view across the park and the pretty coastline of Green Head, Lesueur National Park is one of the most significant reserves for flora conservation in Western Australia. Several species cannot be found anywhere else in the world and have been included on an endangered list. The National Park is also home to over 100 species of birds that rely on the flora for their survival.

Accommodation: Pinnacles Edge Resort, Cervantes
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 10 The Pinnacles

We travel to the Nambung National park, home to the striking formations of the Pinnacles. Regarded as one of Australia’s most unique landscapes, these incredible limestone spiers rise eerily out of the sand, some several metres tall. We get up close to the Pinnacles on a scenic drive and walking trail that includes an amazing lookout over the Nambung National Park. It’s believed the Pinnacles were created millions of years ago as seashells were broken down into sand and then eroded by water and wind. We continue our journey along the Indian Ocean Drive concluding our journey in the Western Australian capital of Perth.

Concludes:  Perth
Meals: Breakfast