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PILBARA & NINGALOO REEF

5 DAY PILBARA & STATION EXPLORER

Included Highlights:  

  • Burup Peninsular
  • Historic Cossack
  • Ancient Aboriginal Petroglyphs
  • Millstream-Chichester National Park
  • Karijini National Park – Hammersley Gorge / Fortescue Falls
  • Tom Price Mine Tour
  • Pilbara Station Stay and 4WD Gorge Tour

Optional Tour Add-ons:

  • Swim with the Whale Sharks or Humpback Whales
  • Ocean Game Fishing

Ultimate Upgrade:

  • Luxury stay at Sal Salis Safari Lodge – Ningaloo Reef

 

Details: 

  • Price: from $4395.00pp
  • Stay: The Ranges Karratha (1N), Karijini Eco Retreat (2N), Cheela Plains Station (1N)
  • Commence: Karratha ~ Conclude: Exmouth    Tour can operate in Reverse
  • Upgrade to our Ultimate Journey with an all inclusive stay at the luxurious Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef and /or spectacular 4 Day Snorkel & Dive Getaway aboard the catamaran ‘Shore Thing’ with award winning Sail Ningaloo
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This is a short adventure journeying into the spectacular Pilbara, discovering incredible gorges and ancient Aboriginal rock carvings, gaining a view of the powerful mining industry and learning of remote outback station life prior to hitting the coast at the majestic World Heritage Ningaloo Reef.

DAY 1 – DAMPIER, ABORIGINAL PETROGLYPHS

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: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 2 – MILLSTREAM-CHICHESTER NATIONAL PARK, 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 chose to walk to nearby Joffre Falls and enjoy an evening stargazing.

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

DAY 4 – TOM PRICE MINE TOUR

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 fascinating tour of one of Australia’s most important iron ore mines, before heading towards the coast. A short journey takes us to Cheela Plains Station, a family owned and managed cattle station located in the semi-arid pastoral rangelands of the Pilbara. The pastoral lease now known as Cheela Plains was part of Wyloo Station, owned by the Pensini Family until 2001 when Evan and Robin Pensini established it as its own individual station with a vision to be industry leaders in sustainable and renewable pastoral practices, keeping the rangeland in excellent condition for future generations. (Note: shared facilities at Cheela Plains Station)

Accommodation: Cheela Plains Station
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 – 4WD GORGE EXPLORATION

Our adventure continues as we explore Cheela Plains Station on a 4WD Tag-along tour. With a winding tree-lined drive through Horseshoe Creekwe discover the magnificent South Vivash and Beasley Gorges as well as learning about station life in this remote region. Departing after lunch we arrive at the coastal town of Exmouth, located on the eastern side of WA’s North West Cape, in Australia’s Ningaloo Reef region where we arrive at our comfortable resort style accommodation.

Accommodation: Novotel Ningaloo Resort, Exmouth
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

OPTIONAL WHALE SHARK OR GAME FISHING

Exmouth and the Coral Coast are an adventurer’s paradise and today you can enjoy a truly amazing range of adventure experiences. From April through July the majestic Whale shark frequents the reef and the once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with these gentle giants shouldn’t be missed. For the keen fisherman the coastal waters offer plenty of action and game fishing trips can be arranged.

ULTIMATE JOURNEY UPGRADE: SAL SALIS NINGALOO REEF LUXURY STAY

We can arrange an Ultimate Journey upgrade pre or post journey with an all inclusive stay at the luxurious Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef where the outback meets the reef.

On a remote stretch of Western Australia’s Indian Ocean coast, discover hidden gems. Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef is a beach-side safari camp nestled in the dunes of the Cape Range National Park. Each of the sixteen wilderness tents offers views of the surrounding bush & beach. Wake to the song of a butcher bird, the raucous squawks of a galah or the thump of a wallaroo passing by. At night fall asleep to the sound of the waves on the beach, exhausted by a full day of activity, fine food and camaraderie.

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At Sal Salis you will discover the magic of true eco-luxe camping. During the day explore Ningaloo Reef, home to over 500 species of colourful fish and 250 coral species. Just beyond the Reef swim with the mighty giants of the ocean – whale sharks, humpback whales, orcas, manta rays and dolphins. In the rugged landscapes of the Cape Range National Park our guides introduce you to Australia’s unique flora and fauna.  Keep an eye out for red kangaroos, wallaroos, rock wallabies, goannas, echidnas and 100 bird species, many of which are the colours of jewels.

Sal Salis is natural & beautiful in every way – and it is waiting for you! 

ULTIMATE JOURNEY UPGRADE: 4 DAY NINGALOO REEF SNORKEL & DIVE GETAWAY

Join a journey south to some of the most beautiful underwater areas of Ningaloo Reef on board the luxury catamaran Shore Thing.

On this 3 night Ningaloo Reef tour we’ll take you to the best places to snorkel and scuba dive, surrounding you with pristine corals and an abundance of marine life. Our destination is the beautiful Sandy Point and Pelican Point Sanctuary. A perfect place to explore the shallow reef lagoons either by kayak or by donning a mask, snorkel and fins – some of the best coral and reef fish you will see in the world.

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No other Ningaloo Reef tour accesses these areas, so they are pristine and uncrowded.

For scuba divers, a 3 night Ningaloo Reef tour visits a variety of dive sites rarely visited by other divers and reef sharks, turtles, groupers and sting rays are a common sight, along with all of the macro critters, such as nudibranchs, moray eels and octopus.

Manta Rays are commonly found feeding in shallow waters close to Coral Bay and we are often presented with the opportunity to snorkel alongside these majestic marine animals. Enjoy walking along sparkling white beaches and viewing Turtles in their natural feeding grounds. Dugongs can also be seen on occasions grazing on seagrass beds and inquisitive dolphins can often be seen chasing fish throughout the clear water.

Between June and October, Humpback Whales are a common site on the outer reef as they make their way north on their annual migration and return south with their calves for the summer.

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