6 DAY ROCK TO REEF ADVENTURE
- Mount Whaleback Mine Tour
- Historic Cossack
- Ancient Aboriginal Petroglyphs
- Karijini National Park – Hammersley Gorge / Fortescue Falls
- Pilbara Station Stay and 4WD Gorge Tour
- Explore the World’s Largest Rock – Mount Augustus
Optional Tour Add-ons:
- Swim with the Whale Sharks or Humpback Whales
- 3 Night Live Aboard Ningaloo Reef Snorkel & Dive Safari
- Luxury stay at Sal Salis Safari Lodge – Ningaloo Reef
- Price: from $5695.00pp
- Guaranteed Departure Minimum 4 Guests – Private Charter
- Stay: Karijini Eco Retreat (2N), Cheela Plains Station (1N), My Augustus Tourist Park (2N)
- Commence: Newman ~ Conclude: Exmouth or Coral Bay 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
This is a true Australian outback discoverer, taking you well off the beaten track. Tour the huge iron ore mine at Newman, explore stunning Karijini National Park, join an authentic cattle station tour, discover remote Mt Augustus and then conclude on the breathtakingly beautiful World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef Marine Park.
DAY 1 – MOUNT WHALEBACK MINE TOUR
Commencing after breakfast we tour Australia’s largest open cut mine at Mt Whaleback where you will learn about the resources industry, said by some to be the engine room of Australia’s economy. We then travel through the Pilbara, visiting a little seen Aboriginal petroglyph site en-route to our comfortable safari style accommodation at Karijini Eco Retreat, our base for the next two nights.
DAY 2 – KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK TOURING
We have a full day to explore the spectacular gorges and crystal clear waterfalls of this stunning jewel in the crown of the Pilbara. We have a range of walking options today as we tailor our small group tour to suit your interests and abilities. 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.
DAY 3 – PILBARA CATTLE STATION 4WD TAG-ALONG TOUR
We depart Karijini this morning and re-join our journey through the remote Pilbara landscape with a short journey taking us to Cheela Plains Station a family owned and managed cattle station located in the semi-arid, pastoral rangelands of the Pilbara in Western Australia. 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, with proven results and to be sure in the knowledge of keeping the pastoral rangeland in excellent condition for future generations. We explore Cheela Plains Station on a 4WD Tag-a-long tour. (Note: shared facilities at Cheela Plains Station)
DAY 4 – OUTBACK ODYSSEY
To get to Mt Augustus, it’s a drive over wide red-dirt outback roads with bulldust-filled pot-holes and sandy-bed river crossings. Along the way, the baked earth is littered with flat stones the size of a clenched fist that glow reddish and dark purple in the soft morning light but can shimmer into the distance like a black lake in the harsh afternoon sun. Native grasses struggle for survival but flocks of galahs defy the unforgiving terrain. Rewarded with spectacular views of springtime wildflowers this is a memorable journey into the real Australian outback. (Note: shared facilities at Mt Augustus Tourist Complex)
DAY 5 – MT AUGUSTUS NATIONAL PARK TOURING
Today we tour and have the opportunity to climb to the summit of Mount Augustus which is one of the most spectacular solitary peaks of the world’s largest monoclines, as it rises above a stoney, red sandplain of arid scrubland and is visible from the air for more than 160 kms. The granite formation is about 8 kms long and is estimated to be 1,750 million years old. The area around Mount Augustus is the traditional lands of the Wajarri tribe. Burringurrah is the Wajarri name for Mount Augustus. Aboriginal occupation is evident by the engravings on rock walls at Mundee, Ooramboo and Beedoboondu visitor sites. Francis Thomas Gregory was the first non-indigenous person to climb to the summit on 3rd June 1858 during his epic 107 day journey through the Gascoyne region. Some weeks later he named the peak after his brother, Augustus Charles Gregory. (Note: shared facilities at Mt Augustus Tourist Complex)
DAY 6 – ROCK TO REEF
Our adventure continues as we depart the Rock and head to the Reef. Leaving the remote inland we arrive at the lovely coastal village of Coral Bay. A long time favourite with Western Australian families this hidden gem is the ideal base for the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Marine Park. Your 6 Day Rock to Reef adventure concludes on arrival on Coral Bay or alternative arranges can be made to conclude the tour in Exmouth.
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.