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PILBARA & NINGALOO REEF

6 DAY ROCK TO REEF ADVENTURE

Included Highlights:  

  • 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

Ultimate Upgrade:

  • Luxury stay at Sal Salis Safari Lodge – Ningaloo Reef

 

Details: 

  • 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
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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.

Accommodation: Karijini Eco Retreat
Meals: Breakfast

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.

Accommodation: Karijini Eco Retreat
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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)

Accommodation: Cheela Plains Station
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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)

Accommodation: Mount Augustus Tourist Complex
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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)

Accommodation: Mt Augustus Tourist Complex
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Tour Concludes Coral Bay or Exmouth
Meals: Breakfast

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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