6 OR 7 DAY PILBARA & OUTBACK BUSH CAMP EXPERIENCE
- Port Hedland Seafarers Tour (7 Day Tour)
- 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
- Cattle Station Tour & Bush Camp under the Stars
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: 6DPIL from $5495.00pp 7DPIL from $6345.00pp
- Stay: Esplanade Port Hedland (1N) – 7DPIL only, The Ranges Karratha (1N), Karijini Eco Retreat (2N), Cheela Plains Station (1N), Cheela Plains Bush Camp (1N)
- Commence: Broome (7DPIL) or Karratha (6DPIL) ~ 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
Features InStyle Adventures Exclusive Experience
Our comprehensive journey takes us through stunning and remote National Parks, gives us an insight into the magnitude of the Pilbara mining industry and visits the most spectacular fringing reef in Australia. Head off the beaten track passing the worlds longest trains carrying iron ore for export, tour a massive open cut mine and discover 30 000 year old Aboriginal petroglyphs. The environment is stunning at Millstream-Chichester National Park and unsurpassed at Karijini National Park with a full day to explore spectacular gorges, crystal clear waterfalls and leafy verdure contrasting delightfully with the arid red landscapes of the Pilbara. After a fascinating Pilbara Station Stay we re-join the coast where our adventure concludes at Exmouth or Coral Bay.
DAY 1 (7DPIL) – EIGHTY MILE BEACH, PORT HEDLAND WATERFRONT
Departing Broome after breakfast, we journey south, stopping at Eighty Mile Beach, a spectacular coastline that marks the end of the Great Sandy Desert. It is one of the most important sites for migratory shorebirds, or waders, in Australia, and is recognised as a wetland of international importance. We continue along the highway arriving at Port Hedland, with it’s natural deep anchorage harbour and proximity to the huge Pilbara iron ore mines resulting in it being the largest bulk export port in Australia.
DAY 2 (7DPIL) – PORT HEDLAND, DAMPIER, ABORIGINAL PETROGLYPHS
DAY 1 (6DPIL) – DAMPIER, ABORIGINAL PETROGLYPHS
7 Day Tour (7DPIL): This morning we join a Port Hedland Harbour Tour run by the Port Hedland Seafarers Centre whose primary mission is the welfare of seafarers (subject to availability). Afterwards we drive through to Karratha.
6 Day Tour (6DPIL): 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.
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.
DAY 3 (7DPIL) / DAY 2 (6DPIL) – MILLSTREAM-CHICHESTER NATIONAL PARK, HAMERSLEY GORGE
DAY 4 (7DPIL) / DAY 3 (6DPIL) – KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK – TOURING
DAY 5 (7DPIL) / DAY 4 (6DPIL) – TOM PRICE MINE TOUR
DAY 6 (7DPIL) / DAY 5 (6DPIL) – 4WD STATION TOUR, CAMPING UNDER THE STARS
Our adventure continues as we explore Cheela Plains Station on a comprehensive full day 4WD Tag-a-long tour. With a winding tree-lined drive through Horseshoe Creek we discover the magnificent South Vivash and Beasley Gorges as well as learning about station life in this remote region. We enjoy billy tea and lunch on the property whilst hearing stories of the conservation and cattle management from the station hands. This afternoon we arrive at our prepared ‘Bush Camp’ where we will enjoy tented accommodation with comfortable bedding, shared bush shower and even a flushing loo! Tonight we chat around the campfire, enjoy home-style camp oven food, an informed star gazers look at the galaxy and sleep in the ‘million star hotel’.
DAY 7 (7DPIL) / DAY 6 (6DPIL) – JOURNEY TO THE COAST
After a relaxed breakfast at our Bush Camp we reluctantly bid farewell. 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 early afternoon. (Airport drop-off at Learmonth for hire car pick up is possible – ETA 2pm). Alternative drop off at Coral Bay is also available.
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.