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WILDERNESS ADVENTURES

8 DAY PILBARA & NINGALOO REEF INSTYLE

Included Highlights:  

  • Port Hedland Waterfront
  • 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
  • Yardie Creek Boat Tour
  • Ningaloo Reef – swim & snorkel
  • Jurabi Turtle Sanctuary

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 $6595.00pp
  • Stay: Esplanade Port Hedland (1N), The Ranges Karratha (1N), Karijini Eco Retreat (2N), Cheela Plains Station (1N), Novotel Ningaloo Resort (2N)
  • Commence: Broome ~ Conclude: Exmouth    Tour can operate in Reverse
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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 continues at Cape Range National Park, boasting sheer rocky gorges adjoining the pristine and beautiful World Heritage Ningaloo Marine Park. A snorkel on the reef at Turquoise Bay with an option to swim with the amazing Whale sharks (available April to July) or perhaps head out on the seas for a Game Fishing trip for the perfect conclusion to this eye-opening and rewarding adventure.

DAY 1 – DEPART BROOME, 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. 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.

Accommodation: The Esplanade, Port Hedland
Meals: Lunch

DAY 2 – COSSACK, DAMPIER, ABORIGINAL PETROGLYPHS

This morning we visit Cossack which was the birthplace of Western Australia’s pearling industry and was the home of the colony’s pearling fleet until the 1880s. Today it is a fascinating historic town with beautifully restored buildings and port area. Passing through Karratha 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 3 – 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 4 – 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 5 – 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 6 – 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

DAY 7 – YARDI CREEK BOAT TOUR, SWIM & SNORKEL NINGALOO REEF, TURTLE SANCTUARY

Our adventure continues as we explore Cape Range National Park, located adjacent to World Heritage listed Ningaloo Marine Park, the park boasts spectacular rocky gorges carved by ancient rivers that adjoin one of the most pristine and beautiful coastlines in the world. A highlight to any Cape Range experience is a trip to Yardie Creek, which flows between sheer cliffs. We will join our guided boat tour to enjoy the tranquillity of the gorge and view the wildlife in its natural setting. From the foot of the range, a narrow coastal plain extends to the magnificent beaches, waters and coral gardens of Ningaloo Marine Park. After a delicious lunch at Turquoise Bay ,famous for its crystal clear waters, turquoise seas and white sandy beaches. enjoy the opportunity to swim, snorkel and beach comb.

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

DAY 8 – 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. Your tour concludes in Exmouth however we are pleased to assist with onward travel.

Concludes: Exmouth
Meals: Breakfast

What to Bring

  • A pair of shoes/sandals that you don’t mind getting wet for Tunnel Creek Tours
  • A broad-rimmed hat for all round sun protection
  • Swimming costume & towel
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Personal water bottle – at least 1 litre recommended
  • Small day pack
  • Light comfortable clothing, including a fleece & long trousers for evenings

Your Private Luxury 4WD Adventure Includes:

  • All Sightseeing, Park Fees, Tours & Meals as Specified
  • Transport in a Modern & Comfortable 4wd Vehicle
  • Pick up & Drop off at your Accommodation
  • Services of an Friendly & Experienced Driver Guide
  • Drinking Water & Snacks whilst on tour

What’s not included:

  • Items of a Personal Nature
  • Optional Activities
  • Personal Travel Insurance

Important Notes:

  • Departures and itinerary are subject to availability, regional weather conditions & road closures
  • Minimum 2 Guests Maximum 4 Guests
  • Personal Travel Insurance covering medical / emergency / cancellation & loss is strongly recommended
  • Some itineraries involve some clambering over rocks, through water & walking on un-even ground. A reasonable level of fitness is advised however options can be arranged to suit most guests abilities.
  • All tours operated by 3rd parties are subject to that operator’s terms & conditions and availability.
  • The Kimberley climate during our touring season coincides with ‘the Dry’. Generally the temperature ranges between 28-32º C during the day & may drop down to below 6º C during the night. It may be considerably warmer during September & October as ‘the Wet’ approaches.