Alice Springs to Kununurra






Alice Springs – Kununurra




  • West MacDonnell Ranges
  • Newhaven Reserve
  • Tanami and Duncan Outback Road
  • Wolf Creek Crater
  • Lake Stretch
  • Keep River National Park
  • Lake Argyle Cruise

Explore some of the most remote areas in the Eastern Kimberley in WA and the Northern Territory at a relaxed pace with a small group of like-minded people. We expect the wildlife to be plentiful, and the scenery and sunsets to be spectacular.

We will start the tour with 2 nights spent exploring the vast and spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges, an outstanding example of an ancient landscape sculptured over time by climatic elements.

Leaving the West MacDonnell’s behind we move onto Newhaven Station. Covering approx.262,000 hectares and situated, at the junction of three bioregions (the Great Sandy Desert, MacDonnell Ranges and Burt Plain) Newhaven Station is a wildlife sanctuary co-managed by Birds Australia and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. The scenery is spectacular, from parallel dunes to salt lakes, clay pans, plains country and rocky ranges. It is a hot spot for the wildlife of central Australia. At least 15 nationally threatened species of plants and birds call the area home. 138 species of bird has been recorded in the area.

Intriguingly, Newhaven is also the site of one of the latest sightings of a pair of Night Parrots. Surveys to date have recorded 107 plant species with future surveys expected to reveal more. Eighteen of the recorded species are not represented in any other Northern Territory reserve, and seven are of special conservation significance – Mallee Copper Burr or Small-flower Saltbush Sclerolaena parviflora, Desert Broombush Daviesia eremaea, Goodenia refracta, Abutilon lepidum, Spartothamnella puberula, Amaranthus
pallidiflorus and Eucalyptus aff. intertexa.

From Newhaven we head onto the Tanami Road and continue west. We will have two nights camping on the Tanami before visiting lake Stretch (Nyarna) in search of bird life found around the lake, including the Black Necked Stork, Brolgas, Black Swans and Spoonbills.

No Tanami trip would be complete without a visit to The Wolf Creek Crater which we visit on our way into Halls Creek. From Halls Creek we head up the less travelled Duncan Highway to the Keep River National Park. The park offers great walks, Aboriginal art, diverse wildlife and spectacular geology.

The final highlight for the trip will be a cruise on Lake Argyle (a RAMSAR Wetland) where we have recorded over 240 species of birds on or around the lake. Some of these most sought after species that can be found include the Yellow Chat, Purple Crowned Fairy Wren and the Long Toed Stint.

Day                      Activity

1                           Alice Springs to Redbank Gorge

Leaving Alice Springs this morning we will spend the day exploring parts of the West MacDonnell Ranges. We will spend time at Stanley Chasm, Serpentine Gorge plus Glen Helen. We will set up our campsite at Redbank Gorge.

Accommodation: Campsite Redbank Gorge          LD

2                           Redbank Gorge and surrounds

Today we will explore Redbank Gorge and some of the other areas that are found nearby. The area offers great walks, plentiful wildlife and spectacular scenery.

Accommodation: Campsite Redbank Gorge          BLD

3                           Newhaven Station to Redbank Gorge (West MacDonnell Ranges)

Today will be an early start today as we leave the West MacDonnell Ranges and move onto Newhaven Station. We will travel via the Aboriginal Community of Papunya.

Accommodation: Campsite at Newhaven Station          BLD

4-5                        Newhaven Station

We will spend the next two days driving and walking the station tracks to see the birds, botany and  diverse wildlife that this remote area has to offer.

Accommodation: Campsite at Newhaven Station          BLD

6                           Newhaven Station to Mt Doreen Station Area

We will have an early start today calling into the remote aboriginal community Yuendumu for fuel and supplies before continuing westward to Mt Doreen Station

Accommodation: Bush campsite Mt Doreen Station          BLD

7                           Mt Doreen Station Area to Tanami Desert Bush Camp

Continuing on the Tanami Road. We will travel through this harsh, isolated area. Tonights campsite is the abandoned Mt Doreen Station.

Accommodation: Bush campsite Rabbit Flats area          BLD

8                           Tanami Desert Bush Camp to Lake Stretch

Back on the Tanami this morning as we travel west heading into the Western Australia. During the morning we will call intro the remote Aboriginal Community Balgo where we will fuel up before heading to our bush camp.

Accommodation: Bush campsite at Lake Stretch          BLD

9                           Lake Stretch – Wolf Creek Crater – Halls Creek

After some early morning birding around the lake we continue our journey to Halls Creek. During the morning we will spend time exploring the wonder of nature that is Wolf Creek Crater. After lunch we continue onto Halls Creek.

Accommodation: Campsite at Halls Creek          BLD

10                         Halls Creek

Today we explore the Halls Creek area and head out via Old Halls Head to explore this area which has a great mixture of natural and early settler history, plus spectacular scenery. We will spend time visiting Caroline Pool, Palm Springs, Old Halls Creek , China Wall, Saw Pit Gorge.

Accommodation: Campsite at Halls Creek          BLD

11-12                    Halls Creek to Keep River National Park

We return to the Duncan Highway and travel north along the east of the Bungle Bungle Range as we head to the Keep River National Park. Aboriginal sites, spectacular geology and many different habitats feature in Keep River National Park. The geological formations are similar to the Bungle Bungles.

Accommodation: Bush Camp Duncan Highway & National Park Campsite Keep River          BLD

13                         Keep River National Park

This morning will be spent exploring the park – we will visit Aboriginal art sites plus discover the wildlife that is found here including Short-eared Rock-wallaby, White-quilled Rock-pigeon and Sandstone Shrike- thrush. Mid afternoon we will leave the park and take the short drive to Lake Argyle. Dinner this evening is not included in the tour price, as we will have dinner at the Lake Argyle Hotel.

Accommodation: Campsite Lake Argyle           BL

14                         Lake Argyle to Kununurra

A very early start this morning as we are picked up at 5.30am and transferred to the lake for a morning bird-watching cruise. We return to camp around midday. After lunch we pack up and travel to Kununurra where our outback adventure ends with us transferring you to your chosen accommodation.          BL

NB: The above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.

21st May – 3rd June 2017

  • 13 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 12 Dinners
  • 2 crew members consisting of a naturalist guide and driver/cook
  • Easy to erect dome tents and camp chairs with arms
  • Well maintained purpose built 4WD coach with front-facing, seat belted, mostly reclining, coach-style
  • A self-inflating air mattress and stretcher bed
  • All eating utensils
  • Morning tea each day
  • Campsite fees
  • All national park entrance fees
  • Travel permits as required


Having now taken two trips with Coates Wildlife Tours and both having been so successful, yet so different I could do no more than highly recommend them to anyone wishing to see Australia. Travelling with Coates gives maximum return for every dollar spent and leaves impressions of Australia which one will long remember. One golden rule worth remembering is when you are onto a good thing stay with it. When you give them a try I’m sure you will feel the same way about Coates.”
George Bingham

“Congratulations on your business and choice of leaders. The trip was all it was advertised to be and more, plus the knowledgeable and caring leaders made our trip a happy get-together of keen naturalists. Thank you.”
Jean Hooper

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