Carnarvon Ranges Expedition






Perth – Perth




  • Carnarvon Ranges
  • Lake Ballard
  • Credo Station

Join us as we undertake a very special journey to the Katjarra (Carnarvon Range) area . The range is part of a determined native title area and is currently closed to the general public. 

We have been very fortunate to gain approval from the traditional owners management team who have granted us access. The approval is on the basis that this will assist in developing land based programs that deliver social, economic and environmental outcomes to the community. During our visit we will be joined by local rangers who will assist us in connecting with their country.

The Carnarvon Range comprises of 390,000ha situated in the Southwest section of the Little Sandy Desert between the Great Northern Highway in the west, the Canning Stock Route in the East, Mt Essendon (the highest point) in the North and Mt Methwin in the south.

The ranges offers visitors a great range of spectacular geology, mainly cross bedded red sandstone which takes the form of low undulating hills, occasional steep cliffs and gullies with semi permanent pools. Plains and sand ridges are found at the base of the hills.

There are over 400 vascular plants that have been identified in the ranges. The vegetation is made up of tall open-shrub land (acacia, grevillea and hakea), Low woodland of mulga and gidgee. The dunes have a low open woodland of sand dune bloodwood and acacia.

Records show that 80 plus species of bird life have been found in the area. Past sightings include a wide range of hawks, honey eaters, pardalote, and night birds.

Leaving the ranges our homeward journey we take us via the Blue Hills Station, then we cross over the Canning Stock Route at well 5 and onto Wiluna, Lake Ballard, Credo Station and Baladjie Rock.

Day                      Activity

1                           Perth to Mt Magnet Area.

We leave Perth early this morning and start our journey northwards travelling via New Norcia, Wubin and Paynes Find to our 1st nights camp.

Accommodation Bush Camp          LD

2                           Mt Magnet Area to Neds Creek Track

We continue our northward journey passing through Cue and Meekathara before turning east onto the Neds Creek Track. We continue on the track till we reach our overnight camp.

Accommodation Bush Camp          BLD

3                           Neds Creek Track to Carnarvon Range

It is only a short drive today until we arrive at our Carnarvon Range bush camp site where we will spend the next four nights.

Accommodation Bush Camp          BLD

4-6                         Carnarvon Ranges

The next 3 days are spent in the Carnarvon Range area. Traditional Owner Rangers will on hand during our stay to help the group understand the historical and current importance of the area to the local population.

Accommodation Bush Camp          BLD

7                           Carnarvon Range Camp site to CSR Well 5

Today we pack up and head east to Well 5 on the Canning Stock Route this will be our camping area tonight. Highlights of the day will include the abandoned Blue Hills Station and the Blue Hills Breakaways.

Accommodation Bush Camp           BLD

8                           CSR Well 5 to Emu Farm Wiluna Area

Continuing eastwards we travel along Granite peak station roads to the Wiluna – Granite Peak road where we turn south and head towards Wiluna. A well deserved hot shower is tonight’s bonus.

Accommodation Camp Site – Desert Gold          BLD

9                           Wiluna – Leonora – Menzies – Lake Ballard

Today is a driving day as we pass through the eastern goldfields with its many current and abandoned mines. We will set up camp at Lake Ballard where we will spend two nights.

Accommodation Bush Camp          BLD

10                         Lake Ballard

Today we will have plenty of time to discover the lake Ballard and Antony Gormley’s  Inside Australia art work’s. There are 51 sculptures which were derived from laser scans of residents of Menzies.

Accommodation Bush Camp          BLD

11                         Lake Ballard to Credo Station

This morning we travel via Lake Goongarrie and the historical mining town of Ora Banda as we head to Credo Station. The station was a former pastoral lease. This lease was sold to the state government in 2007 when it became a Department of parks and Wildlife managed conservation reserve.

Accommodation Shearers Quarters          BLD

12                         Credo Station

We will spend Today exploring the station and its wildlife.

Accommodation Shearers Quarters          BLD

13                         Credo Station to Baladjie Rock

Today we start our journey home, travelling via Coolgardie and Southern Cross. There will be  time this afternoon to enjoy walking the trails around the rock as well as spend time birding from the edge of Lake Baladjie.

Accommodation Bush Camp          BLD

14                         Baladjie Rock to Perth

Today we continue down the Great Eastern Highway into Perth and the end of this magnificent adventure. Our arrival into Perth is expected to be Mid to Late afternoon. On arrival in Perth you will be transferred to your chosen Perth City hotel          BL

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

19th August – 1st September 2017 – Date Fully booked, please enquire for upcoming dates

  • Camping equipment including 2 person easy to erect dome tents, arm chairs, self inflating mattresses or camp beds and all eating utensils. (Sleeping Bags are not included however they are available for hire at $44.00 each).
  • All campsite and national park fees
  • All fees associated with our visit to the Carnarvon Ranges.
  • Meals as per the itinerary are included. Please refer to itinerary
  • Tag alone Participants, if requested when booking we can supply tents, armchairs and eating utensils but they will need to be carried in your own vehicle.

To make a booking download a booking form and return it to us via email/post or by clicking here to fill out the form online.