Pilbara Reef & Ranges

Days

13

Days

14

Style

Accommodated

Style

Easy Camping

Ex

Perth – Newman

Ex

Perth – Broome 

From

AUD$7,975.00
X

AUD$5,925.00

*No single supplement

Highlights:

  • Abrolhos Islands
  • Monkey Mia
  • Coral Bay
  • Ningaloo Reef
  • Karijini National Park

The Pilbara is fascinating at any time, the wildlife is plentiful and the scenery is spectacular. Green covered hills and refreshing rock pools. The contrast between the red soil against the rocky outcrops are sure to create lasting memories.

This tour has it all. The Ningaloo Marine Park is one of the world’s largest fringing reefs, home to 200 species of hard coral, 50 soft coral and over 500 species of fish. It’s a great place to swim, snorkel and enjoy a cruise in a glass-bottomed boat to see the colourful sea creatures.
The Abrolhos Islands consist of 122 islands, approximately 60 km off Western Australia’s coast. The marine environment surrounding the Abrolhos is a meeting place for tropical and temperate sea life. It is also one of the most important seabird breeding sites in the world. More than 90 seabird species have been identified on the islands.

Karijini National Park contains some of the oldest rocks on the continent with many beautiful gorges and rock formations. The park is also home to approximately 800 plant species. Two small, carnivorous marsupials are endemic to the area, the Pilbara Ningaui (Ningaui timealeyi) and the Little Red Antechinus (Dasykaluta rosamondae). Other marsupials that call the park home include the Western Pebble-mound Mouse (Pseudomys chapmani), Rothschild’s Rock-wallaby (Petrogale rothschildi), Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus) and the Common Wallaroo (Macropus robustus).

Join us and discover the spectacular natural wonders of this remarkable area.

Itinerary (Perth to Broome)

Day 1 Perth to Geraldton
Departing Perth early this morning we start the journey north, passing through the northern Kwongan (sand plain heath) as we head to Nambung National Park and the Pinnacle Desert. We continue northwards, traveling through Dongara and historic Greenough into Geraldton.
Accommodation: Camp site, Geraldton LD

Day 2 Geraldton
Today’s flight to the Abrolhos Islands will provide some spectacular views of the island group. The flight lands on one of the islands where we will have time to explore the abundant wildlife in the area which includes a variety of birdlife. You may also find bottle-nosed dolphins and sea lions.
Accommodation: Camp site, Geraldton BLD

Day 3 Geraldton to Hamelin
This morning we will visit the HMAS Sydney memorial where a guide will take us through the Sydney story. We then visit the Maritime Museum which has a great display of the Batavia and Abrolhos islands. There will be time this afternoon to explore the area around our camp site.
Accommodation: Camp Site, Bush Heritage centre Hamelin BLD

Day 4 Hamelin – Monkey Mia – Hamelin (Shark Bay area)
Today we start our exploration of the Shark Bay Peninsular with a visit to monkey Mia where we may be lucky and see the last of the days feeding events. (The timing of this event can not be guaranteed. As the dolphins are wild, their appearance times do vary).
The rest of the day will be spent visiting the interpretation centre in the Francois Person National Park. We then head back to our campsite. During the drive we will visit Eagle Bluff where it is possible to see a wide range of marine life from the lookout, Shell Beach Conservation Park (a stretch of coast totally made up of small shells) and the Stromatolites in the Hamelin Pool Marine Reserve. Accommodation: Camp Site, Hamelin BLD

Day 5 Hamelin to Bullara Station
An early start this morning as we leave Hamelin we continue our trip towards Coral Bay. There will be time in Carnarvon for a look at the town. We will arrive in Bullara in the late afternoon.
Accommodation Camp Site Bullara BLD

Day 6 Coral Bay
An early start this morning will allow time for an optional (at passengers own expense) all day Whale Shark Cruise (7.45am). For those who don’t wish to join the cruise there is plenty to do:- undertake an optional glass bottom boat / snorkelling cruise over the famous Ningaloo Reef, enjoy a swim or just do some relaxing and sightseeing.
Accommodation: Camp Site Bullara BLD

Day 7 Bullara Station to Tom Price
Leaving Coral Bay we continue north to Nanutarra Roadhouse which is on the banks of the Ashburton River. We then head east towards Tom Price. There should be a number of opportunities to stop for wildlife sightings during the day.
Accommodation: Camp Site, Tom Price BLD

Day 8 Tom Price – Hamersley Gorge – Tom Price
This morning we drive along the west side of Karijini to Hamersley Gorge. There will be plenty of time to fully explore the gorge and enjoy a swim in its cool waters. Mid afternoon we head back to Tom Price where there will be some free time while the crew restock the fresh provisions.
Accommodation: Camp Site, Tom Price BLD

Day 9 Tom Price to Karijini National Park
Today we travel to the Dales Gorge area of the national park. Our drive will take us past the second tallest peak in WA, Mt Bruce. There will be time here to walk part of the way to the summit and experience the expansive views. The Dales camp ground will be our home for the next two days.
Accommodation: National Park Camp Site, Karijini BLD

Day 10 & 11 Karijini National Park
We will spend the next two days exploring and photographing the natural wonders of the central and eastern side of the park including Dales and Kalamina Gorges along with many other highlights. There will also be an opportunity to call into the visitor centre and see the informative display that has been developed there.
Accommodation: National Park Camp Site, Karijini BLD

Day 12 Karijini National Park to Marble Bar
Our journey today takes us into Marble Bar, reputed to be the hottest town in Australia and famous for the banded red jasper bar across the Coongan River. We will take time here to explore the natural wonders that are located in the area. There will also be time for a long overdue shower and a meal (at your own expense) in the historical Iron Clad hotel.
Accommodation: Campsite BL

Day 13 Marble Bar to 80 Mile Beach
This morning we take the Bore Line Road back onto the Great Northern Highway and head north to our campsite on 80 Mile Beach. The campsite is located a short distance from the ocean and is a great place to enjoy a long beach walk, watch a spectacular setting sun or discover the parks birds and other wildlife.
Accommodation: Campsite BLD

Day 14 80 Mile Beach to Broome
There will be time this morning for one last visit to the beach before we head back to the Great Northern Highway and into Broome. Our fantastic outback adventure will end with our mid afternoon arrival in town.
You will be dropped off at your chosen Broome accommodation. BL

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

Itinerary (Perth to Newman)

Day 1 Perth to Geraldton
Departing Perth early this morning we start the journey north, passing through the northern Kwongan (sand plain heath) as we head to Nambung National Park and the Pinnacle Desert. We continue northwards, traveling through Dongara and historic Greenough into Geraldton.
Accommodation: Motel, Geraldton LD

Day 2 Geraldton
Today’s flight to the Abrolhos Islands will provide some spectacular views of the island group. The flight lands on one of the islands where we will have time to explore the abundant wildlife in the area which includes a variety of birdlife. You may also find bottle-nosed dolphins and sea lions.
Accommodation: Motel, Geraldton BLD

Day 3 Geraldton to Denham
This morning we will visit the HMAS Sydney memorial where a guide will take us through the Sydney story. We then visit the Maritime Museum which has a great display of the Batavia and Abrolhos islands. After Morning Tea we will continue northward as we head for Denham.
Accommodation: Heritage Motel Denham BLD

Day 4 Denham – Monkey Mia – Denham
Today we start our exploration of the Shark Bay Peninsular with a visit to Monkey Mia where we will witness the dolphin feeding. (As the dolphins are wild, their appearance cannot be guaranteed).
The rest of the day will be spent visiting the interpretation centre in the Francois Peron National Park. We will be back in Denham mid afternoon and there will be time to either relax, explore the town or to visit the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre. The centre provides visitors with a great deal of information about the features of Shark Bay.
Accommodation: Heritage Motel Denham BLD

Day 5 Denham to Carnarvon
This morning we leave Denham and visit Eagle Bluff where it is possible to see a wide range of marine life from the lookout, Shell Beach Conservation Park (a stretch of coast totally made up of small shells) and the Stromatolites in the Hamelin Pool Marine Reserve. We will arrive in Carnarvon mid afternoon so there will be plenty of time to have a look at the town and do any shopping that may be required.
Accommodation Motel Carnarvon BLD

Day 6 Carnarvon to Exmouth
This morning we continue north as we head to Exmouth. There will be time to have a look at Coral Bay. We will have lunch here before heading into Exmouth. There will be free time after our arrival in Exmouth for people to explore, relax or catch up with messages or washing.
Accommodation Motel Exmouth BLD

Day 7 Exmouth
Today is a free day in Exmouth. There will be plenty of time to either join an optional Whale Shark Cruise or one of the many other shorter trips that are available (at own expense), or just do some relaxing and sightseeing.
Accommodation: Motel Exmouth BLD

Day 8 Exmouth – Cape Range National Park – Exmouth
Today will be spent visiting the Cape Range National Park. We also undertake a guided boat trip up Yardie Creek. The tour gives its participants time to enjoy the tranquility of the area and a good chance to view the wildlife in its natural setting.
Accommodation Motel Exmouth BLD

Day 9 Exmouth to Tom Price
Leaving Exmouth we continue north to Nanutarra Roadhouse which is on the banks of the Ashburton River. We then head east towards Tom Price. There should be a number of opportunities to stop for wildlife sightings during the day.
Accommodation: Motel, Tom Price BLD

Day 10 Tom Price – Hamersley Gorge – Karijini National Park
This morning we drive along the west side of Karijini to Hamersley Gorge. There will be plenty of time to fully explore the gorge and enjoy a swim in its cool waters. After lunch we head back to Tom Price where there will be some free time while the crew restock the fresh provisions before we head out to Karijini National Park.
Accommodation: Karijini Eco Retreat BLD

Day 11 & 12 Karijini National Park
We spend the next two days exploring the wonders of the national park. There will be time to undertake walks and swim in water holes. During our stay we will visit Oxers lookout, Weano Gorge, Handrail pool, Kalamina and Dales Gorges.
Accommodation: Karijini Eco Retreat BLD

Day 13 Karijini National Park to Newman
We leave the national park behind this morning as we head to the mining centre of Newman.
We expect to be in Newman late morning where our fantastic outback adventure will end with your transfer to either the airport or your chosen accommodation. B

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

8th – 20th May 2020  Perth – Newman 

27th May – 9th June 2020 Perth – Broome

Perth to Newman 

  • 2 crew members consisting of a naturalist guide and a driver guide.
  • Accomodation as per the itinerary
  • Abrolhos Island flight
  • Well maintained vehicle with front-facing, seat belted, mostly reclining, coach-style seats
  • Yardie Creek Cruise.
  • Meals as per itinerary: B (breakfast), L (lunch), D (dinner)
  • Fruit for snacking throughout the day
  • Morning tea each day
  • All national park entrance fees

Perth to Broome

  • 3 crew members consisting of a naturalist guide, driver guide and camp support crew member
  • Easy Camping included (Camp is set up and packed away each day for you);
  • Abrolhos Island flight
  • Well maintained vehicle with front-facing, seat belted, mostly reclining, coach-style seats
  • Meals as per itinerary: B (breakfast), L (lunch), D (dinner)
  • Fruit for snacking throughout the day
  • Morning tea each day
  • All national park entrance fees

 

Download Trip Dossier (PDF) 13 Day Perth to Newman

Download Trip Dossier (PDF) 14 Day Perth to Broome

 

“Tom and Patrick,

Thank you very much for such a thoroughly enjoyable and excellently organised trip to the Pilbara April 2016.

I set out with the idea, that I may have had to settle with sitting at the top of the Gorges. Thanks to your determination and Patrick’s skill in helping me to get into Dale Gorge and Kalamina Gorge, the goal of getting me into and out of Dale Gorge, more particularly, was achieved. I very much appreciated Patrick’s assistance, especially at times on the return, when he was literally walking backwards. I had learnt about grasping the helper’s wrist when tackling gorges in 1999 when I was tackling Bell Gorge with friends. It was very good to have Patrick’s wrist always available if necessary. I was certainly delighted to find a beautiful, cool and refreshing place as Fern Pool. It was no hardship to spend a few hours there.

I feel sure you must have been very pleased with the way in which the vehicle performed. I was so impressed with the way in which everything fitted into to its place, which must have been the result of years of experience and planning. Congratulations! As passengers, I think we all settled into it very well and were very comfortable. I really appreciated the availability of good fruit and the great meals.

I cannot recommend Coates Wildlife tours highly enough. I am now very happy to be able to tick Coral Bay and Karijini off “my list”.
Valma Nelson


“Sylvia and Tom, just a brief note to say what a wonderful trip that was!

Red and Wayne are fantastic group leaders – knowledge and experience plus lots of patience, tolerance, good humour and helpfulness is a set of qualities that is hard to beat. Plus Red is an excellent chef.

The country, birds and weather were all magnificent too. Marvellous trip – I feel hugely refreshed and inspired. Thanks all round”
Anne Reid


“A quick note to let you know how much I enjoyed my trip to Karijini and the Pilbara recently. Rick was wonderful and worked so hard to make sure we all enjoyed ourselves, as did Mike.

They both made a big effort to look after the two oldest codgers on the trip (Mal and me) and gave us the confidence to tackle the gorge walks. As a result, Malcolm only missed out on one and a half walks, and I only the half walk. We enjoyed the thrill of seeing the gorges fully, knowing this will be the last time we will probably be able to do this. I will never forget the beauty we saw and have told many since returning of our experiences.

Please thank Rick and Mike for helping us in so many ways, AND saving us from an embarrassing rescue by the Flying Doctor, should we have fallen somewhere awkward! Our best wishes to Rick and Mike and to you both for providing such lovely experiences and opportunities to travel in your beautiful state of W.A.”
Shirley Wellbourne

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Thanks for the great trip to the Pilbara . It was one of my best. As always enjoyed your hearing about the plants and wild life from you.

Barbara Goldin