Pilbara Reef & Ranges

Days

15

Style

Camping

Ex

Perth – Perth

From

AUD$4,415.00

Highlights:

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

The Pilbara is fascinating at any time, but after the summer rains the whole ecosystem gets a lift. The wildlife is plentiful and the scenery is spectacular. Green covered hills, running waterways, rock pools and the contrast of the red soil against rocky outcrops are sure to create lasting memories.

This 15 day Pilbara tour has it all – the magnificent coastal area of Coral Bay and Ningaloo Reef, the Abrolhos Islands, together with the spectacular, ancient landscapes of Karijini National Park.

The homeward journey will take you through historic goldfield areas around Meekatharra, Cue and Mt Magnet, the wheatbelt town of Wubin and New Norcia, Australia’s only monastic town.

Itinerary

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 the Nambung National Park and the Pinnacle Desert. We continue northwards, traveling through Dongara and historic Greenough into Geraldton.
Accommodation: Campsite, Geraldton – LD

Day 2 – Geraldton

Today’s flight to the Abrolhos Island group 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 and you may also find bottle-nosed dolphins and sea lions.
Accommodation: Campsite, Geraldton – BLD

Day 3 – Geraldton to Hamelin

We continue our northward travel as we head for Hamlin. This afternoon there will be time to visit Shell Beach and the stromatolites at Hamelin Pool.
Accommodation: Camp Site, Hamelin – BLD

Day 4 – Hamelin – Monkey Mia – Hamelin (Shark Bay area)

Today we explore some of the natural history highlights that this area has to offer. There will be time this afternoon to undertake a cruise on board the Shot Over cruising the waters of Monkey Mia looking for dolphins, dugongs and all the other magnificent marine life that this area has to offer.
Accommodation: Camp Site, Hamelin – BLD

Day 5 – Hamelin to Coral Bay area

An early start this morning, leaving Hamelin we continue our trip towards Coral Bay. There will be time in Carnarvon for a look at the town. We will arrive at our campsite late afternoon.
Accommodation: Camp Site, Bullara Station – BLD

Day 6 – Bullara Station – Coral Bay – Bullara Station

An early start this morning as we leave our camp site at 7.00am so we arrive in Coral Bay to allow time for those who want to participate in an optional (Own expense) 7.45 am, all day, Whale Shark Cruise. 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, swim or just do some sightseeing.  We return to our campsite late afternoon.
Accommodation: Camp Site, Bullara Station – BLD

Day 7 – Coral Bay to Tom Price

Leaving Coral Bay we continue north to Tom Price.
Accommodation: Campsite, Tom Price – BLD

Day 8 – Tom Price to Karijini National Park

Only a short trip today as we move onto the Karijini National Park.
Accommodation: National Park Camp Site, Karijini – BLD

Days 9-11 – Karijini National Park

We will spend the next three days exploring and photographing the natural wonders of this magnificent area including Oxers lookout, Weano Gorge, Dales Gorge along with many other highlights.
Accommodation: National Park Camp Site, Karijini – BLD

Day 12 – Karijini National Park to Gascoyne River area

Moving on today we head south for our bush camp in the Gascoyne River area.
Accommodation: Bush Camp, Gascoyne River – BLD

Day 13 – Gascoyne River area to Cue

Today we will visit the highlights that this area has to offer including Meekatharra and the gold mining history of Cue.
Accommodation: Campsite, Cue – BLD

Day 14 – Cue to Ningham Station

This morning we will explore Walga Rock and spend time looking at the sites Aboriginal art. We will also visit the ghost town of Big Bell as well as the meteor crater at Dalgaranga. After this we continue our journey south.
Accommodation: Bush Camp, Near Paynes Find – BLD

Days 15 – Paynes Find to Perth

Leaving our camp site we continue our journey south. Passing trough the wheat-belt towns of Wubin and New Norcia there will be plenty to see and photograph during the drive. Our arrival in Perth should be mid to late afternoon. – BL

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

7th – 21st April 2018

  • 14 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners
  • Two crew members consisting of a naturalist guide and driver/cook
  • Abrolhos Island flight
  • Well maintained vehicle with front-facing, seat belted, mostly reclining, coach-style seats
  • Monkey Mia Cruise
  • Easy-to-erect tents and camping chairs with armrests
  • A self-inflating air mattress and stretcher bed
  • All eating utensils
  • Fruit for snacking throughout the day
  • Campsite fees
  • Morning tea each day
  • All national park entrance fees

“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