Rudall River





Camping / Tag Along


Perth – Broome



Join us as we head to the very remote, harsh, yet beautiful Rudall River National Park, situated approximately 400 km east of Newman in Western Australia’s Great Sandy Desert. This is truly one of the most remote wilderness areas in the world.

At 1,283,706 hectares, the park is the largest in Western Australia, and includes the watershed of the Rudall River. Vegetation in the park is a mixture of desert Bloodwood, Feathertop Spinifex, Kanji and Cork tree with River Red Gums and Coolabah trees found on the river flats. After a good rain there are also many wildflowers (Mulla Mullas, Grevilleas, Sturt’s Desert Pea and Hakea’s) that add their colours to the landscape.

Over 90 species of bird have been recorded in the park. Most are located around the river and in streams. Many of the species reflect the more arid areas of Australia – Spinifex Pigeons, Painted Finches, Peregrine and Brown Falcons plus an assortment of honeyeaters come to drink at the pools. The White-winged Fairy-wren can also be seen, and in good seasons, Crimson Chats and Button-quail are found in the area.

Seventeen different mammals have been recorded in the park, mainly small creatures such as the Hairy-footed Dunnart and the Spinifex Hopping Mouse. Camels and dingoes call the park home, but other larger mammals seem to have disappeared over time.

Our trip will take us northwards through New Norcia, Paynes Find, Meekatharra, Newman and onto the national park via the Talawana Track. Entering the Rudall River National Park from the south we head to our campsite on the banks of the Rudall River. This will be our base for the next two nights where we will explore the many natural wonders, including Kalkan Kalkan Soak, Tjingkulatjatjarra Pool and Curran Curran Rockhole. We then continue on to Desert Queen Baths for 2 nights.There is plenty of time here to enjoy this magnificent waterhole and its wildlife.

We then travel westwards along the Telfer Road to Carawine Gorge and the Oakover River, which will be our campsite for two nights.where we will have plenty of time to really enjoy the natural beauty and birdlife. Here, we will visit the remote waterhole known as Running Waters. Surrounded by Paperbarks, this is fabulous spot to spend the day.

Our journey from Carawine Gorge continues westwards to Marble Bar for a well earned hot shower before turning north to Broome.

Day                      Activity

1                           Perth to Paynes Find Area

We depart Perth around 7.30 am this morning and commence our journey North. We travel via the Great Northern Highway to our bush campsite in the Paynes Find area.

Accommodation: Bush Camp          LD

2                           Paynes Find aera to Cue

Our destination today is Cue. This area was in the centre of the early gold rush.
We will travel the back roads via Walga Rock which is only a short distance from Cue.

Accommodation: Campsite          BLD

3                           Cue to Gascoyne River area

This morning there will be time to explore this historic town before we continue northwards. Our travels will take us via Meekatharra onto our bush camp on the middle branch of the Gascoyne River.

Accommodation: Bush Camp          BLD

4                           Gascoyne River area – Newman – Opthalmia Dam.

We continue up the Great Northern Highway to Newman where we will restock our fresh provisions before heading to our camp site just out of town at the Ophthalmia Dam. The dam is home to an array of water and field birdlife.

Accommodation: Bush Camp          BLD

5                           Opthalmia Dam to Rudall River National Park

We leave the main road behind us this morning as we head East via the Talawana Track. We move into the Little Sandy Desert and its associated sand dunes. Our camp tonight is beside a water hole located on the Rudall River.

Accommodation: Bush Camp          BLD

6                           Rudall River

Another full day in the national park to explore areas such as Kalkan Kalkan Soak, Curran Curran Rock Hole and and Tjingkulatjatjarra Pool (‘T’ Pool!). There will be time to take short walks along the riverbed. The residual pools and billabongs are attractive to birds and other wildlife.

Accommodation: Bush Camp          BLD

7                           Rudall River to Desert Queen Baths

This morning we continue up the Kintyre Track and Head to Desert Queen baths – a series of pools in a spectacular rocky gorge in the Broadhurst Range. If there has been suitable recent rainfall then the wildflowers should be abundant and as usual we will stop for this and birding opportunities. On arrival at our campsite we will set up camp and then start our exploration of the area.

Accommodation: Bush Camp          BLD

8                           Desert Queen Baths

We will spend today exploring the rocky pools and aboriginal art sites of this area. The main pool close to our camp is suitable for swimming.

Accommodation: Bush Camp          BLD

9                           Desert Queen Baths to Christmas Pool Area

Today we leave the National Park behind as we head north to Christmas Pool which William Rudall visited during his search for the last members of the ‘Calvert Expedition’. A two kilometre walk takes us to an aboriginal art site under a rocky overhang.

Accommodation: Bush Camp BLD

10                         Christmas Pool Area to Carawine Gorge

After breakfast we continue traveling north to the Telfer Road. The well maintained mine road will take us to our cam site at Carawine Gorge which is located right on the banks of the Oakover River. This will be our home for the next two nights. There will be time this afternoon to start exploring the Gorges wildlife.
Accommodation: Bush Camp BLD

11                         Carawine Gorge – Running Waters – Carawine Gorge

A short drive takes us across the Oakover River to a shaded wetland known as Running Waters. This paperbark-fringed waterway is ideal for a walk and a swim before we return to Carawine Gorge.

Accommodation Bush Camp          BL

12                         Carawine Gorge – Marble Bar – De Grey River

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 before we head to our bush camp on the De Grey River.
Accommodation:  Bush Camp BLD

13                        De Grey River to Broome

This morning we take the Bore Line Road back onto the Great Northern Highway and head north to Broome. Our fantastic outback adventure will end with our late 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.

23rd June – 5th July 2018 Limited spaces for 2018. Please Contact us for more information.

  • 12 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 12 Dinners
  • Two well-maintained 4WD vehicles
  • 2 crew members – a Naturalist/Driver Guide and Driver/Cook
  • Easy-to-erect tents and camp chairs with armrests
  • A self-inflating air mattress and stretcher bed
  • Campsite fees
  • All eating utensils
  • Morning tea daily
  • All national park entrance fees
  • Tag Along Participants – If requested when booking we can supply tents, armchairs and eating
    utensils but they will need to be carried in your own vehicle.

“A week after our fantastic tour of Karlamilyi and those other magic places ended, we are still enjoying the memories – and once the photos are sorted into a reasonable set of highlights, we’ll be able to revisit many times. Such a privilege to be able to see such very remote parts of the country – being there (rather than looking in the glossy books and magazines) is like attending a live concert versus listening to a CD or the radio.
So thanks, Sylvia, for making the arrangements go so smoothly, and thanks again, Tom and Ray, for the success of the trip.”
Rosemary & Peter Turner

“We wanted to tell you HOW very much we enjoyed our trip to Karlamilyi /Rudall River. This trip had long been on my list and it did not disappoint! Even the weather was perfect 😊
Special thanks to you Tom and Ray for all your driving, cooking and expert guiding along the way. Such a huge effort, you both must have been exhausted when we got back.
I know we all so appreciated your yummy meals at the end of long days on the road Tom. [You do get the star for best cook so far with Coates!] Special thanks also to all the team for all the work and help to make these huge trips so do-able for us [mostly] Easterners. We long ago decided WA was too big to access easily for these kinds of trips. I cannot tell how grateful we feel for the opportunity your tour company offers us to travel with wonderful like-minded people as well as in the way we love to experience the outback!”
John & Helen Burdekin

“I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed the trip to Ruddall River with Rick and Red. They looked after us so well, cooked marvellous meals and were great sources of knowledge and fun as well. How lucky we were to see that country after good rains – whole green landscapes and flowering plants wherever they could get a toe hold.

I’ll have to save my pennies and come on another trip with Coates – and I’ll certainly recommend you to anyone interested.”
Julia King

“Just a short note to say what a great tour I had. The route, logistics, meals and the knowledge given by the leaders Rick and Red was terrific. I had such fun that I have booked 3 more tours online.”
Kerry Cowie

“Thank you for a brilliant holiday. We’ve just been to Rudall River with Rick and Red. It is a spectacular part of the world and we really appreciated the efforts of Rick and Red to make it such an enjoyable experience. Their knowledge, patience, continued good humour and attention to detail really set this trip apart from similar trips we have been on in Australia and overseas. You guys are really good. It was our first time with Coates and we are already planning to travel with you again. Thanks so much also for all the organisation beforehand.”
Jo Palmer and Chris Marshall

“We had a fantastic time, the trip was well paced and left lots of time for everyone to pursue their own interests, and this was really appreciated. The three R’s were wonderful and we were very impressed by Richard and Red converting the Oka from 4WD to 2WD and then managing to get us in to all the sites except one in this mode.

As usual the food was very good and we felt very spoilt. I am quite sure we will call upon your services again, thank you so much for your terrific organisation.”
Kath Green

“Once again many thanks for organising such a great trip. Rick and Red, as usual, were fantastic and it was very nice to get to know Richard. Food was great and the trip was very well paced. We saw a wonderful array of flowers and birds and had a great time – it certainly is one of the most interesting and lovely parts of Australia.”
Margo Moore

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