Tanami Expedition






Alice Springs – Kununurra






Join us as we explore some the most remote areas in North Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The wildlife should be be plentiful and the scenery and sunsets spectacular.

This trip is full of highlights however our detour off the Tanami Road to Mulan and Lake Gregory is one of the most exciting. This lake system is recognised as being vitally important for migratory birds traveling to and from Australia. A wide range of bird life has been recorded around the lake, including the Black Necked Stork, large groups of Brolgas, Black Swans and Spoonbills. Wild horses and dingoes are commonly seen, and the lake is also home to a variety of other mammals.

Our visit to Newhaven Station is again one of the regions must do’s. Newhaven Station is a wildlife sanctuary co-managed by Birds Australia and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Situated at the junction of three bioregions (the Great Sandy Desert, MacDonnell Ranges and Burt Plain), the station is home to a diverse array of arid zone plants and birdlife. At least 15 nationally threatened species of plants and birds call the area home.

The station includes ten vegetation communities and a variety of landforms ranging from parallel dunes to salt lakes, clay pans, plains country and rocky ranges. The calcareous grasslands, open woodland and shrublands support a wide variety of birds, mammals and reptiles.

The station also hosts an abundance of bird life; 138 species of bird have been recorded in the area. Intriguingly, Newhaven is also the site of one of the latest sightings of a pair of Night Parrots, who’s habitat remains intact due to the unusually conservative stocking rates and careful management of the area throughout the years. There have also been a number of small to medium-sized mammals recorded on the station.


Day 1 Alice Springs to Redbank Gorge (West MacDonnell Ranges)
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 at Redbank Gorge LD

Day 2 Redbank Gorge (West MacDonnell Ranges) and surrounds
Today we will explore Redbank Gorge and some of the other areas that are nearby. The area offers great walks, plentiful wildlife and spectacular scenery.
Accommodation: Campsite at Redbank Gorge BLD

Day 3 Redbank Gorge (West MacDonnell Ranges) to Newhaven Station
Today will be an early start 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

Day 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 exist in this remote area.
Accommodation: Campsite at Newhaven Station BLD

Day 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

Day 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 a bush camp in the Rabbit Flats area.
Accommodation: Bush campsite Rabbit Flats area BLD

Day 8 Tanami Desert Bush Camp – Balgo – Mullan – Lake Gregory
Back on the Tanami this morning we travel west heading into Western Australia. In the morning we will call into the remote Aboriginal Community Balgo where we will fuel up before heading to our bush camp at Lake Gregory.
Accommodation: Bush campsite at Handover – Lake Gregory BLD

Day 9 Lake Gregory
Today we will explore the area around lake Gregory.
Accommodation: Bush campsite at Handover – Lake Gregory BLD

Day 10 Lake Gregory to Lake Stretch
Leaving lake Gregory we take the back track to Lake Stretch.
Accommodation: Bush campsite at Lake Stretch BLD

Day 11 Lake Stretch – Wolf Creek Crater – Halls Creek
After some early morning birding around the lake we continue our journey to Halls Creek. We will spend time exploring the natural wonder that is Wolf Creek Crater. After lunch we continue onto Halls Creek. The crew will restock with fresh provisions this afternoon. Tonights dinner will be in the Halls Creek Hotel (at passengers own expense)
Accommodation: Campsite at Halls Creek BL

Days 12 & 13 Halls Creek to Keep River National Park
We return to the Duncan Highway and travel north along the east side of the Bungle Bungle Range as we head to Keep River National Park. Aboriginal sites, spectacular geology and many different habitats feature in Keep River National Park. The geological formations in the park are very similar to the Bungle Bungles.
Accommodation: Bush Camp Duncan Highway & National Park Campsite Keep River BLD

Day 14 Keep River National Park to Lake Argyle
This morning will be spent exploring the park – we will visit Aboriginal art sites and 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

Day 15 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.

24 June – 8 July 2020

Lead vehicles full, tag along places still available





  • Two well-maintained 4WD vehicles;
  • 2 crew members – a Naturalist/Driver Guide and Driver/Cook;
  • Easy-to-erect dome tents and camp chairs with armrests;
  • A self-inflating air mattress and stretcher bed;
  • All eating utensils;
  • Meals as per itinerary: B (breakfast), L (lunch), D (dinner);
  • Fruit for snacking throughout the day;
  • Campsite fees;
  • Morning teas;
  • 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

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Jean Hooper

“Red & Diana provided a wonderful trip for us. We have traveled with them before and knew them to be excellent tour guides so our expectations were already high. We were not disappointed! We appreciated the opportunity to stop whenever requested. Nothing was too much trouble for either leader. The provision of a variety of reference books in each vehicle was invaluable. The vehicles were spacious and comfortable with room for each person’s day requisites. Overall it was their enthusiasm for the environment and their concern for the well-being and enjoyment of individual participants that make Red & Diana such good team leaders.”
Ivor & Ruth Graney

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