Western Australian Outback
Perth – Perth
Join us as we enjoy the benefits of small group travel with time to experience the birds, botany and a great outback experience.
This is no ordinary adventure. This expedition follows two of the tracks built by the Len Beadell who surveyed this and many of the better known outback tracks of Central Australia. The two tracks are the Anne Beadell Highway (named after his wife) and the Connie Sue Highway (named after his daughter). Don’t be confused by the highway tags given to these tracks they are very remote and generally not maintained.
The trip departs from Perth and heads to Laverton then on to Neale Junction on the Anne Beadell Highway before heading south on the Connie Sue to Cocklebiddy. There will be plenty of time to thoroughly explore the areas wildlife as we have allowed seven days to travel these two tracks.
On arriving at Cocklebiddy we leave the remote tracks and travel to the coast and the Eyre Bird Observatory where we have two days to experience all the observatory has to offer.
The return trip to Perth will include time spent on the Nullarbor Plain and the Granite Woodlands trail between Norseman and Hyden.
1 Perth to Coolgardie Area
Today we will depart Perth from the Wellington Street Tourist pick up point by 07:15 hrs. We will then head up the Great Eastern Highway, passing through the central wheatbelt towns of Northam and Merredin, as we head to Coolgardie.
Accom: Bush Camp, Coolgardie Area LD
2 Coolgardie Area to bush camp east of Laverton
Leaving Coolgardie, today we will move through the historic goldfield towns of Broad Arrow, Menzies, Kookynie and then on to Laverton.
Accom : Bush Camp, east of Laverton BLD
3-4 Laverton – Anne Beadell Highway – Neale Junction
Our departure from Laverton starts our journey across the centre on one of loneliest roads in Australia. We will travel over many sand dunes topped by magnificent Marble Gums (Euc gongylocarpa). In the swales and throughout the area there are Eucalyptus youngiana and dense thickets of Mulga (Acacia anuera), Sheoak (Allocasuarina cristata) and Hummock Grass or Spinifex (Triodia basedowii). On the western side of the Great Victoria Desert, interesting breakaway country and mesa like hills are a feature. Gnamma holes used by Aborigines and associated with the explorer Frank Hann are also visited. There will be ample time to study the natural wealth of flora and fauna as well as admire the beauty that this outback area has to offer.
Accom: Bush Camps, Anne Beadell Highway BLD
5 Neale Junction
Today is spent at Neale Junction exploring the area around the junction and having a break from driving.
Accom: Bush Camp, Anne Beadle Highway BLD
6-9 Neale Junction to Eyre Bird Observatory
The next section of the trip takes us south travelling on the Connie Sue Highway via Rawlinna, on the Trans-Australian railway line to the Eyre Bird Observatory on the coast south of Cocklebiddy.
Accom: Bush camps on Connie Sue Highway and in shared accommodation at the Bird Observatory. BLD
10-11 Eyre Bird Observatory
For a break from driving and camping, the next two days will be spent exploring the wildlife and history of the area around the observatory.
Accom: Bird Observatory BLD
12 Eyre Bird Observatory to Bush Camp Old Telegraph Track
Today we leave the Observatory and head back to the Eyre Highway and start the westward journey back to Perth. Time will be spent during the day looking at the bird life and wildflowers that should be on display during our drive.
Accom: Bush Camp, Old Telegraph Track BLD
13-14 Norseman to Hyden Area via Granite Woodlands Trail
The next two days will be spent exploring the Woodlands Trail. The trail passes through one of the largest temperate woodlands left in the world.
Accom: Bush Camps, Granite Woodlands Trail BLD
15 Hyden Area to Perth
Our last day takes us from Hyden through the wheat belt back to Perth. Our fantastic outback adventure will end with our late afternoon arrival in Perth. BL
NB: The above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.
1 – 15 October 2019
- 14 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 14 Breakfasts
- Two well-maintained, air-conditioned vehicles with front-facing, seat-belted seats
- Easy to erect dome tents and camp chairs with arms
- A self-inflating air mattress and stretcher bed
- All eating utensils
- Morning tea each day
- Fruit on-board the vehicle throughout the day
- Campsite fees
- All national park entrance fees
- Travel permits as required
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