Broome – Perth
- Karijini National Park
- Mt Augustus
- Kennedy Ranges
This trip is designed to coincide with the northern wildflower season and provides the opportunity to explore the wonderful Karijini, Mt Augustus and Kennedy Range national parks.
We’ll begin with the magnificent Karijini National Park. Famous for its spectacular gorges, waterfalls and cool swimming holes, this is one of the largest national parks in Western Australia. The park boasts an abundance of plant life, with 481 recorded species. It has been estimated that an additional 320 species may be found here if more thorough studies were conducted. Karijini is also home to a variety of marsupials, including the endemic Pilbara Ningaui (Ningaui timealeyi) and Little Red Antechinus (Dasykaluta rosamondae).
Measuring at over twice the size of Uluru, Mt Augustus is the world’s largest monocline. At dawn and dusk the colours of the rock constantly change, creating beautiful effects. The Mt Augustus area is well known for its prolific birdlife and flora. An ornithologist counted more than 100 bird species here in just two days. The vegetation is open mulga shrubland. The mountain is home to several endemic plant species, including a native hibiscus, a Mulla-Mulla and a striking native fox glove.
This excellent tour has been scheduled to coincide with Western Australia’s wildflower season, so you can expect to see a variety of ephemeral plant species including Brunonia and Everlasting Daisies as well as perennials such as Cassias and Eremophilas.
The gorges and mountains of Karijini, the aboriginal art, unique wildflowers, spectacular views and the natural beauty of the Kennedy Range combine to provide an unforgettable experience.
1 Broome to De Grey River
Departing Broome early this morning we’ll begin our southward journey and travel via the Great Northern Highway and the Boreline Road to the De Grey River to set up camp. The Water holes formed in the river during the dry season are a great place to view wildlife and birds that come to the water for a drink.
Accommodation: Bush camp De Grey River LD
2 De Grey River to Karijini National Park
On our journey this morning we’ll pass through Marble Bar. We’ll have a look around this well known Pilbara town and then head on to Karijini National Park. We will also have time to swim at Fern and Circular Pool’s.
Accommodation: National Park Camp BLD
3-4 Karijini National Park
We’ll spend the next two days exploring and photographing the natural wonders of this magnificent area, including Oxers lookout, Weano Gorge and Dales Gorge.
Accommodation: National Park Camp BLD
5 Karijini National Park to Tom Price
This morning we’ll explore Mt Bruce, and then head to Tom Price where you can enjoy some free time in while the crew restock our fresh food supplies.
Accommodation: Campsite Tom Price BLD
6 Tom Price to Bush Camp on Dooley Downs Road
Leaving Tom Price, today we’ll continue south, passing through station country as we travel towards Mount Augustus. Our bush camp tonight is located the Dooley Downs Road to the north on Mt Augustus.
Accommodation: Bush Camp north Mt Augustus BLD
7-8 Dooley Downs Road to Mt Augustus
An early start this morning will get us into Mt Augustus around mid morning. We will set up our camp and then spend the rest of the day and all the next day exploring the wonders of Mount Augustus. We can take a variety of walks here. Some walks take us up onto the rock to enjoy magnificent views, others take us to Aboriginal rock art displays and shady waterholes. At Cattle Pool we’ll have the chance for a swim and relaxation in the shade of River Gums.
Accommodation: Campsite at Mt Augustus Caravan Park BLD
9 Mt Augustus to Kennedy Ranges
Today we’ll head to the Kennedy Ranges driving through the semi-arid Gascoyne region where we should see plenty of Little Corellas, Pink and Grey Galahs, Wedge-tailed Eagles, and wildflowers on the way. We’ll set up camp in the shadow of the towering cliff face of the eastern side of the ranges. Once we set up our camp we will go for a 2km walk on the Temple Gorge Trail with wonderful views up and into the red towering cliffs.
Accommodation: Kennedy Ranges Bush Camp BLD
10 Kennedy Ranges
This morning a walk to the top of the range will reward you stunning vistas over the plain and small tufted covered sand dunes. This afternoon we will visit the intriguing Honeycomb Gorge, named after it’s honeycomb filigree pattern.
Accommodation: Kennedy Ranges Bush Camp BLD
11 Kennedy Ranges to Murchison
Back on the road, today we’ll continue south, via Gascoyne Junction. We will be stopping along the way for wildlife sightings.
Accommodation: Wooramel River Bush Camp BLD
12 Murchison to Coalseam Conservation Reserve
Today we’ll continue through Murchison country which boasts unique scenery and should be rich with Everlastings and other wildflowers. There will be time this afternoon to take a walk through the reserve.
Accommodation: National Park Campsite BLD
13 Coalseam to Camel Soak
Today we head to the coast to Dongara to for fresh supplies and continue the private wildflower reserve “Western Flora”. This afternoon will wander around the reserve for the wonderful wildflowers and birdlife.
Accommodation: Bush Camp at Camel Soak BLD
14 Camel Soak area to Perth
Today we head back to Perth via the coastal highway. We will have many opportunities to stop along the way to enjoy the Spring wildflower displays. The tour ends with our mid to late afternoon arrival in Perth. BL
NB: The above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.
30th July – 12th August 2019
- 13 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 13 Dinners
- Well-maintained vehicle with all front-facing, seat-belted, mostly reclining coach-style seats
- 2 crew – Naturalist Guide and Driver/Cook
- Easy to erect dome tents and camp chairs with arms
- A self-inflating air mattress and stretcher bed
- All eating utensils
- Morning tea daily
- Fruit available on board the vehicle throughout the day
- Campsite fees
- All national park entrance fees
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“I am now back home after an interesting time in WA. I enjoyed the Broome to Perth trip very much, saw a lot of places that I would have never got to otherwise and found Karijin National Park especially attractive. I also enjoyed seeing the plants many of which were in flower and we were lucky to see the mass flowering at Coal Seam National Park. The wildlife, especially the bird life was also most interesting. And we were most fortunate to have plant and wildlife experts – Wayne and Ray, with us and they were able to identify most species for us.
While the drives were long at times we did end up at most interesting places at the end of each day. I understand that the intended route was changed a little – we stayed at Murchison Junction Motor Camp which was very good and at Coal Seam National Park – which again was an excellent place and enabled us to see the spectacular displays of wildflowers.
The fellow travelers where all good company and most helpful to me when needed. As were Ray and Wayne. So, overall an excellent trip.
So, thanks for giving me the opportunity to see most interesting areas of WA”.
Fraser Ross – NZ
“We have just returned home from our Western Explorer trip from Broome to Perth. Just thought we would let you know how much we enjoyed our time. We do at least one such small group trip each year – here and overseas – 8 all up now, and this is the best we have done.
We were impressed with the strong client focus, the attention to individual needs and the skills of the staff. Little things like having ‘nibbles’ for hiking days, a good supply of fresh fruit and a ‘nothing is too much trouble’ approach. We usually travel with 12 or fewer parties and the size of 9 this time was a bonus – good bonding. You are fortunate to have the two Peters. They were great individually and worked really well as a team.”
Marina & Rob Roblin
“I want to let you know how much I enjoyed my recent trip. It all seems like a dream now, back in wet and cold Perth, but perhaps I can manage another one sometime in the future.
The two Peters were great – Peter B was a safe and patient driver, efficient packer and unpacker and fantastic cook and Peter C did a great job with the birds and plants and tour participants, leading the way into the pools (brrr) and up the hills (groan) and amusing us with his tall tales. I knew less than anyone but got a big cheer when I saw the first emus from the bus on the second last day!”
“We thoroughly enjoyed the recent Kennedy Range – Mt Augustus tour. Everything is so well organised. Having knowledgeable naturalists on board makes the trip so much more meaningful.
The natural wonders of WA are really special, and your tours do it justice. We got quite a good bird list including a new one, thanks to Rick. Also being a morris dancer/musician was a big bonus! Many thanks to Rick and Steve, great meals too. Thank you.”
Rosemary and Brian Sykes
“Having just returned from the Kennedy Ranges and Mt Augustus tour, I felt I must tell you that I enjoyed it very much. Each place we visited was full of interest and I felt we were most fortunate to have Rick as our tour leader followed by Steve who fed us so well. Thank you for such a well organized trip and of course we were so lucky to have a great supply of wildflowers.”