We are pleased to announce that our 2022 Tour Schedule is now live and on our website! There is something for everyone, from deserts to wildflowers to coastal adventures.
To begin the year, we travel to the South West of Western Australia to experience a global biodiversity hotspot. On our Wild Coastlines of the South East tour we encounter orcas, Wave Rock and Pink Lake, and explore many of the magnificent national parks surrounding Esperance, including Cape Le Grand, Cape Arid, Fitzgerald River and Stirling Range National Parks. Our Wildlife of the Southern Forests tour will take you to a different region in the South West, including the ancient forests, national parks and cultural attractions surrounding Albany and Walpole. Wander through the National ANZAC Centre, the Valley of the Giants and enjoy a wine tasting with lunch in Margaret River to top it off.
When the year is underway, we start to travel north as the wet season subsides, and also further inland as winter brings cooler weather.
One of our most popular tours, the Tanami Expedition, journeys through some of the most remote areas of the country. Setting off in Kununurra, we travel through the Tanami Desert to Alice Springs over 15 days, visiting Lake Argyle, Wolfe Creek Crater, Lake Gregory, Newhaven Station and the West MacDonnell Ranges.
Following our Tanami tours, we travel up the coast of Western Australia on our Pilbara Reef and Ranges (accommodated) and Western Wanderer (easy camping) tours. Visit Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles Desert, the Abrolhos Islands, the Shark Bay peninsular (World Heritage Area) and Monkey Mia, Ningaloo Reef and the magnificent Karijini National Park. Those on the Pilbara Reef and Ranges will experience Exmouth and Cape Range National Park, while those on the Western Wanderer will visit Coral Bay, Marble Bar and 80 Mile Beach.
We then explore the Australian outback.
For those wanting to explore the Red Centre, our Central Australian Expedition will take you there. You’ll discover Dalhousie Springs, a natural hot spring on the edge of the Simpson Desert, as well as the Henry Meteorites Conservation Reserve, Mac Clark (Acacia Puce – Wadi trees) Conservation Reserve, Finke Gorge National Park, Palm Valley and Glen Helen.
For those interested in outback South Australia, take a look at our South Australia, Lake Eyre and Flinders Ranges Expedition. Lake Eyre is always mesmerising, and in the Flinders we explore Wilpena Pound and join the Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary Ridge Top Tour; their showcase tour and the perfect time to spot wild Yellow-footed Rock-wallabies. We also get to explore the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy, where homes, hotels and churches are built below-ground.
Our trip to the Kimberley is always a favourite. This remote and unspoiled wilderness area is home to magnificent wonders of nature; Purnululu (the Bungle Bungles) is unforgettably striking, the four-tiered waterfall Mitchell Falls is magical and Windjana Gorge (Bandilngan) is one of the areas most stunning gorges. Not to mention all the swimming holes and rare wildlife you might encounter.
For new adventures and places you may not of visited before, take a look at our Karlamilyi (Rudall River), Western Explorer, WA Outback and Golden Outback tours. Our 15 Day Karlamilyi (Rudall River) National Park Expedition is one of our most popular tours as it explores Western Australia’s largest and most remote national park. We also visit magnificent swimming holes and waterholes including Desert Queen Baths, Tjingkulatjatjarra Pool, Christmas Pool and Carawine Gorge.
Our Western Explorer begins in Broome and will introduce you to Karijini National Park, Mount Augustus and the Kennedy Ranges, while our Golden Outback will take you to the fascinating Lake Ballard (Australia’s largest outdoor art exhibit) and the recently protected Helena Aurora Ranges in the Great Western Woodlands.
Lastly, our WA Outback tour follows the Anne Beadell and Connie Sue highways, two inspiring outback tracks that pass through the Great Victoria Desert. We also visit a favoured site for bird watching, the Eyre Bird Observatory in the Nuytsland Nature Reserve.
For Western Australia, the wildflower season starts as early as June in the Pilbara, travelling south as the months go on, ending in the South West in October and November. For lovers of Australian wildflowers, we have a range of tours that travel during wildflower season. For the northern season, our Western Explorer, Karlamilyi (Rudall River) and Mid West Wildflower tours showcase a beautiful range of native wildflowers, while the southern wildflower season can be enjoyed on our Wildflowers of the Southern Forests or South West National Parks tours.
Our Mid West Wildflower tour follows Western Australia’s world famous wildflower route, visiting destinations known for their rare, endemic, abundant and diverse wildflower species. Coalseam Nature Reserve, Kalbarri, and Lesueur National Park are highlights on this tour.
Our Wildflowers of the Southern Forests follows a similar trail to our Wildlife of the Southern Forests earlier in the year, but travels during the southern wildflower season, meaning there will be much colour and additional floral scents in the air. For a bit of everything; forests, coastlines, wildflowers, wildlife, Wave Rock, Pink Lake and the best national parks in the area, consider our South West National Parks tour.
In the final months of the year, we have our island adventures.
Our visit to Christmas Island is always special, as we schedule the tour to coincide with the natural phenomenon known as the Red Crab migration. It is estimated that 100 million Red Crabs inhabit the island and migrate from the central plateau each year to breed, paying no heed to any obstacle. David Attenborough, the renowned naturalist, was so astounded he claimed that ‘the migration was the most amazing sight I have seen”. We also enjoy a boat trip, bird watching, spectacular views, a shower under a waterfall, motorised canoeing, Christmas Island beaches and natural attractions like the Blowholes. Not to mention the endemic wildlife!
We also visit the incredible Lord Howe Island; striking crystal blue water, untouched white sandy beaches, lush subtropical forests and breathtaking natural wonders everywhere you look including the twin peaks Mount Gower and Mount Lidgbird. Only 400 visitors are allowed on the island at any one time, so humans have had minimal impact here. Island activities include snorkelling, hiking, fishing, bike riding, reef walking, beach-combing, wildlife spotting and cruising the waters by boat. The perfect island holiday!
In the meantime, please stay safe and well and enjoy the rest of 2021!
From all of us at Coates Wildlife Tours, happy travelling and we hope to see you out there!