East Pilbara Expedition
Join us as we head to the remote yet beautiful East Pilbara. The Pilbara is fascinating at any time. The wildlife is plentiful and the scenery is spectacular; green covered hills, red soil and refreshing rock pools.
Our northward journey will take us northwards through Mt Magnet, Cue Meekatharra and onto Newman. Leaving Newman we leave the sealed roads behind and start to explore the area to the North and East of Nullagine. We will set up Camp at Carawine Gorge and the Oakover River. This will be our home for three nights and have plenty of time to enjoy the natural beauty and birdlife. We will also visit the remote waterhole known as Running Waters. Surrounded by Paperbarks, this is fabulous spot to spend the day.
Our journey from Carawine Gorge takes us westwards to Marble Bar. Two nights here will give us plenty of time to discover the towns history, the geology and enjoy the scenic beauty. There will also be time to explore the natural wonders found close to this historic town.
From Marble Bar, we head into the Karijini National Park. The park has some of the oldest rocks on the continent and contains many beautiful gorges and rock formations. The park is also home to approximately 800 plant species. Two small, carnivorous marsupials are endemic to the area, the Pilbara Ningaui (Ningaui timealeyi) and the Little Red Antechinus (Dasykaluta rosamondae). Other marsupials that call the park home include the Western Pebble-mound Mouse (Pseudomys chapmani), Rothschild’s Rock-wallaby (Petrogale rothschildi), Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus) and the Common Wallaroo (Macropus robustus).
Our homeward journey to Perth takes us via the outback towns of Meekatharra, Cue and Mt Magnet, as well as the ghost town of Big Bell and the natural wonder of Walga Rock.
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Extended Trip Details
|Day 1||Perth - Mt Magnet Area||We depart Perth around 7.30am this morning and commence our journey north. We travel via the Great Northern Highway to our bush campsite in the Mt Magnet area. Accommodation: Bush Camp LD|
|Day 2||Mt Magnet Area - Kumarina||Today we continue to travel north via Cue and Meekatharra. Cue has many impressive buildings erected during the gold rush while Meekatharra’s gold mining continues to this day (on a small scale). Tonight we will be camping at Kumarina road house. This will be our last opportunity for a shower before we head out into the bush tomorrow. Accommodation: Campsite BLD|
|Day 3||Kumarina - Newman - Marble Bar Road, Bush Camp||We continue north to Newman. This will be our last opportunity to purchase supplies and contact home before leave the main road and head North on the Marble Bar Road. Accommodation: Bush Camp BLD|
|Day 4||Marble Bar Road, Bush Camp - Carawine Gorge||Today we continue northwards to Nullagine before heading east on the Skull Springs road to Carawine Gorge, located on the Oakover River. This will be our campsite for the next three days. Accommodation: Bush Camp BLD|
|Day 5||Carawine Gorge||A day out of the vehicles as we explore the area around the campsite on foot. Highlights include a variety of birdlife, geological wonders including evidence of glacial movement and plenty of time to relax and enjoy the environment. Accommodation: Bush Camp BLD|
|Day 6||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 spring feed with crystal clear water. Ideal for a walking, bird watching or taking a swim before we return to Carawine Gorge. Accommodation: Bush Camp BLD|
|Day 7||Carawine Gorge - Marble Bar||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. There will be plenty of time here to explore the natural wonders of the area. There will also be time for a long overdue shower and a meal (at your own expense) at the local Iron Clad Hotel. Here, you will get a true taste of country life. Accommodation: Camp site BL|
|Day 8||Marble Bar||Today we will discover the early mining and settlers history along with the geological wonders and the wildlife. Highlights of the day include Coppin Gap, Doolena Gorge, Corunna Downs an abandoned WW2 airfield. Accommodation: Camp site BLD|
|Day 9||Marble Bar - Dales Gorge ( Karrijini National Park)||Our journey to Karijini and Dales Gorge will see us travelling through some spectacular Pilbara scenery, stopping regularly to make the most of our time. Accommodation: National Park Camp Site, Karijini BLD|
|Day 10 & 11||Karijini National Park||We will the next two days visiting and exploring the park. Highlights include, Kalamina and Dales Gorges, Fortescue Falls and Fern pool. These all offer great walks and fresh water waterholes where swimming is a must. Accommodation: National Park Camp Site, Karijini BLD|
|Day 12||Karijini National Park - Newman - Bush Camp South of Newman||Today we start our return journey to Perth. We will restock in Newman before heading south on the Great Northern Highway to our campsite on the Middle Gascoyne River. Accommodation: Bush camp site BLD|
|Day 13||Campsite South of Newman - Nallan Station||After breakfast we will continue south travelling through Meekatharra to Nallan Station which will be our campsite tonight. Accommodation: Campsite BLD|
|Day 14||Nallan Station - Cue - Mt Magnet - Paynes Find Area||From Cue we will visit the ghost town of Big Bell, abandoned in the 1950’s much of the town is gone however the ruins of some buildings remain including the spectacular Big Bell Hotel. We will also visit the natural wonder of Walga Rock (one of the largest monolith rocks in Australia). Accommodation: Campsite BLD|
|Day 15||Paynes Find Area - Perth||Today we conclude our journey with the final leg into Perth. Along the way we will travel though the wheatbelt town of Dalwallinu and the monastic town of New Norcia. Our adventure ends with our arrival in Perth, where you will be dropped off at your chosen central Perth accommodation. BL|
Places available on 28 August 2021 departure
- Two well-maintained 4WD vehicles;
- Naturalist/Driver Guide;
- Easy-to-erect tents, camp chairs with armrests,
- Self-inflating air mattress and stretcher bed;
- All eating utensils;
- Meals as per itinerary:
- B (breakfast), L (lunch), D (dinner);
- Campsite fees;
- Morning teas;
- Fresh fruit on board daily;
- All national park entrance fees & travel permits;
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