Kennedy Range and Mt Augustus Expedition
The Kennedy Ranges are near the Gascoyne Region (one of the world’s most ancient land formations). They contain some of the best escarpment and gorge country in Western Australia. Water erosion has created delicate patterns in some of the rock face. There are over 300 species of plants and over 50 species of birds to be found. The area is also teems with wildlife. You may be lucky enough to see Euros and rock-wallabies living in caves.
Mt Augustus the world’s largest monocline, and is over twice the size of Ayers Rock. Known as Burringurrah to the local Aboriginal people. It was named after Burringurrah who during the Dreamtime was travelling through the area and was speared and knocked down. He turned into the large rock we know as Mt Augustus and according to legend he is still there lying on his belly.
The colour of the rock constantly changes during dawn and dusk. Bright pink, orange and red with the occasional green reflect the changes of his mood.
The area is also well known for its prolific birdlife and flora. An ornithologist counted more that 100 bird species in just two days. Vegetation is open mulga shrubland. Several rare plant species grow only on the mountain, including a hibiscus, a mulla-mulla and striking native fox glove can be found.
We encourage you to experience the wonders of this unique area in an enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere. There is always time to indulge in your individual interest, whether it is birding, botany, walking, swimming, photography or simply enjoying the wonderful surrounds.
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Extended Trip Details
|Day 1||Perth to Geraldton||Departing Perth early this morning we commence the journey north, passing through the northern Kwongan (sand plain heath) as we head to the Nambung National Park and the Pinnacle Desert. In the afternoon we continue northwards, traveling through Dongara and historic Greenough into Geraldton. Accommodation: Geraldton Motel LD|
|Day 2||Geraldton to Kalbarri||This morning we leave Geraldton and head for the coastal town of Kalbarri. Travelling via the coastal route will provide us with many spectacular scenic coastal photographic opportunities and a look at the wildflowers of the coastal heathland. Accommodation: Campsite Kalbarri BLD|
|Day 3||Kalbarri - Murchison Area||Today’s journey will take us through the Murchison region, travelling via the spectacular Kalbarri National Park. The surrounding bushland hosts over 500 different species of wildflowers and a diverse array of birds, mammals and reptiles. Accommodation: Bush Camp BLD|
|Day 4||Murchison to Kennedy Ranges||Today we travel to the Kennedy Ranges via Gascoyne Junction for gorges, birds (Diamond Dove, Pied Honeyeater) and wild flowers. We will explore creek beds of marine and wood fossils. I note afternoon we will arrive at the Kennedy Ranges, our home for the next 3 nights. Accommodation: Kennedy Ranges - Bush Camp. BLD|
|Days 5 & 6||Kennedy Ranges||We will spend two full days in the Kennedy Range National Park. A walk to the top of the range will give you with stunning vistas over the plain and small tufted covered dunes. We will take a 2km walk on the Temple Gorge Trail with beautiful views up and into the red towering cliffs. We'll visit Honeycomb Gorge, named after it's honeycomb filigree pattern that has been weathered into the rock face. Accommodation: Kennedy Ranges Bush Camp BLD|
|Day 7||Kennedy Ranges to Mt Augustus||Today we continue our journey to Mt Augustus, driving through the Gascoyne region where there are plenty of arid zone plants plus an array of birdlife including Little Corellas, Galahs, Wedge Tailed Eagle and many more to be seen. Accommodation: Camp Site Mt Augustus Caravan Park. BLD|
|Days 8 & 9||Mt Augustus||The next two days are spent exploring the wonders of the Mount Augustus. There is a mixture of walks, some up onto the rock which offer great views. Others have Aboriginal Rock art displays or shady waterholes. Cattle Pool offers the chance for a swim and to relax in the shade of the river gums. Accommodation: Camp Site at Mt Augustus Caravan Park. BLD|
|Day 10||Mt Augustus to Meekatharra area||This morning we start our homeward journey to Perth. Our drive take us through Acacia woodlands and will include a look at the historic Mt Gould police station. Accommodation: Bush camp near Meekatharra. BLD|
|Day 11||Meekatharra - Cue - Paynes Find||Continuing southwards today we go back in time as we will travel via the gold town ruins of Big Bell then onto the natural wonder of Walga Rock and the Dalgaranga Meteorite Crater. Our final night will be in unit styled accommodation at the Paynes Find Roadhouse. Accommodation: Paynes Find Roadhouse BLD|
|Day 12||Paynes Find to 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|
SPOTS AVAILABLE ON 15 August 2020 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 onboard daily;
- All national park entrance fees & travel permits;
- Tag Along Participants – If requested when booking we can supply tents, armchairs and eating utensils but they will need to be carried in your own vehicle.
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