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 faces. There are over 300 species of plants and over 50 species of birds. The area is also teeming with wildlife. You may be lucky enough to see Euros and rock wallabies living in caves.
Mt Augustus is the world’s largest rock, or inselberg meaning “island” of rock, and is over twice the size of Uluru. It is known as Burringurrah to the local Aboriginal people. It was named after Burringurrah, who travelled through the area during the Dreamtime 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 his mood changes.
The area is also well known for its prolific birdlife and flora. An ornithologist counted more than 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 interest, whether it is birding, botany, walking, swimming, photography or simply enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
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Extended Trip Details
|Day 1||Perth - Geraldton||Departing Perth early this morning, we head north, passing through the northern Kwongan (sandplain heath) to Nambung National Park and the Pinnacle Desert. We then continue through Dongara and historic Greenough into Geraldton. Accommodation: Hospitality Inn, Geraldton LD|
|Day 2||Geraldton - 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 Area BLD|
|Day 3||Kalbarri - Murchison Area||Today will be spent exploring the Kalbarri National Park. Highlights include visiting the spectacular Skywalk, Natures Window, Z bend and Ross Graham Lookout. Accommodation: Campsite, Kalbarri Area BLD|
|Day 4||Kalbarri - Murchison Settlement||Today’s journey will take us through the Murchison region; the drive will take us via the Billabong Roadhouse and the Tooling Nature Reserve. The bushland hosts various wildflowers, birds, mammals, and reptiles. Accommodation: Campsite, Murchison Settlement BLD|
|Days 5||Murchison - Kennedy Ranges||Today we travel to the Kennedy Ranges via Gascoyne Junction for gorges, birds (Diamond Dove, Pied Honeyeater) and wildflowers. We will explore creek beds of marine and wood fossils and aim to arrive at the Kennedy Ranges in the afternoon, our home for the next three nights. Accommodation: Bush Camp, Kennedy Ranges BLD|
|Day 6 & 7||Kennedy Ranges to Mt Augustus||Two full days are spent in the Kennedy Range National Park. Activities here will include a walk to the top of the range. This walk will reward you with stunning vistas over the plain and small tufted-covered dunes. We will also take a 2km walk on the Temple Gorge Trail with beautiful views up and into the red towering cliffs and a visit to Honeycomb Gorge, named after its honeycomb filigree pattern weathered into the rock face. Accommodation: Bush Camp, Kennedy Ranges BLD|
|Days 8||Kennedy Ranges - 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|
|Day 9 & 10||Mt Augustus to Meekatharra area||The following two days are spent exploring the wonders of Mount Augustus. There is a mixture of walks, some up onto the rock, offering excellent views. Others have Aboriginal Rock art displays or shady waterholes. You can swim and relax in the shade of the river gums at Cattle Pool. Accommodation: Camp Site, Mt Augustus Caravan Park BLD|
|Day 11||Mt Augustus - Cue area||This morning we start our homeward journey to Perth. Our drive will take us through Acacia woodlands and include a look at the historic Mt Gould police station. Accommodation: Campsite, near Cue BLD|
|Day 12||Cue Area - 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. Our final night will be in unit-styled accommodation at the Paynes Find Roadhouse. Accommodation: Roadhouse, Paynes Find BLD|
|Day 13||Paynes Find - Perth||Today we conclude our journey with the final leg into Perth. Along the way, we will travel through the Wheatbelt towns of Dalwallinu and 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 8 July 2023 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: breakfast (B), lunch (L), dinner (D);
- Campsite fees;
- Morning teas;
- Fresh fruit on board 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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