Tanami Expedition






Alice Springs – Broome




Next Tour: 15th - 27th June 2023

Explore some of the most remote areas in the Eastern Kimberley in WA and the Northern Territory at a relaxed pace. We expect the wildlife to be plentiful, and the scenery and sunsets to be spectacular.

We will start the tour with 2 nights spent exploring the vast and spectacular West MacDonnell Ranges, an outstanding example of an ancient landscape sculptured over time by climatic elements.

Leaving the West MacDonnell’s behind we move onto Newhaven Station. Covering approx. 262,000 hectares and situated, at the junction of three bioregions (the Great Sandy Desert, MacDonnell Ranges and Burt Plain) Newhaven Station is a wildlife sanctuary co-managed by Birds Australia and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.  The scenery is spectacular, from parallel dunes to salt lakes, clay pans, plains country and rocky ranges. It is a hotspot for the wildlife of central Australia. At least 15 nationally threatened species of plants and birds call the area home. 138 species of bird has been recorded in the area. Intriguingly, Newhaven is also the site of one of the latest sightings of a pair of Night Parrots.

Surveys to date have recorded 107 plant species with future surveys expected to reveal more. Eighteen of the recorded species are not represented in any other Northern Territory reserve, and seven are of special conservation significance – Mallee Copper Burr or Small-flower Saltbush Sclerolaena parviflora, Desert Broom-bush Daviesia eremaea, Goodenia refracta, Abutilon lepidum, Spartothamnella puberula, Amaranthus pallidiflorus and Eucalyptus aff. intertexa.

From Newhaven we head onto the Tanami Road and continue west. We will have two nights camping on the Tanami before visiting lake Stretch (Nyarna) in search of bird life found around the lake, including the Black Necked Stork, Brolgas, Black Swans and Spoonbills. 

No Tanami trip would be complete without a visit to The Wolf Creek Crater which we visit on our way into Halls Creek. From Halls Creek we head West to Tunnel Creek and Windjana Gorge These parks offer great walks, diverse wildlife and spectacular geology.

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Extended Trip Details


Day 1Alice Springs to Redbank GorgeLeaving Alice Springs this morning, we will spend the day exploring parts of the West MacDonnell Ranges. We will spend time at Stanley Chasm, Serpentine Gorge, and Glen Helen. We will set up our campsite at Redbank Gorge. Accommodation: Campsite Redbank Gorge LD
Day 2Redbank Gorge and its surroundsToday we will explore Redbank Gorge and some of the other areas that are found nearby. The area offers excellent walks, plentiful wildlife and spectacular scenery. Accommodation: Campsite Redbank Gorge BLD
Days 3 Redbank Gorge (West MacDonnell Ranges) to Newhaven StationToday will be an early start as we leave the West MacDonnell Ranges and move onto Newhaven Station. We will travel via the Aboriginal Community of Papunya. Accommodation: Campsite at Newhaven Station BLD
Day 4 & 5Newhaven StationWe will spend the next two days driving and walking the station tracks to see the birds, botany and diverse wildlife this remote area offers. Accommodation: Campsite at Newhaven Station BLD
Day 6Newhaven Station to Mt Doreen Station AreaWe will have an early start today, calling into the remote aboriginal community Yuendumu for fuel and supplies before continuing westward to Mt Doreen Station. Accommodation: Bush campsite Mt Doreen Station BLD
Day 7Mt Doreen Station Area to Tanami Desert Bush CampContinuing on the Tanami Road. We will travel through this harsh, isolated area. Tonight's campsite is a bush camp in the Rabbit Flats area. Accommodation: Bush campsite Rabbit Flats area BLD
Day 8Tanami Desert Bush Camp to Lake StretchBack on the Tanami this morning as we travel west, heading into Western Australia. During the morning, we will call into the remote Aboriginal Community Balgo, where we will fuel up before heading to our bush camp at lake Stretch. Accommodation: Bush campsite at Lake Stretch. BLD
Day 9Lake Stretch to Wolf Creek Crater to Halls CreekAfter some early morning birdwatching around the lake, we continue our journey to Halls Creek. On the way, we stop at the 300,000-year-old Wolf Creek meteorite crater and take a walk around the rim. We also have lunch. The crew will restock our fresh provisions this afternoon in Halls Creek. Tonight's dinner will be in the Halls Creek Hotel (at passengers’ expense). Accommodation: Campsite at Halls Creek BL
Day 10Halls CreekThere is time today to catch our breath, restock with fresh food and then visit some of the natural highlights found just a short distance out of town. We will visit the old Halls Creek town site and Palm Springs for a swim and Saw Tooth Gorge. We will finish the afternoon with sunset on China Wall. Accommodation: Campsite at Halls Creek BLD
Day 11Halls Creek to Fitzroy CrossingWe start our westward journey this morning, leaving Halls Creek behind and heading to Fitzroy Crossing. Before heading out to our bush campsite, there will be time to look around the town. Accommodation: Bush Camp at Fitzroy Crossing Area BLD
Day 12 Fitzroy Crossing to Windjana GorgeToday we continue travelling west as we head to Windjana Gorge. Our trip will take us past Tunnel Creek whew we will take time to walk through the range before getting to our campsite at Windjana. This afternoon we will explore the gorge and its wildlife. Accommodation: National Park Campsite BLD
Day 13Windjana Gorge to BroomeWe’ll explore the front of the range this morning before commencing our trip back to Broome. During the day, we’ll call into the Mowanjum Community to visit their art centre and spend some time in Derby. We should arrive in Broome by mid to late afternoon. We’ll transfer you to your chosen accommodation, marking the end of your outback adventure. BL
NOTE: The above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.


Places available on 15 June 2023 DEPARTURE


  • 2 crew members consisting of a naturalist guide and driver/cook
  • Well maintained purpose built 4WD coach with front-facing, seat-belted, mostly reclining, coach style seats
  • Easy-to-erect tents and camping chairs with armrests
  • A self-inflating air mattress and stretcher bed
  • All eating utensils
  • Meals as per itinerary: breakfast (B), lunch (L), dinner (D)
  • Fruit for snacking throughout the day
  • Campsite fees
  • Morning tea each day
  • All national park entrance fees
  • Travel permits as required

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