Tanami Expedition

DAYS
14
Style
Camping
EX
Alice Springs – Kununarra
From
$7,865.00.00

OVERVIEW

Next Tour: 22nd June - 5th July 2024

CAMPING ALONG THE TANAMI TRACK

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.

PLANT SPECIES AND BIRDLIFE IN THE NORTHERN TERRITORY RESERVE

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 Wolfe Creek Crater which we visit on our way into Halls Creek. From Halls Creek we head north to Keep River National Park. This park offers great walks, diverse wildlife and spectacular geology.

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Extended Trip Details

Itinerary

Day 1

Alice Springs to Redbank Gorge (West MacDonnell Ranges)

We leave Alice Springs this morning and spend the day exploring Stanley Chasm, Serpentine Gorge and Glen Helen in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Our first night's camp will be at the stunning Redbank Gorge and Chasm. Accommodation: Campsite Redbank Gorge LD
Day 2

Redbank Gorge (West MacDonnell Ranges) and surrounds

We will spend the day exploring Redbank Gorge and other nearby areas. The gorge is stunning and provides refuge for many threatened plants and animals, while the area offers excellent walks, plentiful wildlife and striking scenery. Accommodation: Campsite Redbank Gorge BLD
Day 3

Redbank Gorge (West MacDonnell Ranges) to Newhaven Station

An early start this morning as we leave the West MacDonnell Ranges and move onto Newhaven Station via the Aboriginal Community of Papunya. This afternoon, there will be time to climb a local hill for a magnificent central Australian sunset. Accommodation: Campsite Newhaven Station BLD
Day 4

Newhaven Station

We will spend today touring and walking on the station's tracks, salt pans and dunes in search of birds, arid zone plants and other wildlife in this remote area. Accommodation: Campsite Newhaven Station BLD
Day 5

Newhaven Station to Mt Doreen Station Area

Today, we undertake an early Hill Side Tour of the enclosed area as we leave Newhaven before calling into the remote aboriginal community of Yuendumu for fuel and supplies. There should be time to visit the community’s art centre for locally made artworks. We then continue westward to Mt Doreen Station, just off the Tanami Track. Accommodation: Bush camp Mt Doreen Station BLD
Day 6

Mt Doreen Station Area to Tanami Desert Bush Camp

We continue our drive through this harsh and isolated area on the Tanami Road today. Tonight’s campsite is a bush camp in the Rabbit Flats area. Accommodation: Bush camp Rabbit Flats BLD
Day 7

Tanami Desert Bush Camp to Balgo to Mulan to Lake Gregory

Still on the Tanami Road, we travel west today, heading into Western Australia. Late this morning, we will call into the remote Aboriginal Community of Balgo before heading to our bush camp at Lake Gregory. Accommodation: Bush camp Handover - Lake Gregory BLD
Day 8

Lake Gregory

Today we will explore the area around Lake Gregory (Paruku). This permanent brackish lake is part of a spectacular wetland system and is internationally renowned for its birdlife. The Traditional Owners of this area held the native title handover ceremony on the shores of the lake, symbolising the significance of this place to local Aboriginal people. They believe the system was formed when a star fell from the sky into the lake and then transformed into a man, becoming this place's very first Traditional Owner. Accommodation: Bush camp at Handover - Lake Gregory BLD
Day 9

Lake Gregory to Lake Stretch

We leave Lake Gregory and backtrack to Lake Stretch (Nyarna). Our bush camp is a lovely shaded area next to a permanent pool on Sturt Creek. It is also a good spot for birdwatching. Accommodation: Bush camp Sturt Creek BLD
Day 10

Lake Stretch to Wolf Creek Crater to Halls Creek

After some early morning birdwatching around the lake, we continue our journey to Halls Creek. We stop at the 300,000-year-old Wolf Creek meteorite crater and walk around the rim. The crew will restock our fresh provisions this afternoon in Halls Creek. Tonight's dinner will be in the Halls Creek Hotel (at the passenger's expense). Accommodation: Campsite Halls Creek BL
Days 11 & 12

Halls Creek to Keep River National Park

We travel to the Duncan Highway and head north along the east side of the Bungle Bungle Range to Keep River National Park. The geological formations are very similar to the Bungle Bungles, and although the park is relatively small, the scenery and landforms are just as dramatic as in the larger parks. Accommodation: Bush Camp Duncan Highway & National Park Campsite Keep River BLD
Day 13

Keep River National Park

We will spend today in the national park. We will take a few walks visiting Aboriginal art sites and looking for wildlife, including the Short-eared Rock-wallaby, White-quilled Rock-pigeon and Sandstone Shrike-thrush. We may even find a Gouldian finch near the lake at the ranger's station. Accommodation: Campsite Keep River National Park BLD
Day 14

Keep River National Park to Kununurra

After lunch, we will leave the national park and head west back into WA. We will arrive in Kununurra mid- afternoon and transfer you to your chosen accommodation. BL

NOTE: The above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.

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Inclusions

  • Two well-maintained 4WD vehicles;
  • 2 crew members – a Naturalist/Driver Guide andDriver/Cook;
  • Easy-to-erect dome tents and camp chairs witharmrests;
  • 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 teas;
  • All national park entrance fees;
  • Travel permits as required.

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