Tanami Expedition

DAYS

15

Style

Camping

EX

Kununurra- Alice Springs

From

$6,925.00

Overview

Next Tour: 31st July - 14th August 2021

Join us as we explore some of the most isolated areas in northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The scenery is spectacular, with ancient landscapes, scenic gorges, extensive dunes, lakes, wetlands and clear starry night skies.

We visit Newhaven Station, a wildlife sanctuary managed by Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Situated on the junction of three bioregions (the Great Sandy Desert, MacDonnell Ranges and Burt Plain), it is home to a diverse array of arid zone plants and at least 138 species of birds.

Our adventure has many highlights, but our detour off the Tanami Road to Mulan and Lake Gregory is one of the most exciting. This lake system is a RAMSAR site, due to the vitally important role it has for migratory birds travelling to and from Australia. The Black Necked Stork, large groups of Brolgas, Black Swans and Spoonbills are regularly seen on and around the lake, which is also home to Dingoes and a variety of other mammals.

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Extended Trip Details

Itinerary

Day 1Kununurra to Lake ArgyleA very early start this morning as we depart Kununurra and head to lake Argyle. This morning we will undertake a morning bird watching cruise on the lake. Accommodation: Campsite Lake Argyle LD
Day 2Lake Argyle to Keep River National ParkOnly a short drive this morning as we cross the state border into the Northern Territory and Keep River National Park. After setting up camp we will explore the park - we will visit Aboriginal art sites and discover the wildlife found here, including the Short-eared Rock-wallaby, White-quilled Rock-pigeon and Sandstone Shrike-thrush. Accommodation: National Park Campsite Keep River BLD
Day 3 & 4Keep River National Park to Halls CreekWe head down the Duncan Highway and travel north along the east side of the Bungle Bungle Range to Halls Creek. There are many highlights to be enjoyed during these two days including visits to the Old Ord River Homestead, Saw Tooth Gorge, Palm Springs and the Old Halls Creek Settlement where the crew will restock our fresh provisions. Tonight's dinner will be in the Halls Creek Hotel (at passengers own expense). Accommodation: Bush Camp Duncan Highway & Campsite Halls Creek BLD & BL
Day 5Halls Creek to Wolf Creek Crater to Lake StretchBack on the road this morning as we start our journey down the Tanami Road with a detour to the 300,000- year-old Wolf Creek meteorite crater. It is the second-largest crater in the world, and we spend time walking on the rim exploring its natural history. After lunch, we continue onto Lake Stretch where we will set up camp. Accommodation: Bush campsite at Lake Stretch BLD
Day 6Lake Stretch to Lake GregoryLeaving Lake Stretch, we take the backtrack to Mulan and then onto our campsite at Handover on the banks of Lake Gregory. There’ll be time this afternoon to explore the area around our campsite. Accommodation: Bush campsite at Lake Gregory BLD
Day 7Lake GregoryToday 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 itself into a man becoming the very first Traditional Owner of this place Accommodation: Bush campsite at Handover - Lake Gregory BLD
Day 8Lake Gregory - Mullan - Balgo- Tanami Desert Bush CampBack on the Tanami this morning as we travel west heading into Western Australia. In the morning we will call into the remote Aboriginal Community Balgo where we will fuel up before heading to our bush camp located just off the Tanami Desert Road. Accommodation: Bush campsite Rabbit Flats area BLD
Day 9Tanami Desert Bush Camp to Mt Doreen Station AreaContinuing on the Tanami Road, we will travel through this harsh, isolated area. Tonights campsite is on the abandoned Mt Doreen Station. Accommodation: Bush campsite Mt Doreen Station BLD
Day 10Mt Doreen Station Area to Newhaven StationWe have an early start today, after which we will call into the remote aboriginal community Yuendumu for fuel and supplies. We then leave the Tanami Road behind and take local tracks out to Newhaven Station. Once the campsite is set up there should be time to explore the area around the camp. You may also like to enjoy the sunset from the hill overlooking the camp. Accommodation: Campsite at Newhaven Station BLD
Day 11 & 12Newhaven StationWe will spend the next two days touring and walking on the station's tracks , salt pans and sand dunes in search of birds, arid zone plants and the other wildlife that exists in this remote area. Accommodation: Campsite at Newhaven Station BLD
Days 13Newhaven Station to Redbank Gorge (West MacDonnell Ranges)Today will be an early start as we leave Newhaven and move onto the West MacDonnell Ranges. We will travel via the Aboriginal Community of Papunya and then onto Redbank Gorge. Accommodation: National Park Campsite at Redbank Gorge BLD
Day 14Redbank Gorge (West MacDonnell Ranges) and surroundsWe will spend the day exploring Redbank Gorge and some of the other areas nearby. 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 at Redbank Gorge BLD
Day 15Redbank Gorge (West MacDonnell Ranges) to Alice SpringsWe leave Redbank this morning and spend the day exploring Stanley Chasm, Serpentine Gorge and Glen Helen in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Our outback adventure ends with our mid-afternoon arrival in Alice Springs, where you will transfer you to your chosen central city accommodation. BL
NB: 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 and Driver/Cook;
  • Easy-to-erect dome tents and camp chairs with armrests;
  • A self-inflating air mattress and stretcher bed;
  • All eating utensils;
  • Meals as per itinerary: B (breakfast), L (lunch), D (dinner);
  • Fruit for snacking throughout the day;
  • Campsite fees;
  • Morning teas;
  • All national park entrance fees;
  • Travel permits as required.

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