Tanami Expedition






Alice Springs – Kununurra




Next Tour: 10 - 24 July 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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Day 1Alice 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 nights camp will be at the stunning Redbank Gorge and chasm. Accommodation: Campsite at Redbank Gorge LD
Day 2Redbank 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 3Redbank Gorge (West MacDonnell Ranges) to Newhaven StationAn early start this morning as we leave the West MacDonnell Ranges and move onto Newhaven Station via the Aboriginal Community of Papunya.There will be time this afternoon to ascend a local hill and from the top enjoy magnificent central Australian sunset. Accommodation: Campsite at Newhaven Station BLD
Day 4 & 5Newhaven 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
Day 6Newhaven Station to Mt Doreen Station AreaWe have an early start today before calling into the remote aboriginal community Yuendumu for fuel and supplies. There should be time here for a visit to the communities art centre where we can experience the locally made art works. We then continue westward to Mt Doreen Station, just off the Tanami Track. Accommodation: Bush camp Mt Doreen Station BLD
Day 7Mt Doreen Station Area to Tanami Desert Bush CampBack on the Tanami Road today to continue our drive through this harsh and isolated area. Tonight’s campsite is a bush camp in the Rabbit Flats area. Accommodation: Bush camp BLD
Day 8Tanami Desert Bush Camp – Balgo – Mullan – Lake GregoryStill, on the Tanami Road, we travel west today heading into Western Australia. Late this morning, we will call into the remote Aboriginal Community Balgo before heading to our bush camp at Lake Gregory. Accommodation: Bush camp at Handover - Lake Gregory BLD
Day 9Lake 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 camp at Handover - Lake Gregory BLD
Day 10Lake Gregory to Lake StretchLeaving Lake Gregory, we take the 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 BLD
Day 11Lake Stretch – Wolf Creek Crater – 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 and have lunch. The crew will restock with fresh provisions this afternoon in Halls Creek. Tonight's dinner will be in the Halls Creek Hotel (at passengers own expense). Accommodation: Campsite at Halls Creek BL
Days 12 & 13Halls Creek to Keep River National ParkWe 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 14Keep River National Park to Lake ArgyleWe will spend this morning in the park and visit Aboriginal art sites and look for wildlife, including the Short- eared Rock-wallaby, White-quilled Rock-pigeon and Sandstone Shrike-thrush. We will leave mid-afternoon and take the short drive to Lake Argyle. Dinner this evening is at the Lake Argyle Hotel (at passengers own expense). Accommodation: Campsite Lake Argyle BL
Day 15Lake Argyle to KununurraA very early start this morning. At 5.30 am you will be transferred to the lake for a morning bird watching cruise, returning to camp around midday. After lunch, we pack up and travel to Kununurra, where our outback adventure ends. Upon arrival, we will transfer you to your chosen accommodation. BL
NB: The above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.




  • 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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