Tanami Expedition

DAYS

15

Style

Camping

EX

Alice Springs – Kununurra

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TBA

Overview

Next Tour: TBA 2021

Join us as we explore some the most remote areas in North Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The wildlife should be be plentiful and the scenery and sunsets spectacular.

This trip is full of highlights however our detour off the Tanami Road to Mulan and Lake Gregory is one of the most exciting. This lake system is recognised as being vitally important for migratory birds traveling to and from Australia. A wide range of bird life has been recorded around the lake, including the Black Necked Stork, large groups of Brolgas, Black Swans and Spoonbills. Wild horses and dingoes are commonly seen, and the lake is also home to a variety of other mammals.

Our visit to Newhaven Station is again one of the regions must do’s. Newhaven Station is a wildlife sanctuary co-managed by Birds Australia and the Australian Wildlife Conservancy. Situated at the junction of three bioregions (the Great Sandy Desert, MacDonnell Ranges and Burt Plain), the station is home to a diverse array of arid zone plants and birdlife. At least 15 nationally threatened species of plants and birds call the area home.

The station includes ten vegetation communities and a variety of landforms ranging from parallel dunes to salt lakes, clay pans, plains country and rocky ranges. The calcareous grasslands, open woodland and shrublands support a wide variety of birds, mammals and reptiles.

The station also hosts an abundance of bird life; 138 species of bird have been recorded in the area. Intriguingly, Newhaven is also the site of one of the latest sightings of a pair of Night Parrots, who’s habitat remains intact due to the unusually conservative stocking rates and careful management of the area throughout the years. There have also been a number of small to medium-sized mammals recorded on the station.

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Extended Trip Details

Itinerary

Day 1Alice Springs to Redbank Gorge (West MacDonnell Ranges)Leaving 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 plus Glen Helen. We will set up our campsite at Redbank Gorge. Accommodation: Campsite at Redbank Gorge LD
Day 2Redbank Gorge (West MacDonnell Ranges) and surroundsToday we will explore Redbank Gorge and some of the other areas that are nearby. The area offers great walks, plentiful wildlife and spectacular scenery. Accommodation: Campsite at Redbank Gorge BLD
Day 3Redbank 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 that exist in this remote area. 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. Tonights campsite a bush camp in the Rabbit Flats area. Accommodation: Bush campsite Rabbit Flats area BLD
Day 8Tanami Desert Bush Camp – Balgo – Mullan – Lake GregoryBack on the Tanami this morning 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 at Lake Gregory. Accommodation: Bush campsite at Handover – Lake Gregory BLD
Day 9Lake GregoryToday we will explore the area around lake Gregory. Accommodation: Bush campsite at Handover – Lake Gregory BLD
Day 10Lake Gregory to Lake StretchLeaving lake Gregory we take the back track to Lake Stretch. Accommodation: Bush campsite at Lake Stretch BLD
Day 11Lake Stretch – Wolf Creek Crater – Halls CreekAfter some early morning birding around the lake we continue our journey to Halls Creek. We will spend time exploring the natural wonder that is Wolf Creek Crater. After lunch we continue onto Halls Creek. The crew will restock with fresh provisions this afternoon. Tonights 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 return to the Duncan Highway and travel north along the east side of the Bungle Bungle Range as we head to Keep River National Park. Aboriginal sites, spectacular geology and many different habitats feature in Keep River National Park. The geological formations in the park are very similar to the Bungle Bungles. Accommodation: Bush Camp Duncan Highway & National Park Campsite Keep River BLD
Day 14Keep River National Park to Lake ArgyleThis morning will be spent exploring the park – we will visit Aboriginal art sites and discover the wildlife that is found here including Short-eared Rock-wallaby, White-quilled Rock-pigeon and Sandstone Shrike-thrush. Mid afternoon we will leave the park and take the short drive to Lake Argyle. Dinner this evening is not included in the tour price, as we will have dinner at the Lake Argyle Hotel. Accommodation: Campsite Lake Argyle BL
Day 15Lake Argyle to KununurraA very early start this morning as we are picked up at 5.30am and transferred to the lake for a morning bird-watching cruise. We return to camp around midday. After lunch we pack up and travel to Kununurra where our outback adventure ends with us transferring you to your chosen 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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