We travel from Broome to Perth through WA’s typical outback country. Rugged ancient landscapes including Karijini National Park, Mt Augustus and the Kennedy Ranges, are not places you can just swing by. Our 12 day tour from Broome to Perth, which coincides with the northern wildflower season, is an ideal way to explore all three in one go.
We spend three nights at the magnificent Karijini National Park, famous for its spectacular gorges, waterfalls and cool swimming holes. It boasts an abundance of plant life and is also home to a variety of marsupials, including the endemic Pilbara Ningaui (Ningaui timealeyi) and Little Red Antechinus (Dasykaluta rosamondae).
Measuring at over twice the size of Uluru, Mt Augustus is a dramatic peak. The stunning colours change at dawn and dusk; bright pink, orange and red with the occasional green reflect. The vegetation is open mulga shrubland with several endemic plant species, including a native hibiscus, a Mulla-Mulla and a striking native foxglove.
Kennedy Range is one of the world’s most ancient land formations, with delicate patterns on rock faces due to water and wind erosion. The area is a biological hotspot, from twisted fig trees in its gorges and spinifex atop the plateau, to the wattles, mallee and wildflowers across the surrounding plain. You may also be lucky enough to see Euros and rock-wallabies living in caves.
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Extended Trip Details
|Day 1||Broome to De Grey River||Departing Broome early this morning we’ll begin our journey south. We will travel via the Great Northern Highway and the Boreline Road to the De Grey River to set up camp. The water holes formed in the river during the dry season are a great place to view wildlife and birds visiting the water for a drink. Accommodation: Bush camp De Grey River LD|
|Day 2||De Grey River to Karijini National Park||On our journey this morning we’ll pass through Marble Bar. We’ll have a look around this well known Pilbara town and then head to Karijini National Park. We should have time to swim at Fern Pool, a picturesque swimming spot fed by a natural spring. Lush green ferns surround the pool and a cascading waterfall completes the oasis. Accommodation: National Park Camp BLD|
|Day 3 & 4||Karijini National Park||We’ll spend the next two days exploring and photographing the natural features of Karijini National Park, including Oxers lookout, Weano Gorge and Dales Gorge. As some of the most spectacular sights in WA, they are not to be missed. Accommodation: National Park Camp BLD|
|Day 5||Karijini National Park to Tom Price||This morning we’ll explore Mt Bruce (Western Australia’s second highest mountain), and then head to Tom Price where you can enjoy some free time while the crew restock our fresh food supplies. Accommodation: Campsite Tom Price BLD|
|Day 6||Tom Price to Mt Augustus||Leaving Tom Price we’ll continue south, passing through station country as we travel towards Mount Augustus. We should arrive at our campsite late afternoon, which will be our base for the next two nights. Accommodation: Campsite at Mt Augustus Caravan Park BLD|
|Day 7||Mt Augustus||Today we will undertake a variety of walks including one up Mount Augustus to enjoy magnificent views, one to an Aboriginal rock art display and a walk to visit a shady waterhole. Accommodation: Campsite at Mt Augustus Caravan Park BLD|
|Day 8||Mt Augustus to Kennedy Ranges||Leaving Mt Augustus this morning we’ll head to the Kennedy Ranges. We will drive through the semi-arid Gascoyne region where we should see plenty of Little Corellas, Pink and Grey Galahs, Wedge-tailed Eagles, and wildflowers. We’ll set up camp in the shadow of the towering cliff face on the eastern side of the ranges. When camp is set up, we will go for a 2km walk on the Temple Gorge Trail. It has wonderful views up and into the red towering cliffs. Accommodation: Kennedy Ranges Bush Camp BLD|
|Day 9||Kennedy Ranges||This morning a walk to the top of the range will reward you with stunning views over the plain and small tufted covered sand dunes. This afternoon we will visit the intriguing Honeycomb Gorge, named after it’s honeycomb filigree pattern etched into the rock walls. Accommodation: Kennedy Ranges Bush Camp BLD|
|Day 10||Kennedy Ranges to Murchison||Back on the road today, we’ll continue south via Gascoyne Junction. We will be stopping along the way for wildlife and wildflower sightings. Accommodation: Murchison Camp Ground BLD|
|Day 11||Murchison to Coalseam Conservation Reserve||Today we’ll continue through Murchison country which boasts unique scenery and should be rich with Everlastings and other wildflowers. There will be time this afternoon to take a walk through the reserve. Accommodation: National Park Campsite BLD|
|Day 12||Coalseam to Perth||Today we head back to Perth via the coastal highway. We will have many opportunities along the way to stop and enjoy the Spring wildflower displays. The tour ends with our mid to late afternoon arrival in Perth. BL|
NOTE: the above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.
Places available on 10 August 2022 departure
๏ Well-maintained vehicle with all front facing, seat- belted, mostly reclining coach style seats
๏ 4 crew – naturalist guide, driver/cook and 2 camp support crew members
๏ Easy Camping included (camp is set up and packed away each day for you)
๏ Self-inflating air mattress and stretcher bed
๏ All eating utensils
๏ Meals as per itinerary: breakfast (B), lunch (L), dinner (D)
๏ Morning teas
๏ Fruit available on board the vehicle throughout the day
๏ Campsite fees
๏ All national park entrance fees
“I am now back home after an interesting time in WA. I enjoyed the Broome to Perth trip very much, saw a lot of places that I would have never got to otherwise and found Karijin National Park especially attractive. I also enjoyed seeing the plants many of which were in flower and we were lucky to see the mass flowering at Coal Seam National Park. The wildlife, especially the bird life was also most interesting. And we were most fortunate to have plant and wildlife experts – Wayne and Ray, with us and they were able to identify most species for us.
While the drives were long at times we did end up at most interesting places at the end of each day. I understand that the intended route was changed a little – we stayed at Murchison Junction Motor Camp which was very good and at Coal Seam National Park – which again was an excellent place and enabled us to see the spectacular displays of wildflowers.
The fellow travelers where all good company and most helpful to me when needed. As were Ray and Wayne. So, overall an excellent trip.
So, thanks for giving me the opportunity to see most interesting areas of WA”.
“We have just returned home from our Western Explorer trip from Broome to Perth. Just thought we would let you know how much we enjoyed our time. We do at least one such small group trip each year – here and overseas – 8 all up now, and this is the best we have done.
We were impressed with the strong client focus, the attention to individual needs and the skills of the staff. Little things like having ‘nibbles’ for hiking days, a good supply of fresh fruit and a ‘nothing is too much trouble’ approach. We usually travel with 12 or fewer parties and the size of 9 this time was a bonus – good bonding. You are fortunate to have the two Peters. They were great individually and worked really well as a team.”
“I want to let you know how much I enjoyed my recent trip. It all seems like a dream now, back in wet and cold Perth, but perhaps I can manage another one sometime in the future.
The two Peters were great – Peter B was a safe and patient driver, efficient packer and unpacker and fantastic cook and Peter C did a great job with the birds and plants and tour participants, leading the way into the pools (brrr) and up the hills (groan) and amusing us with his tall tales. I knew less than anyone but got a big cheer when I saw the first emus from the bus on the second last day!”
“We thoroughly enjoyed the recent Kennedy Range – Mt Augustus tour. Everything is so well organised. Having knowledgeable naturalists on board makes the trip so much more meaningful.
The natural wonders of WA are really special, and your tours do it justice. We got quite a good bird list including a new one, thanks to Rick. Also being a morris dancer/musician was a big bonus! Many thanks to Rick and Steve, great meals too. Thank you.”
“Having just returned from the Kennedy Ranges and Mt Augustus tour, I felt I must tell you that I enjoyed it very much. Each place we visited was full of interest and I felt we were most fortunate to have Rick as our tour leader followed by Steve who fed us so well. Thank you for such a well organized trip and of course we were so lucky to have a great supply of wildflowers.”