Western Explorer

DAYS

12

Style

Easy Camping

EX

Broome – Perth

From

AUD$5,925.00

Overview

Next Tour: 27th Aug – 7th Sept 2020

 

**Special: Original price $5,925.00, less a discount $275.00 per person. New price $5,650.00**

Highlights

  • Karijini National Park
  • Mt Augustus
  • Kennedy Ranges

This trip is designed to coincide with the northern wildflower season and provides the opportunity to explore the wonderful Karijini, Mt Augustus and Kennedy Range national parks.

We’ll begin with the magnificent Karijini National Park. Famous for its spectacular gorges, waterfalls and cool swimming holes, this is one of the largest national parks in Western Australia. The park boasts an abundance of plant life, with 481 recorded species. It has been estimated that an additional 320 species may be found here if more thorough studies were conducted. Karijini 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 the world’s largest monocline. At dawn and dusk the colours of the rock constantly change, creating beautiful effects. The Mt Augustus area is well known for its prolific birdlife and flora. An ornithologist counted more than 100 bird species here in just two days. The vegetation is open mulga shrubland. The mountain is home to several endemic plant species, including a native hibiscus, a Mulla-Mulla and a striking native fox glove.

This excellent tour has been scheduled to coincide with Western Australia’s wildflower season, so you can expect to see a variety of ephemeral plant species including Brunonia and Everlasting Daisies as well as perennials such as Cassias and Eremophilas.

The gorges and mountains of Karijini, the aboriginal art, unique wildflowers, spectacular views and the natural beauty of the Kennedy Range combine to provide an unforgettable experience.

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Extended Trip Details

Itinerary

Day 1Broome to De Grey RiverDeparting Broome early this morning we’ll begin our southward journey and 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 that come to the water for a drink. Accommodation: Bush camp De Grey River LD
Day 2De Grey River to Karijini National ParkOn our journey this morning we’ll pass through Marble Bar. We’ll have a look around this well known Pilbara town and then head on to Karijini National Park. We should also have time to swim at Fern Pool. Accommodation: National Park Camp BLD
Day 3-4Karijini National ParkWe’ll spend the next two days exploring and photographing the natural features of this magnificent area, including Oxers lookout, Weano Gorge and Dales Gorge. Accommodation: National Park Camp BLD
Day 5Karijini National Park to Tom PriceThis morning we’ll explore Mt Bruce, 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 6Tom Price to Mt AugustusLeaving Tom Price, today we’ll continue south, passing through station country as we travel towards Mount Augustus. We should arrive at our campsite late afternoon. We will set up our camp which will be our base for the next two nights. Accommodation: Campsite at Mt Augustus Caravan Park BLD
Day 7Mt AugustusToday we will undertake a variety of walks, up onto the rock to enjoy magnificent views, to an Aboriginal rock art displays and visit a shady waterhole. Accommodation: Campsite at Mt Augustus Caravan Park BLD
Day 8Mt Augustus to Kennedy RangesLeaving Mt Augustus this morning we’ll head to the Kennedy Ranges driving through the semi-arid Gascoyne region where we should see plenty of Little Corellas, Pink and Grey Galahs, Wedge-tailed Eagles, and wildflowers on the way. We’ll set up camp in the shadow of the towering cliff face of the eastern side of the ranges. Once we set up our camp we will go for a 2km walk on the Temple Gorge Trail with wonderful views up and into the red towering cliffs. Accommodation: Kennedy Ranges Bush Camp BLD
Day 9Kennedy RangesThis morning a walk to the top of the range will reward you stunning vistas 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. Accommodation: Kennedy Ranges Bush Camp BLD
Day 10Kennedy Ranges to MurchisonBack on the road, today we’ll continue south, via Gascoyne Junction. We will be stopping along the way for wildlife sightings. Accommodation: Murchison Camp Ground BLD
Day 11Murchison to Coalseam Conservation ReserveToday 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 12Coalseam to PerthToday we head back to Perth via the coastal highway. We will have many opportunities to stop along the way to enjoy the Spring wildflower displays. The tour ends with our mid to late afternoon arrival in Perth. BL
NB: The above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.

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Inclusions

  • Well-maintained vehicle with all front-facing, seat-belted, mostly reclining coach-style seats;
  • 4 crew – Naturalist Guide, Driver/Cook and 2 Camp Roustabouts
  • 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 B (breakfast), L (lunch), D (dinner);
  • Morning teas;
  • Fruit available on board the vehicle throughout the day;
  • Campsite fees;
  • All national park entrance fees.

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