Western Wanderer Expedition
The Pilbara is fascinating at any time. The wildlife is plentiful, and the scenery is spectacular; green covered hills, red soil and refreshing rock pools.
The Abrolhos Islands consist of 122 islands, approximately 60 km off Western Australia’s coast. The marine environment surrounding them is a meeting place for tropical and temperate sea life. It is also one of the most important seabird breeding sites in the world. More than 90 seabird species have been identified on the islands.
Ningaloo Reef is one of the world’s most extensive fringing reefs and is home to 200 species of hard coral, 50 species of soft coral and over 500 species of fish. It’s a great place to swim, snorkel and enjoy a cruise in a glass-bottomed boat or swim with a whale shark. Colourful coral communities make up the reef while sea creatures thrive; sharks, dolphins, whales, whale sharks, birds, turtles, fish and more!
Karijini National Park has some of the oldest rocks on the continent and contains many beautiful gorges and rock formations. The park is also home to approximately 800 plant species. Two small, carnivorous marsupials are endemic to the area, the Pilbara Ningaui (Ningaui timealeyi) and the Little Red Antechinus (Dasykaluta rosamondae). Other marsupials that call the park home include the Western Pebble-mound Mouse (Pseudomys chapmani), Rothschild’s Rock-wallaby (Petrogale rothschildi), Red Kangaroo (Macropus rufus) and the Common Wallaroo (Macropus robustus).
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Extended Trip Details
|Day 1||Perth - Geraldton||Departing Perth early this morning we start the journey north, passing through the northern Kwongan (sand plain heath) as we head to the Nambung National Park and the Pinnacle Desert. We continue northwards, traveling through Dongara and historic Greenough into Geraldton. Accommodation: Campsite, Geraldton LD|
|Day 2||Geraldton||Today’s flight to the Abrolhos Island group will provide some spectacular views of the island group. The flight lands on one of the islands where we will have time to explore the abundant wildlife in the area which includes a variety of birdlife and you may also find bottle-nosed dolphins and sea lions. Accommodation: Campsite, Geraldton BLD|
|Day 3||Geraldton - Hamelin||We continue our northward travel as we head for Hamlin. This afternoon there will be time to visit Shell Beach and the stromatolites at Hamelin Pool. Accommodation: Campsite, Hamelin BLD|
|Day 4||Hamelin - Monkey Mia – Hamelin||Today we explore some of the natural history highlights that this area has to offer. There will be time this morning to undertake a cruise on the waters of Monkey Mia looking for dolphins, dugongs and all the other magnificent marine life that this area has to offer. Accommodation: Campsite, Hamelin BLD|
|Day 5||Hamelin - Coral Bay area (Bullara Station)||An early start this morning, leaving Hamelin we continue our trip towards Coral Bay. There will be time in Carnarvon for a look at the town. We will arrive at our campsite late afternoon. Accommodation Campsite, Bullara Station BLD|
|Day 6||Bullara Station - Coral Bay – Bullara Station||An early start this morning as we leave our camp site at 7.00am so we arrive in Coral Bay to allow time for those who want to participate in an optional (Own expense) 7.45 am, all day, Whale Shark Cruise. For those who don’t wish to join the cruise there is plenty to do:- undertake an optional glass bottom boat / snorkelling cruise over the famous Ningaloo Reef, swim or just do some sightseeing. We return to our campsite late afternoon. Accommodation: Campsite, Bullara Station BLD|
|Day 7||Coral Bay - Tom Price||Leaving Coral Bay we continue north to Tom Price. Accommodation: Campsite, Tom Price BLD|
|Day 8||Tom Price - Karijini National Park||This morning the crew will make a quick stop in town to re-supply the fresh provisions then there is only a short drive as we move onto the Karijini National Park. This afternoon we will explore the area around our campsite and Dales Gorge. Accommodation: National Park Campsite, Karijini BLD|
|Days 9 & 10||Karijini National Park||We will spend the next two days exploring and photographing the natural wonders of this magnificent area including Oxers lookout, Weano Gorge and extended walk through Dales Gorge.Dales Gorge. Accommodation: National Park Campsite, Karijini BLD|
|Day 11||Karijini National Park - Gascoyne River area||Moving on today we head south for our bush camp in the Gascoyne River area. Accommodation: Bush Camp, Gascoyne River BLD|
|Day 12||Gascoyne River area - Cue||Today we will visit the highlights that this area has to offer including Meekatharra and the gold mining history of Cue. Accommodation: Campsite, Cue BLD|
|Day 13||Cue - Paynes Find||This morning we will explore Walga Rock and spend time looking at the sites Aboriginal art. We will also visit the ghost town of Big Bell as well as the meteor crater at Dalgaranga. After this we continue our journey south to Paynes Find. Accommodation: Campsite, Paynes Find BLD|
|Day 14||Paynes Find - Perth||Leaving our camp site we continue our journey south. Passing trough the wheat-belt towns of Wubin and New Norcia there will be plenty to see and photograph during the drive. Our arrival in Perth should be mid to late afternoon. BL|
SPOTS AVAILABLE ON 15 August 2020 DEPARTURE
- 3 crew members consisting of a naturalist guide, driver guide and camp support crew member
- Well maintained vehicle with front-facing, seatbelted, mostly reclining, coach-style seats
- Abrolhos Island flight
- Monkey Mia Cruise
- Meals as per itinerary: B (breakfast), L (lunch), D(dinner)
- Easy-to-erect tents and camping chairs witharmrests
- A self-inflating air mattress and stretcher bed
- Fruit for snacking throughout the day
- Morning tea each day
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