“Jewels of the West Coast, The Golden Outback and Pilbara”
14 days / 13 nights – Broome to Perth
This is the Ultimate Tour of the Pilbara and West Coast! Along the way you will visit Port Hedland, Karijini National Park, historic Point Sampson and Cossack, Millstream, Mount Augustus, Exmouth, Shark Bay and Monkey Mia, Kalbari, and the iconic Pinnacles, and just marvel at the unique beauty of the of the Pilbara and West Coast.
Highlights & Inclusions
Fourteen days will allow you the Ultimate West Coast and Pilbara experience. Time to relax a savour the vast North West of Western Australia in total comfort. A tour not to be missed, and one you will talk about for the rest of your life!
- National Park and Attractions entry fees
- Experienced Guide
- Pre Tour Dinner and Tour of Perth on our Restaurant Bus
- Post Tour Dinner
- Sailing Cruise at Monkey Mia
- Eighty Mile Beach (exclusive)
- Karijini National Park
- Millstream/Chichester National Park
- Historic pearling port of Cossack (exclusive)
- Mount Augustus
- Ningaloo Reef
- Cape Range National Park Canyons
- Monkey Mia Dolphins
- Hamelin Pool Stromatolites
- Nambung National Park (Pinnacles)
Day One - Arrive BROOME
On your arrival in Broome, if required we will meet and greet you at Broome airport for your complimentary transfer to your hotel in Broome.
In the renowned balmy evenings of Broome you will enjoy a welcome dinner where you will meet your crew and fellow passengers and prepare for the memorable adventure ahead.
Broome Hotel – Ensuited Hotel Room (D)
Day Two - BROOME to PORT HEDLAND
This morning we depart Broome and head south along the Great Northern Highway. Here the vast Great Sandy Desert meets the ocean forming one of the longest continous beaches in the World, the Eighty Mile Beach
Early in the afternoon we arrive at Cape Keraudren on Pardoo Station and enjoy a picnic lunch at this picturesque location at the Southern end of the 80 Mile Beach.
Cape Keraudren also marks the end of the historic No.1 Rabbit Proof Fence, the longest fence in the World. It was built to keep rabbits out of Western Australia.
Depending on the tide you may have the opportunity to shuck your own fresh oysters off the rocks to accompany your lunch or have the chance to cuddle the friendly rock wallabies on the cliffs.
We arrive in Port Hedland later in the afternoon, and you will have some time to stroll around the old Port Hedland Town and visit the Court House Gallery and other Museums located close by.
Tonight we overnight at the older style traditional Esplanade Hotel right on the waterfront in Port Hedland
Esplanade Hotel – Ensuited Hotel Room (B,L,D)
Day Three - PORT HEDLAND to POINT SAMPSON
Today we get learn about the mining and gas industry in what is described as the “Greatest Mining Precinct” in the World and the “powerhouse” of the Australia economy and to experience some of the very early history of the Pilbara.
Our hotel on the waterfront in Port Hedland has a box seat view of the operations of the largest port (by tonnage) in Australia. Here you will see the massive iron ships up close as they make their way in and out of the harbour with their massive loads of iron ore on the way to China, Korea and Japan.
After breakfast we continue our journey westwards and have a quick refreshment stop at the rustic Whim Creek Hotel.
Leaving Whim Creek we will make our way to the town of Karratha and the iron ore Port of Dampier. Here we may view the port operations of a major mining company, and visit the memorial to “Red Dog,” a famous dog that roamed the Northwest for many years in search of his owner tragically killed in an motorbike accident, also the subject of a very successful movie.
After lunch at the Viewing and Information Centre of the massive onshore gas processing plant on the Burrup Peninsula we will make our way to the historic pearling port of Cossack once known as Tieng Tsin, the first port on the Northwest Coast of Australia.
Once a thriving town host to several thousand people and a lucrative pearling industry it was abandonded and little remained of its existence. The few solid colonial style buildings that have survived the ravages on cyclones that frequently lash this area have been lovingly restored and preserved. A visit to Customs House, the Court House and the Gaol will bring back to life the ghosts and stories of those long passed and a reminder of the harshness of life in the Pilbara in times gone by.
A very short drive takes us to our accomodation for the night at the pretty seaside town of Point Sampson, where we will check into the Point Sampson Resort.
Point Sampson Resort – Ensuited Hotel Room (BLD)
Day 4 - POINT SAMPSON – MILLSTREAM-CHICHESTER NATIONAL PARK – KARIJINI
Today we head inland to the rugged heart of the Pilbara. Departing early, we travel through the historic town of Roebourne before stopping for a break at Python Pool and waterfall that was an important water source for the early indigenous people that once lived in the area.
We travel through the Chichester Range to the magnificent Millstream-Chichester National Park, with its abundance of water and river pools lined with river gums, palms and lily filled lagoons.
Millstream was a successful sheep station for over 100 years before being resumed to become a National Park. We visit the historic Millstream Homestead before continuing down the Fortescue River valley and entering the Hamersley Ranges the home of the re-known Karijini National Park.
We stop over and explore Hamersley Gorge with its amazing twisted rock formations, for our first gorge experience. A scenic drive takes us to our accomodations at the unique Karijini Eco Retreat in the heart of the Karijini National Park. We get to spend the next 2 nights here in “Glamping” in tented cabins with ensuite bathroom facilities.
Karijini Eco Retreat – Ensuited Hotel Room (BLD)
Day 5 - KARIJINI EXPLORING
Today we continue to explore the nearby stunning gorges in Karijini National Park.
From your accommodation at the Eco Retreat some of the parks more spectacular attractions are just a short drive and today there is something for everyone. For the more adventurous there is the stunning trail leading into and along floor of Weano Gorge to Handrail Pool, where the gorge narrows to little more than a metre wide, necessitating wading and swimming through chest deep pools and climbing down ladders.
If that is not your cup of tea, then there are easily accessible lookout views down into the stunning gorges and easier walk trails along the top of the gorges.
After lunch we will travel to Joffre Falls, where once again the more agile may climb down and explore the pools at the base of the falls, or just sit and enjoy the incredible views into Hancock Gorge.
After a day full of adventure and experiences you will not forget, we return to the lodge where you may relax before relax before dinner and enjoy a drink from the bar while enjoying a golden outback sunset.
Karijini ECO Retreat – Ensuited Hotel Room (BLD)
Day 6: KARIJINI ECO RETREAT to PARABURDOO
This morning our explorations of the famous and ancient Karijini National Park in the rugged Hamersley Ranges through some of the oldest landscapes in the World continue.
Our journey along Banjima Drive takes us through the heart of the Hamersley Ranges, with its ancient towering peaks rounded and smoothed over the millenia in rounded mountains covered in spinfex, isolated white trunked Snappy Gums contrasting with the striking horizotal ironstone stratas. We will have the opportunity to take your very own Albert Namitjirra Images.
Arriving at Fortescue Falls we will have ample time to explore the amazing contrasts in this landscape, from the harsh red stained arid mountains, to the hidden lush green oasis and waterfalls hidden in the deep gorges that slice through the landscape in an awesome display of nature’s erosive power. The views at the top of Fortescue Falls are spectacular and invite further exploration along the numerous walk trails down into the gorges and along their floor where you will be treated to such delights as Fern Pool or Circular Pool that present irresistible opportunities to swim in crystal clear deep cool waters surrounded by lushgreen maiden hair ferns.
Late in the afternoon as we head through the heart of the Hamersley Ranges, the landscape will leave you breathless as the golden sunlight reflects off the stunning red and ochre landscape as we travel to Paraburdo, one of the very first iron ore mines in the Pilbara mining precinct.
On arrival and a refreshing drink we will check into our hotel accommodation after a big, but memorable day in the outback.
Paraburdoo Hotel – Ensuited Hotel Room (BLD)
Day 7: PARABURDOO to MOUNT AUGUSTUS
This morning marks the start of a big day where we will enter the “real outback” on seldom travelled roads to the little known but impressive Mount Augustus. Located far from the regular tourist destinations this little known mountain is the largest “Inselberg” in the World, ten times larger than its famous little brother “Ayers Rock or Uluru.
After breakfast, we will set off through the heart of the Ashburton River catchment, traversing outback ranges and fertile river valleys the home to a thriving cattle industry, as we make our way to Mount Augustus.
On checking into our accommodation at Mount Augustus cattle station we will complete the 49km Mt Augustus Loop Drive that offers views of Mount Augustus and access to Petroglyphs that are culturally significant to the Wajarri people. We will complete the loop with a stopover at Emu Lookout that has fantastic views of the Rock.
It is a great spot in the golden stillness of the late afternoon to watch the sun go down and enjoy a drink, before returning for dinner at the station and a restful sleep.
Mount Augustus Station Stay – Motel Room (BLD)
Day 8 - MOUNT AUGUSTUS to EXMOUTH
This morning for the early risers a special treat is in store where you will be able to watch the rock light up in the early morning sunlight and you are sure to be able to capture a memorable photograph.
After breakfast we drive through the outback we rejoin the Northwest Coastal Highway and head to Exmouth where we will discover the eastern side of the Cape Range National Park which is a spectacular place of rugged limestone ranges, breath taking deep canyons on the Exmouth Peninsula and with views to Exmouth Gulf. The Gulf is well known for its delicious jumbo prawns and hosts a lucrative prawn fishery.
We detour off the highway on Charles Knife Canyon drive that takes us on a steep winding road up to the top of the range. Located at the top is a lookout that has spectacular views into the canyons, so reminiscent of the more famous bigger brothers in the USA and seawards to Exmouth Gulf to the east. Colourful rock layers can be seen on the canyon walls far below. On top of the range we will visit the historical Wapet Oil Well No. 3 site where oil was first discovered in Australia.
Arriving at the popular tourist town of Exmouth which was originally built by the American Navy to support the massive military communications and tracking facility during the Cold War, we will check in to our hotel where we’ll stay for the next 2 nights. (B,L,D)
Exmouth Hotel – Ensuited Hotel Room (BLD)
Day 9: Ningaloo Reef, Cape Range National Park
Today we get to explore the western side of the Cape Range National Park. It is one of the few areas in Australia that can boast a Range to Reef experience.
Here at the northern end of the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park you will experience your first taste of pristine glistening white sandy beaches and bays that host stunning coral reefs and abundant fish life of the Ningaloo Marine Park. The park encompasses an untouched 300km long fringing barrier reef that protects shallow, brilliant white sandy lagoons filled with clear tropical waters.
The rugged stone country of Cape Range descends to arid coastal plains and drifting sand dunes, then on to the turquoise waters of the coral reefs and ocean depths of Ningaloo Marine Parkwhich hosts the famous annual whale shark migrations.
Our first stop is the Cape Range Lighthouse situated high up on the northern tip of the Cape Range. It offers great 270 degree views of Exmouth Gulf and the Ningaloo Marine Park. Depending on the season you are sure to see many hump back whales breaching in the distance as they make their annual migrations to and from the frigid waters of the Antactic to the warm tropical breeding grounds off the Kimberley coast.
Our next stop is “Milyering,” the Cape Range National Park Discovery Centre. Housing interpretive displays and audio visual facilities, the centre holds a wealth of information on the marine park and the local environment. Continuing southwards we will get to enjoy one of the area’s main attractions, the Yardie Creek Gorge. This ancient tidal gorge has deep blue water, red limestone cliff faces and a wonderful array of birds and wildlife including the rare black-footed rock wallaby. You will have ample time to take the walking trails to the top of the gorge. The views down the creek and out to Ningaloo Reef are simply spectacular.
After a leisurely picnic lunch we make our way back to our accommodation in Exmouth stopping off at the many sheltered bays along the way, especially Turquoise Bay which is famous for its crystal clear waters, turquoise seas and white sandy beaches. Swimming and snorkelling sites can be accessed from the shore.
Upon returning to our hotel you will be able to enjoy some free time relaxing or to stroll along the beach or the town before meeting in the Restaurant for dinner.
Exmouth Hotel – Ensuited Hotel Room (BLD)
Day 10 - EXMOUTH to SHARK BAY
Leaving Exmouth early we make our way to the famous Coral Bay a popular holiday destination for Western Australians with its easy access to the close inshore tropical coral reefs and great fishing.
Our next stop is Carnarvon, famous for its “upside down river,” the Gascoyne, where under the dry sands abundant fresh water is found that irrigate the lush tropical plantations in the rich alluvial soils along its banks.
Following a drive thought lush tropical plantations of Carnarvon we continue southwards and make a brief stop at Yaringa Lookout with its views back over the bays and the old wool export port of Gladstone.
At the Overlander Roadhouse we turnoff the highway and enter the Shark Bay World Heritage Listed Area. With its white, sandy beaches, turquoise waters, rust-red sand dunes and abundant wildlife, Shark Bay became Western Australia’s first World Heritage listing in 1991. This colourful and diverse landscape, rare fauna and flora and world class examples of Earth’s ecological processes are what qualify Shark Bay for World Heritage listing – the features that make it a truly remarkable place.
The seagrass meadows in the warm saline bays are the largest in the world and support a huge population of dugong, along with a variety of other marine life.
On our way to Shark Bay we stop at the Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve and visit the historic Old Telegraph Station which remained in use until 1978. A short distance away is the original wool export port of “Flagstaff Landing” and the location of the World’s best examples of living stromatolites. The Reserve is one of a few places in the world where these “living fossils” continue to thrive. You can also visit the unique shell block (coquina) quarry that is composed of the tiny compacted cockle shells.
A little further North we make a brief stop at Shell Beach where you can walk and marvel at the seemingly endless white stretch of beach composed of billions of shells. The countless tiny white shells have formed the amazing beach, which stretches for 60 kilometres with some deposits are as much as ten metres deep.
Not to be missed is the short stroll along the elevated board walk at Eagle Bluff that has impressive views over the sparkling waters of Freycinet Inlet, and we may even be lucky to spot sharks swimming in the shallow waters.
A short drive later we arrive at the famous Monkey Mia Resort where we will stay for the next two nights.
Monkey Mia Resort – Ensuited Hotel Room (B,L,D)
Day 11- EXPLORING SHARK BAY
After a glorious sunrise over the tranquil waters of Disappointment Reach you will be ready to enjoy one of Australia’s best known up-close wildlife experiences. Here you can stand within metres of wild bottlenose dolphins which visit the shores every morning.
These dolphins are wild animals that come to the beach of their own free will (generally in the morning), and Parks and Wildlife Service staff will hand out a limited number of fish to people standing in the shallows, which are then offered to the dolphins. They belong to a much larger group of about 300 dolphins that live further out in the bay. You can learn more about the dolphins at the adjacent Monkey Mia Visitor Centre.
We then enjoy a catamaran sailing adventure in Shark Bay Marine Park, keeping an eye out for the bay’s precious marine life including dugongs, dolphins, sharks and huge sea turtles. The afternoon can be spent at your leisure at the Resort including swimming and beach walking.
You may wish to take an easy three-kilometre, one hour walk trail that meanders across the coastal dunes behind Monkey Mia to the red sand hills and a lookout over the bay, a historic gravesite, bird hide, an Aboriginal shelter cave and a quiet beach.
Keen beach walkers can also walk from Monkey Mia to Red Cliff Bay, in Francois Peron National Park. The glowing red cliffs are visible to the north of Monkey Mia.
Monkey Mia Resort – Ensuited Hotel Room (BLD)
Day 12: MONKEY MIA to GERALDTON
Leaving our accommodation at the Monkey Mia we travel via Little Lagoon to the old pearling port of Denham, we visit the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre with its numerous displays of the natural and historic heritage of Shark Bay.
After the previous relaxing day we continuing our journey southwards along the Western Australian coast, but not before we visit some further attractions in Shark Bay.
Not to be missed is the short stroll along the elevated board walk at Eagle Bluff that has impressive views over the sparkling waters of Freycinet Inlet, and we may even be lucky to spot sharks swimming in the shallow waters.
A little further south we make a brief stop at Shell Beach where you can walk and marvel at the seemingly endless white stretch of beach composed of billions of shells. The countless tiny white shells have formed the amazing beach, which stretches for 60 kilometres with some deposits are as much as ten metres deep.
On our way back to the highway we enjoy a picnic lunch at the Hamelin Pool Marine Nature Reserve and visit the historic Old Telegraph Station which remained in use until 1978. A short distance away is the original wool export port of “Flagstaff Landing” and the location of the World’s best examples of living stromatolites. The Reserve is one of a few places in the world where these “living fossils” continue to thrive. You can also visit the unique shell block (coquina) quarry that is composed of the tiny compacted cockle shells.
Following lunch in Kalbarri, at the mouth of the Murchison River, we return to the North West Coastal Highway where we pass through millions of acres of natural bushland of the former sheep stations that were recently gazetted as “Bush Forever.” The area is a refuge for many hundreds of native wildlife and plant species, many almost extinct in settled areas.
Leaving Kalbarri we pass the remarkably coloured Pink Lakes at Port Gregory the site of one of the earliest shore based whaling stations in Australia. As we follow the coast we will have views of the southern end of the treacherous Zuytdorp Cliffs that stretch in an almost unboken line for 300 km and the site of so many early Dutch ship wrecks.
Heading southwards along the North West Coastal Highway we pass through undulating scenic farmlands to the old mining and farming town of Northampton for a brief stop, before continuing to the nearby historic Lynton Convict Depot. Here we can explore restored buildings and learn of the brutal past of the convicts engaged in the nearby whaling industry and early lead mines discovered in the area.
Geraldton Hotel – Ensuited Hotel Room (BLD)
Day 13: GERALDTON to PERTH via the PINNACLES
Departing Geraldton this morning we visit the HMAS Sydney Memorial and pay a moving tribute to the sailors who lost their lives on HMAS Sydney during World War II. This magnificent memorial completed in 2001, has become the country’s premier site for honouring the 645 Australian sailors who were lost off the Western Australian coast during a World War II battle with German raider HSK Kormoran
After departing Geraldton, we travel southwards along the Indian Ocean Drive with scenic views to the sheltered lagoons inside the offshore reefs that host the largest and lucrative Rock Lobster Industry in Australia andl through the historic towns of Greenough, the home of the famous leaning trees, and Dongara
Late morning we arrive at one of the most renowned landscapes in Australia, the “Pinnacles.” Located in the Nambung National Park, thousands of huge limestone pillars rise from the shifting yellow sands of the Pinnacles Desert, resembling a landscape from a science fiction movie. Be sure you take your camera for some memorable photographs as you enjoy a wander through these eerie formations.
Arriving in the modern and vibrant city of Perth you will check into your hotel followed by a farewell gourmet dinner onboard our exclusive restaurant bus with new friends and memories shared of an outback journey through one of the most remote and harshest places in the World.
Perth Hotel – Ensuited Hotel Room (B.L.D)
Day 14 - Farewell in PERTH
This morning enjoy some free time before being transferred to the airport for your return flight. (B)
$5,200 pp Twin Share
$1,450 Single Supplement applies
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Jewels of the Pilbara - 14 Days Broome to Perth
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