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Karijini, Mount Augustus, Exmouth & Coral Coast Tour Program
- Morning Tea New Norcia
- Visit Paynes Find
- See Gold Mining Town of Mt Magnet
- Tour Cue – “Queen of the Murchison”
- Visit Meekatharra
- Picnic and explore Mt Gould Police Station
- Visit Landor Station Race Track
- Stopover at Mt Augustus Station
- Explore Burringurrah – Mt Augustus
- Experience Goolinee – Cattle Pool and Wildlife
- Travel through Godfrey and Kenneth Ranges
- Cross Ashburton River
- Full day exploration at Karijini National Park
- Bush BBQ Dinner
- Visit Paraburdoo
- Explore Charles Knife Road in Cape Range NP
- Visit Exmouth Gulf
- Coral Bay Glass Botton Boat Eco – Tour
- Visit the Babbage Island Jetty & Historical Centre
- Tour Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum
- Discover the Stromatolites of Hamelin Bay
- Walk Shell Beach
- Monkey Mia Dolphin Experience
- Marine Park Catamaran Cruise
- Visit Blue Lagoon Pearl Farm
- Tour Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre
- Explore Ocean Park
- Tour the Peron Homestead Precinct
- BBQ Dinner at Peron Homestead
- Experience Artesian Hot Baths
- Visit Kalbarri National Parks
- Tour the Kalbarri Skywalks
- View Z Bend Gorge and Nature’s Window
- Explore the Rainbow Jungle Parrot Sanctuary
- View Hutt Lagoon (Pink Lake)
- Visit Lynton former convict station
- Explore the Historic Town of Northampton
- Tour Geraldton
- Experience HMAS Sydney II Memorial
- 11 Nights Accommodation
- 1 Night in Cue
- 2 Nights in Mt Augustus
- 2 Nights in Tom Price
- 1 Night in Exmouth
- 1 Night in Carnarvon
- 2 Nights in Denham
- 2 Nights in Kalbarri
- 11 Breakfasts
- 4 Lunches
- 11 Dinners
- Luxury Coach
- Air Suspension
- Air Conditioning
- PA System
- Reclining Seats
- Onboard Entertainment
- Seat Belts
Team – Driver and Host
- COVID-19 Hygiene Trained Staff
- Food Safety Certified
Date TBC 2020
Departure from Perth
(MD, Motel) Via the picturesque Swan Valley in the upper reach of the Swan River between Guildford and Bells Rapids, we stop for a morning tea break in Australia’s only monastic town of New Norcia.
On via Dalwallinu and Wubin in the sheep and farming towns along the Great Northern Highway to Paynes Find, which is renowned for wildflowers and a rich seam of pioneering and prospecting history, here we have a break, then move onto the Gold Mining Towns of Mt Magnet and Cue, The Queen of The Murchison.
(CB, PL, CAD, Cabin) Cue is a well restored historic Murchison town, with an arid landscape with dark red backdrops, native animals and bright white salt lakes.
On to Meekatharra known as ‘place of little water’ popular for gold prospecting and leave the bitumen travelling to Mount Gould Police Station, built in the late 1800’s to police Aboriginals who were killing settlers’ stock.
With a Picnic lunch before travelling to Landor Station, famous for its October bush race meeting and our accommodation Mount Augustus Station.
(CAB, PL, CAD, Cabin) At Mount Augustus we enjoy the Loop Drive around the inselberg including Edney Spring and Flintstone Rock.
Later a visit to Goolinee – Cattle Pool on the nearby Lyons River for a walk under the river gums an excellent place to observe wildlife, while looking back on the sheer northern face of the majestic mount. After lunch it is an opportunity to rest and relax in this outback oasis.
(CAB, PL, MD, Motel) Through the Godfrey and Kenneth Ranges into the Pilbara and the Ashburton River. Crossing the 680-kilometre river at Ashburton Downs cattle station and into Tom Price at the heart of Pilbara Iron Ore Mining and the highest town in WA some 747 metres above sea level.
Tom Price (both the town, the mine and the mountain) was named after Thomas Moore Price, the vice-president of the giant United States steel company Kaiser Steel. Price was one of the main initiators and supporters of the opening up of the Pilbara region to iron ore mining.
(CB, PL, PD, Motel) A full day exploring Karijini National Park, WA’s second largest national park with spectacular rugged scenery, ancient geological formation and a variety of arid land ecosystems.
Some of the Gorges we see today are as impressive as any you would see in Australia. We visit Dales Gorge, Circular Pool and Fortescue Falls. In the evening enjoy a bush BBQ in the spectacular Pilbara Scenery.
(CB, MD, Motel) Departing Tom Price we travel via Paraburdoo the town named after the abundant corella or flock pigeons an aboriginal word meaning “feathered meat” to Nanutarra on the Ashburton River.
Onto Cape Range National Park and the spectacular scenery of Charles Knife Road, where oil was first found in Western Australia in the 1950’s. On to Exmouth.
(FB, MD, Motel) Exmouth is the eco-adventure capital of WA and the gateway to the Ningaloo Marine Park. It is the centre for the Naval Communication Station Harold E Holt Base it is classed as the most powerful transmission station in the Southern Hemisphere.
We travel to the head of the Gulf, which is rich with marine life and a nursery for humpback whales, dugong and turtles, then return to town for morning tea.
Enjoy an easy going eco tour with commentary on a glass bottom boat and discover fire coral gardens, turtle habitats and a kaleidoscope of colourful fish on Coral Bay. In the afternoon onto our accommodation at Carnarvon the coastal town that lies at the mouth of the Gascoyne River on the Indian Ocean. Note: Boat Cruise Included.
(FB, MD, Motel) We visit the Babbage Island Jetty located on the historical site of the 1890’s Port of Carnarvon and the Fishing Harbour, then up to the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum to learn about the role of this dish in the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing.
Travel through the old North West sheep station country, where so many over the last 140 years have battled drought and great floods. Further south we stop at Overlander Roadhouse before heading out to Shark Bay.
On the peninsula we visit the Stromatolites of Hamelin Bay and the explore the beautiful snow-white Shell Beach made up of billions of tiny shells before reaching Denham, Australia’s most Westerly town for a two-night stop.
(FB, PD, Motel) To Monkey Mia, famous for its dolphin experience, surrounded by rusty red sand dunes, white sandy beaches and water teeming with wildlife. This morning we are encountering one of the worlds great wildlife experiences and attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year. For more than 50 years wild Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins have visited the shallows at Monkey Mia. There is plenty of time to enjoy this calm beach before a catamaran cruise of the marine park in search of dugongs and turtles and a visit to the Blue Lagoon Pearl Farm.
Back to Denham for lunch and a visit to the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery Centre, its displays are positioned so as to represent a map of Shark Bay. It follows an organic natural flow from south to north encompassing the three distinct categories. A visit to “Ocean Park”, an exciting eco-friendly and interactive aquarium located on the pristine shores of the Shark Bay World Heritage Marine Park. The park enables guests to see, touch and learn about the fascinating marine creatures found in the heritage listed area including turtles, rays and sea snakes.
For dinner tonight we head to the Peron Homestead Precinct for a BBQ, once an extensive sheep station, now part of Parks and Wildlife. You can enjoy a dip in the artesian fed hot baths to wind up the day or stroll through the historic site. Note: Monkey Mia Cruise, Peron Homestead and Shark Bay World Heritage Discover Centre and Ocean Park entries included.
(FB, MD, Motel) A day of travel departing Denham back down the peninsular to the North West Coastal Highway. Crossing the Murchison River known as the second longest river in WA at Galena Bridge and head to the coast at Kalbarri, known for its seaside cliffs, estuary beach and wild pelicans.
The park’s coast is home to resident dolphins and seasonal humpback whales, seen from a boardwalk beside the Island Rock and Natural Bridge rock forms.
(CB, RD, Motel) This morning we head into Kalbarri National Park, one of WA’s better-known parks with its scenic gorges through red and white banded sandstone and its soaring coastal cliffs. Visit the innovative tourism precinct known as the Kalbarri Skywalk, the site includes twin skywalks more than 100m above the Murchison River.
Below the lookout, The Loop and Z-Bend gorge plunges 150m down to where red river gums create a striking contrast against the earthy hews of the Tumblagooda sandstone and Nature’s Window one of the most iconic Australian natural attractions. In the afternoon we visit Rainbow Jungle regarded as Australia’s most beautiful parrot habitat, a unique complex with an amazing array of colours and birds, a world leader in the breeding of endangered species. Note: National Park and Rainbow Jungle entry included.
(CB) To Geraldton, via the coastal road past Hutt Lagoon the Salt Lake which is sometimes bubble-gum pink, lilac or occasionally red, it’s an extraordinary sight to see on the drive between Kalbarri and Port Gregory.
Travelling to the former convict station of Lynton the first convict depot north of Fremantle established in 1853, these amazing old buildings are full of history. Stopping at Northampton for morning tea, this historic town was classified by National Trust of Australia in 1993.
It exudes a friendly, country charm with historic character buildings lining the main street surrounded by rich, golden agricultural lands. Lunch stop in Geraldton, classed as one of the most attractive coastal centres in WA, as a seaside resort and important port. For a moving tribute to the sailors who lost their lives on HMAS Sydney II during World War II, we visit the HMAS Sydney II Memorial commemorating the 645 men who lost their lives. Afternoon return to Perth along the Indian Ocean Drive.
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