Tour ID: 10063536
Day 1 (D) - Thursday 16th August
Upon arrival into Karratha, please make your way to our hotel. Taxis are available.
Late this afternoon, our tour starts with a private sunset cruise through the magnificent Dampier Archipelago. On the way to Dampier to start our cruise, we stop at the Red Dog statue, in honour of the famous hitchhiking, people-loving adventurer.
Our cruising vessel, 12 metre 'Blue Marlin' will show us the secrets of the Dampier Archipelago aboard on our 2.5 hour cruise, cruising through Mermaid Strait and finishing with a beautiful sunset.
Dinner tonight is at Hampton Harbour Sailing Club in Dampier.
Overnight accommodation- Karratha International Hotel- motel room with en-suite
Day 2 (B,L,D) - Friday 17th August
We start the tour today- a 7 day Photography 4WD tour through the Pilbara.
Millstream-Chichester National Park is our destination today - an oasis in the Outback. The parks deep gorges and palm-fringed rock pools are in contrast to the surrounding landscape of rocky escarpments and spinifex-covered hills.
Python Pool, at the base of a cliff in the Chichester Range escarpment, is a great place for our first swim of the tour and we also take a walk to the top of Mount Herbert, which offers a lovely view of the surrounding country.
Departing the park, we make our way to the highest town in WA (747m above sea level), Tom Price, home to one of the world’s largest open cut iron mines.
Overnight accommodation- Tom Price Hotel Motel- motel room with en-suite
Day 3 (B,L,D) - Saturday 18th August
This morning you’ll take a 1.5 hour guided tour to the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Mine site, taking you into the heart of the mine site operation and including visiting the main pit area, the crushing and screening plants and the train load out area, viewing the Haul Truck workshop area, working trucks, shovels and drills.
After the tour, we continue deep into the Hamersley Range and Karijini National Park, WA’s second largest National Park. The park encompasses 627,442 hectares of spectacular, red, rugged scenery including breathtaking gorges, waterfalls and rockpools. Slow erosion and activity deep in the earths crust, have formed some amazing and unusual geological formations. The park is home to a variety of wildlife including many species of birds, native rodents, kangaroos, euros and rock wallabies, bats, dingoes, reptiles and amphibians including frogs, geckoes, goannas and dragons, termites and the unique pebble mound mouse, which make their homes here in the form of mounds.
Our first stop within Karijini is Hamersley gorge. The gorge offers some incredible rock formations and rock patterns and as well as the beautiful gorge itself, you can walk higher up the gorge to a natural spa pool !
Joffre Lookout is only a stones throw from our accommodation so after checking in, you have the option of taking the short walk to the lookout to view this spectacular curved waterfall, forming a natural amphitheatre.
Overnight accommodation- Karijini Eco Retreat, in eco tents with en-suites (3 night stay) on a Dinner, bed and breakfast basis
Day 4 (B,L,D) - Sunday 19th August
We spend today at the western side of the park in Dales Gorge, through to Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool and Circular Pool. Make sure you bring your bathers !
Fortescue falls is a great place to have a refreshing swim and you won’t be able to resist the fern framed plungepool, aptly named Fern Pool. You may also like to take the walk along the bottom of the gorge, to the hidden gardens of Circular Pool.
This afternoon we’ll visit Kalamina Gorge, where an easy, short walk into the base of the gorge leads to a small plunge pool, waterfall and draping ferns. There’s also a lovely longer walk downstream, past rock pools and beautiful rock walls, which finishes at Rock Arch Pool.
Overnight accommodation- Karijini Eco Retreat, in eco tents with en-suites
Day 5 (B,L,D) - Monday 20th August
We start today walking and rock hopping through Lower Weano Gorge, which leads us to Handrail Pool. We also enjoy the stunning panoramas at Junction Pool and Oxer Lookout, located at the junction of four mighty gorges.
This afternoon we climb down a ladder and walk deep into Hancock gorge for a swim at the beautiful rock pools.
Our last stop today is Knox Lookout, another spectacular Karijini lookout.
Overnight accommodation- Karijini Eco Retreat, in eco tents with en-suites
Day 6 (B,L,D) - Tuesday 21st August
Leaving Karijini this morning, we’re now heading north to Port Headland.
Port Headland is one of the largest and busiest iron ore ports in the world and the best way to see this is a cruise on the harbour operated by the Port Hedland Seafarers Centre. After a quick presentation at the Seafarers Centre, which is close to our hotel, you’ll take a private tour around the harbour in one of the working Launch Service boats. While this isn’t a special cruise for photography- it’s very interesting to see the working harbour and port and our cruise is booked so we can have sunset on the water.
Overnight accommodation- The Esplanade Port Hedland, hotel room with en-suite
Day 7 (B,L,D) - Wednesday 22nd August
After an action- packed trip so far, we’ll have an easier day today. After a later start, we drive north for just over an hour, to Pardoo Station. This 200,000-hectare working cattle property offers some great bird watching, with more than 100 species including spinifex pigeon, spotted nightjar, pied cormorant, Eastern great egret, white-faced heron, glossy ibis, white-bellied sea eagle, wedge-tailed eagle, brolga and Australian bustard. Many species can be viewed around the accommodation facilities and we also go exploring the property for the afternoon (locations will depend on accessibility due to tides).
Shore birds include the sooty oystercatcher, black-winged stilt, red-capped plover, masked lapwing, black-tailed godwit, whimbrel, Eastern curlew and terek sandpiper.
Overnight accommodation- Pardoo Station.
**All accommodation has air-conditioning. Double and king single rooms have TV and en-suites. Twin share rooms use shared bathroom facilities and do not have a TV. The upgrade from twin share to a king single room (just for tonight) is $30 per person. If you are a single and would prefer a double bed, the upgrade price from a king single to a double room (just for tonight) is $30 per person **
Day 8 (B,L,D) - Thursday 23rd August
The final leg of our trip takes us into Broome, the western gateway to the Kimberley Region. A great place to relax and unwind after the tour, Broome has white beaches, rich red rocky outcrops and blazing turquoise water- a photographers dream !
En-route to Broome, we call into the pristine Eighty mile beach, where the Great Sandy Desert and Indian Ocean meet. The area supports over 400,000 shorebirds and is a protected RAMSAR listed wetland of international significance.
We’ll reach Broome in the late afternoon and this evening, at our final dinner together, we can reminisce over our adventures of the past 8 days !
Overnight accommodation- Mercure Broome, motel room with en-suite
Day 9 (B)
At your leisure, please make your way to Broome Airport for your departure flight.
Alternatively, you may like to stay a few more days in Broome and additional nights at the same hotel can be arranged through us, on a B & B basis for an extra $170 pp twin share and $310 single.
B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner
Itinerary is subject to availability road, weather and cultural conditions
Seat in 4WD vehicle, with professional driver guide and photgraphy tour escort, All meals as stated, snacks, fruit and iced water in the vehicle at all times, 8 nights accommodation, as stated, PRIVATE Port Hedland harbour sunset cruise, PRIVATE (our group only) Dampier Archipelago sunset Cruise, National park entry fees, Tom Price Mine tour
Single room is an additional $810. Single travelers must have single room and pay single supplement if a person of the same sex, willing to twin share, cannot be found.
4:00 PM Thu
Holiday includes 1 night pre-tour accommodation in Karratha so tour starts from there
1L water bottle, per person,
Clothes and personnal items,
Medication- please notify guide on pick up if you need any medication to be refrigerated.,
Camera and spare batteries or charger,
Insect repellant - we recommend ‘Bushmans’ in a spray can,
Wide Brimmed hat,
Good walking boots/ shoes/sandals,
This tour is not suitable for children
Suitable for 18+ only
Please advise us of any dietary requirements at time of booking.
To access the gorges in Karijini, we have to walk up and down rock steps (mainly without railings and often uneven) and while in the gorges, there will be some stepping between rocks. We have plenty of time to do these activities and hiking poles can be brought along with you if needed. Some great photos can be taken from the lookouts (the colours are incredible) and Fern Pool/ Fortescue falls and Kalamina Gorge are relatively easy walks but to access the other gorges, we would recommend reasonable mobility and fitness.
Broome, Karijini, Karratha and Millstream Chichester NP
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