13 Day West Coast 4WD Tour, Perth to Broome
Day 1 (L)
You will be collected from your Perth hotel at 7.30am this morning to begin your private 13 day 4WD tour along the West Coast, to Broome.
Our day starts by driving up to Cervantes, Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles.
These amazing natural limestone structures, some standing as high as 5 metres, were formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago, after the sea receded and left deposits of sea shells. Over time, coastal winds removed the surrounding sand, leaving the pillars exposed to the elements. The thousands of pillars rising from the shifting yellow sands, resemble a landscape from a science fiction movie.
We view the Pinnacles from the Pinnacles view lookout and a 1.2km loop walk takes us to a lookout over the Pinnacles desert area.
Overnight accommodation- Geraldton
Day 2 (B,L)
After breakfast we continue north along the Coral Coat to Hutt Lagoon, at Port Gregory. A beautiful scenic drive takes us to an endless white beach and a stunning pink lake. The Pink Lake gets it's spectacular colour from the algal blooms of the microscopic algae, which are harvested and sold as dietary supplements.
Today we take a look at the coastal gorges of Kalbarri National Park, including Red Bluff, Pot Alley Gorge, Rainbow Valley, Eagle Gorge, Shell House, Mushroom Rock (3km loop walk) and the most spectacular of the lot, Island Rock and the Natural Arch, provide spectacular views of this rugged piece of coastline. The ocean here has carved out massive chunks of soft limestone coast and created towering cliff formations approximately 100 metres huge, strange rocky shapes, secluded beaches and colourful layered sands and silts compacted and layered in stone.
Overnight accommodation- Kalbarri Edge Resort
Day 3 (B,L)
This morning we explore Kalbarri National Park. Driving through the park, the Murchison River Gorges slash abruptly through Sand Plain from the highway to Kalbarri town. It is estimated that these Tumblagooda sandstone walls were created 400 million years ago on the tidal flats of an ancient sea. Fossil tracks and sea fossils can be found in many places along the river. Rippled surfaces can be seen around Natures Window, formed during ancient times by waves moving over tidal flats in a shallow sea.
We visit Ross Graham Lookout and Hawkes Head Lookout for expansive views over the Murchison River Gorge. Further north, we also visit The Loop, Z Bend and Natures Window.
A 400m walk from The Loop car park brings you to one of WA's most iconic natural attractions, Natures Window. This natural rock arch frames the river view perfectly and is a must-snap photograph opportunity in Kalbarri NP.
Considered by many to offer the most breathtaking view in the park, the Z-bend lookout can be reached by a 500 metre walk trail from the car park. Gazing down, the gorge plummets 150 metres to the river below where river redgums create a striking contrast against the earthy Tumblagooda sandstone.
We exit the park and continue to Monkey Mia, part of the Shark Bay World Heritage area, renowned for it's incredible diversity and is home to sea turtles, dugongs, whales, a variety of small marine life and sea grasses.
Overnight accommodation- Garden Villas or Beachside Dolphin units, both with en-suites- Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort (2 night stay)
Day 4 (B,L)
This morning we can wander down to Dolphin Beach early to see if we can catch a glimpse of the Bottle Nosed Dolphins that have visited the beautiful beach each morning for the past 40 years.
The day is free for you to swim, snorkel, relax on the beach or take an optional activity such as a boat cruise, camel ride or hiring a kayak (optional activities at own expense).
Overnight accommodation- Garden Villas or Beachside Dolphin units, both with en-suites- Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
Day 5 (B,L)
We head back down the cape today and after a short visit to Shell Beach, we continue to the Stromatolites, which are the oldest living organisms on the planet, first appearing on the earth about 3.5 billion years ago. Hamelin Pool is the location of the best example in the world of living marine stromatolites as the water of Hamelin Bay is twice saline as usual sea water.
We can also visit the nearby Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station, one of the few surviving relics from the chain of stations that once stretched from Wyndham, in the far north of WA, around to Albany in the far south. Long before the stromatolites were discovered, Hamelin Pool was an important transport and communication hub and the buildings are now listed on WA's state register of Heritage Places and have been turned into a museum.
Our destination today is Coral Bay, a small but picturesque resort town offers coral gardens just metres off pristine white beaches.
Overnight accommodation- Ningaloo Reef Resort in a motel room with en-suites
Day 6 (B,L)
This morning is free for you to Snorkel, swim or take an optional cruise (own expense) such as a half day snorkel cruise or glass bottom boat tour, on Ningaloo Reef.
From Coral Bay we continue north towards Exmouth.
We finish the day by visiting Vlamingh Head Lighthouse, which stands on the northernmost tip of the Cape Range. It overlooks Lighthouse Bay, offering panoramic views over Ningaloo Reef and we may be lucky to ssee humpback whales migrating south to their feeding grounds in Antarctica with their calves.
Overnight accommodation- Exmouth (2 night stay)
Day 7 (B,L)
Today we explore Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Ningaloo is the largest fringing coral reef in Australia. It is the only large reef in the world found so close to a continental land mass: about 100 metres offshore as it's nearest point and less then seven kilometres at it's furthest.
The shallow lagoons formed by the reef and the deeper offshore waters, create a diverse array of habitats for a multitude of colourful corals and more than 500 species of fish. Many other creatures are found in the park, including whale sharks (the world's largest fish), turtles, dugongs, manta rays and humpback whales.
We access the marine park via the western side of Cape Range NP, where spectacular rocky gorges, carved by ancient rivers, adjoin one of the most pristine and beautiful coastlines in the world. The are is well known for the striking contrast between the clear blue seas, coral reefs, sandy beaches and rugged scenery.
We have the whole day here to explore this stunning coastline, where we can snorkel, swim and relax on the beach at Turquoise Bay. The reef offers 250 species of corals, which form gardens in the shallow lagoons. Green turtles have extensive rookeries inside the reef, dugong feed on seagrasses within the lagoons, there are multitudes of colourful reef fish, occasional oceanic fsh species as well as rays, sharks and dolphins.
As well as the beaches, we can visit the Oyster Stacks, which are 5 isolated islets that protrude from the reef. Not a great place for a snorkel but worth a look as they are literally covered in oysters.
We take a short cruise through Yardie Creek, which is a highlight of the National Park. The ancient gorge has deep blue waters, red limestone cliff faces and a wonderful array of birds and wildlife, including the rate black-footed wallaby, with euros and red kangaroos dotting the coastal plain. A sandbar traps the water and the striking reflections of the sheer canyon's multi- coloured bands are breathtaking.
Overnight accommodation- Exmouth
Day 8 (B,L)
Today we depart Exmouth and drive to the mining town of Karrtha, the heart of the West Pilbara Coast, adjoining the port of Dampier.
Overnight accommodation- Karratha
Day 9 (B,L)
We spend today in Millstream- Chichester National Park, which is a lush oasis of deep gorges and palm- fringed rock pools which provides a stark contrast to the surrounding landscape of rocky escarpments and rolling spinifex-covered hills.
We enter the park from the north and have a swim at Python Pool, a permanent freshwater plunge pool at the base of a cliff in the Chichester Range Escarpment.
We also take a walk to the top of Mt Herbert, where we are treated to a splendid view of the Savannah lands, including Pyramid, Sherlock and Warambie stations.
After lunch we visit the Millstream Visitor Centre and museum, which is the old homestead from the pastoral station the early European settlers established and ran for over 100 years. We also have the option of taking the short Homestead walk.
Departing the park, our destination this evening is Tom Price, the highest town in WA at 747m above sea level.
Overnight accommodation- Tom Price Hotel Motel- motel rooms with en-suites
Day 10 (B,L,D)
This morning, at 10am, take a guided tour to the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Mine site, one of the world's largest open cut iron mines.
The 1.5 hour tour will take you into the heart of the mine site operation and includes viewing of the Haul Truck workshop area, vist the main pit area, view working trucks, shovels and drills, the crushing and screening plants and the train load out area.
We continue into Karijini National Park, in the Hammersley Range. Karijini is WA's 2nd largest National Park, encompassing some 627,442 hectares of spectacular, rugged country, ancient geological formations and a variety or arid-land ecosystems.
Massive mountains and escarpments rise out of the flat valleys. The high plateau is dissected by breathtaking gorges, and stony, tree-lined watercourseswind their way over the dusty plain. The slow process of erosion has carved the shape of the land out of rocks that are 2,000 millions years old, to form this intriguing landscape and complex ecology.
A variety of ecosystems are represented in the park and these are home to range of wildlife including a variety of birds, native rodents, native marsupial carnivores (such as the Pilbara ninguai-resident, but nocturnal and shy), red kangaroos, euros, Rothchild's rock wallabies, bats, dingoes, reptiles and amphibians such as frogs, geckoes, goannas, dragons and legless lizards. Termites and the pebble mound mouse also make their homes here in the form of mounds.
Our first stop within the park is Hammersley Gorge, where we'll find amazing coloured banded iron formations. Take a dip in the natural spa pool st the Gorge and enjoy a spa treatment the way nature intended- surrounded by amazing rock formatons almost as old as the earth itself.
We make our way to our accommodation and after checking in, you may like to walk to Joffre Lookout where rock steps take you down to the lookout to view this spectacular curved waterfall forming a natural amphitheatre.
Dinner tonight can be purchased at the eco-retreat (it's cheaper for you to buy your own than us to include it for you as we're only allowed to book a 3 course dinner !)
Overnight accommodation- Karijini Eco Retreat , in eco tents with en-suites on a Dinner, bed and breakfast basis (2 night stay)
Day 11 (B,L,D)
This morning is spent exploring Handrail Pool, which is reached bywalking through Lower Weano Gorge. We also enjoy the scenery at Junction Pool and Over Lookout, located at the junction of four mighty gorges and offering one of the most stunning panoramas in WA.
This afternoon we explore Hancock Gorge, where we climb down a ladder and walk deep into the gorge, through narrow chambers and to beautiful rock pools, for a swim.
We finish the day at Knox Lookout, where we'll take the steps down to the lookout and watch the view spread out in the distance.
Overnight accommodation- Karijini Eco Retreat
Day 12 (B,L)
We travel to the western side of the park today, to Dales Gorge, through to Fortescue Falls, Fern Pool and Circular Pool.
Have a refreshing swim in the spring-fed permanent falls of Fortescue falls, ramble along the gorge floor to the lovely fern framed Fern Pool and enjoy the hidden gardens of Circular Pool.
We depart Karijini and drive to Port Hedland, one of the largest and busiest iron ore ports in the world.
Overnight accommodation- The Esplanade, Port Hedland
Day 13 (B,L)
We continue north again this morning to the popular holiday town of Broome, which sits on the western edge of the massive Kimberley region. With it's sweeping white beaches, rich red outcrops and blazing turquiose water, Broome is a great place to relax and unwind.
Our lunch stop is the pristine eighty mile beach, where the Great Sandy Desert meets the Indian Ocean. The area is also a protected RAMSAR listed wetland of international significance and regulrly supports over 4000,000 shorebirds.
We'll arrive into Broome late afternoon and you'll be dropped off at your accommodation.
B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner
This tour is only operated as a private charter (sole use of vehicle and driver guide)
and is valid for travel from May to October only - please enquire for prices and further
Itinerary is exclusive to Sacred Earth Safaris and subject to availability, road, weather and cultural conditions
• Sole use of 4WD tour vehicle with professional driver guide & purpose built heavy duty trailer
• Meals as stated
• Accommodation as listed
• Entry fees to national parks
• Tom Price mine tour
• Yardie Creek Boat cruise at Cape Range NP
• Pre & Post tour accommodation
• Travel insurance
• Arrival / departure flights
• Extra optional activities, such as snorkel cruise / glass bottom boat tour at Coral Bay, hire of kayaks, paddleboards, camel rides and scenic flights etc.