Discover the Pilbara and Coral Coast
10 Day Small Group Tour
From AU$7,915* per person, twin share
Journey where the ancient rugged outback meets white sand beaches. Venture through national parks etched with river gorges, dramatic rock formations, blankets of wildflowers and remote, natural plunge pools.
The Pilbara is home to some of Australia’s most stunning ancient natural landscapes, dating back to over four billion years old. With over 700 historic Indigenous archaeological sites and 1,000,000 rock engravings (Petroglyphs), many dating back some 30,000 years, this region is the perfect place to discover the unique art, history and culture of the Aboriginal people of the Pilbara. Encounter fascinating wildlife, both inland and in the underwater paradise that is the Coral Coast. Step off the shore and swim a few metres through the clearest turquoise water on earth and drift over the world’s largest fringing reef, World Heritage listed, Ningaloo Reef. An underwater paradise.
|Price Per Person, Twin Share|
|Departure Date||From Price|
|18 April 2021||AU$7,915*|
|5 July 2021||AU$7,915*|
|Bookings subject to availability. Valid for sale until 31 March 2021, unless sold out prior.|
- Return airport transfers
- 9 nights accommodation
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily
- National Park & entrance fees
- Services of an English speaking guide
- Private transportation
- Sightseeing as per the itinerary
Day 1 – Arrival Karratha
Welcome to Karratha! On arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. For many centuries, the region has been home to Aboriginal communities, and the nearby Burrup Peninsula features the world’s most prolific Aboriginal rock engraving sites, with over 10,000 identified examples.
This evening, meet your fellow travellers for a welcome dinner at the Ranges Restaurant & Bar.
Overnight The Ranges Hotel or similar
Day 2 – Burrup Peninsula & Murujuga National Park
This morning, meet up with your local Indigenous guide, as you set off to explore the Murujuga National Park. Continue to explore the Burrup Peninsular with its large range of habitats, a diverse array of wildflowers and wildlife. Visit the natural gas facility before reaching the pretty port town of Dampier, which is named after the English buccaneer William Dampier, who visited in 1688. Enjoy lunch at the Mermaid Hotel.
On board ‘Blue Marlin’ you will depart from Hampton Harbour, Dampier to cruise past some of the most popular of 42 islands found across the Dampier Archipelago. With an opportunity to see turtles (Hawks Bill/Flat Back or Green species) swimming by or pods of wild dolphins racing ‘Blue Marlin’ through the waves, you can indulge in snorkelling or swimming in clear waters or simply beach walking along the pristine beaches of the islands.
Visit historic sites such as Pirates Cove where Privateer William Dampier landed or hear how our early pioneers ventured to make their mark through setting up a Sheep Station. Whaling and Pearling industries also started up despite the remote location. Enjoy sundowners and nibbles in a secluded location as the sun starts to set, before returning to your hotel for the evening. (B,L)
Overnight The Ranges Hotel or similar
Day 3 – Millstream Chichester National Park
This morning, you will travel to Millstream Chichester National Park. Millstream Chichester National Park is an oasis in the desert. Covering an area of approximately 200,000 hectares around the Fortescue River, this lush oasis of deep gorges and palm-fringed rock pools provides a stark contrast to the surrounding landscape of rocky escarpments and rolling spinifex-covered hills.
Permanent pools are fed by springs that draw water from the underground aquifer within porous dolomite rock. The Millstream area has been a sacred land since well before the arrival of Europeans to the area, and the Yinjibarndi people still gather here as the traditional custodians of their country.
Enjoy lunch on arrival, before spending the afternoon to explore the park. This evening, enjoy a dinner prepared by your guide and get ready for a night under the stars. This is safari-ing in style. (B,L,D)
Overnight Camping in Style
Day 4 – Karijini National Park & Tom Price
Enjoy breakfast this morning before you depart towards the town of Tom Price. Enroute, enjoy a morning exploration and swim in Karijini National Park. Located in the north west corner of Karijini National Park, Hamersley Gorge is the most remote of the gorges. It offers a tremendous view of folded bands of coloured ancient rocks, with stepped waterfalls at the base of the gorge. At the base of the gorge, take a dip in the delightful gorge pool and relax in the shade of the trees. Continue on to a secret pool, known as Spa Pool that rests inside large curved walls.
Continuing on, you will arrive at Tom Price in the early afternoon and explore the town. Tom Price is the highest town in Western Australia at 747m above sea level. This evening, enjoy dinner at the Windawarri Lodge. (B,L,D)
Overnight Tom Price Chalets or similar
Day 5 & 6 – Karijini National Park
Spend the next two days exploring the east and west of Karijini National Park. You will explore Dales Gorge, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim at Fortescue Falls, or take in one of the prettiest settings in Western Australia at Fern Pool. Fortescue Falls is the only spring-fed waterfall in Karijini National Park. Visit Junction Pool Lookout, Weano Gorge, Hancock Gorge and Red Gorge which meet at a viewing platform that is most spectacular in the mornings and evenings when the sunlight deepens the red colour of the rock faces.
Joffre Gorge is also on your list, which is a stunning natural amphitheatre with a spectacular curved seasonal waterfall. You will also visit many other incredible sites over the next two days of sheer and incredible natural beauty. (B,L,D)
Overnight Karijini Eco Retreat or similar
Day 7 – Ningaloo Reef
Today you depart towards Ningaloo Reef. It is a full day of driving and exploring. Your destination is the Bullara Station, where the Shallcross family offer you an authentic station stay experience. Edwina and Tim Shallcross invite you to experience the wonders of the raw Australian outback on their working cattle station. Staying in the traditional shearers lodge, you will be surrounded with stunning scenery and native wildlife, delivered with rustic charm and first-class country hospitality. Enjoy damper by the fire with dinner prepared by your guide in the Bull Bar. Spend the night around the fire taking in the incredible ambience of this station. (B,L,D)
Overnight Bullara Station or similar
Day 8 – Coral Bay
Today you will have the entire day to explore the beautiful Coral Bay. Coral Bay is a marine paradise with beautiful coral gardens which lie just metres from the pristine white sandy beach. Enjoy a three hour glass bottom boat tour of the reef with uninterrupted views, as you cruise the pristine waters of the bay. The flat bottom boat, specifically designed for Coral Bay’s shallow waters, allows you to travel over the stunning coral formations. You will also visit the Turtle Sanctuary. Experienced crew and their in-depth knowledge of our local turtles species and behaviour, will show you the best way to view these amazing animals.
The remainder of the day is yours to participate in optional activities or simply explore at leisure. Return to Bullara Station. For those who wish to swim with the whale sharks, this is full day activity which can be organised. Please advise if you are interested in this activity and we can provide the supplement. (B,D)
Overnight Bullara Station or similar
Day 9 – North West Cape Range National Park
Farewelling the family at Bullara Station, set off for Exmouth and the North West Cape Range National Park which boasts spectacular rocky gorges carved by ancient rivers that adjoin one of the most pristine and beautiful coastlines in the world.
A highlight to any Cape Range experience is a trip to Yardie Creek, which flows between sheer cliffs. The ancient gorge has deep blue water, red limestone cliff faces and a wonderful array of birds and wildlife, including the rare black-footed wallaby, wallaroos and red kangaroos.
For even more snorkelling, step into the pristine waters of the aptly named Turquoise Bay and you’re swimming within a few metres of Ningaloo Reef. Known as one of Australia’s best beaches, the white, sandy shores give way to stunning coral reef gardens just metres from the shore. Enter the water at the southern end of the beach and let the current take you over the reef for a fantastic drift snorkelling experience.
Later this afternoon, head to the base of Vlamingh Lighthouse for sundowners and nibbles. This view point has the distinction of being one of the few places in Australia where you can watch the sun rise and set. The Lighthouse was built in 1912 and stands on the northernmost tip of the Cape Range. This is also an incredible location for whale watching. (B)
Overnight Mantarays Resort Exmouth or similar
Day 10 – Departure
Following breakfast, the day is yours at leisure until it is time to transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)
*Terms & Conditions:
- Bookings subject to availability.
- Prices are per person twin share, in Australian Dollars.
- Pricing correct as at 12 January 2021 and may fluctuate due to changes in availability, surcharges, fees or taxes.
- Standard Travel Club Terms and Conditions apply.
- This tour is offered and managed by Crooked Compass and their terms and conditions apply.
- No airfares are included in the featured package, but assistance with booking can be provided.
- Cancellation and change fees apply. Bookings are non-transferable.
- Travel insurance is not included in the package. Please ensure you have valid Travel Insurance, or request a quotation.