12 Day Camping Tour
“Pearl Capital of W.A.”
DAY 1 Arrive at school 6.30am, depart school 7.00am, travel the Brand Highway arriving in Geraldton for a tour of the Maritime Museum. Heading north we set up our bush camp at Galena Bridge with time for a swim. [weather permitting]
DAY 2 Our destination today is Monkey Mia where we call into the Hamelin Pool Telegraph and Post Office Museum to view the famous stromatelites and historical display. On to Monkey Mia where we set up camp and explore our surroundings.
DAY 3 A full morning is spent at Monkey Mia studying the Dolphins and ecology of the coastal area, with a ride on the Catamaran out around the bay. Time for beach walking, fishing, swimming and just relaxing. After lunch we pack up and head for the Overlander and our overnight bush camp.
DAY 4 Today we journey via Carnarvon to Coral Bay on the edge of the Ningaloo Reef. White beaches, crystal clear water and tropical fish. Set up camp and down to the beach for a swim.
DAY 5 Fabulous fun filled day in Coral Bay where we go out on a Glass Bottom Boat to view the spectacular coral and tropical fish. Leisurely day swimming, snorkeling, beach walking and just having fun. Pack up and head for the ruins of the old Barradale Roadhouse for our overnight bush camp.
DAY 6 Early start this morning as Karratha/Dampier is where we are heading. The scenery changes, flat, dry, prominent hill formations. We drop into Karratha for some supplies (open 24 hours/7 days a week), then out to Dampier to set up camp. (Caravan Park by the Bay).
DAY 7 This mornings tour is at the Visitors Centre at Burrup Peninsula to learn about the North West Shelf Project (Gas), video included, then it’s back on the road with a detour into the unusual Ghost Town and port of Cossack for lunch before continuing north to Yule River and set up our bush camp.
DAY 8 Heading into Port Hedland, we have a guided tour of the Port and B.H.P. Iron Ore Operations, which will convince you it’s the biggest ore carrying operation in the world. A picnic lunch at Cemetery Beach with an afternoon tour of the Royal Flying Doctor Base, and a relaxing finish to the day wading and swimming in the water at Pretty Pool. Overnight camp at Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park.
DAY 9 Up with the larks and on the road, as Broome is our destination today. Sandfire and Roebuck Roadhouses are all that is between Eighty Mile Beach and Broome. Set up camp, with a free afternoon in Broome.
DAY 10 Cable Beach is a must, with a stop at the Japanese Cemetery on the way. Next we have a guided tour of the Crocodile Park and see ‘feeding time’. Cable Beach for lunch, with a swim, or just sit on the grass under a shady tree and admire the view. Back to town where we visit the very interesting Historical Society Museum (self tour with work sheets). Time for a look around China Town and do some souvenir shopping, before returning to camp and our final night tenting.
DAY 11 We pack up camp and head for home (Express Overnight). Traveling to Port Hedland and following the Great Northern Highway (Inland Road) via Newman, Mt. Magnet, Wubin & New Norcia. Short breaks and mealtime stops will be made along the way for you to purchase food, drinks, etc.
DAY 12 Arrival time back at school approximately 2.00 pm.
15 DAY SAFARI TOUR
“Learn Survival & Bush Tucker in this Last Frontier”
DAY 1 Perth to Port Hedland [express overnight]. Day spent in town with a tour of the port & b.h.p. Iiron Ore operations. [World’s biggest Iron Ore operation] a picnic lunch at cemetery beach with an afternoon tour of the Royal Flying Doctor base, and a relaxing finish to the day, wading & swimming in the water at pretty pool. Overnight stay at eighty mile beach caravan park.
DAY 2 Up with the larks and on the road, as willare bridge is our destination today. Sandfire & roebuck roadhouses are all that is between eighty mile beach and willare. Overnight bush camp.
DAY 3 Heading east, we travel to caroline pool, a natural waterhole near old halls creek. It was once the main social & sporting area for the town, boasting a cricket pitch & competitive swimming. It is an ideal swimming spot during the summer and becomes a pleasant series of small water holes during the winter months. Overnight bush camp 2.
DAY 4 From here we head for the township of Kununurra where we take a break, pick up supplies and head out to lake argyle. At 670 square kilometres in size, lake argyle is so vast that it has developed its own eco systems based around native flora & fauna. We set up camp with time to relax before dinner. Overnight at caravan park.
DAY 5 Today we take an ord river cruise highlighting the magnificent scenery and wildlife that makes this huge expanse of water an integral part of the Kimberley landscape. Overnight stay at lake argyle caravan park.
DAY 6 An early start we pick up supplies at Kununurra before heading North to Wyndham and Jack’s water hole on the durack river. 500 metres off the Gibb river road, on Durack river station, this oasis is ideal for swimming and baramundi fishing. Overnight bush camp.
DAY 7 The spectacular Manning, Barnett & Adcock gorges & waterfalls is our next stop providing an abundance of flora & fauna (especially bird life). A real blessing in such an isolate and dry climate. Overnight bush camp.
DAY 8 A seconday exploring the Adcock gorge & waterfall before heading to Windjana gorge. This ancient ocean reef that has been dissected by the continual flooding of the Lennard river has formed over millions of years beneath the sea. This “Devonian” reef is now several hundred metres above the land and contains many fascinating fossils which are easily found as you walk along the inner walls of this old reef. Overnight bush camp.
DAY 9 Full days hiking, takes in both Windjana gorge and Tunnell creek. Tunnell creek is a 750 metre cave system that has carved its way through the Napier range. Armed with torches we will walk and often wade through this underground watercourse and marvel at its unique features. You will see stalactites, small fish, fresh water crocodiles (the harmless variety), Aboriginal rock paintings and the rarest of Australian bats, the Ghost bat. Overnight bush camp at Windjana gorge bush camp.
DAY 10 Back to civilisation, with a stop into Derby, a look at the famous Boab tree prison and through to Broome. After setting up camp, you have free time to explore the town or just have a nice hot shower and relax. Overnight caravan park.
DAY 11 Complete day of relaxation (you deserve it!). Time to catch up on getting the dust out of your clothes, hair, skin, & sleep, relax & sleep some more. Overnight caravan park.
DAY 12 Cable beach is a must, with a stop at the Japanese cemetery on the way. Next we have a guided tour of the crocodile park and see the ‘feeding time’. Lunch at cable beach with a swim or just sit on the grass under a shady tree and admire the view. On returning to town there is time to look around China town and do some souvenir shopping before dinner. Overnight caravan park.
DAY 13 Last day in Broome, you have a relaxing morning picking up those last minute souvenirs. The afternoon is spent taking camel rides on Cable beach. [great time for those photo shoots] once back at camp, we pack up as much as possible, to help our very early start tomorrow as we head for home. Last night in broome.
DAY 14 Say goodbye to the Kimberley’s & Broome as we head back to Perth. [expressing overnight] we travel via Port Hedland, Newman, Meekatharra, Cue, Dalwallinu & New Norcia, stopping on the way for meals [to be purchased by passengers], and short breaks.
DAY 15 Arrive back at school [4.00pm] (approx. 32hrs)