This unique and highly experiential Western Australian tour includes two night stay at Mt. Augustus NP, a scenic flight to Dirk Hartog Island. Hear the history of the island on a day tour up to Inscription Point.
4 July 2019
$7,569.00 per person Double / Twin Share
Fully inclusive as indicated below.
See Coastal beach sand dunes
Visit Pinnacles Desert
Pink lake Hutt Lagoon
One Hour Dolphin Cruise, see dolphins, dugongs, turtles (Seasonal)
Murchison River Gorges - The Loop and Nature’s Window a natural rock arch that frames the upstream views of the rich red layered sandstone gorges
Shark Bay World Heritage Area
Hamelin Pool to view Stromatolites
Eagle Bluff to view bird life, dugongs, sharks, dolphins and manta rays
Shell Beach home to billions of tiny Cardiid Cockle
Visit HMAS Sydney Memorial
Pot Alley for ocean gorges at Kalbarri
Yamaji Art Centre which is Aboriginal owned and operated
Dirk Hartog Island, including scenic flight and 4WD tour to Inscription Point
Wooleen Station and Sunset Tour
Touring through Pastoral Leases and Stations
Dongara Hotel Motel
Kalbarri Edge Resort,
Monkey Mia (2 Nights)
Wooleen Station (Shared Facilities)
Geraldton Ocean Centre Hotel
Breakfast daily, either continental or cooked.
Picnic morning teas.
Lunch daily, either light picnic style sandwiches, wraps, or other take away from road houses or packed picnic lunches and soft drinks.
Nambung National Park (The Pinnacles desert)
Shark Bay World Heritage Area / Monkey Mia Entry Fees
Kalbarri National Park
Dirk Hartog Island and 4WD island tour
Dirk Hartog Island Scenic Flight and 4WD tour
One Hour Dolphin Cruise (Seasonal)
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Day 1 - Perth to Dongara
Perth, Pinnacles, Dongara
Pickup 7 am
After morning tea at Lancelin we continue to drive up to the Pinnacles in the Nambung National Park. The Pinnacles Desert contains many thousands of limestone pillars, resembling an ancient ruin. In geological terms the Pinnacles are a modern phenomenon, beginning to form as 'recently' as three and a half million years ago, and appearing as they are today between two million and twenty thousand years ago. Astonishing!
We will drive into the Pinnacles Desert on the four kilometre trail and make stops for you to get out of the vehicle to take in this phenomena and to take pictures.
After lunch at Cervantes we continue along the Indian Ocean drive viewing the coast as we go along to Dongara.
Accommodation: Dongara Motel
Day 2 - Dongara to Kalbarri
Dongara, Northampton, Hutt Lagoon, Kalbarri
Visit Northampton one of the oldest settlements outside Perth today it is classified by the National Trust as a Historic Town view John Hawes architect style of local Catholic Church Our Lady in Ara Coeli
The natural reef surrounding the Port Gregory bay, has led to the use of the area as a port for lead from Geraldine mine, whaling, salt and wool. Visit nearby Hutt Lagoon for a ground viewing the pink salt lake.
On our way into Kalbarri visit the stunning sights along the coast, Pot Alley highlighting the coastal gorges and magnificent scenery.
Kalbarri is nestled at the Murchison River mouth and surrounded by stunning coastline, soaring river gorges and protected bays
Accommodation: Kalbarri Edge Resort
Day 3 - Kalbarri to Monkey Mia
Kalbarri, Shark Bay, Natures Window, Stromatolites, Shell Beach, Eagle Bluff, Denham, Monkey Mia
Visit amazing Kalbarri National Park for spectacular views of the Murchison River Gorges to see The Loop and Nature’s Window a natural rock arch that frames the upstream views.
Wonder at the astonishing world-class natural attractions in the region of Shark Bay of Western Australia known as the Shark Bay World Heritage Area. Shark Bay was World Heritage listed in 1991. Shark Bay inscribed 1991 for its natural values. Shark Bay contains unique, rare and superlative natural phenomena and formations and features of exceptional natural beauty, including Stromatolietes, wide sweeping beaches of shells at Lharidon Bight.
Shark Bay is also known for its white beaches, turquoise waters and rust-red sand dunes. It is primarily renowned for both its terrestrial and marine life. Nature at its most pure.
Hamelin Pool to view to view Stromatolites, which is one of the earliest forms of life to evolve on our planet. Living fossils, part of the earth’s evolutionary history.
Further explored Shark Bay visit Shell Beach home to billions of tiny Cardiid Cockle. Shell Beach is covered for a 60km-long stretch to a depth of some seven to ten metres
Eagle Bluff a scenic viewpoint to look over the coast maybe spot a Lemon Shark, Stingrays, Turtle or a Dugong.
Continue on to Monkey Mia Resort our overnight stay. Before dinner go for a walk along the beach to see the Dolphins or go for a refreshing swim or enjoy drinks watching the sunset.
Accommodation: Monkey Mia Resort
Day 4 - Dirk Hartog Island
Today, we take a scenic flight across Shark Bay's beautiful turquoise waters to Dirk Hartog Island, with a diverse and fascinating history…
25th October 1616 - Captain Dirk Hartog arrived on the Eendracht and announced his arrival by leaving an inscribed plate with his name and date of arrival.
1697 - Flemish Captain William de Vlamingh landed at Cape Inscription and found Dirk Hartog’s plate. As the plate was badly weathered, Vlamingh copied the record on to another plate and added his own record.
August 1699 - Captain William Dampier anchored and surveyed the northern end of Dirk Hartog Island.
1772 - French Captain Alesne de St Allouran landed on the island and claimed it in the name of the French King. As proof of his presence, he buried a parchment and two French coins nearby which lay undiscovered until 1998.
1818 - Louis de Freycinet came to Shark Bay and removed the plate from Cape Inscription. He returned to Europe where it was presented to the French Academy in Paris. The Vlamingh Plate then disappeared until 1940.
Early 1800’s - the island’s most significant industries were guano mining and pearling.
1867 - Von Bibra applied for a pastoral lease on the island to farm sheep. Two years later, the lease was granted and the first sheep were transported to Dirk Hartog Island.
1908 - Construction began on the Cape Inscription lighthouse (quarters for the lighthouse keepers, a storehouse, oil store and stables). Completed in 1910. A jetty and a tramway were also subsequently built to facilitate the delivery of goods to the lighthouse. The freight was hauled up the cliffs on the tramway by a horse-operated winch.
1968 - The Australian government decided to sell the island to the highest bidder and Sir Thomas Wardle decided to purchase the island’s pastoral lease for himself.
Early 1990’s - The price of wool declined dramatically and in 1993 Dirk Hartog Island took its first steps into tourism.
Whilst on this fascinating Island, enjoy a full day’s 4WD tour to historic Cape Inscription, famous Dampier Landing, and Turtle Bay, as well as a delicious morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
Accommodation: Monkey Mia Resort
Day 5 - Shark Bay to Wooleen Station
Dolphin cruise, Murchison, Wooleen Station
This morning experience a very special breakfast watching the dolphins come in close to the shore. After breakfast walk down on the beach to see the dolphins being fed and to hear their story being in Shark Bay.
Join a one hour long boat cruise to see the dolphins in their natural environment and other wonderful sea creatures of the Shark Bay area. Dugongs, turtles, stingrays, lemon sharks, nervous sharks and Sponge Dolphins.
After the Cruise set off to Wooleen Station.
We track through pastoral country to the little settlement of Murchison and see seasonal wildflowers along the way.
Wooleen Station a remarkable station that has experienced different stewardships and philosophies of grazing sheep and cattle.
The link below is a wonderful familiarisation of Wooleen Station.
Enjoy a Sunset Tour and hear how the Pollock family are now working towards making Wooleen an ecologically sustainable enterprise and slowly reinterducing a small number of cattle. This is an extrordinary story. The tour finishes with sunset drinks and nibbles on a large granite outcrop.
Accommodation: Wooleen Station
Day 6 - Wooleen Station to Geraldton
Wooleen Station, Mullewa, Geraldton
Up early and before a delcious country style cooked breakfast take a look around the out buildings near by the homestead to explore the old tools and memorabilia in the museum sheds.
This morning we will be touring through isolated station properties or pastoral leases heading
south to Geraldton via Mullewa.
Geraldton is a large regional town on the coast that exports Iron Ore, Mineral Sands, Grain and Western Australian Rock Lobsters.
Accommodation: Geraldton Ocean Centre Hotel
Day 7 - Geraldton to Perth
This morning we join a scenic flight over pretty pink Hutt Lagoon a vivid pink salt lake where beta-carotene is harvested for commercial use. Hutt Lagoon has caught the attention of many thousands of visitors to see a spectacular sight.
We visit HMAS Sydney Memorial; the beautifully designed memorial features a silver dome of 645 seagulls to represent the loss of HMAS Sydney sailors.
Visit Yamiji Art Gallery Yamaji Art is a 100% Aboriginal owned & operated art centre in Mid West, Western Australia
Yamaji Art provides professional services to support and develop Aboriginal artists living in the Lower Murchison region of Yamaji Country with a focus on sustaining cultural maintenance and arts practice while creating economic benefit.
After lunch we continue on to Perth.