8 day Pilbara Photography Tour , Karratha to Broome -
16th August 2018 only
Day 1 - Thurs 16th August 2018 (D)
Upon arrival into Karratha, please make your way to our accommodation in Karratha.
This evening, we'll meet at the hotel at 4pm and you'll be driven to the town of Dampier for our PRIVATE sunset cruise (just our group). En-route we'll stop to view the Red Dog statue, in honour of the famous hitchhiking, people-loving adventurer Red Dog who adventures were made into a movie in 2011.
Discover the secrets of the magnificent Dampier Archipelago aboard "Blue Marlin" 12 metre cruising vessel. Our 2.5 hour cruise includes a beautiful sunset experience with a slow cruise through Mermaid Strait.
We jump off the boat and straight into the nearby Hampton Harbour Sailing Club for dinner.
Overnight accommodation- Karratha International Hotel- motel room with en-suite
Day 2 - Fri 17th August 2018 (B,L,D)
You will be collected from your Karratha Hotel at 7.30am this morning to begin your private 8 day Photography 4WD tour through the Pilbara.
We spend today in Millstream Chichester NP, which is a lush oasis of deep gorges and palm- fringed rock pools which provide a stark contrast to the surrounding landscape or 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 Mount Herbert, where we are treated to a splendid view of the savannah lands, including Pyramid, Sherlock and Warambie stations.
Departing the park, our destination this evening is Tom Price, the highest town in WA at 747 metres above sea-level.
Dinner tonight is included at the hotel restaurant.
Overnight accommodation- Tom Price Hotel Motel- motel room with en-suite
Day 3 - Sat 18th August 2018 (B,L,D)
This morning you'll 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, visit the main pit area, view working trucks, shovels and drills, the crushing and screening plants and the train load out area.
After the tour, we continue into Karijini National Park in the Hammersley Range. Karijini is Western Australia's second largest National Park, encompassing some 627,442 hectares of spectacular, rugged scenery, ancient geological formations and a variety of arid-land ecosystems.
Massive mountains and escarpments rise out of flat valleys. The high plateau is dissected by breathtaking gorges, and stony, tree-lined watercourses wind 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 million years old, to form this intriguing landscape and complex ecology.
A variety of ecosystems are represented in the park and these are home to a 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, geckos, 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 at the gorge and enjoy a spa treatment the way nature intended- surrounded by amazing rock formations almost as old as the earth itself.
We make our way to our accommodation and after checking in, you may like to walk to nearby Joffe Lookout where rock steps take you down to the lookout to view this spectacular curved waterfall forming a natural amphitheatre.
Dinner for the next 3 nights is included at the Eco- Retreat
Overnight accommodation- Karijini Eco Retreat , in eco- tents with en-suites (3 night stay) on a Dinner, bed and breakfast basis
Day 4 - Sun 19th August 2018 (B,L,D)
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.
This afternoon we take a walk through Kalamina Gorge, one of the most picturesque in Karijini. A short walk takes you down a steep track to the base of the gorge to a small permanent pool, complete with waterfall and draping ferns. There is a longer, more difficult walk for those who feel energetic. If you follow the trail deep into Kalamina Gorge, you will be rewarded with a lovely walk downstream, past rockpools and beautiful rock walls, finishing at Rock Arch Pool.
Overnight accommodation- Karijini Eco Retreat , in eco- tents with en-suites
Day 5 - Mon 20th August 2018 (B,L,D)
This morning is spent exploring Handrail Pool, which is reached by walking through Lower Weano Gorge. We also enjoy the scenery at Junction Pool and Oxer Lookout, location at the junction of 4 mighty rivers 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 , in eco- tents with en-suites
Day 6 - Tues 21st August 2018 (B,L,D)
We depart Karijini this morning and drive north to the mining town of Port Hedland, one of the largest and busiest iron ore ports in the world.
We'll arrive mid-afternoon and after checking into our hotel, it's time to jump on our private harbour cruise, operated by the Port Hedland Seafarers Centre. This tour consists of a quick presentation at the Seafarer's Centre, followed by a lap around the harbour in one of our working Seafarers Service Launch boats. You will be accompanied by an informative member of the Seafarers Centre Staff who will provide commentary and to answer any of your questions, while picking up seafarers wishing to come back to the Seafarers Centre.
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 Hotel Port Hedland, hotel room with en-suite.
Day 7 - Wed 22nd August 2018 (B,L,D)
We don't travel very far today, so we have a later start ! We continue jus over an hours drive north to Pardoo Station, a 2000,000 hectare working cattle property covering a diverse range of landscapes from rich tidal flats to rolling spinifex plains.
Bird watchers at Pardoo Station are spoilt for choice- 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). The station is home to more than 100 native bird species including the 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.
Shore birds include the sooty oystercatcher, black- winged stilt, red-capped plover, masked lapwing, black-tailed godwit, whimbrel, Eastern curlew and terek- sandpiper.
Dinner tonight will be served in the station bistro.
Overnight accommodation- Pardoo Station
All accommodation at Pardoo has air-con. Double and king single rooms have TV and en-suites. Twin share rooms use shared bathrooms and do not have 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 - Thurs 23rd August 2018 (B,L,D)
We continue north again today 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 turquoise water, Broome is a great place to relax and unwind.
Our lunch stop is the pristine 80 mile beach, where the Great Sandy Desert meets the Indian Ocean. The area is also a protected RAMSAR listed wetland of international significance and regularly supports over 4000,000 shorebirds.
We'll arrive into Broome late afternoon and our final meal together will be dinner served at our hotel, where we can reminisce over our adventures of the past 8 days !
Overnight accommodation- Mercure Broome, motel room with en-suite
Day 9 - Fri 24th August 2018 (B)
Please make your way to Broome Airport for your onward flights. Taxis and an airport shuttle are available.
Alternatively, you may like to stay an additional night or 2 in Broome and extra nights at this hotel can be booked on a B & B basis, through us, for $170pp twin share and $310 single.
B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner
This tour departs from Karratha on 16th August 2018 only
AUD $5665 PER ADULT, DOUBLE BEDDING
AUD $5630 PER ADULT, TWIN BEDDING (reflects the difference in rooms at Pardoo Station)
$6475 PER PERSON SINGLE
Subject to availability, including GST and valid until 31/10/2018
**don't forget the 10% seniors card holders discount- conditions apply **
**solo travellers must have single room, unless twin share of the same sex can be found. Solo travellers can also request single room and pay the single supplement**
Maximum 16 passengers
• Seat in 24 seat 6WD tour coach, with professional driver guide and professional photographer tour escort
• Meals, as stated, snacks , fruit and iced water in the vehicle at all times
• 8 nights accommodation as stated
• PRIVATE 2.5 hour sunset Dampier Archipelago cruise
• PRIVATE 1 hour Port Hedland Harbour facility cruise
• Tom Price Mine Tour
• National Park entry fees
• Arrival / departure flights
• Travel insurance
• Camera and accessories- please bring your own
Itinerary is exclusive to Sacred Earth Safaris and is subject to availability, road, weather and cultural conditions.
Please enquire for private charter prices and details.