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Public Silo Trail

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Explore Western Australia’s largest outdoor art gallery

This colourful route through the Wheatbelt and Great Southern following the Public Silo Trail, which has transformed by a string of massive grain silos into works of art.

What better way to get off the beaten track and explore the Wheatbelt than following these larger than life murals? The open-air gallery stretches from Northam to Albany.

You’ll wind your way through gorgeous Wheatbelt country towns like Merredin, rich with bright-yellow canola fields and wildflowers in spring.  There are heaps of picnic spots and nature walks around this area, as well as Aboriginal tours.

Each leg of this adventure discovers a new silo mural, some are closer than others allowing for more than one leg to be completed in a day.

We recommend spending at least 5 days completing this journey. There are powered and unpowered sites near all silo locations as well as ablution facilities.

Leg 1 Perth to Northam

105 kms | 1 hour 30 minutes

Northam Public Silo Crikey Camper Hire

Northam Public Silo

Start your adventure from Perth travelling towards Northam and turning off on Northam-Toodyay Road for the first stop and Australia’s first ever painted silo mural.

Artwork by London artist Phlegm and Atlanta native Hense in April 2015.

*Please note CBH Northam Grain Termial is a fully operational grain handling site, with trucks and loading equipment constantly in use. The site is not open to the public. A safe viewing area on Toodyay Road does not currently exist, however plans are in motion to establish one in the near future.

Stay at Homestead, Valley, Drummonds or Bald Hill campsites for forest camping in the Perth Hills in your 4WD & Safari Camper Trailer package

Leg 2 Northam to Merredin

165 kms | 1 hour 30 minutes

Merredin Public Silo Crikey Camper Hire

Merredin Public Silo

The second silo artworks are located in Merredin along Great Eastern Highway. Using 200 litres of paint, 14 days, 168 hours, two lifts, 80 rollers and 10 brushes!

Artwork by Australian street artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers in August 2017.

Stay at Merredin Tourist Park for camping or fully equipped chalets and villas.

Leg 3 Merredin to Katanning

295 kms  | 3 hours

Katanning Public Silo Crikey Camper Hire

Katanning Public Silo

This stop showcases a series of Western Power owned transformer boxes. The various artworks can be found off Clive and Austral Terrace.

Artworks by Western Australian artists Mel McVee, Brenton See, Chris Nixon and Darren Hutchens and Karim Jabbari from Tunisia in November 2017.

Stay at Moingup Springs forest camping close to the Stirling Ranges, Liberty Roadhouse and Katanning Caravan Park, Lake Ewlyamartup campground or Eulin Crossing Campsite.

Leg 4 Katanning to Pingrup

132 kms | 1 hour 30 minutes

Pingrup Public Silo Crikey Camper Hire

Pingrup Public Silo

The silos at Pingrup took the artist 15 days and 230 litres of paint to create the mural depicting the scenes of everyday life in Pingrup’s farming community.

Artwork by Evoca1, whose name refers to the Spanish word evocar (meaning to evoke).

Stay at Pingrup Caravan Park or Nyabing Caravan Parking Facility

Leg 5 Pingrup to Newdegate

102 kms | 1 hour

Newdegate Public Silo Crikey Camper Hire

Newdegate Public Silo

Newdegate is salt lake, wildflower, wheat and barley country.

From Pingrup head along Katanning-Nyabing Road to view this mural and continue on Newdegate-Ravensthorpe Road to explore Lake King or back track to Lake Grace.

Artwork by Benton See in May 2018.

Stay at Newdegate Caravan Park with your 4WD & caravan package.

Leg 6 Newdegate to Ravensthorpe

133 kms | 1 hour 30 minutes

Ravensthorpe Public Silo Crikey Camper Hire

Ravensthorpe Public Silo

The landscape around Ravensthorpe comes alive every spring with thousands of  species of wildflower bursting into colour so naturally these silo murals depict the six stages of Banksia Baxteri. A species of wildflower only found between Esperance and Albany.

Artwork by Amok Island.

Stay at a variety of coastal sites on secluded beaches of Hopetoun within the Fitzgerald River National Park.

Leg 7 Ravensthorpe to Albany

293 kms | 3 hours

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Albany Public Silo

Heading to Western Australia’s southernmost port city you will find the ruby sea dragon (Phyllopteryx dewysea)

Artwork by Yok (Australia) and Sheryo (Singapore) in 2018.

Stay at nature-based campgrounds such as Cape Riche, Bettys or Normans Beach, Easy Bay, Torbay Inlet or Cosy Corner Easy in your 4WD & Safari Camper Trailer package.

Total Kilometres: 1,225
Total Travel Hours: 13
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h. While the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h, the travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic and fuel / food / bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.
Images & Itinerary: Courtesy of Public Silo Trail and Bewley George Shaylor III
Kalgoorlie Boulder Tourism Western Australia Crikey Camper Hire

Perth to Perth for Kalgoorlie

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Unearth the riches of the Goldfield’s 120-year gold rush history – from the mind blowing buzz of one of the largest open-cut gold mines on Earth, to eerie ghost towns and the striking Antony Gormley statues on Lake Ballard. We recommended taking at least 6 days to complete this journey.

Leg 1  Perth to Kalgoorlie

∼ 593 kms | 7 hours

Goldfields Highway Tourism WA Crikey Camper Hire

Goldfields Highway Tourism WA

Follow the path of the original pipeline that brought water to the Goldfields at the turn of the century.

Stop to view the spring flowers.

Coolgardie, the birthplace of the 1892 gold rush, with a rich pioneering heritage proudly presented in its architecture and museums.

Where to stay with your Safari Camper Trailer: Goongarrie Homestead, Yeo Lake, Lake Mason Homestead, Credo Homestead, Jaurdi Station or Great Western Woodlands (Wallaroo Rock, Cave Hill, Burra Rock)

Where to stay with your caravan: Kalgoorlie Caravan Park, Discovery Parks – Boulder or Kalgoorlie, Acclaim Goldminer Caravan Park or Acclaim Big4 Prospector Holiday Park

Explore Kalgoorlie

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Kalgoorlie Super Pit Lookout Australias Golden Outback

Pull on a hardhat for a guided tour of the Super Pit – this 6km hole in the ground is one of the largest open cut mines on Earth.

Discover and admire the grandeur of Kalgoorlie’s gold rush history and architecture. Get a taste of life today in the lively pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants of Australia’s largest outback town.

Play a hole on the world’s longest golf course, the Nullarbor Links.

Leg 2 Kalgoorlie to Menzies and Lake Ballard

∼ 207 kms | 2 hours

Lake Ballard Tourism WA Crikey Camper Hire

Lake Ballard Tourism WA

Pass the ghost town of Broad Arrow, Ora Banda, Siberia and Goondarri to reach the historic gold mining town of Menzies.

View one of the largest and most remarkable outdoor galleries on Earth at Lake Ballard, where 51 Antony Gormley sculptures stand against the stark white salt bed.

Leg 3 Menzies to Kookynie, Leonora and Gwalia

∼ 286 kms | 4 hours

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Gwalia State Hotel ABC

Explore the ruins of Kookynie’s industrious past.

Explore the historic gold rush precinct of Gwalia, including the museum and historic Hoover House – once home to the former American President Herbert Hoover.

Leg 4 Leonora to Laverton and Kalgoorlie 

∼ 473 kms | 5 hours

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Laverton Australias Golden Outback

Pass the old nickel mines of Murrin Murrin and Windarra and the sites of Hawks Nest, Mount Morgans and Old Rail Bridges.

Leg 5 Kalgoorlie to Perth 

∼ 593 kms | 6 hours

Great Southern Rail Indian Pacific Train Tourism WA Crikey Camper Hire

Great Southern Rail Indian Pacific Train Tourism WA

Follow the golden pipeline from Kalgoorlie back to its source in the Perth Hills.

Total Kilometres: 2,152
Total Travel Hours: 24
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h,, the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published book or GPS navigational system.
Images & itinerary: Courtesy of Tourism Western Australia 
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Public & School Holiday 2020 – 2021

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Public & School Holiday Dates for 2020

National Public Holidays

Wednesday 1st January: New Year’s Day
Sunday 26th  January: Australia Day
Monday 27th  January: Additional public holiday for Australia Day
Friday 10th  April: Good Friday
Saturday 11th April: Easter Saturday
Sunday 12th  April: Easter Sunday
Monday 13th  April: Easter Monday
Saturday 25th  April: Anzac Day
Friday 25th December: Christmas Day
Saturday 26th December: Boxing Day

Western Australian Public Holidays

Monday 2nd March: Labour Day
Monday 1st June: Western Australia Day
Monday 28th September*: Queen’s Birthday

Northern Territory Public Holidays

Monday 4th May: May Day
Monday 8th June: Queen’s Birthday
Friday 26th June*: Borroloola Show Day
Friday 3rd July*: Alice Springs Show Day
Friday 10th July*: Tennant Creek Show Day
Friday 17th July*: Katherine Show Day
Friday 24th July*: Darwin Show Day
Monday 3rd August: Picnic Day

Western Australian School Holiday Dates

Term 1 Holidays 10th April 20 – 27th April 20 (Autumn)
Term 2 Holidays 4th July 20 – 19th July 20 (Winter)
Term 3 Holidays 26th September 20 – 11th October 20 (Spring)
Term 4 Holidays 18th December 20 – 31st January 20 (Summer)

Northern Territory School Holiday Dates

Term 1 Holidays 10th April 20 – 19th April 20
Term 2 Holidays 27th June 20 – 20th July 20
Term 3 Holidays 26th September 20 – 11th October 20
Term 4 Holidays 18th December 20 – 31st January 20

Public Holiday Dates for 2021

National Public Holidays

Friday 1st January: New Year’s Day
Tuesday 26th January: Australia Day
Friday 27th January: Additional public holiday for Australia Day
Friday 2nd April: Good Friday
Saturday 3rd April: Easter Saturday
Sunday 4th April: Easter Sunday
Monday 5th April: Easter Monday
Sunday 25th April: Anzac Day
Saturday 25th December: Christmas Day
Sunday 26th December: Boxing Day

Western Australian Public Holidays

Monday 1st March: Labour Day
Monday 7th June: Western Australia Day
Monday 27th September*: Queen’s Birthday
Monday 27th December: Additional Day for Christmas
Tuesday 28th December: Additional Day for Boxing Day

Northern Territory Public Holidays

Monday 3rd May: May Day
Monday 14th June: Queen’s Birthday
Friday 25th June*: Borroloola Show Day
Friday 2nd July*: Alice Springs Show Day
Friday 9th July*: Tennant Creek Show Day
Friday 16th July*: Katherine Show Day
Friday 23rd July*: Darwin Show Day
Monday 2nd August: Picnic Day
Monday 27th December: Additional Day for Christmas
Tuesday 28th December: Additional Day for Boxing Day

Now you have the dates check out our itineraries!

*Regional observance only
Dates sourced from Tourism Australia 2020

Experience Perth and Surrounds

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Experience Perth and Some of it’s Hidden Gems

Experience Perth and surrounds during your trip in Western Australia. Perth is the major gateway for exploring the South West region or before heading up North or in the Goldfields region. The city is alive and vibrant and offers activities for everyone.

Perth CBD and surrounds

Perth Boat House Andrew Woodcock Crikey Camper Hire

Perth Boat House Andrew Woodcock

Perth CBD is a vibrant city with a lot of activities on offer. The most popular attraction close to the CBD is Kings Park, one of the largest city park in the world! Perth also offers great views over the Swan River with its new and trendy Elizabeth Quay, where you can book a gondola tour or simply take the ferry to cross the river and arrive in South Perth, where Perth Zoo is located. If you are keen to experience Perth’s amazing beaches, simply head to Cottesloe, the most popular beach in Perth with its beautiful postcard landscapes.

Do you have a spare day? Then take the train or drive to Fremantle, a city well known for its maritime history. It is a great place to visit for the day and it is so easy to relax there. Fremantle is also one of the three main ports where you can also take the ferry for a trip to Rottnest Island. Other ferry start points are Elizabeth Quay and Hillarys Boat Harbour (a great place for the kids if you would like to go swimming!).

Rottnest Island is the ultimate place to visit when staying in Perth. It boasts picturesque seascapes and beautiful beaches, accessible by walking or cycling. Let’s not forgot the amazing quokkas! It is hard not to fall in love with those little creatures!

Perth Hills

∼ 43.5 kms | 47 minutes

The Perth Hills are located just half an hour from Perth CBD. It offers a wide array of activities and beautiful landscapes. Kalamunda is one of the most popular town in the Perth Hills. The town is located in the Darling Scarp, east of Perth. It is a great place to visit if you love nature, food and history. Don’t forget to visit the Kalamunda History Village, which is the largest folk museum in Western Australia, depicting the early years of life in the Perth Hills and the industries that developed in the area. If you would like to experience something out of the ordinary, book a camel ride at the Calamunda Camel Farm! You will discover the local bush and might even spot local wildlife. You can find out more on their website.

If you continue driving further East, you will find the town of Mundaring Weir. There, you will discover how water was transported in the early 1900s all the way from Mundaring Weir to the booming Gold Rush town of Kalgoorlie. The Precinct tells the history of the weir and the pipeline through a series of story-telling signs and sculptures by renowned artists. Don’t forget to get lunch or a coffee at the Mundaring Weir Hotel with its beautiful beer garden.

If you are a wine and food lover, then, south of Mundaring Weir, you can explore wineries and cideries along the Bickley Valley Wine and Cider Trails. You can download the trail brochure.

Perth Hills Wildlife and Conservation

∼ 31.6 kms | 35 minutes

If you are looking for a unique experience with native Australian wildlife, then contact Kaarakin, which is a fantastic not-for-profit organisation in the Perth Hills. The organisation aims to rescue, rehabilitate and release black cockatoos which are threatened with extinction. The sanctuary also takes care of pure bred dingoes, emus and kangaroos. Although it is not open to the public, private tour or black cockatoo/ dingo encounters can be organised by contacting the friendly volunteers at Kaarakin.

Swan Valley

∼ 29.3 kms | 32 minutes

Western Australia's Swan Valley Tourism WA Crikey Camper Hire

Western Australia’s Swan Valley Tourism WA

The Swan Valley is located North of Perth and boasts a wide array of activities. There, you can visit chocolate factories, visit wineries, discover a wildlife park and much more. The Swan Valley has two popular trails, from the groundbreaking Cider and Ale Trail to the Sweet Temptation Trails. Both trails encompasses the best places of the Swan Valley. Both maps can be found on the Swan Valley website. If you have children or desire to see koalas and kangaroos up close, then head to Caversham Wildlife. Caversham Widlife Park is also located in a beautiful park called Whiteman Park, where you can also visit a train museum and take a ride aboard a vintage train.

Whether you have a day or several to spend in Perth, the city will keep you occupied until the start or the end of your trip self-drive trip in Western Australia!

Tanami Track Itinerary

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Tanami Track Itinerary: What you need to know about the Tanami Track

The Tanami Road (aka Tanami Track) is an old stock route running over 1,000 kms through the Tanami Desert between Halls Creek in WA and Alice Springs in the NT.

Tanami Track Map

Travelers will need to be completely self sufficient during the drive as water, fuel and food stops along the route are scarce and supply can be unreliable.
It is strongly recommended that additional fuel containers are filled and taken when traveling this route.
It is vital enough drinking water is taken to last the full distance, plus an additional 20% in case of emergency. There are bore water tanks along the route, however the may be dry or likely to contain unpotable water (unsafe for drinking).

There are no designated campsites along the Tanami Track, it is simply a matter of finding a suitable place to set up camp.
The scrub consists of salt bushes and spinifex, so it can be difficult to find a clear area. Often bore tanks or roadhouse locations provide the best places to spend the night.

The road condition along the Tanami is unpredicatble and changes with every wet season. The roads are graded and there may be areas of heavy corrugations.
Road trains and large trucks travel along the Tanami Road when transporting goods to remote communities and operational mines. As on all dirt roads, it is good practice to move to the far left side of the road and slow your speed right down – even coming to a complete stop if the oncoming traffic is a road train or truck carrying an oversized / wide load. This prevents kicking up dust which impares visibility for the oncoming traffic, and minimises the chance of stones breaking windows.

Tanami Track Map

Tanami Track Itinerary: FUEL STOPS
Billiluna
168km from Halls Creek – 885km from Alice Springs
7am-12noon & 2pm-4pm Mon to Fri
9am – 11am Sat

Balgo
246 km from Halls Creek – 807km from Alice Springs
Note:      Balgo is approximately 35km off Tanami Rd
Must call (08) 9168 8900 prior to entry
9am – 12noon & 2pm-4pm Mon to Fri
9am – 12noon Sat

Yuendumu
754km from Halls Creek – 299km from Alice Springs
Note: Unreliable – be prepared for no fuel available.
8.30am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm Mon to Fri
9.30am – 12noon Sat & Sun

Tilmouth Roadhouse
854km from Halls Creek – 199km from Alice Springs
7am – 9pm 7 days per week

NO FUEL:
Rabbit Flat Roadhouse – PERMANENTLY CLOSED from December 31st 2010.
Only souvenir sales and weather reporting still in operation.

Halls Creek Visitors Information Centre
71 Thomas St
Halls Creek
Ph (08) 9168 6007

Halls Creek Police Station
Lot 68 Great Northern Highway
Halls Creek WA 6770
Ph (08) 9168 9777

Alice Springs Visitors Information Centre
60 Gregory Terrace
Alice Springs
Ph: (08) 8952 5800

Alice Springs Police Station
17 Bath St
Alice Springs NT 0870
Ph (08) 8951 8822

Useful Links
https://www.hallscreektourism.com.au/see-do/tanami-road
http://www.outback-australia-travel-secrets.com/tanami-desert.html
http://warlu.com/

This information was correct at the time of writing – March 2017.
This Tanami Track Itinerary is to be used as a guide only and we strongly recommend you independently verify all the information relating to fuel, water, trading hours and road conditions to obtain accurate information for your dates of travel.

Katherine Gorge Crikey Camper Hire

Darwin & Surrounds

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Darwin Itinerary in 7 Days

With a week to spend in Darwin & Surrounds, our Darwin in 7 Days itinerary will make you discover the culture, the natural attractions and the wildlife of the Top End. The city of Darwin offers many activities such as

Day 1 Darwin to Litchfield (115 kms/ 1.5 hrs)

Before arriving in Litchfield National Park, you will pass through the town of Batchelor. There, you will find a butterfly farm, museum and plenty of places to grab lunch. Camping is available year-round at Wangi and Florence Falls. Four-wheel drive camping areas are available at Tjaynera Falls (Sandy Creek), Surprise Creek Falls and Florence Falls.

Day 2 Litchfield National Park

Keep enjoying the national park for another day.

A summary of activities you could do during your time at Litchfield:

  • swimming
  • camping
  • bushwalking
  • wildlife spotting
  • visit scenic lookouts
  • view historic ruins at Blyth Homestead and Bamboo Creek
  • four-wheel driving.

Day 3 Litchfield to Kakadu National Park (159 kms – 2 hours)

Kakadu is by far the most popular place in the Top End. It is Australia’s largest national park covering 20,000 hectares with stunning landscapes and amazing Aboriginal rock art sites. There are many options for campsites and would depend on how far you drive in the national park.

Day 4 Kakadu National Park

Explore on foot, join a cruise or guided tour, spot crocs or birds and make a splash in one of the many waterfalls. Another option is to book a guided tour to Arnhem Land and visit the Injalak Art gallery. Please note a permit is required to access Arnhem Land. Call 08 8920 5100 or visit www.nlc.org.au. 

Day 5 Kakadu National Park – Nitmiluk National Park (Up to 300 kms/ 3.5 – 4 hrs, depending on where you are located in the park)

Nitmiluk National Park has 13 stunning gorges which can be explored by foot, canoe, boat or helicopter. The most popular ones are Edith Falls and Katherine Gorge. If you have time for a walk, Sweetwater Pool can be reached by a short 4.5 kilometre walk from Leliyn / Edith Falls. You can also take a scenic flight over the 13 gorges of the park or jump on a cruise. There are also plenty of art galleries in Katherine. The Park has two main points of visitor access. The Gorge entrance to the park is 30km east of Katherine on the sealed Gorge Road. Follow the signs. The turnoff to Leliyn (Edith Falls) is 40km north of Katherine along the Stuart Highway. The park entry is 20km further along Edith Falls Road. Powered and non-powered sites are available near the Gorge Caravan Park and non-powered sites are available at Leliyn (Edith Falls). You can also stay at one of Katherine’s caravan parks.

Day 6 Nitmiluk National Park

Keep enjoying Katherine. Don’t forget to stop at the Katherine Hot Springs. Other activities available in Katherine include:

Day 7 Drive back to Darwin (317 kms/ 3.5 hrs)

On your way back to Darwin, stop in Pine Creek to visit this old gold rush mining town. There you can visit the historic railway heritage
museum and take in the stunning views from the lookout.

Sources: nt.gov.au, Northern Territory

 

Fern Pool located in Dales Gorge, Karijini National Park Crikey Camper Hire

Karijini National Park

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Visit Karijini National Park and its beautiful gorges

Karijini National Park is Western Australia’s second largest national park and one of the most popular national park to visit in the Pilbara. There are several walk trails, lookouts and gorges to explore.

Karijini national park map

Courtesy of Tom price Visitor Centre

Weano Gorge

It is probably the best gorge to start with when entering Karijini National Park. It is a relatively easy walk which leads you to the Handrail Pool where you can swim. You can continue beyond the pool, but be careful the walk will get harder!

Couple at Handrail Pool in Weano Gorge in Karijini National Park

Kalamina Gorge

It is the easiest gorge to access and the shallowest of the gorges who can visit at Karjini National Park. It’s a 5 minute walk which will take you down to a steep track to a small permanent pool with waterfalls.

Couple at Kalamina Gorge, located in Karijini National Park

Dales Gorge, Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool

Dales Gorge features three main attractions being Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool. All in all, it’s a fantastic place for swimming. You can walk a 3-hour return trail from Dales Gorge to Fern Pool and back. This walk trail caters for different fitness levels.

Dales Gorge, Karijini National Park

Joffre Gorge

At Joffre Gorge, you see water cascading down the cliff face before making its way to a dark pool. There is a lookout near the car park and a walk trail which will bring you to the bottom of the gorge.

Joffre Gorge, Karijini National Park

Knox Gorge

Knox Gorge is a deep chasm near the Knox Gorge lookout. It is best appreciated early morning or late afternoon when the sun rays enhance this beautiful landscape. There is a walk trail which can take you to pools where you can swim.

Hancock Gorge and Kermits Pool

Hancock Gorge is best appreciated with a local guide. After climbing down a ladder, you walk deep into the gorge, through narrow chambers and past beautiful rock pools. This trail, although short, is the most exciting trail in the park, leading you through a narrow canyon to a natural amphitheater and onward through the infamous Spider Walk to the green waters of Kermits Pool.

Hancock Gorge, in the Karijini National Park

Mt Bruce

It is Western Australia’s second highest mountain which gives you sweeping views across the surrounding Hamersley Range and Marandoo mining operations. Marandoo is an iron ore mine run by Rio Tinto. It opened in October 1994. The Hamersley Range is one of the world’s major iron ore sources and contains about 80 per cent of Australia’s identified iron ore reserves. The walk to the summit is a 4 hour return walk (9 kilometres).

Hamersley Gorge and Spa Pool

The further gorges from the other ones in Karijini National Park. It features a series of gorges and the famous Spa Spool.

Couple relaxing in a rock pool in Hamersley Gorge, located in the Karijini National Park

How to access the hidden gems of Karijini?

Karijini can be best explored when accompanied by a guide who is licensed to access the restricted areas of Karijini National Park.

Our Managing Director was lucky enough to do this tour with his family on a recent trip to Karijini. Andrew reported that “the informative and professional guides of West Oz Active Adventure Tours made experiencing the gorges of Karijini a highlight of our trip”.  You can access their website.

Where to stay?

Karijini Eco Retreat or Dales Campground.

Where to get maps?

Maps are available at the Tom Price Visitor Centre.

Source: Tom Price Visitor Centre and Australia’s North West

Photo courstesy: Tourism Western Australia

 

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Broome to Perth Journey

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Broome to Perth Journey including the Coral Coast and Karijini National Park

Journey along the coast of Western Australia for these unmissable destinations, whether it is a small trip or part of a bigger journey travelling North will take you along the Coral Coast extending over 1100 kilometres of white beaches and offers the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, dolphins, humpback whales and manta rays.

For the water sport lovers, there are countless opportunities including windsurfing, kitesurfing, diving and snorkeling. If you visit the Coral Coast in Spring, the coast is alive with colourful displays of wildflowers.

If time allows, why not head to Karijini National Park, which is a day drive from Exmouth? Karijini is the jewel of the Pilbara with splendid waterfalls and emerald coloured rock pools.

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your journey with your Crikey!

If you are starting in Perth this trip can be done in reserve.

Leg 1 Broome to 80 Mile Beach 376 kms 4.5 hours

Broome is a compact town to explore and attractions are all within 15 minutes drive.

Must see & do:

  • Camel ride on Cable Beach
  • Matso’s mango beer brewery
  • Fishing
  • Whale Watching
  • Pearl tour
  • Sunset

80 Mile Beach is the place where the majority of people stop to camp – it’s a beautiful beach that you can drive on (not past the high tide mark) and very popular for fishing.

Leg 2 80 Mile Beach to Millstream Chichester National Park 476 kms 6 hours

Millstream Chichester boasts tranquil gorges and hidden rock pools. The most popular site is Python Pool. It is one of the most important aboriginal sites in Australia!

Stay at Miliyanha campground.

Leg 3 Millstream Chichester National Park to Karijini 207 kms 3.5 hours

One of the big attraction of Karijini National Park is its accessibility. Simply walk 50 metres and peer straight into a deep gorge to see waterfalls and rock pools below. There are many walk trails available to further explore the gorges. Karijini’s main highlights are Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool.

Stay at the Karijini Eco Retreat if you have a 4WD and Safari Camper package or stay at Dales Campsite if you have a 4WD and caravan package.

Leg 4 Karijini National Park to Exmouth and Cape Range 674 kms 8.5 hours

The Ningaloo reef is a long coral reef swarms with turtles, tropical fish, manta rays, humpback whales and even whale sharks. No wonder that Ningaloo Reef is listed as a World Heritage Site! Whether you like snorkeling, diving or swimming, you will not be disappointed!

Cape Range National Park supports a range of unique wildlife habitats from existing ocean reef to ancient reef, rugged limestone, gorges and cave systems. Throughout the park, there are ample opportunities to view wildlife.

You can camp within Cape Range National Park, or in one of the caravan parks in the area, such as Yardie Homestead Caravan Park.

Leg 5 Exmouth and Cape Range to Coral Bay 152 kms 2 hours

In contrast to other locations, the coral reef starts right at the water’s edge. Coral Bay is a very popular holiday destination for Western Australians. It is recommended to book well in advance when traveling during school holidays. This place is a marine paradise where visitors have plenty of activities to choose from: snorkeling, fishing, swimming with whale sharks…You can even visit the reef shark nursery  between October and March, which is only a 20 minutes walk from Main Beach.

Stay at the Coral Bay caravan park.

Leg 6 Coral Bay to Monkey Mia 580 kms 7 hours

Monkey Mia is world-famous for its dolphins. A group of wild bottlenose dolphins come to the shore nearly everyday to be fed by humans.  South of Monkey Mia, you will find Denham and Francois Peron National Park.  This National Park offers diverse experiences, including four-wheel-driving. 50 minutes away from Monkey Mia, you will arrive at Shell Beach, where shells replace the beach sand and stretches over 100 kilometres!

Stay at the RAC caravan park.

Leg 7 Monkey Mia to Kalbarri 397 kms 5 hours

Kalbarri is a popular stop over for people on their way to Shark Bay or Monkey Mia. There are many natural attractions to visit such as Natures Window and the Z-Bend Lookout located in Kalbarri National Park.

The Kalbarri Skywalk  is a fantastic addition to the National Park showcasing stunning views of the Murchison River Gorge. You can also go whale watching as the humpback whale migration happens between May and August.

Stay at the Kalbarri caravan park.

Leg 8 Kalbarri to Cervantes 378 kms 4.5 hours

Cervantes is well-known for its Pinnacles Desert. You can learn all about those strange structures at the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre.

Just a kilometre from the town centre lies Lake Thetis, where you can observe stromatolites, most commonly known as “living fossils”. Those have been dated to about 3370 years old! Further north of Cervantes, you will find Sandy Cape, a nice little spot where you swim and watch the sunset.

If you have a 4WD and Safari Camper package you can choose to stay at Sandy Cape, otherwise stay at the RAC Cervantes caravan park if you have a 4WD and caravan package.

Leg 9 Cervantes to Perth 247 kms 3 hours

On the way to Cervantes, stop at Yanchep National Park. This is a great place for the kids, offering a koala viewing area, caves and an Aboriginal experience.

Total kilometres: 3,487
Total travel hours: 44
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h, the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published book or GPS navigational system.
Images: Courtesy of Western Australia

 

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Broome to Broome Itinerary

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Broome to Broome itinerary, including the Gibb River Road in a 14 day journey or take your time and experience Western Australia’s north west.

Leg 1 Broome to Cape Leveque 210 kms 2.5 hours

The Dampier Peninsula stretches about 200 kilometres north of Broome along the partly unsealed Cape Leveque Road.

You can swim in the sparkling water, go snorkelling, fishing or relax and enjoy the beautiful landscapes. Experience the amazing force of the giant tides, standing waves and whirlpools of King Sound near Cygnet Bay. Enjoy the pristine beaches and spectacular coastline.

Stay at Kooljaman for the night.

Leg 2 Cape Leveque to Windjana Gorge 544 kms 7 hours

Windjana Gorge National Park is one of the Kimberley’s most stunning gorges!

Leg 3 Windjana to Bell Gorge and Silent Grove 179 kms 2 hours

Explore and swim at the waterfalls including Bell Gorge along the lengths of the Gib River Road.  Silent Grove campsite is the best area to set up camp and to see Bell Gorge and Bells Falls, which are about 11km to the north-west of this campsite.

Leg 4 Bell Gorge and Silent Grove to Manning Gorge 122 kms 1.5 hours

Enjoy a bushwalk and experience the tranquility of Manning Falls. Manning Gorge is a great place to camp for one night.

Leg 5 Manning Gorge to El Questro 344 kms 4.5 hours

On your way to El Questro, visit Barnett River Gorge and enjoy the hospitality of a pioneering family-owned cattle station and explore the magnificent waterholes on the property.  Look out for incredible aboriginal art on the rock walls surrounding the waterholes.

Spend a couple of days exploring the El Questro park. Visit the thermal pool at Zebedee Springs, Emma Gorge or take a boat down the Chamberlain Gorge and fish for barramundi. Stay at El Questro’s campsite.

Leg 6 El Questro to Kununurra 78 kms 2 hours

Visit Lake Argyle. It is the largest lake in Australia and home to abundant wildlife. Check in at one of the many campsites available in Kununurra such as Ivanhoe Village Resort.

Enjoy the day in Mirima National Park.

Leg 7 Kununurra to Purnululu National Park 265 kms 3.5 hours

Bushwalking, plane or heli-tours, bus tours, station tours and more. From Bungle Bungle Caravan Park there is 70-80km of rough 4WD road to either Echidna Chasm or Cathedral Gorge. Plan ahead and allow yourself enough time to visit a few attractions. Suggested trips: Visitor centre, Cathedral Gorge and Picaninny Creek Walk – including Whipsnake Gorge and Picaninny Lookout. The park’s main feature, the Bungle Bungle Range, stands 300 metress above the spinifex covered plain and is dominated by the famous orange and black banded beehive-shaped dome. The park has limited accessible drinkable water. Good to know that our Safari Camprite trailers can hold 160 litres of drinkable water! Stay at the Bungle Bungles Caravan Park.

Leg 8  Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles) to Halls Creek 149 kms  3 hours

Have a look at the China Wall, just outside of town. It looks like the miniature of the Great Wall of China! 45 kms out of town, you will find Palm Springs, where you can have a swim. Other places to have a look at include Caroline Pool, Old Halls Creek and Sawpit Gorge.

Leg 9 Halls Creek to Wolfe Creek National Park 149 km 3 hours

The Wolfe Creek meteorite crater is the second largest crater in the world from which fragments of a meteorite have been collected. The crater is 880 metres across and almost circular. A camping area in the national park is free to visitors.

Leg 10  Wolfe Creek National Park to Fitzroy Crossing 428 kms 6 hours

It’s the gateway to Geikie Gorge and it is is one of only two “towns” along the over 1000 km stretch of highway between Broome and Kununurra. The Geikie Gorge National Park does not have camping facilities so he only option is to stay at one of the two caravan parks in town.

Leg 11 Explore Geikie Gorge National Park (or head back to Broome 471 kms  6 hours)

There are several walk trails which can be explored or you can take a boat cruise to admire the gorge. Please note it is always recommended to purchase your tickets in advance. Depending on the time you are finished with Geikie Gorge National Park, you might wish to stay another night at Fitzroy Crossing or make your way back to Broome and stay in one of their caravan parks.

Explore Broome

Broome is a compact town to explore and attractions are all within 15 minutes drive.

Must see & do:

  • Camel ride on Cable Beach
  • Matso’s mango beer brewery
  • Fishing
  • Whale Watching
  • Pearl tour
  • Sunset
  • Crocodile farm
Total kilometers: 2,790
Total travel hours: 38
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h, the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published book or GPS navigational system.
Images: Courtesy of Tourism Western Australia and Northern Territory
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Broome to Darwin Itinerary

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Head from Broome to Darwin including the Gibb River Road in 14 days for the perfect taste of 4WDing in the Australian outback, or complete the journey starting in Darwin by following our Darwin to Broome itinerary.

Leg 1 Broome to Windjana Gorge 370 kms 5 hours

Broome is a compact town to explore and attractions are all within 15 minutes drive.

Must see & do:

  • Camel ride on Cable Beach
  • Matso’s mango beer brewery
  • Fishing
  • Whale Watching
  • Pearl tour
  • Sunset

Head to Windjana Gorge National Park and take a trip out to explore Tunnel Creek.

Stay at the Windjana Gorge Campground.

Leg 2 Windjana to Bell Gorge and Silent Grove 179 kms 2 hours

Explore and swim at the waterfalls including Bell Gorge along the lengths of the Gib River Road.

Silent Grove campsite is the best area to set up camp and to see Bell Gorge and Bells Falls, which are about 11km to the north-west of this campsite.

Leg 3 Bell Gorge and Silent Grove to Manning Gorge 122 kms 1.5 hours

Enjoy a bushwalk and experience the tranquility of Manning Falls.

Manning Gorge is a great place to camp for the night.

Leg 4 Manning Gorge to El Questro 344 kms 4.5 hours

On your way to El Questro, visit Barnett River Gorge and enjoy the hospitality of a pioneering family-owned cattle station and explore the magnificent waterholes on the property.  Look out for incredible Aboriginal art on the rock walls surrounding the waterholes.

Spend a couple of days exploring the El Questro park. Visit the thermal pool at Zebedee Springs, Emma Gorge or take a boat down the Chamberlain Gorge and fish for barramundi.

Stay at El Questro’s campsite.

Leg 5 El Questro to Purnululu National Park 265 kms 3.5 hours

Bushwalking, plane or heli-tours, bus tours, station tours and more. From Bungle Bungle Caravan Park there is 70-80km of rough 4WD road to either Echidna Chasm or Cathedral Gorge. Plan ahead and allow yourself enough time to visit a few attractions.

Start by heading to the visitor centre, Cathedral Gorge and Picaninny Creek Walk – including Whipsnake Gorge and Picaninny Lookout. The park’s main feature, the Bungle Bungle Range, stands 300 metres above the spinifex covered plain and is dominated by the famous orange and black banded beehive-shaped dome.

The park has limited accessible drinkable water, however our off-road safari campers can hold 160 litres of drinkable water!

Stay at the Bungle Bungles Caravan Park.

Leg 6 Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles) to Kununurra 252 kms 3 hours

If time permits, make a quick stop a Lake Argyle. It is the largest lake in Australia and home to abundant wildlife.

Check in at one of the many campsites available in Kununurra such as Ivanhoe Village Resort.

Leg 7 Kununurra to Katherine Gorge 541 kms 7 hours

Nitmiluk National Park has 13 stunning gorges which can be explored by foot, canoe, boat or helicopter. The most popular ones are Edith Falls and Katherine Gorge. If you have time for a walk, Sweetwater Pool can be reached by a short 4.5 kilometre walk from Leliyn / Edith Falls.

Powered and non-powered sites are available near the Gorge Caravan Park and non-powered sites are available at Leliyn (Edith Falls).

Leg 8 Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park to Kakadu 328 kms 4 hours

Kakadu is by far the most popular place in the Top End. It is Australia’s largest national park covering 20,000 hectares with stunning landscapes and amazing Aboriginal rock art sites.

There are many options for campsites and would depend on how far you drive in the national park.

Explore Kakadu National Park

Explore on foot, join a cruise or guided tour, spot crocs or birds and make a splash in one of the many waterfalls.

Leg 9 Kakadu National Park to Litchfield National Park 341 kms 4.5 hours

Litchfield National Park  is home to amazing waterfalls. It is a popular day tour destination but we would recommend staying overnight in order to explore as much as you can. It is possible to swim (even under the waterfalls!) and there are many beautiful walks starting from most popular sites.

Camping is available year-round at Wangi and Florence Falls. Four-wheel drive camping areas are available at Tjaynera Falls (Sandy Creek), Surprise Creek Falls and Florence Falls.

Explore Litchfield National Park

A summary of activities you could do during your time at Litchfield:

  • Swimming
  • Camping
  • Bushwalking
  • Wildlife spotting
  • Visit scenic lookouts
  • View historic ruins at Blyth Homestead and Bamboo Creek
  • Four-wheel driving.

Leg 10 Litchfield to Darwin 159 kms 2 hours

Drive back to Darwin. On the way stop at the Territory Wildlife Park to see wildlife up-close in their natural habitats. A fantastic stop for the children. Or you could visit Crocodylus Park in Berrimah, which  is the best place in Australia to come face to face with the largest reptiles. There is also a crocodile park located in the city, where you can also swim safely next to a 5m+ Saltwater crocodile.

Total kilometers: 2,901
Total travel hours: 37
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h, the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published map book or GPS navigational system.
Images: Courtesy of Tourism Western Australia and Northern Territory
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