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 North West Western Australia 

"The Last Frontier"  

Departing from Perth Monday 28th August 2017

 

 

 

  

Day 1.  Home – Perth                           (D)

Transfer to Sydney Airport for your flight to Perth.  Upon arrival in Perth you will be greeted by your coach captain, David, and transferred to your accommodation for overnight.  Ibis Style Perth City

 

Day 2.  Perth – Dalwallinu               (BD)

Departing Perth this morning travelling north to New Norcia. Time to explore   Australia’s very own monastic town. Travel onto Wongan Hills with its various nature reserves and interesting walk trails before heading to Dalwallinu.  Be sure to drop into the Dalwallinu Discovery Centre for the latest tourist information.           Dalwallinu is a small wheatbelt support centre and is right in the heart of wildflower country and is the first town of The Wildflower Way, a world famous    tourist route which stretches north to Mullewa.  Overnight stay in Wheatbelt.

 

Day 3.  Dalwallinu – Nalbarra Station      (BLD)

We hope to experience more wildflowers along the way today. We will travel the Great Northern Highway passing through the small townships of Wubin and        Jibberding Farm.  Next stop will be Paynes Find. Dazzling spring wildflowers and a rich seam of pioneering and prospecting history can be found in Paynes Find.    Discover the legacy of the area's first gold mine leaseholder with a visit to Western Australia's only working gold battery.  We continue our journey and make our way to Nalbarra Station for a two (2) night stay with John & Karen.

 

Please Note:  Accommodation on Nalbarra Station is renovated Shearers quarters with shared bathroom facilities.  The experience of a stay on Nalbarra will far outweigh any inconvenience.

 

Day 4.  Nalbarra Station Tour       (BLD)

Nalbarra Station is a 161,000 hectare Sheep Station, where wildlife is abundant. Take a stroll through the country side and you'll be sure to see some of the locals. Kangaroos, emus, bungarras (sand monitors), numerous reptiles, small      marsupials plus you'll no doubt bump into the odd sheep or two!

Wildflowers cover the countryside from mid July to mid/late September if good winter rainfall has fallen. If the season is right you'll be sure to see carpets of     everlastings, orchids, wattle/acacias, grevilleas, verticordias, mulla-mulla and so much more!  A day of exploring!

 

Day 5.  Nalbarra – Mount Magnet - Meekathara                           (BD)

Farewell to John & Karen as we re-join the Great Northern Highway. Explore the town of Mt Magnet, visit the Mining and Pastrol Museum and “Ron the Rock Man’s” unique collection. Mount Magnet lives up to its role as the hub of the Murchison and the longest surviving gold mining settlement in Western Australia.  Passing Lake Austin we stop in the small boom and bust town of Cue, before arriving in Meekathara for our overnight stay.  Auski Motel Meekathara

 

Day 6.  Meekathara – Newman     (BLD)

Today is a travelling day, taking in the ever changing countryside along the Great Northern Highway. Take a break at the Kumarina Roadhouse, an area with a      population of around 70 people.  Be on the look out for roadtrains today, as we make our way in Newman for a two (2) night stay. We have now entered the Pilbara.  Seasons Motel, Newman

 

Day 7.  Explore Newman                  (BD)

The town of Newman was established by Mt. Newman Mining Co. Pty Ltd (a subsidiary of BHP) in 1968.  Newman is the largest modern mining town in the East Pilbara region. Sitting on the edge of the Western Desert, the town is dominated by Mount Newman (1053 metres) and named after the explorer Aubrey Woodward  Newman. Today we will explore the township and surrounding areas. 

We take a BHP Billiton Mt. Whaleback Mine Tour, exploring the world’s largest open-cut iron ore mine! Get up close with the massive 200-ton Wabco Ore Truck in the car park at the Visitor Centre.  The tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours.

Please note: fully enclosed shoes, long sleeved tops to the wrists and long pants to the ankles are essential for the tour.  

 

Day 8.  Newman – Marble Bar         (BD)

From Newman, we make our way to the old goldrush town of Nullagine. It is located on the Nullagine River. Nullagine’s red granite hills and majestic paperback gumtrees create a diverse and unique landscape. Take a stroll to Look Out Hill for a panoramic view of the townsite and surrounding area. Visit the Nullagine Hotel which is also the local store, service station and more. We continue to Marble Bar, known as Australia’s hottest town and is listed in the Guinness Book of Records for reaching 37.8ºC or more for 160 consecutive days.  Overnight Travellers Inn, Marble Bar  Dinner at the local Hotel

 

Day 9.  Discover Marble Bar —  Port Hedland                        (BD)

The name Marble Bar was derived from a nearby jasper bar mistaken for marble and now known as Marble Bar, which runs across the bed of the Coongan River.    Possibly the most famous building in the town is the Ironclad Hotel built in the 1890s. Marble Bar had a railway connecting with Port Hedland up until the early 1950s and during World War II, United States Army Air Forces and Royal Australian Air Force heavy bombers were based 25 kilometres away from town.  Several large gold nuggets were discovered as a result of the goldrush.  After our morning exploring Marble Bar, we set off for Port Hedland. Port Hedland is one of the world’s largest and busiest working harbours, filled with grand,    austere ships that transport hundreds of    millions of tonnes of cargo each year to distant places,  handling over 100 million tonnes of product worth over $3 billion a year. The main industries, which define Port Hedland's physical and economic landscape, are iron ore processing and export, salt production and exporting   manganese, other minerals and livestock, tracing new and old trading routes through the seas.  

 Hospitality Inn  Port Hedland

 

Day 10. Port Hedland —  Karijini National Park     (BLD)

Today we venture east into the wild and rugged Karijini National Park.  Covering 627,422 hectares just north of the Tropic of Capricorn in the Hamersley Range, Karijini National Park is Western Australia’s second largest park.  Today we visit the Auski Roadhouse on our way to Dales Gorge and the Karijini Visitors   Centre. Two (2) nights Karijini Eco Retreat—deluxe tents with private facilities

 

Day 11.  Karijini National Park      (BLD)

Today we explore the Park visiting Fortescue Falls,  Circular Pools and view the many spectacular gorges in the area, including Hammersley and Hancock Gorges.  A great day for the photographers onboard.

 

Day 12.  Karijini—Exmouth     (BD)

Travel to Tom Price, deep in the Hamersley Ranges at the foot of Mt Nameless (Jarndunmunha), Western Australia’s highest town at 747m above sea level.  Next stop will be the Nanutarra Roadhouse for our luncheon stop, before travelling the Exmouth Gulf to Exmouth for our two (2) night stay.  Potshot Resort

 

Day 13.  Ningaloo Reef                (BD)

Exmouth is a small resort town on Western Australia’s North West Cape. It’s a gateway to nearby Ningaloo Marine Park with its coral reefs, colourful fish and migratory whale sharks. Nearly surrounding Exmouth, is Cape Range  National Park.  This morning we take a glass bottom boat cruise to discover corals and fish rarely seen while snorkelling from the beach. Aboard the glass bottom boat you go much further. Your tour guides will give you an opportunity to go beyond the reef itself by taking you to see the rugged Mildura Shipwreck, informative Jurabi Turtle Discovery Centre and show you the breathtaking views from the historical Vlaming Head Lighthouse Lookout! 

 

Day 14.  Exmouth—Carnarvon       (BD)

From Exmouth we travel through Cape Range National Park before travelling the coast road to Coral Bay. A beautiful    seaside town on the fringe of Ningaloo Reef.  Stopping at the Minilya Roadhouse before making our way to Carnarvon. Known as the fruitbowl of the west, Carnarvon lies at the mouth of the Gascoyne River.  The One Mile Jetty is the longest jetty in the North of Western Australia and is listed with both State and National Heritage Trusts. You may choose to walk the jetty, or sit back and enjoy a trip on the Coffee Pot Train which runs along the length of the jetty. 

Overnight Hospitality Inn Carnarvon

 

Day 15.  Carnarvon—Shark Bay    (BD)

Continuing along the North West Coastal Highway this morning, before branching off onto the Peron Peninsula and the Shark Bay Heritage Area.  Shark Bay is located at the most westerly point of Australia. Stroll along the shores of Shell Beach and take in the views from Eagle Bluff before continuing on to Monkey Mia, where wild bottle nosed dolphins come close to shore. 

Overnight Heritage Resort

 

Day 16.  Shark Bay Cruise —Kalbarri           (BD)

This morning we step aboard Aristocat2 for a cruise around nature’s aquarium in search of dugongs, sponging dolphins, loggerhead or green turtles, manta rays and other amazing and endangered marine life. Back on board the coach we make our way to Kalbarri for our two (2) night stay.  Edge Resort Kalbarri

 

Day 17.  Kalbarri National Park          (BLD)

Visit Kalbarri National Park with its     crimson coastal cliffs. Discover the wild beauty of ancient landscape, view spectacular Murchison River Gorges, wildlife & native fauna. Make sure your cameras are charged today!

 

Day 18. Kalbarri—Geraldton          (BD)

Today we travel the short distance to Geraldton on the shores of Champion Bay.  Take in the sights of the town and the port of Geraldton. Visit the HMAS Sydney Memorial.    Overnight Hospitality Geraldton

 

Day 19.  Geraldton - Pinnacles—Perth   (BLD)

Continue further south to the historic   hamlet of Greenough & view the twisted red gums bent parallel to the ground.  See the remains of a once large community       scattered across the flats. Follow the Brand Highway south, detouring to the small town of Cervantes to visit Nambung National Park.  Take a journey through the Pinnacles, with studs of limestone jutting from the desert sand ... their origin is still subject to debate.  Continue into Perth for overnight  Hotel Ibis Style Perth

 

Day 20. Perth—Home                    (B)

Following breakfast this morning, those flying back to Sydney will be transferred to Perth Airport for your flight.

Upon arrival into Sydney, you will be greeted by your It’s Easy Tours representative and transferred to your home on the Central Coast.

  

Tour Price includes:

  • Home pick-up on the Central Coast & Newcastle ( if departing 28th August)
  • 15 nights motel accommodation on a twin share basis
  • 2 nights station stay with shared facilities
  • 2 nights luxury tent style accommodation with private facilities
  • 19 Breakfasts, 19 Dinner & 7 lunches
  • Morning tea most days
  • All attractions, cruises and entry fees as per itinerary
  • Coach travel with experienced and informative coach captain

 

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