Tour Description

Pilbara and Coral Coast: Broome to Perth

(Combined Adelaide and South Coast Departure)
Fifteen Days: 5th – 19th August 2021

Twin Share: $7495 per person. Sole Use: $8795 per person.

Included in the tour:
  • Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
  • Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
  • All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
  • Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.

 

The Pilbara stretches over 400,000 square kilometres and contains some of the world’s most stunning, ancient natural landscapes. It borders the Coral Coast, which boasts over 1000 kilometres of stunning coastline including white sandy beaches and coral reefs just metres from shore. This journey from tropical Broome to metropolitan Perth brings amazing contrasts and provides some of the most breath-taking scenery and incredible experiences to be found in Australia. Join us on a tour that offers something for everyone and is the perfect way to escape Adelaide at winter!

 

Day One – THURSDAY 5 AUGUST 2021

(includes light lunch and two course dinner)

As we rise this morning to a wintry Adelaide day, it’s wonderful to think that this evening we will be in sunny Broome! After being picked up from our homes (limited areas*) we are taken to the Adelaide Airport. On arrival we are met by an Endeavour Tours representative who assists us with check-in, takes us through the security procedures and guides us to the gate, ready to board our Qantas flight to Broome, via Perth. Our Endeavour Tours driver will be there to greet us at Broome Airport, ready to begin our Pilbara adventure.

Originally founded as a pearling port over one hundred years ago, Broome has a rich history and unique multi-cultural mix of residents. We check into our accommodation for the next three nights at the Oaks Resort Broome (Ph. 08 9192 9500) with time to settle in before coming together for dinner.

Day Two – FRIDAY 6 AUGUST 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

Broome’s history is based around the exploits of the men and women who developed the pearling industry and today the industry remains a vibrant part of the town, proudly producing some of the world’s finest pearls.

This morning we set off to visit the Tourism Award winning Willie Creek Pearl Farm to see how the stunning rare Australian south sea cultured pearl is produced. On a guided tour and cruise, we are shown the intricate processes of Broome’s modern cultured pearl industry, from the seeding of an oyster to the harvesting and grading of a pearl. We will enjoy lunch here and have time to browse through the showroom where we can see these magnificent pearls set in beautiful pieces of jewellery.

On our return to Broome, we have some free time to explore. We can spend time walking along one of the stunning beaches, enjoy a camel ride (times vary and is at passengers own cost), shop in town or simply relax on the foreshore.

Back at the motel we enjoy dinner together before retiring to our rooms for the night.

Day Three – SATURDAY 7 AUGUST 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

We spend today getting to know a little more about Broome. A guide hops on board and leads us around the town, sharing stories of it’s rich history, culture and community. We sit back and enjoy the sights, sounds and highlights of this wonderful coastal destination.

Late morning we visit the Pearl Luggers Experience to discover the impact this industry has had on North-Western Australia and the character of Broome. We discover an array of pearling equipment and memorabilia, from actual hard hat diving suits to the hand-powered pumps which fed precious air to the divers below. Also on display are Broome’s last remaining wooden pearling luggers; the Sam Male and DMcD, as well as rare artefacts and archival footage of the divers at work. The museum is also home to a pearl valued at over $100,000!

Following lunch there is some free time to explore Broome further, before we head back to our accommodation mid-afternoon. This evening we are going out for dinner to enjoy a stunning Broome sunset at popular Cable Beach. With 22 kilometres of spectacular white sand and glistening turquoise water, it is the ideal spot to eat at a seaside restaurant and admire the spectacular views.

After making the most of our evening, we return to our motel for a good night’s rest.

Day Four – SUNDAY 8 AUGUST 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

It is now time to farewell the tropical town of Broome and set off down the West Coast.

Today we journey along the Great Northern Highway passing through some of the most sparsely populated and remote areas of Australia. We travel between the Great Sandy Desert to the east and Eighty Mile Beach to the west. Eighty Mile Beach is the longest uninterrupted beach in Western Australia. It stretches for 220 kilometres between Broome and Port Hedland and its endless white sands are scattered with tropical seashells.

We stop along the way for morning tea before continuing our drive south to Sandfire a remote roadhouse nestled between the last sand dunes of the Great Sandy Desert, servicing the travellers that pass by.

We enter the Pilbara region and as the highway, takes us further west, we cross the De Grey River which boasts a stream bed 100 to 130 metres wide. Although dry throughout most of the year the shore land is fertile with grass and trees.

Late this afternoon we arrive in Port Headland, the second largest town in the Pilbara region. Our accommodation this evening is at Hospitality Port Headland (Ph. 08 9173 1044).

 Day Five – MONDAY 9 AUGUST 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

Port Hedland is a dynamic town of over 14,000 people and is fuelled by the millions of dollars poured into the local mining industry. The main industries are iron ore processing, salt production and the shipping of manganese and other minerals. Situated on tidal flats, the town is a unique blend of spectacular natural wonders and industrial businesses. The original inhabitants call the place Marapikurrinya, for the hand shaped formation of the tidal creeks coming off the natural harbour.

After breakfast, we take a drive around the town to learn more about its culture and heritage before setting off along the North West Coastal Highway.

We pause in Whim Creek for morning tea before continuing our drive, passing through Roebourne, a former gold rush town in the Pilbara region which prospered during its gold boom in the late 19th century. The settlement was once the largest between Darwin and Perth but today, the town has a population of less than one thousand people.

Continuing our journey,  we arrive in Karratha, a town that emerged in the 1960s due to the development of iron ore and salt operations in the area. This is where we will be staying tonight, but after lunch, we depart for Dampier, situated just 20 minutes drive west .

Named after the explorer William Dampier, the town overlooks the ocean and islands of the Dampier Archipelago and is the largest tonnage shipping port in Australia. While here we will stop at the Red Dog memorial, made famous by a movie of the same name released in 2011, and enjoy a bit of free time to look around the town. We also take the opportunity to visit the North West Shelf Project Visitors Centre, which overlooks the Karratha Gas Plant. The project is a joint venture between six major international companies and we will learn of its significance through the interactive displays at the Centre.

Late afternoon we return to Karratha and our accommodation at the Karratha International Hotel (Ph. 08 9187 3333). Here we can relax in the comfort of our motel rooms before our dinner this evening.

Day Six – TUESDAY 10 AUGUST 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

After breakfast we continue our journey through the Pilbara region. We travel south-west, enjoying the wonderful scenery as we cross the Maitland River. Our first stop this morning is at Fortescue River, the third longest river in Western Australia which runs into the Indian Ocean at Mardie Station. We stop for refreshments at the Fortesque River Roadhouse.

We get a real sense of how truly remote this north-western region is from the number of roadhouses servicing the highway traveller—the only settlements dotted along the large stretches of road. Crossing the Ashburton River, we arrive at the Nanutarra Roadhouse where we have lunch today.

Leaving the North West Coastal Highway, we travel to Exmouth, 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.

Our accommodation tonight will be at Potshot Hotel Resort, Exmouth (Ph. 08 9949 1200), where we enjoy dinner in the restaurant before retiring to our rooms.

Day Seven – WEDNESDAY 11 AUGUST 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

Today we visit one of the highlights of the Coral Coast. We travel south to Ningaloo,   Australia’s only fringing reef. It has made the UNESCO World Heritage list for its natural beauty, incredible biodiversity and international significance—Ningaloo is the world’s largest fringing reef, and one of the longest near-shore reef systems in the world. In contrast to other reefs, the coral starts right at the water’s edge, making the fish and the coral very accessible for all to see. More than five hundred species of tropical fish and two hundred and twenty species of coral make up the protected marine park of Ningaloo Reef.

This morning we embark on a special exploration of this beautiful reef. We make our way to the foreshore of Coral Bay where we board a glass bottom boat. This boat will take us out to the Reef, which stretches 260 kilometres from Bundegi Reef near the town of Exmouth, to Amherst Point near Coral Bay in the south. These boats are powered by environmentally friendly motors and have huge glass panels to maximise our coral viewing experience. We enjoy open uninterrupted views from both above and below, as we cruise the pristine waters of the bay. (Timing of this tour is dependent on the tides.) 

After this very special cruise, we have lunch at Coral Bay before departing to travel further south.

We stop to stretch our legs at Minilya, situated on the Minilya River, before the final part of today’s journey which takes us past the full length of Lake McLeod. The lake occupies 2072 square kilometres and is only separated from the Indian Ocean by coastal dunes and rocky outcrops where both gypsite and salt are mined on the huge evaporation beds.

South of the lake we reach Carnarvon, a small coastal town at the mouth of the Gascoyne River on the Indian Ocean. The Carnarvon area was first settled in 1876 and the town named after Lord Carnarvon, the then British Secretary of State for the Colonies.  Our motel for tonight is Hospitality Carnarvon (Ph. 08 9941 1600).

 Day Eight – THURSDAY 12 AUGUST 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

Departing Carnarvon this morning, we follow the North West Coastal Highway south to Wooramel  where we stop for morning tea before detouring off the highway to Hamelin Pool. Home to a colony of Stromatolites (fossil micro organisms), we take time to look at this natural phenomena, which dates back to the beginning of life on earth.

We have our lunch at the Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station which was built in 1884 as part of the vital communication line between Perth and Roebourne. The original building is now a museum housing many fascinating artefacts and while here we have a guided tour.

This afternoon we turn west and drive along Shark Bay Road to Denham, located on the western coast of Peron Peninsula. We settle into our accommodation for the next two nights at the Heritage Resort Shark Bay (Ph. 08 9948 1133).  

Day Nine – FRIDAY 13 AUGUST 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

Today we experience another highlight of our tour, a visit to Monkey Mia which is best known for the numerous bottlenose dolphins that regularly visit and interact with humans at the local beach. This started back in 1964 when a lady from a nearby fishing village befriended the dolphins, feeding them on a regular basis. It has now become a part of the dolphins’ daily lives, as they visit the shores at Monkey Mia each morning. It is wonderful to be able to watch these beautiful creatures up close.

Later in the morning, we drive back to Denham to visit the Shark Bay Discovery Centre. Denham used to be a pearling port, but is now better known for its seafood, particularly its prawns. Here at the centre is a world class museum which explores all of the natural wonders of World Heritage listed Shark Bay, including its incredible wildlife and historic treasures.

After lunch we travel a little further south to Eagle Bluff. Named after the osprey or sea eagles which nest on the rock island just offshore, it is an ideal place to view rare marine life.

On our return to Denham we have some free time to relax at the Resort or wander along the foreshore before dinner.

Day Ten – SATURDAY 14 AUGUST 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

We depart Denham this morning, to continue our journey further south. As we leave the Peron Peninsula we stop at Shell Beach, one of only two beaches in the world made entirely from shells. Here the beach is covered with shells for about 60 kilometres along the coast and the visual effect of the snow-white beach with the blue ocean waters behind is stunning.

From here we drive to Overlander Roadhouse where we pause for morning tea before turning south, back onto the North West Coastal Highway. Our lunch will be at the Billabong Roadhouse.

This afternoon we follow the highway for some time before our driver turns west to head towards the coast. We enter the Kalbarri National Park which surrounds the lower reaches of the Murchison River. Over time, the river has cut a magnificent gorge through the sandstone, leaving bands of red and white colour through the magnificent rock formations.

Crossing the river we come to the beautiful township of Kalbarri where we check into our accommodation for the next two nights at the Edge Resort Kalbarri (Ph: 08 9937 0000).

Day Eleven – SUNDAY 15 AUGUST 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

Pelican feeding has become one of Kalbarri’s most well known attractions. It started in 1970 when Cliff, a local fisherman, would feed the Pelicans the scraps left over after he had cleaned his morning catch. Volunteers have now taken over the tradition, so after breakfast this morning we can join the pelicans on the foreshore.

The Murchison River is the second longest in Western Australia, flowing from the southern edge of the Robinson Ranges to the Indian Ocean at Kalbarri. Mid-morning we embark on a Wilderness Cruise along this tranquil waterway.  As we journey, we are sure to see the variety of native birds and animals who call this area home.

Upon disembarking our cruise, we have lunch before taking time to explore more of Kalbarri. One of Kalbarri’s newest and most magnificent attractions is the Kalbarri Skywalk, which provides stunning vistas of the Murchison River Gorge. The Skywalk provides accessible viewing of the gorge’s rust-red cliffs, flowing water and bushland from high above. The views are absolutely breath-taking. We will feel as though we are floating above the Murchison River Gorge.

We return to our accommodation with time to relax before coming together in the restaurant for dinner.

Day Twelve – MONDAY 16 AUGUST 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

This morning we depart Kalbarri, following the coastal road through Northampton on our way south to Geraldton. With a population of approximately 25 000, the city of Geraldton is the commercial centre and port for the Batavia Coast. We stop for morning tea at the HMAS Sydney Memorial. This national memorial is dedicated to the lost crew and families of the HMAS Sydney II, said to be the greatest single tragedy in Australia’s Naval history.

From Geraldton we take the Brand Highway along the coast, past Cape Burney and on through Greenough to Dongarra for lunch. The town is located at the mouth of the Irwin River and the area is marketed as the ‘Rock lobster capital of Australia’.

Veering off the Highway we take the Indian Ocean drive along the coast. After passing through Green Head we come to the coastal town of Cervantes, and our accommodation for the evening at the Pinnacles Motel (Ph. 08 9652 7145).

Day Thirteen – TUESDAY 17 AUGUST 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

We leave Cervantes this morning and head to nearby Nambung National Park. The park features pristine coastal bays, white sandy beaches and the vegetation here usually bursts into flower between August and October, creating a memorable  spectacle. The park is also home to Western Australia’s Pinnacles. These impressive limestone structures are up to five metres tall and create a peculiar moon-like landscape. We take the opportunity to visit the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre and viewing area to see this intriguing landscape.

After morning tea, we continue down the coast to the small fishing and tourist town of Lancelin. Boasting clear turquoise waters and a relaxed seaside lifestyle, Lancelin is most famous for its amazing white sand dunes. We take a drive around town and see the wonderful views of the Indian Ocean prior to having lunch.

This afternoon we continue our journey along Indian Ocean Drive towards Perth, Western Australia’s beautiful capital city. Perth is known for its personal charm, elegant riverside parks and the beauty of the Swan River. For the next two nights we will be staying at the Metro Hotel Perth (Ph. 08 9367 6122), located less than a kilometre from the bank of the river.

Day Fourteen – WEDNESDAY 18 AUGUST 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

This morning we journey south along the eastern side of the beautiful Swan River to Fremantle, Perth’s iconic fishing boat harbour. Fremantle is renowned for its rich maritime history, preserved 19th century landscape and vibrant street culture.

On arrival in Fremantle, we enjoy our morning tea and then visit the WA Maritime Museum, which houses several unique galleries telling the story of Western Australia’s relationship with the sea. We can  look around at our leisure before meeting for lunch in the Museum Café.

This afternoon we take a different approach to touring Fremantle. We board the Fremantle Tram Tour, which takes us on a complete circuit, highlighting that there is so much more to Fremantle than just the industrial area around the docks. We see the bustling harbours, beautifully preserved architecture and significant sites of this historic port city, with an entertaining and informative commentary provided by a local driver.

After exploring historic Fremantle, we return to Perth and for our last night here in Western Australia.

Day Fifteen – THURSDAY 19 AUGUST 2021

(includes cooked breakfast and light lunch)

After breakfast  we farewell our hosts in Perth before setting out on a guided tour of the city.  A local joins our bus, taking us around the city whilst sharing stories of Perth’s history and development.

We then make our way to Perth Airport, arriving with plenty of time for a relaxed check-in. We are assisted through security to the departure gate ready for our flight to Adelaide.  Arriving in Adelaide in the early evening, we are met by an Endeavour Tours representative. After collecting luggage we meet the drivers that will take us home after an unforgettable journey of discovery exploring the Pilbara and Coral Coast regions of Western Australia.