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DAY ONE Arrive in Karratha and pack your sunscreen and bathers for an
inland adventure. Hire a car with a full fuel tank and pack food and water.
You’ll be heading for the 20,000ha Millstream-Chichester National Park,
the unknown jewel of the Pilbara. It’s 142km away; head to the North West
Coastal Highway, turn right, then left onto the Warlu Way. Detour left at
the sign for Python Pool. Enjoy a swim then travel back the way you came
following the signs to the park. There are bush-style camping facilities so
head to the Visitor Centre and find ranger Scott Godley, who has a wealth
of knowledge about the Park.
DAY TWO Explore tranquil gorges and rockpools, which hold fresh water
year-round, via walking trails. You can also swim, canoe or laze on the
water’s edge. At day’s end enjoy the spectacular sunset at Cliff Lookout.
DAY THREE Head to Gregory’s Gorge, one of the most gorgeous gorges
you’ll ever see, just outside the park. There are fabulous scenic walks along
the river and up the gorges while the colour of the cliffs will fascinate
photographers. Whatever you do, chances are it will be without the crowds
of other campers so relax and enjoy the serenity of this beautiful place.
Long weekend escape | Pilbara
Liz has spent 14 years in the Pilbara
and has been working in the tourism
industry for two years. She suggests
driving the Warlu Way, a route
that takes in the Coral Coast and
Kimberley, as well as the Pilbara.
DAY ONE At Coral Bay board a
glass-bottom boat for a view of
Ningaloo Reef’s diverse marine life.
DAY TWO Drive 153km to Exmouth
where you can try your luck at
beach, reef or game fishing.
DAY THREE Drive to Tom Price and
tour Rio Tinto’s open-cut mine.
Then head out of town to the awe-
inspiring Karijini National Park.
Walk into the depths of Dales Gorge.
DAY FOUR Explore the west side
including stunning Kalimina Gorge
and spectacular Oxer Lookout at
the junction of four gorges. If fit,
descend to the bottom of Hancock
Gorge, swim in freshwater pools
and eat a picnic among some of the
oldest rocks in the world. Later,
enjoy dinner under a million stars.
DAY FIVE Head to Millstream-
Chichester National Park along the
unsealed road next to the longest
privately owned railway in the
world. At the park visit the old
homestead, now the visitor centre.
Walk along one of the trails around
to Jirndawurrunha Pool.
DAY SIX Head to Dampier
Archipelago & Burrup Peninsula for
a cruise. Or hire a boat and go out
for some serious fishing. Visit Deep
Gorge near Hearson’s Cove to see
Aboriginal rock engravings.
DAY SEVEN Continue to Point
Samson, stopping in Roebourne
enroute. Step back in time with a
visit to the Old Gaol Museum. Head
out to Cossack and see its historical
buildings. Head to Point Samson
Peninsular and enjoy a stroll then a
sunset drink and a feast of seafood.
DAY EIGHT Drive north to Port
Hedland via the historic copper-
mining town of Whim Creek.
Tour BHP Billiton’s port facilities.
Heading north, visit the Cape
Keraudren Coastal Reserve, a
haven for land and sea animals.
Make camp for the night at pristine
Eighty Mile Beach and enjoy the
DAY NINE The final leg takes you
into the town of Broome. Go to the
crocodile park to marvel at the huge
crocodilians, swim at Cable Beach
or peruse the art galleries. Finally
enjoy sunset drinks overlooking the
mud flats of Roebuck Bay then soak
up the atmosphere at one of the
many alfresco restaurants.
LIZ MORTIMORE | 9-day Warlu Way adventure | Pilbara
Fern Pool in Karijini National Park.
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