Duration

11

NIGHTS

The Explorer

Perth to Dirk Hartog Island

From 25,900 AUD per family or 19,900 AUD per couple

Are you ready to embark on an extraordinary off-road exploration through the untamed outback of Western Australia?

Prepare yourself for an experience like no other as you join us on a thrilling, adventurous journey to the UNESCO World Heritage region of Shark Bay and in particular Dirk Hartog Island, the crown jewel of Australian exploration. Step back in time and relive the historic moment when European explorer Dirk Hartog first set foot on Australian soil in 1616, igniting the spirit of discovery and paving the way for future explorers from the Netherlands, Britain, and France.

Day

1

Comprehensive 4WD Training

Our adventure will commence in the vibrant city of Perth, where you will be welcomed into a world of exploration and discovery. On the first day, we'll introduce you to your trusted companion, our specially equipped 4WD Land Cruiser, and embark on a comprehensive training session with your fellow explorers. Together, we'll conquer the art of beach driving, navigate towering sand dunes, and unlock the full potential of our vehicles. You’ll have fun learning the secrets of adapting tyre pressure to suit extreme driving conditions and discover the art of surviving in the vast Australian outback. With radio etiquette and convoy travel mastered, we’ll return to our city hotel to share an evening meal with your fellow travellers before we depart on our Australian adventure.

Day

2

Depart perth to hamelin homestead outback station

Day two heralds the beginning of our unforgettable journey. Departing Perth in a synchronized convoy, we will traverse the mesmerizing coastline of the Indian Ocean, heading towards the fabled 'Edel Land.' Along the way, we’ll make a stop at Port Denison, a charming Western Australian fishing town. You’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture as we engage with the friendly fishermen and select the finest freshly caught WA rock lobster, a true delicacy of the region, for our evening feast. Upon arrival at Hamelin Outback Station, we’ll set up our first camp, before gathering around the fire, enjoying the crackling flames and the tantalizing smells of lobster sizzling on the BBQ. With gin and tonics in hand, we will share tales of our exhilarating first day, forging friendships with your fellow explorers, under the star-studded Australian outback sky.

Day

3

Off-road Thrills to Steep Point

Day three dawns with the promise of another thrilling adventure as we set our sights on Steep Point, a rugged landscape that will put your off-road skills to the test. We’ll embark on a heart-pounding journey through challenging terrains, conquering corrugated gravel roads, clay tracks, and treacherous sandy hills. Feeling the surge of adrenaline as your 4WD vehicle triumphs over each obstacle, we’ll take you deeper into the wild heart of Australia. As we reach Steep Point, the westernmost tip of the continent, we will establish our camp for the night, surrounded by breathtaking vistas. This is a very special moment of our itinerary as we watch the sunset, whilst seated on the edge of Australia; and as the sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky with vibrant hues, we will prepare our dinner together before settling down for a well-deserved sleep.

Day

4

Dirk Hartog island

On day four, we’ll be up before daybreak preparing our vehicles for our barge trip experience across to Dirk Hartog Island. We will board the barge early, at a time when the sea is at its flattest and the winds are at their lowest. Nature dictates our departure and arrival time as well as our course, much like it did for the European explorers in the 17th century. Navigating the barge and reversing your 4WD onto the sandy beaches of Dirk Hartog Island is yet another memorable adventure, not to mention the barge transfer which offers a true marine safari – the opportunity to spot dugongs, rays, turtles, dolphins and even whales. Upon arrival on the island, we head to the homestead, where the Wardle family have had the island to themselves for three generations. We will enjoy a well-deserved coffee at the ‘Inscription,’ Australia’s most remote bar and café, before heading north towards our first island campsite, an idyllic spot nestled right on the pristine beach.

Day

5

Cape Inscription

Day five traditionally greets us with a symphony of marine life, frolicking just meters from our campsite. We indulge in a hearty breakfast before we begin our off-road journey that leads us to Cape Inscription, a place of profound historical significance. Here, we will visit the lighthouse, the lighthouse keeper's cottage, and the replica of Dirk Hartog's original pewter plate, a testament to the resilience of early exploration. Immersed in the historical tapestry of the island, it’s inspiring to reflect on the profound impact Dirk Hartog and the early explorers’ who subsequently followed him, had on shaping the course of Australian history. The afternoon unveils a new dimension of wonder as we follow a mesmerizing 4WD track to Turtle Bay, home of the endangered Loggerhead turtles. We’ll have the chance to explore the breathtaking beaches and to savour the tranquillity of the remote surroundings. We may be lucky enough to witness the miracle of life as the turtle hatchlings emerge from their sandy nests. This experience is one of our most cherished and a memory that if you’re lucky enough to see it, we are certain will forever adorn the pages of your life's story, as it has ours. In the evening, we will return to our campsite, where we’ll settle down to the gentle sounds of the waves breaking on the shore, under a canopy of stars that seem within arm's reach.

Day

6

true marine safari

On day six, we embark on an unforgettable day of exploration and adventure on Dirk Hartog Island's West Coast track. Navigating challenging terrains, conquering corrugation, and experiencing 4-wheel drive challenges that you will enjoy talking about for many years to come. The rugged beauty of the island unfolds before your eyes, offering breathtaking coastal landscapes and stunning vistas of the Indian Ocean. As the convoy pauses for a picturesque lunch along the coast, we will immerse ourselves in the island's untouched beauty. The afternoon will continue with more off-road excitement as we delve deeper into this remote wilderness. We will share insights into the island's history and unique ecosystems, giving you a profound appreciation for the delicate balance of nature. The day will wind down as the convoy returns to the campsite. For those who enjoy fishing, the evening provides an opportunity to catch fresh fish from the pristine beach. The day culminates in a delightful dinner where we will prepare the freshly caught fish together, creating a feast infused with the essence of the island. As the night sky reveals its splendour, we will retire to our cosy swags under a blanket of stars, filled with gratitude for the exhilarating day of adventure, natural wonders, and newfound friendships on Dirk Hartog Island.

Day

7

sand-duning expedition

Day seven is another day of thrilling adventure, as we pack up camp and embark on an exhilarating sand-duning expedition. The sand dunes that lie before us are truly sensational, counted among the most remarkable in the world. Navigating these towering dunes requires both skill and courage, and the remote landscape enveloping us will leave you in awe. As the day draws to a close, we'll arrive at the homestead campsite, where you'll relish some home comforts including warm showers and flushing toilets. Indulge in a special ‘Inscription’ gin and tonic crafted with the island's rare botanicals. Dirk Hartog Island is also home to a unique wildlife conservation project called Return to 1616, aimed at restoring the island's fauna and flora to its pre-colonization state. As a result, you'll have the chance to encounter some of the rarest endangered species on the island, including nocturnal marsupials. After dinner, we’ll enjoy a special guided walk through the wilderness to witness the wonders of native Australian wildlife, with a focus on the endangered wallabies that call this island home.

Day

8

crystal-clear depths of the Indian Ocean

Day eight will dawn with a sense of tranquillity, as we ease into a day of well-deserved relaxation. The morning invites you to embrace the pristine waters of this UNESCO World Heritage-listed island. You’ll have the opportunity to stand-up paddleboard, kayak, snorkel, or just immerse yourself in the crystal-clear depths of the Indian Ocean, letting the gentle currents carry you through a world teeming with vibrant marine life, offering a truly immersive experience like no other. To heighten your island experience, we’ll enjoy a delicious seafood lunch where you’ll have the opportunity to savour the fresh ocean bounty, knowing that every bite is a celebration of the island's rich heritage. After lunch, we’ll head out to the majestic blow holes, visit the shark nursery and then onto Herold Heights, a vantage point that offers a breathtaking vista of Australia's iconic last sunset. Here, we will be joined by the revered Indigenous elder, Darren 'Capes' Capewell, whose presence adds a profound depth to this awe-inspiring moment of connection to culture and country. 'Capes' shares his ancestral wisdom, captivating stories and insights into the sacred relationship between the land and its people, who were on the island more than 40 000 years ago and are the oldest surviving culture in the world. With the fiery hues of the setting sun as our backdrop, you will be transported to a realm where time stands still. We’ll then return to our campsite under the starry sky, where a delicious dinner will await us. As darkness settles over the outback, 'Capes' will continue sharing his mesmerizing Dreamtime stories with us to the sounds of the didgeridoo. As the tribal tones of this ancient instrument harmonize with the night sounds of the remote Australian wilderness, you’re guaranteed to lose yourself in the primal rhythms of this awe-inspiring instrument which will connect you with the ancient spirit of the land and the heartbeat of Australia. Take our word for it - once it resonates within you, it’s very difficult not to return!

Day

9

the majestic cliffs of Wirruwana

On day nine, we awaken to embark on a world-heritage walking tour with our guide 'Capes', along the majestic cliffs of Wirruwana, the Aboriginal name for Dirk Hartog Island. We will venture into a realm where time intertwines with tradition, as ‘Capes’ shares with us the native bush food and traditional medicine plants that have sustained the Nanda and Malgana tribes for over 40,000 years, revealing the remarkable resilience of their culture and how they not only survive, but thrive, in this unique saltwater country. After a delicious breakfast, our journey will continue with ‘Capes’ across to Cape Peron National Park, another UNESCO World Heritage site. We’ll have the opportunity to walk to Skipjack Point Lookout which offers panoramic views of the dramatic coastline and to visit the Peron Homestead, a haven nestled amidst the untamed wilderness. Here, we will indulge in a rejuvenating soak in the hot artesian waters of the 'hot tub.’ As dusk descends, we will return to Dirk Hartog Island for our final night on the island under the starlit canopy, where a traditional BBQ dinner will await us. Sitting around the campfire on the beach, we’ll share stories of this remarkable journey and how it has woven our group of explorers’ together in a tapestry of unforgettable memories.

Day

10

the enchanting Hamelin Bay

On day ten, we will bid farewell to Dirk Hartog Island traversing the rugged landscapes one last time, as we leave the untamed wilderness that has become our temporary home. We continue on our off-road journey, as we navigate the barge trip back to the Australian mainland. Our route treats us to awe-inspiring coastal views and diverse terrains, with frequent opportunities to continue to spot native wildlife along our way. In the late afternoon, will arrive will at the enchanting Hamelin Bay, where we’ll prepare to stay for the night. As the sun sets, we will gather for a delicious dinner featuring the finest local produce. This evening normally unfolds with shared stories and laughter, fostering camaraderie amongst our fellow explorers. As the stars begin to twinkle overhead, we may choose to enjoy some stargazing, relishing the tranquil beauty of Hamelin Bay.We’re certain that the memories of camaraderie, exploration, and the sheer beauty of Western Australia will forever be etched in your soul and that you will carry a piece of the outback with you, forever transformed by the beauty and vastness of Western Australia. The echoes of your adventure will we’re sure resound in your heart as a constant reminder of the untamed spirit that lies within us all. So, join us on this extraordinary off-road experience through the outback of Western Australia. Let the untamed wilderness of two of most pristine UNESCO world heritage-listed sites awaken your adventurous spirit. Discover the historical treasures, immerse yourself in the wonders of nature, and forge lifelong connections with fellow explorers. We can’t wait to welcome you…

Day

11

a farewell celebration

On day eleven, we prepare for our journey back to Perth, but not without more memorable experiences to cherish. Our drive takes us back through Port Denison, to collect some freshly caught WA rock lobster to take home with us. We continue our journey back to Perth, arriving just before sunset. In the evening, we will gather for a farewell celebration to toast to the memories we've created, the challenges we've conquered together, the breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife we’ve witnessed and the indomitable spirit of exploration that has fuelled our journey together. The adventure may come to an end, but the lasting impressions and shared moments of camaraderie, exploration, and the sheer beauty of the places we’ve visited (and the local people you have met) will be forever etched in your soul, as they are in ours, and you will carry a piece of the outback with you, forever transformed by the beauty and vastness of Western Australia.

So, join us on this extraordinary off-road experience through the outback of Western Australia. Let the untamed wilderness of two of most pristine UNESCO world heritage-listed sites awaken your adventurous spirit. Discover the historical treasures, immerse yourself in the wonders of nature, and forge lifelong connections with fellow explorers. We can’t wait to welcome you…

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