Australian Air Holiday Tours to the Pilbara
The Pilbara region in Western Australia has some of the world’s most ancient natural landscapes, dating back two billion years and stretching over 400,000 square kms.
Millstream, Pilbara W.A.
Karijini National Park, Pilbara W.A.
Karijini National Park
Karijini National Park is all about adventure. It’s about exploring ancient rocky tunnels and plunging gorges, paddling through crystal-clear waterways and swimming under stunning waterfalls.
One of the big attractions of Karijini National Park is that all its most amazing scenery is within easy reach. You can pull into a car park, walk 50 mm and see waterfalls rushing down 100-metre canyons into cool rock pools. See Karijini Eco Retreat
Parabadoo Millstream National Park
Millstream-Chichester National Park is a semi-arid National Park set within the Pilbara region of Western Australia. You can find out a lot about the Millstream Chichester National Park and the local Yinjinarndi Aboriginal people at the Millstream Homestead.
The Millstream Chichester National Park offers fantastic bush walking as well as a number of scenic drives around the park. These include the Chichester Range Camel Track, Cliff Lookout Drive and the Murlunmunyjurna Trail.
The Pilbarra region is a wonder to see. It is a large, dry, thinly populated region in the north of Western Australia known for its vast mineral deposits, including iron ore, petroleum and natural gas, which contribute significantly to the state’s economy. Other than mining, pastoral activities, fishing and tourism are the main industries in The Pilbara.
The Kalbarri National Park is home to a phenomenon of geography and geology known as the Z Bend, a walking track, and “Nature’s Window”, a rock formation overlooking hundreds of kilometres of Murchison River. The Rainbow Jungle (The Australian Parrot Breeding Centre), located a few kilometres south of the town centre, features hundreds of exotic species of birds in their native habitat plus a walk-in cage allowing humans to interact with the birds. Red Bluff and other coastal cliffs and formations are located south of the town. The area is also famed for the diversity and extent of wildflowers during winter months. Twenty-one plant species are found only in the coastal cliff tops and gorge country predominantly in the National Park. One of the best known local plants is the Kalbarri catspaw, a small yellow or red plant that is usually seen on recently burnt country from August to September. Several orchids can only be seen in and near the park, including the Kalbarri spider orchid and the Murchison hammer orchid. The small-petalled Beyeria or short-petalled Beyeria, once thought to be extinct, was re-discovered in the park in 1994. The population in the park is one of only three known populations.
The town was established in 1967 to support the nearby United States Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt. Beginning in the late 1970s, the town began hosting U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to Learmonth Solar Observatory, a defence science facility jointly operated with Australia’s Ionospheric Prediction Service. Ningaloo Reef is located to the west of Exmouth Golf. It is most famed for its whale sharks which feed there during March to June, the reef is also rich in coral and other marine life. During the winter months, the reef is part of the migratory routes for dolphins, dugongs, manta rays and humpback whales. The beaches of the reef are an important breeding ground of the loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles. They also depend on the reef for nesting and food. The Ningaloo supports an abundance of fish (500 species), corals (300 species), molluscs (600 species) and many other marine invertebrates. The reef is less than half a kilometre offshore in some areas, such as Coral Bay. In 2006, researchers from the Australian Institute of Marine Science discovered in the marine park’s deeper waters gardens of sponges that are thought to be species completely new to science. One of Australia’s great Eco Lodges co habitats in this area. It is an Eco Lodge run by Wild Bush Luxury see Sal Salis.