Join us on an exclusive group 10 day tour around the Murchison and Pilbara. Focusing on stories of the past and staying at unique station stays, we explore the lesser known roads of these regions.
Our comfortable 4wd vehicles guarantee you a window seat and ample leg room (only 3 clients per car). The flexibility offered by these 4wds means that we go exploring in remote areas that you might not otherwise see. Small group numbers also ensure that we can undertake activities such as birdwatching, nature walks and gold prospecting amongst other things.
This trip will make memories for life.
Day 1 Perth to Mellenbye Station
Leaving from Perth we drive through the mid west farming regions to make our way to the old gold mining areas of the Murchison.
We overnight at Mellenbye Station. This historic station was one of two established in the 1870s and ran sheep through the Yalgoo area. The station buildings have been restored and the homestead hospitality goes above and beyond. We’ll have a drink around the fire, enjoy a wonderful cooked meal and watch the stars.
Day 2 Mellenbye to Cue
Taking the back roads, we explore Joker’s Tunnel and practice a little prospecting for gold. The gold mining era established many towns that would spring up and die out, often only months after. Some of the old buildings remain and we wander through the old Big Bell townsite, appreciating the effort of the past. There’s also some notable notable indigenous art at Walga Rock and we go exploring, looking for the Dalgaranga meteorite crater.
Overnight at Cue, in the wonderful Queen of the Murchison Hotel. Beautifully refurbished rooms capture the feel of a bygone era but with modern comforts.
Day 3 Cue to Mt Augustus
Following the little used station roads we head northwest from Cue. Along the way we visit the historic Mount Gould Police Station and the iconic Landor Race Course, making our way to Mt Augustus (Burringurrah). You also have the option of joining Australia's biggest BBQ at Australia's biggest rock (optional activity $70). Last year's promotion: https://windfallwine.com.au/events/australias-biggest-bbq-at-the-worlds-biggest-rock-mt-augustus
Day 4 Mt Augustus (Burringurrah)
What can we say about this magnificent monolith (or inselberg; the jury’s still out): it’s better than Uluru, still climbable and we stay at the base of it.
There’s petroglyphs, scenic spring walks, indigenous heritage and the opportunity for the fit to climb part way up this imposing feature. Maybe wildflowers as well. We also spend time exploring the bird life of nearby Cattle Pool and extend our day with sunset drinks, watching the colours change on the rock.
Day 5 Mt Augustus to Cheela Plains Station
Travelling the back roads through Ashburton Downs Station, we proceed to Cheela Plains Station for our overnight stay. Another one of the historic station stays along our route and this doesn’t disappoint either. Lovely restored buildings and warm welcomes.
Day 6 Cheela
We like Cheela so much that we’re staying for another day! This is our time to explore the stunning landscape, swim in the remote gorges, take in hiking trails or just lounge around the homestead. All of this without the crowds.
Day 7 Cheela to Tom Price
An early morning start sees us heading towards the western end of Karijini National Park. We take an in-depth look at the beautiful Hammersley Gorge and the stunning colours of the Hamersley Ranges before settling in Tom Price for the night.
Day 8 Tom Price to Newman
Today it’s the eastern side of the Park and the Visitor Centre. We take in stunning views from gorge lookouts and descend into the shady depths and green waters of Dale Gorge, Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool.
Onto Newman for the night.
Day 9 Newman to Kirkalocka Station
Today we’re travelling on the blacktop heading south. Our last station stay is equally as enjoyable as the others; we sit around a fire, look at the stars and contemplate our lives. Explore the old shearing shed and wander amongst the wildflowers.
Day 10 Kirkalocka to Perth
Our last day and heading to Perth. We stop to view the old gold battery at Payne’s Find, one of the last operating original batteries in the region.
We divert to Ningham Station and take a 4wd track up Mt Singleton, rising 700m above the plain. There’s the chance of beautiful wildflowers and amazing views.
Making our way past the current mining areas, we travel on through the northern Wheatbelt and end up in Perth, with memories of a lifetime and new friends made.