7 Day Warlu Way Wanderer 4WD Experience

7 Day Warlu Way Wanderer 4WD Experience

7 day trip
9 locations
self driving
camping optional
  • Adventure
  • 4WD
  • Child friendly
  • Nature
  • Hiking
Day 1

Karratha to Point Samson

Spend the first day of your epic adventure exploring the historic town of Cossack and the seaside village of Point Samson. For lunch, enjoy one of life’s simple pleasures, fish and chips at The Samson Beach Tavern before you head home and stop off in Roebourne. Visit the local Aboriginal art workshops and galleries and take a look at the new Ganalili Aboriginal Cultural Centre for the afternoon. Be sure not to get too lost in the arts and leave some time to set up camp overnight in Karratha at one of the local Caravan Parks.
Optional overnight accommodation at one of many options available in Karratha.

Day 2

Karratha to Cheela Plains Station

After a hearty breakfast from one of Karratha’s cafes, hop in your 4WD and travel via Nanutarra Roadhouse on the NW Coastal Highway as you head towards Paraburdoo & Tom Price along the Nanutarra Munjina Road. Take in the roadside red dirt and spinifex as you make your way to Cheela Plains Station to settle in at your outback campsite at Cheela Plains Station. If you get your timing right, join fellow travellers on an astronomy experience to explore the night sky wilderness. Whether you are a beginner or expert level photographer, you’ll be sure to capture some magic on your camera, or take advantage of a range of equipment on offer.
Optional overnight accommodation at Cheela Plains Station Stay.

Key Places to visit
Day 3

Cheela Plains Station Tour

After breakfast join a tag-along-tour in your 4WD for the day. Get your car dirty while you explore and discover the magnificent South Vivash & Beasley Gorges with a local knowledgeable guide. Explore rock pools, take a break from the Pilbara heat with a swim and discover fresh water mussels at the refreshing Mussel Pool. Experience an inland working cattle station in action and feel the passion for preserving the Aussie outback before returning to your peaceful and scenic camp set up.
Optional overnight accommodation at Cheela Plains Station Stay.

Key Places to visit
Day 4

Cheela Plains Station to Karijini via Tom Price

Wake up refreshed and continue your journey north via Paraburdoo to the mining town of Tom Price, nestled deep in the Hamersley Ranges. Take a selfie with a haul truck wearing your hard hat and safety glasses on the Lestock Coach Tour of the Rio Tinto Mine. You’ll learn all things Iron Ore in air conditioned comfort. After a lunch break and a look around picturesque Tom Price, stock up on camp food supplies and continue your drive on to Karijini National Park. Once you arrive head to Joffree Gorge lookout to give you a taste of the stunning natural landscape and what’s in store for the following days before setting up camp at the environmentally friendly Karijini Eco Retreat.
Optional overnight accommodation at Karijini Eco Retreat – we recommend glamping in the Deluxe Eco Tents

Day 5

Karijini National Park

Before your commence your day of outdoor adventures, stop in at the impressive and symbolic goanna shaped Karijini Visitor Centre to learn more about the Aboriginal significance of this unique country. Browse through a range of static and interactive displays and information before you head out to take in the tropical oasis, Fortescue Falls and Fern Pool. You’ll need to hike down a steep trail, don’t forget your swimmers to enjoy the park’s permanent waterfall. You’ll sleep well after a day of exploring and be eager to see more of this epic part of the country tomorrow.
Optional overnight accommodation at Karijini Eco Retreat – we recommend glamping in the Deluxe Eco Tents

Day 6

Karijini Eco Retreat to Karratha via Millstream

Depart Karijini Eco Retreat early and make a morning stop at Kalamina George and take in the 30 minute return walk to the natural pool soaking up streams and out of this world natural rock structures. Continuing on to Millstream-Chichester National Park stop at Deep Reach for a refreshing dip (swim with the local catfish!) Enjoy a picnic lunch or make use of the BBQs provided. You might be lucky enough to be joined by one of the friendly local kangaroos. Take in the scenic cliff lookout (easily accessed by car), the historic homestead or stretch your legs on the wetlands walking trail before making your way back to Karratha. In the evening, enjoy a drink and dinner at one of our modern bars or restaurants.

Day 7


Head out for the morning and join the Murujuga Rock Art and Cultural Experience tour guided by indigenous custodians who will share their culture and stories with you at the Murujuga National Park. Continue down the Burrup Peninsula to the North West Shelf Visitors Centre which overlooks a gas plant and gives insight to the processes used. You’ll be ready to take a swim at Hearsons Cove where you can enjoy the shelly beach or explore the flats at low tide. Then head to the charming seaside town of Dampier and don’t forget to take a pic with the Red Dog commemorative statue. Return to Karratha for the last night of your epic DIY adventure.

Please contact the Karratha Tourism & Visitor Centre for more information on how to book this itinerary.

Phone (08) 9186 8055 or email visitkarratha@karratha.wa.gov.au

Drive Times

The Journey

o Cossack to Point Samson is a 10 minute drive
o Point Samson to Karratha is a 40 minute drive
o Karratha to Cheela Plains Station is a 5 hour drive
o Cheela Plains to Tom Price is just under 2 hour drive
o Tom Price to Karijini Eco Retreat is a 1 hour drive
o Karijini to Millstream-Chichester National park is a 4 hour drive
o Millstream-Chichester National park to Karratha is a 1.5 hour drive
o Karratha to Hearson Cove is a 25 minute drive
o Karratha to Dampier is a 20 minute drive
o Hearson Cove to Dampier is a 15 minute drive


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