Broome and Dampier Peninsula Indigenous Culture, Dinosaur tracks, Cetaceans, Birds, Stars and more…. 24 July - 2 August 2021

Rod Hartvigsen - Humpback Whale - Inala Nature Tours
Rod Hartvigsen - Humpback Whale - Inala Nature Tours
Tour date: 
Saturday, 24 July 2021 to Monday, 2 August 2021
Duration: 
10 days
Price: 
AU $8,450 per person twin share. Single Supplement: AU $1,090
Highlights: 
In addition to our usual spectacular local bird and mammal content, this tour offers an amazing diversity of nature and history far beyond that , which includes: Indigenous Culture, Cetaceans, Dinosaur Tracks and a sky full of Stars. This tour is a carefully curated collection of experiences and destinations full of insider knowledge.
Overview: 

We are very excited to be offering this new itinerary in one of Australia’s most spectacular locations where it feels like you are in another world. With Broome’s pearling history, diverse multicultural community, strong indigenous living culture, abundant wildlife, and a striking landscape of strongly contrasting colours, this is a very exotic destination. Situated in the far north of Western Australia on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert facing the Indian Ocean, Broome will take your breath away with its turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, rich red pindan cliffs where Brahminy Kite and Osprey soar. Life in this part of the world is organised around the moon cycle and the movement of the tides. Here you will experience the biggest tides in the southern hemisphere. This tour has been designed by Inala team member Kerry, a Broome resident of 30 years who has the benefit of knowing the local’s favourite ‘secret places’ and the best experiences that this location has to offer. An opportunity like this is seldom offered.

You will be visiting the lands of and be guided by the indigenous Yawuru, Nyul Nyul, and Bardi Jawi people. You will also be travelling back in time 130 million years to the Cretaceous Era where evidence can be seen today of roaming dinosaurs from their footprints left in the mud of a vast river plain. You will have one of Inala’s expert wildlife guides along with local guides with intimate knowledge and connection to the places we will visit.

Start Location: 
Broome WA
Australia
Finish location: 
Broome WA
Australia

Broome and Dampier Peninsula

Indigenous Culture, Dinosaur tracks, Cetaceans, Birds, Stars and more….

24 July-2 August 2021

We are very excited to be offering this new itinerary in one of Australia’s most spectacular locations where it feels like you are in another world. With Broome’s pearling history, diverse multicultural community, strong indigenous living culture, abundant wildlife, and a striking landscape of strongly contrasting colours, this is a very exotic destination. Situated in the far north of Western Australia on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert facing the Indian Ocean, Broome will take your breath away with its turquoise waters, white sandy beaches, rich red pindan cliffs where Brahminy Kite and Osprey soar. Life in this part of the world is organised around the moon cycle and the movement of the tides. Here you will experience the biggest tides in the southern hemisphere. This tour has been designed by Inala team member Kerry, a Broome resident of 30 years who has the benefit of knowing the local’s favourite ‘secret places’ and the best experiences that this location has to offer. An opportunity like this is seldom offered.

You will be visiting the lands of and be guided by the indigenous Yawuru, Nyul Nyul, and Bardi Jawi people. You will also be travelling back in time 130 million years to the Cretaceous Era where evidence can be seen today of roaming dinosaurs from their footprints left in the mud of a vast river plain. You will have one of Inala’s expert wildlife guides along with local guides with intimate knowledge and connection to the places we will visit.

Targets for the trip:

Birds - Shorebirds (Far Eastern Curlew, Great Knot, Terek Sandpiper, Asian Dowitcher, Greater & Lesser Sand Plovers, Red-necked Avocet), Gouldian Finch, Long-tailed Finch (ssp acuticauda), Pictorella Mannikin, Black-tailed Treecreeper, Brolga, Osprey, Cockatiel, Budgerigar, Paperbark & Broad-billed Flycatchers, Lemon-bellied Flycatcher (Kimberley ssp tormenti), Purple-backed (Lavender-flanked) Fairywren (ssp dulcis), Red-winged Parrot, Pheasant Coucal, Mangrove Gerygone, White-breasted Whistler, Mangrove Robin, Red-chested Button-quail and Yellow Chat.

Mammals - Snubfin Dolphin, Australian Humpback Dolphin, Indo Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin, Humpback Whale, Sea Turtles, Northern Nail-tail Wallaby, Black Flying Fox.

ITINERARY OUTLINE:
Day 1. Sat 24 July 21. Arrive Broome and welcome dinner.
Day 2.  Sun 25 July 21. Birding at Broome Bird Observatory & evening Staircase to the Moon/night markets.
Day 3. Mon 26 July 21. Snubfin Dolphin Cruise, presentation by local scientist, birding and evening Astro Tour.
Day 4. Tue 27 July 21. Birding at Broome Bird Observatory: Lakes and Roebuck Plains Station.
Day 5. Wed 28 July 21. Dinosaur Tracking/Dreaming story with Traditional Owner & Whale Watching Cruise.
Day 6. Thu 29 July 21. Broome to Dampier Peninsula- birding, Town Walk and a visit to the Pearl Shell Church.
Day 7. Fri 30 July 21. Cultural walking tour, pearl farm/Kimberley Marine Research Station & sunset cruise.
Day 8. Sat 31 July 21. Dampier Peninsula - Gambanan cultural tour and Trochus Hatchery.
Day 9. Sun 1 August 21. Cape Leveque lighthouse bush walk, bird watching & swimming.
Day 10. Mon 2 August 21. Djarindjin Lombadina Cultural Tour then return to Broome. Depart Broome.

DETAILED ITINERARY                                                                          B- breakfast; L- lunch; D-dinner.

Day 1 – Saturday 24 July 2021. Arrive Broome and welcome dinner.
Today has been set aside as an arrival day so you are free to arrive at any time that suits your travel plans. Please make your own way to the hotel. (please see notes at the end of this itinerary).
Accommodation: Broome (hotel room with en-suite). Meals Included: D.

Day 2. Sunday 25 July 2021. Broome area- Birding at Broome Bird Observatory: Mangroves, plains and shorebirds at Roebuck Bay; Evening Staircase to the Moon and night markets.

This morning we will head 25 km east of Broome to the Broome Bird Observatory, a Ramsar and National Heritage listed wetland on the shores of Roebuck Bay in Yawuru Nagulagun Roebuck Bay Marine Park.  Established in 1988 and operated by the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union (now BirdLife Australia) as a research and education facility, its principal aim is to work for the conservation of the migratory shorebirds which visit the Bay. Roebuck Bay is an incredibly diverse and beautiful wetland, with endless mudflats, mangrove forests, otherworldly saltmarsh and thousands of shorebirds. On this tour we begin in the Crab Creek mangroves, searching for birds like White-breasted Whistler, Black-necked Stork, Mangrove Grey Fantail, Red-headed Honeyeater and Dusky Gerygone as the tide pushes feeding waterbirds across the mud towards us. We then venture out to the saltmarsh behind the bay, looking for brightly-coloured Yellow Chats amongst the purple samphire. Finally we return to the shoreline at high tide, where thousands of migratory shorebirds roost on the beaches while their feeding grounds are underwater. Roebuck Bay hosts around 25 shorebird species at this time of year, often including a few national scarcities. Your guides will point out their subtle distinguishing features among these spectacular roosts. We will then head back to Broome for the Town Beach Night Market and to view the famous Staircase to the Moon - a natural phenomenon which occurs when the full moon rises over the exposed tidal flats of Roebuck Bay.  At the markets you can choose from a variety of international foods prepared by members of Broome’s multicultural community and enjoy the sounds of local entertainers. Moonrise will be at 6.49pm this evening.
Accommodation: Broome (hotel room with en-suite as for last night). Meals Included: B & L (Purchase your own dinner from the range of food stalls at the night market).

Day 3. Monday 26 July 2021. Broome area- Snubfin Dolphin Cruise, presentation by local scientist, birding and evening Astronomy Tour with “Space Gandalf”.

This morning we head out to Roebuck Bay to view the world’s only resident population of Snubfin Dolphins and a myriad of other marine life. Measuring around 2 metres in length and named for its tiny dorsal fin, this slow moving species is much smaller than the more commonly seen Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphin and was only identified as a unique species in 2005. Other marine life in the Bay include Bottlenose Dolphins, turtles (Roebuck Bay is home to five out of seven of the world’s sea turtle species), Dugong, seabirds, coastal Manta Rays and sea snakes, as well as Hammerhead, Bronze Whaler and Tiger Sharks. In the afternoon we will attend a presentation by a local scientist from Environs Kimberley about their Kimberley Nature Project which is working towards saving threatened species including Gouldian Finch, Greater Bilby, Purple-crowned Fairy-wren and Snubfin Dolphin. After the presentation, we will spend time birding around the Minyirr Coastal Park, before heading 20 kilometres out of town to view the night sky on an Astronomy tour with Greg Quicke who famously became known as “Space Gandalf” after his appearances on ABC TV’s “Stargazing Live” program with Brian Cox. Bring your binoculars and you will be set up with a comfortable swivel stargazing seat and hot chocolate to warm you up in the cold night-time temperatures. Greg’s full fleet of telescopes (4 inch to 20 inch in diameter) will also be available for you to have the best viewing opportunity.
Accommodation: Broome (hotel room with en-suite) as for last night. Meals Included: B, L, D.

Day 4. Tuesday 27 July 2021. Broome area- Birding at Broome Bird Observatory: Lakes and Roebuck Plains Station.
Today we will have another full day of birding around the Broome Bird Observatory. We will journey around the teeming wetlands of Roebuck Plains Station which is dotted with freshwater lakes that fill during the wet season and become a magnet for birds as the surrounding grassland dries out. You will find these wetlands alive with waterbirds and see a host of open-country and woodland species as we travel between them. Conditions are ideal for birds of prey, of which a dozen species may be seen during the day. The tour also provides an insight into the fascinating world and varied landscapes of a Kimberley cattle station. Birding targets today include Black-tailed Treecreeper, Cockatiel, Black-breasted Buzzard, Green Pygmy-goose, Brolga and Australian Pratincole.
Accommodation: Broome (hotel room with en-suite) as for last night. Meals Included: B, L, D.

Day 5 - Wednesday 28 July 2021. Broome area- Dinosaur Tracking & Dreaming story with Traditional Owner. Afternoon and sunset Whale Watching Cruise.
This morning we will go Dinosaur Tracking with local Traditional Owners and listen to Dreamtime stories connected to the trackway. (Bugarigarra – the Dreamtime, is the time before time, but which still exists today).  Broome is one of the few places in the world where there is a strong link between dinosaur tracks and Indigenous creation stories. It is the only place in Australia that has sauropod tracks and confirmed stegosaur and ankylosaur tracks. It provides our only detailed look at Australia’s dinosaur fauna during the first part of the Lower Cretaceous Epoch (130 million years ago). Broome dinosaur tracks are the most diverse and numerous in Australia and unparalleled globally.

In the afternoon we will join a whale watching tour aboard a beautifully appointed sailing catamaran which has a stable platform to get up close and personal with the world’s largest population of humpback whales. During the months of June through September, humpback whales’ journey from the cold waters of Antarctica to Broome and reside over the warmer season mating, calving and nursing their young. Uninterrupted views and an on-board hydrophone enable you to take in the magical sights and sounds of these amazing mammals. We head back to Broome at sunset. Broome (hotel room with en-suite) as for last night. Meals Included: B, L, D.

Day 6. Thursday 29 July 2021. Broome to Dampier Peninsula - birdwatching, Town Walk and a visit to the Pearl Shell Church.
Today we leave Broome and travel up the Dampier Peninsula, stopping at Beagle Bay Aboriginal community, home to the Nyul Nyul people en route. We will take a walking tour of the community which showcases historic buildings and the famous pearl shell church.  We will also spend some time birdwatching around Beagle Bay looking for Red-tailed Black cockatoo, Blue-winged Kookaburra, White-gaped Honeyeater and Great Bowerbird, before proceeding to a working pearl farm 214km from Broome. The coastline is varied and changes dramatically with the tidal movements. Mangroves give way to tidal creeks and rocky points, offering fresh oysters. Small sandy beaches are perfect for beachcombing and the bush tracks offer great bird watching and secluded hideaways. Accommodation: Dampier Peninsula (Glamping en-suite Safari Tent). Meals Included: B, L, D.

Day 7 - Friday 30 July 2021. Dampier Peninsula - Morning cultural walking tour, tour of pearl farm and Kimberley Marine Research Station and sunset Shell Island boat trip.

This morning we will take a coast to creek walk with an Indigenous guide. The Bardi (land) and Jawi (island) coastal Indigenous groups live on the tip of the Dampier Peninsula, where they retain a strong connection between their land and the sea. On this walk we will learn about traditional bush food, medicine, hunting and fishing practices. Our guide will share stories as we explore the tidal flats, forage for oysters and learn some traditional coastal hunting techniques. We will then get an in-depth look at the workings of a pearl farm and a behind-the-scenes look at the Kimberley Marine Research Station. Today we hope to come across any of the mangrove bird species we haven’t seen already including Mangrove Robin, Mangrove Gerygone, White-breasted Whistler and shorebirds that may be hiding among the mangroves. In the afternoon we will cruise out in an amphibious vessel to a deserted oasis for a swim and a true Kimberley sunset at a stunning beach location.
Accommodation: Dampier Peninsula (Glamping en-suite Safari Tent). Meals Included: B, L, D.

Day 8. Saturday 31 July 2021. Dampier Peninsula - Gambanan cultural tour and Trochus Hatchery.
This morning we will have a cultural talk at Gambanan, where we will see a traditional fish trap and have an opportunity to spend time birdwatching in this area of abundant wildlife. The scenery here is breathtaking. We will then join a local Bardi-Jawi guide on a fascinating tour of the Ardyaloon Trochus Hatchery & Aquaculture Centre. The hatchery was established as over-harvesting of Trochus niloticus led to massive declines of this marine snail across the Indo-Pacific. It now also contains a diverse range of coral, crustacean species as well as a resident sea turtle. The Hatchery is located on the Western edge of the treacherous Sunday Straits. From here we can watch whirlpools and eddies created as the second largest tide in the world flows past Sunday Island and the islands of the Buccaneer Archipelago. The next two days present our best chances of finding Gouldian Finch, as well as other northern specialties like Lesser Frigatebird, Sooty Oystercatcher, (northern ssp opthalmicus), Beach Thick-knee, Red-collared Lorikeet, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Northern Fantail, Lemon-bellied flycatcher (Kimberley ssp tormenti) and Yellow-white eye.
Accommodation: Dampier Peninsula (Glamping en-suite Safari Tent). Meals Included: B, L, D.

Day 9. Sunday 1 August 2021. Cape Leveque lighthouse bush walk, bird watching & swimming.
Our destination today is Cape Leveque, an area of incredible beauty, jointly owned by the two surrounding Aboriginal Communities of Djarindjin and Ardyaloon (One Arm Point) White beaches stretch as far as the eye can see, contrasted by red rock (pindan) cliffs with whales passing the headland so close you can easily see their plumes. This is Bardi Jawi country and reflects the Aboriginal values of caring for land. Surrounded by a diversity of the amazing wildlife, marine life and the stunning coastline, this is a truly unique place to visit. The variety of habitats here provide excellent bird and wildlife watching opportunities and this is also an ideal place for swimming, snorkelling and walking.
Accommodation: Dampier Peninsula (Glamping en-suite Safari Tent). Meals Included: B, L, D.

Day 10. Monday 2 August 2021. Djarindjin Lombadina Cultural Tour, return to Broome and depart.
Today we head back to Broome visiting the Djarindjin Lombadina community on Thomas Bay on the way. The Bardi People are “Salt Water People”. The ocean has been pivotal in the lives of the Bard people for many thousands of years as both a source of food and spiritual significance. Evidence of their salt water heritage can be found in the traditional artworks and pearl shell designs on display at their arts and crafts centre. We will take a walking tour through the community with a local guide to learn about the history of the Bard culture and township of Djarindjin Lombadina. Birds of prey are always a possibility whilst driving, so we’ll also be keeping an eye out for species like Square-tailed Kite, Black-breasted Buzzard, Brown Goshawk (northern ssp didimus), White-breasted Sea-eagle, Spotted Harrier, Wedge- tailed Eagle and Brahminy Kites as we head back to Broome. The tour officially finishes this afternoon in Broome and afternoon flights are available for those wishing to depart today. We would be please to organise accommodation in Broome for those who wish to stay on tonight.
Accommodation: None.  Meals Included: B, L.

Group size: 8 people with 2 driver/guides

Tour Price: AU $8,450 per person twin share. Single Supplement: AU $1,090

Inclusions: 9 nights en suite accommodation, specialist guiding and transport for day and night tours as outlined above, meals and activities as outlined in the itinerary and GST (VAT).

Exclusions: International or domestic Australian airfares, airport transfers, activities, breakfast and lunch on day 1, dinner on night 2, alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages and expenses of a personal nature (snacks, travel insurance, internet, laundry, tips etc).

OTHER NOTES:

Although this is a tropical destination, night-time temperatures in some areas such as the astronomy venue can drop to less than 10oC in July. Please also bring warm clothing and covered footwear.

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