In this ancient and rugged land, the art galleries are outdoors, natural phenomena abound, and the red dust and turquoise waters soothe the soul. At its best between May and August, this seven-day experience of the Karijini National Park in the Pilbara is for explorers seeking to soak up nature’s magic.

Start in Dampier, and salute the statue commemorating local legend Red Dog. From May to October, a hush descends over Hearson’s Cove, as the full moon rising over the exposed mudflats creates a rare optical illusion unique to Australia’s North West – the ‘staircase’ to the moon.

Make a beeline to the Burrup Peninsula and the Murujuga National Park, where ancient histories of Australia’s Aboriginal ancestors, the Ngarda-Ngarli, come to life through 30,000-year-old petroglyphs. It’s the world’s most ancient open-air gallery with the largest collection of carved rock engravings on the planet.

Journey inland through the Pilbara’s larger-than-life landscapes via the lush oases of Millstream-Chichester and through to Karijini National Parks. Descend sculptural gorges, scramble over rocks as old as time, and dive beneath cascading waterfalls into tranquil freshwater pools.

Sneak in a snorkel and a sublime sunset in the seaside village of Point Sampson, before a boat ride from Dampier to explore the marine biodiversity of the Dampier Archipelago. These 42 islands of dazzling white beaches and untouched coral gardens are swarming with bird and aquatic wildlife. Camping is permitted, so get back to nature and sleep under the stars to the sound of the waves lapping the shore.

Back on the mainland, immerse yourself in the local Aboriginal culture and history in Karratha on a rock-art tour of the Yaburara Heritage Trail conducted by a traditional owner of the land.