20 Day Untamed Kimberley and West Coast

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20 Day Untamed Kimberley and West Coast - Off RoadThe contrasting landscapes of the rugged Kimberley, spectacular coastline and the rich mineral fields will amaze you. Cruise on rivers and gorges, hike to waterholes, tour working mines, relax on sandy beaches and stay in safari style accommodation. Discover the ocean at Broome, Coral Bay and Monkey Mia and the Outback scenery of the Kimberley and Pilbara.

Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats and panoramic windows. Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver.

Day 1: Welcome to Darwin

Welcome to Darwin! This afternoon enjoy a tour of this tropical city. See the mixture of old and new architectural styles and cultural influences including old Government House and the new Northern Territory Parliament building. You'll also see for yourself some of the damage caused to the town during Cyclone Tracy of 1974. Enjoy a Welcome Reception and dinner this evening with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at Wharf One with its spectacular views overlooking the Darwin Waterfront.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin.
Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2: Darwin to Katherine

Travel south along the Stuart Highway stopping at Adelaide River War Cemetery along the way. During WWII, Adelaide River was the headquarters of a large military base. A large cemetery was created especially for those who gave their lives in the service and defense of their country. This afternoon you continue through Katherine to Nitmiluk National Park. Take a relaxing cruise at Katherine Gorge where you'll really feel the spirituality of the land and marvel at the gorges while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Traditional Owners, the Jawoyn people. Tonight you'll have dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine.
Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 3: Katherine to Kununurra
Watch the landscape transform as you journey across vast pastoral leases and Aboriginal homelands into Western Australia. Visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum. The homestead was originally built in 1895 by the famous pioneering Durack family on Argyle Downs Station. It was faithfully removed brick by brick and reconstructed to become a museum when Lake Argyle, Australia's largest man-made lake was filled. Later, cruise along the Ord River from Lake Argyle to Kununurra. Prior to Lake Argyle being filled, the Ord River only flowed during the wet season between December and March, now the permanent water supply supports an abundance of life including fish, birds, marsupials and amphibians. Experience a magical sunset on the water before you arrive in Kununurra.

Hotel: Kununurra Country Club Resort, Kununurra
Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine.

Day 4: Kununurra Sights

Today you can take an optional early morning scenic flight over the spectacular Bungle Bungle beehive domes before a tour of Kununurra, or you may like to forgo your tour of Kununurra for a full day, in depth 4WD tour of the Bungle Bungle. Kununurra is the hub of local industry for agriculture, tourism and mining in the East Kimberley. On your tour of the town today, you'll visit Mirima National Park, which is home to a big variety of wildlife including many species of birds, all manner of reptiles, wallabies, bats, dingoes and echidna.The National Park has great cultural significance to the local Miriwoong people and features intriguing natural rock formations. Afterwards you'll have time to view the town from Kelly’s Knob Lookout before enjoying a free afternoon to relax and unwind.

This evening, 'You’re invited’ to a privately hosted dinner at the Kununurra Sandalwood Factory in the heartland of Kununurra’s Sandalwood plantations. Enjoy a presentation by a local Sandalwood expert and learn about this fascinating industry while you dine on fresh locally grown produce from the Ord Valley, Australia’s next ‘food bowl’.

Hotel: Kununurra Country Club Resort, Kununurra
Included Meals: Breakfast and 'You're invited' dinner

Day 5: Kununurra to El Questro

First up visit Hoochery Distillery, makers of Ord River Rum, the only rum produced in Western Australia! Take a guided tour and hear how Spike Dessert and his family came to open the distillery, before you sit down and try their famous Ord River Rum Cake for morning tea. Delish! Travel to Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve (weather permitting) to see the birdlife of this region. Marglu Billabong is an important waterbird feeding and breeding area and it's even a stop off point for migratory birds that come from as far away as Siberia! You'll see egrets, herons, ibises, magpie geese and maybe even a few jabirus and lurking crocodiles. Continue to the Gibb River Road and travel to El Questro Wilderness Park for your stay at Emma Gorge Resort. Nestled at the foot of the rusty red Cockburn Ranges, you won't even know the resort is there as you approach down the dusty dirt road, but before you know it, an oasis of native pandanus and palms appear. Staying in safari style tented cabins, you really feel like you're immersed in nature. It's just magic!

Hotel: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities, El Questro
Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 6: El Questro Wilderness Park

This morning rise to the calls of native birds and head to the resort's large verandah for a hearty breakfast with views of the surrounding ranges. Next up you'll travel across the Pentecost River to the hub of El Questro Wilderness Park for a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterhole fringed by tropical vegetation and 60 metre tall escarpments. Afterwards, spend a little time at the station and grab a bite for lunch before it's back to Emma Gorge Resort. This afternoon is free for you to relax and enjoy your surrounds. Maybe take a dip in the resort pool, lay back with a good book on your cabin's verandah or if you're up for it, join your Travel Director for a challenging hike to Emma Gorge for a dip in the crystal clear waterhole. This evening after dinner, sit back with a drink and enjoy local entertainment.

Hotel: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities, El Questro
Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 7: El Questro to Halls Creek

Today visit the Argyle Diamond Mine. Located at the traditional Barramundi Dreaming site at Barramundi Gap, it's the world's largest supplier of natural coloured diamonds. The mine has been operating since 1983 and has produced 800 million carats of rough diamond since! A local Indigenous guide will join you for an extensive behind the scenes look at the diamond mining process and cultural significance of the mine site. Continue south to the historic town of Halls Creek, situated on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, at the doorstep of the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park. The town is rich in Aboriginal and European history and culture. It's passed by Aboriginal songlines and trading paths stretching from coast to coast and is nearby a site where prospector, Charlie Hall found a one kilogram gold nugget in 1885.

Hotel: Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with wine

Day 8: Halls Creek – Fitzroy Crossing

Travel through the Kimberley to the remote township of Fitzroy Crossing. Stop at Yiyili Indigenous community. Yiyili is home to approximately 250 residents living scattered across Louisa Downs, a cattle property owned and operated by the community. In the late 80’s the station was handed back to the Cox family and then leased by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) from the family on a 99 year lease. The majority of the residents are Cox family members. You'll get the chance to meet some of the family at Laari Gallery, an art gallery located at the community. This afternoon cruise with a local guide through Geikie Gorge, which was formed by the waters of the Fitzroy River tunnelling through the Napier Range. During the wet season, the Fitzroy River rises over 16 metres, staining the limestone walls of the gorge and flooding the national park with seven metres of water. In the dry season, the river transforms itself into a quiet stream strung beneath the towering cliffs of the Devonian Reef. Watch for freshwater crocodiles, fruit bats and wallabies as the 30 metre high walls of the gorge tower above you.

Hotel: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing.
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with wine

Day 9: Fitzroy Crossing to Broome

Travel to the port of Derby and see the fascinating Boab Prison Tree, said to have been used by the first police in the 1890's as an overnight holding cell for indigenous Australians on their way to Derby for sentencing. Continue to the tropical resort town of Broome on the Indian Ocean. This evening sit back and relax with a drink to watch the spectacular sunset over the ocean before a delicious dinner at the hotel.

Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome
Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine.

Day 10: Broome Included Choice

Today after a Broome city sights tour with your Travel Director, choose from a selection of Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You may like to take an exciting Pearl Luggers tour to hear the intriguing stories of early pearling and see two restored pearling luggers and memorabilia including original hard hat diving suits and more. Maybe take a Hovercraft flight on Roebuck Bay to experience the scenery and historic sights of the Broome coastline or hop on board the camel train for a ride along the beach! At some stage you must take a leisurely stroll along the 22 kilometres of sand and swim in the turquoise water of pristine Cable Beach.

Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 11: Broome - Port Hedland

Today get set to head south to Western Australia's famous Pilbara region. Known for its rich cultural landscape, red earth and vast mineral deposits, the region's diverse landscape will fascinate you. Skirting the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, cross vast pastoral leases and Aboriginal homelands through Pardoo to Port Hedland. Port Hedland is a hub for major resource activity and is a powerhouse of the Australian economy. Its natural deep anchorage harbour sees the export of iron ore, salt, manganese, livestock and natural gas from the nearby off shore gas fields. Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: The Esplanade Hotel Port Hedland
Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 12: Port Hedland - Karijini National Park

Journey in to the depths of the Pilbara to Karijini National Park. Located in the Hamerlsley Ranges, Karijini is famous for the natural beauty of its deep gorges, secluded emerald rock pools and ice blue waterfalls. Your stay tonight is in safari-style eco tents. You can sit on your private deck with a good book and relax watching the sun set and fall asleep to the calming sounds of nature.

Hotel: Karijini Eco Retreat
Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 13: Karijini - Tom Price

This morning you'll explore more of Karijini. The startling landscape of spectacular gorges, waterfalls and rock pools provides a striking contrast to the stark red landscape of the Pilbara. You'll explore Fortescue Falls at Dales Gorge and if you're up to it, you can take a walk to one of the national park's plunge pools. This afternoon travel to Tom Price. Enjoy a guided tour of Rio Tinto's Open Cut Iron Ore Mine site. You will be amazed by the massive pit and see the huge machinery and trucks in action as you're lead to the heart of the operation.

Hotel: Tom Price Hotel Motel
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with wine

Day 14: Tom Price - Exmouth

Today you journey back to the spectacular waters of the West Coast to North West Cape. Exmouth is situated on the boundary of Cape Range National Park and the Ningaloo Marine Park and was was built to house the families of US Navy personnel working at Naval Communication Station Harold E Holt. When you arrive on the coast you'll visit Vlaming Head Lighthouse for stunning view over Lighthouse Bay and enjoy a tour of the township with your Travel Director. Tonight stay just metres from the water, overlooking Exmouth Gulf.

Hotel: Novotel Ningaloo Resort, Exmouth
Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and Dinner with wine

Day 15: Coral Bay

On a shallow draft glass bottom boat, cruise over World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef at Coral Bay to see coral formations found in the lagoon gardens of the inner reef. On your one hour coral cruise you'll see wonderful fish and corals without having to get in the water. It's a fantastic experience!

Hotel: Best Western Hospitality Inn Carnarvon
Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 16: Carnarvon - Monkey Mia

Travel to Hamelin Pool to see the world’s best known colony of Stromatolites. Dating back to the beginning of life on earth, while they may not appear alive, these living structures have helped scientists unravel the history of life on earth! Later visit fascinating Shell Beach, one of only two in the world, formed from billions of coquina bivalve shells up to ten metres deep. Continue to the crystal blue waters and the pristine white shell and sandy beaches of Monkey Mia where you’ll stay for the next two nights.

Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine

Day 17: Monkey Mia Free Time

Every morning, Monkey Mia's wild dolphins swim to shore to be fed and mingle with the people. After a leisurely breakfast overlooking the calm waters of the bay, watch the dolphins swim into shore (Note: As dolphins are wild their appearance cannot be guaranteed.) Today is yours to do as you choose. Why not take a scenic flight over Shark Bay Marine Park or after a lazy morning take an afternoon wildlife cruise aboard a catamaran to spot sea creatures great and small. In the evening, there's nothing like sitting back with a cocktail or a cool beer, watching the world go by as the sun goes down over the water.

Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 18: Monkey Mia - Geraldton

Venture into Kalbarri National Park and visit Red Bluff Lookout and view the spectacular scenery of Murchison River Gorge from the vantage point of Hawks Head Lookout and keep an eye out for graceful Peregrine Falcons hunting along the gorges and cliffs. During wildflower season, the National Park is a bloom with many a variety of wildflower. You'll spot Acacia, Banksia, Caladenia and more! On arrival in Geraldton you'll visit the evocative HMAS Sydney Memorial and have the chance to discover the seaside township.

Hotel: Mantra Geraldton
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 19: Geraldton - Perth

Visit Nambung National Park, home of the marvelous Pinnacles, a series of intriguing limestone formations. Afterwards stop at the seaside hamlet of Lancelin at lunchtime.

This afternoon visit Yanchep National Park where you’ll enjoy a fantastic Aboriginal cultural experience in a bush setting. Meet your Aboriginal guide who’ll share with you their way of life and will treat you to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo. It's a hands on experience where you'll have the chance to touch and feel traditional Aboriginal tools and it will have you rolling around with laughter. Continue to Perth and join your fellow travellers for a few laughs over a farewell dinner.

Hotel: Travelodge Perth
Included Meals: Breakfast and Farewell dinner

Day 20: Farewell from Perth

Bid your new friends farewell when your West Coast holiday concludes after breakfast.

Included Meals: Breakfast

Tour Includes

Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
Hand-picked accommodation
Travel by luxury coach
Airport transfers (see Flight Information below)

Departs

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Broome Airport, Western Australia

NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, the rates listed are for the 2016 - 2017 season. The 2016 - 2017 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2016 - 31st March 2017. The 2017 - 2018 season rates commence on the 1st April 2017.

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