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Treasures of the West Coast

FROM $10,895

From sultry Darwin you’ll make your way down the coast. The prehistoric and incredibly beautiful Katherine Gorge will astound with its sparkling waters and deep sandstone cliffs, before you find yourself in rich farming country and the unique El Questro Wilderness Park. Discover traditional Aboriginal culture and story, seek out rich wildlife before visiting the world’s largest diamond mine. Spend time in an Aboriginal community, ride a camel along the famous Cable Beach or get up close with a friendly bottlenose dolphin in the turquoise waters of Monkey Mia before arriving in lovely Perth.

  • DURATION 23 Days
  • TYPE SMALL LUXURY GROUP
  • OPERATES JUNE - SEPTEMBER 2017
  • DEPARTS Darwin

ITINERARY

Day 1 Darwin

Welcome to Darwin, the gateway of the Kimberley. Enjoy a two night stay at the Hilton Hotel beginning with a delicious welcome dinner. (D)
Stay: Hilton Darwin

Day 2 Darwin

Freechoice: Choose a safari on Corroboree Billabong or discover Litchfield National Park and its famous termite mounds. Alternatively, choose between a Jumping Crocs cruise on the Adelaide River, discover the breadth of sparkling Darwin Harbour on a lunch cruise or take the WWII Bombing of Darwin tour. (B)
Stay: Hilton Darwin

Day 3 Darwin > Kakadu

On your wetlands cruise this morning be amazed at the variety of bird life. Your overnight stay tonight is the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel. (BD)
Stay: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Day 4 Kakadu > Katherine

Take an optional flight over Kakadu National Park for a bird’s eye view of the wetlands and rocky terrain. Additional expense.
Discover the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Be amazed by the fauna and Aboriginal art. Your home for tonight is the Ibis Katherine. (BD)
Stay: Ibis Katherine

Day 5 Katherine > Kununurra

JournExplore the largest lake in the Southern Hemisphere, Lake Argyle, before joining your cruise down the spectacular Ord River. Relax tonight at the Kununurra Country Club. (BD)
Stay: Kununurra Country Club

Day 6 Kununurra > El Questro

Your local guide this morning will take you on a tour of the farming region around Kununurra. Hear stories about how this town has become the ‘fruit bowl’ of Australia and learn about the region’s famous fragrant timber, the sandalwood tree. Travel along the famous Gibb River Road to the acclaimed El Questro Wilderness Park. Set in the untamed Kimberley landscape, El Questro began life as a working cattle station. Your two night special stay is in deluxe tented cabins at Emma Gorge. (BD)
Stay: Emma Gorge

Day 7 El Questro

Freechoice: Choose between a cruise through Chamberlain Gorge or an outback experience learning about traditional medicines, hunting techniques and the use of fire on a culture and history tour of El Questro. Alternatively relax with a picnic hamper and enjoy the ambience of this amazing place or join a park ranger on a bird tour. (BD)
Stay: Emma Gorge

Day 8 El Questro > Halls Creek

Admire the striking colours of the massive Carr Boyd Ranges as you travel to the world’s largest single producers of diamonds, the Argyle Diamond Mine. Join your Indigenous guide for a tour and lunch. Our overnight stay tonight is at the Halls Creek Hotel. (BLD)
Stay: Halls Creek Hotel

Day 9 Halls Creek > Fitzroy Crossinge

Cruise this afternoon on Geikie Gorge. Look out for sawfish, stingrays and freshwater crocodiles. Overnight is spent at the Fitzroy River lodge. (BD)
Stay: Fitzroy River lodge

Day 10 Fitzroy Crossing > Broome

Enrich: Meet a traditional land owner whose grandfather was both a prisoner and prison warden at this remarkable Boab prison tree. Enjoy a cup of tea with an old drover and reminisce about the Kimberley cattle industry of old. Continue on to Broome with its white sandy beaches and tropical waters. Your two night stay is Kimberley Sands Resort & Spa. (BD)
Stay: Kimberley Sands Resort & Spa

Day 11 Broome

Freechoice: Choose between a tour of Broome on a Harley Davidson Trike or riding camels along the famous Cable Beach. Alternatively, learn about the pearling industry in Broome with your visit to Willie Creek Pearl Farm or enjoy a hovercraft tour along the coast.

Freechoice Dining: Dine at Sunset Bar and Grill, Rambutans Malaysian restaurant or Zanders, all on Cable Beach. (BD)
Stay: Kimberley Sands Resort & Spa

Day 12 Broome > Port Hedland

Discover the Pilbara and be awestruck by the sheer age and enormity of some of the world’s most ancient natural landscapes. See Port Hedland’s harbour before your overnight stay at The Esplanade Hotel. (BD)
Stay: The Esplanade Hotel

Day 13 Port Hedland > Karijini National Park

Explore the ancient gorges and sheer waterfalls of Karijini National Park. Visit Fortescue Falls and the Dale and Joffre Gorges for astounding views. Experience the rustic Karijini Eco Retreat for your
overnight stay. (BD)
Stay: Karijini Eco Retreat

Day 14 Karijini National Park > Karratha

Put on your hard hat for a tour of the Mt Tom Price iron ore mine. View the spectacular Hamersley Range with its sheer walls of rock, layered in many colours. Stay at Ibis Karratha tonight. (BD)
Stay: Ibis Karratha

Day 15 Karratha > Exmouth

Follow the pristine coastline of the Coral Coast south. Visit the North-West Gas Project Visitors Centre at Dampier. Your home for the next two nights is the gorgeous Novotel Ningaloo Reef Resort.

Sundowners Enjoy a drink at the resort’s bar and watch the trawlers head out to begin their evening’s work. (BD)
Stay: Novotel Ningaloo Reef Resort

Day 16 Exmouth

Start your day with a Ningaloo Reef coral viewing cruise to discover spectacular marine life, magnificent coral gardens and a kaleidoscope of colourful fish. Visit historic Vlamingh Head Lighthouse for stunning views over Lighthouse Bay. (BD)
Stay: Novotel Ningaloo Reef Resort

Day 17 Exmouth > Carnarvon

Explore Coral Bay where the turquoise blue of the ocean meets the sandy bay with Ningaloo Reef underneath. You’ll spend the night at Best Western Hospitality Inn Carnarvon. (BD)
Stay: Best Western Hospitality Inn Carnarvon

Day 18 Carnarvon > Monkey Mia

Travel to Hamelin Pool to see the world’s best known colony of stromatolites. Accommodation for the next two nights is at Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, home to bottlenosed dolphins. (BD)
Stay: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

Day 19 Monkey Mia

This morning you have an opportunity to see the dolphins under the supervision of a national park ranger.
Freechoice: Cruise through Shark Bay searching for dugong or sail into the sunset. Alternatively dine on damper as you listen to stories of the Dreamtime. (B)
Stay: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

Day 20 Monkey Mia > Geraldton

See Shell Beach formed by billions of tiny white seashells, then continue on to the magnificent Kalbarri National Park. Stop at Hawks Head for views of the Murchison River gorges. At Geraldton visit the HMAS Sydney memorial before arriving at the Ocean Centre Hotel. (BD)
Stay: Ocean Centre Hotel

Day 21 Geraldton > Perth

Be amazed at the Pinnacles today as part of your visit to Nambung National Park. Continue to Perth where you will love its cosmopolitan nature. Your final hotel is the Pan Pacific Perth a special stay for your last two nights. (BD)
Stay: Pan Pacific Perth

Day 22 Perth

Freechoice: Journey to Rottnest Island for a chance to spot the unique quokka or partake in a food and wine trail through the pretty Swan Valley. Alternatively, cruise to the Port of Fremantle or enjoy an Upper Swan Valley lunch cruise. (BD)
Stay: Pan Pacific Perth

Day 23 Perth

After breakfast bid farewell to your new friends, before returning home with many great memories. (B)

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