Beginning In Darwin travel along the West Coast all the way down to Perth, stopping at some of the most beautiful places in Australia, with no stress and no hassle.
After breakfast we transfer you to Tullamarine Airport for an early morning flight to Darwin. You will be met on arrival by your coach crew and enjoy a short introductory tour of Darwin, our most northerly capital city, once devastated by Cyclone Tracy. Free time to relax, settle in before our evening meal and meet our fellow Top End travellers.
The Next Two Nights are at the Adina Vibe Hotel , Darwin.
Today we explore Darwin taking in all its highlights. See Fannie Bay and visit the Darwin Museum, a unique complex showing the life and history of Northern Territory. We inspect the World War II gun emplacements at East Point, and enjoy the beautiful Botanic Gardens. This afternoon is at your leisure to shop, spend time with friends or simply relax.
We farewell Darwin this morning and enjoy a visit to the Territory Wildlife Park. See the native wildlife in its natural habitat, unique to the Northern Territory. We make a visit to the Adelaide River War Cemetery before continuing on to Pine Creek where we visit the Railway Museum and the National Trust Buildings in the area. We then continue on to Katherine.
Our Overnight Stay is at the Pine Tree Motel.
Leaving Katherine this morning we travel along to Victoria River. Continue through the tiny settlement of Timber Creek before crossing the Western Australian border into the East Kimberley Region. We tour the irrigation area of Kununurra a result of the Ord River scheme. We then continue onto the Zebra Rock Gallery (the only one of its kind in the world).
We enjoy the Next Two Nights at the Kununurra Lakeside Resort.
An early morning spectacular scenic flight over the lost world of the Bungle Bungles, with their tiger-striped, beehive shaped domes. View the Ord River Scheme, Ord River Irrigation area and Lake Argyle, with a capacity nine times Sydney Harbour. We return to our motel for breakfast. We then discover the Kununurra shops before we head out to the Lake Argyle Tourist Village for lunch stopping at the Durack Homestead enroute. Then a real highlight as we cruise the majestic Ord River to Kununurra and discover the regions wildlife and unique sandstone formations. After the cruise we travel back to the motel with time to freshen up before dinner.
Departing Kununurra this morning we join the Great Northern Highway heading south we visit Wyndham and see the spectacular lookout viewing where Five Rivers meet spilling into the Cambridge Gulf. We then travel to Turkey Creek Roadhouse before continuing on to Halls Creek on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. Our Overnight Stay is at the Halls Creek Motel.
Today we make our way to Fitzroy River for lunch.This Afternoon we enjoy the spectacular Geike Gorge Cruise, it is among one of the most colourful and historic gorges in northern Australia. See the Fossilised Barrier Reef, where the Fitzroy River has carved its path over 300 million years. View the bird life and maybe see some fresh water crocodiles. We make our way to Derby situated on King Sound and famous for its amazing difference between High and Low Tide.
We settle in for our Overnight Stay at the King Sound Resort, Derby.
Day 9 Tuesday 21st DERBY - BROOME
A relaxing start today as we discover Derby, see the Old Derby Gaol and famous Derby Jetty with the highest tidal range in Australia. See the 1000 year old Boab Prison Tree before we continue on to Broome, follow the Great Northern Highway past huge Cattle Stations and small settlements. Today with increasing tourism, Broome is rapidly expanding into the most populous town in the Kimberley. We spend the Next Two Nights at the Oaks Resort Cable Beach.
Enjoy a leisurely start this morning and discover Broome renowned as The Pearl of the West. See Chinatown, a reminder of the towns multi-cultural history, and Streeters Jetty, where the old pearl luggers unloaded their pearl shell. Visit the unique Pearl divers Cemetery. Broome still produces a large percentage of the worlds pearls. Later you can enjoy a walk along Cable Beach, with its brilliant turquoise water and magnificent white sands. Enjoy the sunset tonight at Cable Beach.
(We farewell our Top End travellers for their return flight to Melbourne)
This morning we have an early start and pass through some of the most sparsely populated and remote areas in Australia. We take a walk on the Eighty Mile Beach. Continue to the huge industrial port of Port Hedland then onto Karratha for our Next Two Nights at the Karratha International Hotel.
A relaxing start as we travel to the historic town of Cossack, the first port in the North West. Enjoy a tour of the North West Shelf Visitors Centre, Parker Point Iron Ore Load Out Facilities and the Salt Works at nearby Dampier.
Today we enter Millstream Chichester National Park and enjoy the oasis of sparkling pools fringed with delicate ferns and palms. Explore this ancient ecosystem that once formed the inland sea. Visit Python Pool. We travel on the permit road to Tom Price for lunch and then continue onto Newman for our Overnight Stay at the All Seasons, Newman.
This morning we enjoy a guided tour of the Newman Open Cut Mine. Please Note: ALL passengers must wear long sleeve shirt/top, long pants & fully covered in shoes This afternoon we discover Karijini National Park (Hamersley Ranges) visit Dales Gorge and see the picturesque Fortesque Falls. We call into the New Visitors Centre before enjoying views from Oxers Lookout which overlooks the magnificent Red, Weano, Joffre and Hancock Gorges. We stay overnight at the Tom Price Hotel Motel.
This morning we head through to Nanutarra situated on the Ashburton River for lunch. Continue through Giralia Station, before arriving at the maritime town of Exmouth for our Overnight Stay at the Potshot Hotel, Exmouth.
Exmouth is one of the newest towns in Australia, founded in 1967 and excellent year round fishing has made it a main tourist attraction destination. This morning we visit Vlaming Head Lighthouse Lookout before travelling onto Coral Bay, gateway to Ningaloo Marine Park and enjoy a cruise of the beautiful Coral Reef in a glass bottom boat. Continue on through vast pastoral holdings before crossing the usually dry Gascoyne River into Carnarvon, an oasis of tropical fruits, vegetables and bougainvilleas galore. See the fishing boat harbour and the One Mile Jetty. We settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Carnarvon Motel.
Explore World Heritage Shark Bay Marine Park. See the worlds oldest known living organisms, the Stramatolites, dated at 3.5 billion years old. We visit Shell Beach, where thousands of tiny shells line the clear waters edge. Then along the Peron Peninsula, located on the states most westerly point, to our Overnight Stay in Denham, at the Heritage Resort Shark Bay.
This morning you can interact with the bottlenose dolphins of Monkey Mia (subject to appearance) before travelling further south with its impressive landscapes to Kalbarri National Park. Visit Hawks Head Lookout, enjoy spectacular views of Murchison River, one of the states most extensive river systems. The red and white banded escarpment walls have been formed over millions of years, as the ocean carved its way inland. Continue to Kalbarrri where we enjoy its picturesque seaside views and take a short drive to Red Bluff with its spectacular scenery. We settle in for our Overnight stay at the The Edge Resort Kalbarri
Today we travel to and explore Geraldton, a port and administration central for the mid west area. We visit the HMAS Sydney memorial. Our Overnight stay is at the Ocean Centre Hotel Geraldton.
This morning we marvel at the amazing moonscape of coloured quartz with the fantastic limestone pillars that make up The Pinnacles. Be sure to bring your camera. Continue through the Swan Valley vineyards arriving in the beautiful city of Perth and settle in for the Next Two Nights at The Comfort Hotel, Perth.
This morning we enjoy a city sights tour of Perth, including the Botanical Gardens and Kings Park with its magnificent views of the city and Swan River. Enjoy Dinner tonight after a most relaxing day.