Day 1 – Monday 10th August ‘20 TULLAMARINE – MELBOURNE (D)
Welcome aboard our scenic West Coast Spectacular Tour. This afternoon we enjoy a leisurely journey to Melbourne for our Overnight Stay at Best Western Airport Motel.
Day 2 – Tuesday 11th DARWIN – CITY LIGHTS (B,D)
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.
Day 3 – Wednesday 12th DARWIN – SUNSET DINNER CRUISE (B,D)
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.
This evening we end our day with a memorable Sunset Dinner Cruise on Darwin Harbour.
DAY 4 – Thursday 13th WILDLIFE PARK – PINE CREEK – KATHERINE (B,D)
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.
Day 5 – Friday 14th ORD RIVER – KUNUNURRA (B,D)
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 enjoy the Next Two Nights at the Kununurra Lakeside Resort.
Day 6 – Saturday 15th EXPLORE KUNUNURRA – BUNGLE BUNGLES (B,D)
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.
Day 7 – Sunday 16th KUNUNURRA – FITZROY CROSSING (B,D)
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.
Day 8 – Monday 17th GEIKE GORGE CRUISE – FITZROY RIVER (B,D)
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 settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Fitzroy River Lodge.
Day 9 – Tuesday 18th FITZROY RIVER – BROOME (B,D)
A relaxing start today as we travel to 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 Broome.
Day 10 – Wednesday 19th DISCOVER BROOME – CABLE BEACH (B,D)
Enjoy a leisurely start this morning and discover Broome renowned as ‘The Pearl of the West’. See Chinatown, a reminder of the town’s 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.
Day 11 – Thursday 20th EIGHTY MILE BEACH – PORT HEDLAND (B,D)
This morning we depart 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 and discover the stories of this famous mining town and port. We stay overnight at the Hospitality Inn Port Hedland.
Day 12 – Friday 21st KARRATHA – PILBARA (B,D)
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. Our overnight stay is at the Karratha International Motel.
Day 13 – Saturday 22nd NEWMAN (B,D)
Today we travel back up the North West Coastal Highway to the Great Northern Highway traveling to the Auski Roadhouse where we have our lunch break. We then continue onto Newman, the largest inland town in the Pilbara, it is a modern, attractive mining town in the heart of the Ophthalmia Ranges. Overnight Stay at the All Seasons, Newman
Day 14 – Sunday 23rd TOM PRICE – KARJINI NATIONAL PARK (B,D)
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.
Day 15 – Monday 24th TOM PRICE – EXMOUTH (B,D)
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.
Day 16 – Tuesday 25th CORAL BAY REEF CRUISE – CARNARVON (B,D)
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 bougainvillea’s galore. See the fishing boat harbour and the One Mile Jetty. We settle in for our Overnight Stay at the Carnarvon Motel.
Day 17 – Wednesday 26th CARNARVON – SHARK BAY (B,D)
Explore World Heritage Shark Bay Marine Park. See the world’s 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 water’s edge. Then along the Peron Peninsula, located on the state’s most westerly point, to our Overnight Stay at the Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort.
Day 18 – Thursday 27th MONKEY MIA DOLPHINS – KALBARRI NP (B,D)
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 Hawk’s Head Lookout, enjoy spectacular views of Murchison River, one of the state’s 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.
Day 19 – Friday 28th GERALDTON (B,D)
Today we travel to and explore Geraldton, a port and administration centre for the mid west area. We visit the HMAS Sydney memorial. Our Overnight stay is at the Ocean Centre Hotel Geraldton.
Day 20 – Saturday 29th Sept THE PINNACLES – PERTH (B,D)
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 Hyatt Regency, Perth.
Day 21 – Sunday 30th PERTH CITY SIGHTS (B,D)
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.
Day 22 – Monday 31st Aug MORNING FLIGHT HOME (B,D)
This morning we transfer to the Perth Airport for our return flight to Melbourne. We will be met by one of Cardwell’s staff and returned to our respective destinations at the conclusion of a most enjoyable tour of the West Coast of Australia.