From the desert to the tropics

PERTH TO DARWIN

West Coast Adventure

PREMIUM ESCORTED TOUR

PERTH | THE PINNACLES | KALBARRI | SHARK BAY | MONKEY MIA | CARNARVON | NINGALOO REEF  EXMOUTH | TOM PRICE | KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK | KARRATHA | PORT HEDLAND | BROOME  FITZROY CROSSING | GEIKIE GORGE | HALLS CREEK | EL QUESTRO | KUNUNURRA | KATHERINE  DARWIN

This is the complete tour of all the highlights of Western Australia, as your journey takes you to see the Monkey Mia dolphins at Shark Bay and for a cruise on Ningaloo Reef; to visit the Great Sandy Desert and see an amazing sunset at Cable Beach in Broome. The north west of Australia is one of the last true wilderness areas and home to the Kimberley, the inspiration for the movie Australia; a stay at El Questro in the Kimberley region is a true highlight before you cross the border into the Northern Territory to explore Katherine, where the outback meets the tropics, and Darwin.

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  1. Day 1

    Arrive Perth

    On arrival in Perth you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. This afternoon, a tour of Perth includes a visit to Kings Park, perched on Mt Eliza. Absorb the city views before returning for a Welcome Dinner. (FD)

    Hotel: Crowne Plaza

  2. Day 2

    Perth - Nambung National Park - The Pinnacles - Kalbarri

    Following breakfast this morning, travel to Nambung National Park to see the limestone pillars of the Pinnacles. Continue to the fishing town of Kalbarri, overlooking the Indian Ocean where the Murchison River meets the sea. (B, D)

    Hotel: Kalbarri Edge Resort

  3. Day 3

    Kalbarri - Shark Bay

    Set out for World Heritage-listed Shark Bay this morning. Visit the township of Denham, the most westerly town on the Australian mainland, before you continue to Monkey Mia. This evening you can unwind on a sunset cruise on Shark Bay before enjoying a feast on delicious local seafood. Tonight enjoy the beach location of Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort. (B, FD)

    Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

  4. Day 4

    Monkey Mia Dolphin Experience - Shell Beach - Carnarvon

    Monkey Mia is famous for the wild dolphins that come into the shore on an almost daily basis to mingle with the people, so you’ll start the day with a short stroll to Dolphin Beach for the daily wild dolphin feeding experience. They are wild creatures so we can’t guarantee they will show up, but they are pretty reliable. Afterwards, head off to admire the billions of tiny non-fossilised shells that form Shell Beach, in places they are up to ten metres deep. Then view the ancient stromatolites found at Hamelin Pool, before continuing to Carnarvon. (B, D)

    Hotel: Fascine Lodge Carnarvon

  5. Day 5

    Carnarvon - Ningaloo Reef Marine Park - Exmouth

    Leaving Carnarvon this morning, travel to Coral Bay, the gateway to Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing reef in the world, reaching nearly 20 kilometres seaward and covering 5,000 square kilometres of ocean and is home to some 500 species of fish, graceful manta rays and turtles, and over 300 varieties of coral. Explore this wonderland in a glass bottomed boat. Continue to Vlamingh Head, with its famous lighthouse for stunning views of Western Australia’s coastline. Then later head to Exmouth. (B, D)

    Hotel: Pot Shot Hotel

  6. Day 6

    Exmouth - The Pilbara - Tom Price

    Travelling inland, you’ll pass through the striking ancient outback landscapes of the Pilbara on the journey to the remote mining town of Tom Price, nestled deep in the Hamersley Range. Enjoy a tour of the Tom Price Mine before dinner this evening. (B, D)

    Hotel: Tom Price Hotel

  7. Day 7

    Tom Price - Karijini National Park - Karratha

    Today you’ll explore Karijini National Park, where gorges and waterfalls provide a contrast to the red Pilbara terrain. Visit Dale and Fortescue Falls and take in the views from Oxers Lookout, before continuing to the township of Karratha. (B, L, D)

    Hotel: Ibis Styles Karratha

  8. Day 8

    Karratha - Port Hedland

    First thing today is a tour of Karratha, then journey onwards to Pilbara. Visit Roebourne and the small ghost town of Cossack before arriving in Port Hedland, home to Australia’s largest tonnage port, exporting iron ore around the world. (B, D)

    Hotel: Ibis Styles Port Hedland

  9. Day 9

    Port Hedland - Great Sandy Desert - Broome

    The Great Sandy Desert is Australia’s second largest at just over one hundred and ten thousand square miles; you’ll cross part of it on the way to Broome. Enjoy a guided tour of this historic pearling town before time at leisure this evening. (B)

    Hotel for 2 nights: Oaks Broome

  10. Day 10

    Broome at Leisure

    Today is yours to spend at leisure. Perhaps stroll through town or head to Gantheaume Point; wander along the pristine sand or swim in the turquoise water at Cable Beach or visit the Crocodile Park and hold a baby croc. This evening sit back and relax as you watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean or perhaps you’ll take an optional camel ride along the beach. (B)

  11. Day 11

    Broome - Fitzroy Crossing

    Head inland through the Great Erskine Range and through a landscape dotted with cattle stations and boab trees to the remote Fitzroy Crossing on the edge of Geikie Gorge National Park. A true Outback town set on the banks of the mighty Fitzroy River it dates back to 1897. (B, D)

    Hotel: Fitzroy River Lodge

  12. Day 12

    Fitzroy Crossing - Geikie Gorge - Halls Creek

    Cruise the stunning Geikie Gorge, formed by the Fitzroy River as it tunnelled through the Napier range. In the rainy season the river rises over 15 metres flooding the national park and staining the limestone walls of the gorge. Continue along the Great Northern Highway to Halls Creek at the doorstep of the Purnululu National Park. (B, D)

    Hotel: Kimberley Hotel

  13. Day 13

    Halls Creek - Lirrgarn Argyle Diamond Mine - El Questro Wilderness Park

    A quarter of the world’s diamonds are mined in the Argyle Diamond Mine. You’ll enjoy a tour behind the scenes to look at the process before continuing to the El Questro Wilderness Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty. (B, L, FD)

    Hotel for 2 nights: El Questro, Emma Gorge Resort, in tented cabins with ensuites

  14. Day 14

    El Questro Wilderness Park

    Visit Zebedee Springs for a relaxing dip, then enjoy a guided cruise along the Chamberlain Gorge, fringed by sixty metre escarpments and lush tropical vegetation. Later, hike to Emma Gorge where you have the chance to indulge in a refreshing swim beneath the towering droplet waterfall. This evening you’ll dine under the stars as you savour a home-style dinner. (B, FD)

  15. Day 15

    El Questro Wilderness Park - Lake Argyle – Ord River - Kununurra

    Take the Gibb River Road to Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man-made lake, then cruise the Ord River for some crocodile spotting. This wetland area is a haven for myriads of birds and other wildlife. (B)

    Hotel: Kununurra Country Club Hotel

  16. Day 16

    Kununurra - Katherine

    You’ll pass by vast cattle stations as you travel by way of Timber Creek into the Northern territory on the way to Katherine, where the outback meets the tropics. (B, D)

    Hotel: Ibis Styles Katherine

  17. Day 17

    Katherine Gorge – Darwin

    Cruise the majestic Katherine Gorge before visiting the Adelaide River and the Australian War Cemetery, dedicated to the WWII air raids on Darwin. Continue to Darwin, Australia’s tropical Top End capital city and a mixture of old meets new building styles. Enjoy a memorable Farewell Dinner this evening. (B, FD)

    Hotel: Novotel Darwin CBD

  18. Day 18

    Depart Darwin

    Tour Darwin then transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

  • Apr 22
  • May 13
  • Jun 3, 24
  • Jul 15
  • Aug 5, 26
  • Flights to/from Australia
  • 17 nights accommodation as shown, based on two sharing
  • Sightseeing as described 
  • Meals on day shown
  • Baggage handling – 1 bag per person 
  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Professional Tour Director 
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure
  • Gratuities for driver & Tour Director 
  • Meals, excursions & attractions not shown as included, or shown as optional

Departures from 1 Apr 2018 onwards may follow a different itinerary and inclusions. Please ask for details.

Price based on 2 people sharing and inclusive of return Qantas flights from London to Perth departing on 24 Aug 18. Subject to availability.

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