Kakadu & Katherine Gorge

Discover the stunning sights of Kakadu and Katherine. Join the famous Jumping Crocodile and Yellow Water Billabong Cruise, view ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr and Nourlangie then cruise through the glorious Katherine Gorge stopping at Edith Falls.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Darwin – Jumping Crocodile Cruise – Kakadu

Cruise on the Adelaide River. Later, travel into Kakadu National Park, home to a myriad of animals and hundreds of bird species. Stop at the Bowali Visitor Centre, and then continue to Ubirr. Climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries to the lookout for a spectacular view over Kakadu.

Optional Kakadu Scenic Flight: Add-on a 30 minute scenic flight over Arnhem Land Escarpment from $150.00 per adult

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Day 2: Kakadu – Katherine

This morning you’ll be mesmerised as you explore the renowned Nourlangie rock art site, which had provided shelter to Indigenous people for millennia. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre for an insight into the local Bininj culture. Later, join your local guide for a cruise to experience the dramatic scenery on Yellow Water Billabong. Kakadu’s most famous wetland is home to saltwater crocodiles and dozens of species of colourful birdlife. Before arriving in Katherine, stop at Leliyn (Edith Falls), whose pandanus-fringed natural pool is suitable for swimming throughout most of the year (conditions permitting).

Hotel: Ibis Styles Katherine

Day 3: Katherine – Depart Darwin

Enjoy a morning cruise through Katherine Gorge, a stunning network of thirteen gorges carved from billion-year-old sandstone. You’ll be at its heart among freshwater crocodiles wonderful birdlife and amazing scenery. Later, view the displays at the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre, where you may purchase artefacts handmade by the Jawoyn people. Return to Darwin, stopping at historic gold mining town of Pine Creek and the poignant Adelaide River War Cemetery. Your Short Break concludes this evening.

1 May 2021 to 31 October 2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
Travel Dates & Departures
Tuesday & Saturday
$1,189.00$1,464.00
** Child & Triple prices available upon request
** Single Traveller must pay the Single Price
Inclusions 
Meals: 1 breakfast, 2 lunches
Transport:Travel in an air-conditioned coach
Accommodation: 2 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Driver Guides
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Top End Highlights

Encounter on this 6 Day Top End Journey a vibrant Indigenous culture, friendly local characters and magnificent landscapes you’ll encounter on this Top End journey will leave you spellbound. Cruise waterways teeming with wildlife, and immerse yourself in the culture of the traditional Aboriginal owners of the lands you’re exploring. A myriad of deep gorges, plunging waterfalls and tranquil rock-pools add to the drama of your Top End experience.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Darwin

On arrival in tropical Darwin, enjoy a tour of the cosmopolitan city before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers at the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Market to experience a spectacular sunset under the coconut palms. There’s plenty of time to explore the art and crafts, aromas and atmosphere of the marketplace. You may like to try some fresh BBQ seafood or authentic Indian, Chinese, Greek or Japanese cuisine.

Hotel: Travelodge Darwin Resort

Day 2: Darwin – Katherine

Travel to Litchfield National Park, pausing to examine the amazing phenomenon of hundreds of magnetic termite mounds standing up to two metres high in a wide swathe of otherwise empty terrain. Stop at Florence Falls, a spectacular double-plunge waterfall leading to a popular swimming hole, before venturing on to tropical Wangi Falls for a swim in its large waterhole surrounded by spectacular monsoon rainforest. Continue to Katherine, a thriving town that was originally established as an outpost on the Australian Overland Telegraph Line.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Katherine, 2 nights

Day 3: Katherine Gorge

This morning, meet Manuel Pamkal to share his passion for the rich traditional culture into which he was born. There is the opportunity to purchase some local Indigenous art. Later, sit back and relax in tranquil surroundings as you cruise on Katherine Gorge. A series of thirteen deep gorges carved through ancient rock, there are many Aboriginal paintings on the sandstone walls throughout the system, some of which are thousands of years old. Discover the history and culture of the Jawoyn people, the traditional owners of Nitmiluk, as you explore the magnificent gorges with a backdrop of stunning rock-faces that change colour with the setting of the sun. Keep an eye out for freshwater crocodiles nesting along the banks. This evening, consider the optional experience of the Stockman’s Bush Dinner under the stars.

Day 4: Katherine – Kakadu National Park

This morning you have the opportunity to swim in the waterholes of magnificent Edith Falls. Then pass through the mining town of Pine Creek, where buildings date back to the heady gold-rush days. Travel deep into World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park and discover spectacular escarpment, serene waterholes and teeming wildlife. Board the famed Yellow Water Billabong Cruise, spotting basking crocodiles and abundant birdlife with a local guide. Later, take a guided walk to view ancient Aboriginal rock paintings at Nourlangie, regarded as one of the premier rock art sites in the Top End.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, 2 nights

Day 5: Kakadu National Park

This morning, perhaps take an optional experience scenic flight over Kakadu. Later, visit Ubirr, another of Kakadu’s foremost rock art galleries. The paintings here provide a fascinating record of Indigenous life over thousands of years: look for naturalistic paintings of animals, traditional x-ray art, and paintings of early contact with European people. Before leaving the site, climb to the top of a nearby rocky outcrop for superb views over the floodplains and escarpment country. Celebrate your Top End journey this evening at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.

Day 6: Farewell from Darwin

Leave Kakadu this morning to return to Darwin. Keep an eye on the murky river crossings to see if you can spot saltwater crocodiles. Your final stop is Fogg Dam, a birdwatcher’s paradise. Bid farewell to your fellow travellers as your holiday comes to an end and you are transferred to Darwin Airport for your onward flight.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 02, 23$2,245.00$2,875.00
June: 06, 27$2,245.00$2,875.00
July: 11$2,245.00$2,875.00
August: 01, 15$2,245.00$2,875.00
September: 05, 19$2,245.00$2,875.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 5 breakfasts, 2 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 5 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Ghan – Fares 2020 / 2021

When it comes to the great rail journeys of Australia, there’s nothing quite like The Ghan. Going far beyond the means of regular rail travel, you simply won’t be disappointed as you sit back, relax and embrace the true Australia from the comfort of your beautiful cabin.

The Ghan sweeps down the centre of Australia starting in either Darwin or Adelaide and crossing through Katherine and Alice springs. This  journey allows you to see the red centre, the core of Australia, and opens up the gateway to the beautiful and iconic Uluru.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Fares valid for rail travel from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

 

THE GHAN
AUD $ Per person One Way
SHOULDER SEASON
05 April 2020 to 27 April 2020
06 September 2020 to 16 November 2020 
31 January 2021 to 29 March 2021
(northbound)
04 November 2020 to 26 November 2020
03 February 2021 to 01 April 2021
(southbound)
GOLD SERVICE SINGLE
EVERYDAY ADVANCE PURCHASE
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $1,379.00 $1,099.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $1,379.00 $1,099.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $2,409.00 $1,919.00
GOLD SERVICE TWIN SOLE OCCUPANCY
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $2,789.00 $2,229.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $2,789.00 $2,229.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $4,869.00 $3,889.00
GOLD SERVICE TWIN    
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $1,549.00 $1,229.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $1,549.00 $1,229.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $2,699.00 $2,149.00
GOLD SERVICE SUPERIOR SOLE OCCUPANCY
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $4,599.00 $3,669.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $4,599.00 $3,669.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $6,599.00 $5,269.00
GOLD SERVICE SUPERIOR    
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $2,559.00 $2,039.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $2,559.00 $2,039.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $3,699.00 $2,929.00
PLATINUM SERVICE SOLE OCCUPANCY
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $5,129.00 Not Available
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $5,129.00 Not Available
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $7,359.00 Not Available
PLATINUM SERVICE
   
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $2,849.00 Not Available
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $2,849.00 Not Available
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $4,079.00 Not Available

 

THE GHAN
AUD $ Per person One Way
HIGH SEASON
03 May 2020 to 31 August 2020
(Northbound only)
GOLD SERVICE SINGLE
EVERYDAY ADVANCE PURCHASE
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $1,599.00 $1,269.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $1,599.00 $1,269.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $2,779.00 $2,229.00
GOLD SERVICE TWIN SOLE OCCUPANCY
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $3,069.00 $2,469.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $3,069.00 $2,469.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $5,309.00 $4,249.00
GOLD SERVICE TWIN
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $1,699.00 $1,359.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $1,699.00 $1,359.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $2,949.00 $2,359.00
GOLD SERVICE SUPERIOR SOLE OCCUPANCY
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $4,849.00 $3,899.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $4,849.00 $3,899.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $6,959.00 $5,569.00
GOLD SERVICE SUPERIOR
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $2,699.00 $2,169.00
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $2,699.00 $2,169.00
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $3,869.00 $3,099.00
PLATINUM SERVICE SOLE OCCUPANCY
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $5,399.00 Not Available
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $5,399.00 Not Available
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $7,739.00 Not Available
PLATINUM SERVICE
Adelaide – Alice Springs or vv $2,999.00 Not Available
Alice Springs – Darwin or vv $2,999.00 Not Available
Adelaide – Darwin or vv $4,299.00 Not Available

 

THE GHAN EXPEDITION
AUD $ Per person One Way
SHOULDER SEASON
01 April 2020 to 30 April 2020
02 September 2020 to 29 October 2020
(Southbound only)
GOLD SERVICE SINGLE
EVERYDAY ADVANCE PURCHASE
Darwin – Adelaide $3,589.00 $2,829.00
GOLD SERVICE TWIN SOLE OCCUPANCY
Darwin – Adelaide $6,849.00 $5,409.00
GOLD SERVICE TWIN
Darwin – Adelaide $3,799.00 $2,999.00
GOLD SERVICE SUPERIOR SOLE OCCUPANCY
Darwin – Adelaide $9,549.00 $7,539.00
GOLD SERVICE SUPERIOR
Darwin – Adelaide $5,309.00 $4,189.00
PLATINUM SERVICE SOLE OCCUPANCY
Darwin – Adelaide $10,619.00 Not Available
PLATINUM SERVICE
Darwin – Adelaide $5,899.00 Not Available

 

THE GHAN EXPEDITION
AUD $ Per person One Way
HIGH SEASON
06 May 2020 to 30 August 2020
(Southbound only)
GOLD SERVICE SINGLE
EVERYDAY ADVANCE PURCHASE
Darwin – Adelaide $3,789.00 $2,999.00
GOLD SERVICE TWIN SOLE OCCUPANCY
Darwin – Adelaide $7,209.00 $5,759.00
GOLD SERVICE TWIN
Darwin – Adelaide $3,999.00 $3,189.00
GOLD SERVICE SUPERIOR SOLE OCCUPANCY
Darwin – Adelaide $10,039.00 $8,029.00
GOLD SERVICE SUPERIOR
Darwin – Adelaide $5,579.00 $4,459.00
PLATINUM SERVICE SOLE OCCUPANCY
Darwin – Adelaide $11,169.00 Not Available
PLATINUM SERVICE
Darwin – Adelaide $6,199.00 Not Available

* Fares based on twin share per person with single supplements applicable
* Advance Purchase fares are subject to availability and bookings must be made a minimum of 6 moths in advance. Fares are non-refunable and non-changeable and must be paid in full within 7 days of confirmation.
* Children aged between 4-15 inclusive, receive 20% discount off the accompanying adult fare.
* Fares are subject to availability and may not be available on all services.
* Fares and timetables are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice

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Northern Territory Explorer

Witness a magnificent Uluru sunset, and encounter a wide variety of wildlife in Kakadu that will delight nature lovers. Be inspired by Indigenous stories and culture, and enjoy a refreshing swim in the idyllic waters of Edith Falls.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Arriving in the tropical Top End capital of Darwin, the weather and friendly locals will instantly make you feel at ease. The Darwin waterfront is the gathering place for locals and tourists, and this is where you will get to know your Travel Director and fellow travellers, while enjoying some refreshing drinks and nibbles at a Welcome Reception.

Hotel: Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, 2 nights

Board your coach to discover Darwin’s fascinating attractions, including East Point Military Reserve and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. This afternoon you’re free to explore or relax. You could visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility and the Bombing of Darwin experience or soak up the atmosphere and flavours of the iconic Mindil Beach Sunset Market, with over 200 unique stalls featuring food, arts and crafts.

Delve into indigenous culture when you connect with a local family-run authentic, Aboriginal culture and nature-based experience, next to a billabong. Discover local indigenous history and learn and understand the local customs and traditions of the Aboriginal people of the region. Afterwards, venture deep into Kakadu National Park stopping at the Bowali Visitor Centre, which reveals the history of the park.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, 2 nights

Viewing Kakadu National Park by air is one of the best ways and this morning you could to take to the skies on an optional experience scenic flight. On your exploration of the National Park you’ll get up close to ancient Aboriginal rock art. Later, you’ll cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong in search of saltwater crocodiles and discover plant and bird life that call this region home. Finish the day watching the sun set over this spectacular World Heritage UNESCO site.

Travel through remarkable countryside from one National Park to another, arriving in Nitmiluk National Park in time to board your boat for the cruise the Katherine Gorge with a local guide. Experience the varied and ever-changing landscapes, from dramatic cliffs and sandy beaches to pandanus-lined channels. Keep an eye out for the small freshwater crocodile while you hear stories of how this spectacular gorge was formed.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Katherine

Around an hour out of Katherine, you’ll visit Elsey Homestead Replica, used in the filming of a famous story about outback life, ‘We of the Never Never’. This stop is also home to the famous Mataranka thermal hot springs. Head down the palm lined walkway for a refreshing swim. When you think of an outback pub, the Daly Waters Historic Pub is probably what you imagine. The words rustic and eclectic best describe this interesting watering hole, as we divert off the Stuart Highway to check it out.

Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn

Leaving Tennant Creek, you’ll see some amazing and everchanging country. Travelling the highway along a straight section of road, Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles) comes into sight. Seeing these massive granite boulders standing in the middle of nowhere is fascinating. Stretch your legs and wander through and around the boulders and discover the Dreamtime story of the fossilised eggs of the Rainbow Serpent. On arrival in Alice Springs we drive up to Anzac Hill to view the memorial, and panoramas of Alice Springs and the East & West MacDonnell Ranges, before heading for your hotel.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights

This morning is free so you may choose to rest as this outback town awakens or rise early and take an optional experience ride in a hot air balloon as the desert awakens. Or perhaps explore the West MacDonnell Ranges on a half day guided tour. This afternoon, join your Travel Director to tour the town of Alice Springs, visiting the historic Telegraph Station and the School of the Air to gain an insight into the outback and remote learning.

Learn about local Aboriginal culture this morning before heading west to Uluru. As you venture into the National Park for the first time you will be amazed by the sheer scale of Uluru and then the natural wonder of watching the sun set across it. The changing colours on the rock are spectacular and there is nothing better than toasting to it with a glass of sparkling wine.

Hotel: Outback Pioneer Hotel, 2 nights

It might still be dark but getting out of bed for sunrise over Uluru is worth it. Holding a freshly made tea or coffee as the sun rises and creeps across the face of Uluru is awe-inspiring. Your Travel Director will show you around the base of Uluru and then take you on some short walks, where you will discover the connection and culture of the local Anangu people that makes this place so special. This afternoon is free for you to relax by the resort pool or you may like to view Uluru from the air on an optional experience scenic helicopter flight. Or perhaps cruise around it on the back of a Harley! This evening enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travellers, recounting the amazing experiences you’ve had exploring the Northern Territory.

This morning you may consider rising early for the optional experience once-in-a-lifetime Field of Light installation, and then join your fellow travellers for breakfast before your exploration of the Northern Territory comes to an end.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 26$4,530.00$5,910.00
June: 23$4,530.00$5,910.00
July: 21$4,530.00$5,910.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 5 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Central Australian Discovery

This Central Australian Discovery adventure is jam-packed with moments that you’ll want to re-live again and again. Moments like dining overlooking Uluru as darkness falls and the Field of Light comes to life or soaring over the mysterious Lost City on a scenic flight.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Be met on arrival in Darwin and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure before a relaxed welcome dinner.

Hotel: Hilton Darwin

Day 2: Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, Mataranka

Head towards the remote township of Katherine and enjoy a Signature Experience. Board a cruise through Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and marvel at the winding network of gorges carved from centuries-old sandstone. Keep an eye out for freshwater crocodiles and birdlife along the way. Later, discover the music, stories and ways of the local Jawoyn people.

Hotel: Mataranka, Territory Manor

Day 3: Mataranka, Lorella Springs Wilderness Park

Unwind in the natural Mataranka Thermal Pool, said to have healing properties for aches and pains. Afterwards, travel to Lorella Springs Wilderness Park, a one million-acre working cattle station that stretches all the way to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Hotel: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park

Day 4: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park, Lost City, Barkly

Board a scenic flight over the Lost City, a series of large sandstone outcrops that evokes the remains of an ancient civilisation. After, enjoy lunch at the iconic Heartbreak Hotel.

Hotel: Barkly Homestead

Day 5: Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles), Alice Springs

Venture to Alice Springs via Tennant Creek. Along the way, stop at Karlu Karlu (Devils Marbles). A living cultural landscape, nearly the entire reserve is a registered sacred site.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights

Day 6: Alice Springs, West MacDonnell Ranges

Explore Simpsons Gap, which pierces the West MacDonnell Ranges. This sacred area is an important spiritual site to the Arrarnta Indigenous people, where several Dreamtime stories have said to take place. Continue to the West MacDonnell Ranges National Park, whose landscapes played a significant role in the stories of Western Arrernte Indigenous culture. At Angkerle (Standley Chasm), follow a creek where spring-fed pools attract a variety of unique birdlife. Afterwards, visit Ormiston Gorge, home to a variety of unique species. Later, take the afternoon to unwind.

Day 7: Mereenie Loop Road, Kings Canyon

Travel to Hermannsberg and visit the Namatjira School of Art, where you can view authentic art pieces. Afterwards, travel to Gosses Bluff crater, before heading off-road along the Mereenie Loop Road. Take in the outback scenes as you travel to Kings Canyon.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort

Day 8:Kings Canyon, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Journey into the heart of Watarrka National Park today, where unspoiled bush and red rock canyons create an amazing experience. The Luritja people have called Watarrka National Park home for more than 20,000 years. Embark on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk. On this challenging hike, venture around the rim of the canyon’s incredible sandstone walls, then after reaching the lookout, marvel at the canyon itself. About half way along is the Garden of Eden, featuring a waterhole and riverine vegetation. After lunch, head inside Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), consisting of 36 domes that form deep valleys and steep-sided gorges. Explore Walpa Gorge before arriving at Ayers Rock Resort.

Hotel: Sails in the Desert, 2 nights

Day 9: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

At sunrise, embark on a base tour of Uluru, learning stories from the Dreamtime while you explore this icon. This evening, experience ‘A Night at Field of Light’. Indulge in a Sounds of Silence dinner under the stars. Savour a glass of sparkling before helping yourself to a ‘bush tucker’ inspired buffet accompanied by the music of a didgeridoo. At the same time, immerse yourself in the spectacular Field of Light art installation.

Day 10: Coober Pedy

Cross into South Australia and arrive in the outback town of Coober Pedy. Visit the Umoona Opal Mine, where you’ll get an insight into Indigenous and European settlement in the area, as well as learning about how opals are mined.

Hotel: Coober Pedy, Desert Cave Hotel

Day 11: Oodnadatta Track, Marree

Today you will journey along the Oodnadatta Track, pausing at William Creek for lunch. Perhaps board a scenic flight over the awe-inspiring Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre. Take to the skies and gain a true appreciation of this natural wonder from above (own expense). Afterwards, drive to the edge of Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre and look out over the seemingly endless salt flats. Later, arrive at the small town of Marree.

Hotel: Marree Hotel

Day 12: Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park

On the way to Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park, stop for lunch at Parachilna’s famous Prairie Hotel. Arrive at the national park, which is a cultural site renowned for its 800-million-year-old landscapes. Explore Wilpena Pound, cradled within a natural amphitheatre of mountains. Continue to your accommodation, set amongst river red gums and native pines. Enjoy dinner before relaxing on your deck overlooking the bush.

Hotel: Ikara Safari Camp, 2 nights

A full day has been set aside for you to explore Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park in more depth. Visit Brachina Gorge and keep an eye out for the endangered yellow-footed rock-wallaby as you traverse the gorge’s ancient layers. Spend the afternoon at leisure, or perhaps take an optional scenic flight over Wilpena Pound (own expense).

Day 14: Clare Valley, Adelaide

Farewell Ikara-Flinders Ranges National Park as you make your way through the wine-growing district of the Clare Valley. Here, enjoy lunch at Skillogalee Winery, showcasing the locally grown produce and wines of the region. Arrive in Adelaide and toast the end of your journey during a farewell dinner.

Hotel: Adelaide, The Playford Hotel

Day 15: Depart Adelaide

After breakfast, farewell your new-found friends and be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 25$9,795.00$11,795.00
May: 11, 30$9,995.00$11,995.00
June: 16 $9,995.00$11,995.00
July: 03, 20 $9,995.00$11,995.00
August: 06, 22 $9,995.00$11,995.00
September: 07, 25$9,795.00$11,795.00
** Bold dates indicate itinerary operates in reverse

Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
Transport:Airport transfers & Custom-designed 4WD vehicle
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation
Guide: The services of an expert APT tour director and driver
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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The Ghan

Prepare for a holiday of unimaginable proportions as the legendary Ghan takes you deep into the heart of Australia. Enjoy the comfort and solitude of your private cabin, lose yourself in conversation with newfound travelling companions, or simply gaze out of the window taking inspiration from the ever changing landscape.

When the train stops along the way, the adventures begin. Take your time tapping into the rich creative soul of Adelaide. Experience the dramatic scenery of central Australia on the back of a camel and explore the ancient, awe-inspiring wonders of the Northern Territory.

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest rail journeys, The Ghan delivers so much more than an extended train ride. It promises access to parts of Australia no other holiday can come close to – the perfect balance of comfort and adventure culminating in an experience that will move you in every sense of the word.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Latest fares:

Fares valid for rail travel from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021

Timetable:

THE GHAN
ADELAIDE – ALICE SPRINGS – DARWIN
OPERATES ALL YEAR
Sun 12:15 Depart Adelaide
Mon Marla | Morning Experience
13:45 Arrive Alice Springs | Afternoon Excursion
18:15 Depart Alice Springs
Tues Katherine | Morning Excursion
17:30 Arrive Darwin
OPERATES JUNE 2020 TO AUGUST 2020
Wed 12:10 Depart Adelaide
Thu Marla | Morning Experience
14:25 Arrive Alice Springs | Afternoon Excursion
18:15 Depart Alice Springs
Fri Katherine | Morning Excursion
19:50 Arrive Darwin

 

THE GHAN EXPEDITION
DARWIN – ALICE SPRINGS – ADELAIDE
OPERATES APRIL 2020 TO OCTOBER 2020
Wed 10:00 Depart Darwin
Katherine | Afternoon Excursion
Thu
Alice Springs | Full Day Excursion
Fri
Coober Pedy | Full Day Excursion
Sat
10:50 Arrive Adelaide
OPERATES JUNE 2020 TO AUGUST 2020
Sat 09:00 Depart Darwin
Katherine | Afternoon Excursion
Sun
Alice Springs | Full Day Excursion
Mon
Coober Pedy | Full Day Excursion
Tue 11:35 Arrive Adelaide

 

THE GHAN
DARWIN – ALICE SPRINGS – ADELAIDE
OPERATES NOVEMBER 2020, FEBRUARY 2021 AND MARCH 2021 ONLY
Wed 10:00 Depart Darwin
Katherine | Afternoon Excursion
Thu
09:10 Arrive Alice Springs | Morning Excursion
12:45 Depart Alice Springs
Manguri | Evening Experience
Fri 13:00 Arrive Adelaide

* Final arrival and departure times on all Great Southern Rail journeys may very. Great Southern Rail will advise of any changes prior to departure.
* All off train experiences are subject to weather and changes through the year and may very by season
* Fares and timetables are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.
* The Ghan does not operate December 2019 to January 2020

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Outback Adventure

Discover the legendary Australian outback on a fascinating northbound journey from Adelaide, through the Red Centre and onto tropical Darwin in the Top End. The stunning beauty of Australia’s vast and varied landscapes including the rugged Flinders Ranges, ancient Uluru and Kata Tjuta and the lush wetlands of Kakadu National Park will provide memories to last a lifetime.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Adelaide

On arrival today, explore the major sights of the city. Later, join a local food expert for a guided tour of the vibrant Adelaide Central Market. Relax this evening at a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Hotel: Stamford Plaza Adelaide

Day 2: Adelaide – Wilpena Pound

Drive through the rolling hills of the Clare Valley for a wine-tasting at Sevenhill Cellars, the region’s oldest winery. Later, travel through the Flinders Ranges to Wilpena Pound.

Hotel: Wilpena Pound Resort

Day 3: Wilpena Pound – Port Augusta

Take a walk with your Travel Director to the faithfully-restored Hills Homestead and Wangarra Lookout, which affords panoramic views over Wilpena Pound. Journey through the historic town of Quorn to Port Augusta. Visit Wadlata Outback Centre before dining at a local restaurant.

Hotel: Majestic Oasis Apartments

Day 4: Port Augusta – Coober Pedy

Visit a former rocket-testing site at Woomera before travelling through salt-lake country to isolated Coober Pedy, regarded by many as the opal capital of the world. View an opal demonstration with a local expert, who’ll then lead you through some of the town’s iconic underground buildings.

Hotel: Desert Cave Hotel

Day 5: Coober Pedy – Uluru

Cross the border into the Northern Territory and continue to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Sparkling wine is served this evening as you witness the sunset over Australia’s most renowned natural landmark.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, 2 nights

Day 6: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta

Rise early to experience a majestic Uluru sunrise. After a tour of the base of Uluru, take a guided walk to the Mutitjulu Waterhole where your Travel Director will explain the significance of the ancient Aboriginal rock paintings you’ll encounter. This afternoon’s journey takes you to Kata Tjuta, thirty-six magnificent domes of red-hued sedimentary rock.

Day 7: Uluru – Kings Canyon

Consider an optional experience and rise early to visit the soul-stirring art installation in the desert, the Field of Light, 50,000 frosted glass spheres of light in colours of ochre, deep violet, blue and white. Travel through a stark red desert landscape to awe-inspiring Kings Canyon. The 6-kilometre walk around the rim of the canyon will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park. A shorter, more relaxed walk takes you along the sandy creek bed, and leads to a lookout point affording excellent views of the towering canyon walls.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort

Day 8: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

Travelling past vast cattle properties, you’ll develop a true appreciation for the magnitude of the Australian outback. On arrival in Alice Springs visit the historic Telegraph Station and learn how it relayed message between Darwin and Adelaide for 60 years.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort, 2 nights

Day 9: Alice Springs

Join a local Aboriginal guide at Alice Springs Desert Park to learn about the culture and traditions of the Arrernte People. Then visit the headquarters of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. This evening, join the Falzon family at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre for a Be My Guest barbecue dinner. Hear from brothers, Tom and Danny, about the sustainable lifestyle they have established.

Day 10: Alice Springs – Tennant Creek

Visit the legendary School of the Air, then travel north, stopping at Wycliffe Well, where you need to keep your eye out for a UFO! Your next stop is just as intriguing – Karlu Karlu, an outcrop of precariously-balanced granite boulders. You’ll stay tonight in the former gold-mining town of Tennant Creek.

Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn

Day 11: Tennant Creek – Katherine

Call in to the quirky Daly Waters Pub before continuing to Mataranka, where a swim in the warm, crystal-clear waters of the thermal springs is a must-do. Journey on to Katherine.

Hotel: Paraway Motel

Day 12: Katherine – Kakadu

Travel to Nitmiluk National Park and take a tranquil cruise along the spectacular Katherine Gorge. Then journey deep into Kakadu for a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, famed for its birdlife and estuarine crocodiles.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Day 13: Kakadu – Darwin Included Choice

Visit Ubirr, one of Kakadu’s renowned Aboriginal rock art sites, then walk to nearby Nadab Lookout, for views over the surrounding wetlands. After an orientation on arrival in Darwin, the evening is free for you to explore.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, 2 nights

Day 14: Litchfield National Park

Travel to Litchfield National Park, pausing to examine the park’s amazing termite mounds. Stop to view Florence Falls, then venture on to Wangi Falls to swim in the large waterhole before heading back to Darwin. Join your Travel Director for a Darwin Harbour Farewell Dinner Cruise.

Day 15: Farewell from Darwin

BBid a fond farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 13, 27$6,520.00$8,235.00
May: 11, 25$6,520.00$8,235.00
June: 08, 22$6,840.00$8,750.00
July: 06, 20$6,840.00$8,750.00
August: 03, 17, 31$6,840.00$8,750.00
September: 14, 28$6,840.00$8,750.00
2022 Dates & Prices
March: 29$6,520.00$8,235.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 14 breakfasts, 10 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Outback Safari

Experience quintessential Northern Territory landscapes on a thrilling road-trip from Uluru to Darwin. The grandeur of Uluru is unforgettable, and the opportunity to learn about the traditions of the local Indigenous people adds depth to your encounter. Travelling the Stuart Highway, you’ll witness the transition from desert reds to the rocky escarpments and lush greens of the tropical north.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Uluru

On arrival in Uluru you will be transferred to your hotel where you begin your Outback Safari. Meet your Travel Director this afternoon and enter the dual world heritage listed National Park to enjoy nibbles and sparkling wine at the Uluru sunset viewing area, ‘Sunset Strip’. Get your camera ready as the sun sets over the western horizon, the evening sky brings out the many shades of colour for which Uluru is renowned.

Hotel: Desert Gardens Hotel, 2 nights

Day 2: Uluru Sunrise – Kata Tjuta

See the Red Centre set alight by the morning’s first rays of sunlight. After sunrise tour the base of Uluru. You may like to take a self-guided stroll around the 11km base of ‘The Rock’ or enjoy a guided walk with your Travel Director to Mutitjulu Waterhole. You’ll view Aboriginal rock paintings as your Travel Director interprets their meaning and significance. You’ll also learn about the flora, fauna and cultural traditions of traditional owners, the Anangu. Visit Uluru – Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre where there is time to purchase some locally made Aboriginal art and learn more about the Western Desert region. This afternoon, visit the spectacular domes of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and walk through Walpa Gorge, following the natural creek-bed between two of the main domes. Take in a magnificent outback sunset at Kata Tjuta while you enjoy sparkling wine and nibbles.

Day 3: Uluru– Kings Canyon

This morning you might choose the optional extra of seeing the Field of Light at Sunrise or enjoy a sleep in. After breakfast you will travel to Kings Canyon Resort. On the way, marvel at Atila (Mt. Conner), the ‘forgotten wonder of Central Australia’ and stop for a lunch break at Kings Creek Station. Originally vacant crown land, the station now runs cattle and is the largest exporter of wild camels in Australia. Why not taste one of their famous camel burgers for lunch? You don’t want to miss out! Now get ready for spectacular sightseeing. You’re off on a 6km rim walk exploration of Kings Canyon, which will reward you with marvellous views of Watarrka National Park, where you’ll be able to see as far as the horizon and get a real feel for the grand scale of this natural wonder. An easier walk along the boulder-strewn canyon floor is also available.

Hotel: Kings Canyon Resort

Day 4: Kings Canyon – Alice Springs

Your Outback Adventure continues today as you journey past vast cattle stations as the landscapes rises to the spectacular MacDonnell ranges that surround Alice Springs. In Alice Springs you explore the historic Telegraph Station that was established in 1872. It first served as one of 12 stations positioned along the Overland Telegraph Line that stretches between Adelaide and Darwin. Your last stop for the day is Anzac Hill for reflection and the panoramic views that give you an appreciation for Alice Springs.

Hotel: Mercure Alice Springs Resort , 2 nights

Day 5: Alice Springs

This morning you will learn about the life of the local indigenous Arrernte People before experiencing the Royal Flying Doctor Service tourist facility. Here you will learn how the facility brings first class health services to people living in the bush. This evening ‘Be My Guest’ with the Falzon family for an Australian BBQ dinner at Earth Sanctuary World Nature Centre. Join them as they share stories of self-sufficient living and astronomy and even lead you on a sing-a-long accompanied by the didgeridoo and guitar. It will be a night to remember!

Day 6: Alice Springs – Tennant Creek

Your first stop is School of the Air to witness a live classroom lesson broadcast over 1.3 million square kilometres. These children living in remote locations that would otherwise have no access to public education. Continue north, stopping at interesting Wycliffe Well where you need to keep your eye out for a UFO. Next stop is Karlu-Karlu (Devils Marbles) where you’ll explore the precariously balanced boulders. End the day at Tennant Creek, an old gold mining town along the Stuart Highway.

Hotel: Bluestone Motor Inn

Day 7: Tennant Creek – Katherine

Today you’ll travel north and visit eccentric Daly Waters Historic Pub at lunchtime. Continue to Mataranka, ‘Land of the Never Never’. At Mataranka you can visit a replica of the original Elsey Homestead, used in the filming of ‘We of the Never Never’, an autobiographical film about Jeannie Gunn’s life in the Outback. Or, you may take the palm lined walkway for a swim in the famous thermal springs – a bit of a must do! Travel on to Katherine for the night.

Hotel: Paraway Motel

Day 8: Katherine – Kakadu

Join your local guide on a serene early morning cruise through Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Discover the cultural significance of this ancient waterway to the traditional landowners, the Jawoyn, and keep an eye out for the resident crocodiles. Continue to Kakadu National Park via Pine Creek. We recommend treating yourself to a mango smoothie along the way! Travel deep into Kakadu for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. You should see a stunning variety of birdlife such as sea eagles, brolgas and with any luck, fascinating little kingfishers. You’ll also see feared estuarine crocodiles basking in the muddy shallows.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Day 9: Kakadu – Darwin

This morning you’ll have the opportunity to take an optional flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land. Later visit Ubirr and view Aboriginal rock art dating back some 20,000 years. Climb to the top of this rocky outcrop for spectacular views over the flood plains and escarpment country. You may recognise the location from the famous Australian film, Crocodile Dundee! This afternoon you will arrive in tropical Darwin. After a brief tour around Darwin the evening is free to explore. We highly recommend you explore the popular Mindil Markets for dinner and to watch a famous top end sunset over the beach.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, 2 nights

Day 10: Litchfield National Park

Today travel to Litchfield National Park. You’ll stop at the amazing Termite Mounds and then Florence Falls to view the famous waterfalls from a high vantage point. Venture on to tropical Wangi Falls for a relaxing swim in the large crystal-clear waterhole before heading back to Darwin. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner on board a Darwin Harbour Cruise. Enjoy a delicious buffet meal as you watch the sun set over Darwin and the surrounding area – it’s time to celebrate your Northern Territory outback adventure.

Day 11: Farewell from Darwin

Bid Farewell to your fellow travellers after breakfast when your Outback Safari comes to an end.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
April: 03, 17$4,960.00$6,180.00
May: 01, 15, 29$4,960.00$6,180.00
June: 12, 26$5,230.00$6,690.00
July: 10, 24$5,230.00$6,690.00
August: 07, 21$5,230.00$6,690.00
September: 04, 18$5,230.00$6,690.00
October: 02$5,230.00$6,690.00
Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 dinners
Transport: Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Wonders of the Kimberley

Begin your magnificent Wonders of the Kimberley experience with a spectacular sunset over Broome’s Cable Beach, then enter a magical world of rich waterways, plunging gorges, stunning rock formations and prolific wildlife. Meet local Indigenous artists and tour the world’s principal source of rare pink diamonds. Experience the Ord Valley’s gourmet produce at a unique private dinner, and end your trip in tropical, cosmopolitan Darwin.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Broome

Welcome to tropical Broome! Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers and get to know them over a Welcome drink then join them for a delicious dinner at the Sunset Bar and Grill with views of the Indian Ocean.

Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, 2 nights

Day 2: Broome Free Time

Today you have a full free day to explore this tropical hideaway. From a scenic flight over the Horizontal Falls to cruising through the unique horizontal falls on a boat (pre book as it sells out) there are many options for you to explore the area. You may enjoy a leisurely stroll along the 22 kilometres of pristine sand and turquoise water that is Cable Beach. Wander through Chinatown, shop for pearls or just relax at the resort. Tonight, sit back and relax with a drink to watch another spectacular sunset over Cable Beach.

Day 3: Broome – Fitzroy Crossing

Preserved for over 125 million years in the reef rock at Gantheaume Point are the footprints of long-extinct dinosaurs. After exploring one of the best paleontological sites in the world you will say good bye to the coastline as we head deep into the Kimberley. Arriving at Geike Gorge you will join your local guide on a relaxing boat cruise to take in the magnificent colours and structure of the gorge’s stone walls. Watch for freshwater crocodiles, fruit bats and wallabies as the 30 metre high walls of the gorge tower above you before continuing to Fitzroy Crossing.

Hotel: Fitzroy River Lodge

Day 4: Fitzroy Crossing – Halls Creek

Today we stop at an indigenous Art Gallery and experience what the gallery is doing for the local community. This is a great opportunity to purchase some indigenous art from the locals. Discover the town of Halls Creek, a town rich in history and culture where we will stay overnight.

Hotel: Kimberley Hotel

Day 5: Halls Creek – Emma Gorge

Today visit the Argyle Diamond Mine, the world’s largest supplier of natural coloured diamonds. A local Indigenous guide will join you for an extensive behind the scenes to look at the diamond mining process and teach you about the cultural significance of the mine to the local indigenous people. Driving along the Gibb River Road and deep into El Questro Wilderness Park before we arrive at 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 bound to be a highlight!

Hotel: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities, 2 nights

Day 6: El Questro

This morning rise to the calls of native birds and head to the resort’s large veranda for a hearty breakfast with views of the surrounding ranges. Next up you’ll travel across the mighty 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 heading 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 veranda or if you have a high level fitness you might take the challenging hike to Emma Gorge for a dip in the crystal clear waterhole.

Day 7: Emma Gorge – Kununurra

This morning you depart for Kununurra, the food bowl of WA. First up you visit the family run award winning Hoochery Distillery. The family will take you behind the scenes of the distillery before you sit down and try their famous Ord River Rum Cake for morning tea. A visit to the historic Durack Homestead Museum to find out why the homestead as relocated to its current location before you join your local guide for a boat cruise along the Ord River. Departing from Lake Argyle your local boat guide will show you remarkable landscapes, an abundance of birdlife and give you an exhilarating ride before experiencing a magical sunset on the water as you arrive in Kununurra. This evening, you’re invited to a privately hosted exclusive dinner at the Kununurra Sandalwood Factory in the heartland of Kununurra’s Sandalwood plantations. Enjoy a By My Guest presentation by a local Sandalwood expert and learn about this fascinating industry while you dine on fresh locally grown produce from the Ord Valley.

Hotel: The Kimberley Grande, 2 nights

Day 8: Kununurra

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 join an in depth 4WD tour of the Bungle Bungles in the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park. Alternately join your Travel Director and visit Mirima National Park, which 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.

Day 9: Kununurra – Katherine

Watch the landscape transform as you journey across vast pastoral leases and Aboriginal homelands into the Northern Territory’s Top End. Local horseman and award winning country singer Tom Curtain will entertain you about live in the outback with real horse-starting and working dog demonstrations, entwined with live music and humorous bush tales.

Hotel: Paraway Motel

Day 10: Katherine – Darwin

This morning travel to Nitmiluk National Park. Take a relaxing cruise at Katherine Gorge on the placid waters of the river where you’ll really feel the spirituality of the land and marvel at the towering cliffs while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Traditional Owners, the Jawoyn people. Travel north along the Stuart Highway stopping at Adelaide River War Cemetery along the way. On arrival in Darwin, enjoy a city sights tour of the tropical State capital, before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a delicious final dinner overlooking the Darwin waterfront.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade

Day 11: Farewell from Darwin

This morning after breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your Wonders of the Kimberley tour comes to an end.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveler
May: 11, 21, 25$5,830.00$7,490.00
June: 04, 08, 22$5,830.00$7,490.00
July: 02, 06, 09, 13, 23, 20, 30$5,830.00$7,490.00
August: 03, 06, 10 17, 20, 31$5,830.00$7,490.00
September:03, 10, 14, 17$5,830.00$7,490.00
Bold dates indicate itinerary operates in reverse

Inclusions 
Meals: 10 breakfasts, 2 lunch, 9 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 10 nights accommodation
Guide:Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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Wonders of the West Coast & Kimberley

Discover the Wonders of the West Coast & Kimberley, explore pristine coastlines and rugged outback scenery on this extensive exploration of Australia’s wild West Coast. You’ll venture into the rugged Kimberley region, where breathtaking waterfalls and mystical waterholes await you in landscapes abounding in native wildlife. From dynamic Perth to the mineral-rich Pilbara and the Karijini wilderness, this journey creates memories to last a lifetime.

Planning your holiday is easy, and speak to your friendly Consultant.

Day 1: Welcome to Perth

This afternoon when you meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at your hotel, set off on a city tour of Perth including a visit to Kings Park where you can see the broad expanse of the Swan River and wander around the Anzac Memorial and wildflower gardens. You’ll also see the many public art instillations around the city and get a feel for the different precincts surrounding the CBD. Get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious welcome dinner.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Perth

Day 2: Perth – Geraldton

Heading north towards the port town of Geraldton your first stop is Yanchep National Park. Here you will meet your local Aboriginal guide Derek who’ll share with you the local indigenous way of life and will treat you to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo through his fantastic Aboriginal cultural experience. You will get the chance to gain an understanding of traditional Aboriginal tools and weaponry in this hand on experience. Continuing along the coast to the seaside village of Lancelin at lunchtime and then to the home of the marvellous Pinnacles at Nambung National Park. Get your camera ready for these intriguing limestone formations. After taking time to reflect at the evocative HMAS Sydney Memorial you can take I the astonishing views over the seaside township of Geraldton.

Hotel: Mantra Geraldton

Day 3: Geraldton – Monkey Mia

Discover Hamelin Pool and 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 that is formed from billions of coquina bivalve shells that can be up to ten metres deep along the water. Continue to the crystal blue waters of UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shark Bay and the pristine white sandy beaches of Monkey Mia. You will instantly feel totally relaxed at this beach side resort.

Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, 2 nights

Day 4: Monkey Mia

Every morning, Monkey Mia’s wild dolphins swim close to shore where the National Park Rangers explain the feeding habits of these friendly mammals that they know by name. After watching the famous dolphins swim into shore (Note: As dolphins are wild their appearance cannot be guaranteed) enjoy a leisurely breakfast overlooking the calm waters of the bay. The rest of the day is free for you to explore or relax. You might choose a leisurely boat cruise through the waters to spot marine life or why not choose to take to the air with a scenic flight over the amazing Shark Bay.reakfast.

Day 5: Monkey Mia – Carnarvon

Today you will make the journey north to Carnarvon. The friendly local volunteers at the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum will share stories of how this site was instrumental in the space race. You might even choose to try on a space suit and climb aboard a spacecraft simulator.

Hotel: Best Western Hospitality Inn Carnarvon

Day 6: Carnarvon – Coral Bay – Exmouth

Stopping at Coral Bay where you will join your local guide on a shallow glass bottom boat to see the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef. You will be amazed by the colour of the coral and how close it is to the shoreline. Waves of fish and coral drift under the boat as you cruise along this remarkable coastline. Then you will continue further into the North West Cape and the town of Exmouth that is situated on the boundary of Cape Range National Park and the Ningaloo Marine Park home to the spectacular Ningaloo Reef. You will venture up to Vlaming Head Lighthouse for stunning views over Lighthouse Bay and Ningaloo Reef. Our special accommodation for the next few nights is situated right on the water of the Exmouth Gulf.

Hotel: Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, 2 nights

Day 7: Exmouth Free Time

Free time today allows you to do as you choose. With Ningaloo Reef right on the doorstep of this town, why not marvel at the size, grace and beauty of the Whale Shark as you swim alongside them in the pristine open ocean of the Ningaloo Marine Park. Take a stroll along the beach, relax by the hotel pool overlooking the ocean and why not choose a sunset cruise as it is a fantastic way to end your day.

Day 8: Exmouth – Karratha

Take one last look over Lighthouse Bay and the Vlaming Head Lighthouse, before continuing north 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.

Hotel: ibis Styles Karratha

Day 9: Karratha – Tom Price – Karijini National Park

This morning journey through the Hamersley Range to follow the mining rail lines to see the 5km long mining trains hauling their loads to the ports. Arriving into the town of Tom Price before you join your local guide on a tour of Rio Tinto’s Open Cut Iron Ore Mine site. You will be amazed by the massive pit and huge machinery as you’re led to the heart of the operation. Continue into the depths of the Pilbara to Karijini National Park. 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

Day 10: Karijini National Park – Port Hedland

This morning we 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. 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 offshore gas fields.

Hotel: The Esplanade Hotel Port Hedland

Day 11: Port Hedland – Broome

Skirting the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, we travel crossing vast pastoral leases and Aboriginal homelands towards the tropical resort town of Broome on the Indian Ocean. As you look out the window you will be amazed by the flat sandy desert that then gives way to distant mountain ranges. The famous Cable Beach sunset preludes dinner overlooking this famous beach.

Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa, 2 nights

Day 12: Broome Free Time

Today you have a full free day to explore this tropical hideaway. From a scenic flight over the Horizontal Falls to cruising through the unique horizontal falls on a boat (pre book as it sells out) there are many options for you to explore the area. You may enjoy a leisurely stroll along the 22 kilometres of pristine sand and turquoise water that is Cable Beach. Wander through Chinatown, shop for pearls or just relax at the resort. Tonight, sit back and relax with a drink to watch another spectacular sunset over Cable Beach.

Day 13: Broome – Fitzroy Crossing

Preserved for over 125 million years in the reef rock at Gantheaume Point are the footprints of long-extinct dinosaurs. After exploring one of the best paleontological sites in the world you will say good bye to the coastline as we head deep into the Kimberley. Arriving at Geike Gorge you will join your local guide on a relaxing boat cruise to take in the magnificent colours and structure of the gorge’s stone walls. Watch for freshwater crocodiles, fruit bats and wallabies as the 30 metre high walls of the gorge tower above you before continuing to Fitzroy Crossing.

Hotel: Fitzroy River Lodge

Day 14: Fitzroy Crossing – Halls Creek

Today we stop at an indigenous Art Gallery and experience what the gallery is doing for the local community. This is a great opportunity to purchase some indigenous art from the locals. Discover the town of Halls Creek, a town rich in history and culture where we will stay overnight.

Hotel: Kimberley Hotel

Day 15: Halls Creek – Emma Gorge

Today visit the Argyle Diamond Mine, the world’s largest supplier of natural coloured diamonds. A local Indigenous guide will join you for an extensive behind the scenes to look at the diamond mining process and teach you about the cultural significance of the mine to the local indigenous people. Driving along the Gibb River Road and deep into El Questro Wilderness Park before we arrive at 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 bound to be a highlight!

Hotel: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities, 2 nights

Day 16: El Questro Wilderness Park

This morning rise to the calls of native birds and head to the resort’s large veranda for a hearty breakfast with views of the surrounding ranges. Next up you’ll travel across the mighty 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 heading 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 veranda or if you have a high level fitness you might take the challenging hike to Emma Gorge for a dip in the crystal clear waterhole.

Day 17: Emma Gorge – Kununurra

This morning you depart for Kununurra, the food bowl of WA. First up you visit the family run award winning Hoochery Distillery. The family will take you behind the scenes of the distillery before you sit down and try their famous Ord River Rum Cake for morning tea. A visit to the historic Durack Homestead Museum to find out why the homestead as relocated to its current location before you join your local guide for a boat cruise along the Ord River. Departing from Lake Argyle your local boat guide will show you remarkable landscapes, an abundance of birdlife and give you an exhilarating ride before experiencing a magical sunset on the water as you arrive in Kununurra. This evening, you’re invited to a privately hosted exclusive dinner at the Kununurra Sandalwood Factory in the heartland of Kununurra’s Sandalwood plantations. Enjoy a By My Guest presentation by a local Sandalwood expert and learn about this fascinating industry while you dine on fresh locally grown produce from the Ord Valley.

Hotel: The Kimberley Grande, 2 nights

Day 18: Kununurra

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 join an in depth 4WD tour of the Bungle Bungles in the World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park. Alternately join your Travel Director and visit Mirima National Park, which 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.

Day 19: Kununurra – Katherine

Watch the landscape transform as you journey across vast pastoral leases and Aboriginal homelands into the Northern Territory’s Top End. Local horseman and award winning country singer Tom Curtain will entertain you about live in the outback with real horse-starting and working dog demonstrations, entwined with live music and humorous bush tales.

Hotel: Paraway Motel

Day 20: Katherine – Darwin

This morning travel to Nitmiluk National Park. Take a relaxing cruise at Katherine Gorge on the placid waters of the river where you’ll really feel the spirituality of the land and marvel at the towering cliffs while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Traditional Owners, the Jawoyn people. Travel north along the Stuart Highway stopping at Adelaide River War Cemetery along the way. On arrival in Darwin, enjoy a city sights tour of the tropical State capital, before joining your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a delicious final dinner overlooking the Darwin waterfront.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade

Day 21: Farewell from Darwin

This morning after breakfast, bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your journey across Western Australia comes to an end.

2021 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveler
June: 08, 29$10,560.00$13,690.00
July: 06, 27$10,560.00$13,690.00
August: 03, 17, 24$10,560.00$13,690.00
September: 07, 14$10,560.00$13,690.00
Bold dates indicate itinerary operates in reverse

Inclusions 
Meals: 20 breakfasts, 3 lunches 17 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 20 nights accommodation
Guide: Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary

* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.

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