True North – West Coast Explorer

The deep blue waters of the Indian Ocean lap the red sands of the ‘north’ as the True North winds its way north on its West Coast Explorer Cruise from Fremantle to Dampier. The Abrolhos are steeped in history; Ningaloo boasts world-acclaimed marine life and the Montes offer fishing paradise – the ‘West Coaster’ is a sojourn that tames Australia’s still-wild western shores! A must for snorkelers and divers, a must for fishers, a must for the adventurer at heart!

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

Day 1: Perth – Welcome Aboard the True North

Your adventure begins in the Perth – capital of the sprawling state of Western Australia.

Occupying the entire western third of the Australian continent, Western Australia is Australia’s largest state but despite its vastness, the state has just 2.3 million inhabitants representing only 10% of the nation’s population.

The capital is a modern and vibrant city featuring many attractions; in fact Perth was ranked eighth in The Economist’s 2010 list of the World’s Most Liveable Cities. Not a bad starting point for your adventure on the ‘still wild west coast’.

Join your fellow adventurers on-board the magnificent True North for a welcome aboard cocktail party and the first of many sumptuous dining experiences as we begin the overnight cruise to the Abrolhos Islands.

Day 2: Abrolhos Islands

The Houtman Abrolhos are a chain of 122 islands and associated coral reefs lying some eighty kilometres due west of Geraldton. They are the southernmost true coral reef in the Indian Ocean and one of the highest latitude reef systems in the world. They are also one of the world’s most important seabird rookeries and the centre of Western Australia’s largest single species fishery, the Western Rock Lobster Fishery. The islands have a small seasonal population of fishermen and they are well known as the site of numerous shipwrecks, the most famous being the Dutch ships Batavia, which was wrecked in 1629, and Zeewijk, wrecked in 1727.

Stretch your wings early and join a heli-flight featuring stunning reef formations and intriguing island communities. Or join a snorkelling tender – shallow inshore lagoons provide comfortable snorkelling midst colourful coral and a myriad of fish species. Curious sea lions frequently join in the fun.

Or perhaps wet line! As well as being the ‘home’ of Western Australia’s delectable rock lobster – the Abrolhos is also renowned for its fishing. Fine eating species such as Westralian jewfish, groper, snapper, and coral trout are commonly caught and, with your assistance, will likely adorn the ship’s menu.

Another alternative might be a scenic cruise in one of our comfortable adventure boats. Step ashore and find a bird-watching paradise. On the beach the honeymooning oyster catchers are hard to miss – they never leave each other’s side. In the dunes button quails and crakes nest under the dry vegetation and unique to the Abrolhos are the lesser noddys – beyond the shores of Australia, their only other nesting location is in the Seychelles. Thousands of migratory birds use the islands as a pit stop on their arduous journey across the globe.

Greenshanks, godwits, sandpipers, knots and stints decorate sparkling white beaches, roseate, crested and sooty terns fish the blue water and ospreys build giant nests wherever they can.

Then enjoy a leisurely cruise to the Easter Group. Upon arrival the snorkelling and fishing boats will be away again, dive the “Anemone Patch” and walk amongst the intriguing shacks on Rat Island.

Day 3: Abrolhos Islands

The Houtman Abrolhos – so named to warn mariners to “keep a sharp look-out”, but the fate of the Dutch East-Indian merchantman Batavia was sealed long before her hapless crew could take heed. In the dark of night the Batavia struck an unforgiving Abrolhos reef and so began a terrifying sequence of events overshadowed by desertion, betrayal, murder and revenge!

In 1628 the newly built Batavia sailed from Holland bound for the Dutch East Indies. It sailed under the command of Francisco Pelsaert, with Ariaen Jacobsz serving as skipper. Also on board was junior merchantman Jeronimus Cornelisz, a bankrupt pharmacist from Haarlem who was fleeing the Netherlands in fear of arrest because of his heretical beliefs.

During the voyage, Jacobsz and Cornelisz conceived a plan to take the ship and after leaving Cape Town, Jacobsz deliberately steered the ship off course.

On 4 June 1629 the ship struck a reef near Beacon Island. Of the 322 aboard, most of the passengers and crew managed to get ashore, although 40 people drowned. An initial survey of the islands found no fresh water and only limited food (sea lions and birds). Pelsaert realised the dire situation and decided to search for water on the mainland.

A group comprising Captain Jacobsz and Pelsaert left the wreck site in a 9m longboat in search of drinking water. After a fruitless search, they abandoned the other survivors and headed north in a danger- fraught voyage to the city of Batavia (now known as Jakarta). This journey, which ranks as one of the greatest feats of open-boat navigation, took 33 days and, extraordinarily, all aboard survived.
After their arrival in Batavia, Jacobsz was arrested for negligence, although his position in the potential mutiny was not guessed by Pelsaert.

In order to rescue the others and, to salvage the Batavia’s valuable cargo, Batavia’s Governor General immediately gave Pelsaert command of the Sardam. He arrived at the islands two months after leaving Batavia, only to discover that a bloody mutiny had taken place amongst the survivors.

Jeronimus Cornelisz, who had been left in charge of the survivors, was well aware that if the water party ever reached the port of Batavia, Pelsaert would report the impending mutiny. Therefore, he made plans to hijack any rescue ship. Cornelisz’s first deliberate act was to have all weapons and food supplies commandeered and placed under his control. He then moved a group of soldiers, led by Wiebbe Hayes, to nearby West Wallabi Island, under the false pretence of searching for water. They were told to light signal fires when they found water and they would then be rescued. Convinced that they would be unsuccessful, he then left them to die.

Cornelisz then had complete control and the remaining survivors faced two months of unrelenting butchery and savagery. Between them, his followers murdered at least 110 men, women, and children.

Although Cornelisz had left the soldiers to die, they had in fact found good sources of water and food on their islands. Initially, they did not know of the barbarity taking place on the other islands and sent the pre-arranged smoke signals. However, they soon learned of the massacres from survivors who managed to flee Cornelisz’ island. The soldiers put together makeshift weapons made from materials washed up from the wreck and, they built two small forts out of limestone and coral blocks.
Cornelisz seized on the news of water on the other island – his own supply was dwindling and the continued survival of the soldiers threatened his own success. He went with his men to try and defeat the soldiers marooned on West Wallabi Island. However, the trained soldiers were by now much better fed than the mutineers and easily defeated them in several battles before Pelsaert returned.

Pelsaert seized the mutineers – the worst offenders were executed. Some were abandoned on the mainland and the rest were taken to Batavia.

A board of inquiry later decided that Pelsaert had exercised a lack of authority and was therefore partly responsible for what had happened. His financial assets were seized and he died a broken man within a year.

On the other hand, the common soldier Wiebbe Hayes was hailed a hero. The Dutch East India Company promoted him to sergeant, and later to lieutenant, which increased his salary fivefold.

Of the original 341 people on board Batavia, only 68 made it to the port of Batavia. In circumstance that could not be more contrasting – discover for yourself the fate of the Batavia. Snorkel and dive in the crystal clear waters of the wreck site. Go ashore at Beacon Island and see a remarkably preserved canon lying in shallow water. Visit Long Island where mutineers were hanged.

At the end of the day it will be hard not to reflect on such tragic circumstance!

Day 4: Abrolhos Islands

Join the adventure boats for a day of fishing, snorkelling and diving.

Nearby Fish Point has been known to produce coral trout in shallow water and we know some spots out- wide that are pretty reliable when it comes to fine eating species such as jewfish.

Fish Point and the Turtle Bay shallows are also perfect for an easy snorkel and dive sites in the area include “Planet Channel” and other spots that feature some excellent overhangs and caves.

Step ashore at West Wallaby Island for a glimpse of the reclusive tamar wallaby and join our guides for a scenic walk amongst the ruins of Wiebbe Hayes’ rudimentary ‘forts’.

Day 5: Shark Bay

Start the day with an exhilarating hike to Steep Point – the western most edge of the Australian continent.

Steep Point is part of the Shark Bay World Heritage area and is widely regarded as one of the finest land- based game fishing locations in the world. With the Zuytdorp Cliffs to the south, and spectacular views of South Passage to the North and East, Steep Point is also surrounded by some of the most breathtaking Western Australian scenery. The cliffs rise vertically from sea level to 170 metres and the photographers on-board will cherish opportunity to capture the drama of the Indian Ocean crashing against the Australian continent.

Heli-flights over the Zuytdorps will provide stunning views of this spectacular coast.
South Passage is another hot-spot for those keen on fishing and hopefully the divers will see the giant gropers that frequent “Monkey Rock”.

And nearby Dirk Hartog Island is the site of the first ever European landing on Australian soil.

This 80 kilometre long island was discovered on the 25th of October 1616 by the Dutch sea captain Dirk Hartog, who was blown off course while sailing in the Dutch East Indies Trading Company ship Eendracht from Cape Town to Batavia. Hartog inscribed a pewter plate with his name and the date and left it nailed to a tree.

In 1697 the Dutch captain Willem de Vlamingh landed on the island and discovered Hartog’s plate. He replaced it with one of his own, which included a copy of Hartog’s inscription, and took the original plate home to Amsterdam, where it is still kept in the Rijksmuseum.

In 1801 the island was visited by a French expedition led by Captain Emmanuel Hamelin aboard the Naturaliste. This expedition found de Vlamingh’s plate almost buried in the sand, its post having rotted away. The Captain ordered that it be re-erected in its original position. Then, in 1818 the French explorer Louis de Freycinet, who had been an officer in Hamelin’s crew, visited in the Uranie. He sent a boat ashore to recover de Vlamingh’s plate. It eventually arrived in Paris, only to be lost for over a century. It was found in 1940 and returned to Australia in 1947, where it can now be seen in the Western Australian Maritime Museum in Fremantle, Western Australia.

In 1869, Francis Louis von Bibra established sheep on the island and traded guano from its bays.

Perth Lord Mayor Sir Thomas Wardle purchased the island as a private retreat for his family in 1969 and later retired there, becoming a semi-recluse with his wife. With the exception of the pastoral homestead, the island later returned to government ownership and became part of the Shark Bay Marine Park. It is now run as an eco-tourism resort and maintained by Wardle’s grandson, Kieran Wardle.

All will be unable to resist the pristine beaches that skirt the island’s southern end. Swim, snorkel or just take a relaxing stroll along a coast that likely still looks and feels as it did in 1616!

Day 6: Cape Inscription

This morning the True North will cruise to Cape Inscription on the northern tip of Dirk Hartog Island.

The fishing and snorkelling tenders will be away again and there will also be an opportunity for a dive on the western side of the Cape.

Those interested in history might prefer to join the shore parties. Tide permitting, our guides will lead you to the very spot where Hartog left his pewter plate.

The ship’s helicopter will explore Hartog from the air and the sheltered waters off Turtle Bay will provide another opportunity for a dive. There will also be ample opportunity for leisurely swims and island beachcombing.

Day 7: Ningaloo Reef

Ningaloo Reef is one of West Australia’s most popular tourist destinations and as soon as you step onto one of its brilliant white beaches you will see why! Stunning fish and corals occur within metres of the shoreline – no special skills needed here – just a mask will reveal all in swimming pool like conditions!

The reef is 260 km long and is Australia’s largest fringing coral reef and the only large reef positioned very close to a landmass. The reef is less than half a kilometre offshore in some areas.

In 1987 the reef and surrounding waters were designated as a marine park. Although most famed for its whale sharks, the reef is also rich in coral and other marine life. The reef is included in the migratory routes of dolphins, dugongs, manta rays and humpback whales. The adjacent beaches are also important rookeries for loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles. They also depend on the reef for nesting and food. Ningaloo supports an abundance of fish (500 species), corals (300 species), molluscs (600 species) and many other marine invertebrate. In 2006, researchers discovered gardens of sponges that are thought to be species completely new to science.

The day will be spent discovering the many bays and shallow inner reef areas of this acclaimed coral habitat. We’ll also squeeze in some light game fishing for the tenacious mackerel and visit the settlement at Coral Bay.

Day 8: Montebello Islands

Wake this morning somewhere completely different – the intriguing Montebello Islands.

The Montes are an archipelago of 174 small islands lying 130 kilometres off the Pilbara coast of north Western Australia.

The islands have a collective area of about 22 square kilometres. They consist of limestone rock and sand and they are predominantly covered in hummock grasses and scattered shrubs. Patches of mangrove grow in the sheltered bays and channels of the archipelago.

The two main islands, Hermite and Trimouille were discovered by the French explorer Nicolas Baudin in 1801 and the group attained economic significance for pearl fishing from the end of the nineteenth century until the outbreak of the Second World War.

But real infamy came more recently in October 1952 when Trimouille Island was the site of Operation Hurricane, the first British nuclear weapons test. There were two further tests on Alpha and Trimouille Islands in 1956. The second of these, codenamed G2, was the largest device ever detonated in Australia, with a yield of 98 kiloton. Contamination from this test reached Queensland on the other side of the Australian continent.

Even more recently the Montes have developed a reputation as island paradise with seemingly endless opportunities for fishing, snorkelling and diving.

Day 9: Montebello Islands

Day two at the Montes. Commence proceedings with an early morning fish or join the ship’s naturalist when the adventure boats head ashore for beachcombing and bird-watching – the islands have been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because they support over 1% of the world populations of Fairy Terns, Roseate Terns, and Sooty Oystercatchers. Greater Crested Terns also breed, sometimes in large numbers and other breeding species include ospreys, white-bellied sea-eagles, pied oystercatchers, caspian terns and bridled terns. The islands also support a small number of breeding beach stone-curlews.

The ship’s helicopter will again provide a unique perspective whilst the snorkellers and divers hunt for giant crayfish.

After lunch perhaps there will be an opportunity to stalk the mangroves for a Montes mud crab and not forgetting an island favourite – the delectable whiting might also make it to the menu.

Spend the afternoon on the beach or head out for another dive – the Montes will live up to its reputation as island paradise!

Day 10: Dampier Archipelago

Today we cruise the magnificent Dampier Archipelago.

The Archipelago was formed 6000 years ago when coastal plains were flooded by rising sea levels. The area’s rock formations where formed in the Archaean period and are thought to be amongst the oldest on earth.

It is a significant place for Indigenous Australians and is well known for rock art and other cultural and ceremonial sites.

It is also a place where the endeavours of tens of thousands of years collide with a multi-billion dollar resource industry! Nearby are rich reserves of natural gas, petroleum and iron ore. And our last opportunity for ‘fun in the sun’ lies in this strange twist of bedfellows – such is the interest in this area that much has been done to preserve the conservation and recreation values of the Archipelago.

Despite proximity to one of Australia’s largest ports we will find stunning prospects for our now familiar West Coast agenda.

Make the most of your last day onboard with nonstop fishing, snorkelling, diving, beachcombing and scenic tender rides!

Day 11: Karratha

With a vast and remarkable coast now discovered in style, it’s time for your early-morning disembarkation and transfer to Karratha.

2018 Dates & PricesOcean Class Twin ShareRiver Class Twin ShareExplorer Class Twin Share
March: 07$12,595.00
$15,995.00$17,995.00
2019 Dates & PricesOcean Class Twin ShareRiver Class Twin ShareExplorer Class Twin Share
March: 07$13,595.00
$16,995.00$18,995.00
Inclusions 
Meals: All meals & non-alcoholic beverages on board
Transfers:Transfer flight from Perth to Geraldton
Accommodation:10 nights on-board the True North
Crew: 22 Australia Crew
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
** Scenic Helicopter flights extra charge
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True North – Coral Atoll Cruise

The Rowley Shoals feature exaggerated corals, mind-blowing fish life and stunning underwater clarity; but perhaps more important than anything else – even today they are visited by only a fortunate few! Guided by a marine biologist and a team of underwater naturalists; divers and snorkelers alike will revel in a diverse wonderland of coral habitats including maze-like lagoons, surging tidal canyons and breathtaking walls. And the keen anglers will match wits with big blue-water pelagics such as black marlin, sailfish, wahoo and yellow-fin tuna. Wander the enticing shores of Bedwell Island, see the rookeries of the red-tailed tropicbird and indulge in a True North favourite – sunset drinks on the beach – 300 kilometres from the shore. The Rowley Shoals are Western Australia’s premiere coral playground.

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

Day 1: Broome – Welcome Aboard the True North

Your “welcome aboard” the luxurious True North is in the frontier pearling port of Broome. Embarkation is at 1700 – time for a cocktail with your fellow adventurers before departing at approximately 1800. Dinner is served shortly after leaving port and then it’s an overnight steam to the Rowley Shoals.

Day 2: Rowley Shoals

We arrive early at Clerke Reef. Sample our fruit platter and a sumptuous breakfast before exploring the atoll’s huge lagoon. You will marvel at crystal clear waters teaming with life – clouds of fish and corals of every imaginable colour and shape. There will be plenty of opportunity for beach combing on Bedwell Island, relaxed snorkelling in tropical waist deep water or perhaps some “catch and release” lagoon fishing using eco-friendly tackle. Our qualified and experienced crew will be on-hand to personally introduce everyone to the delights of this pristine environment. When you’re not on excursion, relax onboard TRUE NORTH and indulge in our renowned cuisine – the alfresco bar and lounge will definitely be ‘the spot’ to witness your first spectacular Rowley sunset.

Day 3: Rowley Shoals

Start the day with a visit to the Aquarium! Forget the Great Barrier Reef – this is world-class snorkelling at its very best! Even if you’ve never put your head under water before – this is an absolute must. The water is only waist deep however the experience is literally “out of this world”! Brilliantly coloured corals, giant clams and more than 600 of the world’s most beautiful fish species at your fingertips! Don’t forget your underwater camera! After another sumptuous lunch try an introductory scuba dive or hand feed maori wrasse and potato cod from True North’s back steps! Then we’ll “crank up the action” with something very unique – high-speed snorkel drifts through the outer reef! Again our friendly crew members will be on hand to ensure that everyone gets to try this once-in-a lifetime experience – as many times as you like! Our anchorage tonight is in the “swimming pool like” waters of Clerke Lagoon – 300 kilometres off the coast of Australia!

Day 4: Rowley Shoals

Another day in paradise – perhaps an early morning swim and breakfast on the deck before we manoeuvre True North out of the lagoon. Now it’s time to experience the thrill of snorkelling from a 50 metre cruise boat – our captain will “back-up” to within inches of the reef and all you need to do is step off True North’s convenient rear steps! Outer reef snorkelling is a totally different experience – the sheer coral walls will take your breath away! Close encounters with humpback whales, manta rays and sailfish are also on the agenda as we cruise the outer reef. Finish the day with sunset drinks on the beach and one of our famous Island Parties! Then it’s back to the ultimate comfort of TRUE NORTH and another perfect night in Clerke Lagoon – 360° stars reflected in a glassy ocean!

Day 5: Rowley Shoals

Start the day with an early morning stroll on your very own sand cay before we enjoy a leisurely cruise to Mermaid Reef – the Rowley’s northern-most atoll. By now you will be addicted to snorkelling on the outer reef and your wish is our command! We’ll spend the day exploring the outer reef of this remote and untouched wilderness – highlights will include face to face encounters with the curious residents of the Cod Hole and, the mesmerising depths of the Northern Wall. Then all too soon, it’s time for our overnight steam to Broome. Re-live what is guaranteed to be an experience of a lifetime as the Rowleys merge into a blazing western sky! Join the crew at the Captain’s Party and then enjoy “the best sleep of your life”.

Day 6: Broome

Early morning arrival in Broome in time to disembark at 0800 hours. Transfer to the airport or your accommodation.

2018 Dates & PricesOcean Class Twin ShareRiver Class Twin ShareExplorer Class Twin Share
September: 08, 13$5,995.00
$7,995.00$8,995.00
2019 Dates & PricesOcean Class Twin ShareRiver Class Twin ShareExplorer Class Twin Share
September: 07, 12$6,295.00
$8,495.00$9,495.00
Inclusions 
Meals: All meals & non-alcoholic beverages on board
Accommodation:5 nights on-board the True North
Crew: 22 Australia Crew
Entrance Fees & Touring:Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
** Scenic Helicopter flights extra charge
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Monkey Mia Dolphins & West Coast

Drive up the West Coast of Western Australia and discover the Batavia Coast and the wildflowers in Kalbarri National Park (seasonal). Be charmed by the Monkey Mia dolphins and the stromatolites at Hamelin Pool will arouse your sense of wonder. Discover Aboriginal culture and traditions at Yanchep National Park, and the cosmopolitan cities of Perth and Fremantle.

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

Day 1: Fremantle – Geraldton

Today you’ll meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers for your journey to Geraldton. Heading north to Yanchep National Park, you’ll enjoy a fantastic Aboriginal Cultural Experience in a bush setting. Meet your entertaining Indigenous guide Derek Nannup, a local Nyoongar man, who’ll share with you their way of life and will treat you to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo. It’s a hands-on experience where you’ll have the chance to touch and feel traditional Aboriginal tools. Continue to Nambung National Park, home of the marvellous Pinnacles, a series of intriguing limestone formations. On arrival in Geraldton, you’ll visit the evocative HMAS Sydney Memorial and have time on your own to discover the seaside township.

Please note: As this Guided Holiday departs at 7.30am from Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges, accommodation will need to pre-booked for the previous night.

Hotel: Mantra Geraldton

Day 2: Geraldton – Monkey Mia

Travel to the crystal blue waters and pristine white shell and sandy beaches of Monkey Mia, in the UNESCO World Heritage listed Shark Bay Marine Park. The afternoon is yours to do as you choose. Perhaps take an optional experience scenic flight over Shark Bay Marine Park or a wildlife cruise aboard a catamaran to spot sea creatures great and small. This evening, sit back with a cocktail or cool beer and watch the world go by as the sun sets over the Indian Ocean.

Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

Day 3: Monkey Mia – Kalbarri

Every morning, Monkey Mia’s wild dolphins swim to shore to be fed. After a leisurely breakfast overlooking the calm waters of the bay, watch the famous dolphins swim into shore (as dolphins are wild their appearance cannot be guaranteed). Visit fascinating Shell Beach, one of only two in the world, formed from billions of coquina bivalve shells up to ten metres deep. Later, travel to Hamelin Pool to 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! Venture into Kalbarri National Park to view the spectacular scenery of Murchison River Gorge from a perfect vantage point. Keep an eye out for graceful Peregrine Falcons hunting along the gorges and cliffs. During wildflower season, the National Park is abloom with many a variety of wildflower. You’ll spot Acacia, Banksia, Caladenia and more! Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Kalbarri Edge Resort

Day 4: Kalbarri – Perth

On your way south, travel past Hutt Lagoon, one of the famous Pink Lakes in Western Australia. This evening join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner. What a great opportunity to share a few laughs as you recount stories from your time together!

Hotel: Best Western Plus Kalbarri Edge Resort

Day 5: Depart Perth

Say farewell to your new-found friends and this magical part of the country after breakfast when you are transferred to Perth Airport for your onward flight

Hotel: Travelodge Perth

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveler
May: 19$1,925.00$2,465.00
June: 16$1,925.00$2,465.00
July: 14$1,925.00$2,465.00
August: 18$1,925.00$2,465.00
September: 01, 08, 15, 22, 29$1,925.00$2,465.00
October: 06, 13, 20, 27$1,925.00$2,465.00
November: 03$1,925.00$2,465.00

Inclusions 
Meals: 4 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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Wonders of the Pilbara & West Coast

This epic 13 Day Wonders of the Pilbara and West Coast journey takes you from cosmopolitan Perth along the rugged West Australian coastline and through the remote outback to laid-back Broome. You’ll marvel at the endless blue waters of the Indian Ocean and the incredible natural phenomenon of Monkey Mia’s wild dolphins. See the startling landscape of Karijini, and top it all off with a fabled Cable Beach sunset.

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

Day 1: Welcome to Perth

Meet your Travel Director this afternoon and set off on a tour of the city, visiting Kings Park and its Botanic Garden on the broad expanse of the Swan River. This evening, enjoy the company of your fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza

Day 2: Perth – Geraldton

Travel north along the stunning Western Australian coastline, stopping in Yanchep National Park for an Aboriginal Cultural Experience with Derek Nannup, a member of the local Nyoongar people. Continue along the coast past the seaside hamlet of Lancelin and see the marvellous Pinnacles, a stunning series of intriguing limestone formations. Explore the seaside township of Geraldton and visit the evocative HMAS Sydney Memorial.

Hotel: Mantra Geraldton

Day 3: Geraldton – Monkey Mia

The wildflower collection in Western Australia is the largest on Earth and you’ll have the chance to admire some of them on your way to the blue waters and pristine beaches of Monkey Mia.

Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, 2 nights

Day 4: Monkey Mia Included Choice

After a leisurely breakfast overlooking the tranquil turquoise waters of the bay, watch as the famous Monkey Mia dolphins swim into shore to be fed. (Note: As the dolphins are wild creatures, their appearance cannot be guaranteed.) Later today, choose an Included Choice sightseeing experience. You may like to join an evening Indigenous experience or unwind on a sunset cruise.

Day 5: Monkey Mia – Carnarvon

Travel to Hamelin Pool to discover a unique colony of stromatolites, described as the earliest record of life on earth. Close by is Shell Beach, formed from billions of tiny white cockles. Then make the scenic journey north to Carnarvon, visiting the town’s interactive Space and Technology Museum.

Hotel: Best Western Hospitality Inn Carnarvon

Day 6: Carnarvon – Exmouth

Your destination today is Exmouth, in the spectacular Cape Range National Park. Cruise over World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef in a glass-bottom boat at Coral Bay, and visit Vlamingh Head Lighthouse for stunning views over Lighthouse Bay. Tonight’s accommodation is just metres from the pristine waters of beautiful Exmouth Gulf.

Hotel: Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, 2 nights

Day 7: Exmouth Free Time

Today is yours for exploration of the Exmouth area at your leisure. Perhaps take an optional experience and swim alongside gargantuan Whale Sharks in the pristine waters of the Ningaloo Reef (seasonal). Or stroll along the beach or relax by the hotel pool overlooking the Gulf.

Day 8: Exmouth – Karratha

Take one last look over Lighthouse Bay before journeying north to Western Australia’s famous Pilbara region. Known for its rich cultural heritage, brilliant red earth and vast mineral deposits, the region’s diverse landscapes will fascinate you.

Hotel: ibis Styles Karratha

Day 9: Karratha – Karijini

Enjoy a guided tour of Rio Tinto’s massive open-cut iron-ore mine, then journey into the depths of the Pilbara to Karijini National Park. Located in the majestic Hamersley Ranges, Karijini is famous for the beauty of its deep gorges, secluded emerald rock-pools and towering waterfalls. Relax on the deck of your safari-style eco-tent this evening and watch the sun set before drifting off to sleep to the calming soundtrack of the wilderness.

Hotel: Karijini Eco Retreat

Day 10: Karijini National Park – Port Hedland

You’ll discover more of Karijini. Explore majestic Fortescue Falls at Dale’s Gorge, and perhaps take a walk to one of the park’s magnificent rock-pools. Later, take the road to Port Hedland, a natural deep-water harbour and hub for major resource activity.

Hotel: The Esplanade Hotel Port Hedland

Day 11: Port Hedland – Broome

Head north this morning, skirting the fringes of the Great Sandy Desert and travelling on to the former pearling outpost of Broome, set on the Indian Ocean. This evening, join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner overlooking famous Cable Beach.

Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort, 2 nights

Day 12: Broome Free Time

Today is yours to explore this tropical hideaway. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along Cable Beach or wander through Chinatown and shop for pearls.

Day 13: Farewell from Broome

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end after breakfast.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveler
June: 17 3026 $6,150.00$8,250.00
July: 15, 28$6,150.00$8,250.00
August: 12, 25, 26$6,150.00$8,250.00
September: 08, 23$6,150.00$8,250.00
Bold dates indicate itinerary operates in reverse
Inclusions 
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 dinners
Transport:Airport Transfers & Travel by luxury coach
Accommodation: 12 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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West Coast Explorer

Prepare to experience some truly captivating landscapes on this in-depth discovery of Western Australia’s coastline. Get up close to the limestone Pinnacles. Meet the friendly dolphins of Monkey Mia. Snorkel in unspoilt Ningaloo Reef. This epic adventure also includes visits to Karijini National Park and the mining towns of Newman and Port Hedland.

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

Day 1: Arrive Perth

Arrive in Perth and be transferred to your hotel. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner.

Hotel: Crown Metropol

Day 2: Nambung National Park, The Pinnacles, Kalbarri National Park

Travel to Nambung National Park, a striking coastal desert region, home to the unique limestone Pinnacles. Later continue to Kalbarri National Park.

Hotel: Kalbarri Edge Resort
Day 3: Wooleen Station

Western Australia is blanketed in stunning pink, white and yellow Everlasting Daisies from
July to October. Journey through the mid-west ‘Wildflower Way’. Arrive at Wooleen Station, where you will learn about the incredible story of the property as you enjoy a tour of this former sheep and cattle station. At dusk, capture a stunning sunset from this magical part of the world.

Hotel: Wooleen Station, shared facilities
Day 4: Shark Bay, Monkey Mia

This morning, journey along the Butchers Track to the stunning coastline where World Heritage-listed Shark Bay lies. This westernmost part of Australia has a unique combination of stunning scenery and amazing flora and fauna, unlike that found anywhere else in Australia. Later, continue to Monkey Mia.

Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, 2 nights
Day 5: Monkey Mia

See the wild dolphins of Monkey Mia. Watch as local rangers undertake a dolphin feeding
demonstration (subject to appearance). Perhaps explore pristine white sand beaches during time at leisure. Enjoy a sunset cruise before a seafood dinner at your resort.

Day 6: Hamelin Pool, Shell Beach, Carnarvon

Today, head to Hamelin Pool to see the stromatolites, which are considered the world’s oldest living organisms. Enjoy a stop at Shell Beach then continue to Carnarvon on the Gascoyne River.

Hotel: Best Western Hospitality Inn Carnarvon

Day 7: Ningaloo Marine Park, Exmouth

Travel to World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Marine Park and join a cruise aboard a glass bottom boat at Coral Bay. Enjoy the opportunity to snorkel on this unspoilt reef in warm crystal-clear waters. Beneath the surface, you’ll find dugongs, dolphins, manta rays, and more than 500 species of fish. Marine playgrounds really don’t get much better than this.

Hotel: Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, 2 nights

Day 8: Exmouth, Cape Range National Park, Turquoise Bay

Explore Cape Range National Park as you board a cruise through the gorge walls of Yardie Creek. Admire the plethora of wildlife, the deep waters and the dramatic red limestone cliff faces. Make a stop in Turquoise Bay, voted as one of the best beaches in the world. Later, visit the Vlamingh Head Lighthouse on your way back to the resort for dinner.

Day 9: Karijini National Park

This morning, travel to Karijini National Park, Western Australia’s second largest national park. Continue to your beautiful eco retreat in Karijini National Park, nestled in the pristine bushland near Joffre Gorge, a magnificent curved waterfall that has formed a natural amphitheatre. Here, enjoy dinner before getting some much-needed rest before tomorrow’s exploration.

Hotel: Karijini Eco Retreat, 2 nights
Day 10: Karijini National Park

Enjoy a full day to discover the contrasting landscapes of Karijini National Park where a
vast range of flora and fauna thrives. See the rugged red beauty of Dales Gorge. Perhaps
walk to stunning Joffre Falls, located near the eco retreat, or admire the rich red colours from Oxer and Junction Pool lookouts. Later, visit the 20-metre tumbling Fortescue Falls.

Day 11: Karijini National Park, Mt Whaleback Mine, Newman

Explore the Pilbara mining region as you take a tour of Mt Whaleback Mine today. Hear the latest up-to-date information about the current mining projects at the world’s largest open cut iron ore mine. Afterwards, arrive at your hotel for dinner.

Hotel: Seasons Hotel Newman

Day 12: Marble Bar, Port Hedland

Travel to Marble Bar via Nullagine, a town that takes its name from the local Indigenous name for the river that runs through its centre. Marble Bar is infamously known as the hottest town in Australia. The town received its name after a stunning formation of jasper which settlers mistook for a huge bar of marble. Later, arrive at Port Hedland, a mining town renowned for its extensive exportation of iron ore.

Hotel: The Esplanade Hotel

Day 13: Port Hedland, Eco Beach

Stop at the famous Eighty Mile Beach, a stunning coastline that marks the end of the Great Sandy Desert. Keep an eye out for the migratory birds that call the wetland area home. Continue to Ramada Eco Beach Resort and enjoy a relaxed dinner this evening.

Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa

Day 14: Broome

Travel to Broome today and check into the iconic Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa. The rest of the day is yours to spend at leisure before a final farewell dinner this evening.

Hotel: Ramada Eco Beach Resort

Day 15: Depart Broome

After breakfast, your journey comes to an end with a transfer to the airport.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveller
May: 21From $8,995.00From $11,195.00
June: 05From $8,995.00From $11,195.00
August: 03, 31 From $8,995.00From $11,195.00
September: 05, 19, 20From $8,995.00From $11,195.00
October: 05From $8,995.00From $11,195.00
Bold dates indicate itinerary operates in reverse
Inclusions 
Meals: 13 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 13 dinners
Transport: Airport transfers & Custom-designed 4WD vehicle
Accommodation:13 nights accommodation
Guide: Expert Tour 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 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

Your adventure begins with an orientation tour of Perth. This evening, get to know your Travel Director at a Welcome Reception and dinner.

Hotel: Crowne Plaza Perth

Day 2: Perth – Geraldton

Travel north to Yanchep National Park for an Aboriginal Cultural Experience. Continue to Nambung National Park, home of the Pinnacles. In Geraldton, see the evocative HMAS Sydney Memorial.

Hotel: Mantra Geraldton

Day 3: Geraldton – Monkey Mia

The wildflower collection in Western Australia is the largest on Earth and you’ll have the chance to admire some of them on your way to the blue waters and pristine beaches of Monkey Mia.

Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, 2 nights

Day 4: Monkey Mia

After breakfast, watch as the famous Monkey Mia dolphins swim into shore to be fed. Later today, your Included Choice sightseeing experience offers an evening Indigenous experience or a relaxing sunset cruise.

Day 5: Monkey Mia – Carnarvon

At Hamelin Pool, view a colony of stromatolites, the earliest record of life on earth. Close by is Shell Beach, formed from billions of tiny cockle shells. Journey north to Carnarvon, visiting the town’s Space and Technology Museum.

Hotel: Best Western Hospitality Inn Carnarvon

Day 6: Carnarvon – Exmouth

Travel to Exmouth and Cape Range National Park. Visit Coral Bay and cruise on Ningaloo Reef in a glass-bottomed boat.

Hotel: Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, 2 nights

Day 7: Exmouth Free Time

Explore the fascinating Exmouth area at your leisure. Enjoy an optional experience or relax by the hotel pool overlooking the Gulf.

Day 8: Exmouth – Karratha

Journey north to the Pilbara region, known for its rich cultural heritage and vast mineral deposits.

Hotel: ibis Styles Karratha

Day 9: Karratha – Karijini

Enjoy a tour of Rio Tinto’s massive open-cut iron-ore mine before journeying into the depths of Karijini National Park. Watch the sun set from the deck of your safari-style eco-tent.

Hotel: Karijini Eco Retreat

Day 10: Karijini National Park – Port Hedland

Explore more of Karijini, whose spectacular gorges, waterfalls and rock-pools provide a striking contrast to the stark red landscape of the Pilbara. Continue to Port Hedland.

Hotel: The Esplanade Hotel Port Hedland

Day 11: Port Hedland – Broome

Skirt the fringes of the Great Sandy Desert as you travel to Broome.

Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort, 2 nights

Day 12: Broome Free Time

Today is all yours to explore this tropical hideaway. Perhaps enjoy a leisurely stroll along the pristine sands of Cable Beach.

Day 13: Broome – Fitzroy Crossing

Tour Broome before travelling to Geikie Gorge for a cruise on its tranquil waters.

Hotel: Fitzroy River Lodge

Day 14: Fitzroy Crossing – Halls Creek

As you cross vast outback landscapes, stop at an art gallery for the chance to meet Indigenous artists.

Hotel: Kimberley Hotel

Day 15: Halls Creek – Emma Gorge

Visit the Argyle Diamond Mine with a local Indigenous guide. Drive on to your El Questro accommodation at the foot of the Cockburn Ranges.

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

Day 16: El Questro Wilderness Park

Awake to the calls of native birds, then cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, an immense waterhole fringed by soaring escarpments.

Day 17: Emma Gorge – Kununurra

Travel on to Kununurra. Take a guided tour of the Hoochery Distillery and visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum. Later cruise the Ord River, rich with native wildlife.

Hotel: The Kimberley Grande, 2 nights

Day 18: Kununurra

Today you may choose an optional experience scenic flight or a full-day 4WD tour of the Bungle Bungles. Or tour Kununurra with your Travel Director. Visit Mirima National Park, home to a vast array of wildlife. Enjoy a privatelyhosted Be My Guest dinner in the heart of Kununurra’s sandalwood plantations.

Day 19: Kununurra – Katherine

Journey to Katherine to meet entertaining musician and horseman Tom Curtain and gain a unique insight into life on an outback cattle station.

Hotel: Paraway Motel

Day 20: Katherine – Darwin

Cruise spectacular Katherine Gorge and learn about its traditional owners, the Jawoyn people. Then travel the Stuart Highway to Darwin and take a city sights tour before joining your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade

Day 21: Farewell from Darwin

Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end after breakfast.

2020 Dates & PricesTwin ShareSolo Traveler
June: 09, 30$10,495.00$13,625.00
July: 07, 28$10,495.00$13,625.00
August: 04, 18, 25$10,495.00$13,625.00
September: 08, 15$10,495.00$13,625.00
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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Western Australia

More than just another day, Western Australia is a land of contrasting beauty and ruggedness. Stretching from the Kimberley region all the way down the coastline to Margaret River, Albany and Esperance.

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



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Get a look the architecture, scenery and vibrant culture of Perth with a 4 day visit to Western Australia's largest city with a visit to Rottnest Island.

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A wonderful journey through Margaret River, Albany and Australia’s South West. A region blessed with rugged ranges, towering old growth forests, a pristine coastline, premium wines and heritage charm.



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Short of time and want the best value Bungle Bungles trip in the Kimberley? Check out one of the world’s most unique landscapes at the famous Bungle Bungles.

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Enjoy the stunning landscapes of the beautiful and wild Kimberley from Broome to the Bungle Bungle Range. Including a three night stay at APT's Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge and a cruise through beautiful Geike Gorge.

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On your 10 Day South Western Escape Tour with AAT Kings see iconic Wave Rock and the gold-rush ghost-towns en route to Kalgoorlie. Esperance and Cape Le Grand National Park offer rugged coastal scenery and heathlands.

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Start your 16 Day Western Wonderland Tour in Perth before travelling through the South West and then up the Coral Coast to Monkey Mia.



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Begin your magnificent 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.

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This epic 13 Day Wonders of the Pilbara and West Coast journey takes you north from cosmopolitan Perth along the rugged West Australian coastline and through the remote Outback to laid-back Broome.

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If you are short on time but eager to discover the best of the Kimberley and many gorges, this adventure is ideal for you. Traverse the iconic Gibb River Road and explore its highlights,



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Explore Australia's West Coast and see the famous wildflowers, visit the remarkable World Heritage-listed Shark Bay and meet the dolphins of Monkey Mia.

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With fewer than one person for every 1,000 square kilometers, the Kimberley is Australia’s last frontier and this 15 Day 4WD adventure shows it at its best. Explore spectacular gorges, remote pools and see the wonders of the Kimberley,

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Explorer the West Coast from Perth to Darwin in 21 Days. Capital cities, sparkling coastlines, cruises on gorges, rivers and reefs, rugged outback scenery, sandy beaches and bays, hikes and leisurely strolls, waterfalls and waterholes.

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