(Tour Code FLAATUK)
Cruise on ancient waterways, hike to magnificent waterholes, discover the rich Ord River Valley and enjoy and exclusive dining experience in a fragrant sandalwood plantation. Revealing rugged red cliffs, cobalt blue waters and vast pastoral leases, this Outback journey also provides opportunities for visiting a remote Indigenous community, observing teeming wildlife, and relaxing while taking in a magnificent Cable Beach sunset in Broome.
DAY 1 Welcome to Darwin
Life in cosmopolitan Darwin, Australia’s only tropical capital, is vibrant but unhurried. Take an afternoon tour of the city with its mix of old and new architectural styles and cultural influences, stopping to view Old Government House and the new Northern Territory Parliament building. Some traces of the devastation wreaked on the town by tropical Cyclone Tracy on Christmas Eve in 1974 can still be glimpsed. Enjoy a Welcome Reception and dinner this evening with your Travel Director and fellow travellers at a restaurant, which affords spectacular views over the Darwin waterfront.
Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine
DAY 3-4 Katherine to Kununurra
Day 3 Watch the landscape transform dramatically as you journey across vast pastoral leases and Aboriginal homelands into Western Australia. Pause at the historic Durack Homestead Museum: originally built in 1895, the homestead was relocated when nearby Lake Argyle, Australia’s largest man-made lake, was created. Later, cruise along the Ord River, now a permanent waterway which supports an abundance of native fish, birds, marsupials and amphibians. Experience a magical sunset over the water before your arrival in Kununurra.
Day 4 Today you may choose an optional early-morning scenic flight over the spectacular beehive-shaped towers of the Bungle Bungle Range before a tour of Kununurra, or a full-day 4WD tour of the Bungle Bungles. Kununurra, the hub for agriculture, tourism and mining. It’s also close to Mirima National Park, home to a vast array of wildlife and a site of great cultural significance to the local Miriwoong people. It also features intriguing natural rock formations. Be my guest dining experienceAfter an afternoon at leisure, dine this evening on locally-grown produce at a privately-hosted Be My Guest dinner in the heart of Kununurra’s sandalwood plantations while learning about this fascinating local industry.
Hotel: Kununurra Country Club Resort, Kununurra, 2 nights. Included Meals: Day 3: Breakfast and Dinner with wine. Day 4: Breakfast and Be My Guest dinner
DAY 5-6 Kununurra to El Questro Wilderness Park
Day 5 This morning, take a guided tour of Hoochery Distillery, the home of Ord River Rum, before travelling on to Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve (weather permitting) to see egrets, herons, ibis, magpie geese and perhaps even a jabiru or a lurking crocodile. Continue on the Gibb River Road to your safari-style tented cabin nestled in an oasis of native pandanus and palms at the foot of the red-hued Cockburn Ranges in the El Questro Wilderness Park.
Day 6 Awake to the calls of native birds, and after a hearty breakfast, take a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, an extensive waterhole fringed by tropical vegetation and soaring escarpments. Spend a little time at the station before returning to your resort to enjoy an afternoon at leisure: take a dip in the pool, relax with a good book on your cabin’s verandah or join your Travel Director for a challenging hike to Emma Gorge and a dip in its crystal-clear waterhole.
Hotel: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities, El Questro, 2 nights. Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine both days
Day 7 El Questro to Halls Creek
Today visit the Argyle Diamond Mine, the world’s largest source of natural coloured diamonds, where a local Indigenous guide will join you for a behind-the-scenes look at the mining process. Continue south to the historic town of Halls Creek. Situated on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, the town is rich in Aboriginal and European history and culture.
Hotel: Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with wine
Day 8 Halls Creek to Fitzroy Crossing
Travel on today to the remote township of Fitzroy Crossing, stopping en route in Halls Creek to visit an art gallery with a chance to meet Indigenous artists. This afternoon, cruise with a local guide through magnificent Geikie Gorge. Watch for freshwater crocodiles, fruit-bats and wallabies as the 30-metre walls of the gorge tower above you.
Hotel: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with wine
DAY 9 -10 Fitzroy Crossing to Broome Free Time
Day 9 Travel through spectacular landscapes today en route to the tropical former pearling outpost of Broome. Enjoy a town tour with your Travel Director, visiting the fascinating Japanese Cemetery and nearby Gantheaume Point, whose rugged red cliffs rise in stark contrast to the cobalt blue waters. Relax with a drink while the sun sets over the Indian Ocean.
Day 10 Today is yours to explore this tropical hideaway. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the pristine sands of Cable Beach and swim in its turquoise waters, or wander through Chinatown and shop for pearls. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.
Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome, 2 nights. Included Meals: Day 9: Breakfast Day 10: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner.
DAY 11 Farewell from Broome
Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.
Included Meals: Breakfast
Departures / Pricing 2018
$5275 adult twin $6725 single
Departs - Returns
08 May - 18 May
29 May - 08 June
12 June - 22 June
26 June - 06 July
10 July - 20 July
24 July - 03 August
07 August - 17 August
21 August - 31 August
11 September - 21 September
Departures / Pricing 2019
$5430 adult twin $6900 single
Departs - Returns
14 May - 24 May
28 May - 07 June
11 June - 21 June
25 June - 05 July
09 July - 19 July
23 July - 02 August
06 August - 16 August
20 August - 30 August
03 September - 13 September
17 September - 27 September