Untamed Kimberley & West Coast

21 Day Guided Holiday

(Tour Code FLAATUKWC)

The contrasting landscapes of the rugged Kimberley, spectacular coastline and the rich mineral fields will amaze you. Cruise on rivers and gorges, hike to waterholes, tour working mines, relax on sandy beaches and stay in safari style accommodation. Discover the ocean at Broome, Coral Bay and Monkey Mia and the Outback scenery of the Kimberley and Pilbara.

Itinerary

DAY 1 Welcome to Darwin
Take an afternoon sightseeing tour of the city. Then, enjoy a Welcome Reception and dinner this evening with your Travel Director and at a restaurant, with Darwin waterfront views.

Hotel: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin.  Included Meals: Dinner with wine
 
DAY 2 Darwin to Katherine
Travel south along the Stuart Highway, stopping at Adelaide River War Cemetery. Then meet Tom Curtin during his entertaining show at the Katherine Outback Experience. Later, travel to Nitmiluk National Park, for a cruise along the spectacular Katherine Gorge.
 
Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine.  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with wine
 
DAY 3-4 Katherine to Kununurra

Day 3  Watch the landscape transform as you journey past vast pastoral leases and Aboriginal homelands into Western Australia. Pause at the historic Durack Homestead Museum and Lake Argyle. Later, cruise the Ord River, see its abundance of wildlife and experience a magical sunset.
 
Day 4  
Today you may choose an optional early-morning flight over the Bungle Bungle Range before a tour of Kununurra, or a full-day 4WD tour of the Bungle Bungles. Later, explore Mirima National Park, home to an array of wildlife and a site of cultural significance to the local Miriwoong people. Be my guest dining experienceDine this evening on locally-grown produce at a privately-hosted Be My Guest experience in the heart of Kununurra’s sandalwood plantations.

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 Emma Gorge

Day 5  Tour the Hoochery Distillery, the home of Ord River Rum, before travelling on to Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve (weather permitting) to an abundance of wildlife. Continue on the Gibb River Road to your safari-style tented cabins in the El Questro Wilderness Park.

Day 6  This morning Chamberlain Gorge, a tropical waterhole fringed by soaring escarpments. Then enjoy an afternoon at leisure at your resort or join your Travel Director for a challenging hike to Emma Gorge and perhaps take 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  Emma Gorge to Halls Creek
Tour the Argyle Diamond Mine, with a local Indigenous guide. Continue south to the historic town of Halls Creek on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert.

Hotel: Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek.  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with wine
 
DAY 8  Halls Creek to Fitzroy Crossing
Travel to remote Fitzroy Crossing, stopping en route at a local art gallery with a chance to meet Indigenous artists. This afternoon, cruise through magnificent Geikie Gorge.
 
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  Journey to the tropical resort town of Broome. Enjoy a city tour before relaxing with a drink while the sun sets over the Indian Ocean.

Day 10  Today is yours to explore this tropical hideaway. Enjoy a stroll or a swim on pristine Cable Beach or wander through Chinatown and shop for pearls.

Hotel: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome, 2 nights Day 9: Breakfast  Day 10: Breakfast, Diner with wine.

 

Day 11  Broome to Port Hedland
Discover the vast Pilbara region, known for its red earth and vast mineral deposits. Skirt the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, passing vast pastoral leases and Aboriginal homelands to Port Hedland, a deepwater harbour.
 
Hotel: The Esplanade Hotel Port Hedland  Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine
 
DAY 12  Port Hedland to Karijini National Park
Today explore Karijini National Park, where its spectacular gorges and waterfalls provide a contrast to the stark red Pilbara. Explore Fortescue Falls at Dale’s Gorge.
 
Hotel: Karijini Eco Retreat  Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine
 
DAY 13  Karijini to Karratha
This morning travel to Tom Price for a guided tour of Rio Tinto's Open Cut Iron Ore Mine site. You will be amazed by the massive pit and see the huge machinery and trucks in action as you’re lead to the heart of the operation. In the afternoon you journey back to the spectacular waters of the West Coast to Karratha, another town supported by the mining industry.

Hotel: Best Western Karratha  Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with wine
 
DAY 14-15  Karratha to Exmouth Free Time

Day 14  Visit Exmouth, on the boundary of Cape Range National Park. See Vlaming Head Lighthouse for stunning views over Lighthouse Bay, then tour the township. Tonight’s accommodation is metres from the waters of beautiful Exmouth Gulf.

Day 15 Explore Exmouth at your leisure. Swim with huge Whale Sharks in the pristine waters of the Ningaloo Marine Park, or take a stroll along the beach or relax by the hotel pool overlooking the Gulf.

Hotel: Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, 2 nights  Included Meals: Day 14 & 15: Breakfast,  Dinner with wine
 
DAY 16  Exmouth — Carnarvon
Today, cruise over World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef at Coral Bay in a glass-bottomed boat. Then journey south to Carnarvon, visiting the town’s Space and Technology Museum.
 
Hotel: Best Western Hospitality Inn Carnarvon  Included Meals: Breakfast and Dinner with wine
 
DAY 17 - 18  Carnarvon to Monkey Mia
 
Day 17  Travel to Hamelin Pool to see a unique colony of Stromatolites and Shell Beach, formed from billions of shells. Continue to the pristine blue waters of Monkey Mia.
 
Day 18  Watch as the Monkey Mia dolphins swim into shore to be fed. (Note: As the dolphins are wild creatures, their appearance cannot be guaranteed.) Included ChoiceLater today, choose from two Included Choice experiences. Join an evening indigenous experience or unwind on a bay cruise.
 
Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, 2 nights.  Included Meals: Day 17: Breakfast and Dinner with wine. Day 18: Breakfast
 
DAY 19 Monkey Mia to Geraldton
Venture into Kalbarri National Park to Murchison River Gorge. WildflowerDuring wildflower season, the National Park is alive with blooms. Explore the seaside Geraldton and visit the HMAS Sydney memorial.
 
Hotel: Mantra Geraldton  Included Meals: Breakfast
 
DAY 20 Geraldton to Perth
Visit the mystical Pinnacles, then continue to Yanchep National Park for a fascinating Aboriginal cultural experience. Then in Perth, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner.
 
Hotel: Crowne Plaza, Perth  Included Meals: Breakfast and Farewell dinner
 
DAY 21 Farewell from Perth
Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast.
 
Included Meals: Breakfast 
 

Departures / Pricing 2018

$9995 adult twin $13100 single

Departs - Returns

12 June - 02 July
26 June - 16 July
24 July - 13 August
21 August - 10 September
11 September - 01 October

Departures / Pricing 2019

$10295 adult twin $13445 single

Departs - Returns

11 June - 01 July
09 July - 29 July
06 August - 26 August
20 August
 - 09 September
17 September - 07 October