WEST COAST TOUR
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July 2020

Join us on a fully hosted WA adventure with old fashioned care filled with interesting tours and wondrous sights. Let Kim and David take care of everything for you, ensuring you have the best possible time.

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  • Sincere thank you Kim and David for providing us with such a wonderful, hassle free holiday in Tasmania. With Kim's expert organization and David's unbelievable driving ability you are a credit to yourselves. We are so glad we took the plunge and joined you and the absolutely fantastic group of people that shared our holiday with us. Big Thank you!!!

    Patricia Scarman
  • I would also like to add my praise and gratitude for making the tour so enjoyable. Thank you David and Kim for a wonderful trip, i will & have recommended your business to many friends & family.

    Ronda Pascoe
  • I would like to add my praise for the wonderful way in which the tour was organised. I too would like to say how safe I felt and the interaction between Kim and David and the tour group made every one feel at home. The fact that you booked us into other family businesses added to the feeling of "family" that was the signature of the trip. I will recommend your business whenever I get a chance and hope I can travel with you again.

    Rosemary Habner
  • Thank you for a Wonderful holiday to Tasmania You have gone above and beyond all expectations. Your Planning and Care made each one of us feel Very Special. And I will certainly be recommending your Business to everyone, Young and Old."

    Pam Baldock
  • I had a lovely holiday with all you fellow travellers, being a small group we got to know each other very well, even though some of us have known each other for many years but have reconnected! DAVID could make that bus dance and whirled us around all these mountains and corners in an amazing and very reassuring safe fashion. Thanks to you both, we just walked in to pre-arranged venues and received top treatment, with top meals and accommodation. I also liked the way you supported family owned businesses who you returned to. Fully recommended company!

    Ronda Glover

fully hosted and wonderful tour

ITINERARY

DAY 1 – HOME TO CEDUNA

July 2020

Welcome to our tour to the West Coast of WA featuring the Kimberley. Some of the most rugged and dramatic coastline on the Eyre Peninsula is along the west coast and that’s where we are headed today. We’ll travel passed Coffin Bay along the Flinders Highway to Elliston. This really is a stunning area, particularly the appropriately named Great Ocean View – a section of cliff top roadway with some remarkable views of the Great Australian Bight and Waterloo Bay. About 90km north of here are the ancient, wind-worn pillars called Murphy’s Haystacks. These granite rocks were weathered and sculpted into their present form about 100,000 years ago. Geologists say the Haystacks are composed of pink granite from the Hiltaba suite of rocks, laid down some 1500 million years ago. Amazingly these beautiful pink granites were formed at a depth of 7 – 10 kilometres below the earth’s surface. Today when we look at Murphy’s Haystacks we see these Hiltaba granites exposed on the surface. Clearly a great deal of erosion has occurred since the granite’s formation. From Streaky Bay we travel through to Ceduna for our overnight stay.

(Lunch own arrangements, dinner in hotel)
Best Western Ceduna Foreshore Hotel, Ceduna – 08 8625 2008 (subject to availability)

Day 2 – CEDUNA TO EUCLA

July 2020

Following breakfast, we have an early start as we travel across the head of the Great Australian Bight where we will stop to enjoy the spectacular views from the high cliffs to the ocean below. We travel onto the Yalata Aboriginal Reserve to Twin Rocks for exceptional views of the Bunda Cliffs – where the flat plain drops some 80 metres to the sea below. In spring, Southern Right Whales migrate from Antarctica to the warmer waters of the Great Australian Bight to mate, give birth and raise their young calves. Don’t forget your cameras as the views are sensational. With time to enjoy this wonderful area with our picnic lunches we continue west, across the Nullarbor Plain, to our destination of Eucla. Eucla is located just 13 kms over the West Australian border.

(Breakfast and dinner at the motel, picnic lunch provided)
Eucla Motel Hotel, Eucla – 08 9039 3468

DAY 3 – EUCLA TO BALLADONIA

July 2020

Today is a travel day as we continue our journey west across the cast Nullarbor Plain. Our destination today is Balladonia. We stop along the way to enjoy our picnic lunches arriving later this afternoon with time to freshen up before dinner.

(Breakfast and dinner at the motel, picnic lunch provided)
Balladonia Hotel Motel – 08 9039 3453 (subject to availability)

Day 4 – BALLADONIA TO KALGOORLIE

July 2020

Following breakfast we continue west, f the Nullarbor Plain! At Norseman, a statue of the horse Norseman is located in the main street. The horse allegedly pawed at the ground and unearthed a nugget of gold that started the Norseman gold rush. From here, we turn north to Kalgoorlie. The towns of the Goldfields share a common colourful past and the most famous and enduring of them all is Kalgoorlie-Boulder, now classified as a city and the home of two-up. Kalgoorlie’s days of glory began in 1893 when Paddy Hannan and his fellow Irish prospectors Thomas Flanagan and Dan Shea found gold near Mt Charlotte.

(Breakfast and dinner in motel, lunch own arrangements)
Best Western Hospitality Inn, Kalgoorlie 08 9021 2888 (subject to availability)

DAY 5 – THE GOLDFIELDS

July 2020

This morning we take in the local sight’s of the city. The echoes of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s boisterous past are still to be witnessed everywhere.  Hannan Street in Kalgoorlie and Burt Street in Boulder offer an insight into the way things were in the 1890’s. We now embark on a tour of Australia’s largest gold producing mine, the Super Pit. We will be visitor inducted to the KCGM Super Pit and view the mining operations from the safety of the Mine-Spec Tour Coach. Be amazed by the size of the CAT 793 Haul trucks as we travel through the tracks of the site. The view of the Super Pit from Harvey Hut will take our breath away as we see the old miner’s workings with old shafts and watch the work of the trucks. As a man with personal experience with mining operations, our tour guide, will be more than happy to answer any questions we may have while on the tour.  Feel free to bring along your camera for some fantastic photos! Please note there is a short induction at the start of all Super Pit Tours so please bring your reading glasses if required.  Following our tour, we have time to purchase lunch in the main street before our afternoon visit to the Hannons North Tourist Mine. This provides a unique experience that combines an historic gold mine with interactive galleries, a changing display of art works and contrasting landscapes. We have plenty of time to witness a gold pour and try our hands at gold panning. Wander through the Historic Precinct to experience a slice of the life of prospectors and miners 100 years ago. Spend some time exploring the interactive galleries of the Hall of Fame, then relax over a cappuccino before setting off to stake a claim on this fabulous region!! After a fascinating day in the goldfields we return to our motel to freshen up for dinner.

(Breakfast and dinner in motel, lunch own arrangements)

DAY 6 – KALGOORLIE TO PERTH

July 2020

Our journey today sees us travelling through the towns of Southern Cross, Merredin and Northam before finally arriving into Perth for the next 3 nights.

(Breakfast and dinner in motel, lunch own arrangements)
Pan Pacific Perth – 08 9224 7777 (subject to availability)

DAY 7 – PERTH

July 2020

Following breakfast we embark on a sightseeing tour of the Western Australian capital and discover the unique charm of Perth City, featuring the main city block with its unusual combination of skyscrapers and colonial architecture, including Parliament House, St Mary’s Cathedral, Government House, Barrack Arch, London Court and the Perth Mint. We then head to the parklands and the spectacular views over the city and river from Kings Park; hopefully we may see some wildflowers! There will be time for a short walk through the tree tops along Federation Walkway before we join Captain Cook Cruises for a cruise down the Swan River to Fremantle. Our coach will meet us at “Freo.” We will spend some time in the historic port area before travelling back to Perth via the coastal road.

(Breakfast and dinner in hotel, lunch own arrangements)

DAY 8 – PERTH DAY AT LEISURE (DAVIDS DAY OFF)

July 2020

After all of our driving and touring, today is ours to enjoy. There are some fantastic cafes in the Mall if a spot of shopping is desired. For those who are joining the tour today, welcome and we will meet up with you tonight at dinner in the hotel.

(Breakfast and dinner in hotel, lunch own arrangements)

DAY 9 – PERTH-CERVANTES-GERALDTON

July 2020

We depart Perth this morning and begin our journey north along the coastal road. One of the highlights of our tour will be a visit to Nambung National Park, located 17 kms south of Cervantes, the home to The Pinnacles, scores of eerie limestone pillars. The Pinnacles is one of the State’s foremost natural wonders and attracts visitors from all over the world. After our visit, we enjoy lunch in Cervantes, a small fishing town with a number of pristine beaches. This afternoon, we continue along the coast road through Jurien to Dongara. We stop for a photo opportunity in the Greenough region; this area is characterised by river red gums which have given up defying the prevailing winds and bent themselves almost parallel to the earth in an attempt to escape the salt and the wind blowing off the Indian Ocean. The whole area does lie in the lee of a range of sand dunes which protect it from the worst of these winds. We travel onto Geraldton, where we’ll check into our overnight accommodation.

(Breakfast and dinner in motel, lunch in Cervantes)
Best Western Hospitality Inn, Geraldton – 08 9921 1422 (subject to availability)

DAY 10 – GERALDTON TO MONKEY MIA

July 2020

We farewell our hosts and travel to the beautiful Peron Peninsula. We join the North West Coastal Highway, travelling north before turning towards Shark Bay. Our lunch stop is at the Telegraph Station at Hamelin Pool which is also home to a colony of Stromatolites (fossil micro-organisms) that date back to the beginning of life on earth. We also visit nearby Shell Beach. The Shark Bay region we are about to visit was named by explorer William Dampier in 1699. But he was not the first to discover this area. The first European landing took place in October 1616 when Dutch sea captain Dirk Hartog landed at Cape Inscription – 152 years before Captain Cook set out on his much publicized voyage of discovery to the Pacific and Australia’s eastern shores. Today the area is recognized as one of the very special places on earth and is World Heritage listed. On our way through to Monkey Mia we stop at Eagle Bluff Lookout. It boasts a boardwalk which extends over the ocean and from this you can see the Useless Loop salt pile. The warm, shallow waters of this bay abound in fish species such as whiting and mullet which attract dozens of sharks to feed. We continue to Monkey Mia and check-in, we have time to ourselves to relax and unwind before dinner in the resort.

(Breakfast and dinner in motel, lunch at Telegraph Station)
Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort – 08 9948 1320 (subject to availability)

DAY 11 – MONKEY MIA TO CARNARVON

July 2020

With any luck, the famous dolphins will visit and we can learn all about them by visiting the Information Centre located on the beach front at Monkey Mia. Mid-morning, we depart Monkey Mia and travel back through Denham where we have our morning tea break. Back on the highway, we travel north to Carnarvon. One Mile Jetty, built in 1897, is located here and if anyone is up for an easy walk, you can view the Gascoyne River mouth, mangrove and marine life, migrating birds and jetty activity (renowned for its great fishing) with sunset a particularly attractive time to go! We’ll meet up for dinner in the hotel restaurant.

(Breakfast and dinner in motel, lunch own arrangements)
Carnarvon Motel – 08 9941 0600 (subject to availability)

DAY 12 – CARNARVON TO EXMOUTH

July 2020

Our travels take us up to Coral Bay where we join a captivating cruise around the Ningaloo Marine Park with its remarkable reef. Although the Ningaloo Reef is not as well-known as the Great Barrier Reef off the Queensland coast, it is just as spectacular. It is also very accessible. In some places it can be viewed literally metres from the shore! After our cruise we drive to Exmouth which is famous for its annual fishing competition and is also the location of a jointly operated Australian/USA Naval Communication Station.

(Breakfast and dinner in motel, lunch own arrangements)
Potshot Motel Exmouth – 08 9949 1200 (subject to availability)

DAY 13 – EXMOUTH TO KARRATHA

July 2020

Today is a travel day as we drive via Giralia Station, a remote cattle farm, to join the North West Coastal Highway and head north to Karratha, making convenience stops along the way.

(Breakfast and dinner in motel, lunch own arrangements)
Karratha International Hotel – 08 9187 3333

DAY 14 – KARRATHA TO KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK

July 2020

After breakfast, we head into the stunning Millstream-Chichester National Park. Covering an area of approximately 200,000 hectares around the Fortescue River – the heartland of the Yindjibarndi people – this lush oasis of deep gorges and palm-fringed rock pools provides a stark contrast to the surrounding landscape of rocky escarpments and rolling spinifex-covered hills. The run-off from the Hamersley Ranges flows via the Fortescue River into an underground aquifer that feeds the waters of WA’s Millstream-Chichester National Park. This natural reserve is believed to contain in excess of 1,700 million cubic metres of water and cover an area of almost 2,000 square kilometres. One of the most scenic attractions in the National Park is Python Pool, and road conditions permitting we’ll stop here. It is a stunning spot for a swim in a cool refreshing rock pool whilst enjoying the spectacular backdrop of the imposing rugged ochre cliffs – so bring your bathers! After our sightseeing, we make our way via the Auski Roadhouse then the Wittenoom Road to the Yampire Gorge Road turn off and into the Hamersley Ranges and the Karijini National Park. We check into our next two nights’ accommodation at the amazing Karijini Eco Retreat situated right in the Karijini National Park. This is a true eco-experience, so please bring a torch.

(Breakfast and Dinner at the hotel, picnic lunches included)
Karijini Eco Retreat, Karijini National Park – 08 9189 8313 (subject to availability)

DAY 15 – KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK

July 2020

This morning we drive to Tom Price where we have arranged to join Lestok Tours for the Rio Tinto Mine Tour. It will be compulsory to wear the supplied hard hats and goggles. The tour will give us a good understanding of the magnitude of the operations, following the tour we’ll have time to purchase lunch. This afternoon will see us exploring the remainder of the National Park with a stop at Oxer Gorge Lookout.

(Breakfast and dinner in motel lunch own arrangements)

DAY 16 – KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK TO PORT HEDLAND

July 2020

We leave the area travelling back to the coast line. We spend time this morning in Dales Gorge and Fortescue Falls before travelling onto Yampire Gorge for our picnic lunches. Our destination today is Port Hedland. The main industries are iron ore processing and export, salt production from extensive evaporation ponds for export, shipping of manganese and other minerals, and livestock production – mainly cattle. The Port is one of the world’s largest in tonnage terms, with over 70 million tonnes of product worth more than $3 billion shipped each year. On arrival we have a brief look at the huge mining/port operation before checking into our accommodation for our overnight stay.

(Breakfast and Dinner at the hotel, picnic lunches included)

DAY 17 – PORT HEDLAND TO BROOME

July 2020

Today’s journey takes us along the edge of the Great Sandy Desert to Broome. This is one of the remotest parts of Australia with no settlement along the roadside other than a couple of service stations. With the Indian Ocean on our left and the Great Sandy Desert to our right, we will travel more than 600 kilometres after Port Hedland without a town to be seen! But what a surprise when we get to Broome! We are now in tropical Australia and a modern oasis that began its life as a pearling centre. After today’s long travel day, how wonderful it will be to look forward to a more relaxing day tomorrow!

(Breakfast and dinner in hotel, lunch own arrangements)
Oaks Cable Beach Sanctuary, Broome – 07 3246 1661 (subject to availability)

DAY 18 – EXPLORING BROOME

July 2020

We take a sightseeing tour of Broome this morning. We’ll see the red rocks of Gantheaume Point, the port area and we will take time to wander through the Japanese Cemetery. The cemetery dates back to the very early pearling days and bears witness to the close ties Japan established with Broome in the early 20th century. The first recorded interment in this cemetery is 1896. Literally hundreds of young Japanese divers died either from the bends (diver’s paralysis) or from drowning. A large stone obelisk in the cemetery recalls those who were drowned at sea in the 1908 cyclone. We then head to Chinatown with the jetty and pass by The Sun Pictures building, the open air theatre owned by the Yamsaki family. We’ll visit the fascinating attraction, Pearl Luggers. It’s often said that Broome’s pearling industry is as rich in culture as it is in pearls. We’ll be taken through an array of pearling equipment with memorabilia from actual hard hat diving suits to the hand powered pumps which fed precious air to the divers below. To hear the stories first hand is a memorable experience. The rest of the day is free for us each to do as we please – perhaps some pearl shopping from one of the many outlets, some personal sightseeing or to just soak up the atmosphere of this isolated town. Late afternoon, we’ll drive out to the famous Cable Beach where we have dinner at Zanders. We arrive just before sunset for a unique photo opportunity and the opportunity for anyone to ride a camel (own expense).

(Breakfast in the motel, lunch own arrangements, dinner at Zanders Cable Beach)

DAY 19 – BROOME DAY AT LEISURE – DAVIDS DAY OFF

July 2020

We have a day at leisure but that doesn’t mean you need to sit around the pool and relax all day! There are so many things to see and do in Broome! Below is a list of exciting day tours or half day tours – so make the most of your time in Broome. All tours are optional and at your own expense. Some tours have minimum and maximum participants.

(Breakfast and dinner in hotel, lunch own arrangements)

Cape Leveque Scenic Flight – Journey north across the Dampier Peninsula, taking in the beautiful panoramic scenes of Beagle Bay and Lombadina before landing at Cape Leveque, 22kms north of Broome. Enjoy some morning refreshments at Kooljaman, with some time out to unwind and lap up the spectacular views of the coastline and sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean. Cygnet Bay Pearl Explorer features a tour of the ocean-based Pearl Farm on a high-speed pearling boat and a chance to inspect the fleet, see the crews in action and also spot the abundant marine life that inhabits the bay. Back on shore indulge in the opportunity to pick yourself up a genuine South Sea Pearl as well as take in the farm’s stunning location in the sheltered waters Cygnet Bay and King Sound.
Departs Broome at 7.00am, returns approximately 2.00pm.

Cape Leveque 4WD Adventure – Visit the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community, home to the glorious Beagle Bay Church dating back to World War I; step inside and see the striking pearl shell altar created by the Pallotine monks, a wondrous example of artistic ingenuity. Enjoy the stunning coastal views at the remote Aboriginal Community of One Arm Point; explore the towns aquaculture hatchery and gaze upon natures majesty as you witness some of the second largest tidal flows in the world. Journey to the tip of the Dampier Peninsula where you will unwind at Cape Leveque; with pristine beaches and deep blue seas; enjoy a traditional seaside lunch of fish and chips. Perhaps go for a swim, take a walk or simply relax on the beach. Learn about the lifestyle and culture within the Aboriginal Community of Lombadina as your guide provides an insight into the history and the people of this welcoming settlement; be sure to pick up a souvenir to serve as a treasured memory of your trip.
Departs Broome at 7.45am, returns approximately 8.30pm (Monday to Friday)

Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventure – Board a 14 seat turbo prop jet seaplane. Fly direct from Broome to the Horizontal Falls. Board our 500hp fast boat “Jet Stream” (the fastest boat in the Kimberley). Experience an exhilarating thrill ride through the Horizontal Falls with our highly experienced skipper. Now it’s time to sit back and relax as you cruise through the spectacular untouched surrounding bays and creeks. Experience the thrill of swimming in our huge Croc/Shark free cage. Feed our friendly fish. Enjoy a cooked breakfast on board our luxury vessel as you take in the breath taking scenery. Have your camera ready as you take off from Talbot Bay flying low level across the Buccaneer Archipelago, Cape Leveque, Lombadina, Beagle Bay, Willie Creek Pearl Farm, Cable Beach and Broome township prior to landing
Departs Broome at 5.30am, returns approx 11.15am.

Broome Hovercraft Eco Adventure Tours – Scenic & Prehistoric Tour – Experience the magnificent scenic and historic sights of the Broome town coastline. This one hour scenic tour accompanied throughout by witty and informative commentary. Enjoy an amphibian ride over very low water, tidal flats and sand bars, places inaccessible by other means. See some very old and perfectly preserved dinosaur tracks in rock on the beach, which once was an ancient planal forest floor. Marvel at the brightly coloured inhabitants that bask amongst the Mangrove trees lining the coast. And be amazed by the history that hides on our ocean floor.

Camel Rides on Cable Beach at sunset – The sunset camel ride is a relaxing and informative one hour experience along the beautiful white sands of Cable Beach. Whilst enjoying the sun setting over the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, dolphins and other marine life are often viewed from atop your camel.

DAY 20 – WILLIE CREEK PEARL FARM

July 2020

Today we discover the rare and beautiful Australian South Sea Cultured Pearl on the award-winning Willie Creak Pearl Farm Tour. The fascinating tour will give us an insight into the process of pearl farming, from shell to showroom. Set amongst the crystal-clear waters and mangrove lined banks of Willie Creek, we’ll learn how pearl technician’s seed and harvest oysters and discover exactly what makes the perfect pearl. Our visit will also include morning tea, a boat cruise and time for some retail therapy.

(Breakfast and dinner in hotel, lunch own arrangements)

DAY 21 – BROOME TO FITZROY CROSSING VIA DERBY

July 2020

Our morning journey takes us into Derby; we can see the Derby Boab Prison Tree, 7 miles south of town. This tree was used in the early days as an overnight lock up for prisoners before the final trek into Derby. Capable of holding a number of prisoners, it has an entrance which is about one metre wide and two metres high. When we arrive in Derby we meet our local guide who will board our coach for a town tour, including the port area where the giant northern tides rush in to meet the town. Before we leave we stop for lunch at the Derby Boab Inn. Sitback and take in the magnificent red mountain scenery of the Kimberley’s to Fitzroy Crossing. We check into our accommodation for our overnight stay.

(Breakfast and dinner in hotel, lunch at Derby Boab Inn)
Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing – 08 91915141 (subject to availability)

DAY 22 – FITZROY CROSSING TO HALLS CREEK

July 2020

This morning we enjoy a cruise on Geikie Gorge. The Fitzroy River has carved its path through the fossil “Barrier Reef” formed 300 million years ago, resulting in mountainous cliffs and breathtaking scenery. Departing the area we continue east to Halls Creek on the northern edge of the Great Sandy Desert and the site of Western Australia’s first gold rush. The town is full of gold rush stories and relics. One of the more famous stories is of Russian Jack, a man who carried his injured mate in a wheelbarrow for over 300 kms to get medical attention. A statue is dedicated to his amazing feat outside the Shire Office.

(Breakfast and dinner in hotel, lunch own arrangements)
Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek – 08 9168 6101 (subject to availability)

DAY 23 – HALLS CREEK TO EL QUESTRO VIA LAKE ARGYLE DIAMOND MINE

July 2020

We have an early morning today so we can enjoy a tour of the Argyle Diamond Mine. It is Australia’s only major diamond producer, producing the extremely rare and valuable pink diamonds, as well as fine whites and intriguing champagne and cognac diamonds. After the mine tour and lunch in the Mess. Our destination this afternoon is Emma Gorge Resort located on the stunning El Questro Station, a million acre cattle station and wilderness park. On arrival we can check in ready for dinner in the resort.

(Breakfast and dinner in hotel, lunch own arrangements)
Emma Gorge Resort, El Questro Station – 08 9161 4388 (subject to availability)

DAY 24 – EL QUESTRO

July 2020

This morning we have some free time until our departure for a tour to the warm and magical Zebedee Springs. The springs are a 10 minute drive from the Station and a 5 minute walk from its car park (don’t forget to take a towel). We return to the station where we can enjoy a beef or barramundi lunch as the Pentecost River meanders by. The Chamberlain Gorge Cruise leg of this tour departs at 1:00pm. Cruising the Chamberlain Gorge is a must. Only accessible by boat, this 3km fresh waterhole is bound by diverse flora and fauna and belittled by towering escarpment as we take in the breathtaking scenery. From here we depart the area and travel into Kununurra.

(Breakfast and dinner in hotel, lunch included)
Lakeside Resort, Kununurra – 08 9169 1092 (subject to availability)

DAY 25 – EXPLORING KUNUNURRA

July 2020

Early morning we have time for optional flights over Purnululu National Park ex Kununurra (early morning is the best time to fly over the Bungle Bungles). After a slightly later breakfast, we will take a sightseeing tour of Kununurra. Kununurra (which means “big water”) was established as the residential and administrative centre of the Ord River Scheme – a huge irrigation scheme which was developed in the 1970s. We visit the town centre, the Diversion Dam and Kellys Knob for views over the vast irrigated area. We then drive to the Lake Argyle Tourist Village for a light lunch. The Ord River Scheme was a progressive and far sighted move to develop the tropical north of Western Australia. During “the wet’ the rivers of the East Kimberley become raging torrents. At times the Ord River can empty 50 million litres a second into the Cambridge Gulf! One of the many highlights of our tour to the East Kimberley will be our cruise this afternoon from below the massive wall of Lake Argyle into Lake Kununurra and onto our motel, 55 kilometres downstream.

(Breakfast and dinner in hotel, lunch at Lake Argyle tourist Village)

DAY 26 – KUNUNURRA TO KATHERINE

July 2020

Our journey today takes us across the border into the Northern Territory, east through Timber Creek at the northern edge of the Gregory National Park. The park covers 12,500 square kilometres and is in a transitional zone between tropical and semi-arid regions. Later, we travel through the Victoria River Crossing and onto Katherine for our overnight accommodation.

(Breakfast and dinner in hotel, lunch own arrangements)
Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine – 08 8972 2511 (subject to availability)

DAY 27 – KATHERINE

July 2020

One of the highlights of a tour to the Top End is a cruise of Nitmiluk or Katherine Gorge. The National Park is made up of 13 separate gorges of the extended system through which the Katherine River flows. Sheer walls of sandstone dotted with ancient Aboriginal rock art surround the crystal waters of the Katherine River where freshwater crocodiles can be seen along the banks with flowering orchids and lilies. Early morning, we drive out to Katherine Gorge where we can marvel at the dominating cliffs of the gorge as we hear about the aboriginal legends relating to this remarkable area. Katherine Gorge is one of the Territory’s most amazing natural attractions. After our cruise we’ll enjoy breakfast. Today we spend some time at Katherine Outback Experience which provides a unique window into the real Australian Outback, and the inner workings of life on a cattle station through the sharing of stories and experiences, cattle dog demonstrations and live music performances. The ‘Stock Yards’ is where the action takes place. Enjoy a live demonstration of the art of horse-breaking, depicting the psychology between man and horse, watch the Riverboyne Dog Team working cattle, goats or ducks in harmony, before interacting with Bernie the Buffalo, Tin Shaker, the Brahman Steer and Legend the Trick Horse. There is even time to sit back and relax, listening to live music including some well-known Aussie Anthems and originals, often performed from a top of a horse. We have the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

(Breakfast and lunch included, dinner in resort)

DAY 28 – KATHERINE TO DALY WATERS

July 2020

Our morning travels are to Mataranka where we have plenty of time to enjoy the fantastic mineral pools – so bring your bathers! This afternoon sees us expressing to Daly Waters where we arrive with time to relax before dinner.

(Breakfast and dinner in hotel, lunch own arrangements)
Daly Waters Pub – 08 8975 9927 (subject to availability)

DAY 29 – DALY WATERS TO TENNANT CREEK

July 2020

Today we have a leisurely start to the day as we continue travelling through central Australia, seeing the cast spaces stretch from horizon to horizon. Today’s journey takes us through Elliott and Renner Springs where we stop for lunch at the Renner Springs Desert Inn. This afternoon we arrive into Tennant Creek where we have some free time to relax.

(Breakfast and dinner in motel, lunch at Renner Springs Desert Inn)

DAY 30 – TENNANT CREEK TO ALICE SPRINGS

July 2020

This morning we continue our travels south, stopping at Devils Marbles for a break. These gigantic rounded granite boulders are scattered across a wide, shallow valley and are spectacularly poised in a remarkable landscape. The Devils Marbles are a nationally and internationally recognised symbol of Australia’s outback. Lunch today is at the Wauchope Well Hotel before we continue through to Alice Springs for the next two nights. On arrival we head to ANZAC Hill for panoramic views of the town and the surrounding area.

(Breakfast and dinner in motel, lunch at Wauchope Well Hotel)
Aurora Alice Springs – 08 8950 6666 (subject to availability)

DAY 31 – ALICE SPRINGS

Monday 9th December 2019

We have a great day in store, as we explore the majestic Western MacDonnell Ranges. The natural beauty in this area is outstanding! After a walk-through Standley Chasm with its towering walls, we continue the scenic drive to Glen Helen Gorge and Glen Helen Homestead. Our afternoon is at leisure, we’ll share our stories from the day at our special dinner tonight. We head to Earth Sanctuary – a World Nature Centre at Quandong Homestead to enjoy a mouth-watering bush BBQ. We will be treated with music and entertainment to experience the spirit of the outback through stories of the aboriginal dreamtime. We even learn how to cook a swagman’s damper!

(Breakfast at hotel, lunch included, dinner at Earth Sanctuary)

DAY 32 – ALICE SPRINGS DAY AT LEISURE – DAVIDS DAY OFF

July 2020

We have a day at leisure today to do as much or as little as we please. You could relax by the pool, a spot of shopping or maybe take a day tour out to Palm Valley. All optional tours are optional and at your own expense. We meet up tonight to share our stories of the day over dinner in the hotel.

(Breakfast and dinner in hotel, lunch own arrangements)

DAY 33 – ALICE SPRINGS TO COOBER PEDY

July 2020

An early start this morning as we farewell Alice Springs, crossing the Northern Territory/South Australian border and continuing south through Marla to Coober Pedy for our overnight stop. Coober Pedy, South Australia’s biggest opal mining town yields around 80% of the world’s production of opals. Coober Pedy’s lunar-like landscape has attracted many visitors who dig for opals. Many opal miners escape the heat of summer by living underground in elaborate dugouts.

(Breakfast and dinner in motel, lunch own arrangements)
The Mud Hut Motel, Coober Pedy – 08 8672 3003 (subject to availability)

DAY 34 – COOBER PEDY TO PORT AUGUSTA

July 2020

Before we depart the area we meet our host from the Umoona Opal Mine and Museum who will show us around this morning. Highlights will be an opal cutting demonstration, the tour of an underground house and a mine tour. From the Big Winch Lookout we will enjoy some sensational views of Coober Pedy. We will call at an underground church, see the Coober Pedy Golf Course (the only one in the world with reciprocal rights to Saint Andrews in Scotland!). We now head south to Port Augusta at the Head of the Spencer Gulf stopping along the way to purchase lunch.

(Breakfast and dinner in the Motel, Lunch own arrangements)
Standpipe Golf Motor Inn, Port Augusta – 08 8642 4033 (subject to availability)

DAY 35 – PORT AUGUSTA TO HOME

July 2020

What a fantastic holiday we have! With our suitcases packed full of wonderful memories and a good book to take onboard, we travel the last leg of our trip for home. We will make convenience stops along the way and to purchase lunch. With new found friendships made we arrive home later this afternoon.

(Breakfast in motel, lunch own arrangements)

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WHAT’S INCLUDED?

What’s Included?

  • Complete charter

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Price is based on twin share, single supplements apply
Deposit required upon booking (when receiving paperwork)
Deposit non refundable
Balance due 5 weeks before tour departure
Dietary requirements upon booking
5 weeks to 14 days 50% loss
14-8 days 70% cancellation fee
7 days 100% cancellation fee
Itinerary subject to change due to weather or events out of our control

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8685 4140 or 0417 16 5414

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