Kimberley And West Coast Spectacular

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Australia’s Kimberley Region is a rugged and ancient landscape and is one of the world's most precious wilderness regions. Three times larger than England, covering hundreds of thousands of square kilometres, with a population of less than 40,000, this remote part of Australia is one of the world's last wilderness frontiers. On this tour, explore the wonders of the Kimberley including prolific wildlife, majestic and striking canyons, freshwater swimming holes, isolated outback stations and colourful Australian characters. This intriguing 4x4 tour also tackles the best of the west coast. Experience the majesty of the Ord River, see the towering strata bee hives of the Bungle Bungle, tour a diamond mine and real working outback stations. Compare the scenic Halls Creek, Geikie Gorge, Bells Gorge, Mitchel Falls and Chamberlain gorge and northern towns like Kununurra and Broome. Watch daily sunsets over stunning places like Cable Beach and Lake Argyle. This is one of Australia's most incredible treks and our grandest journey of the year.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Darwin City Sights tour
  • Spirit of Darwin Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • Adelaide River War Cemetery
  • Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park 2-hour cruise
  • Katherine Outback Experience
  • Triple J Ord River cruise – Lake Argyle to Kununurra
  • Option for scenic flights of Bungle Bungles
  • El Questro Station and Chamberlain Gorge cruise 
  • See Ord River Irrigation Area
  • Mirima (Hidden Valley) National Park
  • Argyle Diamond Mine Tour
  • Full day tour to Purnululu (Bungle Bungles) National Park
  • Danggu (Geikie) Gorge National Park and cruise
  • 3 nights stay in Broome – Cable Beach area
  • Broome sightseeing Tour
  • Broome free day for person sightseeing
  • Option for Horizontal Waterfall day tour
  • Eighty Mile Beach
  • Karijini National Park
  • Tom Price Mine Tour
  • Millstream-Chichester National Park
  • Exmouth and Vlamingh Head
  • Coral Bay and Sub Sea Explorer Cruise
  • Historic Hamilen Pool Telegraph Station & Stromatolites
  • Monkey Mia Dolphins
  • Kalbarri National Park
  • Geraldton & HMAS Sydney Memorial
  • Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles Desert
  • New Norcia
  • Kings Park Wildflowers, Perth
Departing
16/08/2019
Duration
21 Days
Maximum Tour Size
22
Physical Rating
Moderate fitness. Some Walking and travelling up to 2.5 hours. Optional Bungle Bungle Walk can be difficult.
Transport
4x4 Coach

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Day 1: Friday 16 August 2019:
Darwin sights and Sunset Dinner Cruise
Meet your crew and awaiting coach in Darwin before you transfer into the city for lunch. Later, re-board the coach and enjoy an afternoon sightseeing tour, of the remains of Christ Church Cathedral and Darwin Post Office, both victims of Cyclone Tracy.  See beautiful Government House, the Darwin Esplanade, Cullen Bay Marina, Sky City Casino and Fannie Bay Goal. Later, check-in to your central accommodation, then board the Spirit of Darwin for a spectacular Sunset Dinner Cruise on Darwin Harbour. One of the top ten things to do in Darwin and the perfect way to end the first day of your holiday. Meals: D
Accommodation: Travelodge Darwin Resort. 

Day 2: Saturday 17 August 2019:
Katherine Gorge & Katherine Outback Experience
Travel south along the Stuart Highway to Adelaide River; stop off at the beautiful Adelaide River War Cemetery, a stark reminder of the Top End’s involvement in WWII. Next, enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before a stunning 2-hour cruise through the first two gorges at Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park. Please note there are steps and walks of approximately 400m each way between the first and second gorge. 
Later, you'll check in to your accommodation in Katherine, then join Tom Curtin for his entertaining Katherine Outback Experience. Experience the day to day life of an outback Australian cattle station with real horse-work and working dog demonstrations, entwined with live acoustic music and humorous bush tales. Meals: BLD 
Accommodation: Pine Tree Motel, Katherine

Day 3: Sunday 18 August 2019:
Lake Argyle & Ord River Cruise
Head west along the Victoria Highway through the vast cattle stations of the Northern Territory, cross the mighty Victoria River and pass through the impressive Gregory National Park. Pass by the small community of Timber Creek before crossing the Western Australia border with much joy and celebration! Then continue to Lake Argyle Tourist Village to enjoy a delicious lunch (including the local Silver Cobbler caught direct from Lake Argyle!). Cross over the Dam wall and descend to the Ord River for Triple J cruises'  55km river cruise to Kununurra. Along the way you’ll marvel at the spectacular scenery, wildlife, flora and fauna, including the elusive freshwater crocodile. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Kununurra Lakeside Resort (2 nights)

Day 4: Monday 19 August 2019
El Questro, Chamberlain Gorge Cruise & Ord Irrigation Area
You'll have a chance this morning to take an optional 2-hour scenic flight over the Bungle Bungle Ranges. Past travellers have raved about seeing the striking honeycomb canyons from up high. This option must be pre-booked and pre-paid. Mid-morning, leave Kununurra and travel to El Questro Station, situated in the stunning Cockburn Ranges on the Gibb River Road. This morning on your Chamberlain Gorge cruise takes in the breathtaking scenery whilst you enjoy a sparkling wine and fresh fruit from the local Ord valley. After yet another delicious lunch, this time in the El Questro Steakhouse, return to Kununurra and the Ord River Irrigation Area. Pause at Diversion Dam and Ivanhoe Crossing on the Ord, then travel through the irrigation area to Mirima (Hidden Valley) National Park. The short walk into Mirima reveals steep, broken walls of colourful layered rocks that come alive as they reflect the changing light. Before returning to your accommodation visit Kelly’s Knob for spectacular views over the town and Lake Kununurra as the sun sets. Meals: BLD

Day 5: Tuesday 20 August 2019:
Argyle Diamond Mine Tour
After breakfast, and a good nights sleep, depart Kununurra and travel a few hours south to the Argyle Diamond Mine. On arrival at the main gate our Luridgii guide will tell the fascinating and beautiful story of the Jaliwang Dreaming where the Gidga and Miriuwung stories combine. The guide will take you to the designated area; a high security zone accommodating the open cut mine, underground operations, mine tailings, processing plant and associated infrastructure. Your guide will describe all aspects of the diamond mining operation. Then, the guide will take you to the viewing platform high on the ridge where you will begin to appreciate the enormous toil and effort that has been invested in the extraction of these highly valued stones.
Next, visit the Argyle Mine diamond gallery, with over $2million of Argyle Diamonds and jewellery on display. You will certainly appreciate the beauty of these rare and coveted pink diamonds, found only in this place. Finish with a drive through the mine site to the Workers Village for a buffet lunch and an opportunity to browse and purchase a diamond from the Village shop. Your Luridgii guide will disembark at the main gate then you'll continue a little further south to the Bungle Bungle Caravan Park, home for the next 2 nights. You may wish to take an optional late afternoon scenic Helicopter flights over the Bungle Bungles (must be pre-booked and pre-paid).  Meals: BLD
Please note: tonight’s accommodation will be in pre-erected Safari Tents with twin/double bedding and *private ensuite.  *Some non-ensuited tents may be required, however good quality, clean facilities are very close by.
Accommodation: Bungle Bungle Caravan Park (2 nights)

Day 6: Wednesday 21 August 2019:
Bungle Bungles Tour – Cathedral Gorge & Echidna Chasm
After an early start today, begin your full day in Purnululu National Park and the Bungle Bungle Range. Travel through Mabel Downs Station, keeping an eye out for the king of the Kimberley Cattle Industry, Brahman Cattle. Arrive at the Park Visitor Centre and then discover Cathedral Gorge, an astonishing natural amphitheatre of red rock. The walk winds its way through the iconic bee hives, heading down between two walls of rock before opening into Cathedral Gorge. Water pounds through here in the wet season which has created a huge amphitheatre with a pool of water in the middle. The acoustics are so good that special live music performances have been held within the gorge. Enjoy a picnic lunch before heading to the northern end of the park and Echidna Chasm which is one of the Parks Highlights. Hundreds of Livistona Palms line the Chasm and cling to the sheer sides of the cliffs. At times you can reach out and touch both sides of the Chasm. Relax this afternoon as you make your way back to the accommodation after a great day exploring.  Meals: BLD

Day 7: Thursday 22 August 2019
Old Halls Creek and China Wall
Just an hour's drive south is Halls Creek, an area famous for it's Gold Rush glory days. Travel to the old township of Halls Creek where on Christmas Day 1885, prospector Charlie Hall found a huge 28-ounce (nearly 1 kilogram) gold nugget at a site that would eventually be named after him. The gold rush lasted less than 3 months in this inhospitable land and people soon moved on. See all that remains of this old township, then visit one of the natural wonders of this area, China Wall. A hard and weathering resistant sub-vertical quartz vein protruding up to 6m from the surrounding surface. Next, head into Halls Creek for lunch and a look around the outback town. This afternoon continue along the Great Northern Highway stopping at Mary Pool before arriving at your accommodation along the banks of the Fitzroy River.  Meals: BLD
Accommodation: The Crossing Inn, Fitzroy River  

Day 8: Friday 23 August 2019:
Danggu (Geikie) Gorge Cruise – Broome
Another highlight on your tour will be spectacular Danguu (Geikie) Gorge where you'll be treated to a scenic cruise along the calm waters of the Fitzroy River. Centuries of water flow has carved the gorge from the surrounding ancient limestone creating a spectacular scene of sheer white and grey walls and an abundance of wildlife including both fresh and salt water crocodiles. From Geikie Gorge continue through the West Kimberley region and on to the West Coast of Australia to Broome. Check in to your Cable Beach accommodation, then travel to the beach to watch the sun set over the Indian Ocean, a magical experience! Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Oaks Cable Beach Sanctuary, Broome (3 nights)

Day 9: Saturday 24 August 2019:
Broome Free Day
Today has been left free for you to explore or pursue your own personal interests for the day. Perhaps you’d like to join a full day tour to see the Horizontal Waterfalls, take a camel ride on Cable Beach, visit a Pearl Farm, ride a hovercraft on Roebuck Bay or explore Chinatown. Whatever you decide Stonestreets Travel can make all the arrangements for you. Meals: B

Day 10: Sunday 25 August 2019: 
Broome sights
Today, enjoy a half day sightseeing tour of Broome, see Chinatown and the old Sun Picture Theatre, Roebuck Bay, and Streeters Jetty, pass the Broome Courthouse and visit one of Broome’s Churches famous for its Mother of Pearl altar. See the port of Broome and visit Gantheaume Point where you’ll get a great photo of Cable Beach and the contrasting colours of the red pindan cliffs, white sandy beach and clear blue skies. Spend a free afternoon relaxing at your beautiful resort ahead of the next leg of your journey. Meals BD

Day 11: Monday 26 August 2019: 
Broome – Eighty Mile Beach – Port Hedland
Leave the West Kimberley region behind and travel south through some of the most remote country in Australia. The drive today takes you along the western extremity of the Great Sandy Desert to Sandfire Roadhouse for lunch, aptly named because of the fiery red sand dunes in the area. This afternoon visit beautiful Eighty Mile Beach, the longest uninterrupted beach in Western Australia that actually extends for some 220km. Continue south past Pardoo Station and over the De Grey River where you’ll soon see evidence of the vast mining operations of the Pilbara region. Before arriving in Port Hedland stop at Redbank Bridge lookout. See evaporation lakes and the huge stockpile of salt along with the massive Iron ore trains either passing or parked near the port facilities. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Ibis Styles, Port Hedland

Day 12: Tuesday 27 August 2019: 
Karijini National Park
Today will begin with a sightseeing tour of Port Hedland stopping at the port area to see the massive Iron ore ships being loaded, whilst dozens more carriers sit idle at sea waiting their turn to load. Departing Port Hedland and pass by the BHP facilities, before heading for the heart of the Pilbara region and Karijini National Park. The Karijini Visitor Centre highlights the story of the area that you'll explore. Depart for Dales Gorge and Fortescue Falls for fabulous views into the 100-meter-deep gorge, where Fortescue Falls permanently cascades down the rich red rocks. Visit Oxer Lookout and be inspired by unsurpassed views over the junction of Weano, Red, Hancock and Joffre gorges. Tiers of banded iron formations tower over a pool at the bottom of the gorge and are a sight to behold. Tonight, stay within the depths of Karijini National Park, walking distance of Joffre Gorge at Karijini Eco Retreat.  Meals: BLD
Please note: tonight’s accommodation will be ‘Glamping’ in pre-erected Eco Tents with full ensuite.
Accommodation: Karijini Eco Retreat, Karijinni National Park

Day 13: Wednesday 28 August 2019:
Tom Price Mine Tour – Karratha
Today you’ll be amazed by the enormity of Rio Tinto's open cut iron-ore mine on a 1 ½ hour tour which will take you into the heart of the Tom Price Rio Tinto mine site operation. See the Haul Truck workshop and main pit area as well as working haul trucks, shovel, drills and the crushing and screening plants, plus the train load-out facility.  Note: closed in footwear is required on this tour.  This afternoon hit the rugged outback roads through Millstream-Chichester National Park to the North West coastal town of Karratha. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Ibis Styles, Karratha

Day 14: Thursday 29 August 2019:
Karratha – Exmouth
Today begins with a sightseeing tour of Karratha which was established in the late 1960’s as the accommodation hub for Hammersley Iron Ore’s nearby processing plant. Close by is the port of Dampier another purpose-built town, this time the export hub for the Rio Tinto Iron Ore Mines, LNG and Salt. After spending some time in both Karratha and Dampier, depart and travel south along the North West Coastal Highway to Nanutarra Roadhouse for lunch. This afternoon, continue south then west through Giralia sheep station to the North West Cape and Exmouth. Meals: BD
Accommodation: Potshot Hotel, Exmouth.

Day 15: Friday 30 August 2019: 
Vlamingh Head & Coral Bay cruise

Explore the North West Cape region this morning and enjoy the views from Vlamingh Head Lighthouse. See the Harold E Holt Communications base that is visible from space! Visit site of the wreck of the SS Mildura before passing the Exmouth Marina, Canal development and RAAF Learmonth before arriving in Coral Bay. It’s not hard to see why so many visitors fall in love with Coral Bay, a laid-back atmosphere, beautiful white sandy beaches, the nearby Ningaloo reef and year-round near perfect weather. Enjoy some free time here for lunch and to have look around the shops, or perhaps enjoy a swim in the crystal blue waters. Later board the Sub-Sea Explorer and sit below the water line for a fascinating cruise with coral, fish and marine life viewing. Mid-afternoon depart Coral Bay via the main coastal highway to Carnarvon. Meals: BD
Accommodation: The Gateway Motel

Day 16: Saturday 31 August 2019
Carnarvon Sights, Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station, Monkey Mia
The area around the Carnarvon region is very desolate, however the Gascoyne River provides a life-line to the region with many farms lining the banks of the river. These dedicated farmers grow cavendish bananas, tomatoes and mangos. See one Mile Jetty, Babbage Island and the old Carnarvon NASA Space Tracking Station before departing for Hamelin Pool Telegraph Station. Enjoy a fascinating tour discovering the history of the Telegraph Station. Within the museum a guide will explain the significance of relics from the days when the station was fully operational. After lunch visit Hamelin Pool and the Stromatolites. These ancient structures are examples of what life on Earth was like 3.5 billion years ago and are considered "living fossils". From here the next stop will be Shell Beach - a beach that is literally made up of millions of tiny shells. Visit the most westerly town in Australia – Denham, before arriving at Monkey Mia Resort. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Monkey Mia Resort (2 nights)

Day 17: Sunday 1 September 2019
Monkey Mia
Today has been left free for you to explore your own personal interests but don’t forget to meet the dolphins! For more than 50 years wild Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins have visited the shallows at Monkey Mia making the oddly named towns famous for one of the world’s greatest wildlife experiences. The dolphins attract more than 100,000 visitors a year! You may choose to relax at the resort to unwind and recharge the batteries, or maybe you’d prefer to join one of the marine life cruises that explore the World Heritage Area. Cruises depart either mid-morning or mid-afternoon for approximately 2 hours, or you can choose the late afternoon sunset cruise. Meals: B

Day 18: Monday 2 September 2019:
Kalbarri National Park
Return to the North West Coastal Highway en route to beautiful Kalbarri National Park which is famous for its spring wildflowers. Visit Hawks Head for views over the Murchison River and valley, then, enjoy a picnic lunch in the park before viewing the major natural attraction in the park – Nature’s Window. This iconic attraction is a wind-eroded opening in the layered sandstone that frames a view of the river. From here, travel through the town of Kalbarri to view the coastal attractions within the National Park. Stop at several of the lookouts including Natural Bridge, Island Rock and Eagle Gorge, plus stop to view where the Murchison River enters the Indian Ocean. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Kalbarri Palms Resort

Day 19: Tuesday 3 September 2019
Geraldton, Nambung National Park and Pinnacle Desert
Travel along the coastal road past Pink Lake near Port Gregory to Northhampton and Geraldton. Enjoy a sightseeing tour of Geraldton by coach including a visit to the HMAS Sydney II Memorial. After some free time in town for lunch, continue south through Port Denison to the very scenic Indian Ocean Drive and through Leeman and Jurien Bay to Cervantes and the Pinnacle Desert. With thousands of ancient limestone pillars rising from a stark landscape of the yellow sand within Nambung National Park, you’ll witness one of Australia’s most intriguing landscapes. In places, the pinnacles reach up to 3.5m tall. Some are jagged, sharp-edged columns, rising to a point, while others resemble tombstones. Meals: BLD
Accommodation: Cervantes Pinnacles Motel

Day 20: Wednesday 4 September 2019
New Norcia & Kings Park
Leave the coast behind this morning and head east into Western Australia’s Wheatbelt Region to Moora. Just a short distance to the south is the Benedictine Monastery town of New Norcia where you’ll enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the historic town and its some of its buildings. Before leaving, enjoy lunch at the majestic two-storey New Norcia Hotel which was built in 1927, originally as a hostel for parents of the boarders in New Norcia College.

The final part of your journey to Perth travels through the beautiful Swan Valley, one of Western Australia’s premier wine growing regions. Arrive at Kings Park mid-afternoon and enjoy the annual Kings Park Festival where thousands of extraordinary wildflowers from all over state of can be seen blooming in one place. (Wildflowers are subject to seasonal conditions). Late afternoon check- in to your Perth accommodation for the final night of the tour.

Day 21: Thursday 5 September 2019:
Perth
After breakfast, enjoy a brief sightseeing tour of Perth, then sadly your tour concludes. Say farewell to your fellow passengers as you depart for your next destination. 

Passengers with pre-arranged flights to Brisbane will be transferred to Perth Airport. In Brisbane, passengers with arranged airport transfers will meet a Stonestreets representative at the luggage carousel in Brisbane Airport before the transfer back to Toowoomba. Meals: B

Meals: 20 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 18 Dinners

Transport: Luxury 4x4 Coach 

Accommodation: 

20 Nights in Hotel/Motel Accommodation
  • 1 Night - Darwin Travelodge Resort
  • 1 Night - Katherine, Pine Tree Motel 
  • 2 Nights - Kununurra, Lakeside Resort
  • 2 Nights - Bungle Bungle Caravan Park
  • 1 Night - Fitzroy River Lodge
  • 3 Nights - Oaks Cable Beach Sanctuary
  • 1 Night - Port Headland Ibis Styles
  • 1 Night - Karijini Eco Retreat
  • 1 Night - Exmouth, Potshot Resort
  • 1 Night - Carnarvon Motel
  • 2 Nights - Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
  • 1 Night - Kalbari Palms Resort 
  • 1 Night - Cervantes Pinnacles Motel
  • 1 Night - Novotel Perth Langley Hotel

Activities:

All entries to Attractions, Guided Tours, Cruises and National Park entries as follows

  • Darwin City Sights tour
  • Spirit of Darwin Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • Adelaide River War Cemetery
  • Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park 2-hour cruise
  • Katherine Outback Experience
  • Triple J Ord River cruise – Lake Argyle to Kununurra
  • El Questro Station and Chamberlain Gorge cruise 
  • Argyle Diamond Mine Tour
  • Full day tour to Purnululu (Bungle Bungles) National Park
  • Danggu (Geikie) Gorge National Park and cruise
  • Broome Sightseeing Tour
  • Tom Price Mine Tour
  • Coral Bay and Sub Sea Explorer Cruise

Other Inclusions:

  • Home Pickup and Return and Airport Transfers (pre-arrangement required) within Toowoomba City, Westbrook and Highfields areas.


 

Departing
16/08/2019
Duration
21 Days
Maximum Tour Size
22
Physical Rating
Moderate fitness. Some Walking and travelling up to 2.5 hours. Optional Bungle Bungle Walk can be difficult.
Transport
4x4 Coach

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Price
AUD $9,895
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