- Darwin to Perth (the Kimberley, Pilbara and the Coral Coast)
- 21 August – 11 September 2017
- 22 days / 21 nights
21 days exploring the Kimberley (Kununurra, Lake Argyle, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, and Broome), the Pilbara (Port Hedland, Karijini National Park and Tom Price) and the Coral Coast (Exmouth, Carnarvon and Geraldton) before flying home from Perth.
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Day 1 – Monday 21 August 2017
Meal on flight; D
Board your Simes Bros coach this morning for the transfer to Brisbane Airport. When your flight arrives in Darwin you will be met by our Coach Captain and Tour Leader for a wonderful 21 days exploring the Kimberley (Kununurra, Lake Argyle, Halls Creek, Fitzroy Crossing, and Broome), the Pilbara (Port Hedland, Karijini National Park and Tom Price) and the Coral Coast (Exmouth, Carnarvon and Geraldton).
Book into your accommodation for the next 3 nights.
ACC: Double Tree by Hilton (3 nights)
Day 2 – Tuesday 22 August 2017
This morning experience the celebrated scenery, landmarks and attractions of Darwin aboard the Darwin Explorer, an open-topped double-decker bus. Spend the rest of the day using the hop on/hop off bus to see more of Darwin’s sights which interest you. Meet back at the hotel for dinner.
Day 3 – Wednesday 23 August
Litchfield National Park
Our first stop today is the Adelaide River to get up close and personal with crocs in their natural environment on a croc cruise. Then we visit Litchfield National Park, a must see if you’re in the Top End. Litchfield is home to several stunning waterfalls that cascade into crystal clear pools, iconic magnetic termite mounds and monsoon rainforests.
Day 4 – Thursday 24 August
Before departing Darwin, we visit the Defence of Darwin Experience which tells the story of Darwin’s role in World War II – a very important time in Territory history. It provides an opportunity for visitors to understand the impact of the war on Darwin and its inhabitants, both civilian and military. We then swing by the airport to drop off our fellow passengers who are flying home today.
We arrive in Katherine mid-afternoon.
Day 5 Friday 25 August
Sit back today and enjoy the scenery as we travel along the Victoria Highway into the East Kimberley stopping at Victoria River Roadhouse and Timber Creek for a picnic lunch, then on to Kununurra, our home for the next 3 nights.
ACC: Kimberley Croc Lodge
Day 6 Saturday 26 August
Lake Argyle and Ord River Cruise
OPTION: Sunrise flight over Purnululu (Bungle Bungles) $350:00 extra per person Payable at time of booking. Flights are subject to minimum/maximum numbers and require passengers to advise weight.
We have a full day tour today with transfer from our accommodation to Lake Argyle where we enjoy a 3 hour lunch cruise, followed by a guided tour of the Main Ord Dam and lookouts returning to Kununurra via an Ord River Cruise.
Day 7 Sunday 27 August
Spend today at the famous El Questro Station. At just over 700,000 acres in size, El Questro is located in Western Australia’s untamed Kimberley region and extends for approximately 80 kilometres into its heart, most of which has never been explored. It is one of Australia’s last true frontiers. Bring your swimsuit to enjoy the thermal pools at Zebedee Springs. Relax on a cruise through the picturesque Chamberlain Gorge.
Day 8 Monday 28 August
We depart Kununurra this morning and venture to the Argyle Diamond Mine, the largest diamond producer in the world. It is the only known significant source of pink and red diamonds, producing over 90% of the world’s supply. It additionally provides a large proportion of other naturally coloured diamonds, including champagne, cognac and rare blue diamonds. Hear the story of the mine and the local Aboriginal people whose land the mine is on – the Barramundi (Jaliwang) Dreaming Story. Tour the site, viewing its vast operation and explore the fascinating process of diamond production, the plant and the technology. Tonight we stay in Halls Creek.
ACC: Kimberley Hotel
Day 9 Tuesday 29 August
Halls Creek-Fitzroy Crossing
Today we pass through the massive Kimberley cattle stations on our drive to Fitzroy Crossing, the gateway to the Geikie Gorge National Park, a spectacular waterway with soaring weathered cliffs and abundant wildlife. Geikie Gorge is the home to the Balga (freshwater Barramundi), the rare Galwanyi (Leichhardt’s sawfish) and Baya Gawiy (Coach Whip stingray). Enjoy a boat tour on Geikie Gorge. Spend tonight at Fitzroy River Lodge.
ACC: Fitzroy River Lodge
Day 10 Wednesday 30 August
This morning we depart Fitzroy Crossing and travel to Derby, on the edge of the King Sound. Derby’s claim to fame is having the highest tides of any Australian port – 11 metres of tidal difference. Mid-afternoon, we arrive in Broome, an exotic pearling town at the western gateway to The Kimberley region of Western Australia, with a history and culture as vibrant as its landscape.
ACC: Mercure Broome (2 nights)
Day 11 Thursday 31 August
Broome Free Day
Today is yours to enjoy as you please. Perhaps relax on beautiful Cable Beach, take a hovercraft tour, discover the pearling industry on a Pearl Luggers’ Tour, take a flight to Horizontal Falls or Cape Leveque.
OPTION: This evening you can enjoy the magnificence of sunset over Cable Beach on a camel ride. (Weight restrictions apply). $85:00 extra per person. Payable at time of booking.
Day 12 Friday 1 September
Today we travel through the Great Sandy Desert, the second largest desert in Australia. This is very remote country with only a few roadhouses along the Great Northern Highway. On arrival in Port Hedland a local guide will join us for a tour of BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s Nelson Point facility. Watch the bucket wheel reclaimers and ship loaders that dominate Port Hedland’s horizon and gain an understanding of how the mining industry works.
ACC: Ibis Styles
Day 13 Saturday 2 September
Port Hedland-Karijini National Park-Tom Price
Today we visit The Pilbara region which has some of the world’s most ancient natural landscapes, dating back two billion years and stretching over 400,000 square kilometres. Deep rocky canyons lead to peaceful plunge pools in the beautiful Karijini National Park. And yet the Pilbara is also known as the engine room of Australia – home to a massive mining industry in crude oil, salt, natural gas and iron ore. After a guided tour through Karijini National Park, we arrive in Tom Price late in the afternoon.
ACC: Windawarri Lodge
Day 14 Sunday 3 September
Be amazed by the enormity of Rio Tinto’s open cut iron ore mine, one of the world’s largest, on a tour which will take you into the heart of the mine site operation. Then we depart for Exmouth with our packed lunch to eat along the way in this extremely remote part of the Pilbara.
ACC: Potshot Hotel, Exmouth (2 nights)
Day 15 Monday 4 September
Ningaloo Reef Cruise
Cruise Ningaloo Reef to discover the fire coral gardens, green sea turtle habitats, plenty of bommies, and a kaleidoscope of colourful fish. This is an easy going tour with full commentary from a passionate reef-nut. Take a drive to Vlamingh Head with its famous kerosene-burning lighthouse for stunning views of Western Australia’s coastline and the North West Cape. This afternoon have some free time to explore Exmouth and the beautiful North West Cape.
Day 16 Tuesday 5 September
Today we travel the beautiful coastline of the Coral Coast. We’ll stop for morning tea at Coral Bay where you can take a stroll on the magnificent beach. After lunch we’ll stop at Quobba Blow Holes, an awe inspiring natural phenomenon on the Coral Coast. Mid-afternoon we’ll arrive at our Carnarvon accommodation.
ACC: Carnarvon Motel
Day 17 Wednesday 6 September
After morning tea we’ll view the ancient stromatolites at Hamelin Pool and admire the millions of tiny shells that form Shell Beach. We’ll enjoy a picnic lunch here before travelling on to our overnight destination of Monkey Mia.
Day 18 Thursday 7 September
This morning meet the dolphins that have put this beautiful seaside spot on the map. Renowned as one of the best and most reliable places for dolphin interaction in the world, Monkey Mia is the only place in Australia where dolphins visit daily, not just seasonally. Researchers from across the globe come here to study these fascinating creatures.
This afternoon we make a stop at The Ross Graham Lookout which offers breathtaking views over the gorges within the Kalbarri National Park. Take a short walk from the car park down to the river’s edge for a swim and explore the glorious countryside on foot. There will also be a photo opportunity at Hutt Lagoon Pink Lake. Geraldton is our home for tonight.
ACC: Geraldton Motor Inn
Day 19 Friday 8 September
We take a colour-filled road trip today along the Indian Ocean Drive, stopping along the way to gaze in awe at the largest collection of wildflowers on Earth and one of Australia’s most unique landscapes – the limestone pillars of the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park and later gaze in wonder at the beautiful white sand dunes at Lancelin. This afternoon we book into our Perth accommodation.
ACC: Four Points by Sheraton (3 nights)
Day 20 Saturday 9 September
This morning we have a local guide on board to show us the sights of Perth and Fremantle including the W.A.C.A. Cricket Ground, the Royal Mint, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House and Barracks Arch, Fisherman’s Harbour, the Roundhouse, Monument Hill and the Fremantle Gaol. Later in the afternoon we enjoy a leisurely cruise back to Perth where our coach awaits for transfer to our hotel.
Day 21 Sunday 10 September
Perth Free Day
Today you have the opportunity to explore Perth at leisure. Perhaps take the ferry to Rottnest Island or board the Perth Hop On Hop Off Bus. Return to your hotel for a delicious group dinner.
Day 22 Monday 11 September
Meal on flight
Depart your hotel early this morning for your flight back to Brisbane where your Simes Bros Coach will be waiting to return you to the Northern Rivers.
Darwin to Perth (The Kimberly, Pilbara, Coral Coast)
- 21 August – 11 September 2017
- 22 days / 21 nights
- Luxury travel in air-conditioned coach with experienced driver and tour escort
- 19 nights quality motel accommodation; 1 night safari tent; 1 night donger
- Entry to all attractions highlighted on itinerary
- QANTAS Flight Brisbane to Darwin; QANTAS Flight Perth to Brisbane
- Return coach transfers from Northern Rivers to Brisbane Airport
- Meals as per itinerary
- National Park entry fees
- $8,465.00 per person twin share
- $1,795.00 extra per person for sole use of room
- PLEASE NOTE: ground floor rooms & walk in showers cannot be guaranteed.
- A deposit of $800 per person is required within 14 days of booking.
- Final payment due 10 July 2017.
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