Departs Saturday, 4th August 2017
FITNESS LEVEL: A – Moderate/Active
Don’t miss this incredible journey! Three times larger than England, the Kimberley region is spread over Australia’s entire north-western corner. Join us and explore one of Australia’s hidden treasures. View spectacular gorges, waterfalls and cave systems, pockets of lush rainforest and an astonishing variety of wildlife. Wild and wonderful, the Kimberley is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. Travel Australia’s longest shortcut – the Tanami Track. Experience astounding landscapes; take in iconic landmarks such as Tunnel Creek, Windjana & Geikie Gorge, Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater, Uluru & Kata Tjuta. Let us take you to places you never dreamt could be so amazingly real.
DAY 1 HOME – DARWIN D
Saturday, 4th August: Passengers fly from Brisbane to Darwin today. Stay Doubletree by Hilton Hotel.
DAY 2 DARWIN – KATHERINE BLD
Sunday, 5th August: Farewelling Darwin make our way to LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK. A photo stop at the amazing MAGNETIC TERMITE MOUNDS before continuing to FLORENCE FALLS. Stroll along the Shady Creek walk, spot colourful birds and enjoy the ambience. Next, a picnic lunch and a chance for a swim at the stunning Wangi Falls. Southward to Adelaide River to visit the beautiful grounds of the ADELAIDE RIVER WAR MEMORIAL. Stay Paraway Motel.
DAY 3 KATHERINE – KUNUNURRA BLD
Monday, 6th August: Travel the Victoria Highway to VICTORIA RIVER. The settlement itself is little more than a roadhouse and camping ground, but the scenery along the highway as it winds past immense escarpments split by the mighty Victoria River ranks as some of the most stunning in the Territory. Crossing the border into Western Australia, make our way to LAKE ARGYLE for our lunch break before boarding with Triple J Cruises for a fascinating commentated cruise along the beautiful ORD RIVER arriving in Kununurra to view the sunset on LAKE KUNUNURRA. Two night stay Kununurra Lakeside Resort.
DAY 4 KUNUNURRA SIGHTSEEING BD
Tuesday, 7th August: This morning, you have an opportunity to undertake an optional flight with KINGFISHER TOURS over the Bungle Bungles, see below for details. After picking up passengers from their early morning flight, meet our guide for an Ord River Farming District Tour including the Sandalwood Factory. After the tour, return to Kununurra for some free time in town to purchase your lunch and explore. After lunch journey to Wyndham, Western Australia’s most northerly town. Take a photo with the 20 metre long, three metre high saltwater crocodile and see the views from FIVE RIVERS LOOKOUT before returning to Kununurra.
FLIGHT OPTION 1:
Early Morning Bungle Bungle Explorer $375pp
6am – 8am: The flight offers an unforgettable experience for travellers young and old. Flying from Kununurra via the Ord River and Lake Argyle, the Bungle Bungle Explorer flight also includes a scenic flight past the impressive Argyle Diamond Mine.
FLIGHT OPTION 2:
Purnululu Scenic Flight & Ground Tour $790pp
9am – 4.30pm: Departing Kununurra head south over Lake Kununurra and the Upper Ord River and on to Lake Argyle, flying over some of vast cattle stations and the Osmond Ranges. Arrive at Purnululu National Park and the Bungle Bungle Ranges where we land and join a coach and walking tour to the magnificent Cathedral Gorge. Enjoy a picnic lunch and informative commentary from the resident guide.
PLEASE NOTE: FLIGHTS ARE BOOKED IN ADVANCE AND PAYMENT IS REQUIRED WITH YOUR DEPOSIT.
DAY 5 KUNUNURRA – FITZROY CROSSING BLD
Wednesday, 8th August: Farewelling Kununurra travel along the Great Northern Highway to Warmun for morning tea at the roadhouse then on to Halls Creek for lunch at the Halls Creek Motel. After lunch, continue on to Fitzroy Crossing. Stay Fitzroy River Lodge.
DAY 6 FITZROY CROSSING – BROOME BLD
Thursday, 9th August: Away early for a day exploring the unique areas of the Kimberley. Pause for morning tea at TUNNEL CREEK (don’t forget your torch to walk the tunnel). At striking WINDJANA GORGE time to discover the area’s sheer cliffs, water pools and wildlife, then take the GIBB RIVER ROAD to the famous BOAB PRISON TREE and adjacent to MYALLS BORE view the longest cattle trough in the world. Two night stay Mangrove Hotel.
PLEASE NOTE: A strong torch and a second pair of shoes suitable for wading through water are required for Tunnel Creek. Water may be thigh deep.
DAY 7 BROOME SIGHTSEEING BLD
Friday, 10th August: This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Broome including the WHARVES, and GANTHEAUME POINT then on to WILLIE CREEK PEARL FARM for an informative tour and delicious morning tea before returning to town for lunch at MATZO’S BREWERY. After a delicious lunch, discover the history of pearling in Broome; immerse yourself in a tale of hardship, adventure and intrigue on a PEARL LUGGER TOUR. At the end of the tour, you’ll be treated to a complimentary sample of Pinctada Maxima pearl-shell meat, a delicacy from the depths of the ocean. Next, an afternoon of leisure to explore the tropical town of Broome. At the end of the day join your fellow travellers and sit back, relax and enjoy a sunset drink whilst watching the spectacular sunset over CABLE BEACH followed by a scrumptious dinner.
DAY 8 BROOME – FITZROY CROSSING BLD
Saturday, 11th August: Turning eastward, travel the Great Northern Highway to Fitzroy Crossing where we pause for lunch, then cruise the exquisite GEIKIE GORGE with its unusual white banded walls. Keep an eye out for local wildlife including sawfish, stingrays and freshwater crocodiles. Stay Fitzroy River Lodge.
DAY 9 FITZROY CROSSING – HALLS CREEK BLD
Sunday, 12th August: Our first stop this morning is at MIMBI CAVES for a fascinating experience, 350 million years in the making. This amazing cave system will take your breath away with its vivid colours and beautiful limestone rock formations, while the history and Dreaming stories of the local Gooniyandi people take on a life of their own when shared deep within the heart of the caves. After a picnic lunch continue on to Halls Creek. Stay Halls Creek Motel.
DAY 10 TANAMI TRACK BLD
Monday, 13th August: A very early start this morning as we start our adventure down the TANAMI TRACK. Stop at WOLFE CREEK CRATER for a light breakfast and to walk to the rim of the almost perfect circle in the desert, 850m across and 50m deep. The Tanami is not a desert with wind blown sand, but rather it is a vast flat desert, seducingly covered with green tuffs of Buck Spinifex. What makes it a desert is the almost total lack of water. Tonight stop at the Tilmouth Wells Roadhouse for dinner before a late check-in at our motel. Stay Aurora Alice Springs.
Please note: Longer than average travel day.
DAY 11 ALICE SPRINGS – YULARA BLD
Tuesday, 14th August: A late start this morning after our long day yesterday. Heading south, stop at Erldunda Roadhouse for lunch. Leaving Erldunda make our way west along the Lasseter Highway passing MOUNT CONNOR, a 700 million year old sand and rock mesa commonly mistaken for Uluru. A short stop at Curtin Springs then on to Yulara to settle into our accommodation. Two night stay Desert Gardens Hotel.
DAY 12 ULURU & KATA TJUTA SIGHTSEEING BD
Wednesday, 15th August: A fabulous sightseeing day today as we make our way to KATA TJUTA (Olgas) where you will have time to explore before returning to the KATA TJUTA CULTURAL CENTRE for lunch (own expense). This afternoon tour the base caves of ULURU, see ancient Aboriginal rock painting and picturesque waterholes. For the adventurous there is the opportunity to climb Uluru for breathtaking views. Late afternoon stop at the SUNSET VIEWING area at Uluru to enjoy refreshments while we watch the fascinating colour changes of Uluru at sunset.
DAY 13 YULARA – ALICE SPRINGS BD
Thursday, 16th August: Today, we retrace our steps to Alice Springs. Visit the fabulous ALICE SPRINGS DESERT PARK for some free time to explore and purchase your lunch. Tonight experience the ‘SPIRIT OF THE OUTBACK’ at Earth Sanctuary’s award winning dinner & show. From spectacular sunset over the Eastern MacDonnell Ranges to an awe inspiring canopy of stars your hosts will captivate you with stories ranging from local ecology, culture and astronomy. Stay Aurora Alice Springs.
DAY 14 ALICE SPRINGS – BOULIA BLD
Friday, 17th August: Trek homeward across the seldom travelled PLENTY HIGHWAY. Experience a diversity of scenery from the protruding peaks of the Harts Range to the large station properties which dominate the highway. The scenery is dramatic and provides a perfect backdrop for any photograph, giving just another glimpse at the splendour of Australia’s wild heart. Cross back into Queensland at Tobermorey and continue east to the far flung settlement of Boulia. Stay Desert Sands Motel & Australian Hotel.
Please note: Longer than average travel day.
DAY 15 BOULIA – LONGREACH BD
Saturday, 18th August: Travel the lonely Kennedy Highway through the heart of the Channel Country and head east towards Winton. At Middleton enjoy morning tea and the outback hospitality of the MIDDLETON HOTEL. At Winton enjoy some free time to purchase lunch and explore the town centre. After lunch play a tune on the Musical Fence before making our way to Longreach for a visit to the amazing Kinnon & Co Store before settling in to our motel. Stay Longreach Motor Inn.
DAY 16 LONGREACH – ROMA BLD
Sunday, 19th August: On our travel to Roma today we pass through Isisford, Blackall – famous for the wool scourers, Tambo, the town of the Teddies and onto Roma to enjoy a farewell dinner. Stay Roma Explorers Inn.
DAY 17 ROMA – HOME B
Monday, 20th August: Homeward bound after our wonderful great western adventure. Farewell your new friends who have shared this wonderful holiday with you. All too soon we are back in familiar territory with arrival in Brisbane mid afternoon and Wide Bay early evening.
Adult: $7498 pp
Pensioner: $7464 pp
Past Passenger: $7447 pp
Single Supplement: $2256 pp
NB: Single Supplement may not be available in some isolated areas.
Please note: Prices do not include airfares.
FLY $99 DISCOUNTED AIRFARE is available for this tour. Please enquire when booking.
Final Payment Due: 20th June 2018
Bookings Close on Saturday August 4th, 2018