Departs Thursday, 19th July 2018
FITNESS LEVEL: A – Moderate/Active
If you love the outback and have a sense of adventure, the rewards of this fully accommodated tour will be extremely gratifying as we discover Australia’s very unique and remote landscapes. The best sights are showcased. Travel our gorgeous coastline to Cairns; walk the Undara Lava Tubes; travel the Gulf Savannah including a ride on the Gulflander train, a Karumba Sunset Cruise and the glorious Lawn Hill Gorge; cruise the Yellow Waters Billabong at Kakadu NP; see vivid outback landscapes, flora and fauna, awesome monoliths, ancient mountain ranges with ragged tops, deep ribbon folded canyons and a tropical Top End paradise. Explore the remarkable Kimberley region; experience the Tanami Track; be inspired by the awesome Red Centre. Travel the Plenty Highway from Alice Springs re-entering Queensland for travel home through Boulia, Longreach and Roma. For the adventurous this tour will provide huge dividends in achievement as we experience together the magnificence of a pristine wilderness on this “once in a lifetime experience.”….what a tour!
DAY 1 BRISBANE – ROCKHAMPTON LD
Thursday, 19th July: Depart Brisbane Transit Centre at 6am, travel north on the Bruce Highway. After a morning tea stop at the Heritage City of Maryborough, continue our journey north stopping for lunch at the Colosseum Creek Roadhouse. After a sightseeing tour of Rockhampton, settle into our accommodation. Stay Kortes Resort.
DAY 2 ROCKHAMPTON – BOWEN BD
Friday, 20th July: Continue our journey northward to Bowen, which boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the tropical north. Stop at the SARINA MINI SUGAR MILL for a tour and tasting, before heading to Mackay for some free time to purchase your lunch. Continue on to Bowen for our overnight stay. Stay Port Denison Motor Inn.
DAY 3 BOWEN – CAIRNS BD
Saturday, 21st July: Arrive in Townsville in time for morning tea before continuing on to Cardwell for lunch (own expense). After lunch, enjoy a visit to PARONELLA PARK for a guided walk through exotic rainforest plants and majestic trees of the forest. The park has a series of winding paths and bridges that lead to the castle ruins. All too soon it’s time to continue on to Cairns. Two night stay Ibis Styles Cairns.
DAY 4 KURANDA SIGHTSEEING BD
Sunday, 22nd July: This morning, board the famous KURANDA SCENIC RAIL. Arriving at beautiful Kuranda Village there’s time to explore the delights of this quaint village and purchase lunch before boarding the SKYRAIL. Alight at Skyrail’s two rainforest mid-stations, RED PEAK and BARRON FALLS, where you’ll explore this amazing environment from the forest floor on boardwalks, scenic look-outs and in the state-of-the-art RAINFOREST INTERPRETATION CENTRE. Meet our coach at the Smithfield Terminal for transfer to the motel.
DAY 5 CAIRNS – MT SURPRISE BLD
Monday, 23rd July: A delightful day ahead of us today as we make our way through the ATHERTON TABLELANDS. Enjoy morning tea at the Teahouse and a cruise on LAKE BARRINE which is set amongst one of the most beautiful rainforests on earth. Next, visit the heritage listed CURTAIN FIG TREE before making our way to Ravenshoe for lunch. Continuing our journey, stop at MILLSTREAM FALLS, reputedly the widest single-drop falls in Australia. On arrival in Mt Surprise be met by our guide for a town tour before settling in to our accommodation. Stay Bedrock Village.
DAY 6 UNDARA LAVA TUBES BLD
Tuesday, 24th July: This morning, take part in a tour of the visually spectacular UNDARA LAVA TUBES – the world’s largest and longest lava tubes. Our tour wll be followed by lunch and a visit to the MT SURPRISE GEM DEN for a gem cutting demonstration and talk plus the opportunity to sieve through a bucket of ‘wash’ fossicking for Topaz. Continue our journey to Georgetown and drop in for a visit at the TERRESTRIAL CENTRE, which houses the TED ELLIOTT MINERAL COLLECTION with its over 4,500 specimens. Two night stay Latara Motel.
DAY 7 COBBOLD GORGE BLD
Wednesday, 25th July: Deep in the heart of the Gulf Savannah region we find a hidden oasis – COBBOLD GORGE. An unforgettable highlight will be the cruise in a custom-made electric powered boat and gliding through the spectacularly sculpted gorge in eerie silence. Enjoy lunch and some free time before returning to Georgetown.
DAY 8 GEORGETOWN – NORMANTON BLD
Thursday, 26th July: Travel the Savannah Highway to Croydon where we visit the TRUE BLUE VISITORS CENTRE. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Blackbull before arriving in Normanton for a sightseeing tour and early check-in. This afternoon, make our way to Karumba for a SUNSET CRUISE followed by a delicous dinner at the Sunset Tavern before returning to our motel. Stay Gulfland Motel.
DAY 9 NORMANTON – ADELS GROVE BLD
Friday, 27th July: Board the legendary GULFLANDER TRAIN for an historic train ride to CRITTERS CAMP. Travel the Burke Developmental Road to Burke and Wills Roadhouse for morning tea then on to ADELS GROVE on the edge of Lawn Hill Gorge NP. Adels Grove includes tented accommodation that is permanently erected at the site. The next two nights accommodation is basic but the opportunity to stay in the heart of the Riversleigh area is an adventure not to be missed! Enjoy a delicious home cooked dinner. Two night stay Adels Grove.
Please note: Tents are not ensuited. Amenities and dining room are a short walk from the tents over uneven terrain. A torch is recommended.
DAY 10 LAWN HILL NP BLD
Saturday, 28th July: A day to relax in the clear waterways of LAWN HILL GORGE with plenty of opportunity for canoeing (own expense) and bush walking to view the gorge sandstone formations. Lawn Hill is an oasis in this gulf wilderness, a haven for bird life. It will leave you captivated by its beauty and tranquillity. The park is a pristine area of magnificent scenery, precipitous cliffs, crystal clear waters and lush vegetation.
DAY 11 ADELS GROVE – TENNANT CREEK BLD
Sunday, 29th July: After a visit to the World Heritage listed RIVERSLEIGH FOSSIL FIELDS, it is time for adventure as we ‘strike out’ across vast isolated Spinifex plains to Camooweal where we pause for a picnic lunch. Proceed along the Barkly Highway with an afternoon break at the Barkly Roadhouse then on to Tennant Creek. Stay Bluestone Motor Inn.
DAY 12 TENNANT CREEK – MATARANKA BLD
Monday, 30th July: Trek further along the Stuart Highway through the scattered towns of Renner Springs and Elliott for lunch at the historic DALY WATERS HOTEL. Visit the Elsey Homestead replica of ‘We of the Never Never’ fame and swim in the famous Mataranka Thermal Pools. Stay Territory Manor Motel.
DAY 13 MATARANKA – KAKADU NP BD
Tuesday, 31st July: Northward bound to Katherine for a cruise through the towering cliffs of KATHERINE GORGE. Learn about the region’s rich flora and fauna and the significance of the gorge’s Aboriginal art. After lunch at Nitmuluk Visitors Centre (own expense) continue on to KAKADU NATIONAL PARK. Two night stay Gagudju Lodge, Cooinda.
DAY 14 KAKADU NP SIGHTSEEING BLD
Wednesday, 1st August: This morning inspect magnificent NOURLANGIE ROCK to view ancient Aboriginal rock art then, on to the Aboriginal rock art sight at UBIRR which also offers spectacular escarpment views. It is said that a scenic flight over Kakadu is without equal and will forever change your perception of this timeless land. With this in mind, free time this morning for optional ½hr flight over Kakadu National Park followed by lunch at the Jabiru Golf Club. Next, the BOWALI VISITOR CENTRE which gives you the opportunity to gain an insight into the natural habitats, landscapes and wildlife of Kakadu. Finish the day with a visit to the WARRADJAN CULTURAL CENTRE. Late afternoon it’s ‘all aboard’ for a sensational sunset cruise on YELLOW WATERS BILLABONG.
DAY 15 KAKADU – DARWIN BLD
Thursday, 2nd August: Departing Kakadu journey along the Arnhem Highway to the Adelaide River for an amazing ‘JUMPING CROCODILE’ CRUISE. After lunch visit the WINDOWS ON THE WETLANDS CENTRE before continuing on to Darwin. Tonight, relax and enjoy a magnificent Darwin sunset, a delicious Chef prepared steak and wild caught seafood banquet while cruising Darwin Harbour. Two night stay Doubletree by Hilton Hotel.
DAY 16 DARWIN SIGHTSEEING BD
Friday, 3rd August: Be prepared for a great day of sightseeing as we explore Darwin. Our first stop is the TERRITORY WILDLIFE PARK. Observe the Top End’s wildlife in their natural habitats, standing nose-to-nose with a saltwater crocodile, and glimpsing elusive nocturnal creatures. Next, the AUSTRALIAN AVIATION HERITAGE CENTRE. If you like aircraft and you like ‘em big, you’re going to love this place! For a little art and culture, we visit the MUSEUM & ART GALLERY OF NT, followed by the DEFENCE OF DARWIN EXPERIENCE where you can uncover the story of Darwin’s role in World War II through iconic objects from the Bombing of Darwin, firsthand accounts and multimedia presentations. Return to our motel for a well earned rest.
DAY 17 DARWIN FREE DAY BD
Saturday, 4th August: A free day in Darwin for passengers. A farewell breakfast for passengers leaving us to return home today. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner with passengers who have flown in to join our tour. Stay Doubletree by Hilton Hotel.
DAY 18 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 19 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 20 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 21 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 22 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 23 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 24 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 25 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 26 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 27 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 28 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 29 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 30 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 31 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 32 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 33 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: $13997 pp
Pensioner: $13931 pp
Past Passenger: $13898 pp
Single Supplement: $4067 pp
NB: Single Supplement may not be available in some isolated areas.
Bookings Close on Thursday July 19th, 2018