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THE GRAND WEST

 

Routing: Darwin to Perth

Duration: 19 Days

Code: D05

From AUD$3,126.00 per person, based on standard double/twin share accommodation.

Includes: 18 nights’ accommodation, 19 days unlimited kilometre use of an intermediate size car, 1.5hr Yellow Water Cruise, Nit Nit Dreaming 2 Gorge Cultural cruise and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.

From AUD$3,898.00 per person, based on superior double/twin share accommodation.

Includes: 18 nights’ accommodation, 19 days unlimited kilometre use of an intermediate size car, 1.5hr Yellow Water Cruise, Nit Nit Dreaming 2 Gorge Cultural cruise and fully detailed itinerary with local and regional maps.

 

DAY 01: Darwin to Kakadu National Park (Aurora Kakadu, 211 km/Gagudju Lodge, 254km)

After collecting the vehicle this morning it is an easy journey via the Stuart and Arnhem Highways to Kakadu National Park. We suggest you take a cruise on the Adelaide River to see the jumping crocodiles and a stop at Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre and also a stop at the famous Bark Hut. Today takes you into the vast beauty of Kakadu National Park. The scenery of Kakadu is dramatic and the area has prolific wildlife and birdlife. In addition, the aboriginal rock art is amongst the finest rock art in the world.

 

DAY 02: Kakadu National Park

You have a full day at leisure to explore Kakadu. This morning take the included 1.5 hour Yellow Waters Cruise. A visit to the Bowali Visitor Centre is a must, as is the Aboriginal rock art sites of Nourlangie Rock or Ubirr Rock. The Aboriginal Cultural Centre in Warradjan, close to Yellow Waters, provides information about the Aboriginal people of the Kakadu region.

 

DAY 03: Kakadu National Park to Katherine (from Aurora Kakadu, 336 km/Gagudju Lodge, 302km)

The most direct and interesting route to travel is south to Pine Creek on the Kakadu Highway. The Katherine Gorge is located 30 kilometres from the town centre; here the river flows between towering walls of colour. Katherine Gorge is part of the Aboriginal owned and run Nitmiluk National Park.

 

DAY 04: Katherine to Timber Creek (286 km)

This morning take the included 2 hour cruise on Katherine Gorge. Travel along the Victoria Highway today to Timber Creek. On arrival in Timber Creek, explore the nearby Victoria River.

 

DAY 05: Timber Creek to Kununurra (228 km)

Continue west today into Western Australia. On the way, consider stopping at Lake Argyle. The lake is 72 kilometres from Kununurra. Cruises on the lake highlight the magnificent scenery and wildlife that make this an integral part of the Kimberley landscape. Kununurra is situated on Lake Kununurra on the Ord River. The largest diamond mine in the world, the Argyle Diamond Mine, is in this area and tours are available through the mine. Also here is the Hidden Valley National Park, full of colour, spectacular scenery and abundant wildlife.

 

DAY 06: Kununurra

Today is at leisure for you to explore the fascinating town of Kununurra and the surrounding area. Helicopter and 4WD tours operate from here into the Bungle Bungles.

 

DAY 07: Kununurra to Fitzroy Crossing (652 km)

Travel past the Bungle Bungle mountain range and onto the Turkey Creek Roadhouse. Travel on through the Kimberleys to Halls Creek. Halls Creek is the site of Western Australia’s first gold discovery in 1885. At its peak, from 1885 to 1887, over ten thousand gold diggers lived around the area. Today, the town serves as a service centre for modern day mining ventures and the local pastoral industry. Continue travelling through the vastness of the Kimberleys and head for the very small town of Fitzroy Crossing. This is the gateway to the Geike Gorge National Park, some 20 km away. Regular boat trips are available on the spectacular Gorge and this is well worth the trip.

 

DAY 08: Fitzroy Crossing to Broome (396 km)

Take some time to visit Geike Gorge today as you continue your journey west out of the Kimberleys to spectacular Broome. Home of Australia’s pearling industry and some of the most amazing beaches in the world. Watch the sun set this afternoon.

 

DAY 09: Broome

Broome, abundant in natural attractions, is renowned for its pristine beaches and bays and the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean. Broome’s world famous beach – Cable Beach -is a classic example of this beauty and boasts 22 kilometres of white sand and clear tropical waters.

 

DAY 10: Broome

Another day at leisure in Broome. Relax on the beach or explore Broome and its surroundings.

 

DAY 11: Broome to Port Hedland (612 km)

This journey is over 600 km, so an early start. Travel on the Great Northern Highway, which runs parallel to the Indian Ocean and Eighty-Mile Beach. The road runs through The Great Sandy Desert. Port Hedland is the gateway for Australia’s massive iron ore exports from the surrounding Pilbara region.

 

DAY 12: Port Hedland to Karratha (241 km)

Depart Port Hedland and travel to Karratha, via the small town of Roebourne. The town was once the administrative centre the region, but now with a population of less than 1500, has been overshadowed by other towns and industries. Karratha was established on Nickel Bay, as there was no suitable land to continue expanding at Dampier. Karratha is the commercial centre of the Pilbara.

 

DAY 13: Karratha to Coral Bay (587 km)

Travel today on the North West Coastal Highway south to Coral Bay. The turn-off for Coral Bay is just north of the Minilya Roadhouse. Coral Bay is the gateway to the fantastic coral of Ningaloo Reef and the Ningaloo Marine Park with its underwater viewing platform. This reef is rich in colour and diversity and rivals the Great Barrier Reef on the east coast for diving, snorkelling and viewing pleasure.

 

DAY 14: Coral Bay

Today enjoy a complete day at leisure to explore this magnificent coastal region and reef.

 

DAY 15: Coral Bay to Carnarvon (241 km)

From Coral Bay, continue south to Carnarvon. Rejoin the North West Coastal Highway just before the Minilya Roadhouse. Carnarvon, some 900-km north of Perth on the mouth of the Gascoyne River, is the commercial centre of the highly productive Gascoyne River.

 

DAY 16: Carnarvon to Monkey Mia (350 km)

From Carnarvon continue the journey south 198 kilometres to the Overland Roadhouse and turn right and travel into Monkey Mia on Shark Bay. At Monkey Mia, see such sights as Hamelin Pool, a marine reserve that contains the world’s best known colony of stromatolites. We suggest you also make a stop at the stunning 110 kilometre long Shell Beach. From Denham it is 27 kilometres north-east by sealed road to Monkey Mia.Visit the dolphins or just relax on the fantastic beaches. There are also boat tours which leave Monkey Mia to view the dugongs or ‘sea cows’ which graze among the seagrass beds. We recommend an afternoon sunset cruise on the Shotover catamaran.

 

DAY 17: Monkey Mia to Kalbarri (395 km)

Meet the dolphins this morning and enjoy this touch with nature. Depart Shark Bay and rejoin the Highway to travel south to Kalbarri. This afternoon we suggest a trip to Kalbarri National Park and Murchison River, with its spectacular gorges & abundant wildflowers. Kalbarri is a scenic coastal village on the estuary of the Murchison River.

 

DAY 18: Kalbarri to Geraldton (153 km)

Today head back out to the highway and once again turn south. Travel along the North West Coastal Highway to Geraldton. Geraldton is the main port and administration centre of the mid west region. Geraldton has year-round sunny climate and mild winters which makes it one of Western Australia’s most popular holiday destinations. Geraldton and the surrounding districts are noted for the beautiful wild spring flowers and the country side.

 

DAY 19: Geraldton to Perth (432 km)

Travel via Greenough to Cervantes and the Nambung National Park. From Cervantes it’s only a short drive to the Pinnacles in the Nambung National Park. From Cervantes it is 254 kilometres into Perth.

Return the vehicle tomorrow by the same time it was collected on Day 1 so as to avoid additional charges.

 

Prices are subject to availability and conditions apply. Valid until 31 March, 2015. For dates after this or if you would like to make any changes, please contact us direct for a quote.

 

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