21 Day Untamed Kimberley & West Coast

AAT Kings Guided Tour starting in Darwin and finishing in Perth

Read 2 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings's 21 Day Untamed Kimberley & West Coast. The contrasting landscapes of the rugged Kimberley, from its spectacular coastline to its rich mineral fields, will amaze and delight you on this extensive northerly expedition....read more
Overview
Operator: AAT Kings
Type: Guided Tour (Premium)
Style: First Choice
Max Group Size: 49
Duration: 21 Days
From: Darwin to Perth
Tour Code: WDBP
Visits: Australia
Our Price From:
$ 9,495
Per Person ($AU)
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1
Welcome to Darwin
After a sightseeing tour of the city, join your Travel Director for a Welcome Reception and dinner at a Darwin waterfront restaurant. (D) Stay: Mantra on the Esplanade
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Darwin – Katherine
Travel south this morning along the Stuart Highway, stopping at the poignant Adelaide River War Cemetery. In beautiful Nitmiluk National Park, take a cruise along the spectacular Katherine Gorge. (B/D) Stay: Paraway Motel
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Katherine – Kununurra
Watch the landscape transform today as you journey past vast pastoral leases and Aboriginal homelands into Western Australia. Pause at the historic Durack Homestead Museum and Lake Argyle. Later, cruise the Ord River with its abundance of wildlife and experience a magical sunset. (B/D) Stay: Kununurra Country Club Resort, 2 nights
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Kununurra
Today you may choose an optional experience early-morning flight over the Bungle Bungle Range or a full-day 4WD tour of the Bungle Bungles. Otherwise, you’ll tour Kununurra with your Travel Director. Later, explore Mirima National Park, home to an array of wildlife and a site of cultural significance to the local Miriwoong people. Dine this evening at a privately-hosted Be My Guest experience in the heart of Kununurra’s sandalwood plantations. (B/D)
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Kununurra – Emma Gorge
Tour an Ord River rum distillery this morning before travelling on to the wildlife-rich Parry Lagoons (weather permitting). Continue to the Gibb River Road to your safari-style tented cabins in the El Questro Wilderness Park. (B/D) Stay: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities, 2 nights
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El Questro
This morning, cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, a tropical waterhole fringed by soaring escarpments. Relax at your resort this afternoon, or join your Travel Director for a challenging hike to Emma Gorge and perhaps take a dip in its crystal-clear waterhole. (B/D)
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Emma Gorge – Halls Creek
Tour the Argyle Diamond Mine with a local Indigenous guide, then continue south to the historic town of Halls Creek on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert. (B/L/D) Stay: Kimberley Hotel
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Halls Creek – Fitzroy Crossing
Travel to remote Fitzroy Crossing today, stopping en route at a local art gallery with an opportunity to meet Indigenous artists. This afternoon, cruise through magnificent Geikie Gorge. (B/L/D) Stay: Fitzroy River Lodge
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Fitzroy Crossing – Broome
Settle in this morning for a comfortable drive to the resort town of Broome. Enjoy a city tour before relaxing with a drink while the sun sets over the Indian Ocean. (B) Stay: Cable Beach Club Resort, 2 nights
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Broome Free Time
Today is yours to explore this tropical hideaway. Enjoy a stroll and the sunset over pristine Cable Beach or wander through Chinatown and shop for pearls. (B)
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Broome – Port Hedland
The Pilbara region, known for its vast mineral deposits, awaits you on the next leg of your journey. Skirt the edge of the Great Sandy Desert on your way to the deep-water harbour of Port Hedland. (B/D)
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Port Hedland – Karijini
Today explore Karijini National Park, whose spectacular gorges and waterfalls provide a stark contrast to the iron-rich red earth of the Pilbara. Pause at majestic Fortescue Falls. (B/D) Stay: Karijini Eco Retreat
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Karijini – Karratha
You’ll have time to further explore Karijini before travelling to Tom Price for a tour of Rio Tinto’s massive open-cut iron-ore mine. (B/D) Stay: ibis Styles Karratha
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Karratha – Exmouth
Today’s journey takes you to remote Exmouth, in the Cape Range National Park. The nearby lighthouse at Vlaming Head affords stunning views over Lighthouse Bay. After a short tour of the township, settle in to your accommodation just metres from the blue waters of beautiful Exmouth Gulf. (B/D) Stay: Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, 2 nights
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Exmouth Free Time
Explore Exmouth at your leisure today. Perhaps take an optional experience and swim with huge Whale Sharks in the pristine waters of the Ningaloo Marine Park (June-July). (B/D)
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Exmouth – Carnarvon
Cruise the turquoise waters of World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef at Coral Bay in a glass-bottomed boat. Then journey south to Carnarvon, where you’ll visit the town’s interactive Space and Technology Museum. (B/D) Stay: Best Western Hospitality Inn Carnarvon
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Carnarvon – Monkey Mia
Travel to Hamelin Pool to see a unique colony of ancient stromatolites, and Shell Beach, formed from billions of tiny white shells. Continue to the pristine blue waters of Monkey Mia. (B/D) Stay: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, 2 nights
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Monkey Mia
Watch as the famed Monkey Mia dolphins swim into shore to be fed. (Note: As the dolphins are wild creatures, their appearance cannot be guaranteed.) Later today, your Included Choice sightseeing experience offers an evening Indigenous experience or a relaxing bay cruise. (B)
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Monkey Mia – Geraldton
Venture into rugged Kalbarri National Park today to the magnificent Murchison River Gorge. During wildflower season, the Park is alive with blooms. Later, explore seaside Geraldton and visit the HMAS Sydney Memorial. (B) Stay: Mantra Geraldton
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Geraldton – Perth
Visit the mystical Pinnacles, then continue to Yanchep National Park for a fascinating Aboriginal cultural experience. In Perth, join your Travel Director for a Farewell Dinner. (B/D) Stay: Crowne Plaza, Perth
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Farewell from Perth
Say goodbye to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. (B)
AAT Kings Inclusions
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Journey Highlights
  • See the Katherine Outback Experience show
  • Cruise on Katherine Gorge
  • Visit fascinating Argyle Downs Homestead
  • Take a thrilling ride on the Ord River
  • Dinner at Kununurra Sandalwood Factory
  • Explore Hidden Valley (Mirima) National Park
  • Visit WA’s only rum distillery
  • Relax on Chamberlain Gorge Cruise
  • Take a hike to Emma Gorge
  • Tour Argyle Diamond Mine and an iron ore mine
  • Visit a gallery and view Indigenous artwork
  • Cruise on Geikie Gorge
  • Cruise on stunning Coral Bay
  • Get up close to the dolphins at Monkey Mia
  • See WA’s wildflowers at Kalbarri (seasonal)
  • Explore the mystical Pinnacles
  • Indigenous culture at Yanchep National Park
  • Included Choice Experiences in Monkey Mia
Trip Inclusions
  • 'First Choice' Inclusions & Accommodation
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
Included Meals
  • 20 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 1 Be My Guest dinner
  • 15 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Farewell Dinner
What To Bring
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Swimwear and beach towel (if swimming)
Arrival & Departure
  • Day 1 – flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Darwin Airport
  • Day 21 – flights to depart anytime from Perth Airport
Activity Level
  • Moderate level of fitness required for most walks
  • Walking on uneven surfaces is required to complete the walks, though there are alternate options available
  • A good level of fitness is required to complete the Emma Gorge Walk
Trip Notes
  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.
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Accommodation: 3.5-4.5 Star
Average Age: 55-60+ years
Types: Coach Tours & Short Breaks
Max Group Size(s): 49 & 20
Budget: Premium & Low Cost
Destinations: Australia, New Zealand
Reviews (2)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Untamed Kimberley & West Coast with AAT Kings.
NSW, Australia
Aug 2018
2 Helpful Votes
1 Trip
“21 days Untamed Kimberley and West Coast.”
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We have just returned from a 21 day tour of the Kimberley and West Coast with AAT Kings. We were very fortunate to have Liz as our Tour Director. Liz was always enthusiastic, had a wealth of knowledge and a great sense of humour. Likewise Darren, the coach driver, was courteous and a safe driver who negotiated some challenging roads and conditions. If you choose to travel with AAT Kings and encounter Liz and Darren on your tour you will have an amazing holiday!

Our tour started in Darwin and 49 of us travelled through to Broome where 32 left and another 12 people joined for the journey to Perth. Although initially a large group, we had a great mix of ages and personalities which made for enjoyable company, despite the size of the group.

Living on the East Coast of Australia one can never truly imagine how different the West Coast of Australia can be. The rugged and contrasting landscapes were amazing and despite some days travelling vast distances we were always rewarded with unique experiences and sights. From the various gorges we visited with their steep cliffs and unusual rock formations to cruising the Ord River with all of its amazing wildlife with a stunning sunset at the end, was magical. During our time in the Kimberley we also visited some local indigenous art galleries and had a local indigenous guide, Ted Hall from the Argyle Diamond Mine gave a very informative talk on the operations of the mine and his people.

Accommodation on this tour was varied and at times challenging. Not being campers, we really didn’t know what to expect at Emma Gorge, El Questro. However, our safari-style tented cabins were a truly unique ‘glamping experience’ as was the quality of the food on offer. By contrast camping in Karijini National Park was certainly a very different experience and a word of warning - rug up, bring your thermals – it was very, very cold at night.

Other highlights of our tour were Broome where we were fortunate to witness ‘the staircase to the moon’ phenomenon and a late afternoon camel ride along Cable Beach – highly recommended! The Pilbara region was also very different - lots of red dust which covered everything, even us! Further down the coast we experienced wild dolphins at Monkey Mia, the incredible Ningaloo Reef, wildflowers in abundance, the amazing stromatolites at Hamelin Pool and The Pinnacles – how do those rock formations ‘grow’ out of the sand? Our journey soon came to an end in Perth but we were certainly left with many memorable experiences.

Our thanks also to Madeline at Global Journeys, who was always very efficient in relaying information to us regarding our tour and ensuring all documentation was correct. Some of our fellow travellers had also booked through Global Journeys and were full of praise for their organisation and efficiency.
NSW, Australia
Aug 2018
1 Helpful Vote
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“Amazing scenery, great tour, great group, good fun”
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Whilst I have done several coach tours in Europe, this was the first I've taken in Australia and I really enjoyed it. It's a long haul journey which can be made or ruined by the tour director. In our case, Liz did a fantastic job of juggling the wants and needs of a full coach load in some of the remotest parts of Australia, even providing a few surprise stops along the way. Darren, our driver, mechanic, cleaner, did a great job of getting us where we needed to be safely. The flat tyre was a highlight for us, not so much for Darren!

Other highlights of the tour included all the gorges and some of the amazing views along the west coast. All different and all beautiful, but my favourite on-water experience in the Kimberley, was the Ord River cruise to Kununurra. The Outback experience at Katherine was a lot of fun, as was the visit to the rum distillery. The Bungle Bungles were stunning (I did the optional excursion of the full day 4WD tour) and the half-day tour to the Horizontal Falls from Broome was brilliant (also an optional but well worth it). We were also fortunate enough to see the huge carpets of wildflowers along the west coast, not something every tour gets to see.

Accommodation was good everywhere, particularly when you take into consideration the isolation of some of these townships. I really enjoyed the tented accommodation at El Questro and the resort in Broome. We were well catered for with food along the way, with the exception of our last night at the Crowne Plaza in Perth. Their restaurant definitely does not live up to the hype. All in all, this is one of my favourite tours, I'm just sorry that I didn't add a short trip to Kakadu to the beginning.
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