21 Day Untamed Kimberley & West Coast

AAT Kings Tour starting in Darwin and finishing in Perth

Read 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: Tour (Premium)
Style: First Choice
Max Group Size: 49
Duration: 21 Days
From: Darwin to Perth
Tour Code: WDBP
Visits: Australia
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1
Welcome to Darwin
On arrival at Darwin Airport you'll be transferred by private car to your hotel. This afternoon enjoy a tour of this tropical city. Enjoy a welcome reception and dinner this evening with your Travel Director. Stay: Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin (D)
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Darwin – Katherine
Travel south along the Stuart Highway stopping at Adelaide River War Cemetery along the way. This afternoon take a relaxing cruise on Katherine Gorge where you'll really feel the spirituality of the land and learn about the history and culture of the Jawoyn people. Later on meet Tom Curtain and experience his spectacular Outback show, an experience you'll never forget. Stay: Paraway Motel, Katherine (B/D)
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Katherine – Kununurra
Watch the landscape transform as you journey into Western Australia. Visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum. The homestead was originally built in 1895 by the famous pioneering Durack family on Argyle Downs Station. Later, cruise along the Ord River from Lake Argyle to Kununurra. Experience a magical sunset on the water before you arrive in Kununurra. Stay: Kununurra Country Club Resort, Kununurra (2 nights) (B/D)
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Kununurra
On your tour of the town today, visit Mirima National Park, which is home to a big variety of wildlife including many species of birds. Afterwards you'll have time to view the town from Kelly's Knob Lookout before a free afternoon. This evening, join your fellow travellers at a privately hosted Be My Guest dinner at the Kununurra Sandalwood Factory in the heartland of Kununurra's Sandalwood plantations. Enjoy a presentation by a local Sandalwood expert and learn about this fascinating industry while you dine on fresh locally grown produce from the Ord Valley, Australia's next 'food bowl'. (B)
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Kununurra – Emma Gorge
First up visit Hoochery Distillery, makers of Ord River Rum, the only rum made in Western Australia. Travel to Parry Lagoons Nature Reserve (weather permitting) to see the birdlife of this region. You'll see egrets, herons, ibises, magpie geese and maybe even a few jabirus and lurking crocodiles. Continue to the Gibb River Road and travel to El Questro Wilderness Park for your stay at Emma Gorge Resort. Staying in safari style tented cabins, you really feel like you're immersed in nature. Stay: Emma Gorge Resort, Tented Cabin with private facilities, El Questro (2 nights) (B/D)
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El Questro Wilderness Park
Travel across the Pentecost River to the hub of El Questro Wilderness Park for a cruise on Chamberlain Gorge, a fresh waterhole fringed by tropical vegetation and 60 metre tall escarpments. This evening after dinner, sit back with a drink and enjoy local entertainment. (B/D)
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Emma Gorge – Halls Creek
Today visit the Argyle Diamond Mine, the world's largest supplier of natural coloured diamonds. An Indigenous guide will join you for a behind the scenes look at the diamond mining process and cultural significance of the mine site. Continue south to Halls Creek, a town rich in Aboriginal and European history and culture. Stay: Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek (B/L/D)
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Halls Creek – Fitzroy Crossing
Travel through the Kimberley to the remote township of Fitzroy Crossing. Stop at the Yiyili Indigenous community. The majority of the residents are Cox family members. You'll get the chance to meet some of the family at Laari Gallery, an art gallery located at the community. This afternoon cruise with a local guide through Geikie Gorge, which was formed by the waters of the Fitzroy River tunnelling through the Napier Range. Watch for freshwater crocodiles, fruit bats and wallabies as the 30 metre high walls of the gorge tower above you. Stay: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing (B/L/D)
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Fitzroy Crossing – Broome
Travel to the tropical resort town of Broome on the Indian Ocean. On arrival, enjoy a Broome city sights tour with your Travel Director, before sitting back and relaxing with a drink to watch the spectacular sunset over the ocean. Stay: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome (2 nights) (B)
10
Broome 'Free Time'
You have a full day to explore this tropical hideaway. At some stage you may like to take a leisurely stroll along the 22 kilometres of pristine sand and swim in the turquoise water that is Cable Beach. Wander through Chinatown or shop for pearls. Tonight, join your fellow travellers for dinner overlooking Cable Beach. (B/D)
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Broome – Port Hedland
Today head south to Western Australia's famous Pilbara region. Skirting the edge of the Great Sandy Desert, cross vast pastoral leases and Aboriginal homelands through Pardoo to Port Hedland. Port Hedland is a hub for major resource activity and is a powerhouse of the Australian economy. Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel. Stay: The Esplanade Hotel Port Hedland (B/D)
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Port Hedland – Karijini
Journey into the depths of the Pilbara to Karijini National Park. You'll explore Fortescue Falls at Dales Gorge and take a walk to one of the park's plunge pools. Stay tonight in safari-style eco tents. You can sit on your private deck with a good book and relax watching the sun set and fall asleep to the calming sounds of nature. Stay: Karijini Eco Retreat (B/D)
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Karijini – Karratha
This morning travel to Tom Price for a guided tour of Rio Tinto's Open Cut Iron Ore Mine site. You will be amazed by the massive pit and see the huge machinery and trucks in action as you're lead to the heart of the operation. In the afternoon you journey back to the spectacular waters of the West Coast to Karratha, another town supported by the mining industry. Stay: Best Western Karratha (B/L/D)
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Karratha – Exmouth
Today travel to North West Cape and Exmouth. When you arrive on the coast you'll visit Vlaming Head Lighthouse for stunning views over Lighthouse Bay and enjoy a tour of the township with your Travel Director. Tonight stay just metres from the water, overlooking Exmouth Gulf. Stay: Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, Exmouth (2 nights) (B/D)
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Exmouth 'Free Time'
Today is yours to do as you choose. Why not marvel at the size, grace and beauty of the Whale Shark as you swim alongside them in the pristine waters of the Ningaloo Marine Park. Alternatively, you could take a stroll along the beach or relax by the hotel pool overlooking the water. (B/D)
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Exmouth – Carnarvon
Today, on a glass bottom boat, cruise over World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef at Coral Bay to see coral formations found in the lagoon gardens of the inner reef. It's a fantastic experience! We then make the journey south to Carnarvon. On arrival you'll visit the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum with plenty of time to explore. Stay: Best Western Hospitality Inn Carnarvon (B)
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Carnarvon – Monkey Mia
Travel to Hamelin Pool to see the world's best known colony of Stromatolites. Dating back to the beginning of life on earth, while they may not appear alive, these living structures have helped scientists unravel the history of life on earth! Later visit fascinating Shell Beach, one of only two in the world, formed from billions of coquina bivalve shells up to ten metres deep. Continue to the crystal blue waters and the pristine white shell and sandy beaches of Monkey Mia where you'll stay for the next two nights. Stay: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort (2 nights) (B/D)
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Monkey Mia
Every morning, Monkey Mia's wild dolphins swim to shore to be fed and mingle with the people. After a leisurely breakfast overlooking the calm waters of the bay, watch the famous dolphins swim into shore (Note: As dolphins are wild their appearance cannot be guaranteed.) Today, choose from two Included Choice sightseeing experiences. You may like to join a Daytime Dreaming bush walking tour or unwind and watch the world go by on a sunset cruise. (B)
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Monkey Mia – Geraldton
Venture into Kalbarri National Park and visit Red Bluff Lookout to view the spectacular scenery of Murchison River Gorge from the vantage point of Hawks Head Lookout and keep an eye out for graceful Peregrine Falcons hunting along the gorges and cliffs. During wildflower season, the National Park is abloom with many a variety of wildflower. You'll spot Acacia, Banksia, Caladenia and more! On arrival in Geraldton you'll visit the evocative HMAS Sydney Memorial and have the chance to discover the seaside township. Stay: Mantra Geraldton (B)
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Geraldton – Perth
Visit Nambung National Park, home of the marvellous Pinnacles, a series of intriguing limestone formations. Afterwards stop at the seaside hamlet of Lancelin at lunchtime. This afternoon visit Yanchep National Park where you'll enjoy a fantastic Aboriginal cultural experience in a bush setting. Meet your Aboriginal guide who'll share with you their way of life and will treat you to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo. It's a hands-on experience where you'll have the chance to touch and feel traditional Aboriginal tools and it will have you rolling around with laughter. Continue to Perth and join your fellow travellers for a few laughs over a farewell dinner. Stay: Crowne Plaza, Perth (B/D)
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Farewell from Perth
This morning say goodbye to your fellow travellers after breakfast when your holiday comes to an end. (B)
AAT Kings Inclusions
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Journey Highlights
  • Get up close to the dolphins at Monkey Mia
  • Indulge in food and wine on Darwin's waterfront
  • Visit fascinating Argyle Downs Homestead
  • Take a thrill ride on the Ord River
  • Explore Hidden Valley (Mirima) National Park
  • Experience the Ord Valley's gourmet produce
  • Visit WA's only rum distillery
  • Relax on Chamberlain Gorge
  • Take a hike to Emma Gorge
  • Tour Argyle Diamond Mine
  • Visit Yiyili Aboriginal Community and art gallery
  • Float down Geikie Gorge
  • Visit Karijini's waterholes
  • Tour an Iron Ore mine
  • Cruise on stunning Coral Bay
  • Discover WA's famous wildflowers at Kalbarri (seasonal)
  • Explore the mystical Pinnacles
  • Delve into indigenous culture at Yanchep National Park
  • Walk along Shell Beach
First Choice Inclusions
  • First Choice Inclusions & Accommodation
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Quality accommodation
  • Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats and panoramic windows
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)
Included Meals
  • Full buffet breakfasts (20)
  • Lunches (3)
  • Be My Guest dinner (1)
  • Dinners with wine (15)
  • Farewell dinner (1)
Arrival & Departure
  • Day 1: Flights to arrive prior to 1.30pm into Darwin Airport
  • Day 21: Flights to depart anytime from Perth Airport
Trip Notes
  • Due to seasonal conditions, this itinerary may change without notice.
  • Disruptions to itinerary may occur.

 

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Destinations: Australia, New Zealand
Reviews (1)
Trip reviews from past clients of Global Journeys who have travelled on Untamed Kimberley & West Coast with AAT Kings.
NSW, Australia
Aug 2018
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.
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