Tour Code: GOWFCS23

APT 23 Day Western Frontier with Coastal Cruise

On a once-in-a-lifetime ultimate adventure, see the incredible diversity of the western coastline of Australia from Perth all the way to Darwin. Travel by luxury coach from Perth to Broome then join your luxury ocean ship and cruise to Darwin


Fitness Level (1-4):

Tour Fitness level 2 out of 4

Tour Highlights:

  • Journey to historic Wooleen Station
  • View stromatolites at Hamelin Pool
  • Explore Cape Range National Park
  • See the wild dolphins at Monkey Mia
  • Take a stroll down Eighty Mile Beach
  • Visit the beautiful Lacepede Islands

Tour Points

Bus Type: 4WD
Group Size: 24
Bring: Camera, hat, water bottle, walking shoes, swimwear
Inclusions: Transfers to and from airport, Comfortable touring in 4WD vehicles

Meals:

Breakfasts:22
Lunches:20
Dinners:22

Special Inclusions:

Cruise Included in Tour

Tour Information

Day 1. Perth
Be met and transferred to your stylish hotel. Enjoy a Welcome Dinner this evening.
Stay: Hyatt Regency Perth
Daily Meals Included: • Dinner
Day 2. Perth, The Pinnacles, Kalbarri National Park
Travel to Nambung National Park to see the spectacular limestone Pinnacles. Afterwards, discover the beauty of Kalbarri National Park.
Stay: Kalbarri Edge Resort
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Dinner
Day 3. Wooleen Station
Travel along the beautiful ‘Wildflower Way’ to Wooleen Station. Home to the largest variety of wildflowers in the world, witness a blanket of pink, white and yellow Everlasting Daisies from July to October.
Stay: Wooleen Station, shared facilities
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Day 4. Shark Bay, Shell Beach, Monkey Mia
Journey along to World Heritage-listed Shark Bay and Shell Beach. Arrive at beautiful Monkey Mia.
Stay: Two Nights: Shark Bay, Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Day 5. Monkey Mia, Freedom of Choice
This morning, get up close to the playful wild dolphins of Monkey Mia, then visit the Francois Peron National Park. This afternoon, choose your activity: enjoy a Wulu Guda Nyinda tour; or board the ‘Shotover’ catamaran; or visit the Blue Lagoon Pearl Farm.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Day 6. Hamelin Pool, Carnavon
Visit Hamelin Pool to see the stromatolites, then continue to the coastal town of Carnarvon.
Stay: Carnarvon, Best Western Hospitality Inn
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Day 7. Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, Exmouth
Travel to Ningaloo Reef Marine Park, and join a cruise aboard a glass bottom boat at Coral Bay. Later, continue to Exmouth.
Stay: Two Nights: Exmouth, Novotel Ningaloo Resort
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Day 8. Cape Range National Park
Explore beautiful Cape Range National Park, a spectacular place of rugged limestone ranges, breathtaking canyons and pristine beaches. Cruise along Yardie Creek through Yardie Gorge, admiring the plethora of wildlife, the deep waters and the dramatic red limestone cliff faces.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Day 9. Exmouth, Karijini National Park
Today, depart Exmouth and travel to the beautiful Karijini National Park.
Stay: Two Nights: Karijini Eco Retreat, in tented safari cabins
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Day 10. Tom Price, Karijini National Park
This morning, tour a mine in Tom Price. Then, explore Karijini National Park where spectacular gorges, crystal-clear waterfalls and leafy verdure offer a luscious setting that contrasts stunningly with the arid red landscapes of the Pilbara.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Day 11. Hamersley Gorge, Millstream-Chichester National Park, Port Hedland
Admire the ever-changing light and spectacular reflections at Hamersley Gorge. Later, visit the lush oasis of Millstream-Chichester National Park and wander around the historic homestead. Follow the Great Northern Highway to the dusty red plains of Port Hedland, a coastal mining town in the Pilbara region.
Stay: Port Hedland, The Esplanade Hotel
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Day 12. Eighty Mile Beach, Broome
Enjoy a stroll along Eighty Mile Beach, a spectacular 220 kilometre-long coastline where the Great Sandy Desert meets the Indian Ocean. Continue to Broome and arrive at the iconic Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa, where you will enjoy dinner at the Sunset Bar and Grill overlooking Cable Beach.
Stay: Broome, Cable Beach Club Resort and Spa
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Day 13. Broome, Board Ship
Transfer to your expedition ship and enjoy the Captain’s Welcome Cocktails later this evening.
Stay: Ten Nights: Oceanic Discoverer
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Dinner
Day 14. Lacepede Islands
Cruise through beautiful Pender Bay to the secluded Lacepede Islands, home to an abundance of marine birdlife and the site of one of the most significant Green Turtle breeding grounds in Australia. With a spectacular platform reef, you can experience the thrill of nature first hand. Head back to the ship for a presentation into the intriguing and exhilarating Kimberley coast before enjoying a tantalising dinner on board later in the evening.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Day 15. Buccaneer Archipelago, Talbot Bay, Horizontal Falls
Enjoy the idyllic white sands of Silica Beach before heading out through the Buccaneer Archipelago towards stunning Talbot Bay. Experience the dramatic Horizontal Falls aboard an exhilarating Zodiac ride, described by Sir David Attenborough as ‘one of the greatest natural wonders of the world'. A real highlight of your journey, witness the intense 12-metre tidal currents rushing through two narrow coastal gorges.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Day 16. Ruby Falls, Raft Point
Cool off with a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of the soothing and secluded Ruby Falls of Red Cone Creek. Back on board, you will travel through the stunning Kuri Bay to Raft Point. Located at the southern entrance to Doubtful Bay, Raft Point is one of the most spectacular anchorages in the Kimberley. Board the Xplorer excursion vessel to discover the region’s mysterious Wandjina rock art and the intriguing Bradshaw Gwion Gwion paintings.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Day 17. Doubtful Bay, Montgomery Reef
At the dramatic Doubtful Bay, cliffs rise from the sea as waterfalls cascade from above to plunge into the ocean. At Montgomery Reef, watch in wonder as the reef is revealed with the falling tide. View the abundant marine life of this spectacular natural phenomenon, including giant clams, turtles, rays and sea snakes.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Day 18. Prince Regent River, King Cascades
Board the Xplorer and get close to the terraced King Cascades. Cruise up Prince Regent River to Camp Creek, where you will enjoy refreshments. Indulge in a swim amidst the freshwater pools before heading back to the ship for another exquisite dinner.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Day 19. Careening Bay, Bigge Island
Travel to Careening Bay and visit the iconic double-trunked boab tree bearing the engraving ‘HMC Mermaid – 1820’. Carved by one of the crew, the inscription commemorates the site where the ship was grounded and repaired. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, explore the stunning rock formations and ancient Aboriginal art of Bigge Island. Their insightful commentary about the area’s natural features will connect you with the land, bringing this spellbinding part of Australia to life.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Day 20. Hathaway’s Hideaway, Mitchell Falls, Beach Barbecue
Anchor in Winyalken Bay and head to the mysterious natural winding maze of Hathaway’s Hideaway. Later, take an optional and remarkable helicopter flight over the breathtaking Mitchell Falls - own expense. Later this evening, indulge in a gourmet barbecue on the beach as you admire the breathtaking vistas.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Day 21. Vansittart Bay, Jar Island
Head out across the sand flats of Vansittart Bay to view the wreckage of the US Air Force DC3 plane. Later, guest lecturers will guide you through the Aboriginal art of Jar Island.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Day 22. King George River and Falls
Explore the luscious green landscape of Tranquil Bay and take a relaxing stroll along the beach. Discover gorges carved from the earth by the force of the mighty King George River as you cruise up to the base of the tallest waterfall in Western Australia. Towering 80 metres above you, these spectacular falls are one of the most fantastic attractions in the Kimberley.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner
Day 23. Disembark Ship, Depart Darwin
Your cruise comes to an end this morning as you disembark in Darwin and transfer to the airport.
Daily Meals Included: • Breakfast