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18 Days West Coast - Darwin 4WD Tour with 3 World Heritage Areas

18 Days West Coast - Darwin 4WD Tour with 3 World Heritage Areas

18 Days West Coast - Darwin 4WD Tour with 3 World Heritage Areas

18 Days West Coast - Darwin 4WD Tour with 3 World Heritage Areas

18 Days West Coast - Darwin 4WD Tour with 3 World Heritage Areas

In the northwest, the coast lures with corals and camels, pearls and prehistoric dinosaur tracks. Discover former coral reefs that form stunning gorges today and the breath-taking natural beauty of the Kimberley region: Beehive domes stretch into the sky and waterfalls fall into the depths, rock pools invite you to swim, and you will discover billions of years of Australian history. A journey of superlatives with 3 UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Shark Bay, Ningaloo Coast and Purnululu National Park!

Tour Details

  • Min: 5 passengers
  • Price: twin AU$ 9,280 / single AU$ 11,690
  • Horizontal Falls (Optional): additional: AU$ 856
  • Willie Creek Pearl Farm (Optional): AU$ 130
  • Departs ex Perth on Tuesdays: 27.04.2021 / 22.06.2021 / 10.08.2021
  • Departs ex Darwin on Tuesdays: 18.05.2021 / 13.07.2021 / 31.08.2021
  • Combine this tour with: City Tour Perth & Fremantle
                                                     City Tour Perth & Fremantle & Swan River
                                                     3 Days Southern Experience Tour
  • Private Charter Tours: can be booked on a private charter tour (May – September) surcharge applies
  • All prices are per person and valid until 31 March 2022

INCLUDES

  • Transfers from airport to hotel/from hotel to airport: in Perth up to 3 days prior/after tour
  • Transport in an air-conditioned 4WD bus with a maximum of 12 passengers per vehicle
  • Accommodation during the tour 17x in Hotels/Motels/Tented Safari cabins (wooden floor, real beds, ensuite)
  • German speaking tour guiding / English & French speaking tour guiding on request only
  • Entry fees National Parks, World Heritage Areas, Abrolhos Island Tour by plane, Didgeridoo Dreaming Tour Monkey Mia, Shark Bay Interpretive Centre, Glass-Bottom-Boat cruise (incl. snorkelling gear), Geikie Gorge cruise, Day Tour Flight/4WD Bungle Bungle, El Questro Jeep-Tour, Flight from Kununurra to Darwin
  • Optional: ½ Day Horizontal Falls
  • Optional: ½ Day Willie Creek Pearl Farm
  • Meals (17x B – Breakfast / 3x L – Lunch / 1x D – Dinner)
  • Daily extensive coffee/tea break with also juices, biscuits, muesli-bars, nuts, salty snacks, seasonal fruit and/or vegetable, dried fruit and lots more (including gluten free products) to choose from
  • Free cold non-alcoholic drinks during driving
  • Comprehensive information kit in vehicles
  • 24/7 German/French/English emergency assistance
  • Personal bag with comprehensive information package and useful bits and pieces for your Australian holiday

Tour Overview

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4x4 Tour

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Pinnacles (Nambung National Park)

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Kalbarri National Park

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Monkey Mia Dolphins

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Karijini National Park

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Horizontal Falls Tour (optional)

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Flight from Kununurra to Darwin

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3 UNESCO World Heritage Areas

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Abrolhos Islands by plane

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Shark Bay World Heritage Area with Shell Beach and Stromatolites

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Glass-Bottom-Boat Tour in Coral Bay / Ningaloo Reef

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Overnight stay in Broome’s famous Cable Beach Club Resort

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Bungle Bungle Aerial Scenic Flight/4x4 Tour/Walking Day Tour

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Gibb River Road

Day 1 Perth – Geraldton
After pick up from your hotel we are leaving Perth headed north along the coast towards Cervantes, the entrance to Nambung National Park. The Pinnacles are among the most visited natural wonders of the state. Thousands of limestone pillars rise out of a stark landscape of yellow sand. There is ample time to explore the area and to take some colourful photos from these amazing formations. These impressions of lights and colours will stay with you for many years to come. We head north along the coast via Jurien Bay and Leeman towards Geraldton, the sunniest town in W.A. A visit to Mount Scott gives you the opportunity of an outlook over the town of Geraldton and Grey’s Bay. Here is also the memorial for the victims of the sunken warship HMAS Sydney II. Our sightseeing tour concludes by visiting the architecturally interesting St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in the town centre.
Accommodation: Best Western Hospitality Inn, Geraldton

Day 2 Geraldton – Kalbarri B
The beautiful aerial scenic flight includes overflying the fascinating islands in the Pelsaert Group, the Easter Group and the Wallabi Group. In 1629, this was the scene of the famous mutiny of the Batavia. Back on dry land, we enter the Kalbarri National Park via Port Gregory. You can experience some of the most picturesque grazing land as well as the rough coastline. In the early evening we will arrive in the “laid back village” of Kalbarri.
Accommodation: Kalbarri Palm Resort, Kalbarri

Day 3 Kalbarri – Monkey Mia (Shark Bay) B
After breakfast we will visit Kalbarri National Park for a second time where we enjoy the breathtaking view into the Murchison Gorge. Depending upon the season, our drive through the Kalbarri National Park to the World Heritage area of Shark Bay will be escorted by the famous wildflowers. In the afternoon we arrive in Monkey Mia, home of the well-known dolphins. Nearly every day of the year they come to the shore to give you a unique experience that will never be forgotten. After dinner a local Aborigine will introduce us on a walk into the indigenous culture. Enjoy the dreamtime stories and the sound of the didgeridoo under the clear and bright night sky of Australia’s Outback Coast.
Accommodation: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, Shark Bay

Day 4 Monkey Mia (Shark Bay) – Carnarvon B
In the morning you have the opportunity to come face to face with these famous dolphins. Before our first stop at Shell Beach we pay homage to this World Natural Heritage area with a visit to the Shark Bay Interpretive Centre in Denham. We will stop again, this time at Hamelin Pool where the world best known colony of stromatolites can be admired. Typical „Outback Australian impressions” will accompany you on the drive to Carnarvon.
Accommodation: Best Western Hospitality Inn, Carnarvon

Day 5 Carnarvon – Coral Bay – Exmouth (Ningaloo Reef) B
After enjoying breakfast our today’s destination will be beautiful Coral Bay. Here, we will encounter the 260 km long natural wonder of the Ningaloo Reef. Specialists say that the marine life of this reef is more abundant than that found at the Great Barrier Reef. As the reef is not far from shore it can be readily available to discover with the aid of snorkel and flippers on an outing in a glass-bottom- boat. The shallow water of the reef is the homeland to various sea creatures, such as corals, unusual sea stars, crustaceans and over 500 species of different fishes. In the afternoon we take up our journey to Exmouth.
Accommodation: Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, Exmouth

Day 6 Coral Bay – Exmouth (Ningaloo Reef) B
Breathtaking views from Vlaming Head Lighthouse across North West Cape, beautiful Ningaloo Reef and gigantic antennas of the Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt. During our short stroll in Mandu Mandu Gorge we are looking out for some rare inhabitants, Black Footed Rock Wallabies. Turquoise Bay creates the perfect scenes for some relaxation, contemplation on the many impressions of the past days, and the temptation of the effervescent Indian Ocean for a refreshing swim. Late afternoon we return to our accommodation in Exmouth.
Accommodation: Mantarays Ningaloo Beach Resort, Exmouth

Day 7 Exmouth – Karijini National Park B
Today, we are driving in a north-easterly direction across the Pilbara region. The traditional owners called their land „bilypara“, which could be translated with “dry”. No wonder: This area, which is twice as large as Germany, half of it consisting of desert and red coloured crests. Today’s accommodation is to be found in the heart of Karijini National Park. What a fantastic atmosphere and a guaranteed good night sleep!
Accommodation: Karijini Eco Retreat, Karijini National Park

Day 8 Karijini National Park B/L
The rock formations of Western Australia’s second biggest National Park belong to the oldest ones in the world, the landscape most impressive and colourful. The plateau which is rich in iron ore and therefore colored intensively red brown, offers spectacular lookouts and many gorges with permanent water pools. We walk down through the changing vegetation of the iron-rich gorge walls to the park’s only permanent waterfall. Just a short distance from Fortescue Falls, you can swim in the refreshing, spring fed Fern Pool. Finally, we visit the spectacular vantage point of the Oxer Lookout with its fantastic view on four gorges joining each other.
Accommodation: Karijini Eco Retreat, Karijini National Park

Day 9 Karijini National Park – Port Hedland B
Until the departure today we enjoy the unique atmosphere of the resort. Eventually we depart Western Australia’s iron-ore region and head for Port Hedland, Australia’s busiest iron-ore shipping port. We might – if lucky – sight an endless iron-ore train wheeling into or out of the port.
Accommodation: Best Western Hospitality Inn, Port Hedland

Day 10 Port Hedland – Broome B
On our journey towards Broome we travel along the edge of The Great Sandy Desert with its small and meagre vegetation. Most of Australia’s northern coastline is bordered by extensive mangrove forest. One important exemption is Eighty Mile Beach. Enjoy the beauty of this white sandy beach and turquoise water of the Indian Ocean, renowned for fishing and shell collecting. Stingrays, stonefish and sharks are in abundance and good reasons to stay ashore. We reach Broome – Australia’s pearling capital – in the early evening.
Accommodation: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome

Day 11 Broome City Tour B
Having a population of about 15,000 people, Broome is the commercial and touristic centre of the Kimberley. Chinatown, the rather small downtown area with its Asian touch is the focus of all urban activities. Sun Picture, the world’s oldest picture garden is surrounded by lots of cafés, restaurants, galleries, souvenir shops, jewellery shops and pearl jewellery shops. Ultimately Broome was and still is a world known pearling centre. Whereas in the past, mother of pearl was the main reason and big business, it is cultured pearl in modern days. Pearl diving has always been considered one of the most dangerous occupations, and one that has cost many lives. Evidence of this fact can be seen at the historic gravesites of the Chinese Cemetery and Japanese Cemetery. At Gantheaume Point, where red coloured sandstone rocks meet the deep blue ocean, a 130-million-year-old dinosaur’s footprint can be seen at a very low tide. The tour ends at about 11 o’clock back at the hotel, the rest of the day is leisure time.

(optional I: Horizontal Falls Tour following the Broome City Tour)
*optional ½ day: Australia is different in many ways. Here you’ll even find horizontal waterfalls! The Horizontal Falls, described as one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, are located deep within the pristine environment of Talbot Bay. And that is exactly what you are going to experience today! From Broome, you fly to the Horizontal Falls. Experience a spectacular seaplane landing on the calm waters of Talbot Bay. Board „Jet Stream“, the fastest boat in the Kimberley. Experience an exhilarating thrill ride through the Horizontal Waterfalls. Now it is time to sit back and relax as you cruise through the spectacular untouched surrounding bays and creeks. You take off from Talbot Bay flying low level across the Buccaneer Archipelago, Cape Leveque, Beagle Bay, Willie Creek Pearl Farm and Cable Beach. You will be transferred back to your hotel.

 *The Horizontal Falls are a natural phenomenon, which is influenced by daily changing tides. Tours therefore only take place when the predicted tidal movements are not equal to zero.

(optional II: Willie Creek Pearl Farm following the Broome City Tour)
Optional ½ Day Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour: In the pristine and warm water of the Indian Ocean around Broome you’ll find pearls which are among the most sought worldwide. Up until 1930 this small fishing town has met three quarters of the world’s pearling supplies and has become Australia’s pearling metropolis. By visiting the only pearl farm open to tourists in the Kimberley, you are given an insight into the pearling industry and its history. Pick up from the hotel and transfer to Willie Creak Pearl Farm (38km) by bus. The trip ends with the transfer back to the hotel in the late afternoon. Can be booked in English or accompanied by your WA NT TOURS guide.
Accommodation: Cable Beach Club Resort, Broome

Day 12 Broome – Mt Hart Homestead B/D
Today we leave Broome northwards. Near Derby we visit its main attraction with a dark past, the prison tree. In the hollow trunk of the old Boab tree, Aboriginals were imprisoned. Today, the bulbous giant is protected and should not be entered out of respect for this place and its history. Dust and dirt, river crossings, corrugation: The legendary Gibb River Road stands for infinite driving pleasure. The journey is the reward. Provisions are the breathtaking natural beauties of the Kimberley region. Our first section on the Gibb River Road which for many people is the ultimate thrill of all of Australia’s off-road roads. It is one of the most famous tracks in Australia’s northwest region. This legendary cattle track, the so-called “Beef Road”, was originally constructed to enable the farmers of the isolated north-western part of Western Australia to drive their cattle to the ports of Derby and Wyndham. Beautiful Bell George with its breathtaking waterfall within the King Leopold Range Conservation Park is most probably the most picturesque and charming gorge of the Kimberly. In the early evening we will arrive at Mt Hart Homestead. We enjoy dinner in a fantastic atmosphere.
Accommodation: Mt Hart Homestead, Gibb River Road

Day 13 Mt Hart Homestead – Fitzroy Crossing –  B/L
The approach to Windjana Gorge National Park is very impressive. The vertical rock faces of the Napier Range look like an insuperable wall. Dating back approximately 350 million years ago a shallow tropical sea covered a large proportion of this area and formed a coral reef over 1,000 km in length. Fossils can still be found embedded in the walls of Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek. We have a very special surprise for you waiting in Tunnel Creek National Park: We will not walk across the park but we will wade through it. The track follows the streambed of Tunnel Creek along a 750 m long cave system – the oldest in Western Australia – below Napier Range. In the evening we arrive in Fitzroy Crossing, our destination for the day.
Accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing

Day 14 Fitzroy Crossing – Kununurra
On its way to the Indian Ocean the mighty Fitzroy River crosses Geikie Range, a ragged limestone ground. On a length of 14 km the river exposed the walls of the prehistoric Devonian Great Barrier Reef. The so incurred canyon, Geikie Gorge, is the heart of the National Park. Whilst on a cruise through the canyon we will have the possibility to observe freshwater crocodiles and to gaze and wonder at the remaining dry coral reef now present by the coloured limestone walls of the canyon. In Halls Creek we take a short detour to the so-called China Wall. The vertical, up to 5 m high wall of bright quartz is the result of erosion and looks like being built by humans. Along the Great Northern Highway, between the Durack Range and the Carr Boyd Range, we continue to Kununurra.
Accommodation: Kununurra Country Club Resort, Kununurra

Day 15 Kununurra – Bungle Bungle – Kununurra B/L
Today’s trip into the Bungle Bungle National Park is a highlight at its best. It gives you the great opportunity to experience a breath-taking view on unique rock formations from the air and on foot. From a small airplane you enjoy gorgeous bird’s eye views on Lake Argyle, the Carr Boyd Range and enormous cattle farms. While approaching the airstrip amidst the Bungle Bungle National Park the wonder world of these amazing limestone rocks opens up. By 4WD and on foot you reach Cathedral Gorge. Enjoy a picnic surrounded by fantastic rock sculptures reminding of bee-hives and let this unique atmosphere sink in. On the flight back to Kununurra you get great views of the Argyle Diamante Mine and the rough embankments of the Osmand Range. This day will provide you with unforgettable memories that you will keep all your life.
Accommodation: Kununurra Country Club Resort, Kununurra

Day 16 Kununurra – El Questro Emma Gorge B
We will visit the privately owned El Questro Wilderness Park where we will be taken up with informative accounts of the history and legends of this Farm. Through a traditional ‚Bush Culture, History and Nature Tour’ you will be astonished to learn about the possibilities of nourishing yourself in order to live in this harsh desolate land without any conventional methods of shopping for food. At the nearby Emma Gorge Resort, we take a short hike along Emma Gorge Creek to a small, crystal clear bathing pool. From here, the adventurous can continue the hike on a steep path to the summit of the Range. As a reward, another crystal-clear pool and waterfall awaits.
Accommodation: El Questro Emma Gorge Resort, Gibb River Road

Day 17 Kununurra – Darwin B
Today, you are free to do whatever you want: relax at the hotel pool or have a stroll to the close-by town centre. You will be transferred to Kununurra Airport where you board an Airnorth flight to Darwin. After landing, you will be transferred to your accommodation in downtown Darwin.
Accommodation: Hotel Mantra on the Esplanade, Darwin

Day 18 Departure from Darwin B
End of services after breakfast. Time for leisure. Explore Australia’s top end City Darwin by foot. Individual transfer to the airport for your flight back home.