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20 Day Western Half Tour

Katherine Gorge, Nitmiluk National Park

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Western Half Tour Package

Inclusions

  • Airfares to Adelaide & from Broome
  • Lake Argyle Cruise
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
  • Devils Marbles
  • Mataranka Thermal Pools
  • East Point Military Museum
  • Darwin Museum
  • Edith Falls
  • Geikie Gorge Cruise
  • Uluru & Kata Tjuta
  • Woomera Rocket Range
  • Wadlata Outback Centre
  • Yellow Water Cruise, Kakadu
  • Stanley Chasm & Simpsons Gap
  • 4 Nights in Darwin
  • Tour of Iconic Coober Pedy
  • Motel Accommodation
  • 15 evening meals, 19 breakfasts, 1 lunch

State

Northern Territory, South Australia, and Western Australia
North West and Western Australia

Accommodation

19 nights motel

Departure Dates

11 June 2019

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Departure from Perth

Senior

$6,590

Adult

$6,650

Land Only

$6,090

Departure from Melbourne

Senior

$6,590

Adult

$6,650

Land Only

$6,090

Departure from Sydney

Senior

$6,590

Adult

$6,650

Land Only

$6,090

Departure from Adelaide

Senior

$6,490

Adult

$6,550

Land Only

$6,090

Departure from Brisbane

Senior

$6,690

Adult

$6,750

Land Only

$6,090

Departure from Hobart

Senior

$0

Adult

$0

Land Only

$0

Single Accomodation

$1,710

Single Tent Only

$0

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Itinerary Details

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Day 1

(MD, Motel) We fly to Adelaide, where we are met by our coach. Then a tour of Adelaide City and surrounds, with free time to explore this delightful city including the Torrens River. Later settle into the accommodation in North Adelaide.

Day 2

(FB, MD, Motel) Heading north to Port Wakefield then Port Pirie, the destination for the lead and zinc ore from Broken Hill. Smelters have been in operation here since 1889, and it became the biggest lead smelter in the world by 1934. On to Port Augusta at the northern point of the Spencer Gulf. We visit The Wadlata Outback Centre, a theatrical experience depicting a journey through time of the Flinders Ranges and the Outback of South Australia. Later we head out to Matthew Flinders Lookout in the Arid Inland Botanical Gardens Note: Wadlata Centre included in your fare.

Day 3

(CB, MD, Motel) A visit to Woomera, the home of the 1950’s Blue Streak Rocket Project as well as many Space Research Projects over the last 60 years. Visitors can visit the Woomera Heritage Centre or the National Missile Park, displaying aircraft rockets and bombs. Continue north past Lake Hart to Coober Pedy for two nights.

Day 4

(CB, MD, Motel) In February 1914 young William Hutchison found Opal in this region, the start of one of Australia’s most fascinating towns. Now it is the home of 92% of Australia’s opals. People live underground to escape the summer heat. Enjoy a morning tour and Opal mining display. Afternoon free time to explore town, including an underground church.

Day 5

(CB, Motel) After travelling through the remote North of South Australia along the Stuart Highway, we cross the Northern Territory Border and head to the Lasseter Highway to Yulara.

Day 6

(FB, PD, Motel) A very interesting day at Uluru. We visit the Cultural Centre before some of the features of Uluru. In the afternoon off to Kata Tjuta then a Sausage Sizzle watching the sunset on ”The Rock”.

Day 7

(FB, RD, Motel) On to Stuart’s Well for lunch then “The Alice”. We tour Alice Springs including Anzac Hill looking over the town, the Todd River and the ranges.

Day 8

(CAB, Motel) Weather permitting you may take an optional Hot Air Balloon trip along the MacDonnell Ranges. Next out to Standley Chasm and Simpsons Gap. Once we return to Alice Springs the afternoon is free time for you to enjoy “a town like Alice” and have dinner. Note: Hot Air Balloon not included approx $400. Entry to Standley Chasm included.

Day 9

(CAB, PL, MD, Motel) We leave the Alice, travelling to Central Mount Stuart, the geographical centre of Australia. Then a break at the Outback pub of Barrow Creek. On to the Devils Marbles and the copper mining town of Tennant Creek.

Day 10

(FB, RD, Motel) Further north through the Northern Territory past Renner Springs and Elliott to the Daly Waters Pub, a centre for the London to Sydney air race of 1926 and a World War II Air Force base. To Mataranka Thermal Pool, an absolutely beautiful spot to relax in these natural springs. Overnight in Katherine.

Day 11

(FB, RD, Motel) Morning cruise on Katherine Gorge then via Pine Creek and Adelaide River with its beautiful War Cemetery to Darwin for four nights. Note: Katherine Gorge Cruise included.

Day 12

(FB, Motel) Into Darwin for a full tour including Battery Point, The Port and the City Centre. Visit to the Darwin Museum; depicting the events of cyclone Tracey in 1974 and the East Point Military Museum; depicting the bombing raids on Darwin in 1942. Free time in the city for dinner. Note: East Point Museum included.

Day 13

(FB, PD, Motel) Day tour to Kakadu National Park, starting with a visit to Fogg Dam to spot birds on the wetlands. Later a boat cruise on Yellow Water with the skipper explaining this ancient, interesting ecosystem. Dinner on the way back to Darwin. Note: Boat Cruise included.

Day 14

(FB, Motel) A rest day in Darwin. Or an optional day tour to Litchfield National Park with its Magnetic Termite Mounds and the magnificent Wangi Falls. Note: Litchfield tour not included approx $170.

Day 15

(FB, MD, Motel) Leaving Darwin we cross the Adelaide River and head to Edith Falls just north of Katherine. Returning to Katherine, the service centre for the Central Northern Territory region, a vast area of mainly cattle stations, national parks and aboriginal lands.

Day 16

(FB, MD, Motel) Leaving Katherine we enjoy a wonderful drive along the beautiful and remote Victoria River to Kununurra on the very productive Ord River Irrigation farmlands.

Day 17

(FB, PD, Motel) The Ord is spectacular, we have an optional cruise 55km along the Ord from Kununurra to Lake Argyle. After lunch at the Argyle Village we board a sunset cruise of Lake Argyle, feeding fish and swimming with freshwater crocs. Note: Lake Argyle Boat cruise included. Ord River cruise not included, approx $120.

Day 18

(FB, MD, Safari Tent with Ensuite) For those who wish: an early morning flight over the Bungle Bungle National Park and Lake Argyle. On to Halls Creek, where gold was first discovered in WA in 1884, then on to Fitzroy Crossing. Note: Flight over Bungle Bungles not included approx $400.

Day 19

(FB, PD, Motel) A boat cruise on beautiful Geikie Gorge carved by thousands of years of the flow of the Fitzroy River. We move to Broome and to Cable Beach for a picnic evening meal watching the sunset. Note: Geikie Gorge cruise included.

Day 20

(FB) A wonderful day relaxing in Broome, a lovely historic old pearling town, visit Chinatown, the Japanese Cemetery, Roebuck Bay and Gantheaume Point. An afternoon flight home after a great experience of Northern & Central Australia.

Notes

This tour is similar to the first tour ever conducted by Bryan Casey back in 1973. It has run in some form nearly every year since then and is still one of the most popular tours. Covering so much of our great country.

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