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20 Day Western Half Tour – Broome – Darwin – Uluru – Adelaide

Katherine Gorge, Nitmiluk National Park

 

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20 Day Western Half Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inclusions

  • Airfares to Broome & from Adelaide
  • Lake Argyle Cruise
  • Ord River 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
  • 16 evening meals, 19 breakfasts, 1 lunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State

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

Accommodation

18 Nights Motel

1 Night Ensuite Safari Tent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Departure Dates

 

 

 

 

 

7 May 2022

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Departure from Perth

Senior

$7,990

Adult

$8,050

Land Only

Senior

$7,390

Adult

$7,450

Departure from Melbourne

Senior

$7,990

Adult

$8,050

Land Only

Senior

$7,390

Adult

$7,450

Departure from Sydney

Senior

$7,990

Adult

$8,050

Land Only

Senior

$7,390

Adult

$7,450

Departure from Adelaide

Senior

$7,790

Adult

$7,850

Land Only

Senior

$7,390

Adult

$7,450

Departure from Brisbane

Senior

$7,990

Adult

$8,050

Land Only

Senior

$7,390

Adult

$7,450

Departure from Hobart

Senior

$8,190

Adult

$8,250

Land Only

Senior

$7,390

Adult

$7,450

Single Accomodation

$1,710

Single Tent Only

$0

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Itinerary Details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 1

(MD, Motel) We fly to Broome, where we are met by our coach and staff and get to know our fellow travellers in the warmth of the Kimberley.

Day 2

(FB, PD, Motel) Spend the day touring Broome, a lovely historic old pearling town, visit Chinatown, the Japanese Cemetery, Roebuck Bay and Gantheaume Point before a picnic dinner watching the sunset over Cable Beach.

Day 3

(FB, MD, Ensuite Safari Tent) Off to the east for an afternoon boat cruise on beautiful Geikie Gorge carved over thousands of years of the flow of the Fitzroy River. Spending the night in Fitzroy Crossing. Note: Geikie Gorge cruise included.

Day 4

(FB, MD, Motel) On to Halls Creek the northern end of the Tanami Track and Canning Stock Route, where gold was first discovered in WA in 1884. Crossing the upper reaches of the Ord River and through the ranges to Kununurra, our base for two nights.

Day 5

(FB, PD, Motel) The Ord is spectacular, we have a 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 and Ord River Cruise included.

Day 6

(FB, MD, Motel) For those who wish, an early morning flight over the Bungle Bungle National Park and Lake Argyle. Leaving Kununurra we cross the NT/WA border and enjoy a wonderful drive along the beautiful and remote Victoria Highway, following the Victoria River to Katherine. Note: Flight over Bungle Bungles not included approx $400.

Day 7

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

Day 8

(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 9

(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 10

(FB, MD, Motel) Leaving Darwin we spend the day in Litchfield National Park with its Magnetic Termite Mounds and the magnificent Wangi Falls. Back on the Stuart Highway and across the Adelaide River. Returning to Katherine, a service centre for the Central Northern Territory region, a vast area of mainly cattle stations, national parks and aboriginal lands.

Day 11

(FB, MD, Motel) South down the Stuart Highway through the Northern Territory to the Mataranka Thermal Pool, an absolutely beautiful spot to relax in these natural springs. Lunch at the Daly Waters Pub, a centre for the London to Sydney air race of 1926 and a World War II Air Force base. Past Elliott and Renner Springs to the copper mining town of Tennant Creek.

Day 12

(CB, PL, RD, Motel) On to the Devils Marbles, named from a 1870 quote from the Overland Telegraph Line expedition; “This is the Devil’s country; he’s even emptied his bag of marbles around the place.” Break at the Outback pub of Barrow Creek before viewing Central Mount Stuart, the geographical centre of Australia and reaching Alice Springs.

Day 13

(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 14

(CAB, MD, Motel) We tour Alice Springs including Anzac Hill overlooking town, the Todd River and the ranges before leaving town and heading out on the Lasseter Highway to Curtin Springs.

Day 15

(CB, 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 BBQ dinner watching the sunset on “The Rock”.

Day 16

(CB, MD, Motel) Back to the Stuart Highway we cross the SA/NT Border into the remote north of South Australia to Coober Pedy for two nights.

Day 17

(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 noodling for opals.

Day 18

(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. On to Port Augusta at the northern point of the Spencer Gulf.

Day 19

(FB, RD, Motel) We visit The Wadlata Outback Centre, a theatrical experience depicting a journey through time of the Flinders Ranges and the Outback of South Australia. Heading south to 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. Spending our last night in Adelaide. Note: Wadlata Centre entry included.

Day 20

(FB). Morning tour of Adelaide City and surrounds, with free time to explore this delightful city including the Torrens River before an afternoon flight home after a great experience of Northern & Central Australia.

 

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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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