The Westlander

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The Westlander is a 30 day tour departing from Darwin and journeying via Kakadu National Park to the Kimberley and then down the magnificent west coast from Broome to Perth, across some very unique areas to experience the iconic Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park and concludes in Alice Springs 30 days later.

There is the option to combine this tour, The Westlander, with The Eastlander – depart Melbourne and journey along the east coast of Australia to Cairns, across the top to Darwin and then join The Westlander . . . Darwin, Kakadu, Kimberley, west coast to Perth, Uluru Kata Tjuta (Ayers Rock and the Olgas) and conclude in Alice Springs . . . . . Australia covered in 60 days 🙂

Accommodation: Two styles are offered: 

Style A) cabin, YHA or similar

Style B) Tent twin share; budget cabin or as specified

To Darwin Day 1

Darwin City

Upon arrival at Darwin Airport you will be met by your crew and transferred to your overnight camp at Lee Point Tourist Park. Establish camp then travel in to Darwin for free time in Downtown Darwin.  Visit the World War 2 musuem and display on the bombing of Darwin – an event bigger than Pearl Harbour. Return to camp for evening meal, relaxing and tour briefing.

 

 

Meals:
Dinner
Accommodation:
Lee Point Tourist Park: Style A: twin share tent / Style B: twin share cabin

To Litchfield National Park Day 2

Litchfield National Park

This morning complete your sightseeing in Darwin with a picnic lunch on the shores of Darwin Harbour before you head south to spectacular Litchfield National Park. Maybe a swim in the waterhole or under a waterfall. See the giant anthills and enjoy a short walk through the wilderness.

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Litchfield Tourist Park - a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

To Kakadu National Park Day 3

Kakadu National Park

Pack up camp and your bags then on your way to Kakadu. Morning stop at ‘Windows on the Wetlands’ where you learn about the local Aboriginal culture and its interaction with wildlife. A stop at The Bark Hut Inn, once an important accommodation venue for the buffalo hunters. Perhaps you will see the jumping crocodiles at Adelaide River. Visit The Ubirr Rock Art Site – one of Kakadu’s most sacred sites with painting over 40,000 years old. National Park entry fee not included exemptions maybe available.

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Jabiru Camping Park - a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

To Katherine Day 4

Nitmiluk Tours Cruise

A morning dawn cruise option (at own expense) on Yellow Waters Wetlands where crocodiles, waterlilies and abundant birdlife are seen – a photographer’s delight! (Subject to suitable weather conditions). Depart Kakadu and return to the Stuart Highway at Pine Creek. Continue south to the township of Katherine. In the afternoon join an afternoon gorge cruise or paddle canoes on the Katherine River. Welcome to Nitmiluk National Park!

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Nitmiluk Camping Park - a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

To Kununurra - Western Australia Day 5

Camp Cook Chris

Say farewell to the Northern Territory as you cross into Western Australia. Pass though Victoria River Cattle Station, Wave Hill Land Rights Claim as we pass through Victoria River nearby is Wave Hill Station where in 1966, 200 Aboriginal stockmen of the Gurindji people and their families walked off Wave Hill pastoral station, owned by a British aristocrat Lord Vestey. Onto Timber Creek before detouring to Lake Argyle (The Ord River Dam) and visit the Durack Homestead. Continue onto the dam wall to view Australia’s largest man made water storage. Return to Highway1 for overnight at the township of Kununurra at the Kimberleyland Holiday Park, a stunning location on the waterfront of Lake Kununurra. Kununurra, the agricultural potential food bowl of South East Asia.

 

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Kimberleyland Holiday Park – a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

A Day Sightseeing In Kununurra - Gateway To The East Kimberley Day 6

Argyle Dam

 

Your stop in Kununurra will amaze you. The Ord River Scheme had been the dream of Australians to be the food bowl for Asia. Adequate sunshine, fertile land, plenty of water and now with the building of Lake Argyle no likelihood of drought! Your guide will provide information about this project when you have an orentiation tour before departure. There is a lot to see in Kununurra – the future food bowl of Asia! Evening free in Kunurra night to sample the local cuisine and enoy the friendliness of the community.

 

 

Meals:
Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation:
Kimberleyland Holiday Park – a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

To Purnululu National Park Day 7

Purnululu National Park

This morning say farewell to Kununurra. A short detour will take you to the Port of Windhum which is noted for its massive rise and fall of the tide. You are again in crocodile country. Journey to Warmun previously called Timber Creek.

This afternoon stop at Halls Creek, which is a busy service town for surrounding pastoralists, Aboriginal communities and travellers exploring northern Western Australia. It is also the fourth fastest growing shire within Western Australia & gateway to Purnululu National Park. Your destination is The Bungle Bungle Caravan Park for two nights at the junction of the Great Northern Highway and the track to Purnululu (Bungle Bungle).

 

Meals:
Breakfast and Dinner
Accommodation:
Bungle Bungle Caravan Park - a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

Day 8

Boab Tree

The track to Bungle Bungle is 4WD only. The majority of tourists fly in and out as the track is only for the adventurous! It will be rough but exciting. It has been kept this way to keep the number of vehicles to a minumum and coordinate the visitation to this fabulous attraction rated now in the Top 10 Attractions ‘To Do’ in Australia up there with Uluru.

The park is World Heritage Listed and characterised by its rustic, beehive-shaped sandstone domes. Visit the breathtaking Cathedral Gorge and Echidna Chasm. Learn about the fascinating geology of the region and be inspired by the beauty and remoteness of the area. Return to camp at the Bungle Bungle Caravan Park or perhaps we may be able to make it to Fizroy Crossing!

 

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Bungle Bungle Caravan Park – a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

To Fitzroy Crossing Day 9

Geikie Gorge Aboriginal Heritage Tour with Fitzroy River Cruises

An easier day today as you journey through East Kimberley on route to Fitzroy Crossing. Experience the vastness of Australia’s Kimberley – twice the size of Victoria and four times the size of the UK with a total population of approximately 30,000 people. Set up camp and travel onto nearby spectacular Geikie Gorge for a cruise on the Fitzroy River. Return to Fitzroy Crossing for overnight at the campground.

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Fitzroy River Camping Ground – a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

Fitzroy Crossing To Broome Via Tunnel Creek & Windjana Gorge Day 10

Tunnel Creek

After leaving camp detour into the heart of the Southern Kimberley to visit unique Tunnel Creek where a stream flows through a mountain cave to the other side of the range. Walk through this cave and learn about the story of Jandamarra, an Aboriginal bush ranger. A recent film depicted the story about this interesting character from the late 1800s.

 

Also visit Windjana Gorge National Park which is part of a 375 million-year-old Devonian reef system that is over three kilometres long with 300 metre-high walls. The next major stop is at the town of Derby noted for its circular wharf designed to cope with the large tide variations. With a population of approximately 3,000 people and is recognized as the gateway from the west to the Kimberley Gorges and the start of the infamous Gibb River Road. The overnight destination is Roebuck Bay Caravan Park., Broome.

 

Special Note: The opportunity exists for a 2 day visit to the Horizontal Waterfalls involving a floatplane or helicopter journey overnight on a boat near Horizontal Waterfalls. A journey by fast boat through the waterfall area return to Broome Day 2. Enquire for more information.

 

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Roebuck Bay Caravan Park – a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

Broome & Cable Beach Sightseeing Day 11

Broome - Cable Beach Camel Ride

Today is at leisure to explore this tropical hideaway rapidly becoming a major tourist centre. Learn about the old and the new – the Asian pearl industry, the multiculturalism of the town, the quaint and modern buildings. Time to shop. Lunch by own arrangement. In the afternoon travel to nearby Cable Beach and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the 22 kilometres of pristine sand and swim in the turquoise blue water that is Cable Beach. Optional Camel rides available along the beach (at own expense). This evening relax on the beach and watch the spectacular sunset over the Indian Ocean. Be sure to look out for crocodiles and swordfish. Overnight camp in Broome.

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation:
Roebuck Bay Caravan Park – a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

A Day For Optional Touring Or Relaxing Day 12

Horizontal Waterfalls

A Day of Optional touring –  Your activities can range from: A complete day of relaxation, a walking self guided tour of Broome or an Irresistable Island Air Safarifor a sensational flight to Cape Leveque and view Horizontal Falls. This is one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, the Horizontal Falls lie deep within Talbot Bay in the Buccaneer Archipelago. Here the 2nd largest tides in the world hurtle through two narrow coastal gorges and create a ‘horizontal waterfall’ effect. Lunch and dinner at own arrangements.

 

Meals:
Breakfast (self serve breakfast)
Accommodation:
Roebuck Bay Caravan Park – a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

Broome To Port Hedland Day 13

Dredging @ Port Hedland

This morning depart Broome and head south along the Great Northern Highway. Pass between the Great Sandy Desert and Eighty Mile Beach arriving in Port Hedland in the afternoon. Port Hedland has a natural deep anchorage harbour which, as well as being the main fuel and container receival point for the region, was seen as perfect for shipment of the iron ore being mined in the ranges located inland from the town.

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Cooke Point Holiday Park - a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

Port Hedland to Karijini National Park Day 14

Tom Price

Port Hedland is one of the largest towns in the Pilbara, and due to the massive mining operations in the region the town is home to Australia’s largest tonnage port facility. This morning take a look at BHP Billiton’s Ore Crushing and port facilities before heading to your accommodation for the next 2 nights ideally located in the depths of the breathtaking Karijini National Park. You are in the vicinity of two great Iron Ore Mines – Tom Price and Mt Newman. From here the Great Western Highway can take you more directly to Perth, however, you continue your journey on the coastal North West Highway.

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Karijini Eco Retreat - a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

Karijini Exploring Day 15

Karijini National Park

Today explore some of the stunning gorges in Karijini National Park. Karijini is the second largest park in Western Australia and is centred on the Hamersley Range. It’s famous for its beautiful red gorges, stunning waterfalls and cool swimming holes. A system of walking trails leads us down to some of the best spots where you can take a dip in sparkling rock pools. After a picnic lunch continue touring around other sections of the park, including Weano Gorge and Oxer Lookout. Return to the campsite mid-afternoon and relax before dinner and enjoy the sunset.

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Karijini Eco Retreat – a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

Karijini - Millstream - Chichester National Park - Karratha Day 16

Chinderwarriner Pool

This morning travel up towards Karratha, a town established in 1968 to service and accommodate the iron ore miners in the Hamersley Ranges. En-route visit the mining town of Tom Price before stopping off at the magnificent Millstream-Chichester National Park, which is characterised by rugged escarpments, tree lined rivers and pristine water pools. The run-off from the Hamersley Ranges flows via the Fortescue River into an underground aquifer that feeds the waterholes within the park. Millstream actually used to be a pastoral lease which ran for over 100 years.

This afternoon enjoy visits to Deep Reach and Chinderwarriner Pool and the historic Millstream Homestead. Continue to Karratha via Dampier this afternoon for a brief tour and overnight stay.

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Dampier Caravan Park or similar - a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

Dampier To Exmouth & Coral Bay Day 17

Red Dog Memorial

A tour of the town of Dampier which was specifically constructed in 1965 as a port and processing centre to meet the needs of the Hamersley iron mining operations at Tom Price and Paraburdoo. This morning perhaps visit the North West Shelf Project Visitors Centre to learn about Australia’s largest resource project, where gas is drilled at offshore platforms 130km north of Dampier. Also pass by a large saltworks before heading south to Exmouth and the Ningaloo Marine Park, which will whet your appetite for one day to return. Journey on to Coral Bay, your overnight destination. Your choice of an evening sunset cruise for one and a half hours or an one hour cruise early tomorrow morning to the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef in a glass bottom boat to view amazing coral formation and marine life. This is an optional extra and is not pre-booked due to tight commitments on existing itinerary.

Ningaloo is an untouched 300km long fringing barrier reef that protects a shallow, brilliant white sandy lagoon of clear tropical waters. It is one of the only places on earth where you are able to walk from the beach straight onto a coral reef.

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Coral Bay Camping Park - a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

Coral Bay - Carnarvon - Shark Bay - Monkey Mia Day 18

Dolphins @ Monkey Mia

This morning join a one-hour cruise of the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef in a glass bottom boat to view amazing coral formation and marine life. (Optional)

Journey from Coral Bay to Carnarvon on the tropic of Capricorn and south to Shark Bay up the Peron Peninsula to Monkey Mia. Enjoy a swim and time to explore Monkey Mia before heading to Denham for our overnight camp at Shark Bay Caravan Park. Shark Bay is home to an enormous variety of marine life, including dugongs, dolphins, sharks, huge sea turtles and much more.

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Shark Bay Caravan Park - a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

Monkey Mia Via Geraldton To Perth Day 19

Geraldton

An early morning departure and a full day of travel as you approach the more developed part of Western Australia – stop for lunch at Geraldton. Maybe even time for a short snooze whilst travelling along the highways and byways to reach the beautiful city and most isolated city in the world that has over 1,000,000 people. Perth’s neighbours are in South Africa, Indonesia, Singapore and Adelaide. Tonight stay in accommodation in a local YHA budget accommodation facility and have a night out and dinner together by own arrangement.

 

Meals:
Breakfast and Lunch
Accommodation:
YHA or similar - twin/triple share a) & b)

Free Day To Explore Perth Day 20

Kings Park, Perth

A Day of Optional touring (at own expense) – The day and evening is yours – optional cruise on the Swan River, or a day cruise to nearby Rottnest Island. Or take a train or bus to Fremantle, visit Scarborough Beach or plan your own walking tour with some of your friends.

 

 

Meals:
Breakfast
Accommodation:
YHA or similar - twin/triple share a) & b)

Perth to Kalgoorlie Day 21

Kalgoorlie

Your journey west today will take you through beautiful scenery and farming country to Northam, Merredin following at times the pipeline that takes the precious drinking water from the Perth Hills to Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie. Both rich gold mining fields of the 19th Century and still a rich mining town today. A guided tour of this quaint town before settling into camp. To the locals they say the streets are paved in gold. A great place to stopover for the night and enjoy a local fish and chip night in down town Kal.

Meals:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation:
Kalgoorlie Caravan Park (or similar) - a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

A Journey Thru Remote Outback WA - Kalgoorlie towards Warburton Day 22

Bush Camp!

You are now heading north into some of Australia’s most isolated and least settled rugged outback. Drive through Leonora and Laverton skirting the Gibson Desert passing outback settlements and small towns like Leonora en route towards Aboriginal Community at Warburton on the Great Central Road soon to be called the Outback Highway.

Your camp tonight could be a bush camp north of Cosmo Newberry Aboriginal Land on the Great Central Road an unique experience camping out under the stars, a BBQ dinner or camp oven with damper. Tents for everyone.

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Bush Camp – tents and swags for all clients

Warburton and Onto Giles Weather Station Skirting the Gibson Desert Day 23

Giles Weather Station

Today you are in the remotest part of Australia, the last fully nomadic Aboriginal and his family walked out of this desert region in the 1980s, never having seen white man before. The governments of Australia, Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland have agreed that this section of road from Uluru to Laverton and the Plenty Highway will be bitumen sealed to make a continuous bitumen road to Cairns to Perth, Australia’s route 66. Work on this sealing is continuous on the Plenty Highway, the Mereenie Loop in the NT and from Laverton to Warburton in WA, perhaps in 10 years the experiences now to be a reality will be gone forever. We will stop for photographs, stop to talk to other travellers and visit the most isolated weather station in the world, to be compared with weather stations in the Antartic. Tonight maybe another bush camp or at the small settlement of Giles.

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
 Bush Camp near Giles – tents and swags for all clients

Giles Weather Station, Lassoers Cave NT & Ayers Rock Resort Day 24

Lasseters Cave

Departing the Giles Weather Station and cross the border into the Northern Territory and stop at Lasseter’s Cave (another interesting story to tell)- Lasseter was the eccentric explorer who claimed he had discovered a huge reef of gold. Despite many organised and private expenditions of the region including a military exercise this reef has never been found.

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Ayers Rock Campground - a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park Day 25

Sunset @ Uluru

This morning is the last leg of the journey across Australia to Uluru National Park – very few Australians or international visitors have travelled this route to Uluru – the outback highway from Cairns to Perth via western Queensland, Northern Terrritory and Uluru to Kalgoorlie and on to Perth. This may well become Australia’s Route 66 a journey across a contintent – North East to South West. You made it! What an effort! Now to enjoy the tourist icons and Aborginal sites of Central Australia Enroute enjoy a short walk into the gorge through the domes of Walpa Gorge to the viewing platform. Continue to your accommodation arriving in time for lunch at your camp site. Set up tents for overnight then in the afternoon drive around Uluru and view sunset.

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Ayers Rock Resort Campground - a) twin share tent b) twin share cabin

Uluru Exploration & a journey to Cave Hill Day 26

Near To Cave Hill

Time to explore Uluru. Wake up early to travel into the National Park to see Uluru from the new sunrise viewing platform. This morning walk, explore and learn about the legends and mythology of Uluru including the Mala Walk and Kuniya Walk. Drive around Uluru, visit the Cultural Centre. Return to camp for lunch. Afternoon departure for journey to Cave Hill located in South Australia for an Indigenous cultural experience. Meet with Aboriginal elders who will discuss Tjukurpa and the Songlines – learn of their relevance to Anangu life in the desert. View magnificent cave paintings – possibly the most significant art site in Central Australia. Learn about traditional food gathering and the preparation of desert bush tucker delights. (This tour may have the opportunity to climb Uluru although now this is not encouraged and very restricted).

 

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Cave Hill Camp - overnight in swags or tents.

Cave Hill To Kings Creek Station Day 27

Kings Canyon

Say farewell to our Indigenous colleagues before you return to the Lasseter Highway enroute to Kings Canyon.- Australia’s largest canyon – beautiful, rugged outback wilderness. Lunch stop at Kings Creek Station, a cattle and camel property, enjoy a camel burger for lunch. On arrival at Watarrka National Park commence your self guided rim walk with spectacular scenic views from the top of the canyon. Travel through the resort at Watarrka National Park to see the award winning Kings Canyon Resort.  Overnight camp at Kings Creek station.

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Kings Creek Station – twin share tents or twin share tent safari

Kings Creek Station to Alice Springs Day 28

Towards Alice

A day of sightseeing travelling from Kings Canyon to Alice Springs. Travel through Aboriginal Homelands on the Mereenie Loop Track – a restricted area, permit entry only. See beautiful scenery – graceful desert oaks and maybe wild dingoes, horses, camels and donkeys. View Gosses Bluff, a comet crater, beautiful Glen Helen and Ormiston Gorges then continue through the majestic West MacDonnell Ranges via Simpson Gap to Alice Springs and your overnight accommodation.

Free night tonight after your camp dinner. Entertainment at the local hotel or pubs your choice.

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation:
Desert Palms Resort – twin share bunk room with private facilities 3.5 star resort for all clients

Alice Springs Sightseeing Day 29

Desert Palms Resort

A guided walking tour of Alice Springs, your indigenous guide will show you the sights of Alice. The sacred sites, the historic sites, and Alice Springs today. Visit the Caterpillar Dreaming, The Olive Pink Botanical Gardens, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Rex’s Reptiles, Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame, lunch by own arrangement at the shopping mall. Climb to the top of ANZAC Hill a sacred site of aboriginals and soldiers of World War II. Visit one or two of the many art galleries and few time for shopping.

Your last night together will be hosted by Damien and Uncle Arthur, two important aboriginals who will share their skills of cooking kangaroo tail, sampling bush tucker, playing a didgeridoo and participate in cultural experiences. A fun night and maybe some Aussie music modern day to finish the night.

 

Meals:
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Accommodation:
Desert Palms Resort – twin share bunk room with private facilities 3.5 star resort for all clients

Alice Springs & Onwards Day 30

Alice Springs City

Free time in Alice Springs to purchase souvenirs, art etc. before joining your transfer coach to the airport and your flight onward bound.

Note– touring opportunity today maybe limited to coordinate with your personal flight times. An additional day in Alice Springs is recommended if you haven’t visited The Alice before.

Concluding a fantastic SEE AUSTRALIA experience!

Meals:
Breakfast

TOUR FARE:

Style A: Soft Adventure: $13,000.00 per person, twin share / Child: $10,400.00 sharing with 2 adults

Style B: Safari: $9,500.00 per person, twin share / Child: $7,600.00 sharing with 2 adults / Backpacker – Student Special Fare: $8,000 per person, twin share

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Your tour cost includes:

The provision of a modern air-conditioned vehicle
The services of an experienced and accredited driver / guide
The services of a Tour Manager who is also responsible for catering camp safari meals
The provision of specialist guides who join the coach on a regular basis to provide guided town tours or additional information on the Theme of Day
The provision of all catering equipment inclusive of an individual dilly bag with personal knife, fork and spoon, cup, bowl and plate.
The provision of safari camp style cooked breakfasts and light breakfasts, salad and sandwich lunches with fruit, cake and juice and 3 course evening meals.
The payment of all accommodation costs, visits, attractions and entry fees as per itinerary.
The provision of accommodation style chosen by you at the time of making your tour reservation. Style A) cabin, YHA or similar – Style B) Tent twin share; budget cabin or as specified

Not included:

Morning, afternoon tea and evening supper.
Transport from home to departure point and airport to home.
Domestic air travel.
Travel Insurance.
Items of a personal nature.
Accommodation Style B) Linen, bring your own towel, sleeping bag, liner and small pillow.
Single accommodation costs for Styles A & B are available upon request but cannot always be guaranteed

Please contact our reservation team regarding enquiries and bookings.

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