WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Wonders of Western Australia Safari

12 days / 11 nights
Ex Darwin

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Explore Western Australia’s remote Kimberley and world-renowned Ningaloo Reef on this 13 day/12 night safari staying at three exclusive lodges.

Departing from Darwin by light aircraft, fly south-west to remote Faraway Bay Lodge on Western Australia’s Kimberley coastline. This small eco-lodge has just 8 comfortable cabins situated on top of a cliff, nestled amid native bushland overlooking the bay. Guests can enjoy a plethora of exciting activities exploring this beautiful area including indigenous rock art tours, remarkable King George Falls and excursions to secret waterfalls and freshwater swimming holes.

Next fly to beautiful El Questero Homestead, perched on a cliff overlooking the Chamberlain River and surrounded by 700,000 acres of mostly untouched wilderness. Enjoy three nights here exploring this unique environment, enjoying activities including bush cultural tours, swimming in the thermal pools of Zebedee Springs and guided walks to some of the most spectacular gorges in the Kimberley.

Complete your outback journey of Western Australia at Sal Salis – a stone’s throw from the UNESCO World Heritage-Listed Ningaloo Reef. The reef is just 100m metres from the shoreline home to a wealth of marine life including staghorn coral, manta rays and clownfish. Activities here include snorkelling, sea kayaking and guided bush walks into the Cape Range National Park. Major highlights include swimming with whale sharks and humpback whales.

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Wonders of Western Australia Safari

12 days/11 nights


Days 1-4

Faraway Bay Lodge

Departing in the afternoon, start your Wonders of Western Australia Safari with a light aircraft flight from Darwin to Faraway Bay Lodge. This 90-minute scenic journey flies over the Timor Sea and Joseph Bonaparte Gulf before crossing the beautiful Kimberley Coast and touching down on the lodge’s airstrip. Situated on a cliff top amid native bushland, enjoy three nights at this remote eco-lodge on the Kimberley coastline.

There are an exciting array of activities on offer exploring the very heart of this beautiful region including rock art tours, 4WD billabong safaris, beachcombing, picnics and exploring the remarkable King George Falls. At the end of each day reflect on the day’s adventures as you enjoy pre-dinner canapés at the bar or overlooking the bay. Dinner is a sumptuous two-course meal that uses as much fresh produce from the Ord River region as possible. Freshly caught wild barramundi is a specialty.

Days 5-7

El Questro Homestead

Around mid morning, fly to superb El Questro Homestead – a member of the exclusive Luxury Lodges of Australia portfolio. Perched along the steep sides of the Chamberlain River, the luxurious and isolated El Questro Homestead consists of ten thoughtfully appointed rooms and suites, a swimming pool and tennis court, surrounded by a 700,000 acres of mostly untouched wilderness.

A typical day exploring the astounding wilderness may begin with an early morning cruise along the Chamberlain River or a birdwatching tour. There are a plethora of other activities on offer in this unique environment, such as swimming in the waterfalls and thermal pools of Zebedee Springs, a Bush Culture, History & Nature Tour, a sunset tour to Buddy’s Point or guided walks to some of the most spectacular gorges in the Kimberley.

Helicopter Add-ons:
For those that wish to explore a little further afield, there are several exciting helicopter tours available (additional cost), to some of the Kimberley’s most breath-taking geological areas including Mitchell Falls and the Bungle Bungles. A visit to the well-hidden Miri Miri Falls – accessible only by helicopter – is highly recommended. Please contact us for more details.

Day 8

Perth

Today transfer to Kununurra and fly to Perth. On arrival you will be met and transferred to a centrally located hotel. Perth is rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities, and offers visitors a fantastic mix of relaxed city life, stunning beaches and easy access to countless boutique wineries. Another hotspot is nearby Rottnest Island (accessible by ferry) where you can find native quokkas – adorable cat-sized marsupials.

Day 9-12

Sal Salis

Today transfer to the airport for your flight to Exmouth (approximately 2 hours), the gateway to the incredible World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Coast. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Sal Salis in the Cape Range National Park. Accommodation at this exclusive property is in spacious, elevated eco-tents, a stone’s throw from the Indian Ocean. Ningaloo Reef is just 100m metres off-shore, home to a wealth of marine life including staghorn coral, manta rays and clownfish. Activities here include snorkelling (all gear including wetsuits are provided), sea kayaking and walking to various spectacular gorges, where you might see iconic Australian wildlife such as kangaroos.

Whale Sharks
Each year between April and July, gentle whale sharks congregate in huge numbers here, and during this season, (delete comma) guests have the opportunity to swim with the largest fish on earth (extra cost).

Humpback Whales
Between June and November each year, some 30,000 humpback whale’s migrate along Ningaloo Reef up towards their breeding grounds further north. As of 2016, the Western Australian government has given Sal Salis guests the go-ahead to share the waters with migrating humpback whales (from August to October, at additional cost).

Day 13

Tour Ends

This morning you will be transferred to the Learmonth Airport where your tour ends.

Optional Add On:
After a multi-day hike there’s no better way to rest and relax than sipping a glass of wine in the countryside. The Louise in the state’s renowned Barossa Valley is the ideal spot to explore on the way back to Adelaide after your walk. With just 15 peaceful suites, this intimate property has plenty of quiet spaces. Fill your days visiting boutique winemakers, the Barossa Valley is home to over 80 cellar doors and more than 50 artisan producers. For a relaxing afternoon spend a few hours playing a round or two of boules or try your hand at a game of chess using the giant outdoor board. Boasting an evolving menu using only the freshest produce, no stay is complete without a meal at the highly acclaimed Appellation restaurant.

Places to stay in Western Australia

Below are some of our most popular places to stay in Western Australia. Please contact us for more information.

El Questro Homestead

A glamorous oasis in the remote and rugged Kimberley region, El Questro Homestead is a diamond in the rough.

Faraway Bay Lodge

This unique eco lodge is a magical destination about as far away from anywhere as you could wish to be. Perched above a perfect bay on the Kimberley Coast, the lodge and its 8 elevated cabins

Cable Beach Club

Situated a stone’s throw from beautiful Cable Beach, this award-winning resort offers a relaxing setting amid gently swaying palm trees and endless Indian Ocean sunsets.

Sal Salis

Half-hidden amongst sand dunes in the Cape Range National Park, Sal Salis is your entry point to the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef.

Cape Lodge

Premium wines and distinguished cuisine place Cape Lodge at the forefront of Margaret River wine country stays.

COMO the Treasury

COMO The Treasury provides an elegant, restful base from which to explore the wilder lures of Western Australia.

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