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West Coast Adventure Escorted Tour

Warmer and quieter than the eastern side, the west coast of Australia is a nature lover’s paradise. Spend 18 days exploring the best of the west with our West Coast Adventure tour, from Perth to Darwin. This is a journey that will take you across amazing landscapes, infinite deserts and stunning beaches.

A major highlight of this adventure will be Kimberley, a region boasting dramatic and untouched landscapes, steeped in tales of Australia's evolutionary history. Spend a night here in the heart of the Outback, and savour an authentic Australian dinner under the stars.

Cruise gorges, encounter wildlife, learn about the aboriginal culture, visit vast cattle stations and witness fantastic scenery. Prepare to be awe-struck as you soak up the spirit and beauty of these wonderfully raw lands.

Duration
18 days
Best time to go
May to November
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
a body of water next to the ocean

Trip highlights

  • Meet the dolphins at Monkey Mia and head out on a cruise to outer Ningaloo Reef in search of humpback whales
  • Travel through the Great Sandy Desert, before enjoying a guided tour of the historic pearling town of Broome
  • Pass through the striking ancient Outback of Pilbara en route to the remote mining town of Tom Price, nestled deep in the Hamersley Range
  • Enjoy the rugged scenery of Australia’s Kimberley region as you travel through the heart of the Outback to El Questro Wilderness Park

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be picked up and taken to your hotel. Following check-in, spend the rest of your day touring Perth’s shopping districts. Take in views from Kings Park, perched up on Mount Eliza, which overlooks the city. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner with your APT Tour Director and driver, and meet your fellow travellers.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Crowne Plaza
The Pinnacles, Western Australia

Moving on, you’ll explore Nambung National Park and the famous, ancient Pinnacles Rock Formations, which rise up to six metres above the shifting sands. Your night will be spent in Kalbarri, a beautiful little town where the ancient, rugged Outback meets sandy-white beaches.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Kalbarri Edge Resort
a rocky beach next to the ocean

In the morning, you’ll be driven towards the UNESCO World Heritage site of Shark Bay, famous for its sparkling blue waters, pure sands and abundance of marine wildlife. You’ll be staying at Monkey Mia, a beachfront resort situated close to the Shark Bay UNESCO World Heritage site. Shark Bay is home to one of the world’s best-known dolphin encounters. Spend your day at leisure and enjoy watching the sunset across the water before dinner.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Dolphin Resort
an island in the middle of a body of water

Today, you’ll take a walk along the beach of Monkey Mia and have the opportunity to observe the wild dolphins that come to shore, subject to appearance of course. You will also get to spend time visiting Shell Beach, one of only two beaches in the world that is made from billions of tiny non-fossilised shells. Moving on to Hamelin Pool, you’ll be able to view the world’s oldest living organisms, stromatolites.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Dolphin Resort
a turtle swimming under water

Your adventure today takes you to Coral Bay, the gateway to the Ningaloo Reef Marine Park. Cruise the beautiful reefs and view the forests of soft coral and tropical fish. Later,journey to Vlamingh Head for stunning views of Western Australia’s coastline, before continuing to Exmouth for the evening.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Fascine Lodge
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Travel inland today through some of Australia’s most ancient Outback landscapes. The Pilbara is home to deep rocky canyons and remote and isolated oases. The red terrain contrasts with the azure blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Later, visit the traditional iron ore mine of Mount Tom Price mine, and enjoy a guided tour.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Potshot Hotel
a river running through a canyon

Discover Karijini National Park, where gorges, waterfalls and rock pools provide a refreshing change of scenery from the red Pilbara terrain. Stop at Dale’s Gorge, Fortescue Falls and Oxers Lookout for some truly incredible views. In the afternoon, travel to Karratha, where you will spend the night.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Tom Price Hotel

After a tour of Karratha this morning, journey across the red earth of the Pilbara, with its impressive horizons and rocky landscapes. Visit Roebourne and Cossack before arriving in Port Hedland, home to Australia’s largest tonnage port, exporting iron ore to all corners of the globe.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Ibis Styles
a group of people on a beach near a body of water

Travel through the vast Great Sandy Desert to the historic pearl mining town of Broome. Enjoy a tour and arrive at your resort in time to see the famous sunsets of Broome.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Oaks Cable Beach
a large body of water

Today is at your leisure in Broome. Perhaps you might like to visit the Pearl Luggers Museum, where you can gain an insight into the town’s pearling history. Alternatively, why not spend time relaxing on the famous white sands, or take a camel ride along Cable Beach? Kindly note these activities are at your own expense.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Oaks Cable Beach
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a view of a body of water

Leaving the coast behind, skirt the southern edge of the Kimberley National Park and reach the remote town of Fitzroy Crossing, which is situated on the banks of the Fitzroy River, one of the region’s most iconic waterways.

Suggested Accommodation

  • itzroy River Lodge
a sunset over a body of water

Board a unique cruise along stunning Geikie Gorge and witness where annual flooding has bleached the limestone walls. Learn more about the area’s surrounding flora and fauna before rejoining the Great Northern Highway for our journey to Halls Creek.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Kimberley Hotel

Tour the Lirrgarn Argyle Diamond Mine, the world’s largest producer of diamonds and producer of the rare and very expensive pink diamond. Our journey continues through the heart of the Kimberley to El Questro Wilderness Park, a working cattle station.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Emma Gorge Resort
a body of water next to the ocean

Livistona Palms. Afterwards, take a locally-guided cruise along stunning Chamberlain Gorge. Later, you might like to hike into Emma Gorge and swim under the droplet waterfall, before it’s time to enjoy a delicious home-cooked dinner.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Emma Gorge Resort
a view of a lake
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Travelling along the last section of the Gibb River Road, journey to Lake Argyle. Created by the construction of the Ord River Dam, Lake Argyle is several times larger than Sydney Harbour, and forms part of the huge Ord River Scheme. Join a wildlife cruise along the river, keeping an eye out for crocodiles and many species of native birdlife.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Kununurra Country Club

Depart Kununurra this morning, crossing the border into the Northern Territory, and passing through the remote township of Timber Creek, before arriving in Katherine.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Ibis Styles
a turtle in the water
a turtle lying in the sand

Enjoy a Nabil Dreaming cruise along Katherine Gorge this morning before visiting Adelaide River and the Adelaide River War Cemetery of the Second World War. Continue to Darwin where this evening you’ll enjoy a Farewell Dinner.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Novotel Atrium Darwin

This morning after breakfast, enjoy a city tour before transferring to the airport for your onward flight. You may decide to continue your Australia adventure - ask your Destination Specialist about extending onto the Red Centre or Tropical North Queensland.

Included

  • Cost of accommodation for a total of 17 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • Board basis is Half Board: 18 breakfasts, one lunch and 14 dinners
  • All transportation by spacious luxury coach with modern amenities and professional driver
  • Airport transfers on the first and last day of your tour
  • Expert English-speaking local guides for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary, and an APT Tour Director
  • APT’s Enriching Signature Experiences
  • APT’s Freedom of Choice concept, where you have the flexibility to tailor your sightseeing and dinner options in select locations, at no additional cost
  • Overseas transfers and luggage porterage