Travel 2 Touring 18/19

AUSTRALIA

TOUR DETAILS

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Darwin

£2799 per person

PRICES FROM:

Mitchell Plateau

Katherine

LAND AIR RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

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PRICES INCLUDE • 13 nights’ camping (with basic facilities) and 1 night accommodation in a comfortable, central hotel • Meals as specified: 13 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 9 dinners • Touring by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle • Services of an experienced Intrepid group leader throughout • Arrival airport transfer in Broome, sightseeing and touring as specified (excludes ‘optional’ items)

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El Questro

Mt Elizabeth Station

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Lake Argyle

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Drysdale Station

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Bell Gorge

Windjana Gorge

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Purnululu NP Bungle Bungle

Broome

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LAND NIGHTS STAYED

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LAND AIR NIGHTS STAYED INCLUDED TOUR HIGHLIGHTS • Walk through the underground passage at Tunnel Creek learning about the culture and traditions of the first Australians • Discover a hidden highlight of the West Kimberley with a stop in the idyllic retreat of Bell Gorge • Marvel at the huge, four-tiered Mitchell Falls — a stunning testament to the power and scale of nature • Enjoy plenty of time to discover the untamed natural beauty of El Questro Station — paddle in waterfalls, hike through gorges and take on adventurous 4WD expeditions • Soak up the fiery sunsets over the red domes of the Bungle Bungle Ranges in Purnululu National Park • Climb aboard a Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise through the inspiring natural wonder of the Nitmiluk Gorge and acquire an understanding of Jawoyn customs 1 LAND RAIL CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1 LAND AIR RAIL NIGHTS STAYED 1

DEPARTURES 2019: May 4, 18; Jun 8, 22; Jul 13, 27; Aug 17, 31.

TOUR STYLE: Small Group (Original)

GROUP SIZE: 20 max

PHYSICAL DEMAND:

ACCOMMODATION LEVEL: Camping

Overnight hotels are subject to change. Should they vary from those shown in the itinerary, the alternative accommodation provided will always be of a similar standard.

LAND CRUISE NIGHTS STAYED

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Days 10 & 11: El Questro – Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles) Head south down the Great Northern Highway to Purnululu National Park, home of the magnificent Bungle Bungles. Rivers created this landscape of unique orange and black striped ‘beehive’ geological formations over a period of 20 million years. Unbelievably, only the locals knew it existed until the early 1980’s; once discovered by others, the area was made a national park in 1987. Explore Echidna Chasm (2km), known for its towering Livistonia Palm trees, and take a short walk (2-3km) into stunning Cathedral Gorge, where towering rocks create a natural amphitheatre. There is time in the afternoon to take an optional scenic flight and enjoy a birds- eye view of the beehive domes (approx $400pp, own expense) to put it all into perspective. (BLD) Day 12: Purnululu National Park – Lake Argyle Returning north we pause in Kununurra en route to the shores of the expansive Lake Argyle, situated at the heart of the Ord River Irrigation System, which has transformed this dry region into a lush agricultural oasis. Visit the historic Durack Homestead Museum or take on one of the many bush trails to explore the area. A sunset cruise on the lake is a stunning way to end the day. (BL) Day 13: Lake Argyle – Katherine Continue east along the Victoria Highway and cross the border into the Northern Territory as we travel to the outback town of Katherine, home to the spectacular Nitmiluk Gorge. (BLD) Day 14: Katherine - Nitmiluk Gorge & Edith Falls – Darwin A morning cruise through Katherine (Nitmiluk) Gorge is a great start to the last day. Nitmiluk Gorge is an inspiring natural wonder comprising 13 different gorges, carved over a millennia by the Katherine River. On the Nitnit Dreaming Cultural Cruise, we explore 2 of these gorges, and discover the customs of the traditional land owners, the Jawoyn people. After the cruise, enjoy a dip in Edith Falls then travel into Darwin, arriving at approx 5.00pm. (BL) Day 15: Depart Darwin You are free to depart Darwin at any time today. If you have more time we recommend you join another adventure into Litchfield National Park or Kakadu National Park. This is a camping tour with accommodation from Day 2 in permanent and pop-up tents with basic facilities.

Optional Pre/Post Stay Add-on nights are available in Broome & Darwin. Please call for details.

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