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Kimberley Darwin to Broome

Kimberley Darwin to Broome

Highlights: Darwin Sightseeing Tour - Sunset Dinner Cruise on Darwin Harbour - Cruise through Katherine Gorge - Lake Argyle Cruise & the Ord River Scheme - Kununurra Sightseeing - El Questro Station - Argyle Diamond Mine - Fitzroy Crossing & Geikie Gorge Cruise - 2 Nights in the City of Broome & Dinner at Cable Beach - Pearl Luggers

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DAY 1

ALBURY – MELBOURNE TUESDAY 28TH JUNE, 2022
Welcome aboard Martins Touring Coach for departure from Lavington Shopping Centre, Griffith Road Bus Stop at 12.15pm, Albury Rail at 12.30pm, Wodonga Plaza, Smythe St at 12.45pm, Wangaratta Coles, Perry Street Bus Stop 1.40pm for our 12 day Kimberley Adventure. Travel via the Hume Freeway to Melbourne for our overnight accommodation (convenient to airport).
Dinner tonight is at own expense. Tomorrow wake up, have breakfast, then it’s a short walk to the Virgin Terminal for our direct flight to Darwin.
Accommodation: Parkroyal Melbourne Airport, Ph 03 8347 2200

DAY 2

MELBOURNE – DARWIN WEDNESDAY 29TH JUNE
Following breakfast, head across to the Virgin Terminal and check in for the Flight VA1459 departing 10.40am arriving Darwin 2.45pm (refreshments in flight). On arrival into Darwin, our local coach will meet and transfer us to our hotel for the next two nights with time to settle in and relax. Late afternoon we will be heading to the Stokes Hill Wharf with a visit to the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Bombing of Darwin tourist facility - two iconic stories in one iconic location! Whilst here we join the Spirit of Darwin for a sunset dinner cruise on Darwin Harbour. We will see the Darwin skyline from a totally different perspective while enjoying an interesting commentary and dinner.
Accommodation: Doubletree by Hilton Esplanade (2 nights) Darwin Ph: 08 8980 0800

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DAY 3

EXPLORING DARWIN THURSDAY 30TH JUNE
Today we take in sights of Darwin. Many people aren’t aware of the importance of Darwin during World War II, so we’ll look at the city as it is today and also learn about the involvement and history of the bombings of Darwin. The present city centre was established in 1869 and contains many of its remaining historic buildings such as the Old Court House and Government House. We see Parliament House, built on the site of the Darwin Post Office bombed during the war, the port area plus the many other fascinating sights of Australia’s northern gateway. We return to our hotel for some free time and we can walk to the local shops and purchase lunch and have a look around.
Late afternoon we are off to the Mindil Beach Sunset Market – it is a major social event and this fabulous local market offers over 200 stalls with nearly 60 food stalls from more than 30 different countries. With the multi-cultural background of Darwin, we are sure to be tempted by some delicious food and smells as we explore the market! Dinner voucher is supplied. At a pre-arranged time, we transfer back to the hotel.

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DAY 4

DARWIN – KATHERINE FRIDAY 1ST JULY
We say farewell to Darwin and our hosts and head to Adelaide River where we visit the Adelaide River War Cemetery.  Adelaide River is the site of the only Australian war cemetery on Australian soil.  There are 432 servicemen and 63 civilians, all of whom died as a result of Japanese bombing raids, buried in the cemetery.  From here, we continue onto Pine Creek where we stop for lunch.  This afternoon we arrive into Katherine and check into our accommodation.  Of course, a visit to Katherine would not be complete without a cruise through Katherine Gorge.  Tonight, we do it in style as we join the Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Cruise.  Sit back and relax as the tranquil surroundings transport us into a spiritual world of Jawoyn culture and history.  Discover the music, stories and ways of the Jawoyn against a magnificent backdrop of cliff faces changing with the setting sun.  Experience the spectacular beauty of the gorge by candlelight whilst enjoying a delicious smorgasbord dinner.
Accommodation: Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine Ph: 08 8972 2511

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DAY 5

KATHERINE – KUNUNURRA SATURDAY 2ND JULY
From Katherine we travel to Victoria River Crossing and Timber Creek at the northern edge of the Gregory National Park. This park covers 12,500 square kilometres and is in a transitional zone between tropical and semi-arid regions.  We then cross the border into Western Australia. The state of Western Australia is the largest in the country and covers approximately one third of the whole of Australia. Just over the border we turn south to Lake Argyle for lunch. One of the many highlights of our tour to the Kimberley Ranges will be our cruise this afternoon from below the massive wall of Lake Argyle into Lake Kununurra, 55 kilometres downstream. The Ord River Scheme was a progressive and far sighted move to develop the tropical north of Western Australia. During “the wet’ the rivers of the East Kimberley become raging torrents. At times the Ord River can empty 50 million litres a second into the Cambridge Gulf!
Accommodation: The Kimberley Grande Resort, Kununurra Ph: 1300 955 549

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DAY 6

EXPLORING KUNUNURRA SUNDAY 3RD JULY
This morning we have time for optional flights over Purnululu National Park ex Kununurra (early morning is the best time to fly over the Bungle Bungles - Senior $425.00 Adult $445.00. This needs to be pre-booked). For those of us not wanting to fly, this is the perfect opportunity for a sleep-in! After a slightly later breakfast, we take a tour of Kununurra. The town was established as the residential and administrative centre of the Ord River Scheme - a huge irrigation scheme that was developed in the 1970s. Our sightseeing will include a visit to the town centre and the Diversion Dam, Kellys Knob for excellent views over the surrounding irrigated land and Ivanhoe Crossing. We finish our tour in town where we have time to purchase lunch and have a look around the shopping precinct.
Later this afternoon, we visit the Mirima National Park, also called Hidden Valley. The small park is just two kilometres out of town. The sandstone formations here resemble the domes of the famous Bungle Bungles (Purnululu National Park), which is why they are sometimes called Mini Bungle Bungles – it’s a perfect opportunity to get an “on ground” experience.

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DAY 7

WYNDHAM & EL QUESTRO MONDAY 4TH JULY
The Kimberley is one highlight after another and today is no exception as we head north to Wyndham. This small frontier town, 100 kilometres north of Kununurra, typifies the character of the Kimberley. Established near the tidal waters of the Cambridge Gulf, the port town is guarded by the thrusting summit of the Bastion Range, towering 1100 feet above sea level at its highest point. Many people say the “5 Rivers Lookout” from the top of the Bastion is one of the finest in Australia! We can’t be this close to Wyndham and not go to the lookout, but today’s real destination is El Questro Station - a million acre cattle station and wilderness park. On arrival we enjoy an early lunch before a cruise through Chamberlain Gorge, through a three kilometres waterhole with towering cliffs and lively and interesting bird life. This afternoon, after returning to the resort, we can take in another Kimberley sunset.

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DAY 8

KUNUNURRA – HALLS CREEK TUESDAY 5TH JULY
Departing Kununurra, we travel south to the Argyle Diamond Mine where we meet a guide for a tour of the mine. It is Australia's only major diamond producer, producing the extremely rare and valuable pink diamonds, as well as fine whites and intriguing champagne and cognac diamonds. After the mine tour and lunch in the Mess, we continue south to Halls Creek, on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert.
Accommodation: Kimberley Hotel, Halls Creek Ph:08 9168 6101

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DAY 9

HALLS CREEK – FITZROY CROSSING WEDNESDAY 6TH JULY
This morning, we continue west through the magnificent red mountain scenery of the Kimberley to Fitzroy Crossing. We enjoy lunch at the Lodge, and later this afternoon we travel out to nearby Geikie Gorge where we take a cruise through this spectacular landscape. The Fitzroy River has carved its path through the fossil "Barrier Reef" formed 300 million years ago, resulting in mountainous cliffs and breathtaking scenery.
Accommodation: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing Ph: 08 9191 5141

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DAY 10

FITZROY CROSSING – BROOME THURSDAY 7TH JULY
Our destination today is Broome, but on the way, we have a little detour to see the famous Boab Prison Tree, 7 miles south of Derby, which was used in the early days as an overnight lock up for prisoners before the final trek into Derby. Capable of holding a number of prisoners, it has an entrance which is about one metre wide and two metres high. Have your photo taken in front of the water trough – at 120m long and 1.2m wide, locals claim it is the biggest water trough in the southern hemisphere. Back on the highway again, we can purchase our lunch at the Willare Bridge Roadhouse before the last leg of our journey into Broome. Broome is situated on the coast at the southern tip of the Kimberley region. It is bounded by wide sandy beaches and turquoise water and enjoys a warm climate with plenty of sunshine. The discovery of rich pearling grounds off the coast in the 1880s led to the foundation of Broome township in 1883. By 1910 Broome was the world’s leading pearling centre.
Accommodation: The Oaks (2 nights), Broome Ph: 08 9192 9500

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DAY 11

EXPLORING BROOME FRIDAY 8TH JULY
We take a sightseeing tour of Broome this morning. We’ll see the red rocks of Gantheaume Point, the port area and we will take time to wander through the Japanese Cemetery. The cemetery dates back to the very early pearling days and bears witness to the close ties Japan established with Broome in the early 20th century. The first recorded interment in this cemetery is 1896. Literally hundreds of young Japanese divers died either from the bends (divers paralysis) or from drowning. A large stone obelisk in the cemetery recalls those who were drowned at sea in the 1908 cyclone. We then head to Chinatown with the jetty and pass by The Sun Pictures building, the open air theatre owned by the Yamsaki family. We’ll visit the fascinating attraction - Pearl Luggers. It’s often said that Broome’s pearling industry is as rich in culture as it is in pearls. We’ll be taken through an exciting array of pearling equipment with memorabilia from actual hard hat diving suits to the hand powered pumps which fed precious air to the divers below. To hear the stories first hand is a memorable experience. The rest of the day is free for us each to do as we please – perhaps some pearl shopping from one of the many outlets, some personal sightseeing or to just soak up the atmosphere of this isolated town. Late afternoon, we’ll drive out to the famous Cable Beach where we have a very special farewell dinner planned to take in the amazing sunset. Following dinner, we return to our hotel.

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DAY 12

BROOME – ALBURY SATURDAY 9TH JULY
Following breakfast and check-out procedures, we transfer to Broome Airport to board our return Flight QF1051 departing 11.40am (refreshments in flight). arriving Melbourne 5.35pm. Our Martins coach will be waiting to transfer home to Wodonga / Albury arriving approximately 10.00pm to complete a fantastic holiday away!

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TOUR COST

$6786.00 Per Person Twin/Double Share
$8028.00 Single Supplement

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

TOUR COST

$6786.00 Per Person Twin/Double Share

$8028.00 Single Supplement

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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Albury Rail Albury Railway Station, Railway Parade, Albury
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Lavington Shopping Ctr Lavington Shopping Ctr, Griffith Road, Lavington
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Wodonga Plaza, Smythe St Wodonga Plaza, Smythe Street Wodonga
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