Highlights: City of Broome, Award Winning Willie Creek Pearl Farm, Dinner at Zanders on Cable Beach, Ningaloo Reef Cruise Coral Bay, Monkey Mia, Kalbarri Wilderness Cruise, Kalbarri National Park Skywalk, Cervantes National Park, The Pinnacles, New Norcia Museum & Art Gallery, Sightseeing Tour of Perth & FremantleView Dates & Book
ALBURY – MELBOURNE SATURDAY 1ST OCTOBER, 2022
Welcome! We haven’t done the “West Coast” for a number of years, so join us for this coast-hugging tour which starts with three nights in beautiful Broome. This holiday will also include the mining, national parks and some great natural attractions!
All aboard Martins Touring Coach for departure from Lavington Shopping Centre, Griffith Road at 12.15pm, Albury Rail at 12.30pm, Wodonga Plaza Smythe Street 12.45pm and Wangaratta Coles, Perry Street Bus Stop 1.40pm to Melbourne for our fabulous tour to the West Coast of Australia. Our overnight accommodation and dinner at the Parkroyal Melbourne Airport, so we will just have a short walk to the Qantas terminal tomorrow morning.
Accommodation: Parkroyal Melbourne Airport Tullamarine Ph: 03 8347 2200
MELBOURNE – BROOME SUNDAY 2ND OCTOBER
Following an early breakfast, we transfer to the Qantas terminal for check in at 8.15am for our direct Flight QF1050 to Broome departing 8.15am arriving 9.50am. 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 – a perfect place to start our winter holiday! 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. We’ll learn all about the pearling industry in the next few days, but first, we’ll head to the Broome Courthouse Markets for some free time to purchase lunch. This afternoon we’ll take a sightseeing tour of Broome, then check into our accommodation – unpack and settle in before we meet up again for dinner.
Accommodation: The Oaks Cable Beach (3 nights) Broome Ph: (08) 9192 9500
EXPLORING BROOME MONDAY 3RD OCTOBER
Today we discover the rare and beautiful Australian South Sea Cultured Pearl at the award-winning Willie Creak Pearl Farm Tour. The fascinating tour will give us an insight into the process of pearl farming, from shell to showroom. Set amongst the crystal-clear waters and mangrove lined banks of Willie Creek, we’ll learn how pearl technicians seed and harvest oysters and discover exactly what makes the perfect pearl. Our visit includes lunch a boat cruise and time for some retail therapy.
Back in Broome we 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 interesting 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.
Tonight, we head to Cable Beach for our special sunset dinner overlooking the water.
BROOME AT LEISURE TUESDAY 4TH OCTOBER
Today is a free day to relax or take an optional day tour taking in some of the regions amazing sights. There is a full day tour to Horizontal Falls with scenic flights and a cruise into Horizontal Falls available.
This optional full day tour to Horizontal Falls is approximately $880 per person and includes Hotel Transfers, Return Scenic Flights, Fast Boat Cruise, Morning Tea, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Drinks, Native Title Access Fees.
All bookings are based on availability and are pre-paid separately to tour costs.
BROOME – PORT HEDLAND WEDNESDAY 5TH OCTOBER
We have an early start today as we travel through some of the most sparsely populated and remote areas of Australia - we skirt the Great Sandy Desert to the east and Eighty Mile Beach to the west. We’ll stop enroute for our picnic lunch then deviate from the highway to view Eighty Mile Beach near Wallal Downs Station.
From here we drive to Pardoo Roadhouse for an afternoon stop and then onto Port Hedland.
Accommodation: Ibis Styles,Port Hedland Ph: (08) 9173 1511
PORT HEDLAND – KARRATHA THURSDAY 6TH OCTOBER
After breakfast we have a look at Port Hedland, then depart for Karratha. In nearby Dampier we visit the North West Shelf Visitor Centre. The centre will give us a good explanation of the gas extraction, liquefaction and exporting process on the Burrup Peninsula production. The Centre has a view of Woodside’s plant and port facility, where a staggering rate of 10,000 cubic metres per hour is loaded onto ships for export!
Accommodation: Ibis Styles Karratha Ph: (08) 9159 1000
KARRATHA – EXMOUTH FRIDAY 7TH OCTOBER
Passing through the Pilbara we make our way south-west towards the North West Cape. As we travel along the North West Coastal Highway we have Ningaloo Reef running along the coast to our right. Lunch enroute at Nanutarra Roadhouse before we pass Giralia Station – a large (265,000 hectare) and very isolated farm which runs approximately 25,000 sheep, before arriving into Exmouth. This remote but fascinating area of Western Australia is famous for its annual fishing competition and is also the location of a jointly operated Australian/USA Naval Communication Station.
Accommodation: Potshot Motel , Exmouth Ph: (08) 9949 1200
EXMOUTH – CARNARVON SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER
Following breakfast, we head south towards Coral Bay where we join our coral viewing vessel for a cruise around the Ningaloo Marine Park with its remarkable reef. Although the Ningaloo Reef is not as well-known as the Great Barrier Reef off the Queensland coast, it is just as spectacular. It is also very accessible. In some places it can be viewed literally metres from the shore! After cruising, we leave the North West Cape and travel to Carnarvon for our overnight stop. Before checking in to our accommodation, we take a look around. One Mile Jetty, built in 1897, is located here and if anyone is up for an easy walk – or an optional ride on the “Coffee Pot” train – you can view the Gascoyne River mouth, mangrove and marine life, migrating birds and jetty activity (renowned for its great fishing) with sunset a particularly attractive time to go!
We’ll meet up for dinner in the hotel restaurant this evening.
Accommodation: Hospitality Inn Carnarvon Ph: (08) 9941 1600
CARNARVON – DENHAM SUNDAY 9TH OCTOBER
We enjoy a leisurely start to the day as we continue south on the North West Coastal Highway. We’ll stop at Hamelin Pool to see a colony of Stromatolites (fossil micro-organisms) that date back to the beginning of life on earth. We enjoy lunch at the Telegraph Station then make our way through to Denham visiting Shell Beach along the way. The final leg of today’s journey sees us arriving at Monkey Mia for the night.
Accommodation: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort Monkey Mia Ph: (08) 9948 1320
MONKEY MIA – KALBARRI MONDAY 10TH OCTOBER
With any luck, the famous dolphins will visit this morning and we can learn all about them by visiting the Information Centre located on the beach front at Monkey Mia. Of course, they are wild, so cannot be guaranteed. From here we head back towards the highway, then south to Kalbarri for two nights.
Accommodation: The Edge Resort, Kalbarri Ph: (08) 9937 0000
KALBARRI NATIONAL PARK TUESDAY 11TH OCTOBER
Our local touring today takes in the Kalbarri National Park. Mid-morning, we join Kalbarri Wilderness Cruises and enjoy a cruise up the Murchison River, giving us the opportunity to view native birds and animals while enjoying our picnic lunch onboard. Back in town we make our way to Rainbow Jungle which is considered to be Australia’s most beautiful parrot habitat. It contains the largest parrot free flight aviary in the country. It also has the biggest flock of Purple Crowned Lorikeets in the world. We complete our day with a drive out to the brand new Kalbarri Skywalk over the Murchison River Gorge. Have your camera ready as we see Nature’s Window, a natural rock arch which frames the river view perfectly!
KALBARRI – CERVANTES WEDNESAY 12TH OCTOBER
After an early start this morning take the coastal road south, stopping for magnificent views along the cliffs before rejoining the highway. On our arrival in Geraldton, take a look at the local sights including the port area, the St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and the HMAS Sydney Memorial before arriving at the Museum of Geraldton. Overlooking the Indian Ocean, the Museum of Geraldton celebrates the rich heritage of the land, sea and people of the Mid West region. We take a look through the museum then have lunch at nearby Skeetas Restaurant. This afternoon, we continue south through Dongara stopping briefly for a photo opportunity of the Greenough Trees - this area is characterised by river red gums which have given up defying the prevailing winds and bent themselves almost parallel to the earth in an attempt to escape the salt and the wind blowing off the Indian Ocean. The whole area does lie in the lee of a range of sand dunes which protects it from the worst of these winds. From here, we travel along the coast to the town of Cervantes - the access point to the truly remarkable Nambung National Park.
Accommodation: Cervantes Pinnacles Motel Cervantes Ph: (08) 9652 7145
CERVANTES – PERTH THURSDAY 13TH OCTOBER
One of the highlights of our tour will be a visit to the truly remarkable Nambung National Park. Here we see the famous Pinnacles that rise out of the yellow sand dunes. The limestone pillars, standing two meters tall, are one of the state’s foremost natural wonders. Late morning, we head to the interesting town of New Norcia. It was here that the Spanish Benedictine monks established a monastery as an Aboriginal mission; it is now one of the great cultural heritage sites of Australia. After lunch in the New Norcia Hotel, we enjoy a tour of the town and a visit to the amazing Museum & Art Gallery, then make our way to Perth.
Accommodation: Crowne Plaza (2 nights), Perth Ph: (08) 9270 4244
EXPLORING PERTH FRIDAY 14TH OCTOBER
After breakfast we embark on a sightseeing tour of the Western Australian capital and discover the unique charm of the city of Perth, featuring the main city block with its unusual combination of skyscrapers and colonial architecture, including Parliament House, St Mary's Cathedral, Government House, Barrack Arch, London Court and the Perth Mint.
Late morning, join Captain Cook Cruises for a cruise down the Swan River to Fremantle. A full commentary is included as we pass Kings Park, the Swan Brewery, the Royal Perth Yacht Club and Point Walter Spit. On arrival in Fremantle, have a Fish and Chips lunch at Cicerello's restaurant overlooking the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour. Next we visit the Western Australian Maritime Museum, and hear a staff member regale stories of the sea and explain some of the unique galleries which enhance the tales. The Museum is also the home to the winning America’s Cup yacht, Australia II.Our final visit for the day is to the Fremantle Markets then we head back to Perth.
PERTH – MELBOURNE – ALBURY SATURDAY 15TH OCTOBER
Sadly, our holiday has come to an end, but what an interesting and enjoyable time we’ve had! This morning, we transfer to the Perth Airport to connect with our flight QF0776 to Melbourne for departure at 11.05am. On arrival in Melbourne at 5.30pm, our Martins coach will be ready to transfer us back to Albury. We arrive home with many fantastic memories of the West Coast.
$7215.00 Per Person Twin / Double Share
$8690.00 Single Supplement
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
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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