West Coast Discovery

24 Days
Perth to Darwin
From (NZD)
$ 19,760
$ 19,260
Dates & Pricing

2020 Perth > Darwin

Treasures along the shore

Far from the bustling big cities lie the true wonders of Australia. From the friendly dolphins of Monkey Mia to the massive salt water crocodiles of Prince Frederick Harbour, dive into a world unlike any other and experience the best of Western Australia by land and sea.
Explore the incredible Pinnacles of Nambung National Park, mysterious limestone formations dating back thousands of years with no known source. Meet the friendly dolphins of Monkey Mia and take a stroll over the beautiful Shell Beach, formed by billions of miniscule shells. Go coral viewing at Ningaloo Reef, and enjoy a variety of experiences, from hopping on a Harley-Davidson™ Trike to riding a camel. Take an unforgettable cruise around the Kimberley region, discover the stunning flora and fauna of Montgomery Reef, the Lacepede Islands, and the Prince Frederick Harbour, and delight in the various waterfalls along your way, each uniquely distinct.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
AUPB
Duration:
24 days
Departure City:
Perth
Return City:
Darwin

Selected Itinerary

24 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Perth

    Welcome to cosmopolitan Perth for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Perth

    Freechoice

    Journey to Rottnest Island for a chance to spot a quokka or partake in a food and wine trail through Swan Valley. Alternatively, take a walking tour of Perth or enjoy a half day morning city explorer tour and cruise of Perth and Fremantle.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  3. Day 3 - Perth > Kalbarri

    Begin your journey north with a visit to Nambung National Park and the remarkable Pinnacles. Traveling through Geraldton see the HMAS Sydney Memorial before arriving in Kalbarri for a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Kalbarri

    Venture into Kalbarri National Park for a leisurely day of discovery. Visit the new Kalbarri Skywalk for views over the spectacular scenery of Murchison River Gorge. Stop at Red Bluff for panoramic views of the ocean.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  5. Day 5 - Kalbarri > Monkey Mia

    Travel to Hamelin Pool to see the world’s best known colony of stromatolites. Discover the secrets of Shark Bay with a visit to the Shark Bay Heritage Discovery Centre before arriving in Monkey Mia, home to Bottlenose dolphins. Enjoy a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Monkey Mia

    Cherish the opportunity to see the dolphins under the supervision of a national park ranger.

    Freechoice

    Cruise through Shark Bay searching for dugong or sail into the sunset. Alternatively, dine on damper as you listen to stories of the Dreamtime.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  7. Day 7 - Monkey Mia > Carnarvon

    Visit Shell Beach, formed by billions of coquina bivalve shells up to 10 metres deep, on your way to Carnarvon. Learn about the little known history of Carnarvon and the role it played in the manned space program at the Carnarvon Space and Technology Museum. Spend the night in Carnarvon.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Carnarvon > Exmouth

    Explore Coral Bay, where the turquoise blue of the ocean meets the sandy bay of Ningaloo Reef, before arriving in Exmouth.
    Enjoy your two night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Exmouth

    Start your day with a Ningaloo Reef coral viewing cruise before visiting historic Vlamingh Head Lighthouse for stunning views over Lighthouse Bay.

    Sundowners

    Enjoy a drink at the resort’s bar and watch the trawlers head out to begin their evening’s work.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Exmouth > Karratha

    Travel along the North West Coastal Highway before stopping in Dampier to learn about the North West Shelf Gas project. Stay at Karratha for the night.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  11. Day 11 - Karratha > Port Hedland

    Explore the Pilbara and view some of the world’s most ancient landscapes before arriving in Port Hedland. Its natural deep harbour sees the export of iron ore, salt, manganese livestock and natural gas. Overnight stay in Port Hedland.

    Enrich

    Discover the secrets of Port Hedland from your afternoon Port Hedland Harbour Cruise. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Port Hedland > Broome

    Pass through the Great Sandy Desert before arriving in tropical Broome on the Indian Ocean. Enjoy its beaches and tropical waters. Enjoy a two night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  13. Day 13 - Broome

    Freechoice

    Take a tour of Broome on a Harley-Davidson™ Trike or ride camels along the famous Cable Beach. Alternatively, visit Willie Creek Pearl Farm or enjoy a town tour including sunset on Cable Beach.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  14. Day 14 - Board ship

    Enjoy the Captain’s welcome drinks with fellow travellers and friendly Coral Expeditions’ crew. Take in stunning views from the sundeck as we cruise north towards Cape Leveque.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Lacepede Islands

    Subject to weather and tides, visit the Lacepede Islands, a series of low islands consisting of coarse sand and coral rubble lying atop a platform reef.  This nature reserve has been identified by Birdlife International as an Important Bird Area as it supports up to 18,000 breeding pairs of Brown Boobies and Roseate Terns, possibly the largest population in the world.  Disembark and board a Zodiac to explore the island’s lagoon, keeping an eye out for many species of marine birdlife including Australian pelicans, Frigate birds, egrets, gulls and terns. The islands are also renowned as Western Australia’s most significant breeding grounds for the Green turtle, and it is often seen nesting here.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  16. Day 16 - Horizontal Falls and Buccaneer Archipelago

    The visual delight of the Buccaneer Archipelago reveals Talbot Bay, where we find the natural wonder of the Horizontal Falls. The changing tide thunders through narrow gorges in the McLarty Ranges, and you can experience the thrill of traversing the falls at high speed aboard inflatable tenders.
    At Cyclone Creek, view evidence of massive geological forces in the impressive rock formations, or take the Xplorer cruise through the Iron Islands, past Koolan Island, before enjoying sunset drinks at Nares Point.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  17. Day 17 - Doubtful Bay

    Raft Point guards the entrance to this iconic area, with a host of destinations such as the mighty Sale River, Steep Island and Ruby Falls at Red Cone Creek. There may also be an opportunity to meet the Worrora people and experience the wonderous Wandjina art of Raft Point.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  18. Day 18 - Montgomery Reef

    Montgomery Reef is a biologically diverse area covering over 300 square kilometres. This marvellous reef is home to several species of marine turtles, dolphins, dugongs, and crocodiles. As the reef emerges from the sea at low tide, we get up close in the Xplorer and inflatables to witness the spectacle. Our guides share their knowledge on the formation of the reef and the wildlife found here.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  19. Day 19 - Prince Regent River and Careening Bay

    Running on a fault line, this straight river is a haven for native species. You may have an opportunity for swimming at Camp Creek, where we visit the beautiful King Cascade (swimming at freshwater swimming holes is subject to group size and local conditions).

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  20. Day 20 - Prince Frederick Harbour

    At the southern end of the York Sound lies one of the most spectacular locations in the Kimberley, Prince Frederick Harbour. It is home to many islands, mangroves and monsoon rainforests, set against a backdrop of steep red escarpment. White-bellied sea eagles and other birds of prey are often seen here, and at low tide expansive mudflats reveal large populations of various mudskippers and mangrove crabs. Spot massive Saltwater crocodiles on a cruise up Porosus Creek, visit art sites, and marvel at rock formations.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  21. Day 21 - Mitchell Falls, Winyalkan and Swift Bay

    Carved through layers of sandstone, Mitchell Falls descends over four tiers, creating pools of emerald green on each level. The option to take a scenic helicopter flight will give you a breathtaking view, or alternatively explore the sandstone caves of Hathway’s Hideaway or enjoy a catch and release fishing excursion. Swift Bay reveals a series of fine Wandjina art galleries.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  22. Day 22 - Vansittart Bay

    Vansittart Bay contains many sites of cultural and historical significance. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  23. Day 23 - King George River and Falls

    At over 80 metres, King George Falls are the highest twin falls in Western Australia. Feel humbled by nature’s awesome force as thousands of tonnes of water cascade over the ancient sandstone cliffs. Early in the season, you may cruise under the mist of the falls, while in later months we get up close to the sandstone walls to view the honeycomb erosion patterns.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  24. Day 24 - Darwin

    Our incredible adventure along the Kimberley Coast concludes in Darwin this morning. Bid farewell to new found friends, the Captain and crew.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

Highlights
  • Watch the Bottlenose dolphins at play in the waters of Monkey Mia
  • Meet a quokka during a visit to Rottnest Island
  • Cruise Port Hedland Harbour and take in the stunning views
  • See the amazing colours of the ocean at Coral Bay
  • Visit the newly constructed Kalbarri Skywalk in Kalbarri National Park
  • Feel humbled by the many waterfalls you will discover in the Kimberleys
  • Experience the beauty of the Kimberley coastline during your cruise

Handcrafted luxury inclusions
  • Fully escorted group touring
  • 1 exclusive Scenic Enrich experience
  • Your choice of 11 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • 1 memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • 51 meals – 23 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) and 19 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director and knowledgeable local guides
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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