Wild Australia

Travel off the well trod path to explore the wilderness character of Northern Australia - from horseback riding in the Kimberely, to diving Ningaloo Reef, to exploring Bamurru Plains.

Country Information

Australia

Eastern Standard Time GMT +10 NSW, ACT, Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania

Central Time GMT +9.5 Northern Territory and South Australia

Western Time GMT +8 Western Australia

Australian Dollar (AUD)

Wild Australia New Reality

(Countries Visited)

Australia


(Interest Type(s))

Sustainable Travel

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Safari Tours

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Adventure Travel


(Tour Length)

14 Days


Tour Highlights

Starting at: $19,590
  • Discover the Ningaloo Reef, an extraordinary but unknown natural gem, where giant whale shark – the world’s largest fish – and turtles come each summer
  • Experience the natural beauty of the Kimberely, and enjoy a variety of optional activities in the area from a cruise in Chamberlain Gorge, horseback riding treks or nature hikes with a ranger
  • Enjoy exclusive access to ancient aboriginal sites in Arnhem Land to experience a fascinating mix of traditional and living culture
  • Explore Bamurru Plains, an extraordinary wilderness on the coastal floodplains of the Mary River Delta just west of Kakadu National Park
  • Stay in outstanding properties such as Sal Salis and Barmurru Plains that have established sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint, including generating most or all of their energy via the use of solar power

Day 1:  Perth, Australia
Upon arrival at Perth International Airport, you are met by a representative, who will present your Australian documentation, and transfer you by private vehicle to your accommodation.  The remainder of the day is at leisure.  While in Perth, enjoy optional activities such as a full-day tour of Perth and historic Fremantle; a leisurely stroll around Queens Gardens and Kings Park; or day in the superb Swan Valley wine region.  For nature lovers, take a swim with the dolphins cruise from Rockingham, or explore Perth’s stunning coastline and wildlife such as dolphin, penguin and sea lion.  Enjoy a ferry excursion to fascinating Rottnest Island, cruise on the Swan River, or visit Cottesloe Beach for a refreshing swim.  The Richardson Hotel - Executive Room (B)

Day 2:  Perth / Exmouth / Ningaloo Reef
You are met by your private car and driver and transferred to Perth Airport for your onward flight.  Fly to Exmouth, where you are met by a representative and transferred to your accommodation.  Stretching along Western Australia’s harsh and arid coast, the Ningaloo Reef is an extraordinary yet largely unknown jewel in Australia’s natural heritage.  Here, you see the giant whale shark – the world’s largest fish – and turtles that come ashore to lay their eggs in summer.  Lying just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, the waters are warm for most of the year and the beaches are white and beautifully clean.  Hidden in the dunes overlooking pristine beaches and coral reefs, the Sal Salis exclusive bush camp offers a touch of style to a remote and beautiful wilderness region.  The camp is a model ecotourism development camp operated under the Department of Environment and Conservation.  By virtue of the small size, just nine luxury tents, the impact on the environment is minimal.  The carbon footprint is greatly reduced by a number of sustainable practices employed at the camp.  Its power, 100%, is generated by solar panels to ensure a predominantly clean source of energy and preserve the peace and quiet of this pristine area.  Each en-suite bathroom has an effective composting toilet, and the grey water from the showers and hand basins is carefully managed to ensure only filtered water is dispersed back into the ground.  Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef - Luxury Tent (B,L,D)  

Day 3:  Ningaloo Reef & Coral Coast
Today is at leisure to pursue your own interests.  Ningaloo Reef is one of the largest fringing reefs in the world, stretching 260 km/161.5 mi along the coast and nearly 20 km/12.4 mi seaward from the beach.  It is bounded by the small fishing townships of Exmouth and Coral Bay – both of which have retained much of their original charm.  Optional activities include wildlife watching:  turtle nesting (November - January), coral spawning (March - April), and whale watching (August-November).  Or opt for guided gorge walks; sea kayak trips, diving; snorkeling; or whale shark charters (April - June).  Some options carry an additional cost.  Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef - Luxury Tent (B,L,D)

Day 4:  Ningaloo Reef / Learmonth / Kununurra / The Kimberley
You are transferred to the airport for your flight to Learmonth to Kununurra via Broome.  Upon arrival at Kununurra Airport, you are met by a representative of El Questro and transferred to your accommodation (approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes drive).  El Questro Homestead (B,L,D)

Days 5/6:  The Kimberley
These days are at leisure at El Questro Wilderness Park, with its abundant natural beauty.  There are a variety of optional activities to relish here.  Cruise the Chamberlain Gorge; enjoy Zebedee Springs thermal pools; go on horseback riding treks; or spend the day with a ranger and the local wildlife.  You can also opt for scenic flights of Lake Argyle and the Bungle Bungles.  The Kimberley spans the Northwest from Kununurra to Broome, and has fewer people per square kilometer than almost any other place on Earth.  The remote rugged ranges and splendid coastline present a unique mix of seclusion and majestic scenery.  Enjoy a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungle to appreciate the grandeur of these bee-hive like ranges.  Cruise the quiet waters of Lake Argyle with the fresh water crocodiles.  Marvel at the breathtaking Horizontal Falls.  Fish for barramundi in spectacular outback gorges.  El Questro Homestead (B,L,D)

Day 7:  Kununurra / Darwin
This morning, you will be met at your accommodation by a representative of El Questro Wilderness Park and transferred to Kununurra Airport for your onward flight to Darwin.  Upon arrival at Darwin Airport you will be met by your private car and driver and transferred to your accommodation.  The remainder of today is at leisure.  In Darwin, you can opt for a half-day city tour, stroll around the botanic gardens; explore Darwin’s waterfront, pay a visit to fascinating Crocodylus Park, do a bit of shopping at one of Darwin’s many markets, or learn about the native flora and fauna on a visit to the Territory Wildlife Park.  Skycity - Ocean View Suite (B)

Day 8:  Darwin / Arnhem Land
This morning, meet up with your specialist guide who grew up among the authentic Aboriginal tribes of Arnhem Land and head south to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park.  Your first stop en route is Fogg Dam Reserve, with year-round water coverage that assures its position as an important feeding and roosting site for a wide variety of water birds and  animals.  Next travel onto the Adelaide River, where you have the opportunity to witness the fabulous jumping crocodiles and other wildlife.  These saltwater crocodiles are surprisingly powerful and can project their bodies almost totally out of the water.  This species has survived more than 200 million years.  Lunch is at the Bark Hut Inn, an Aussie Roadhouse built during the buffalo era.  It is a reminder of earlier, wilder times.  Your last stop today is at Cooinda, one of Kakadu’s icons - a Yellow Water Cruise.  The wildlife on this pristine billabong includes saltwater crocodiles, Jacana birds, magnificent sea eagle and some 280 other species.  Here you will witness at close hand the wealth of wildlife in this tranquil habitat and enjoy one of the Top Ends great sunsets.  Tonight is a special treat, camping out under the stars in a special location designed by your guide, who also serves as your chef this evening.  Lord Safaris - Permanent Tented Camp Site (B,L,D)

Day 9:  Arnhem Land
Explore Arnhem Land, ancient aboriginal lands that are not accessible by the public.  Visitors are able to experience a fascinating mix of traditional and living culture.  Arnhem Land is perhaps the one area in Australia where indigenous culture is still dominant, despite a long history of interaction with other cultures such as the Macassens, who came from the Indonesian Island of Sulawesi for more than 500 years to harvest sea slugs.  Arnhem Land today has managed to maintain its frontier identity and is the homeland of some 20,000 people.  While here, your traditional Aboriginal guide takes you to ancient rock art sites on Injalak Hill (Long Tom Dreaming).  This area has some of the finest examples of rock art in Western Arnhem Land.  The view from the top of the hill is simply breathtaking, looking out across the floodplains and around the escarpment.  Later visit the nonprofit Injalak Art & Craft Centre, where you can do a bit of shopping or just watch traditional aboriginal people paint and women weave pandanus baskets.  Travel on to the award winning Davidson's Arnhemland Lodge, situated in the Northwest corner of Arnhem Land and adjacent to Kakadu National Park and Coburg Peninsular in Australia’s Northern Territory.  This vast sub-tropical savannah has been described both as a national treasure trove depicting ancient human occupation and as a pristine wilderness hosting myriad ecosystems and wildlife inhabitants.  Access to the safari lodge is by 4wd during the dry season (May-October).  Davidsons Arnhemland Lodge –  Deluxe Cabin (B,L,D)  

Day 10:  Arnem Land
Today you enjoy a range of activities including fishing, aboriginal art, or a billabong cruise through unique landscapes.  Davidson's Arnhemland Safaris at Mt Borradaile is a registered, exclusively leased  aboriginal sacred site that occupies a remote 700 sq km/270 sq mi area, which is nestled against the Arnhem Land escarpment.  This is a landscape of rugged ranges fringed by idyllic billabongs, flood plains, paper bark swamps and monsoonal rainforests – an amazingly beautiful wilderness.  Valleys, overhangs and caves have been occupied for over 50,000 years and offer magnificent galleries of rock art as well as occupation and burial sites.  Guests have the opportunity to access a very special, protected and highly restricted region via the honorary custodian status conferred on Max Davidson and his staff by the traditional landowners.  Davidsons Arnhemland Safari –  Tented Camp (B,L,D)

Days 11:  Arnem Land / Bamurru Plains
After lunch, you head onto Bamurru Plains, an extraordinary wilderness on the coastal floodplains of the Mary River Delta, situated just west of Kakadu National Park.  Each of the nine Safari Bungalow blends seamlessly with the surrounding bush, with a focus on luxury comforts, a supremely comfortable bed, innovative Australian cuisine and premium wines.  This luxury camp ensures that guests are exposed to the sights and sounds of this spectacular environment.  This camp has carefully planned every aspect with an eye to minimizing the impact on the land.  That includes energy usage, waste disposal, choice of linen, recycling bottles and eco-certified cleaning materials.  The bulk, about 75%, of the camp’s power is generated by the sun through an array of 128 solar panels.  This not only ensures a predominantly clean source of energy but also allows guests to hear the sounds of the bush at night without the noise of a diesel generator in the background.  The camp also supports communities by using products produced locally.  Bamurru Plains – Safari Bungalow (B,L,D)  

Day 12:  Barmurru Plains
Today is at leisure or opt for one of the many activities available.  The floodplains of the Mary River region form one of the most significant ecosystems in Australia.  Dominated by climatic extremes of the tropical monsoon, the wetlands and savannah woodlands that fringe the coastal regions between Darwin and Kakadu National Park host an extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna.  Bamurru’s team of passionate field guides exhilarating airboat trips on the floodplains, cruises on the Sampan River (April to October) to spot crocodiles, 4x4 safaris, scenic helicopter flights over the floodplains and coastline.  For bird watchers, the varied habitats include black soil floodplains, paperbark swamps, savannah woodland, river mangroves and coastal beaches, which result in an extraordinary diversity of bird life.  The property is also known for the quality of its barramundi fishing (additional cost).  Specialist guides can be arranged for as needed.  Bamurru Plains – Safari Bungalow (B,L,D)

Day 13:  Bamurru Plains / Darwin
You are escorted to your onward air transfer to Darwin, where you will be met by your private car and driver and transferred to your accommodation for overnight.  Skycity - Ocean View Suite (B)

Day 14:  Darwin / Depart
Today you will be met by your private car and driver and transferred to Darwin Airport for your onward flight.  (B)

Land price, per person, double occupancy:  From $19590.

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