Wonders of the Pilbara & West Coast
From 28/07/2020 to 20/09/2020
CITY TOUR in PerthVISIT Kings Park Perth, HMAS Sydney Memorial Geraldton, Space and Technology Museum Carnarvon, Fortescue Falls Karijini National ParkVIEW the Pinnacles, wild dolphins in Monkey Mia, Lighthouse Bay, sunset over Cable BeachCRUISE on Ningaloo Reef.
12 breakfasts9 dinnersAudio Headsets for flexible sightseeingDaily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening mealsLuxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)Cherry-picked hotels all tried and trustedHandcrafted HighlightsOptional Experiences and free timeAll porterage and local charges includedMust-see sightseeing and surprise extrasAn expert Travel Director and separate Driver, Driver Guide only on Mini-StaysAll hotel tips, charges and local taxesAirport transfers on the first and last day of your guided holidayVIP entry to many sights.
Itinerary / more information
1 - Ease into the relaxed remote city of Perth (flights to arrive before 12pm), joining your Travel Director this afternoon for a leisurely tour of the capital of Western Australia. Visit Kings Park and the scenic Botanic Garden on the broad expanse of the Swan River before indulging in a Welcome Reception and dinner with your fellow travellers this evening.
2 - Embark on an epic road trip north, along the stunning Western Australian coastline. Our first stop is at Yanchep National Park, renowned for its caves, native bush and koala colonies. Here, we'll 'Connect With Locals' and immerse ourselves in the local Aboriginal culture in an authentic bush setting, sharing a 'Be My Guest' experience with local Nyoongar man, Derek Nannup. We continue along the coast to the seaside hamlet of Lancelin and view the other-worldly Pinnacles, thousands of limestone spires that rise from the ochre desert floor. Later, we'll explore the seaside township of Geraldton and visit the HMAS Sydney memorial, honouring the souls lost in a World War II battle.
3 - We travel to Hamelin Pool this morning to discover a colony of Stromatolites, described as the earliest record of life on earth. Nearby, we'll find Shell Beach, formed from billions of tiny white cockle shells, before continuing to Monkey Mia, whose crystal-clear waters and exquisite beach setting provide a beautiful backdrop for our two-night stay.
4 - Live in the moment on this leisurely day that begins with breakfast overlooking the tranquil turquoise waters of the bay. You could catch a glimpse of the famous Monkey Mia dolphins swimming into shore to be fed. (Note: As the dolphins are wild creatures, their appearance cannot be guaranteed.) Later today, your choice of sightseeing could see you relax around a campfire at an indigenous experience or unwind on a bay cruise at sunset.
5 - We venture north to Carnarvon today and visit the interactive Space and Technology Museum, which reveals the little-known town's role in the Space Race. The Carnarvon Tracking Station was built to support NASA's Gemini, Apollo and Skylab programmes and was the last station to communicate with the space capsules leaving the earth's orbit. See some of the space exhibits and climb into the full-size mock-up of an Apollo command module, before enjoying the rest of the day free to explore.
6 - Connect with your exquisite natural surrounds today during a visit to the Cape Range National Park with its spectacular rocky gorges. At Coral Bay, cruise over the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef in a glass-bottomed boat, keeping a keen eye out for manta rays, sea turtles, humpback whales and dolphins. Then visit Vlaming Head Lighthouse for panoramic views over Lighthouse Bay. The lighthouse is one of the few locations in Australia where both the sunrise and sunset can be observed. A Trafalgar Highlight sees us overnight just metres from the waters of beautiful Exmouth Gulf.
7 - A full free day to indulge in your own interests. Explore Exmouth, the eco-adventure capital of Western Australia, swim alongside Whale Sharks in Ningaloo Marine Park (seasonal) on an Optional Experience or relax at the sparkling hotel pool, overlooking the Gulf.
8 - The magnificent views of Lighthouse Bay linger long after we continue our journey north to Western Australia's ancient Pilbara region, dating back some 4.3 billion years. Known for its rich cultural heritage, brilliant red earth and vast mineral deposits, the region's diverse landscapes have been home to local Aboriginal people for centuries.
9 - Explore Western Australia's mining heritage with a 'Local Specialist' as you embark on a guided tour of Rio Tinto's massive open-cut iron-ore mine. Then, journey into the depths of the Pilbara to Karijini National Park, with its characteristic deep gorges, secluded emerald rock-pools and towering waterfalls. This evening, watch as the sun sets over the wilderness in one of Trafalgar's 'Stays with Stories', relaxing on the deck of your safari-style eco-tent, with en suite, to the sounds of the surrounding bush.
10 - This morning, you'll discover more of Karijini and its tropical semi-desert landscape. Admire its ancient landscape which has evolved over billions of years - its sheer red cliffs, expansive plains and emerald waterholes which dot this protected area. Visit Fortescue Falls at Dale's Gorge and consider a walk to one of the park's rock pools, shaded by Pilbara gum trees and ferns. Later, we leave the bush behind for Port Hedland, a natural deep-water harbour and hub for major resource activity. Tonight, we dine at our hotel.
11 - Continuing north this morning, we skirt the fringes of the Great Sandy Desert and travel on to the former pearling Indian Ocean outpost of Broome. Our journey nearing its end, we join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner overlooking famous Cable Beach.
12 - Enjoy a free day to explore this tropical hideaway on your terms. This is where the red desert meets the sea and visitors are encouraged to embrace the locals' laid back way of life. Take a leisurely stroll along Cable Beach, cool off in its turquoise waters, or wander through Chinatown and shop for pearls.
13 - Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this morning after breakfast. You'll be transferred to Broome Airport for your onward flight (flights anytime).
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