Outback Wetlands and Coastal Wonders, Safari Lodges, Aboriginal Adventures, Wineries and Golf
Darwin – Kakadu – Bamurru – Broome – Perth – Margaret River
Travel to the Top End of the Northern Territory and explore the vast wetlands and plains of Kakadu National Park. Enjoy a safari-style bush experience in a luxury lodge set amidst floodplains teeming with bird life. Discover Aboriginal culture and meet local communities in the remote and rugged Kimberley landscape. Explore Perth and its surrounds and play 18 holes with the Indian Ocean as your backdrop. End your stay amidst the wineries of the Margaret River.
At a glance
- Darwin – Bamurru (2.5 hours’ drive or short scenic flight from Darwin or Jabiru)
- Darwin – Broome (3 hours by air)
- Broome - Oongkalkada Wilderness Camp (3 hours’ drive)
- Broome – Perth (2 hours 45 minutes by air)
- Perth – Secret Harbour (45 minutes’ drive)
- Secret Harbour – Mandurah (30 minutes’ drive)
- Mandurah - Margaret River (2.5 hours’ drive)
Spend today exploring the tropical city of Darwin or venture further afield and explore outside Darwin.
- Engage with local Aboriginal people, the environment and the wildlife on a one-day Aboriginal Cultural Experience and Wetlands Discovery Cruise with Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours.
- Take part in a didgeridoo and clapstick demonstration, and basket and dilly bag making. Learn about the common plant uses and chat with the local Aboriginal people over damper (bush bread) and tea.
- Anglers keen to catch the mighty barramundi can enjoy a full day helifishing tour with Helifish. Fly by helicopter over spectacular Top End wetlands to remote fishing spots.
- Enjoy an unforgettable floatplane flight and air boat tour over wetlands and monsoonal rainforest on an epic adventure with Outback Floatplane Adventures. The Ultimate Tour combines a floatplane, airboats and a cruise in one tour, including a spectacular floatplane landing on Sweets Lagoon.
- Taste food from around the world while watching the sun go down over the Timor Sea at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (Thursdays or Sundays from April-October).
Darwin to Bamurru
Transfer to Air Frontier at Darwin Aviation terminal to take a short scenic flight to Bamurru Plains, a ten-room wilderness camp on the Mary River floodplain. This luxury lodge brings a touch of style to one of Australia’s richest bird and wildlife experiences in a remote and extraordinarily beautiful region.
- 10 safari bungalows designed to expose guests to the sights and sounds of the bush.
- Small group guided activities with knowledgeable guides including air boating on the floodplains, 4WD safaris, guided walks, wildlife viewing, and a river cruise (activities vary based on seasonal conditions).
- Optional excursions into nearby Arnhem Land, Kakadu National Park, fishing and scenic flights.
Today continue to sample the signature experiences offered by Bamurru Plains.
- Airboat tour – enjoy an exhilarating airboat tour out on the floodplain wetlands of the Mary River catchment and experience this achingly beautiful natural environment and the prolific bird and wildlife it hosts.
- 4WD safari – with the recession of the waters from much of the floodplain in the dry season, the plains become accessible to 4WD vehicles. Spend the afternoon out with one of the guides and gain a unique insight into this fragile yet very important environment.
- Bird watching – The Mary River catchment is home to approximately 236 species of bird, many of which are found at Bamurru Plains.
- Fishing – the camp’s location on the edge of the floodplains makes it the ideal place to hook one of Australia’s great sports fish, the Barramundi.
Return to Darwin by private plane charter with Air Frontier. Fly Darwin to Broome (daily connections with Qantas or Air North).
Arrive in Broome, the remote, romantic pearling port in the north-west corner of the Kimberley in Western Australia. Broome’s rich and colourful history has created a multicultural melting pot that is reflected in the town’s welcoming and laid-back feel. Warm temperatures and palms deliver a tropical vibe that fits perfectly with the many holiday resorts and the stretch of white sand known as Cable Beach.
- Explore the town’s pearling past on a 1-hour Pearl Luggers tour with Willie Creek Pearls which includes a tasting of the subtle flavour of pearl meat from the Pinctada Maxima oyster, a true Broome delicacy.
- Finish the day with an iconic sunset camel trek along Cable Beach. Watch the sun blaze a trail into the Indian Ocean, then dine beneath the balmy, star-filled sky at a café or restaurant near the beach.
Day 5 and 6
Broome to Oongkalkada Wilderness Camp
Meet your guide from Uptuyu Aboriginal Adventures and transfer to Oongkalkada Wilderness Camp on your private, tailor-made tour. The Wilderness camp is located 200km from Broome at Udialla Springs, a 3,000-acre Nyikina-Mangala property fronting the Fitzroy River. The camp has 6 eco-tents set amongst stunning Kimberley wilderness, one of the world’s last great wilderness areas.
- Visit local Aboriginal communities and a pastoral station to develop cultural awareness insights.
- Traverse the last 4WD frontier and explore ancient galleries rich in rock art.
- Learn about bush survival skills and discover ways local Aboriginal people survive in the bush.
- See an abundance of wildlife ranging from finches, storks, pelicans, crocodiles, barramundi, cherabin, oysters, fish and crabs.
Broome to Perth
Drive back to Broome today and fly to Perth, the capital of Western Australia, known for its sunshine, natural beauty and relaxed vibe. Its heart is bustling with new bars, restaurants, shopping and cultural spaces, and is also home to Kings Park - one of the world’s largest inner-city parks. Just a short drive away are the beautiful wineries of the Swan Valley and a string of stunning beaches where you can watch amazing sunsets and even swim with wild dolphins.
- Take a free city bus and jump off at attractions like the Perth Cultural Centre, Perth Art Gallery and Swan Bell Tower.
- Wander through Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
- Take the bus to Cottesloe Beach, where you can swim, snorkel or surf in the clear waters or relax on the terraced lawns beneath the Norfolk Pines.
- Explore Northbridge, where you can dine out on an international kaleidoscope of cuisines and explore the many pubs, hotels and nightclubs.
- Discover the historic port of Fremantle and fossick through the markets (markets open Friday – Sunday only).
Go Cultural in Perth
Explore Perth from a different angle on a 90-minute walking tour with Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences. Guide, Walter McGuire, is a well-respected Nyungar man and is a traditional owner of the Whadjuk lands on which Perth city now stands. From childhood, Walter was schooled in Nyungar culture, language and customs by his parents and recognised Elders, including those of related tribal groups.
- Gain a glimpse into the world’s oldest living culture through ancient Dreamtime stories, traditional songs and Nyungar language. Learn about the six seasons and how they influenced the day to day lives and spiritual connection the Nyungar people have to their country.
Perth to Rottnest Island
Take the ferry to Rottnest Island, where there are 63 beaches, 20 bays and no cars to spoil the tranquility.
- Hire a bike and ride through the island’s centre to Oliver Hill, where huge guns and underground tunnels were installed last century. Take in the sweeping views and walk to the salt lakes or old lighthouse.
- Spot diverse birdlife and quokkas, the island’s native marsupial.
- Swim in the clear, protected waters of Little Parakeet Bay.
- Follow a snorkel trail at Parker Point or over various shipwreck sites.
- Scuba dive in Fish Hook Bay, where coral reefs make the water a patchwork of different blues.
- Surf at Strickland, Salmon and Stark Bays, where the waves can be two to three feet taller than those off Perth beaches.
- Finish the day with a sunset meal in the island’s historic beachside pub.
Perth to Mandurah
Depart your Perth accommodation for a day of golfing fun at Secret Harbour Golf Links.
Located a leisurely 45-minute drive from Perth, Secret Harbour Golf Links is carved into the spectacular ocean side landscape and comprises of 18 superbly designed holes set against the Indian Ocean.
Overnight in Mandurah before heading off tomorrow on your Margaret River adventure.
- Recognised as a ‘must play’ course by visiting overseas and Australian based professionals, particularly those playing on the links courses in Europe.
- Consistently ranked in top 25 public access courses in Australia and visiting players frequently praise the quality of its greens – some suggest they are the best in Australia.
Mandurah to Margaret River
Three hours south of Perth you can discover a land where rolling vineyards sit against a magnificent backdrop of ocean and forest.
Geographically isolated and spectacular, Margaret River is a wine region by the sea - specialising in fine wine, memorable regional cuisine and spectacular scenery. Discover white sand beaches, karri forests and limestone caves all within easy reach of luxury accommodation and a multitude of fine dining choices.
Today, visit two of the region’s most iconic wineries – Leeuwin Estate and Vasse Felix.
Leeuwin Estate is a family winery that celebrates fine wine, food and its long association with the arts. The winery has earned an international reputation for producing outstanding wines and is also home to a private art gallery and an award-winning restaurant.
Vasse Felix was established in 1967 and is Margaret River’s founding wine Estate. It is regarded as one of Australia’s draw-card winery destination experiences and includes a restaurant, cellar door and art gallery.
After your wine tasting experience, transfer to Cape Lodge, one of Australia’s finest regional dining establishments and private boutique hotel. Cape Lodge sits within 40 acres on its own vineyard in the heart of Margaret River wine country with easy access to the vineyards, beaches, forests and caves that are the signature of Margaret River.
- Visit the cellar door for an informal food and wine matching experience.
- In the estate’s art gallery view more than 100 paintings from Australia's leading contemporary artists that have been commissioned to feature on the Art Series labels.
- Sample the district’s best produce matched with estate wine at Leeuwin Restaurant.
- Step into the world of food and wine matching with a Vasse Felix epicurean experience.
- Encounter the flora and fauna of the region on a walking tour along the nearby Cape to Cape track followed by wine tasting and lunch.
- Take a behind the scenes peek at winemaking at Margaret River’s founding wine estate on the Vasse Felix Original experience.
- Explore manicured parkland and lakes and the private vineyard producing Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz exclusively for guests of the hotel.
- Roll your sleeves up at the hands-on cooking school.
- Hike one of the many trails of the Cape Naturaliste National Park, join the locals at the beach for a surfing lesson or canoe on the Margaret River.
Spend the day exploring the Margaret River region on a private tour with Wadandi cultural custodian, Josh Whiteland from Koomal Dreaming.
Return to Perth in the late afternoon or extend your stay departing on a 4-day Margaret River Cape to Cape walk with Walk into Luxury.
- Take a bushwalk with Josh and discover the traditional ways of fire lighting, the ancient art of tool making and learn about the animals, plants and Dreaming Spirits that have enriched the lives of the local people and their ancestors.
- Journey into Ngilgi Cave and be mesmerised by a live didgeridoo performance deep inside the cave.