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Lifestyle : Discover the Kimberley 2012
1HERSA1 0003 class unavailable a surcharge will apply. Air must be booked by APT. Both passengers must be travelling on the same itinerary. Offer includes air taxes up to $155. A $1,500 deposit per person is due within 7 days to confirm booking. Lic. No. 30112 MKT10034 A CCREDITED TOURISM BUSI NESS AUSTRALIA Choose your future EXCLUSIVE WILDERNESS LODGES -- ALL UPGRADED FOR 2012 Mitchell Falls Bigge Island Horizontal Falls Lacepede Islands King Cascades Hunter River Darwin Broome Coral Princess Western Australia Northern Territory 2 10 Cassini Island UNFORGETTABLE KIMBERLEY SMALL SHIP EXPEDITION 11 DAYS FROM $6,990* per person, twin share. Includes: 10 nights onboard Coral Princess • Welcome Cocktail Party • Horizontal Falls • Buccaneer Archipelago • Montgomery Reef • King Cascades Falls • Aboriginal Rock Art at Bigge Island • King George River • Farewell Cocktail Party • Lacepede Islands • Turtle Nursery • 29 delicious meals. For the ultimate Kimberley experience combine your Kimberley cruise with a land 4WD adventure WCP11 KIMBERLEY COMPLETE OUR MOST POPULAR TOUR 13 DAYS FROM $7,395* per person, twin share. Includes: Exclusive! Stay 6 nights at APT's 3 Wilderness Lodges • 2 nights at Bungle Bungle, Mitchell Falls and Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge • Explore Mitchell Plateau • Guided walk to view rarely seen Bradshaw (Gwion) and Wandjina Aboriginal art on Mitchell Plateau • 2 nights at Drysdale River Station -- a working cattle station • Ord River Wildlife Cruise • El Questro Station • Explore Windjana Gorge and Tunnel Creek • Cruise Geikie Gorge • All attractions and entry fees • 35 freshly prepared meals. Ask about our 15 Day 4WD Adventure from Broome to Darwin including Mitchell Plateau, Kakadu, Arnhem Land and the Bungles Bungles Gibb River Kununurra Kalumburu Mitchell Falls Road El Questro Derby Broome Windjana Gorge Tunnel Creek Fitzroy Crossing Geikie Gorge Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge Great Northern Highway Halls Creek Bell Gorge Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge Barnett River Gorge Galvans Gorge Purnululu National Park 1 1 Drysdale River Station Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge2 2 2 2 2 King Cascades Relaxed touring -- more 2 night stays with APT COMPANION FLY FREE* EXCLUSIVE SAILINGS GK13 Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge located in the heart of Purnululu National Park. Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge is located just off the Gibb River Road. Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge is exclusive to APT guests and located on the Mitchell Plateau. Drysdale River Station provides a comfortable base from which to explore region. Mitchell Falls Wilderness Lodge Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge Drysdale River Station Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge WILDERNESS LODGES APT has invested over $20 million to build an exclusive network of wilderness lodges on aboriginal land, in some of the most remote regions, allowing for a more in- depth and leisurely paced adventure. All lodges are designed for you to enjoy an outback experience without compromising your comfort. kimberley special report THE SUN-HERALD SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2012 3 Sights and celebrations . . . from far left, Bushmans Rodeo at the Ord Valley Muster is held in May; Opera Under the Stars; the Mowanjum Festival; the Cable Beach Invitational beachside location. Photos: Matt Scurfield, James Morgan a five-day mountain-biking fundraiser of 700-plus kilometres along the Gibb River Road from Derby to El Questro. Registration is closed but you can still volunteer to help. ordvalleymuster.com.au, thegibbchallenge.net.au. July Featuring more than 100 artists, the Mowanjum Festival, 12 kilometres outside Derby, is renowned as Western Australia's largest traditional corroboree that's open to the public. The July 12 event celebrates the culture of three West Kimberley tribes and also features boab-nut carving, didgeridoo workshops and the Wandjina art that has put the Mowanjum community on the map. mowanjumarts.com. August Go black tie or Kimberley casual in sandals (but remember that winter evenings in Broome do get chilly) for 21G2 hours of opera favourites at Opera Under the Stars. The 20th-anniversary gala concert, featuring singers accompanied by a pianist, takes place on August 25 at Broome's Cable Beach Amphitheatre, which can hold up to 2000 people (more than the Sydney Opera House's Opera Theatre). The organisers, Perth-based soprano Mary-Attracta Connolly, who sings with the West Australian Opera, and her Broome-based brother Michael, promise a special program this year to mark the milestone anniversary. ''Opera Under the Stars is for opera lovers and opera novices alike,'' Connolly says. ''The setting, with the sound of waves cascading in the background, is just quite magical.'' The program will be announced later this year. operaunderthestars.com.au. September Shinju Matsuri -- or Broome's ''Festival of the Pearl'' -- celebrates the town's pearling industry and multicultural heritage. The festival, timed to coincide with the September 1-3 Staircase to the Moon lightshow, unfolds this year from August 31 to September 9. The noisy awakening of Sammy the Dragon, a pearl-meat cook-off, long-table lunch and dragon boat regatta are just some of the events. shinjumatsuri.com.au. The Asia-Pacific's best basketball players will once again converge on Broome for the Cable Beach Invitational, from September 21-23. westernaustralia.com. EDITOR Angie Kelly 9282 3309 COVER IMAGE Rafting at Horizontal Falls, WA PICTURE RESEARCH Ruth Duncan
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