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Lifestyle : Discover the Kimberley 2012
1HERSA1 0007 AG4853477AA-050212 Australia's Ultimate Wilderness Retreat There are a very few places in the world where you can enjoy fabulous scenery, gourmet food, unique beach front accommodation, spectacular shing and ancient rock art - all combined with unparalleled hospitality in a remote wilderness location. This is One of Them. www.kimberleycoastalcamp.com.au Kimberley Coastal Camp | Admiralty Gulf, North Kimberley | 0417 902 006 | firstname.lastname@example.org KIMBERLEY EXPEDITION CRUISES CORAL PRINCESS CRUISES The Ultimate Kimberley Expedition Cruise - 10 Nights Darwin to Broome 2012 Waterfall Season -- SAVE 15% or No Single Supplement* With Australia's Coral Princess Cruises you'll discover all of the icons of the Kimberley Coast over 10 days cruising between Darwin and Broome. Discover majestic King George River and mysterious Bradshaw Paintings. Travel ashore on the Mitchell Plateau, cruise mighty rivers and the remarkable tidal phenomenons of Montgomery Reef and the Horizontal Falls. Choose to cruise aboard Oceanic Discoverer or Coral Princess and be assured of a unique adventure. Excursions ashore are made easy aboard our unique 'Xplorer' excursion boat and fleet of zodiacs, allowing access to must see icons on the Kimberley inaccessible to other travellers. With Coral Princess Cruises you'll discover more of the Kimberley, and experience it all in total comfort and unrivalled style. To book or order your copy of our Kimberley, Cape York and Arnhem Land brochure please contact: www.coralprincess.com.au or FREECALL 1800 079 545 Email: email@example.com *Conditions: Offer is subject to availability and is not combinable with any other discount. Valid for new bookings only made between 01 February and 31 March 2012 or until sold out. 15% saving (for first time travellers) and 25% saving (for Coral Princess past guests) are valid on selected departures commencing only between 6 April and 27 April 2012. No single supplement is valid for genuine single travellers only on Oceanic Discoverer 13 and 23 April 2012 departures and is not combinable with the 15/25% discount. Enquire for further details. Informa ve naturalist leaders Small groups (max. 12 par cipants) Comfortable vehicle Relaxed pace i nerary Kimberley Discovery Camping Tours Depart 2nd & 26th June 2012 16 days, Broome - Broome Free call: 1800 676 016 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.coateswildlifetours.com.au GSA Coates Tours Licence No: 9TA 1135/36 THE SUN-HERALD SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2012 7 kimberley special report 10 per cent discount. kimberleywilderness.com.au. For hardcore adventurers Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge is a convenient base from which to explore the Kimberley's gorges. The wilderness lodge has easy access to Bell, Galvans and Barnett River gorges and is well positioned for exploring the 3.5-kilometre Windjana Gorge. Located near the Gibb River Road, which is one of Australia's great outback driving routes, and the Imintji Aboriginal community, the lodge shows off prime indigenous- owned land and has lovely views of the King Leopold escarpment. Last season en suites with hot showers and flushing toilets were added to the tented cabins. All of the lodge's tented cabins have twin beds. There's a general store that stocks basic supplies near the lodge, making it a convenient stop on a Kimberley driving adventure. Where: King Leopold Ranges, off the Gibb River Road. Getting there: By four-wheel-drive or package tour with APT's Kimberley Wilderness Adventures. Cost: $250 (adult) and $200 (child) twin-share a night for accommodation, dinner and breakfast. kimberleywilderness.com.au. Deals Wild west . . . above, an Orion cruise; left, Pinctada at Cable Beach. Broome for kids Tire out the kids with a hovercraft flight to see dinosaur footprints imprinted in the rocks of Roebuck Bay; take a family sunset camel ride along the sands of Cable Beach and learn about the pearling industry with a one-hour Pearl Luggers tour in Chinatown. The Broome for Kids package also includes four nights' accommodation in a two-bedroom apartment at the 41G2-star Oaks Broome resort and two days' car hire to fully explore Broome and surrounds. Costs from $2164 for a family of four, for travel until March 31, 2013. broomekimberley.com.au. Companion flies free Make like Kylie Minogue and stay at the Kimberley property El Questro as part of a 13-day Kimberley Complete four-wheel-drive wilderness adventure. Book by March 31 to travel in May or June and your companion will fly free --- cost is $8469 for the first traveller and $7395 for the second. The tour includes flights from Sydney, 4WD touring, viewing ancient Aboriginal rock art and staying at the Drysdale cattle station and remote lodges at Bell Gorge, Mitchell Falls and the Bungle Bungles. 1300 229 804, aptouring.com.au. Orion Kimberley jaunts Eagle-eyed bargain hunters who would like to cruise the pristine coastline between the Kimberley and Darwin for 10 nights this season cansaveupto25percentonan Orion Expeditions stateroom or suite. Unsurprisingly, the cheapest staterooms get snapped up quickly but by browsing all departures from April through to September you may still find a stateroom for as little as $7280 a person, twin share (usually $9100). Prices top out at $19,055 a person, twin share, for an owners' suite but even those can be knocked down by almost $4000 on certain departures. The ship travels via East Timor and, at Wyndham, there's a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungles included. 1300 361 012, orionexpeditions.com. North-west air cruise It's called ''flightseeing'' --- which is exactly what you'll be doing on an 11-day north-west air cruise in which you travel from Darwin in a private aircraft over the spectacular Kimberley coastline, Ningaloo Reef and the Bungle Bungle Range. Solo travellers can skip paying a single supplement on the July 9 departure. The group, limited to the 34 passengers that can fit on a Dash 8, will spend a night in a tented camp in Purnululu National Park. $12,495 a person. billpeachjourneys.com.au. Pinctada Settle in for longer at one of the Pinctada resorts --- at Broome's Cable Beach or in Kununurra near the Northern Territory border --- and save about 15 per cent off the daily room rate. At Cable Beach, the nightly rate of $194 for a Shinju Studio room with polished hardwood floors and shower built for two drops to $165 for stays of three nights or longer. At Pinctada Kimberley Grande in Kununurra, the Kings Terrace room with cool polished concrete floors drops from $144 a night to $122 a night for stays of four nights or more. 1800 746 282, pinctada.com.au. Coach tour Tour the Lirrgarn Argyle diamond mine, spend a night at El Questro, cruise the Ord River, admire the sandstone cliffs of Hidden Valley National Park and tuck into a barbie at a rum distillery during an 11-day Wonders of the Kimberley guided coach tour that departs from Broome and finishes in Darwin. Book your spot at least six months in advance to save 5 per cent off the full price of $4739 a person, twin share. 1300 228 546, aatkings.com.au.
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