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Lifestyle : Discover the Kimberley Special report
1HERSA1 U004 iG5602934AA-030213 GENUINE SMALL GROUPS (MAXIMUM 9 PASSENGERS) Purpose - built comfortable 4WD with coach seating • Nature based tour OWNER OPERATED WITH 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE Scheduled and private tours available through the Kimberley and Kakadu 08 8555 3838 www.sacredearthsafaris.com 11 DAY KIMBERLEY 4WD TOURS, Includes: • Bungle Bungles • Mitchell Falls • Rock art sites • Lake Argyle • El Questro • Emma Gorge • Gibb River Road gorges rs rs m.au WHEN YOU MENTION THIS ADVERT 10%DISCOUNT *when booking direct and not valid with any further discount DARWIN TO BROOME BROOME TO DARWIN OR G5602874AA-020213 Remote Outback Cycle Tours have travelled the Kimberley with their 4 wheel drive cycle tours since 1993. Everything you have heard about this amazing landscape can be explored on our unique holidays. Cycle or relax in the bus. You decide how far to ride! We offer fantastic value with 4 wheel drive bus, modern mountain bike, all camping equipment, national park and other entry fees with most meals included. Fully escorted with experienced guide. And best of all a fun experience on this 13 day small group Broome to Darwin (via the Gibb River Road) adventure. Only $2310 Highlights include Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge, Mt Hart, Manning Gorge, Mornington Wilderness Sanctuary, Bell Gorge, Charnley River Station, El Questro, Lake Argyle Departing Broome on July 6, 2013 Check our 2013 tours at : www.remoteoutbackcycletours.com.au • Phone 0418 633106 for a brochure iG5694187AB-030213 KIMBERLEY CYCLING ADVENTURE 13 days for ONLY $2310 1300 799 342 Call now for a free brochure or email email@example.com Lic No. 2TA5541 2013 New Year SALE Travel between 1 APR to 31 OCT 2013 G5710511AB-030213 Spectacular Australia -- Escorted Tour Departs 3 June 2013 with Shirley Tamm for 23 Nights This tour sold out last year -- Book EARLY! • Includes many meals, all transfers & sightseeing • Rail travel on The XPT, The Overland, The Ghan & Indian Pacific • Most stops are of 3 nights staying in high standard accommodation • Visit Melbourne, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Darwin, Broome & Perth From Pensioner $9462 Seniors $9780 Adult $11067 Broome and Perth Escape • Air travel, Sydney to Broome • 4 nights in Broome & Sights tour • Air travel, Broome to Perth • 4 nights in Perth & Sights tour • Indian Pacific, Perth to Sydney From Pensioner $3690 Seniors $3830 Adult $4400 ** Save on some departures -- ASK now for details** Kimberley & Darwin Delight Departs every Sunday for 12 Nights (Season May to Sep) • Air travel, Sydney to Broome • 3 nights in Broome & Sights tour • Air travel, Broome to Kununurra • 2 nights in Kununurra & Ord River sights tour • 2 nights El Questro •Air travel, Kununurra to Darwin • 3 nights in Darwin & Sights tour • The Ghan in Gold Service, Darwin to Adelaide • Air travel, Adelaide to Sydney From Pensioner $5160 Seniors $5320 Adult $5860 ** Save on some departures -- ASK now for details** Morning Tea & Talk with Shirley Come along to a morning tea and talk on our Great escorted & independent rail holidays featuring the Indian Pacific & The Ghan. 20 February 2013 near Central Station at 11.30am. After a cuppa we will inspect the Indian Pacific before it heads to Adelaide & Perth. Call now to reserve your seat and bring a Friend. RSVP on 02 9267 1677 by 18 February Conditions: Prices are correct at the time of printing & can change without notice. Subject to availability. Fares are per person twin share, single travellers fare available. Sale now on save $$$ by booking and paying by 25MAR -- some departures already sold out -- Enquire now for details. YOU'RE INVITED! AUSTRALIAN RAIL HOLIDAYS NEW brochure with NEW itineraries for 2013! LADY M CRUISING Discovering the majestic Kimberley. Choose from 4, 7 or 12 night cruises. Early bird discounts up to 31/3/12 www.ladymcruising.com 08 9534 8832 • 0427 776438 G5680807AA-020213 Glorious isolation Lodges at spectacular sites, more tour options, more choices --- in the Kimberley, travellers create their own adventures, writes Belinda Jackson. One of the world's great wildernesses, the Kimberley spans Western Australia's north and into the Northern Territory and has just made The New York Times' PlacestoGo in 2013 list. If you've got the time, take to the roads to explore stunning natural formations, Aboriginal rock art galleries and cooling waterholes from Broome to Bungle Bungle and beyond. If your time is limited, you can absorb the region's immense beauty by combining a short air journey with a lodge or camp stays. The best time to visit is in the dry season, from May to October. BY AIR Remote doesn't have to mean being away from home for a long time. Traditional owners call it Yalrundair, Westerners call it Admiralty Gulf. Either way, the Kimberley Coastal Camp, on the shores of the gulf across from the Mitchell Plateau, is reached by float plane or helicopter. A collection of simple huts, the floors of sleeping areas are crushed shell, airconditioning is sweet, clean ocean air and the camp's bathroom roof is the open sky. Landscapes here include aquamarine bays and croc-rich creeks; the fishing includes barramundi, fighting queenfish and diamond-back mullet. Nearby headlands reached only by boat host spectacular galleries of ancient Wandjina art. The willowy ceremonial figures of Gwion Gwion (Bradshaw) art are said to be more than 40,000 years old. Just 12 guests can stay at the camp at any one time. A two-night stay at Kimberley Coastal Camp is from $3832 a person, twin share (ex-Broome); $4132 ex-Kununurra. The camp is open from late March to October. kimberleycoastalcamp.com.au. BY LAND Be it traversing the old cattle route that is the 600-kilometre Gibb River Road or spotting marine fossils and watchful crocodiles in Windjana Gorge pools, a small-group, four- wheel-drive tour is a comprehensive journey among the region's diverse landscapes, history, wildlife and people, APT's Debra Fox says. Her company's tour options include birdwatching at Bell Gorge, seeing the Gwion Gwion rock art galleries, walking through Livistona palm forests and swimming in the clear waters at King Edward River. "It's action and discovery of stunning country that's not accessible with normal cars or coaches, but the experiences also deliver much-valued knowledge because we use local guides," Fox says. As a result of partnerships with Kimberley and Aboriginal communities, APT has a network of accommodation, including Bell Gorge Wilderness Lodge, Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge and the Kimberley landmark, El Questro. "Admittedly, these lodges are very comfortable -- fresh, crisp linen on beds in private tented cabins equipped with en suite bathrooms and a deck -- so our guests are not roughing it," Fox says. Rather, lodge locations help maximise the adventure; think crocodiles lurking in El Questro's Chamberlain Gorge, the rich wash of sunset over the Cockburn Range at Home Valley Station or the mighty river that gives its name to Fitzroy River Lodge. Further maximising the options for travellers, APT has itineraries ranging from a four-wheel- drive guided tours to self-drive travel, with stays at APT-owned lodges and camps, to small-ship cruising and Kimberley air safaris, as well as combined land, air and sea tours. A 13-day small-group Kimberley Complete tour, round trip from Broome in a deluxe four-wheel-drive costs from $7895 a person, twin share. aptouring.com.au. 4 TRAVEL The Kimberley SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2013 THE SUN-HERALD
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