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Setting sail from Darwin
More of a large town than a city, Darwin is less about what's contained within the city limits and more about the huge expanse of wild landscape that's outside it. Closer to Jakarta than Sydney, the city really does feel remote in its tropical perch. There are a number of waterfront restaurants and pretty parks, making it a pleasant place to relax after a long flight. For those with the energy we highly recommend a visit to Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks.
Visit Litchfield National Park and embark on a crocodile-spotting boat trip, where you can see these intimidating, prehistoric beasts jump clean out of the water for a meal.
Wyndham is the oldest major settlement in the Kimberley region, a former gold rush town surrounded by mangrove swamps and mudflats. The town is also the gateway to the remarkable Bungle Bungle mountains, known to the local aborigines for centuries but only ‘discovered’ by the outside world in the 1980s.
Australia: Koolama Bay, Swift Bay, Ashmore and Cartier Islands
Australia: Freshwater Cove
Australia: Montgomery Reef
Australia: Horizontal Falls (Talbot Bay)
Talbot Bay is home to one of the world’s most unusual natural wonders, the ‘Horizontal Falls’. This amazing spectacle occurs when tidal movements force water through the narrow gaps in the ridges either side of Poulton Creek, with the water building up on one side quicker than it can flow through the gap, causing a spectacular waterfall effect.
Australia: Lacepede Islands
The Lacepede Islands, situated just off Australia’s Kimberley coast, are a fantastic destination for birding enthusiasts, supporting over 1% of the world’s population of brown boobies and roseate terns. Other bird species here include masked boobies, Australian pelicans and lesser frigatebirds, and it’s also a key breeding site for green turtles.
Australia: Dampier Archipelago
Named after an English pirate and explorer, the Dampier Archipelago is an extraordinary and ancient place, in a region that is home to the greatest concentration of rock engravings on earth. As well as aboriginal heritage, the archipelago is home to wildlife including flatback and hawksbill turtles, ospreys, sea eagles and the Rothschild’s rock wallaby.
Australia: Montebello Islands
Situated at the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia, the tourist town of Exmouth is the gateway to the Ningaloo Reef marine reserve. This is a spectacular place to snorkel, and the reef’s most famous visitors are the whale sharks that pass through here between April and July.
Australia: Dirk Hartog Island
Australia: Abrolhos Islands
The Houtman Abrolhos archipelago, commonly known as simply the Abrolhos, is made up of over 100 islands and coral reefs off the coast of Geraldton, and provides a rich habitat for sea lions, green turtles, wallabies, carpet pythons and a fantastic array of bird life.
Arriving in Fremantle (Perth)
The capital of Western Australia, Perth sits in glorious isolation on the shores of the Indian Ocean, where the Swan River meets the sea. Laid back and relaxed, this must be one of the most easy-going capital cities in the world, with everything within easy reach. It's great for a short visit, or you can use it as gateway to Margaret River's glorious vineyards to the south, and to the great wilderness of the Kimberley to the north. Swim and surf from its extraordinary clean and uncrowded beaches - or just sit and watch the sunset.
Take a short ferry ride to Rottnest Island, separated from the mainland some 7,000 years ago with remains dating back 6,500 years, when the Nyungah Aboriginal people inhabited the area.
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Where to stay near Darwin
Don’t hang around in Darwin itself; if you want to see more of the Top End, we recommend Bamurru Plains.
Visit the Red Centre
From Darwin take a flight to the Red Centre to see the magical sites of Uluru and Kings Canyon, yet another one of those once in a lifetime experiences!
Where to stay in Perth
We love The Richardson – intimate and contemporary.
Sightseeing in Perth
Historic Fremantle is great to see, and further enhanced if you go with a story telling guide.