Exploring the Western Coast
Most travelers overlook the western coast of Australia without realizing they are skipping a snorkeler’s paradise that rivals the Great Barrier Reef and Aboriginal roots stretching back to prehistory. Spend 13 days traversing Australia’s wild west as you explore the Indian Ocean’s glittering coast and the rugged Outback in Ker & Downey luxury.
Begin in Perth, the coastal capital of Western Australia and the gateway to the fertile agricultural lands of the southwest. Enjoy a tour of the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail, a delicious 20-mile loop populated with wineries, distilleries, quaint pubs, and culinary delights of all sorts.
Continue up the coast to the Cape Ranges National Park and the beachside tented haven of Sal Salis. From the hammock on your private veranda catch glimpses of land and marine denizens, and snorkel the stunning shallow waters of the Ningaloo Reef. Seasonal migrations of sea turtles, dolphins, manatees, and manta rays travel through the area and you will have the opportunity to share a slice of ocean with the massive whale shark.
The sands and grasslands of The Kimberley are next, and the exclusive Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa welcomes you to the Broome coast. The city's pearling industry has fostered a melting pot of cultures and the unique climate and geology of the region has carved a spectacular landscape over thousands of years. You will discover both on privately-guided tours by land and air, riding a camel at Cable Beach, and flying over the cascading pools of Mitchell Falls.
After spending an evening in Darwin, end your travels in the stillness of Kakadu National Park. This living landscape is home to a rich Aboriginal culture as well as rivers and floodplains teeming with wildlife. Located on a working buffalo station, the raised suites of Bamurru Plains invite exploration and interaction with nature on the final few days of your Australian journey.