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Wonders of Central and Western Australia

Suggested months: May, June, July.

Combining three of Australia's premium outback and wildlife experiences, this journey appeals to those who want to experience a diverse range of habitat types. Starting out in the Flinders Ranges, travellers will be captivated walking amongst majestic outback landscapes, surrounded by numerous marsupials, reptiles and birds.

World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park is one of the world's finest nature reserves with a huge concentration of nesting waterbirds including Magpie Geese and Whistling Ducks, herons, egrets, ibis, spoonbills and iconic Brolga, Comb-crested Jacana, and Jabiru. Saltwater Crocodiles and numerous marsupials are concentrated around watercourses.

To round out the trip, Ningaloo Reef offers the amazing opportunity to swim with the largest fish in the world, the Whale Shark amongst tropical fish, rays and turtles.

Minimum Suggested Nights: 12 nights, plus a couple of extra nights in Exmouth if desired.

Flinders Ranges Kakadu & Arnhem Land Ningaloo & Exmouth
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Type: Groups,Private Charter,Shared

Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Logistics: Fly into Adelaide Airport (ADL) then 4.5 hour drive or 65 minute private air charter to Hawker. Alternatively on Monday through Friday, Sharp Airlines operates a 50 minute commercial flight from Adelaide to Port Augusta, where guests will be picked up and take a 75 minute guided transfer to Arkaba.

The Arkaba Walk

This four day walk traverses the ancient Flinders Ranges where 600 million years of geological history provide spectacular backdrops to the rich array of birds, reptiles and marsupials that call this region home. From dry creek beds, isolated waterholes, lined with 1,000 year old river gums to craggy ridge lines and rolling hills covered in cypress pines to the ancient ramparts of Wilpena Pound, this is some of the most stunning walking country in Australia and provides abundant opportunities to spot Red and Western Grey Kangaroos, Wallaroos, Emus, Wedge-tailed Eagles along with numerous parrots, songbirds, bushbirds and raptors.

Accompanied by expert guides, walkers are provided with a fascinating insight into the ecosystems located across the 60,000 acre private wildlife conservancy, along with the stories of the indigenous inhabitants, early explorers and pioneer settlers.

Seasonal highlights

Autumn: Mar-May - Birds

Black-eared Cuckoos and Brown Songlark migration, Grey-shrike Thrush, Rufous Whistlers, Black-faced Cuckoo-shrikes, Galahs, Australian Ringnecks, Red-rumped Parrots, Emus preparing for the breeding season.

Winter: Jun-Aug - Birds

Emus begin laying their enormous eggs, Fan-tailed Cuckoo, Pallid Cuckoo Horsfield’s Bronze Cuckoo migrate to the area, Galahs, Elegant Parrots and Mulga Parrots.

Autumn: Mar-May - Land Mammals & Marsupials

Western Grey Kangaroos are abundant, Red Kangaroos, Common Wallaroos, Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies, Dingos breeding and occasionally sighted but often heard.

Winter: Jun-Aug - Land Mammals & Marsupials

Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies basking in the sunlight across the rocky outcrops, Short-beaked Echidnas, Brush-tailed Possums, Western Quolls, Western Grey Kangaroos, Common Wallaroos and Red Kangaroos are abundant, grazing during the day.

Autumn: Mar-May - Reptiles & Amphibians

Thick-tailed Gecko (also known as the Barking Gecko) can be heard with it’s distinctive call, Masked Rock Skink, Tree Skink, Boulenger's Snake-eyed Skink, Bynoe's Gecko and Central Bearded Dragon, Yellow-faced Whipsnakes.

Winter: Jun-Aug - Reptiles & Amphibians

Tree Skink, Boulenger's Snake-eyed Skink, endemic Masked Rock Skink and Gidgee Skink, Inland Carpet Python can be occasionally, Streambank Froglet.

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Type: Private Charter

Duration: 6 days/5 nights - Kakadu & Arnhem Land

Logistics: Take a 3 hour 40 minute flight from Adelaide Airport (ADL) to Darwin Airport (DRW).

Six Day Lords Safaris, Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris and Bamurru Plains

Covering black soil floodplains, paper bark swamps, savannah woodlands, monsoonal rainforests, river mangroves and dramatic escarpments, this is the ultimate Top End adventure for wildlife enthusiasts. Highlights include a visit to Fogg Dam, the iconic Yellow Water Cruise and airboat rides across the Mary River Catchment.

The richness and diversity of wildlife is simply extraordinary with wallabies, wallaroos, quolls, dingos, bats, goannas, frogs, pythons, waterbirds, cathedral termite mounds and the legendary Saltwater Crocodile, a small sample of viewing opportunities across these diverse habitats.

Visitors will be captivated by the cultural offerings found at the rock art galleries at Injalak and the sacred sites at Mt Borradaile, with the opportunity to learn about Australia’s fauna from the land’s traditional owners an unforgettable experience.

Seasonal highlights

Autumn: Mar-May - Birds

Red-winged Parrots, Double-barred, Star, Crimson and Long-tailed Finches, Red-tailed Cockatoos, Pheasant Coucal, White-bellied and Black-faced Cuckoo Shrikes, Bar-shouldered and Peaceful Doves.

Winter: Jun-Aug - Birds

Mass flocks of Magpie Geese nesting, White-bellied Sea Eagles, Brahminy and Whistling Kites, Great Billed Herons, Azure Kingfishers, Plumed Whistling, Wandering Whistling and Spotted Whistling Ducks, Royal Spoonbills and Glossy Ibis.

Autumn: Mar-May - Land Mammals & Marsupials

Arrival of Black Wallaroo joeys, Antilopine Wallaroos breeding, Dingos, Agile Wallabies, Rock Ringtail Possums and Little Red Flying Foxes babies, Northern Brown Bandicoot, Brush-tailed Phascogale.

Winter: Jun-Aug - Land Mammals & Marsupials

Agile Wallabies, Dingos, Wilkins’ Rock-Wallabies, Black Wallaroos, Antilopine Wallaroos, colonies of Ghost Bats, Black and Little Red Flying Foxes and Blossom Bats.

Autumn: Mar-May - Reptiles & Amphibians

Abudant Saltwater Crocodiles, Frilled-neck Lizards, Mertens’ Water Goannas, Sand and Yellow-spotted Goannas, Dahl’s Aquatic Frog across the floodplains, Northern Dwarf, Little Green Tree Frogs, Green Tree Snakes, Children Pythons, Banded Tree Snakes and Olive Pythons.

Winter: Jun-Aug - Reptiles & Amphibians

Abudant Saltwater Crocodiles, Freshwater Crocodiles in the escarpments, Green Tree Snakes, Children Pythons, Olive Pythons, Rough Knob-tailed Gecko, Desert Tree, Rocket, Roth’s Tree and Northern Dwarf Tree Frogs.

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Type: Groups,Shared

Duration: Full Day - Ningaloo & Exmouth

Logistics: Take a 2 hour flight from Darwin Airport (DRW) to Alice Springs Airport, to connect with a 3 hour and 10 minute flight to Perth Airport (PER). Take a 2 hour flight to Exmouth (LEA).

Whaleshark Swim

The opportunity to swim with the Whaleshark is one of the world’s greatest interactive marine encounters. This fish, the largest of the shark family and the largest fish in the world at an average of 12 meters (40 foot) in length, is a harmless plankton eater, with their graceful and passive nature providing an unforgettable day out on the waters of the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Marine Park.

Educational talks from on-board marine biologists, provide a fascinating insight into the rich biodiversity found in the area. Guests will be entertained by Bottlenose and Australian Humpback Dolphins, with a keen eye occasionally spotting Dugongs as they surface to take breath.

Seasonal highlights

Autumn: Mar-May - Fish & Marine Invertebrates

Mass spawning of coral 7-10 days after the full moon in March or April causes Whale Sharks to arrive, Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Damselfish, Scissor Tails, Coral Trout, Cod and Trevally, Whitetip and Blacktip Reef Sharks, Great and Scalloped Hammerheads, Bronze Whaler, Cat Sharks, Manta Rays, Eagle Rays, Bull Rays, Nudibranchs, Manta Rays courtship dances around April. 

Winter: Jun-Aug - Fish & Marine Invertebrates

Coral Spawn & Plankton reaches its highest concentration, Whale Sharks seen until the end of July Manta Rays around Exmouth, Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, Angelfish, Damselfish, Cardinalfish, Scissor Tails, Groper, Coral Trout, Nudibranches, Grey Nurse Sharks congregate around the Navy Pier competing for space with the Whitetip Reef Sharks and Wobbegongs.

Autumn: Mar-May - Marine Mammals

Dugong can often spotted coming to the surface with May peak viewing time, plentiful Bottlenose and Australian Humpback Dolphins. Pseudo Orcas, Minke Whales, Pilot Whales, Short-beaked Common Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins are also occasionally sighted.

Winter: Jun-Aug - Marine Mammals

Over 30,000 individual west coast Humpback Whales migrate to the area (opportunity to swim with them from July onwards) with Orcas prevalent. Pseudo Orcas, Minke Whales, Pilot Whales, Short-beaked Common Dolphins, Spinner Dolphins are occasionally sighted whilst Bottlenose and Australian Humpback Dolphins are abundant.

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