Western Australia Independent travel

Jun 15th, 2005, 04:23 PM
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Western Australia Independent travel

We are independently touring from Perth to Broome and have this itinerary planned for us. Would someone from Australia please critique it for us?
By utilizing a combination of the Greyhound network on these routes and rail and air, the plan would look something like this:
Day 1 ArrivePerth. Perth local Touring
OvernightPerth
Day 2 Perth local touring
OvernightPerth
Day 3 Perth local touring
OvernightPerth
Day 4 Depart Perth by train.
OvernightKalgoorlie
Day 5 KalgoorlieTouring
OvernightKalgoorlie.
Day 6 Depart Kalgoorlie by air
OvernightPerth.
Day 7 DepartPerthGreyhound to Pinnacles
Overnight Cervantes
Day 8 Depart Pinnacles
Overnight Kalbarri
Day 9 Depart Kalbarri
Overnight Monkey Mia
Day 10 Monkey Mia
Overnight Monkey Mia
Day 11 Depart Monkey Mia
Overnight Coral bay (Ningaloo Reef)
Day 12 Coral bay
Overnight Coral bay
Day 13 DepartCoralBay
Overnight Karratha
Day 14 4WD along Hamersley Iron rail-track to Newman.
Overnight Newman
Day 15 Return to Karratha and rejoin coach to Broome.
Overnight Broome
Day 16 2-day guided tour to Fitzroy Crossing and Geikie Gorge with Cruise.
Overnight Fitzroy Crossing
Day 17 Coach to Kununurra
Overnight Kununurra.
Day 18 Ord River, Lake Argyle Cruise and Argyle Diamond Mine fly-in.
Overnight El Questro.
Day 19 El Questro
Overnight El Questro
Day 20 El Questro.
Overnight El Questro.
Day 21 to Kununurra and Flight toDarwin
OvernightDarwin
Day 22 Darwin and depart fromDarwinfor journey back to theUS.
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Jun 15th, 2005, 10:58 PM
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It sounds excellent - very busy but you will certainly see a lot. You haven't said at what time of year you will be travelling. If in Australia's spring (late August/September), another day at Kalbarri would be good as the wildflowers are spectacular around that area.
Nothing much to do at Monkey Mia except see the dolphins or swim or take a boat ride but by then you will probably need a day off from travelling.
One place I would definitely recommend for sightseeing is New Norcia, about an hour north of Perth. Old Benedictine monastry, schools, churches - most interesting and unexpected. If you go there, make sure you take a tour.
Hope you have a great holiday.
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Jun 16th, 2005, 05:03 AM
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Wow - sound fantastic. But are you sure you can get into Kalbarri one day and out the next? I wasn't aware that the bus service was that regular. And even if it is, what are you going to do there with two half days? I see you have a whole day allocated to Monkey Mia and another whole day to Coral Bay. MM is overrated in my opinion and Coral Bay is not the highpoint of that area.

Sound massively manic. I guess you must have done loads of research and satisfied yourselves that the connex by public transport are there. It's good news that the service up the west coast is more frequent than I remember it.

But I am still amazed that on Day 15 you are going to get from Newman to Broome in one day.

My 5 cents' worth.
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Jun 16th, 2005, 07:36 AM
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This is the kind of info I want to hear so please keep adding your comments. Thanks
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Jun 19th, 2005, 04:15 PM
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My wife and I are planning this exact same trip within the next 6 months. We are in the planning stage now. What a delightful surprise to run across this posting! Thank you all for your advice.
Within the last 5 years we have enjoyed Sydney, Melbourne, Alice Springs, Cairns and Tasmania. Twice. Now on to Perth and Broome. Then Darwin.
John
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Jun 19th, 2005, 09:42 PM
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G'day Travllady,
a good itinerary but busy, busy !
As has already been mentioned, you haven't really got enough time for Kalbarri.
Monkey Mia isn't really much and I suggest you take a Cruise on a Catamaran. Chances are you'll see many more Dolphins that way.
Also there isn't near enough time to enjoy the 4WD trip from Karratha to Newman and back You'll be mostly just sitting in the car. Check also if the 4WD car is a Toyota Troop Carrier, most of them have side facing hard benchseats. Not at all comfortable!
Two additional days would make a huge difference.

Enjoy,
Mike
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