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page 28 Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris The ultimate in exclusive wilderness expeditions Northern Australia’s most exciting Aboriginal and wildlife experience The Northern Territory’s remote Arnhemland has been our speciality for more than 30 years. We will take you to some of the most powerful Aboriginal rock art to be found anywhere in Australia and introduce you to some of country’s spectacular wildlife and birdlife. Visitors to this pristine area stay at a well appointed tented safari camp, and superb home-style meals follow the exhilarating 4WD experience through this natural wonderland. Due to the high demand for its seven-night Cape York Cruise, Captain Cook Cruises increased departure dates from nine in 2006 to fourteen in 2007 – and there are still some departures for the season. Remaining departure dates for 2007 are July 20, August 3 and 17, September 14 and 21, October 12 and 19 October, and November 9 and 16. The Cape York Cruise is an adventure that takes guests to distant and remote parts of Tropical North Queensland. It leads to the tropical Great Barrier Reef at the top of Australia and beyond and explores a new and remote destination every day. Highlights include Cape York, Cooktown, exclusive Lizard Island, turtle spotting on Morris Island, Bligh Reef, Torres Strait and Thursday Island. The cruise retraces the voyage Captain James Cook did more than 200 years ago providing a wonderful insight into the exotic beauty of Cape York and the Great Barrier Reef. For the adventurous there is a long list of cruise activities: snorkel over reefs on the edge of the continental shelf; swim in warm tropical lagoons and walk on white sandy beaches on uninhabited islands; join a team of adventure specialists including onboard marine naturalist, dive master, local and indigenous guides and marine pilots and be guided through the reefs, rainforest, history, art and culture of this unique World Heritage region. Cruise rates include all meals, accommodation, guided walks and island treks and onboard facilities including swimming pool, two spa pools, sun deck, sauna and gym; glass-bottomed boat, snorkelling and dive vessels. The M.V. Reef Endeavour has two bars, two lounges and a single-sitting dining saloon; gift shop and guest laundry. Cruise to the top of Australia M.V. Reef Endeavour J u l y 2 0 0 7 w w w . S E L L I N G D O W N U N D E R . c o m 21

Kings Park Wildfl ower Festival September 1 – October 1 The Perth Wildfl ower Festival is a hallmark event held annually in Kings Park and Botanic Garden. It attracts locals as well as visitors from overseas and interstate and is being held in the fi rst month of Spring, celebrated in Western Australia in September. Blessing of the Fleet – Geraldton October 28 The Blessing of the Fleet is a unique day centered around the fi shing industry in Geraldton on Australia’s Coral Coast. The scenic location and usually beautiful weather in late October makes for a ‘must see’ for anyone travelling through Western Australia at this time. When it comes to nature and scenic splendour, Esperance and the South Coast in Australia’s Golden Outback is a savvy traveller’s choice – a region of stunning coastal landscapes and sweeping expanses of fl ora-rich bushland. Visit from September to November and you will enjoy a mass transformation of the bushland as the spectacular annual wildfl ower season begins its dazzling shows. One way of soaking up the best of the region is by heading to one of its many national parks These areas of incredible natural beauty harbour one of the country’s most varied ranges of plants – particularly lovely during the wildfl ower season. Fitzgerald River National Park is renowned for boasting one of the most bio-diverse fl ora ranges in the world. It is home to 1,800 beautiful and bizarre species of fl owering plants, as well as a myriad of lichens, mosses and fungi. The numbers represent nearly 20 percent of Western Australia’s total plant species – all in one national park. Many of the parks boast scenic walking trails, and many of them traverse areas of the ruggedly beautiful coast. You’ll often spot kangaroos on the beach, seabirds soaring on the breeze and whales during their annual migration. Wild coastal scenery, rugged granite peaks, and sweeping heathlands characterise Cape Le Grand National Park. Popular features in the park include attractive bays with wide sandy beaches set between rocky headlands. WA Events The scenic splendour of 22 w w w . S E L L I N G D O W N U N D E R . c o m J u l y 2 0 0 7