S E E U S O N T H E W E B AT wildlifeworldwide.com A cruise to the inner reef (Green Island) offers good snorkelling and diving, together with such birds as Black Noddy and Emerald Dove. A cruise to a coral cay on the outer reef – such as Michaelmas Cay – also offers fine underwater activities, as well as breeding colonies of Brown Booby, Common Noddy, and Sooty, Bridled and Crested Terns. Great, and Lesser Frigatebirds may also be seen. A night drive to search for the nocturnal birds and mammals of the Atherton Tableland rainforests is a must. Owls, flying foxes, tree kangaroos, gliders, possums and even Platypus should all be seen. If you would like us to organise any or all of these itineraries we should be delighted. Days 9 & 10. Atherton Tablelands [B] Today you collect your hire car and drive to Mt Quincan Crater Retreat in the Atherton Tablelands – an area of attractive upland dairy farming country, broken by pockets of high altitude rainforest and wetlands. This luxurious retreat offers six bungalows which have been sensitively placed in the rainforest on the slopes of the Mt. Quincan Crater so as to maximise the privacy of the relaxing surrounds. During your stay you can choose to go on one of the variety of bush walks available and look out for some of the region's endemic birds and mammals in the rainforest around the lakes and famous 'Cathedral' and 'Curtain' Fig Trees. Wompoo Fruit-dove, Chowchilla, Atherton Scrubwren, Victoria's Riflebird and the obliging Musky Rat Kangaroo may be amongst the highlights. Days 11. Mareeba Wetlands [B, D] Depart Mt Quincan Crater Retreat this morning for a short drive to Mareeba Wetlands where you spend the night in safari-style tents at the shaded retreat of Jabiru Camp. Wake up to a dawn chorus alive with the sounds of the Blue-winged Kookaburra and Brolga and listen to the distinctive call of the Southern Boobook while stargazing under the southern sky. The Mareeba Wetlands protect over 2,500 hectares of savanna and wetlands, providing a sanctuary for much of tropical Australia's savanna and wetland flora and fauna, and cultural heritage. Days 12 & 13. Daintree [B] After breakfast travel to the coast and explore Mossman Gorge before continuing onto Cape Tribulation National Park and Cape Tribulation Heritage Lodge for a 2-night stay. Lying just eighteen kilometres north of the Daintree River, Daintree Cape Tribulation Heritage Lodge has crystal clear pools to explore, walking trails, night walks, snorkelling and horse-riding – not to mention the magnificent flora and fauna all around, so you should not be at a loss at what to do. Accommodation is provided in spacious en-suite rooms, each with a fan and veranda. Public areas include restaurant, lounge and bar area, together with a pool. The village of Daintree is worth a visit from here - overlooking the ambling Daintree River and rugged rainforest, it is a magnificent spot. The habitats are varied around the village where 70 species of birds may be found, and you may enjoy an early morning birding cruise in the company of a local ornithologist. Exploring the backwaters of this magnificent river, as the morning mists rise, is usually rewarded with abundant birdlife, including the rare Great-billed Heron, Black Bittern and Little Kingfisher. You may also wish to take a guided day or night walk through the rainforest. Day 14. Homeward [B] After an early morning river cruise along the Daintree River in the company of a local ornithologist, make your way back to Cairns via Port Douglas. Drop off your hire car at Cairns airport before catching your flight home via Brisbane. Day 15. Arrive UK 111 Cost per person: Jan to 31 Mar £2,495 Apr to Jun £2,595 Jul to Aug £2,795 Sep to 9 Dec £2,695 10 to 31 Dec £3,095 Single supplement: Available on request What is included: Flights, car hire (including unlimited mileage & CDW), meals & transfers as indicated, some guided activities Accommodation: Hotels & lodges Departure dates: Daily, throughout the year Australasia / Australia Other ideas Heron Island Why not complete your stay in Australia with a visit to Heron Island, on the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on earth, stretching along 2,080 kilometres of Queensland coast and covering over 160,000 square kilometres of the ocean floor. It contains an endless variety of corals, over 1,400 species of fish, and an abundance of sea and birdlife. One of the great attractions of Heron Island is that you can snorkel and reef walk directly from the beach without having to take a boat, unlike most other island resorts. Accommodation here varies from sumptuous suites with private balconies to shared rooms with shared facilities. Monitor Lizard Heron Suite, Heron Island At Wildlife Worldwide we specialise in tailor-making our holidays. It is what we started doing in 1992, it has been our philosophy right from the start. A tailor-made journey gives you the freedom and flexibility to travel how, when and where you want to. And of course, you are unconstrained by the wishes of a group. Throughout the brochure we show a series of itineraries to whet your appetite. These are all suggestions and ideas, none are cast in stone. We can change the properties, extend or shorten your trip, combine destinations and countries, fly you in Business Class, organise car rental and of course offer advice and suggestions from a wealth of experience that we have gained over many years. Call us on 0845 130 6982 and we will be happy to discuss the options with you! Tailor-made holidays – a unique journey designed just for you!
112 F O R R E S E R V A T I O N S C A L L U S O N 0845 130 6982 Western Self-drive 16 days London to London Days 1 to 5. Perth & Rottnest Island [B (Days 4 & 5 only)] Depart London for Perth flying via Asia. On arrival on Day 3 make your way to the Goodearth Hotel where you spend three nights. Perth is a sparkling, attractive city, dominated by an idyllic riverside location and views of the distant Darling Ranges. During your stay here you may have time for botanising in Kings Park or visiting Rottnest Island, approximately twenty kilometres from the coast. With its crystal clear waters, sandy beaches and bays, Rottnest Island is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, and birdwatching. It is also home to the endearing Quokka. A full day cruise is included here, the boat journey not only providing a pleasant trip down the Swan River from Perth to the Indian Ocean, but it may also offer sightings of seabirds and Humpback Whales. Day 6. Cape Naturaliste [B] A morning’s drive south lies the stunning coastline of Cape Naturaliste and the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Here, at the right season, you will be able to watch migrating Humpback Whales, resident Bottle-nosed Dolphins, abundant Western Grey Kangaroos, an excellent variety of seabirds that includes Black-browed, and Yellow-nosed Albatrosses, and Australia’s southernmost colony of Red-tailed Tropicbirds. Apart from wildlife-viewing, you may also wish to explore the spectacular caves that are found in the area, and enjoy the magnificent white, sandy beaches and wineries. Your base is the Best Western for 1-night. Days 7 to 9. Albany [B (Days 8 & 9 only)] The drive to Albany will allow you to enjoy the giant Karri forests – a spectacle not to be missed. From Albany spend a day enjoying the unique vegetation of the Stirling Range National Park (a stunning display of colourful wild flowers in spring), search for the endangered Noisy Scrub-bird at Two Peoples Bay, or watch the Southern Right Whales which winter in nearby waters. Spend three nights at the Esplanade Hotel in Albany. Days 10 & 11. Esperance [B] On the drive eastwards to the town of Esperance you may enjoy some of the birds and plants of the Fitzgerald River National Park’s hills and heathlands. During your stay at the Esperance Bay Resort, take a boat to the offshore islands where Cape Barren Geese, White-bellied Sea Eagles and a variety of dolphins and whales are regularly seen. Nearby, Cape Le Grand National Park offers good walks, beaches and fine coastal scenery. Days 12 to 14. Wheatbelt & Wave Rock [B] The 2-day journey to Perth via Wave Rock is long but interesting, providing an insight into the lifestyles of the rural farming communities. Spend two nights at the Hyde Hotel in Hyden, and your final night back at the Goodearth Hotel in Perth. Days 15 & 16. Homeward [B (Day 15 only)] Head home today on an overnight flight, or perhaps fly up to Shark Bay, the Ningaloo Reef or the Kimberleys. Southern Wine & Wildlife 14 days London to London Days 1 to 5. Kangaroo Island [B, L, D (Days 2 to 5 only)] Depart London arriving in Adelaide late on Day 2 and connect with a short flight to Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island has a spectacular coastline and hosts a variety of wildlife including Southern Fur Seals, Australian Sea Lions, Koalas, Western Grey Kangaroos, Tammar Wallabies and Echidnas. You will be based at a traditional homestead for three nights. Days 6 & 7. Clare Valley [B, L, D] Return to Adelaide and head north into the vineyards of the Barossa, and Clare Valleys. Spend two nights at the magnificent Federation Homestead. Days 8 & 9. Gawler Ranges [B, L, D] Transfer north to the Gawler Ranges, which provide one of the most prolific wildlife experiences in Australia, Red, and Grey Kangaroos and Emus set amongst spectacular scenery with rarely a person in sight. Spend your evenings under canvas and enjoy the canopy of stars. Days 10 & 11. Baird Bay [B, L, D] Transfer south to the Great Australian Blight and Baird Bay, where you spend two nights at a beautifully appointed beach lodge. Watch Southern Right Whales swim with dolphins and sealions in the shallow waters of Baird Bay, or simply go on long beach walks. Days 12 to 14. Homeward [B,L,D (Days 12 to 13 only)] Transfer along the coastline back to Adelaide. On the way you should get good views of Southern Right Whales (May to October) and their calves. Overnight in Adelaide before heading home. Arrive on Day 14. Cost per person: From £3,795 Single supplement: Available on request What is included: Flights, meals as indicated, transfers, guided activities Accommodation: Homesteads, lodges, Camps Departure dates: Daily Kimberley Wildlife Why not explore the Kimberleys, perhaps Australia’s least discovered region. This entire area is virgin country for naturalists and with the help of expert guides lookout for endangered wildlife such as the Purple-Crowned Fairywren and Brush-tailed Possums. Land or sea based programmes exploring the coastline are on the agenda. Ask one of our consultants for more details. Cost per person: From £1,895 Single supplement: Available on request What is included: Flights, vehicle hire (including unlimited mileage & CDW) & meals as indicated Accommodation: Hotels & guesthouses Departure dates: Daily, throughout the year Please note that car hire does not include the bond (deposit), petrol, government stamp duty and excess insurance costs. The Wheatbelt Esperance