Swim with whale sharks, spot saltwater crocodiles, and heli-picnic in the wilderness with Scott Dunn’s new tailor-made itinerary to Western Australia. Once considered a remote and untouched destination, the opening of Kuri Bay in May 2012 and the new Cliff Side Retreats at El Questro Homestead have put Western Australia on the map as the exciting new frontier for luxury wilderness experiences Down Under.
Scott Dunn’s new Wild Western Australia itinerary begins under luxury canvas hidden in the sand dunes at the exclusive bush camp, Sal Salis Ningaloo Reef. Swim with the world’s largest fish, the mighty whale shark, snorkel amongst the coral and clownfish on the Ningaloo Reef and kayak along Western Australia’s deserted and unspoilt coast.
From the western beaches, take a spectacular air safari over the Buccaneer archipelago and the famous Horizontal Waterfalls to recently opened Kuri Bay, located in the Camden Sound. Here the waters host for the world’s greatest Humpback Whale calving ground, where hundreds of these magnificent creatures can be spotted between June and October.
Accessible only by helicopter or sea plane, Kuri Bay was Australia’s oldest pearl farm and the centre for production of the world’s finest South Sea pearls. Now converted into an exclusive wilderness lodge in the Kimberley, it has just three simply appointed guest rooms tucked away overlooking the bay. The property retains its original features and remains true to its pearling heritage taking guests behind the scenes of its secret industrial past. By night guests can swap stories in the Pearlers’ Bar before dinner in the Pearlers’ Canteen, a classic working building. Everybody sits together on traditional trestle dining tables and benches to enjoy local delicacies, the freshest local seafood, fine Australian wines and even sample rare pearl meat canapés.