Day 1: Fly into Perth and check into Alex Hotel in cultured Northbridge. If you’re hungry, eat at the hotel-owned (and very tasty) Italian restaurant, Shadow Wine Bar & Dining Room, just behind Alex Hotel.
Day 2: Get a taste for local produce at
Perth Farmers’ Market. If you’re canny, you’ll stock up on edible bounty for
future picnics in Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
Day 3: Learn about dolphins (they’re marauding types, apparently) and swim with some on a wild dolphin tour in Rockingham. All that splashing around will make you hungry, so treat yourselves to exemplary fish and chips on Cottesloe Beach (time your meal with sunset, for maximum smugness).
Day 4-6: Hop on a flight to Darwin (flight time: three hours, 35 minutes) and embark on an adventure with Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris, which specialises in small-group safaris.
Day 7: If you’re in Darwin between April and October, browse food stalls and arts and crafts at Mindil Beach Sunset Market, which also offers live music, nimble-knuckled masseuses and street entertainment.
Day 8–9: Catch a 30-minute scenic flight to Bamurru Plains, where your journey will be richly rewarded with croc-spotting, jewel-bright birdlife and the hotel’s sociable, safari spirit. (The boutique bungalows aren’t half bad, either.)
Day 10–11: Keen to encounter the Great Barrier Reef? Fly back to Darwin, then on to Cairns (a 90-minute flight from Darwin) and make the hour-long drive to QT Port Douglas, a juicy tropical treat with an open-air bar and restaurant, plus a fun-loving pool scene.
Day 12: Go on a snorkelling cruise – these waters are world-famous for good reason and take a trip to Green Island, a spectacular coral cay.
Day 13: Don’t go home without exploring Daintree, home to the world’s oldest rainforest. It will take you an hour-and-a-half to get here by car from Port Douglas.Day 14: Fly back to London from Cairns.