Exploring the Northwest – a familiarisation trip

1st May 2018 Touring Treasures

In pursuit of the unique, the excellent and the untamed, Touring Treasures was recently hosted by the tourism body for the Kimberley; Australia’s Northwest.  The Kimberley is a destination which has received significant interest from the luxury market as it offers a unique experience only found in this area of the vast country.

Starting in the beating heart of The Kimberley, Broome, Touring Treasures investigated the multicultural history of this frontier town.  By virtue of its proximity to Asia and the fortunes sought and found in its colonial past, Broome has welcomed waves of immigrants all of whom have left their mark on the culinary scene.

Touring Treasures boating along the stunning Chamberlain Gorge with one of El Questro Rangers.

Matso’s stands as a living testament to this history and has been converted into Australia’s most remote brewery producing tantalising tropical beers such as Mango Beer and Ginger Beer.  The tropical, seasonal and local produce influences their modern menu as much as the beer on tap.  The evening Touring Treasures spent at Matso’s was only further enhanced by the natural phenomenon, Staircase to the Moon, where the rising moon casts a staggered light over the exposed beach creating an ethereal scene.

To the north of Broome lies the Dampier Peninsula – a striking, unforgiving landscape where the red earth meets the azure sea.  With a backdrop specific to the area, the Dampier Peninsula is a centre of excellence for pearl farming as well as the land of the Badri-Jawi people.  Kimberley Wild transported the Touring Treasures team by 4WD and boat to investigate the highlights including Cygnet Bay Pearls.

Cygnet Bay Pearls, owned and operated by the Brown family, is the oldest pearling farm in Australia and sits at the very northern tip of the Dampier Peninsula.  The area experiences 11 metres tropical tidal ranges, the largest in the world.  It makes for clean waters for the Pinctada Maxima to grow, thrive and produce perfect pearls.  Aside from their dedication to the art of pearl production, the Brown family also has invested in marine research to preserve the region and their efforts are evident in their pearls and signature jewellery pieces.

Cygnet Bay Pearl

Like much of the accommodation in such a powerful landscape, Kooljaman at Cape Leveque hosted the Touring Treasures team in luxury tents. Without compromising on service or comfort, this glamping resort enhances the experience by giving true insight into the country. The resort is a low impact development owned by the local Aboriginal people who impart their knowledge and heritage. Touring Treasures took the opportunity here to embark on a Bush Tucker tour with Bundy’s Cultural Tours for a cooking tour with a difference.

Back to Broome and to Cable Beach Resort and Spa, the premier accommodation of the northwest, to encounter this destination on camel back and its sealife on a whale watching tour. It was a relaxing end to a vibrant journey.


 Touring Treasures enjoying a Camel ride at  Cable Beach – Broome

“We have had many opportunities to travel through the north of Australia on fact finding missions and discovered some exciting experiences for our clients on this tour. It is the connections we make which benefit our clients and partners as we then weave them together seamlessly into itineraries not found in a guide book,” explained Touring Treasures’ Co-Founder, Olivier Mercien-Ferol.

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