Western Australia Wonderland
Explore cosmopolitan Perth before heading inland to Wave Rock, then watch in awe as the landscape changes and you discover crystal clear water, white sandy beaches and ancient forests. Taste Margaret River’s renowned food and wine, venture to seaside Fremantle, spend time discovering wildflowers and frolicking with dolphins at Money Mia.
Western Australia’s South West Region is a hub of activity. With over one million visitors per year it is the most popular area of holiday interest in the state. Wineries, farm stays, caves, surfing, beaches, shipwrecks, wildflowers, kangaroos, birdlife, dense forest, rolling hills and pastures, it’s all here. Everywhere you look is coloured green or blue and the country atmosphere surrounds you at every turn. The cool southern region of our state offers the visitor a spectacular range of holiday experiences. You’ll see magnificent beaches, lush farmland and mighty forests.
Quiet, well maintained roads are coupled with a blend of busy rural towns, ports and quiet hamlets.
- Surf Wave Rock
- Indulge in Margaret River food and wine
- Frolic with the dolphins at Monkey Mia
- Perth city sights touring
- Tour the Super Pit Gold Mine
- Discover white sandy beaches near Esperance
- Walk high above the trees at Valley of the Giants
- Chocolate tasting in Margaret River
- Beer tasting at a boutique brewery
- Explore cosmopolitan Fremantle & it’s market
- Visit New Norcia’s Benedictine Monastery
- Discover WA’s famous wildflowers (seasonal)
- Experience Kalbarri National Park
- Walk spectacular Shell Beach
- Learn about Hamelin Pool’s ancient stromatolites
- Visit the HMAS Sydney Memorial in Geraldton
- Marvel at the Pinnacles
- Delve into indigenous culture at Yanchep National Park
- Return economy flights from Mackay (or nearest port) to Perth with Virgin Australia with the option to upgrade
- 23kg checked baggage allowance
- Return airport/accommodation transfers
- Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
- Twin share accommodation
- All sightseeing, tours & entrance fees as specified
- Services of an experienced tour host
- 16 breakfasts, 1 highlight lunch, 8 dinners, 1 farewell dinner
Fri 11 August 2017
MACKAY – BRISBANE – PERTH
Our Host and North Queensland travellers will meet at the Mackay Airport and begin our journey to Perth. Travellers leaving from other areas will have the option to meet the host in either Brisbane or Perth. Upon arrival we are transferred to our hotel. This afternoon and tonight is at leisure and a chance to explore Perth.
Sat 12 August 2017
Morning at leisure. This afternoon we meet our Travel Director and fellow travellers at our hotel and set off on a city tour of Perth including a visit to Kings Park where we can see the broad expanse of the Swan River and wander around the Anzac Memorial and wildflower gardens. We’ll also see the many public art installations around the city and get a feel for the distinct precincts surrounding the CBD. Tonight, dine out and get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious meal.
Sun 13 August 2017
Journey to the Golden Outback passing through Corrigin to Hyden and visit fascinating Wave Rock at lunch time. This magnificent rock formation, resembling a gigantic wave, was formed over three million years ago. Once we’ve seen Wave Rock, grab a spot of lunch and why not wander through the visitor centre’s eclectic collection of lace and the largest collection of toy soldiers in the world. Continue through the Wheatbelt and the former ghost town of Coolgardie on our way to Kalgoorlie. This town in the gold fields is surrounded by some of the most dazzling spring wildflowers (seasonal).
Mon 14 August 2017
This morning we’ll join a local guide on a tour of the Super Pit gold mine. The Super Pit produces up to 850,000 ounces of gold every year and is the largest open-pit gold mine in Australia. Afterwards, discover the character and stories of this historic gold mining town on an orientation tour. Why not sneak into the Exchange Hotel for lunch in Kalgoorlie’s most iconic pub? Later, stop to look out over the impressive salt lake, Lake Lefroy, then continue through Norseman and onto Esperance for a two night stay at this picturesque seaside town.
Tue 15 August 2017
Visit Cape Le Grand National Park for breathtaking views of the wild coastal scenery, rugged granite peaks and sweeping heathlands. Stop at awe-inspiring Thistle Cove and marvel at its jaw dropping white sand and crystal clear blue water. At Lucky Bay, one of the most unique and stunning bays in Australia, we may see grey kangaroos that like to laze on the pristine beach. Just magic! This afternoon is yours to do as you wish. Maybe kick back and relax with a book by the water or take a wander through this seaside hamlet.
Wed 16 August 2017
See the mysterious Pink Lake and travel through Ravensthorpe and the Fitzgerald Biosphere to Bluff Knoll Lookout to witness the rugged beauty of the Stirling Ranges National Park. The national park is one of the richest areas for flora in the world. Continue to Albany, rich in Anzac history, and settle into our hotel for the night.
Thu 17 August 2017
In 1914, 41,000 Australians and New Zealanders left Albany bound for WW1. This morning you may like to visit the National Anzac Centre which opened in 2014 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the first convoys departing. Afterwards we’ll journey to the Valley of the Giants to
explore the canopy of the Tingle forest along the Tree Top Walk. Continue to Margaret River, one of Australia’s premier wine growing regions. The region’s scenery and fresh air will leave you invigorated.
Fri 18 August 2017
Get ready for a day that will delight your taste buds! Margaret River is known not only for it’s fabulous wine but also for it’s fresh produce and boutique producers. First up we’ll visit a berry farm for a delicious Devonshire Tea in a picturesque cottage garden. We’ll have the chance to taste the farm’s homemade jams, preserves and more at the cellar door. Continue to award winning 3 Oceans Wine Company for a tour, tasting and lunch prepared using fresh local produce. Next we’ll visit a boutique brewery with spectacular views of the surrounding farms, national park and vineyards. Enjoy a tasting paddle of their finest craft beer to top off your day. This evening is free to do as you wish.
Sat 19 August 2017
This morning why not grab a coffee and wander around Margaret River township before we travel north to Busselton, a popular holiday resort on the shores of Geographe Bay. On arrival in Fremantle we’ll have the chance to enjoy lunch before joining a local guide for a private tour of Fremantle Prison. Step inside and take a journey back in time where we can view life as it was for prisoners and discover how time was passed in the yards. We can also marvel at original prisoner works of art. From its convict origins in the 1850’s until its closure as a maximum-security gaol in 1991, our entertaining guide will show us the
lighter side of prison humour.
Sun 20 August 2017
FREMANTLE ‘FREE TIME’
With a free day to explore this wonderful town, you could visit the colourful Fremantle Markets. There are 150 stalls under one roof and you’ll have a chance to purchase local arts and crafts and taste local delights. You may like to wander along the Fremantle foreshore and enjoy some Aussie fish and chips with views of Freo’s famous fishing fleet or sip a cooling ale at Little Creatures Brewery. Whatever it is you choose to do, you’re bound to enjoy every second.
Mon 21 August 2017
Today we’ll travel along the West Australian coastline to the port of Geraldton. Heading north to Yanchep National Park, we’ll enjoy a fantastic Aboriginal cultural experience in a bush setting. Meet our Aboriginal guide who’ll share with us their way of life and will treat us to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo. It’s a hands on experience where we’ll have the chance to touch and feel traditional Aboriginal tools and it will have you rolling around with laughter.
Continue along the coast to the seaside hamlet of Lancelin at lunchtime and then to Nambung National Park, home of the marvelous Pinnacles, a series of intriguing limestone formation. On arrival in Geraldton we’ll visit the evocative HMAS Sydney Memorial and have time to discover this seaside township.
Tue 22 August 2017
GERALDTON– MONKEY MIA
Travel to Hamelin Pool to see the world’s best known colony of stromatolites. Dating back to the beginning of life on earth, while they may not appear alive, these living structures have helped scientists unravel the history of life on earth! Later visit fascinating Shell Beach, one of only two in the world, formed from billions of coquina bivalve shells up to ten metres deep. Continue to the crystal blue waters and the pristine white shell and sandy beaches of Monkey Mia where we’ll stay for the next two nights.
Wed 23 August 2017
MONKEY MIA ‘FREE TIME’
Every morning, Monkey Mia’s wild dolphins swim to shore to be fed and mingle with people. After a leisurely breakfast overlooking the calm waters of the bay, watch the famous dolphins swim into shore, however as dolphins are wild their appearance cannot be guaranteed. Today is yours to do as you choose. Why not take a scenic flight over Shark Bay Marine Park or after a lazy morning take an afternoon wildlife cruise aboard a catamaran to spot sea creatures great and small. In the evening, there’s nothing like sitting back with a cocktail or a cool beer watching the world go by as the sun sets over the ocean.
Thu 24 August 2017
MONKEY MIA – KALBARRI
Today we travel to Kalbarri. Venture into Kalbarri National Park and visit Red Bluff Lookout to view the spectacular scenery of Murchison River Gorge. From the vantage point of Hawks Head Lookout keep an eye out for graceful Peregrine Falcons hunting along the gorges and cliffs. During wildflower season, the national park is in bloom with many a variety of wildflower. You’ll spot Acacia, Banksia, Caladenia and more! Tonight enjoy dinner at our hotel.
Fri 25 August 20
KALBARRI – PERTH
Today we’ll travel back to our final destination, Perth. On the way we’ll stop at New Norcia, a Benedictine community owned and operated by a group of Roman Catholic monks since 1847. It’s Australia’s only monastic town, where the monks live and work. We’ll have a chance to explore the town’s museum and art gallery. Tonight join our Travel Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner. What a great opportunity to share a few laughs as we recount stories for the past 14 days together!
Sat 26 August 2017
Today and tonight is at leisure for you to explore Perth.
Sun 27 August 2017
PERTH – BRISBANE – MACKAY
This morning we are transferred to the
airport for our flight home. Our Host will fly into Brisbane and continue onto Mackay with our North Queensland travellers.
17 day tour, departing Mackay
From $6,998* per person twin share
Secure your place today with a $500* pp deposit
Single Supplement $1,795*
We would like to invite you to join us on this tailor made holiday to Western Australia and together we will discover the stunning landscapes and visit many of the must see highlights. Plus, there are many options to further enhance your holiday by choosing optional tours and activities along the way to suit your interests