DAY 1 – Arrive Perth (D)
Arrive in Perth to meet your coach captain and enjoy a city orientation tour of Western Australia’s stunning capital on the southeast coast. 2 Night Stay: Pan Pacific in Deluxe Rooms, Perth
DAY 2 – Rottnest Island (B,L,D)
After a relaxing start to the day, we board a ferry bound for Rottnest Island. We take in the unique fauna and flora, stunning beaches, woodlands and salt lakes with our local guide, and maybe even spot a Quokka or two. We see the Wadjemup Lighthouse and Cathedral Rocks, ride the historic train and enjoy a break at the Rottnest Quokka Arms Pub before returning to the mainland.
DAY 3 – New Norcia, Lake Thetis, The Pinnacles, Geraldton (B,L,D)
We leave Perth for Geraldton and our first stop is New Norcia, a true escape from the everyday, soak up the peace and view the magnificent buildings of Australia’s only monastic town established by a Spanish Benedictine Monk. We continue on to Cervantes where on arrival we visit Lake Thetis. It is estimated that this body of water became isolated from the sea about 4800 years ago when sea levels dropped and coastal dunes formed to create the lake. The lake is one of only a few places in the world with living marine stromatolites, or ‘living fossils’. We then visit the Pinnacles in the Nambung National Park to walk amongst the weathered rock spires that rise out of the yellow sand dunes. 2 Night Stay: Hospitality Inn, Geraldton
DAY 4 – Northampton, Hawkes Head, Geraldton (B,L,D)
Today we travel into the southern edge of the Murchison Basin via the historic mining town of Northampton, and on through the coastal gorge and Red Bluff. Walk on the wild side visiting Rainbow Jungle, regarded as Australia’s most beautiful parrot habitat, with one of the largest free flight aviaries in the world. We then head to Hawkes Head to view the river gorges and magnificent wildflowers, and visit the West Loop Skywalk lookout before returning to Geraldton late afternoon.
DAY 5 – Dalwallinu (B,L,D)
This morning we take a short tour of Geraldton, passing the HMAS Sydney Memorial and the Francis Xavier Church. Some spectacular sighting of the wildflowers will be seen as we travel inland to the wheat growing area of Dalwallinu where in springtime, coloured orchids and everlastings cover the uncultivated areas. 1 Night Stay: Dalwallinu Wheatland Motel, Dalwallinu
DAY 6 – York, Corrigin, Hyden (B,L,D)
Heading south we discover York, the oldest inland town in Western Australia, renowned for its opulent Victorian and Federation buildings. From here we hit the road, breaking at Corrigin for lunch, then continue on via Kulin and the famous Tin Horse Highway. This famous drive is definitely a laughing matter and offers some serious entertainment en-route to Hyden as it showcases a hilarious collection of clever community art. 2 Night Stay: Wave Rock Hotel, Hyden
DAY 7 – Wave Rock, The Humps (B,L,D)
Our first stop today is the 27 million year old magnificent prehistoric rock formation, Wave Rock – one of Western Australia’s most treasured natural attractions. Next, we take in The Humps, another huge granite outcrop and the site of one of WA’s most significant examples of Aboriginal Rock Art. Here you can see over 450 separate hand prints and images that have been painted onto the easily accessible Mulka’s Cave. After lunch at the Wave Rock Wildflower Shop spend some time exploring The Lace Place museum, Toy Soldier museum and Wave Rock Wildlife Park before returning to the hotel.
DAY 8 – Wandilla Farm Homestead, Albany (B,L,D)
Today we visit historic Wandilla Farm Homestead – built in 1948 with bricks hand made by Italian prisoners of war and now home to a vintage car collection. Next we head south through the Stirling Ranges before arriving in Albany. 2 Night Stay: Banksia Gardens Motel, Albany
DAY 9 – Albany touring (B,L,D)
Our Albany touring starts with a visit to The Gap and Natural Bridge. We visit the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial at Mt Clarence, a tribute to the ANZACS, then the National Anzac Centre. Learn stories of those who served our country, many departing from the Port of Albany to conflict in Gallopili, the Middle East and the Western Front. After lunch at Mount Romance Sandalwood factory we move on to the heritage-listed Discovery Bay and explore the Australian Wildlife and Botanic Gardens, then free time in town before returning to our hotel.
DAY 10 – Valley of the Giants, Pemberton (B,L,D)
Today we experience the wonderful tree top walk suspended 50 metres above the ground in the Valley of the Giants. We then travel on to Pemberton for lunch, before boarding the Pemberton Tram. We meander through towering Karri and Marri forests and traverse over rivers and streams along one of the most majestic rail lines in Australia, making stops at the Cascades and Warren River. 2 Night Stay: Best Western Pemberton, Pemberton
DAY 11 – Donnelly River Cruise, Gloucester National Park, Beedelup Falls (B,MT,L,D)
Enjoy a relaxed cruise today from the Karri to the coast on the unique Donnelly River. From the lush Jarrah and Marri forests, through the Paperbark and wetlands, to the limestone cliffs and majestic Southern Ocean. Learn some of the history of the area and view its beautiful flora and native wildlife.
DAY 12 – Cape Leeuwin, Margaret River (B,L,D)
We take a drive this morning to Cape Leeuwin where the Southern and Indian Oceans then pass through the majestic Boranup Karri Forest, where tall palebarked karri trees, reaching heights of 50m or more, dominate the hilly slopes and lush valleys. Heading north we continue on into the heart of Western Australia’s wine growing area with a stop for lunch and a wine tasting at one of Margaret River’s famous wineries. 1 Night Stay: The Grange on Farrelly, Margaret River
DAY 13 – Cape Naturalist & Canal Rocks, Busselton, Perth (B,L,D)
Leaving Margaret River we drive out to the Cape Naturalist area via the stunning Canal Rocks. We then take in a Koomal Dreaming cultural experience where we enjoy a short guided bushwalk identifying traditional medicinal plants and learning about the region. Then venture into Ngilgi Cave to hear dreamtime legends and a mesmerizing didgeridoo performance. After a BBQ lunch we continue on to the coastal town of Busselton to take the train from the shore along the Busselton Jetty (built in 1865) to the underwater observatory. Heading north to the Forest of Tuart, a tree unique to this area, we pass through Mandurah to return to Perth for our final night together enjoying fine food and entertainment at Miss Maud’s Swedish Restaurant. 1 Night Stay: Pan Pacific in Deluxe Rooms, Perth
DAY 14 – Flights home (B)
An early breakfast before being transferred to the airport for our respective flights home.
B = Full Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L = Lunch; AT = A/Tea; D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
- GREEN GUEST POLICY (GGP) – Select the GGP option on this tour and help reduce extra pressures on our natural environment. You will be rewarded with a reduced rate on your tour. SAVE: $20PP TWIN SHARE OR $40 SOLE USE
- Non-refundable deposit of $1000pp required
- N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for coach and air components.
- FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 3 (ACTIVE/MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
• Participate in walking tours without having to stop or sit down to rest for up
to 20 minutes
• Walk up an incline equal to a flight of stairs, without stopping
• Stand for 30 minutes, without needing to sit down
• Walk over uneven ground, tackle cobbled creek crossings & walk through soft sand
• Getting on and off transportation multiple times unaided