DAY 1 – Arrive Perth (L, D)
Arrive in Perth as per your flight schedule and meet your coach captain to enjoy a city orientation tour. 3 Night Stay: Miss Maud’s Swedish Hotel, Perth
DAY 2 – Fremantle, Swan River Cruise, Kings Park (B,L,D)
Travelling to Fremantle we make a brief stop at Cottlestoe taking in the beautiful surrounds of this seaside heritage town with its superb beach. We continue on to visit the bustling port city of Fremantle where we board a replica tram and listen to commentary as we discover the bustling harbour, beautifully preserved architecture, and the famed Cappuccino Strip. We then join Captain Cook Cruises for a leisurely lunch cruise discovering the delights of the Swan River. Back on shore we stop at Kings Park and Botanic Garden before returning to our hotel. GGP
DAY 3 – Cervantes, The Pinnacles, New Norcia (B,L,D)
Today we head to Cervantes where on arrival we visit Lake Thetis – a body of water isolated from the sea some 4800 years ago when sea levels dropped and coastal dunes formed to create the lake. It’s one of only a few places in the world with living marine stromatolites, or ‘living fossils’. Our afternoon takes us to see The Pinnacles within Nambung National Park to walk amongst the weathered rock spires that rise out of the yellow sand dunes. On our return to Perth we travel through New Norcia, a true escape from the everyday. Here we soak up the peace and view the magnificent buildings of Australia’s only monastic town established in 1847 by a Spanish Benedictine Monk. GGP
DAY 4 – York, Corrigin, Hyden (B,L,D)
Heading inland we discover York, the oldest inland town in Western Australia, renowned for its opulent Victorian and Federation buildings. Then we hit the road, break at Corrigin for lunch, and continue on via Kulin and the Tin Horse Highway – a seriously entertaining drive to Wave Rock which showcases a hilarious collection of clever community art.2 Night Stay: Wave Rock Motel, Hyden
DAY 5 – Wave Rock (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 handprints and images that have been painted onto the easily accessible Mulka’s Cave. After lunch at the Wave Rock Wildflower Shoppe, spend some time exploring the Lace Place Museum, Toy Soldier Museum and Wave Rock Wildlife Park.
DAY 6 – Wandilla Farm Homestead, Ravensthorpe, Esperance (B,L,D)
Today we visit historic Wandilla Farm Homestead – built in 1948 with bricks handmade by Italian prisoners of war, now home to a vintage car collection. Next, we head south to Ravensthorpe for lunch and then on to Esperance with free time after check-in. 2 Night Stay: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles or Hospitality Inn, Esperance
DAY 7 – Bay of Isles Wildlife Cruise (B,L,D)
This morning we board the Bay of Isles Wildlife Cruise which passes Esperance’s finest beaches. Catch glimpses of the Australian sea lion, New Zealand fur seal and Cape Barren geese. Our afternoon takes us to Mermaid Leather to see the process of using fish leather to create unique handbags, wallets and leather accessories.
DAY 8 – Pink Lake, Albany (B,L,D)
We take in the sights of Esperance this morning including the Pink Lake. Although not always pink, the hue, when present, is attributed to the salt tolerant algae found in this region. Later we travel through the Stirling Ranges before arriving in Albany. 2 Night Stay: The Dog Rock or Banksia Gardens Motel, Albany
DAY 9 – Albany and Surrounds (B,L,D)
Our Albany touring starts with a visit to The Gap and Natural Bridge. Then we move on to the heritage-listed Discovery Bay and explore the Australian Wildlife and Botanic Garden. After lunch we visit the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial at Mt Clarence, then the National Anzac Centre. Learn stories of those who served our country, many departing from the Port of Albany to conflict in Gallipoli, the Middle East and the Western Front.
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: Karri Valley Resort, Pemberton
DAY 11 – Donnelly River Cruise, Gloucester National Park (B,MT,L,D)
Enjoy a relaxed cruise from the Karri to the coast on the unique Donnelly River. From the lush Jarrah and Marri forests, we cruise through wetlands to the limestone cliffs at the majestic Southern Ocean. Learn some of the history of the area and view its beautiful flora and native wildlife. After lunch visit the Gloucester National Park to view a Karri tree 72 metres in height, the world’s second tallest fire lookout tree. Enjoy free time to relax at the resort this afternoon, perhaps take a bushwalk to Beedelup Falls with its attractive series of rocky cascades and suspension bridge, hire a canoe or play a game of mini golf.
DAY 12 – Cape Leeuwin, Margaret River (B,L,D)
This morning we travel to Cape Leeuwin where the Southern & Indian Oceans meet to take an audio tour and enjoy the scenery. 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. Later, take time to browse the shops in town before checking-in to our motel. 1 Night Stay: The Grange on Farrelly Margaret River Motel, Margaret River
DAY 13 – Cape Naturalist, Ngilgi Cave, 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. Next we venture into Ngilgi Cave where the good spirit Ngilgi dwells, to hear dreamtime legends and a mesmerizing didgeridoo performance as a part of a unique cave experience. After a BBQ we continue on to the coastal town of Busselton to take the train from the shore along the Busselton Jetty to the underwater observatory. Descending eight metres below sea level we view the diversity of marine life, and marvel at the forests of vividly coloured sub tropical corals and sponges. We then head north to the Forest of Tuart, a tree unique to this area, and pass through Mandurah to make our way to Perth for our final night together enjoying fine food and entertainment. 1 Night Stay: Miss Maud’s Swedish Hotel, Perth
DAY 14 – FLIGHTS HOME (B)
An early breakfast before being transferred to the airport for our respective flights home.
B = Hot & Continental Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L = Lunch; AT = A/Tea; D = Two Course Dinner
dates & pricing
- 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