Western Australia's Southern Delights
Spend time in Australia’s sunniest capital city, Perth effortlessly blending urban cool with raw natural beauty. Its heart is bustling with new bars, restaurants, shopping and cultural spaces, and is also home to Kings Park - one of the world’s largest inner city parks. Just a short drive away are the beautiful wineries of the Swan Valley and a string of stunning beaches. Then enjoy picturesque coastlines and experience vibrant towns; admire majestic karri trees and sparse landscapes and sample the finest of wines and best of cuisine. Kalgoorlie is reminiscent of the gold mining era and showcases the real outback Australia, and Albany is a hub for whales from June to October – if you’re visiting then, be sure to keep an eye out for them and keep your camera to hand!
Western Australia's Southern Delights
Day 1-2 : UK - Perth
Make your own way to the airport for you flight to Perth.
On arrival at Perth Airport, you will take a private transfer to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the city.
Embrace the best of both worlds in Perth, where soft sand
beaches and scenic parks meet a thriving metropolis of small bars, creative restaurants and curated street art.
Hotel for 3 nights: Pan Pacific Perth
Day 3 : City Sightseeing
An included sightseeing tour showcases the highlights of Perth and Fremantle. You’ll see the Kings Park Botanic Gardens, the tree canopies on the Tree Top Walkway and the 750-year-old Boab tree. In downtown Perth, you’ll see the WACA cricket ground, the Bell Tower, Perth town hall and St Georges Terrace.
Visit the famous coastline of Cottesloe Beach on the way to Fremantle, the historical port at the mouth of the Swan River. After time in Fremantle take a cruise on the Swan River back to Perth. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore on your own.
Day 4 : Perth
Today you have a full day at leisure to explore the city. Why not take a trip to Rottnest Island or maybe an extended Swan River wine cruise? Head to the King Street precinct for designer labels, opals, pearls and gold, or visit Leederville, Ingewood and Guildford for vintage and antique shopping. The city’s 19 beautiful beaches, botanical gardens, bush walking trails, wine region and marine parks are bathed in sunshine for an average of 3000 hours every year and are just waiting to be explored.
Day 5 : Kalgoorlie (370 miles)
Collect your rental car and head east from Perth across the sparse red and green landscape.
Make a stop in Meredith as you head to the outback town of Kalgoorlie, which was the hub of Western Australia’s gold mining era. There are reminders of those wild times everywhere you look, from the architecture to the tall stories in the local bars.
Hotel for one night: Rydges Kalgoorlie
Day 6 : Esperence (245 miles)
Head south this morning towards the coast and the quaint seaside town of Esperance, where you’ll find kangaroos lazing on the beach.
Hotel for 2 nights: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles.
Day 7 : Esperence
A day to relax in this seaside town; amongst its most famous beauty spots is Australia’s whitest beach, Lucky Bay - set against a stunning seascape of 110 islands of the Recherche Archipelago, even the kangaroos can’t resist lounging here.
Day 8 : Albany (300 miles)
Drive along the magnificent and rugged coastline to the historic maritime town of Albany.
Hotel for 2 nights: Beach House at Bayside, Albany
Day 9 : Albany
Step back in time and explore convict jails, old taverns, whaling ships and settlers’ cottages. From June to October, watch out for magnificent Humpback and Southern Right whales that come to the rest before migrating to breed.
Day 10 : Margaret River (235 miles)
Drive to the eerie Valley of the Giants, a forest of gigantic tingle trees. Continue to Northcliffe and view famous forest sculptures then visit the Karri Forest at Pemberton. See the Indian and Great Southern oceans meet as you stop at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse before continuing to Margaret River.
Hotel for 3 nights: Margaret’s in Town Apartments (B)
Day 11&12 : Margaret River region
Two days to explore this wondrous region; home to vineyards producing some of Australia’s best wines; orchards, farms and chocolatiers you’ll be in food heaven.
Day 13 : Fremantle (165 miles)
Travel to Busselton, home to the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere, then on to Mandurah where you’ll find a host of bird and marine life close to shore – dolphins are a common sight. Continue along the coast to Fremantle.
Day 14 : Fremantle
A day to explore vibrant and historic Fremantle, and perhaps visit the historic market if you are here over a weekend.
Hotel for 2 nights: Nautica Residences by Seashells
Day 15-16 : Depart Perth (20 miles) - UK
Head back to Perth today in time to drop off your car at the airport and check-in for you flight home.