A wonderful journey through Australia's South West, a region blessed with rugged ranges, towering old growth forests, a pristine coastline, premium wines and heritage charm.
|Start||Perth @ 08.00am|
|Finish||Perth @ 10.30 pm|
As we travel south towards Albany and the South Coast, we encounter the Stirling Ranges and Porongorups and stop for a winery lunch with wine tasting and then continue south to Mount Clarence and the ANZAC Memorial Centre in Albany. Take a self guided tour before taking a scenic drive along the rugged coastline before an early evening check in at your accommodation.
Ibis Styles, Albany (or similar):
Central Albany Location
Close to all the Great Southern regions tourist attractions and landmarks
Interstate renowned brand
Bar and restaurant
Yallingup Shearing Shed
See an Australian sheep dog and shearing demonstration.
Margaret River township
Take some free time to explore the quaint shops featuring the work of local craftspeople, chic cafe?s and speciality stores.
Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
We visit this 1890s lighthouse, built from local limestone on the most south-westerly tip of Australia, where the Southern and Indian oceans meet.
A guided tour of this 500m-long, 30m-deep gothic cave structure featuring impressive structures, fossils and the remains of the extraordinary megafauna (giant mammals).
We drive through this 100-year-old regrowth forest, home to the third tallest tree in the world, the Karri Tree.
This pretty timber town is home to forests with the Tall Trees and in spring, carpets of colourful wildflowers.
Tree Top Walk and Ancient Empire Walk
Get a bird's eye view 40m above the forest floor from a lightweight bridge among the tingle trees, and bask in a grove of 400-year-old tingle trees on the Ancient Empire Walk.
This towering 61m karri tree was once used as a fire look-out and has been climbed by more than 1 million people - will you take the opportunity to climb it?
We take a luncheon cruise with a local guide on the Nornalup Inlet, known for its rich, diverse marine environment.
After breakfast we head to the famous Whaleworld interpretation centre for a quick self guided tour before enjoying coastal sightseeing, visiting 'The Gap' and 'Natural Bridge'. Travelling West to the coastal resort town of Walpole, we join our local guide for a luncheon cruise on the Nornalup Inlet, widely regarded as one of the last great wilderness areas. Next stop is the Valley of the Giants 'Tree Top Walk' which reaches 40 metres high into the forest Canopy. Afterwards head north west to the Pemberton region for check in at your accommodation.
** Karri Valley Resort, Pemberton (or similar):
Karri Valley Location
Surrounded by majestic Karri Forest
Bar and restaurant
Early morning take a short stroll to the majestic Beedelup Falls and then we head North through the stunning Boranup Forest to have the opportunity to climb the 61 metre Gloucester Tree. Then west we arrive at Australia's most South-Westerly point, Augusta, and visit Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse where the Indian and Great Southern Oceans meet. After lunch we head out to Surfers Point Lookout to see some spectacular coastal views and then north to Mammoth Cave before heading to experience an Australian sheep dog and shearing demonstration at the Yallingup Shearing Shed. Following this will be a late afternoon check in at your accommodation of choice, allowing free time to experience and explore the local surroundings.
Abbey Beach Resort, Busselton (or similar):
Coastal Beach Location (North)
Peaceful beach views
Bar and restaurant
After breakfast, we head down to enjoy some free time in the main township of Margaret River. Following shopping time, visit the chocolate and cheese factories (time permitting) to taste some of their delicious samples and then sample some of the delicious locally produced wines at a marqueeWinery. Following lunch, head to the dramatic coast at Canal Rocks. Journeying home, at Busselton, you'll see the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere before a leisure drive back to Perth arriving late afternoon.