The south-west corner of Western Australia features extraordinary natural beauty and diversity. On this 6-day trip from Perth, you will discover all its highlights as well as some hidden gems, too. Walk among colossal ancient forests in the Valley of the Giants. Swim at the white, sandy beaches of Cape Le Grand National Park, where you will meet the kangaroos of Lucky Bay. Engage in one of Australia’s best Indigenous cultural experiences. Marvel at the weird and wonderful Wave Rock. And taste your way around the Margaret River region. Featuring nature, wildlife, food and wine, hiking and culture, this truly showcases the best of the south-west at a relaxed pace.
- Taste your way around the Margaret River region
- Relax and swim in some of Australia’s best beaches
- Spend a whole day exploring Cape Le Grand National Park
- Be mesmerised by a didgeridoo performance in Ngilgi Cave
- Walk among the forests at Valley of the Giants
- Discover the rugged coastline and rock formations of Albany
- Explore Wave Rock and the outback
- Feel inspired after incredibly rewarding hikes
Day 1 Travel south with a first stop at the popular tourist town of Busselton. It’s hard to miss the 19th-century Jetty stretching 1.8 km into the turquoise Geographe Bay. Here you’ll have a coffee on the waterfront, stroll along the white sandy beach and chat about what exciting things are to come. A little way down the road stop at the breathtaking Meelup Beach to have some lunch and a quick swim. Saying goodbye to paradise (don’t worry there will be plenty more), it’s time to tantalise your taste buds as you spend the whole afternoon tasting our way around the Margaret River region. You’ll visit boutique wineries, breweries, a gin distillery, chocolate factory and a cheese factory, sampling as you go. After dinner spend the night in the popular tourist hotspot Dunsborough. Loved for its sparkling calm clear water, white sandy beaches and great evening vibes. Drive time today is about 3.5 hours with lots of stops along the way.
Day 2 Dunsborough to Walpole. Meet Wardandi custodian Josh, who will introduce you to the world’s oldest living culture with his authentic and personal interpretation. Go deep down into the Ngilgi Cave for a memorable underground didgeridoo performance. Swing by the tiny town of Yallingup to check out some of the world’s best waves, before arriving into the township of Margaret River. Nestled between vineyards and towering Karri forests, Margaret River is renowned for premium wine and produce, surfing, art and nature. You’ll have some free time here to explore the eclectic mix of shops and galleries. Stop at Hamlin Bay to check out the local stingrays before heading to the 50-metre tall Diamond Tree. It’s a native karri tree once used as a fire lookout and if you are brave, you can climb to the top to have amazing views over the whole region. Next, you’ll make our way into the pristine wilderness of Walpole, home of the Valley of the Giants. Here you’ll be having dinner and spending the night. There are about 4 hours of drive time today.
Day 3 Walpole to Albany. This morning you’ll discover the stunning beauty of the Valley of the Giants. In this giant forest of towering Red Tingle trees, many are over 400 years old. You’ll spend some time here doing the ‘Ancient Empire Walk’ and ‘Treetop Canopy Walk’. From the forest to the ocean as next, it’s onto William Bay National Park where you will be amazed by the paradise that is Greens Pool. A magical beach completely sheltered, it’s the perfect place to have a swim. Then it’s onto yet another laid back and beautiful township called Denmark, where you’ll have lunch. Cruise along a glorious stretch of coastline to Albany, seeing how years of natural erosion have crafted incredible rock sculptures and granite bluffs – the Natural Bridge and The Gap are two favourites. You’ll have some time have a look around the historic township before dinner.You’ll overnight in Albany after an easy day of driving of around 2 hours.
Day 4 Albany to Esperance. Just a short drive from Albany brings us to the Porongurups. This unique mountain range rises from the landscape like an island. You’ll be setting out on a two-hour hike through some spectacular forests to Castle Rock. It’s a bit of a climb but worth every bit of effort as you are rewarded with jaw-dropping views over the region. Then it’s back on the bus to get ready for some of Australia’s most spectacular scenery. This part of Western Australia has no less than nine National Parks and some of the best beaches in the world. You’ll be spending some time at Twilight Beach before continuing onto Esperance. Here you’ll have some free time to explore the township before dinner. You'll be staying in Esperance accommodation for two nights and today drive around 5 hours.
Day 5 Cape le Grand National Park. Cape Le Grand is one of Western Australia’s best-known and most spectacular National Parks and is just a one-hour drive from Esperance. Pristine and perfect are two words that reflect its absolute beauty. The ocean here is practically transparent and the sand at Lucky Bay has twice been judged Australia’s whitest. You’ve seen the pictures of the kangaroos on the beach and this is where you’ll find them. So beautiful is this park you will be spending the whole day here exploring, swimming and bushwalking. And you’ll also have some free time to do whatever you please. Today you’ll embark on one of the best hikes of the tour, climbing Frenchman Peak. You’ll have lunch here and watch a spectacular sunset with a cold beer before heading back to Esperance for dinner.
Day 6. Esperance to Perth. On the last day of the tour, you have a lot of distance to cover so it’s up early and on your way. Stopping for lunch in an outback town you’ll continue on until you are marvelling at the weird and wonderful Wave Rock. After some exploring, it’s back on the bus to the historic township of York, WA’s oldest inland town. You’ll see the Rabbit Proof Fence that was built between 1901 and 1907 to keep rabbits and other agricultural pests, from the east, out of Western Australia. As your amazing 6-day adventure comes to an end, you’ll roll into Perth around 6.30 pm after travelling around 9 hours with stops along the way.
This is a tailored tour and inclusions will be listed on enquiry. This tour is also available as a scheduled departure, private guided or self-drive options can be arranged.
- Any items of a personal nature.
- Any meals or drinks not specified in inclusions.
- Anything not included in the list of inclusions (above).
- Domestic flights, unless specified in inclusions.
- Travel insurance.
- Prices given is for self drive and will vary due subject to availability and accommodation type, number of travellers and activities. This suggested self-drive itinerary does not include any meals or transport. Prices are twin-share. Group prices touring options are available on request.
The initial deposit is refundable for 5 days - a cooling off period long enough for us to send you precise final terms. Note, many of these are still being negotiated but this first payment will be held in trust, giving us time to determine the conditions for final payment without putting this payment at any risk.
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Baggage restrictions may apply to charter air travel and small group tours and must be strictly adhered to. We recommend that you ensure you adhere to any weight restrictions indicated.
4. WILD ANIMALS
Please be aware that travel may take you into areas of extreme weather conditions [eg. heat] or bring you in close contact with wild animals. Cases of dehydration and attacks by wild animals are rare, but no tour can guarantee that this will not occur. Neither Wildiaries, its contractors, agents or staff can be held responsible for any injury or incident on your tour. Neither does Wildiaries guarantee sightings of any wild animals, even if these are listed as animals possible to see on a tour.
5. PASSPORT, VISAS & DEPARTURE TAX
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7. CHANGES TO SCHEDULES
Although every effort is made to adhere to schedules it should be borne in mind that Wildiaries reserves the right to alter any tour arrangements due to local conditions while providing similar tour inclusions.
Whilst Wildiaries uses its best endeavours to ensure that all anticipated accommodation is available as planned, there shall be no claim of any nature whatsoever against Wildiaries for a refund either in the whole or part, if any accommodation or excursion is unavailable or the passenger was unable to use that service. [Please note that if the reason for cancellation falls within the terms of any holiday insurance policy it is your responsibility to refer the matter to your insurance company to seek a refund].
You must take out comprehensive insurance cover before travel for cancellation, medical expenses, personal baggage and money. This should be arranged at the time of payment of any non-refundable costs to cover you for cancellation at that time.
10. PRICING & INSURANCE
We will do the utmost to keep to the prices published. Should increases be forced on us by tour operators, etc. Wildiaries reserves the right to surcharge without notice. All tour costs are based on all known costs at the time of publication.
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(c) Clients with special dietary problems are advised to warn us in advance of departure.
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11. MEDICAL & HEALTH
(a)Hospital facilities in remote locations are often unavailable and evacuation can be difficult and expensive. Wildiaries assumes no liability regarding provision of medical care. A Medical Certificate must therefore be filled out and returned to Wildiaries. If you are aged 65 or older, the Medical Certificate must be signed by your physician. Once you have been confirmed on a trip, normal cancellation penalties apply if your doctor does not approve the Medical Certificate.
(b). It is vital that persons with medical problems make them known to us well before departure. The tour leader has the right to disqualify anyone at any time during a tour if he or she feels the tour member is incapable and/or if a tour member’s continued participation will jeopardise the individual involved or the group. Refunds are not given under such circumstances. The tour leader’s decision is final and neither Wildiaries nor the tour leader shall be subject to any claims or liability in respect of such disqualification.
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(a) Share Basis for Single Travellers
Accommodations (both hotels and tented) are usually based on double occupancy. If you are travelling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will assign you a room-mate if possible. If there is no one with whom you can share, or if you prefer single accommodations, you are requested to pay a Single Supplement Fee.
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