South West Splendour (Perth to Perth) 5 nights
6 days/ 5 nights Perth - Margaret River - Albany - Perth.
Price from £815 per person
Get a taste of a unique nation with this unbeatable self drive Australia tour. It includes includes 6 days car rental with Hertz Australia, 5 nights ‘boutique’ accommodation, meals indicated and daily driving notes. Price includes car pick up from downtown depot - supplements may apply from airport.
Perth – Margaret River – Albany - Perth
Prices depend on seasonality and based on twin share accommodation.
DAY 1 PERTH – MARGARET RIVER (NM)
Pick up your HERTZ INTERMEDIATE AUTOMATIC rental car at the Perth City Depot or Perth Airport Depot and commence your drive to Margaret River.
BUNBURY is a major city of the south-west, acting as the region’s administration and business centre. Around the town there are a number of art galleries with a fine range of local craft, including some delightful woodcraft made from local West Australian timber. Wild dolphins visit the beach along Koombana Bay on a regular basis and have become a major attraction in their own right, prompting the building of the Dolphin Discovery Centre nearby.
BUSSELTON sits on the shores of Geographe Bay, a bay of calm waters, long beaches and sheltered coves, which is ideal for water-based activities. The Busselton Jetty, all 2km of it, is the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere. Today it is a major landmark, and daily train rides are conducted along its length. To see marine life up close, visit the Oceanarium, or if you are interested in diving, this is one of the best dives around. The amount of marine life in, on, and around the pylons has to be seen to be believed!
MARGARET RIVER and its surrounding region offers a wide variety of attractions - from the tranquil waters of Geographe Bay in the north, down the ancient cave-carved Leeuwin-Naturaliste Ridge, through the picturesque vineyards and karri forest of the heartland, to the desolate beauty of Cape Leeuwin in the south. Margaret River is well known for its award winning wines, fine food, pristine beaches and breathtaking scenery. The great ocean swells offer a real challenge to the surfers who come from far and wide, and the town is home to many artists and crafts people.
OVERNIGHT: Cape Lodge, Yallingup (2 nights)
DAY 2 MARGARET RIVER
Today is yours to explore Margaret River at your leisure. The extraordinary beauty and diversity of the area is striking, from its majestic karri forests and pristine beaches to the rural mosaic of viticulture and dairy farming. There are several wineries nearby - perhaps a visit to Leeuwin Estate, home to the famous annual Leeuwin concerts, which have seen several well-known international performers here, or the smaller Cape Mentelle Estate are both worthwhile. There are also several beautiful limestone caves in the area that would make a beautiful photo opportunity. You may wish to take a scenic drive through the Bonarup Karri Forest, and visit the Bonarup Lookout at the southern end of the forest. A visit to the coastal resort of Prevelly Park is also suggested. This is at the mouth of the Margaret River, and is a very popular surfing spot. If you wish to travel further afield, drive down to the south coast town of Augusta, and visit Cape Leeuwin on the southernmost point of the peninsula.
DAY 3 MARGARET RIVER - PEMBERTON (NM)
Depart Margaret River this morning on your drive to Pemberton
NANNUP is a historic milltown nestled amongst the hills alongside the Blackwood River. Beautiful scenic drives through the lush countryside lead from Nannup, especially impressive during spring when the wildflowers in the surrounding jarrah forest are blooming.
PEMBERTON, steeped in timber lore, is the best place to experience the magic of the magnificent karri forest growing all around. The town stands on what was formerly Nyungar Aboriginal land. Extensive karri and marri forests grow in the district, timber milling being the main local industry. The beauty of the forest is enhanced by clear streams and pretty cascades and by a wealth of wildflowers in the spring. The Karri Visitors Centre is located near the town centre and combines the Tourist Centre, Pioneer Museum and the Karri Forest Discovery Centre, all of which help give visitors a first-rate introduction to the region. A special audio-visual on the forests ought not to be missed.
OVERNIGHT: Silkwood Wine Chalets, Pemberton (2 nights)
DAY 4 PEMBERTON
Today is yours to explore the beauty of Pemberton and the South West Coast.
Gloucester Tree - Signposted from the main street, the Gloucester Tree is Pemberton's most famous tourist attraction, situated in the Gloucester National Park. It is one of WA's renowned karri trees, the tallest tree species in the State and third tallest in the world. The karri can grow up to 90 metres over a period of about 100 years. In the past, foresters maintained a regular fire lookout from the Gloucester Tree's lofty crown. Today, visitors are invited to climb to the cabin in its upper branches for sensational views of the surrounding forest.
The Pemberton Tramway Co - Motorised trams, each seating up to forty people, take passengers on an unforgettable, leisurely ride along this historic railway, deep into the karri forest between the towns of Pemberton and Northcliffe. The two and three quarter hour return trip operates from May to November and travels through beautiful forest and pasture along a very historic railway that has carried everything imaginable from machinery to royalty and even experienced an armed payroll robbery.
DAY 5 PEMBERTON – ALBANY (NM)
Commence your drive today from Pemberton to Albany. Travel past the towns of Northcliffe, Walpole and Denmark to arrive at Albany.
WALPOLE is picturesquely situated on the tranquil waters of Walpole Inlet, a small estuary connected through a narrow channel with the bigger and deeper Nornalup Inlet. It is the only place in the southwest where the karri forest comes down to the sea – almost to paddle in the waves. From Walpole visitors can enjoy the Tree Top Walk, the world’s largest (600 metres) and highest (up to 40 metres) treetop walkway which gives visitors a unique perspective on the majesty of a southern forest as it meanders through the upper branches of giant tingle and karri trees. The Ancient Empire is another attraction which is a boardwalk that winds around (and sometimes through) the giant trees that give the area its name.
DENMARK is nestled on the banks of the Denmark River with magnificent forests that sweep down to meet the sea. Denmark is a village, amongst forest and rolling hills. The river flows into the protected Wilson Inlet, which in turn flows in to the Southern Ocean. The town is therefore a series of continuous images, all of them stunning.
ALBANY was Western Australia’s first settlement and was once a major whaling centre. It has numerous white sandy beaches and spectacular coastal scenery. In the town itself there are over 50 historic buildings, many of which have been developed as museums, display galleries of restaurants. Patrick Taylor’s Cottage, built just one year after the town was officially surveyed in 1832, is now a museum. The Old Gaol, built in 1851 is also a museum. The whaling museum, named Whaleworld, details the whales and the whaling operation that once flourished here. Surfing and diving are also popular activities in the area and a wreck has been sunk in the Sound as an artificial reef, making it a popular dive site.
OVERNIGHT: The Beach House at Bayside, Albany
DAY 6 ALBANY – PERTH (NM)
Commence your return journey to Perth today via the Albany Highway, passing the towns of Mount Barker, Kojonup & Williams to arrive at Perth.
STIRLING RANGE NATIONAL PARK - Named after the first Governor of Western Australia, Captain James Stirling, this fine park covers an area nearing 115,744 hectares (286,000 acres). Some of the peaks rise to 991m (3,250 feet) above the surrounding plain and are especially picturesque when shrouded in mists. You may even be lucky enough to catch the sight of the hills covered with a light fall of snow in mid-winter. Bluff Knoll, the highest peak in the Stirling Range, reaches 1,073m above sea level. Because of its height and proximity to the south coast, the climate in the range differs from that of the surrounding district. As a result, a great variety of wildflowers thrive here. Over 1,000 species of flowering plants occur naturally in the range, and of these 60 are endemic.
MOUNT BARKER - serves a wide agricultural area that was important initially for apples, sheep and cattle. Little of the apple industry remains but the district now has 30 wineries, big and small, that produce premium wine for every palate. On Mount Barker Hill, the TV Tower is the tallest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere and from the lookout there are panoramic views from the Stirling Ranges to Albany.
Return your vehicle to the Perth Airport depot or Perth city Hertz Depot.