Whales and Wine of the South West

from £1061
excluding flights *
8 nights Year round

Overview

The lush green forests and fertile vineyards of Australia's South West provide the backdrop to this coastal adventure, whilst marine wildlife can be found in abundance off-shore. Follow a beautifully rugged coastline in search of dolphins, whales, seals and more. Along the way explore deep caves, isolated lighthouses, towering karri forests, and the world-renowned wineries that lie scattered throughout the Margaret River region. Continue along the south coast to historic Albany, one of Australia’s oldest towns and gateway to national parks, hiking trails and pristine sandy beaches.

Highlights

  • Spot humpback and southern right whales on a whale watching cruise
  • Join an exclusive small group tour for tastings at a selection of Margaret River wineries
  • Cruise around Rottnest Island in search of a variety of marine life
  • Meet the quokkas - possibly Australia’s most endearing marsupials
  • Uncover the fascinating history of Albany
  • Explore coastal trails, pristine beaches and ancient forests

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental
  • Rottnest Island Day Tour with Wildlife Cruise
  • Wine and Dine Winery Tour
  • Whale Watching Cruise
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

This fantastic introduction to the South West includes a guided winery tour at Margaret River, a memorable day trip to Rottnest Island in search of quokkas, sea lions and dolphins, and a whale-watching cruise to spot humpbacks and southern right whales. Time is also available to explore at leisure, perhaps uncovering the history of whaling at Albany’s fascinating museum, testing your nerves on a Treetop Walk amongst giant tingle trees, or hiking the rugged clifftops and pristine beaches of the region’s numerous national parks.

Note:  the annual whale migration occurs between May and December. This self-drive itinerary is available year-round, but would not include the chance to see whales outside of these months.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £730 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

From prices per person based on 2 sharing a room with private bathroom. Prices for other combinations of passengers and rooms available on request.

Departure Duration Car Category Twin Price (pp)
01 Apr 2019 - 31 Mar 2020 8 nights Toyota Corolla (or similar) £1,061

What's Included

  • 8 nights accommodation in rooms with private bathroom (Standard hotels and motels)
  • 7 days car rental (standard vehicle, Toyota Corolla or similar)
  • Rottnest Island full day tour, including Wildlife Cruise and lunch
  • Whale Watching Cruise
  • Wine and Dine Full Day Winery Tour, including lunch
  • Private airport transfer on arrival in Perth
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

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The itinerary shown is an example of this self-drive holiday. We have many other hotels and route recommendations which can be tailored to your requirements. Please discuss with our Travel Specialists who can put together a bespoke itinerary for you.

Day 1: arrive Perth

Arrive in Perth and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2: Perth

This morning collect your rental car. Today is at leisure to explore the highlights of Perth and Fremantle. You may like to visit Kings Park Botanical Gardens, Cottesloe Beach or historic Fremantle with its cosmopolitan cafes and restored historic buildings. Alternatively you may wish to visit Rottnest Island; a car-free slice of paradise ringed by secluded bays and beaches.

Day 3: Perth - Margaret River (280 km)

Today begin your journey south to Margaret River. Just 45km south of Perth, stop at Rockingham and spend a couple of hours exploring Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. Enjoy a dolphin, penguin and sea lion adventure watching cruise, and learn about the fascinating array of wildlife in the marine park. After lunch continue through the towns of Mandurah and Bunbury to Busselton, located on the shores of Geographe Bay. The Busselton Jetty, all 2km of it, is the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere! Walk or take the toy train to the very end and descend 8 metres to the Underwater Observatory to view some of the 300 different marine species that live beneath the jetty. Continue to Margaret River.

Day 4: Margaret River

Margaret River is well known for its award winning wines, fine food, pristine beaches and breathtaking scenery. Today enjoy a guided winery tour that visits five different establishments from boutique wineries to mass producing vineyards. Meet the producers and gain real behind the scenes access into WA’s largest wine producing region. Throughout the tour you will enjoy exclusive wine pairings as well as a winery platter for lunch.

Day 5: Margaret River

The Margaret River region is fringed with some of the most pristine coastline in the world. This morning explore the region’s extensive underground cave network on an Aboriginal Cultural Cave Tour. This afternoon drive to the town of Augusta, located right on the tip of Cape Leeuwin, the most south-westerly point in Australia and enjoy a two hour whale watching tour to witness majestic humpback and southern right whales in their natural habitat.
If travelling between May-August the whale watching cruise will depart from Augusta. If travelling between Sept-Dec, the cruise will depart from Dunsborough.

Day 6: Margaret River - Albany (378 km)

Depart Margaret River this morning and drive towards Albany. Albany’s dramatic coastline is mirrored by its tempestuous past as a landing point for incarcerated convicts as well as home to a once thriving whaling station. Fringed by green seas, tall forests and national parks, Albany offers a wealth of adventures, from fishing and diving to hiking and sailing.

Day 7: Albany

Today is free for you to explore. Enjoy the ocean vistas from Torndirrup National Park, where the jagged granite coastline was once part of Antarctica. Walk to the top of Stony Hill for views over Albany towards Stirling Range National Park and in season admire the spectacular wildflowers that blossom there. For those travelling between late May and August, majestic southern right and humpback whales glide past Albany on their annual migration. See these magnificent creatures mating and calving in the vast, green seas of King George Sound, alongside sea lions, dolphins and sea birds. Learn more about Albany's destructive past at the interactive whale museum, once a whaling station or delve deeper into Albany’s history at the National Anzac Centre.

Day 8: Albany - Esperance (480 km)

Today you will make the journey from Albany to Esperance. Esperance is a beautiful coastal town home to remote national parks, white sand beaches and turquoise waters filled with an abundance of marine wildlife.

Day 9: Esperance

Today enjoy the wildlife and national parks of Esperance and the surrounding region. The Cape Le Grand National Park is only 56kms from the town centre and boasts spectacular scenery, dazzling beaches and excellent walking tracks. A highlight of the national park is Lucky Bay, rated one of Australia’s best beaches for its pure white sand, turquoise water and perfect swimming conditions. If you're lucky you might just spot kangaroos lazing on the beach! Further east is Cape Arid, which is also a popular park for hiking and fishing.

Day 10: Esperance

Spend today at leisure exploring the local area. A great scenic drive from the town centre is the 38km tourist loop called the Great Ocean Drive, which takes in the sheltered surfing and fishing beaches, the wind farms, Observatory Point and the Pink Lake. In town you can also visit the Tanker Jetty where the resident sea lion "Sammy" lives. Wildlife Cruises around the bay area and out to the islands are also available.

Day 11: Esperance - Hyden (380 km)

Today you will start the journey back to Perth, stopping overnight in Hyden. Nearby Wave Rock, formed some 60 million years ago by weathering and water erosion is well worth a visit. Standing at 15 metres high and 110 metres long, this granite cliff looks remarkably like a huge wave, frozen in motion. Geologists believe the rock has been shaped over 2.7 billion years by the elements.

Day 12: Hyden - Perth (335 km)

Continue onto Perth from Hyden. On arrival in Perth drop off you rental car and spend the rest of the day at leisure in the city.

Day 13: depart Perth

Make your way to the airport and depart.

The Alex Hotel, Perth

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Type: Unique And Boutique

Centrally located in the cultural heart of Perth, with a plethora of modern wine bars and independent museums a stone’s throw away, this boutique 74 room hotel offers a comfortable sanctuary designed as an oasis in the heart of the city.

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