Whales and Wine of the South West

from £1345
excluding flights *
12 nights Nov-Dec, Jun-Oct

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 whales, dolphins, penguins 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 via historic Albany to Esperance, gateway to five national parks including Cape Le Grand, famed for its dazzling sandy beaches and excellent hiking opportunities.

Highlights

  • Exploring the cosmopolitan and vibrant capital of Western Australia, Perth
  • Spending time with sea lions, wild dolphins and little penguins as part of an adventure cruise in Shoalwater Marine Park
  • Joining an exclusive small group tour and tasting of select Margaret River wineries
  • Listening to the magical tones of the didgeridoo from deep within one of Western Australia’s oldest and largest underground caves
  • Searching for humpback and southern right whales on a whale watching expedition in Albany

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • Car rental
  • Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Adventure Cruise
  • Wine and Dine Winery Tour
  • Whale Watching Cruise

Full description

This itinerary provides fantastic coverage of South Western Australia and can be combined with our Western Reef Adventure to provide an epic West Coast road trip! This self-drive has two alternative endings for those on a slightly limited time frame.

This itinerary is available all year round, however the whale migration occurs between June - December.

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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, including car hire

Departure Duration Car Category Twin Price (pp)
June - Dec 12 nights Toyota Corolla (or similar) £1,345
June - Dec 7 nights Toyota Corolla (or similar) £724

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom (mix of hotels and motels)
  • Car rental (standard vehicle, Toyota Corolla or similar)
  • Dolphin, Penguin and Sea Lion Adventure Cruise
  • Wine and Dine Winery Tour
  • Whale Watching Cruise, Augusta
  • Private airport transfer on arrival in Perth
  • Full itinerary, vouchers and atlas
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive Perth

Arrive in Perth and transfer to your hotel.
Mercure Hotel Perth

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.
Mercure Hotel Perth

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.
Pullman Bunker Bay Resort

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.
Pullman Bunker Bay Resort

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.
Pullman Bunker Bay Resort
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.
The Beach House at Bayside

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.
The Beach House at Bayside

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.
Comfort Inn Bay of Isles Motel

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.
Comfort Inn Bay of Isles Motel

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.
Comfort Inn Bay of Isles Motel

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.
Wave Rock Motel

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.
Mercure Hotel Perth

Day 13: depart Perth

Make your way to the airport and depart.

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