Whales and Wine of the South West

from £1103
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 including GPS
  • 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 2020 - 31 Mar 2021 8 nights Toyota Corolla (or similar) £1,103

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) including GPS
  • Private airport transfer on arrival in Perth
  • Rottnest Island full day tour, including wildlife cruise and lunch
  • Whale watching cruise
  • Wine and dine full day winery tour, including lunch
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

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

On arrival in Perth you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a 2-night stay.

Day 2: Rottnest Island

Today spend time on beautiful Rottnest Island, where you can meet friendly quokkas and cruise in search of marine wildlife. Your day starts with a scenic ferry cruise along the Swan River and across to Rottnest Island. Here you can explore white sand beaches, swim in the turquoise waters or enjoy watching the comical quokkas, small marsupials who are one of the island’s star attractions. Later board the ‘Eco Express’ boat for a full circumnavigation of the island, following the craggy coastline and keeping your eyes peeled for fur seals, dolphins and, between September and November, humpback whales. Your Rottnest experience ends with the leisurely ferry transfer back to Perth. Lunch is included today.

Day 3: Perth - Margaret River (275 kms)

Collect your rental car this morning and make your way south to Margaret River. You may wish to stop along the way at the excellent Dolphin Discovery Centre at Bunbury, or walk the length of the Busselton Jetty, which at 2kms is the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere. On arrival in Margaret River check in to your accommodation for a 3-night stay.

Day 4: Whale Watching

A 2-hour whale watching cruise is included today, departing from Augusta (May-August) or Dunsborough (September-December). During the annual migration over 35,000 humpbacks make their way along the Western Australia coastline, as well as blue whales and southern right whales. You may also encounter common and bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and a wealth of sea birds. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the coast, perhaps visiting the lighthouses at Cape Naturaliste or Cape Leeuwin, discovering the region’s cave networks or taking a relaxing stroll along one of the many nearby beaches.

Day 5: Margaret River Wineries

Margaret River is well known for its award winning wines and fine food. Today enjoy a full day guided winery tour visiting five different establishments from boutique wineries to mass producing vineyards. Meet the vintners and gain behind-the-scenes access to some of WA’s best vineyards. During the tour you will enjoy exclusive wine pairings and a delicious lunch platter.

Day 6: Margaret River-Pemberton (135 kms)

Today you will leave the coast and head inland into towering karri forests. With a relatively short drive to Pemberton, there is plenty of time to stop along the way and stretch your legs on forest hikes. A couple of kilometres from Pemberton is Gloucester National Park, home to the famous Gloucester Tree. This behemoth was once used as part of a chain of ‘lookout trees’, to spot forest fires. The lookout platform is 53 metres above ground and climbing up to it is definitely not for the faint-hearted!

Day 7 Pemberton – Albany (235 kms)

Continue your drive towards Walpole and the south coast, travelling through several national parks. Follow the S7 days outh Coast Highway to the impressive Valley of the Giants, a forest of immense tingle trees which are best viewed from the Tree Top Walk. This 600 metre long steel walkway is 40 metres high and meanders through the forest canopy, offering spectacular views over the forest to the surrounding hills. Back on solid ground, the Ancient Empire Walk takes you into the heart of a grove of veteran tingle trees. These giant eucalypts date back over 400 years and are found nowhere else on earth. Your final destination today is the historic town of Albany.

Day 8 Albany

Enjoy a full day at leisure to explore Albany and the surrounding area. Albany reveals a tempestuous past as a landing point for incarcerated convicts, as well as being home to a once thriving whaling industry. The former whaling station now houses a fascinating interactive whale museum, whilst the National Anzac Centre offers a deeply personal memorial to the 41,000 Australian and New Zealand armed forces that departed from Albany for the Great War. Beyond the town Torndirrup National Park is well worth a visit, with its jagged granite coastline boasting wave-beaten rock formations and stunning views out over the Southern Ocean. From May to October it’s possible to stand on the shore and watch southern right and humpback whales in King George Sound, as well as spotting sea lions, dolphins and sea birds. The more energetic may wish to climb up Stony Hill for views across Albany to the distant Stirling Ranges.

Day 9: Albany-Perth (420 kms)

Today you will make the journey from Albany back to Perth, perhaps stopping for supplies at one of the wineries along the route.

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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