Your adventure begins in the modern and picturesque city of Perth. Relax on Cottesloe Beach, enjoy the excellent shopping, dining and nightlife, or take sunny strolls through the acclaimed King’s Park to see Australia’s largest and most diverse display of native plants and wildflowers. There’s also time for scenic cruises along the dazzling Swan River to explore the famous markets and Maritime museum of historic Fremantle.
Your stay will include a coach tour of Rottnest Island, a must for any visitor to Perth and just 18km off the coast. Here you’ll find immaculate beaches and clear waters ideal for swimming, fishing, diving, snorkelling and sailing, as well as a myriad of historical, cultural and natural attractions which you will discover on a guided walk.
Stay: Three nights in a standard room at the Duxton Hotel – breakfast included
Today you pick up your hire car and drive through Western Australia’s flat bushland until you arrive at the iconic wine region of Margaret River. Just a couple of hours from Perth, Margaret River feels a world away with its rolling countryside, quiet beaches, coastal walking trails and arts and craft galleries. But the region is best known for its world-class wineries and dining, which you’ll get to experience on a full-day wine & dine tour. Led by an experienced team, you’ll uncover the emerging wineries and hidden gems of the region, which produce some of the finest Chardonnays and Cabernets in Australia.
Stay: Three nights in a lake view villa at Pullman Resort Bunker Bay – breakfast included
Today you leave Margaret River and continue on to the charming seaside town of Albany, staying in a small but elegant boutique hotel. You’ll have a couple of nights to soak in the breath-taking beauty of its rugged coastline and the colonial history of its houses, convict prisons, whaling ships and taverns. This is the site of Western Australia’s first European settlement, a legacy that can still be seen today in the numerous colonial buildings that have been converted into museums, galleries and restaurants.
Stay: Three nights in a main house king room at the Beach House At Bayside – including breakfast
Karma Chalets, Denmark
You’ll stop for one night at a tranquil Karma Chalet just minutes from the wineries and popular beaches of Denmark. From your hillside location you’ll get to enjoy the wonderful scenery and rich birdlife of the Karri Forest, which shelters an array of colourful parrots, finches and the iconic Blue Wrens. You might find a possum feeding on fruit on your balcony, whilst kangaroos are known to visit the slopes below the chalets.
Stay: One night in a Chalet D at Karma Chalets and Karisma Spa – room only
A five hour drive will bring you to Esperance where you will spend two nights in a deluxe ocean view apartment, a stone’s throw away from the white sandy beach of Esperance Bay – hailed by some as the best beach in Australia. Enjoy hiking, biking and helicopter tours, or take trips to the nearby winery or to the Recherche Archipelago.
Stay: Two nights in a one bedroom ocean view apartment at Esperance Island View Apartment – room only
Rydges Kalgoorlie, Kalgoorlie
Next drive to the gold-mining town of Kalgoorlie, where you will be staying close to the town centre in the heart of the historic region of Western Australia’s gold fields. Enjoy a tour of the Super Pit – Australia’s largest gold producing mine – and observe the fascinating mining and milling operations. Back at the resort, you can unwind with a treatment at the spa, do laps in the outdoor heated swimming pool or practise your swing at the nearby golf course.
Stay: One night in a standard room at Rydges Kalgoorlie – room only
Perth - Fremantle
Today you will drive back to Perth – a journey of about 4 hours – and to your hotel which is located a couple of minutes from the centre of Fremantle. Fremantle, with its rich heritage and cosmopolitan culture, is the ultimate spot to end your Western Australia adventure. The streets and markets buzz with energy, whilst Rottnest Island offers a string of fine beaches and dazzling waters for those who want to snorkel and laze in the sunshine.
Stay: Two nights in a superior room at The Esplanade Hotel – breakfast included
Perth – London
Fly back to London.
It has been wonderful to discover that there remain places like this in the world, where one can find peace amid wild nature. This has been the highlight of our stay in Colombia and we look forward to telling our friends about it.- ZA, Colombia, 2014