This all encompassing journey through the south west of Australia visits such iconic, Western Australian towns and attractions including Wave Rock, the remote town of Esperance and Cape Le Grand National Park, the historic town of Albany, Mount Clarence & Torndirrup National Park as well as the ancient Southern Forests, the world famous Tree Top Walk, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse and the picturesque Margaret River wine region. We understand that you need clean and comfortable accommodation after an exciting day of touring and therefore this tour is accommodated in 3* Lodgings on a Twin or Triple Share basis.
6 Day Esperance & South Western Australia Accommodated Tour
DAY 1 – Perth to Augusta
Departing Perth at 7:00 am we begin our adventure driving south in air-conditioned comfort to our first attraction, being a visit to the Busselton Jetty; the longest wooden pier in the Southern Hemisphere.
Following a semi-guided tour of Ngilgi Cave we make a stop at Canal Rocks to view the power of the Indian Ocean crashing to shore. Later in the day we get a feel for farming life in Western Australia with a visit a working sheep farm where we have time to feed the sheep and marvel at the expertise of Sheep Shearers and see Sheepdogs muster the sheep with prowess.
Travelling past countless, picturesque vineyards we stop to sample some of the world renown wines at a local winery. With time to explore Margaret River town-site and the world famous Surfers Point Lookout at Prevelly Beach, where the Margaret River Surfing Pro occurs annually we finish our day with a drive along Caves Road, through the Karri trees of Boranup Forest to our overnight destination, Augusta…where the River meets the Sea. (D)
DAY 2 – Augusta to Karri Valley
Following a leisurely breakfast in your hotel, it’s time to explore the quaint fishing village of Augusta, originally founded in 1830 making it the third oldest European settlement in Western Australia and only one year after Perth and the Swan River Colony was established.
Driving a further 11 kilometres from Augusta we arrive at Cape Leeuwin, home of mainland Australia’s tallest lighthouse completed in 1895. Standing on the most south westerly point of Australia, you can view both the Southern and Indian Oceans and spot migrating humpback whales between the months of June and August. We also visit the Old Water Wheel which is now calcified but once provided water to the Lighthouse Keepers.
Departing Augusta, we travel through the Blackwood River, Milyeannup & Beedelup National Parks with the vegetation changing from virgin Jarrah to Marri and then Karri forests. Enjoy a light 1 hour bush walk through to Beedelup Waterfalls and see spectacular wildflowers in season between August and October. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, fishing on the lake, swimming or just enjoying the natural surrounds of wildlife including kangaroos, emus and various birdlife. (BD)
DAY 3 – Karri Valley to Albany
We begin the day with a hearty breakfast to give you sustenance for the day’s activities with the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree being the first on our list. Test your nerve and climb 68 metres up this tallest of the three trees that are open to the public in the Pemberton area.
Staying in the Southern Forests we make our way to the Valley of the Giants, stopping at the Giant Tingle Tree before experiencing the world famous Tree Top Walk, a canopy boardwalk built 40 metres above the forest floor. We have ample time for you to then explore the Ancient Empire of virgin Tingle Trees…one of only 2 remaining stands of these protected species.
Continuing on, we make a stop at Greens Pool where, in warmer months you can brave the crystal clear waters of the Southern Ocean for a swim in the protected waters or take the short walk to Elephant Rocks.
Before arriving at our accommodation for the evening in Albany, we make a quick visit to Mount Clarence offering 360* views over King George Sound, Princess Harbour and the City of Albany; the first ever European Settlement in Western Australia, founded in 1826. (BD)
DAY 4 – Albany to Esperance
After a hearty breakfast we discover more of the rugged southern coastline at Torndirrup National Park, home of the Natural Bridge & The Gap showcasing the power of the Southern Ocean.
Leaving the historic city of Albany we head inland for a visit to the Mount Romance Sandalwood Factory, Australia’s highest quality pure Australian Sandalwood oil followed by wine tasting at one of the Plantagenet Regions best wineries. Continuing a little further, we travel through the Stirling Ranges National Park, stopping for a picnic lunch at Bluff Knoll where, from August to October, you can sight a massive range of wildflowers and flora found only in this region.
We finish the day with a drive to remote the fishing town of Esperance, surrounded by the Archipelago of the Recherche; a group of 105 mainly uninhabited islands. (BLD)
DAY 5 – Esperance
Following breakfast in your accommodation, we travel to Cape Le Grand National Park where the fit and adventurous can climb Frenchman’s Peak for breathtaking views of the surrounding region. During the warmer months, relax with a swim at picturesque Lucky Bay where kangaroos and emus are frequently found on the whiter-than-white silicon sands and perhaps see dolphins frolicking in the clear waters.
Taking the coastal road back to Esperance we pass by Twilight Cove and Blue Haven beach which will stun you with their natural beauty. After a stop at Spencer Lake which is normally a pale shade of pink to mauve we return to town to spend the afternoon at your leisure shopping or relaxing before dinner. (BD)
Day 6 – Esperance via Wave Rock to Perth
We start our last day of touring with a filling breakfast in your hotel before starting the journey to Hyden, home of Western Australia’s most photographed attraction; Wave Rock. Spend time exploring the many rock formations of the area including Mulka’s Cave, Hippo’s Yawn, the Humps and Gnamma Holes.
After lunch we visit the Hyden Wildlife Park to see koalas, emus, kangaroos, wallabies, and other native animals before departing Hyden and stopping at our last attraction, the Corrigin Dog Cemetery…testament to the bond between man and his best friend. We arrive in Perth and will drop you back to your accommodation at approximately 6:00 pm after 6 days of experiencing some of Southern Western Australia’s most beautiful scenery. (BL)
B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner
6 days / 5 nights
6:45am every Tuesday from any Hotel or Hostel in Perth City or Northbridge
Sunday evening around 6 pm
Our modern fleet of Coasters have ample leg room, tinted windows, CD and/or tape decks, individual heating and air-conditioning controls, and suitable head space so passengers have unrestricted viewing.
Minimum of 4 / Maximum of 20
Please bring only a suitcase or backpack and/or small carry bag. Maximum 15kg Maximum case size "25 x 50 x 75cm" Please keep luggage to a minimum as space is limited. Often hotels will store luggage for you upon check-out until your return so please check with your pre-tour accommodation if required.
5 Breakfasts / 2 Lunches / 5 Dinners
We can cater to vegetarians but we must be advised upon booking, otherwise normal meal arrangements will prevail. Some dietary needs may be the passengers’ own responsibility.
Breakfast: a mixture of cooked and/or continental – Australian style.
Augusta Hotel Motel 3*
Karri Valley Resort 3.5*
Albany Motel 3.5*
Esperance Motel 3*
Single room with private En-suite Bathroom for additional $450 per person
Basic fitness for required for some light bush-walks and hill-climbs. This tour is designed for those who wish to participate in light activities and get close to nature.
|What to bring:||
Beach towel in warmer months, good walking shoes, hat, camera, sunscreen, insect repellent, small water bottle, a warm jacket, long pants (nights can be cool), your favourite CD, a smile and a sense of adventure.
Based on our flexible nature and variable road and weather conditions our tours may be subject to change without notice. We reserve the right to cancel tours at any time should it not be safe to proceed. Some activities on this tour are run by third party operators who may not be available on a specific date. If this is the case, we will provide a similar activity to the same value and importance.
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