Western Wonderland Tour 2017-18

Western Wonderland Tour & Package

Day 1: Welcome to Perth

This afternoon when you meet your Tour Director and travelling companions, set off on a city tour of Perth including a visit to Kings Park where you can see the broad expanse of the Swan River and wander around the Anzac Memorial and wildflower gardens. Afterwards relax and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner while you get to know your travelling companions.
Hotel: Travelodge, Perth.

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Day 2: Perth – Kalgoorlie

Travel east passing through Corrigin to Hyden and visit Wave Rock at lunch time. This magnificent rock formation, resembling a gigantic wave, was formed from granite over three million years ago. Once you’ve viewed Wave Rock, why not wander through Hyden’s eclectic collections of lace and the largest collection of toy soldiers in the world at the visitors centre. Continue through the former ghost town of Coolgardie on your way to Kalgoorlie, a town surrounded by some of the most dazzling spring wildflowers (seasonal) and eerie gold-rush ghost towns.
Hotel: Rydges, Kalgoorlie.

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Day 3: Kalgoorlie – Esperance

This morning you’ll join a local guide on a tour of the Super Pit gold mine. The Super Pit produces up to 850,000 ounces of gold every year and is the largest open-pit gold mine in Australia. Afterwards, an orientation of this historic gold mining town will reveal unique turn of the century buildings including the famous Exchange Hotel and Hay Street. Later, stop to look out over the impressive salt lake, Lake Lefroy, then continue through Norseman and on to Esperance for a two night stay at this picturesque seaside town.
Hotel: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles, Esperance, 2 nights.

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Day 4: Esperance

Visit Cape Le Grand National Park for spectacular views of the wild coastal scenery, rugged granite peaks and sweeping heathlands. Stop at awe-inspiring Thistle Cove and Lucky Bay, one of the most unique and stunning bays in Australia. The area is home to grey kangaroos that like to laze on the pristine beach. Enjoy a free afternoon in Esperance to do as you wish.
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Day 5: Esperance – Albany

See the mysterious Pink Lake and travel through Ravensthorpe and the Fitzgerald Biosphere to Bluff Knoll Lookout to witness the rugged beauty of the Stirling Ranges National Park. The range is one of the richest areas for flora in the world. Continue to Albany, Australia’s home of the Anzacs.
Hotel: Albany Dog Rock Motel, Albany.

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Day 6: Albany 

This morning enjoy free time to explore the historic town. In 1914, 41,000 Australians and New Zealanders left Albany bound for WWI. This afternoon visit the National Anzac Centre which opened in 2014 to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the first WWI convoys departing Australia.

This evening the night is free for you to do as you choose.

Hotel: Dog Rock Motel,

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Day 7: Albany – Margaret River

Visit Valley of the Giants to explore the canopy of the Tingle forest along the beautiful Tree Top Walk. Stop in Nannup at lunch time with time to explore. This afternoon visit Cape Leeuwin, where the Indian and Great Southern Oceans meet. You may like to take a guided tour to the top of the famous lighthouse. Continue to Margaret River, one of Australia’s premier wine producing regions. The region’s scenery and fresh air will leave you invigorated.

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Day 8: Margaret River

Get ready for a day that will delight your taste buds! Margaret River is known not only for its fabulous wine but also for its fresh produce and boutique producers. First up you’ll visit Vasse Virgin, where you’ll have the chance to learn about all things olive oil, taste gourmet produce and sample beauty products made on-site. Continue to Laurance Wines for tastings and lunch prepared using only fresh local produce. Next you’ll be treated to a delicious afternoon tea in a picturesque forest setting surrounded by karri trees.

Your evening is free to do as you please.

Quality Inn –

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Day 9: Margaret River – Fremantle

Travel north through Busselton, a popular holiday resort on the shores of Geographe Bay, to Fremantle. On arrival discover the indigenous heritage and culture of Fremantle on a guided walking tour. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Perhaps visit the Western Australia Maritime Museum to learn about the maritime history of Fremantle. You can even join a guided tour of the Oberon Class submarine, HMAS Ovens. Why not explore Fremantle Prison on a guided tour, from its convict origins in the 1850s until its closure as a maximum-security prison in 1991. Or take in the sights of Fremantle aboard a replica tram with local commentary, photo opportunities and the option to hop on and off at local sights.
Hotel: Esplanade Hotel by Rydges, Fremantle.
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Day 10: Fremantle 

Join a local guide for a private tour of Fremantle Prison. Step inside and take a journey back in time where you can view life as it was for prisoners and discover how time was passed in the yards, while marvelling at original prisoner works of art. From its convict origins in the 1850s until its closure as a maximum-security gaol in 1991, your entertaining guide will show you the lighter side of prison humour. The rest of the day is free for you to do as you please. Maybe take a boat trip to Rottnest Island or a ride on the historic Fremantle Tram.

Hotel: Esplanade Hotel by Rydges, Fremantle.

Day 11:Fremantle – Geraldton

Today you’ll travel along the West Australian coastline to the port of Geraldton. Heading north to Yanchep National Park, you’ll enjoy a fantastic Aboriginal cultural experience in a bush setting. Aboriginal Cultural Icon Meet your Aboriginal guide who’ll share with you their way of life and will treat you to the enchanting sounds of the didgeridoo. It’s a hands-on experience where you’ll have the chance to touch and feel traditional Aboriginal tools and it will have you rolling around with laughter. Continue along the coast to the seaside hamlet of Lancelin at lunchtime and then to Nambung National Park, home of the marvellous Pinnacles, a series of intriguing limestone formations. On arrival in Geraldton you’ll visit the evocative HMAS Sydney Memorial and have the chance to discover the seaside township.

Hotel: Mantra Geraldton

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Day 12: Geraldton – Monkey Mia

Visit the Shark Bay World Heritage Discovery and Visitor Centre. Its state of the art displays, including soundscapes, historical and contemporary film footage, interactive multimedia and objects of rare scientific and historical significance, take you on the most amazing journey around Shark Bay and across time, in company and conversation with those who have been part of this extraordinary place. Travel to Hamelin Pool to see the world’s best known colony of Stromatolites. Dating back to the beginning of life on earth, while they may not appear alive, these living structures have helped scientists unravel the history of life on earth! Later visit fascinating Shell Beach, one of only two in the world, formed from billions of coquina bivalve shells up to ten metres deep. Continue to the crystal blue waters and the pristine white shell and sandy beaches of Monkey Mia where you’ll stay for the next two nights.

Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort,
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Day 13: Monkey Mia – Free time

In the morning, why not rise and watch for the famous dolphins that swim into shore. These wild mammals of the ocean swim into the shallows to mingle with people. (Note: As dolphins are wild their appearance cannot be guaranteed.) Your day is at leisure so why not sail the crystal clear waters on a cruise to spot aquatic mammals, soak up the sun relaxing on the beach or even take a scenic flight over the pristine coastline.

Hotel: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort,
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Day 14:Monkey Mia – Kalbarri

Today travel to Kalbarri. Venture into Kalbarri National Park and visit Red Bluff Lookout to view the spectacular scenery of Murchison River Gorge from the vantage point of Hawks Head Lookout and keep an eye out for graceful Peregrine Falcons hunting along the gorges and cliffs. Wildflower Icon During wildflower season, the National Park is abloom with many a variety of wildflower. You’ll spot Acacia, Banksia, Caladenia and more! Tonight enjoy dinner at your hotel.

Hotel: Best Western Plus Kalbarri Edge Resort

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Day 15:Kalbarri – Perth

Today return to Perth. Tonight join your Travel Director and fellow travellers for a farewell dinner. What a great opportunity to share a few laughs as you recount stories of your holiday together!

Hotel: Travelodge Perth

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Day 16: Farewell from Perth

Your holiday concludes today after breakfast. You will be transferred to Perth Airport to connect with your onward flight.
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Note: This itinerary is valid for departures after 1 April 2017.

Why not stay another day and take a discovery tour to Rottnest Island or just take the time to further explore Australia’s most isolated capital city.

Departures:

08 July 17 – Cost $5220.00pp – Twin Share – Limited Seats

12 August 17 – Cost $5220.00pp – Twin Share

26 August 17 – Cost $5220.00pp – Twin Share

02 September 17 – Cost $5220.00pp – Twin Share

09 September 17 – Cost $5220.00pp – Twin Share

23 September 17 – Cost $5220.00pp – Twin Share

30 September 17 – Cost $5220.00pp – Twin Share

07 October 17 – Cost $5220.00pp – Twin Share

12 May 18 – Cost $5370.00pp – Twin Share

07 July 18 – Cost $5370.00pp – Twin Share

11, 25 August 18 – Cost $5370.00pp – Twin Share

1, 8,15, 22 & 29 September 18 – Cost $5370.00pp – Twin Share

6, 20 October 18 – Cost $5370.00pp – Twin Share 

Departures are guaranteed

Ask us about departures for other months

Conditions:

Deposit of $300.00pp is required 7days from confirmation
Balance is due 90days prior to departure.

Tours are in co-operation with AAT Kings.

Highlights

  • ‘Surf’ Wave Rock
  • Indulge in Margaret River food and wine
  • Frolic with dolphins at Monkey Mia
  • Perth city sights touring
  • Strike it rich on a tour of the Super Pit gold mine
  • Discover crystal clear water and white sandy beaches near Esperance
  • Explore a historic Whaling Station
  • Walk high above the trees at Valley of the Giants
  • Climb to the top of Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
  • Chocolate tasting in Margaret River
  • Explore cosmopolitan Fremantle
  • Get lost in the Fremantle Markets
  • Visit New Norcia’s Benedictine Monastery
  • Discover WA’s famous wildflowers (seasonal)
  • Experience Kalbarri National Park
  • Walk along spectacular
  • Shell Beach
  • Learn about Hamelin Pool’s ancient stomatolites
  • Visit the HMAS Sydney
  • Memorial in Geraldton
  • Explore the mysterious Pinnacles
  • Delve in to indigenous culture at Yanchep National Park
  • Aboriginal cultural experience

Guided Holiday Inclusions

Transportation

Tour by luxury air-conditioned coach with 2-door access, restroom, seatbelts, reclining seats, panoramic windows

Fully Guided

Tour with an experienced, professional Tour Director and Tour Driver

Dining Inclusions

Full Buffet Breakfasts (15) B
Lunch (1) L
Dinners (9) D
Farewell Dinner (1) FD

Accommodation

Twin share rooms with private facilities in centrally located hotels

Plus

Welcome drink
Travel wallet and map
Airport transfers (see flight information below)
Hotel porterage included

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day 1: from Perth Airport – flights to arrive prior to 12.00pm
Day 16: to Perth Airport – flights anytime

Why not stay another day and take a discovery tour to Rottnest Island or just take the time to further explore Australia’s most isolated capital city.

Optional Experience

Indian Pacific Rail Journey

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