South Western Escape

A memorable coastal and inland journey through Australia’s South West corner; rich in mining history, fine food and wine and brimming with natural wonders.


UNFORGETTABLE SIGHTSEEING EXPERIENCES

  • Wildflower viewings (Aug-Nov)
  • Margaret River Caves & Vineyards
  • Valley of the Giants
  • Tree Top Walk
  • Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse 
  • Esperance Beach
  • Mining Hall of Fame
  • Flying Doctor Service visit
  • Wave Rock
  • Fremantle walking tour 
  • Swan River cruise


Day 1: Welcome to Perth
This afternoon when you meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers at your hotel, 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. You'll also see the many public art instillations around the city and get a feel for the different precincts surrounding the CBD. Tonight, dine out and get to know your fellow travellers over a delicious meal.

Hotel: Travelodge Perth (D)

Day 2: Perth – Wave Rock
Today journey through the Golden Outback to Hyden. This morning you’ll join a local guide on a tour of Boddington Gold Mine. Continue to Wave Rock. This magnificent rock formation resembling a gigantic wave, was formed over three million years ago. Explore the formation then take a short walk to discover Hippo’s Yawn, another fascinating rock formation. Afterwards you may like to wander through the visitor centre's eclectic collection of lace and the largest collection of toy soldiers in the world, or even take a tour of Hyden Wildlife Park. This evening dine at your hotel.

Hotel: Wave Rock Motel, Hyden (BD)

Day 3: Wave Rock - Kalgoorlie
This morning you’ll take an exclusive farm tour to hear about like in the Outback with Wave Rock local, Sheena. You’ll have to opportunity to take part in the morning cattle feed then explore a private collection of vintage cars. Continue through the Outback through former ghost town of Coolgardie on your way to Kalgoorlie. This town in the Gold Fields is surrounded by some of the most dazzling spring wildflowers (seasonal). Famous Super Pit gold mine produces up to 850,000 ounces of gold every year. After a visit to Super Pit lookout for views in to the open cut mine, discover the character and stories of this historic town on an orientation tour. Dine this evening will be at Kalgoorlie’s iconic pub, the Exchange Hotel.

Hotel: Rydges Kalgoorlie (BD)

Day 4: Kalgoorlie - Esperance
Today visit Cape Le Grand National Park for breathtaking views of the wild coastal scenery, rugged granite peaks and sweeping heathlands. Stop at awe-inspiring Thistle Cove and marvel at its jaw dropping white sand and crystal clear blue water. At Lucky Bay, one of the most unique and stunning bays in Australia, you may see grey kangaroos that like to laze on the pristine beach.

Hotel: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles, Esperance (BD)

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 National Park is one of the richest areas for flora in the world. Continue to Albany, rich in Anzac history, and settle in to your hotel for the night.

Hotel: Dog Rock Motel, Albany, 2 nights (BD) 

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. (B)

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 plenty of time to expore. 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 growing regions. The region's scenery and fresh air will leave you invigorated.

Hotel: Quality Inn Margaret River, 2 nights (BD)

Day 8: Margaret River
Get ready for a day that will delight your taste buds! Margaret River is known not only for it's fabulous wine but also for it's 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 and taste the gourmet jams, and preserves before continuing to Laurance Wines for tastings and lunch prepared using only fresh local produce. Next you'll visit a berry farm for a delicious Afternoon Tea in a picturesque cottage garden. You'll have the chance to taste the farm's homemade jams, preserves and more at the cellar door. Your evening is free to do as you please. (BL)

Day 9: Margaret River - Fremantle
On arrival in Fremantle you’ll have the afternoon to explore this wonderful town. You may like to visit the colourful Fremantle Markets. There are 150 stalls under one roof and you’ll have a chance to purchase local arts and crafts and taste local delights. We recommend taking a wander along the Fremantle foreshore to discover the impressive fishing fleet and enjoy a refreshing ale at Little Creatures Brewery. Whatever it is you choose to do, you're bound to enjoy every second. This evening enjoy a delicious meal at your hotel.

Hotel: Esplande Hotel by Rydges, Fremantle (BD)

Day 10: Farewell from 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 1850’s until its closure as a maximum-security gaol in 1991, your entertaining guide will show you the lighter side of prison humour. Your tour concludes at midday. (B)

10 Day Guided Tour - from £2195

with flights from £2895

Also available: 16 day Western Wonderland guided Tour from - £3475 with additional touring options and overnight stays at Kalbarri National Park, Monkey Mia and Geraldton.

All prices are per person, based on 2 sharing a twin room, and include meals where shown - (B)reakfast, (L)unch (D)inner. Call Freedom Australia for departure dates and availability. Itineraries outlined are for departures from 01 April 2017. Itineraries for 2016/2017 departures may vary. Ask you consultant for details.

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