- From West to East and in between: Perth to the Northern Rivers
- 8 – 27 September 2017
- 20 days / 19 nights
An amazing trip from Perth to the Northern Rivers including a guided tour of Perth & Fremantle, cruise from Fremantle to Perth, Margaret River Wine District, the magnificent scenery of the south-west coast, the Valley of the Giants Tree-Top Walk, cruise the sheltered waters of Oyster Bay, Wave Rock & Stirling Ranges National Park, Cape Le Grande & Lucky Bay, the Nullarbor Plain, head of the Bight Whale Watching Platform, Point Labatt Seal Colony, Whyalla Maritime Museum and a Murray River Cruise!
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Day 1 Friday 8th September 2017
Northern Rivers to Perth
Meal on flight
Travel to Brisbane on a Simes Bros Coach ready for your flight to Perth. Your coach captain will meet you at Perth Airport for transfer to your hotel.
ACC: Four Points by Sheraton (3 nights)
Day 2 Saturday 9th September
This morning we have a local guide on board to show us the sights of Perth and Fremantle including the WACA Cricket Ground, the Royal Mint, St Mary’s Cathedral, Parliament House and Barracks Arch, Fisherman’s Harbour, the Roundhouse, Monument Hill and the Fremantle Gaol. Later in the day, enjoy a leisurely cruise back to Perth where our coach awaits for transfer to the hotel.
Day 3 Sunday 10th September
Perth Free Day
Today you have the opportunity to explore Perth at leisure. Perhaps take the ferry to Rottnest Island or board the Perth Hop On Hop Off Bus. Return to your hotel for a delicious group dinner.
Day 4 Monday 11th September
Today we depart Perth and head south to our first stop at Australind to see the smallest church in WA. We enjoy a picnic lunch in Busselton before taking a train ride to the end of the longest timber jetty in Australia. We enjoy magnificent Indian Ocean views as we make our way to Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse then on to the Margaret River Wine District.
ACC: (2 nights)
Day 5 Tuesday 12th September
Margaret River Sight-Seeing
First we take a drive to Prevelly and Surfers Point where the Margaret River Pro is held. Then on to Mammoth Cave where we can wander through the majestic chambers of the cave. We travel to Hamelin Bay which is located in the beautiful National Park that hugs the incredibly picturesque coastline from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin. The park is established on a wide sweeping section of a beautiful bay where ships were once harboured in the timber milling days. We visit Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse located at the most south-westerly point on mainland Australia. Being the tallest lighthouse in Australia, the more adventurous may choose to climb to the top (own cost) for the spectacular view. On returning to Margaret River, we must of course enjoy some of the area’s premium wines.
Day 6 Wednesday 13th September
After leaving Margaret River, we travel to Manjimup in the beautiful south west corner of Western Australia – a land of tall timbers, abundant fresh water, rich soils and undulating scenery. Timber is synonymous with Manjimup and its effect on the area is recorded with pride at the Timber and Heritage Park. Here we visit the State Timber Museum for an informative journey through the time of the timber industry and we can purchase lunch in the café. On arrival in Pemberton, a town that has grown as a result of the logging of the surrounding forest, we board the delightful Pemberton Tramway for a breathtaking ride through the towering Karri, Marri and Jarrah Forests, over wooden trestle bridges, crossing streams and cascades.
ACC: Gloucester Motel
Day 7 Thursday 14th September
Before departing Pemberton, we view the famous Gloucester Tree, a magnificent Karri housing the world’s highest tree-fire lookout. We continue on to Northcliffe where we visit Understory, a nationally unique art in nature experience with artworks located along a 1.2km walk trail through pristine native forest. Sculptures, stories, poetry and music explore our relationship with nature and the ‘spirit of place’. At Walpole we take the Knoll Scenic Drive for the spectacular views over the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets. We then make our way to Valley of the Giants Tree-Top Walk which has been constructed 40 metres above the forest floor through the canopy of the Tingle Forest. Greens Pool in William Bay National Park is our next stop. This beautiful, magical beach is almost completely sheltered from the waves of the Great Southern Ocean by rounded rock boulders.
ACC: Ace Motor Inn (2 nights)
Day 8 Friday 15th September
First this morning cruise the sheltered waters of Oyster Harbour and the ancient Kalgan River. Like a journey through time you will take the path of the first settlers as they discovered the natural and stunning beauty of what became W.A.’s first settlement. After lunch in town (own cost), we gain an insight into the region’s seafaring past and one of Albany’s early industries with a Guided Tour through Whaleworld, a whaling museum created from an operational whaling station.
Day 9 Saturday 16th September
We leave the coast today and travel inland through the Stirling Ranges National Park, home to 500 varieties of wildflowers which carpet the range. Continuing north, we have a picnic lunch at Lake Grace then on to Wave Rock, a natural rock formation that is shaped like a tall breaking ocean wave. The “wave” is about 14 m high and around 110 m long. If you are feeling energetic you can climb to the top or simply relax and admire the wildflowers.
ACC: Wave Rock Motel
Day 10 Sunday 17th September
On arrival in Esperance mid-morning we tour the Great Ocean Drive, a 40km scenic drive that follows the local coastline and then loops back into town. Some of the highlights to see along the way are the Rotary Lookout, Twilight Beach, Observatory Point, the Wind Farm and Pink Lake (it’s not really pink). After a picnic lunch, we visit Cape Le Grand, one of Western Australia’s best known and most spectacular National Parks. Pristine and perfect are two words that reflect the absolute beauty of cape Le Grand and Lucky Bay. Here you will find an ocean coloured all imaginable shades of blue, sand so white and fine it squeaks and the extraordinary sight of kangaroos sunbathing on the beach – just incredible!
ACC: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles
Day 11 Monday 18th September
This morning we depart Esperance and travel north to Norseman, where all the street signs have a picture of horse. We then begin our journey across the Nullarbor. After a picnic lunch at Balladonia Roadhouse, we travel the longest straight stretch of road in Australia-the ninety-mile straight. We still have a long journey to Madura, so mid-afternoon we’ll stop for a comfort/ice cream break at Cocklebiddy, a welcome oasis. Our overnight stop is at Madura, a little haven in the middle of nowhere.
ACC: Madura Pass Oasis Motel
Day 12 Tuesday 19th September
After an early breakfast, we continue across the Nullarbor, making our way through Yalata Indigenous Protected Lands to the Head of the Bight, where the high cliffs provide fantastic views of the Southern Right Whales which take up residence between June and October. If you listen carefully you may even hear the moaning of the Southern Right Whales as they swim within the bay. We make our way into Ceduna, situated on beautiful Murat Bay and home to the famous King George Whiting.
ACC: Ceduna Foreshore Motel
Day 13 Wednesday 20th September
Today we travel via the scenic Flinders Hwy stopping for morning tea at Streaky Bay with its pristine natural wonders and endless sandy beaches. We take a look at Murphy’s Haystacks, which are composed of pink granite laid down some 1500 million years ago. We next visit Point Labatt Seal Colony where you can marvel at one of the only permanent breeding sea-lion colonies on Australia’s mainland. Witness these mammals in their natural habitat from a cliff top viewing area about 50 metres above the colony. Our picnic lunch today is at Elliston, set between rolling hills and some of the most spectacular and dramatic coastline on the Eyre Peninsula. We arrive in Port Lincoln late in the afternoon.
ACC: Port Lincoln Hilton Motel
Day 14 Thursday 21st September
First this morning we make our way across to the beautiful idyllic town of Coffin Bay, surrounded by sea and National Parks, overlooking the pristine waters of one of the most beautiful estuaries in Australia. After lunch we travel down into Whalers Way, which was home to the popular television show “Survivor”. The southern-most tip of the Peninsula contains some of the most accessible ruggedly beautiful coastal scenery in South Australia. We make our way back to Port Lincoln to visit a Seahorse Farm and learn interesting facts about these fascinating creatures including breeding seahorses for the world aquaria market.
Day 15 Friday 22nd September
Port Lincoln-Port Pirie
We travel along the Spencer Gulf to Whyalla, a city rich in mining and maritime history. On a guided tour of Whyalla, HMAS Whyalla and Maritime Museum we’ll learn about that history. After a picnic lunch in Whyalla, we’ll make our way to our overnight stop at Port Pirie.
ACC: John Pirie Motor Inn
Day 16 Saturday 23rd September
Today we travel via the remote Goyder Hwy to Waikerie for a cuppa and then on to the riverland town of Berri, located amid 3 000 hectares of vineyards and orchards. Here you can purchase lunch before we travel on to our overnight destination of Mildura.
Day 17 Sunday 24th September
We have a leisurely morning before we board the PS Melbourne for a 2 hour cruise on the Murray River. A unique feature of this cruise is travelling downstream through Lock 11, which was built to bypass the weir across the river. Passengers can experience the workings of a lock as the Melbourne is lowered to the downstream level and raised again on the return journey. This afternoon we visit Sunraysia Cellar Door which showcases the region’s best wines.
Day 18 Monday 25th September
Today we begin the journey north, travelling through the Murrumbidgee towns of Balranald, Hay and West Wyalong, arriving in Parkes late this afternoon.
Day 19 Tuesday 26th September
This morning we depart Parkes and travel to Dubbo for morning tea. We travel through Coonabarabran to Pilliga Pottery which makes unique earthenware items from local clays, engraved with beautiful designs taken from nature and mythology onto the hand thrown items. We’ll enjoy a tasty lunch here before travelling on to Tamworth, our home for tonight.
Day 20 Wednesday 27th September
Our great adventure is sadly coming to an end but we are returning home with many fantastic memories. We’ll have a short tour around Tamworth then hit the road for the final time. Of course we’ll have a delicious lunch along the way and arrive back on the Northern Rivers mid-afternoon.
From West to East and in between: Perth to the Northern Rivers
- 8-27 September 2017
- 20 days / 19 nights
- Guided tour of Perth & Fremantle
- Cruise Fremantle to Perth
- Margaret River Wine District
- The magnificent scenery of the south-west coast
- Valley of the Giants Tree-Top Walk
- Cruise the sheltered waters of Oyster Bay
- Wave Rock & Stirling Ranges National Park
- Cape Le Grande & Lucky Bay
- The Nullarbor Plain
- Head of the Bight Whale Watching Platform
- Point Labatt Seal Colony
- Whyalla Maritime Museum
- Murray River Cruise
- $5,650.00 per person twin share
- $1,495.00 extra per person for sole use of room
- A deposit of $500 per person is required within 14 days of booking.
- Final payment due 27 July 2017.
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