Wanderlust Australia 11 day Perth and Margaret River coach tour
Plus... travelling on the Indian Pacific to Adelaide
Traveling isn’t always about experiencing the big Australian wilderness and outback scenes. The little things can also create the best holiday experiences. And that’s how you’ll feel on our Perth to Margaret River tour.
There’ll be walks on the beach before breaky, tram rides through gigantic forests, boutique browsing and even taking selfies with friendly little Quokkas.
If you’re a foodie, you’ll love all the locally grown produce and wine on tour. You’ll be dining in Perth’s restaurant scene, cruising the Swan River, at WA’s best wineries and in a Spanish monks’ guest-house.
To top all that, there’s the option to travel in iconic luxury aboard the Indian Pacific to Adelaide – a true ‘bucket list’ experience.
Pack your bags because Wanderlust Australia is inviting you along for the ride. It’s going to be a fun trip!
Departure point: Perth, WA
End destination: Perth WA or Adelaide, SA
Coach tour duration: 11 days
Travel days on Indian Pacific: 2 days
Dept date: 31 July 2021
Accommodation type: 4 star hotels
Trip style: Escorted & free time
Meals: Most included + freedom to choose lunches & dinners
Free time : Yes for shopping, meals and exploring like a local
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
Save $200.00 if paid in full by 31st May 2021 !
$4,500.00 per person based on twin/double share room
$900.00 single supplement for a guaranteed single room
Note: Indian Pacific travel trip cost is additional
BONUS TWO FREE HOTEL NIGHTS !
* The night before departure & night of end of tour.
What you’ll experience like a local on your Wanderlust Australia 11 day tour
Once we arrive at our hotel we settle in and prepare for our adventure to begin tomorrow.
Firstly there is ample opportunity to sample some of the great restaurants that call Perth home.
It is well worth a wander to Petition Beer Corner. Don’t let the name fool you, it is about way more than beer! Great food, good vibes and something for everyone to savour on this corner.
Pan Pacific, Perth | (008 9224 7766)
No meals included
This morning we begin our tour with a drive south to Busselton. Our local touring in this area includes a drive south along the scenic Caves Road which will take us past the actual Margaret River mouth to Mammoth Cave where we have arranged a guided tour.
This nature experience explores many of the majestic chambers in the easily accessible show caves. Just up the road is the Cave Works Interpretive Centre – an eco-complex designed to describe the region’s fascinating limestone caves.
From here we continue to Cape Leeuwin being the “land’s end” of the South West and the junction of the Indian and Southern Oceans. Climbing Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is an optional activity while we are here.
Then it is on to the township of Margaret River. The Margaret River area is a rich dairy cattle and timber region, with a reputation for fine wines and fab food. Our accommodation for the next two nights is at Abbey Beach – a hotel in a Resort setting located on the beach in Busselton.
2 nights l Abbey Beach Resort, Busselton | (08 9755 4600)
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
The Busselton Jetty – extending 1.8 kilometres across stunning Geographe Bay – is the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. That is where we are heading this morning! There is an Interpretative Centre and a small Jetty Train that we can use to reach the spectacular Underwater Observatory.
Then we are off to a little place called Wilyabrup, where our first stop is the Virgin Olive and Soap Factory, nestled in amongst vine covered slopes and National Parks. We will be introduced to the products which can then be tried and tested. They offer a delightful fusion of the finest extra virgin olive oil and pure essential oils from around the world. Of course, all the products are for sale so time for shopping ends our visit.
Lunch will be very special as the food and surroundings at Aravina Estate are world class. In the northern corner of the premium wine-growing region it is encompassed by natural bushland and manicured gardens. Aravina Estate is one of Margaret River’s finest wine producers in the region. It will be hard to leave but we have more to discover this afternoon.
The Margaret River Chocolate Company makes and sells a mouth-watering range of chocolate bars, chocolate-coated delights, handmade truffles, novelty chocolates, chocolate sauces and much more.
Ending on a sweet note we head back to our accommodation for the evening.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
A perfect way to begin the day is with a walk on the beach – the sand is right outside the resort’s back door!
After breakfast we drive to Pemberton, a pretty timber town known for its magnificent tall trees. We stop at the famous giant Gloucester Tree – reputed to once be the tallest tree-mounted fire lookouts in the world. We can climb up to the lookout, if we dare, for some of the most spectacular views over the Karri forest.
After some time to purchase lunch, we board the Pemberton Tram for an unforgettable ride out of Pemberton, past the Saw Mill and deep into the Karri forest. The scenery during our ride is breathtaking. The tram meanders through the forest, crossing six bridges, stopping throughout the journey at the most picturesque spots before returning us to Pemberton for our overnight stay.
Best Western Pemberton | (08 9776 1017)
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
It’s time to move north this morning, into the eclectic port of Fremantle – and then onto Perth for the next four nights of our holiday.
Our first visit is at the Western Australian Maritime Museum which is perched on the shoreline of the Indian Ocean. The Museum is symbolic of Fremantle’s past, present and future as a coastal city and port. It houses several unique galleries that explore WA’s relationship with the sea. From leisure boats and handcrafted sailing boats to commercial pearl luggers, the Museum inspires visitors to discover WA’s affinity with the ocean.
After some free time for lunch we transfer to the Old Fremantle Prison for a “Behind Bars” tour giving us a true insight into life as a prisoner.
Afternoon tea ends a very interesting afternoon before heading into Perth.
4 nights l Pan Pacific, Perth | (08 9224 7766)
We spend time discovering the unique charm of Perth City including Kings Park, in the heart of the Botanic Garden. The manicured gardens and views of Kings Park transition to natural bush including a bird’s eye view of what the Perth bushland was like more than 200 years ago as we stroll along the walkway.
Then onto the Swan River for an upstream cruise and a delicious buffet lunch including local beer, wine and soft drink. We will meander through the Swan Valley Wine Growing Region and cruise past several local landmarks that will be pointed out to us. Afternoon tea will be served later in the day and there will be some live on-board entertainment, topping off a fantastic day.
If you’re still peckish for dinner, check our Perth’s vibrant dining scene.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Enjoy a free day in Perth for local shopping and sightseeing.
Or take an optional day tour to Rottnest Island. Located just off the coast in the warm clear waters of the Indian Ocean, Rottnest Island is a spectacular world of white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue waters, abundant marine life, the famous selfie loving Quokka and rich history.
The island was named “Rottnest” by Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh which meant “rats nest” – he mistook the island’s unique marsupials – the Quokkas, for giant rats! The day includes transfers from the hotel, return ferry to Rottnest, lunch, a semi-submersible look at the underwater life off the Island’s coast and a guided coach tour – as well as some free time to relax and enjoy this tranquil place.
And don’t forget to get the obligatory selfie with a Quokka!
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Our touring today takes us north to the interesting town of New Norcia– a great Australian cultural heritage site which was first settled by Spanish Benedictine monks who established a monastery here as an Aboriginal mission.
We enjoy a guided tour of the township and visit the amazing Museum & Art Gallery. The New Norcia Hotel began its life in 1927 as a guest house for parents visiting their children in the schools but today it is a great spot to stop for lunch.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
What a way to complete our WA Holiday – by travelling home in Gold Class comfort on the Indian Pacific to Adelaide.
This iconic passenger train is named after the two great oceans it joins and is symbolised by the magnificent wedge-tailed eagle that so often soars above it.
Departure from Perth’s Interstate Rail Terminal is at 11.55am and arrival into Adelaide is scheduled for 7.20am on Tuesday – 2 nights and a full day to enjoy the onboard service and to see some of the vast inland of Australia in air-conditioned comfort.
2 nights l Indian Pacific (train)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
On board the Indian Pacific. During the day we can relax in our cabin that turns from a bedroom into a lounge room and watch the countryside along the Nullarbor Plain pass us by.
One of the highlights is definitely the regionally inspired meals accompanied by all-inclusive fine wines and beverages.
We do have off train excursions included in Kalgoorlie, Rawlinna and Cook, making this a trip that is on many bucket lists!
Meals: All on the train
Our unique holiday rolls to an end in style. We are due at Adelaide’s Interstate Rail Terminal at 7.20am.
Using our taxi voucher, we self-transfer to the Adelaide airport for the flight home.
Bon voyage! We hope to see you on another Wanderlust Australia Tour soon!
Meal: Breakfast on board the train
All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times or days. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures or inclement weather.
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EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Save $200.00 if paid in full by 31st May 2021 ! BONUS TWO FREE HOTEL NIGHTS !
OPTIONAL HOLIDAY EXTENSION - TRAVEL EAST BY THE INDIAN PACIFIC
Turn an amazing holiday into an incredible one. After your Wanderlust Australia Perth To Margaret river tour, travel east on the legendary Indian Pacific to Adelaide. Contact us for more details and to book!
Why I love this tour... Michael
Two great travel experiences wrapped in one – land & rail. Margaret river is renowned for its food & Wine but the giant karri forest in pemberton & the coast are breathtaking.
Don’t want to travel on the Indian Pacific? Continue your holiday by joining our Perth to Adelaide Tour
Many Wanderlust Australia tours connect. Carry on exploring like a local by joining our Perth, the Forgotten Corner to Adelaide tour.
Dept date: 12 August 2021
What’s always included in your Wanderlust Australia tour experience
LUXURY COACH TRAVEL
STAY IN FOUR STAR HOTELS
FLEXIBLE BREAKFAST TIMES
MORE FREE TIME ALONG THE WAY
OPTIONAL DINNER CHOICES
TWO FREE HOTEL NIGHTS*
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