South West Gems

Western Australia

South West Gems of WA

Day 1 (L,D) HOME, PERTH, KINGS PARK
Our relaxing west coast getaway begins on arrival into Perth where we visit the scenic Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Time for a stroll through the gardens enjoying the magnificent views over Perth City and the Swan River. Later we arrive at our home for the night, the Hilton Parmelia. Some time to relax prior to our first dinner together.
Day 2 (B,L,D) PERTH, KOJONUP, MOUNT BARKER, ALBANY
This morning we travel the Albany Highway towards Kojonup. Lunch here at the Visitor Centre. During the afternoon we pause in Mount Barker to view the Old Police Station Museum. On arrival into Albany we enjoy the views from Mt Clarence before we arrive at our home for three nights, Motel Le Grande.
Day 3 (B,L,D) ALBANY
A relaxing day as we explore Albany including a city sights tour before we marvel at the spectacular scenery from the Gap and Natural Bridge. Lunch today at Discovery Bay before we spend an interesting and varied afternoon visiting the Historic Whaling Station, the Regional Wildflower Garden and the Australian Wildlife Park.
Day 4 (B,L,D) ALBANY
Following breakfast we board the Silver Star II for an enjoyable scenic cruise out into King George Sound as we search for Humpback and Southern Right Whales. Morning tea served as we cruise. Some free time to browse on our return to Albany before we take a stroll along the boardwalk at Ellen Cove. Our afternoon concludes with a visit to the National ANZAC Centre where we learn of the region’s connection to the Great War.
Day 5 (B,L,D) ALBANY, VALLEY OF THE GIANTS, MANJIMUP, BUSSELTON
An easy morning drive brings us to the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, a stunning, easily accessed elevated walkway that takes us above the canopy of the local tingle forest. An amazing attraction! We continue west towards the coast. Our home for three nights is the Abbey Beach Resort, overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Day 6 (B,L,D) BUSSELTON
This morning we take a country drive to the world famous Margaret River Wine Region with time to explore the township of Margaret River itself. Also a significant produce centre we pay visits to the Margaret River Dairy Company and the Margaret River Chocolate Company. On return to Busselton we visit the Southern Hemisphere’s longest wooden jetty, stretching almost 2km out to sea. We take the Jetty Train out to the Underwater Observatory for fascinating views eight metres below the ocean surface. An enjoyable day.
Day 7 (B,L,D) BUSSELTON, BUNBURY
Nearby Bunbury is home to the Dolphin Discovery Centre where we explore the Centre prior to taking an Eco Cruise along Koombana Bay. Sightings of dolphins are very likely during our cruise. Following a leisurely lunch we return to Busselton.
Day 8 (B,L,D) FREMANTLE, PERTH
We travel north to Fremantle this morning where we enjoy a later lunch at the bustling Fishing Boat Harbour. This working port is filled with cafes, restaurants and boardwalks and offers a unique insight into the enduring commercial fishing industry. Time to browse at the historic Fremantle Markets. We complete our day with a relaxing journey along the calm waters of the Swan River as we cruise to Perth. Enjoy a farewell dinner at our overnight home, the Parmelia Hilton.
Day 9 (B,L) PERTH, HOME
Following breakfast we return to Perth Airport (lunch in-flight) with fond memories of our enjoyable visit to Australia’s ruggedly beautiful and diverse southwestern corner.