Australia: Coral Coast
Your Australia tailor-made holiday includes:
- International flights
- 15 nights in 4–5* hotels & hand-picked local gems
- 13 days car hire
- Discover Rottnest Island tour
- Whale Shark Discovery tour
- All airport transfers
Your Australia travel itinerary:
Days 1 - 2: Perth
Fly from the UK to Perth
Days 3 - 5: Perth
Discover the delights of Perth – Australia’s westernmost capital. This laid-back city has it all – a compact city centre, fabulous beaches and plenty to see and do. While you’re here soak up all Perth has to offer – take a boat ride down the Swan River, stroll around Kings Park Botanic Gardens and enjoy the buzzing nightlife in Subiaco. The sights don’t end there – just 12 miles off the coast of Perth you’ll find Rottnest Island. This picture-perfect island boasts incredible beaches, dazzling marine life and spectacular scenery. Your Journey includes a Discover Rottnest Tour, so you can enjoy all this fantastic island has to offer.
Day 6: Cervantes
Today, you’ll start your Journey up the west coast. Your first stop will be in Cervantes – the gateway to the magical Pinnacles. Spend the afternoon lazing on the pristine beach or trying any number of water sports before visiting the amazing natural limestone structures at sunset. The Pinnacles were formed approximately 25,000-30,000 years ago after the sea receded and left deposits of sea shells.
Day 7: Kalbarri
Continue your route to the pretty seaside town of Kalbarri. Blessed with a meandering coastline, protected swimming bays and surrounded by one of Australia’s most spectacular national parks, there’s plenty here to keep you busy. Spot humpback whales from the coastal gorges and towering cliffs (seasonal), canoe up the Murchison River, experience some of Australia’s best fishing or join one of the many walking trails in Kalbarri National Park. After a jam-packed day, rest your head at the 4.5* Kalbarri Edge Resort.
Day 8: Carnarvon
Follow the road to Carnarvon – the perfect base for exploring nearby Mount Augustus and the Kennedy Ranges. If you feel like spending the day relaxing – try some of the freshest seafood in Australia, tour one of the local banana plantations or head to the coast to try fishing for yourself. While you’re here, take the time to visit the spectacular Carnarvon blowholes, which shoot jets of water up to 20 metres into the air! In the evening, take a stroll along the Carnarvon Fascine and soak up the laid-back atmosphere.
Days 9 - 10: Exmouth
The next stop on your west coast adventure is Exmouth. Located on the eastern side of Western Australia’s North West Cape, this charming coastal town is just a stone’s throw from the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo Reef – a fantastic region for divers and snorkelers and the perfect area to explore this underwater paradise. Your Journey includes a Whale Shark Discovery Tour, giving you the opportunity to try and spot one of the world’s largest fish! Marvel at the size, grace and beauty of these spectacular creatures – and should you wish, swim alongside them. Your accommodation in Exmouth overlooks the marina, meaning you can relax in style after a fun-filled day.
Day 11: Coral Bay
Home to a pristine white-sand beaches, flanked by blue waters and with the Ningaloo Reef on your doorstep, the small town of Coral Bay is a veritable paradise. Ningaloo Reef is Australia’s largest fringing coral reef and stretches 172 miles along the west coast. In Coral Bay you’re in prime position to explore this underwater haven, so grab your snorkelling gear and step straight off the beach to find coral gardens teeming with marine life. Marvel at the vibrant aquascapes and myriad marine creatures or, if you’d prefer to stay above water, see the wonders of the reef from the comfort of a glass-bottom boat or from above with a scenic flight. Your home for the evening is the fantastic 3.5* Ningaloo Reef Resort – set right on the beach. Enjoy a meal in the evening at the Shades Restaurant where you can tuck into the freshest Coral Bay seafood.
Days 12 - 14: Monkey Mia
This region is most well-known for the abundance of wild dolphins that visit its shores each day. Located in the beautiful Shark Bay World Heritage Site, Monkey Mia is home to a huge range of marine life – spot turtles, dolphins, manta rays and dugongs, be it on a boat, kayak or from snorkelling or diving the clear waters. You’ll be staying at the 3.5* Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort, which boasts a prime location right in the heart of Shark Bay and overlooks the sparkling Dolphin Beach. You’ll be just steps from the sea, meaning you can get in prime position to view the daily dolphin spectacle.
Day 15: Geraldton
Today you’ll continue your Journey back down the coast to the city of Geraldton. Located on the beautiful Batavia Coast, Geraldton offers a spectacular coastline to the west and rolling hills to the east. Here you'll learn about the indigenous Yamatji people and follow the Yamatji Cultural Trail, try windsurfing or enjoy an ocean sunset over Fisherman’s Wharf.
Days 17 - 18: Fremantle
As your trip nears its end, visit the trendy beach town of Fremantle, just 30 minutes away from Perth’s city centre. Here you’ll find a beautiful marina, buzzing markets and fantastic shopping. Enjoy a coffee along ‘Cappuccino Strip’, hop on board the historical tram and admire the mix of wall art as you wander through the town. Fremantle is also known as a foodie's paradise, so make sure you feast on the local flavours the town has to offer.
Days 18 - 19:
Depart Perth and return to the UK
Hotels on this Australia holiday:
- Perth - 5* Pan Pacific Perth
- Cervantes - 4.5* Pinnacles Edge Resort
- Carnarvon - 3.5* Best Western In Carnarvon
- Exmouth - 4.5* Novotel Ningaloo Resort Exmouth
- Coral Bay - 3.5* Ningaloo Reef Resort
- Monkey Mia - 3.5* Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
- Geraldton - 4* Mantra Geraldton
- Fremantle - 4.5* Esplanade Hotel
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Melbourne: Melbourne - 3.5* Pensione Hotel Melbourne3.5 StarsRead more >>
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A foodie’s paradise, this hotel is conveniently located close to Barrack St Jetty, which is home to a plethora of stylish restaurants. Rooms and suites here boast wondrous views of the famous Swan River and lush gardens of Kings Park. Relax in the outdoor pool, or make use of the complimentary shuttle service and explore the city centre. You can look forward to treats including smoked salmon and caviar sandwiches, and apricot and poppy seed scones during High Tea at Origins Restaurant. Ensure you dine at Montereys Restaurant at least once during your stay. Here, an a la carte menu caters for all tastes, while the Lobby Lounge boasts a host of signature Pacific cocktails. The Pomegranate Mangostini is our favourite.3 Nights from£795 ppBook by 31 Mar 2017
Perth: Perth - 5* Crown Metropol Perth5 StarsRead more >>
With an elegant monochrome design throughout and unrivalled views across the Swan River and its verdant banks, the Crown Metropol Perth is the jewel in the city’s crown. Admire the skyline, river and rolling hills below from the tranquillity of the 9 Lounge at any time of the day, before taking your relaxation to the next level by the pool. Here you can choose six wooden cabanas, each of which comes equipped with a sunbed, plasma TV and mini bar. If you’ve got the whole family in tow, keep the kids entertained at ‘The Hub’, a club for children aged 16 and under, which offers gaming, movies and arts and crafts. And if its rejuvenation you seek, look no further than the ISIKA day spa and its water therapy space; we recommend the 60-minute Stress Fix massage.3 Nights from£805 ppBook by 31 Mar 2017