Australia: South West Highlights
Your Australia tailor-made holiday includes:
- International flights
- 8 nights in 4–5* hotels & hand-picked local gems
- 6 days car hire
- Discover Rottnest Island tour with lunch
- Margaret River Wine, Gallery & Brewery tour
- Airport transfer
Your Australia travel itinerary:
Day 1: Perth
Fly from the UK to Perth
Days 2 - 3: Perth
Spend a couple of days exploring the sunny city of Perth, Western Australia’s state capital. Check out the Art Gallery of Western Australia and perhaps enjoy a picnic in leafy Kings Park or a gentle boat ride on the picturesque Swan River. Once you’ve explored the centre, head out of town and laze on stunning beaches and swim the crystal-clear waters of Rottnest Island on a day trip. This sparkling island has very little traffic, and is best explored by bicycle or on the train. Diving and snorkelling in the shimmering coves is not to be missed!
Days 4 - 5: Margaret River
Lovers of food and quality wines will not be disappointed with pretty Margaret River, where surf schools and tall gumtree forests sit side-by-side with over 100 wineries, many with charming vineyard restaurants. The rolling waves, wild coastal scenery and pristine beaches have made this town something of a surfing haven, with numerous surf schools catering for both beginners and experienced wave riders. You’ll visit some of the numerous art galleries on your wine, gallery and brewery tour, and don’t forget to venture into the magical limestone caves filled with stalactites, perhaps trying out some rock climbing or abseiling.
Day 6: Pemberton
Surrounded by towering eucalyptus forests and verdant national parks, Pemberton is your gateway to Tall Timber Country. It’s a great spot to get outside on a scenic excursion on the Karri Forest Explorer Drive or one of the numerous trail walks. Why not climb the 200-foot-tall Gloucester Tree, whose viewing platform offers pretty countryside views. Don’t leave town without visiting the Fine Woodcraft Gallery, where all the artworks, displays and even the building itself are made from recycled timber.
Days 7 - 8: Albany
Continue on to Albany’s stunning stretch of coastline. Being a prime whale watching location (May to October) with a smidgen of historical interest thrown in for good measure, Albany is never short of visitors who come for the whales, the wildflowers – which bloom in September – and the beautiful balmy beaches. In town the Old Gaol and the Albany Residency Museum are well worth a look, while the humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins and fur seals that frequent the beautiful bays can be viewed on a thrilling boat cruise.
Day 9: Fremantle
Fremantle is Perth’s port, and although merged with the city sprawl, it is a vibrant and bustling area with its own ‘cappuccino strip’, filled with coffee-drinkers people-watching over their lattes. There’s plenty to see, such as the convict-built Fremantle Prison, the wreck of the Batavia in the Shipwreck Galleries and the colourful markets, a great place to pick up knick knacks. Pop into the Western Australian Maritime Museum to learn about Western Australia’s nautical history, and finish up with a fabulous seafood feast at the Fishing Boat Harbour.
Days 10 - 11:
Drive back to Perth and return to the UK
Hotels on this Australia holiday:
- Perth - 5* Pan Pacific Perth
- Margaret River - 4* Margarets Beach Resort & Spa
- Pemberton - 3.5* Karri Valley Resort
- Albany - 4* Hotel Ibis Styles Albany
- Fremantle - 4.5* Esplanade Hotel Fremantle – by Rydges
Here are some of our other holidays to Australia
Perth: Perth - 4* Pensione Hotel Perth4 StarsRead more >>
This functional hotel is ideally situated in the heart of Perth, within easy reach of the popular Esplanade and the Swan River. With just 98 bright and comfortable guest rooms, you are guaranteed a private stay. Relax in the bar with your favourite drink, or take a seat at the independently-owned My Place Bar & Restaurant, which serves tasty cuisine all day.3 Nights from£1129 pp£719 ppBook by 04 May 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£1256 pp£749 ppBook by 04 May 2017
PerthReduced room rate
Perth: Perth - 5* Pan Pacific Perth5 StarsRead more >>
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£1233 pp£779 ppBook by 04 May 2017
Sydney: Sydney - 5* Four Seasons Hotel5 StarsRead more >>
Among Sydney’s most renowned hotels, the Four Seasons exudes pure luxury. The rooms and suites offer jaw-dropping views of the famous skyline plenty for younger guests, incl babysitting service and special children’s menus, there is plenty for younger guests. The triangular outdoor pool is Sydney’s largest; take a swim or relax in the whirlpool. The Endota Spa promises a dazzling menu of treatments, including Couples End’Ulgence, which includes a lemon and organic sugar body scrub, relaxation massage and organic facial. Sumptuous cuisine awaits at the hotel’s two restaurants, while Graim Bar promises handcrafted cocktails and an organic wine list. Every Friday, the bar hosts an oyster and Champagne night.3 Nights from£1371 pp£939 ppBook by 04 May 2017
Sydney: Sydney - 4.5* Parkroyal Darling Harbour4.5 StarsRead more >>
Enjoy being right in the centre of Australia’s vibrant harbour city at Parkroyal Darling Harbour, where rooms and suites provide the perfect sanctuary. Work out in the gym, before tucking into a delicious breakfast spread at Barkers Restaurant. Situated on the original site of Thomas Barker’s steam flourmill, here you will find farmers’ market produce, including Whisk & Pin muselis and artisan breads. After a day of exploring, relax over a signature cocktail at the chic Abode Bistro and Bar, where an innovative menu is offset perfectly with boutique wines and craft beers.3 Nights from£1378 pp£945 ppBook by 04 May 2017