The Great South West

Duration: 12 nights self-drive tour

Price from: £2149pp

Perth 2 nights
Margaret River 2 nights
Pemberton 2 nights
Albany 2 nights
Esperance 2 nights
Hyden 1 night
Perth 1 night

Day 1: Fly to Perth.

Day 2 Perth: On arrival make your way to your hotel where the remainder of the day is yours to relax or step out and start exploring Australia's sunniest capital city.

Day 3 Perth: At leisure. The perfect introduction to Perth is the view of its cityscape from King's Park and Botanic Garden. Back in the city you can stroll Northbridge and the Perth Cultural Centre or indulge in some retail therapy at King Street. Alternatively, hop on a ferry to neighbouring Fremantle where you can sit and relax on the bustling 'Cappuccino Strip'.

Day 4 Perth/Margaret River: Collect your car and head south. You'll find no end of places to stop during the day, including Busselton, which has the longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere. Stroll along the jetty or ride the train and take a tour of the Underwater Observatory, your window to Australia's greatest artificial reef. If visiting between January and April, it's a good time to enjoy the region's stunning beaches, including Meelup Beach and Bunker Bay.

Day 5 Margaret River: What better way to enjoy this famed wine and foodie region than by hopping between the cellar doors and gourmet produce stores.

Day 6 Margaret River/Pemberton: During today's journey, take in the impressive Boranup Forest, home to soaring Karri Trees; or perhaps detour to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse where you can watch the Indian Ocean and Southern Ocean collide, whilst keeping your eyes peeled for migrating whales (June to September). Travel on to Augusta, a town of towering timbers.

Day 7 Pemberton: Adventure enthusiasts are sure to enjoy the region's numerous national parks. In Gloucester and Warren you can climb some of the gigantic Karri trees. There are also great hiking trails in the surrounding forests including the Bibbulmun Track.

Day 8 Pemberton/Albany: When journeying through the Southern Forests to the coast, you should be sure to stop off in Walpole, home of the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, for breathtaking views. You may also consider taking a break in the picturesque town of Denmark, known for its highligh acclaimed Great Southern wines.

Day 9 Albany: When visiting the region, a visit to Torndirrup National Park is a must. Here, you will find attractions such as the Blowholes, the Gap and Natural Bridge, offering spectacular views over the Southern Ocean. You'll also find beautiful beaches including Little Beach and Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve - both ideal spots for a leisurely picnic.

Day 10 Albany/Esperance: During the drive eastwards to Esperance, stop at Bremer Bay and explore the Fitzgerald River National Park, with its pristine beaches and unique flora and fauna. Between September and November, wildflowers are in full bloom.

Day 11 Experance: Home to some of the best looking beaches and beautiful bays with tranquil blue water which is great for swimming and snorkelling. Nearby is Cape Le Grand National Park, where you may see kangaroos sunbathing on the beach!

Day 12 Esperance/Hyden: Drive through the towns of Ravensthorpe, Lake King and Hyden to reach one of Australia's biggest breaks - Wave Rock, an almost 50 foot high cresting wave of solid granite shaped by the forces of nature over two billion years. Be sure to also visit Mulka's Cave, where a local Aboriginal legend is retold through more than 450 ancient rock paintings.

Day 13 Hyden/Perth: With much of its Victorian and Federation architecture lovingly restored, York is the ideal place to stop and has a treasure trove of cafes, restaurants, galleries and antique shops. Continue back to Perth.

Day 14 Perth: At leisure before returning your car at the airport for your onward journey.

Departures: Daily.

Accommodation: 4* Mercure Perth; 4* Margarets Beach Resort, Margaret River; 3* Karri Valley Resort, Pemberton; 3* Ibis Styles, Albany; 3* Comfort Inn Bay of Isles, Esperance; 3* Wave Rock Motel, Hyden.

Meals: Room only.

Tour price: The price shown includes international flights, 13 days compact car hire and accommodation as shown.

Why not tour by motorhome?

12 night self-drive motorhome tour
from £1749pp

The Great South West is also available with a motorhome rather than a car. The price shown includes return international flights, one pre-night in Perth, a Britz Venturer motorhome with bonus pack for 12 days.

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