Wine, Forest and Wave Rock
Duration: 6 nights self-drive tour
Price from: £469pp
Day 1 Perth/Margaret River: Head south towards Margaret River, perhaps stopping at the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre, where you can learn more about these enigmatic creatures or even join an eco cruise. There are ample options for lunch here before travelling on to your overnight destination which brims with cafes, boutiques, galleries and more.
Day 2 Margaret River: Stunning walking and cycling tracks meander along the river or through the surrounding forest to the vineyards and farms where you can taste the produce and sample the wines. Close by is Busselton, home to the longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere or, you may wish to visit some of the nearby surf beaches.
Day 3 Margaret River/Pemberton: Head south and make a detour to visit the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse where you may also see migrating whales (June-September). Resume your journey and head east to the wine region of Pemberton, where towering Karri forests, rich agricultural lands and the stunning Southern Ocean await you.
Day 4 Pemberton: Mountain biking, bush walking, swimming, canoeing and fishing are just a handful of options to consider. Alternatively, local art is featured in Pemberton's main street Artscape or connoisseurs may wish to sample some of the region's Chardonnay or Pinot Noir.
Day 5 Pemberton/Albany: Travel to Albany, a charming city which marks the spot where the first European settlers set foot in Western Australia. Today, around 50 colonial buildings stand proudly as museums, galleries and restaurants, with a 30 minute self- guided walk along the Amity Trail revealing almost two centuries of history. The area is also a safe port of call for migrating humpback, southern right and blue whales (June to September), with scenic viewing areas available in Torndirrup National Park.
Day 6 Albany/Wave Rock: On today's drive north, you may wish to stop off at Chinocup Nature Reserve, before continuing to Hyden, home to the world-famous Wave Rock. This multi-coloured granite cliff looks as if it may crash onto the bush and you can pose on the rock face or follow a variety of walking trails at the base or on the top.
Day 7 Wave Rock/Perth: Explore Hippo's Yawn and Mulka's Cave before passi farmland and wheat fields on the journey back to Perth where your tour concludes.
Accommodation: 4* Margarets Beach Resort; Margaret River; 3* PLUS RAC Karri Valley Resort, Pemberton; 4* Ibis Styles, Albany; 3* PLUS Wave Rock Motel, Wave Rock.
Meals: Room only.
Tour price: The price shown is based on the best value travel dates in low season and includes 7 days group Bcar hire and accommodation as outlined.