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Arrive in Perth and take a day to venture over to Rottnest Island where you may be lucky enough to meet the famous quokkas that inhabit the protected sanctuary island. Explore the city at your own pace, including the much-loved Fremantle and popular Cottesloe and Coogee beaches. After soaking up the delights of Perth, pick up your rental car and depart for Margaret River to spend several days embracing the area's natural wonders, Indigenous history and of course, the award-winning wines.

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This suggested tour costs from NZD$2,532 per person (twin share, low season)

Starts in Perth, finishes in Perth

8 days/7 nights

Hotel 4 star

 Rental car included

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ITINERARY
Perfect South Western Tour - Day 1
Perth

Perth sits on the west coast and is Australia’s sunniest capital city. Soak up the sunshine at one of the white sand beaches, take a walk in leafy Kings Park - one of the world’s largest inner-city parks, or visit nearby Rottnest Island to meet the resident quokkas. For a more cultural experience head to the museum and gallery precinct, or go a little further afield to Swan Valley to experience its vineyards, art, food and history.

Private transfer Perth Airport to your accommodation

On arrival, you will be met by a private driver outside customs exit and delivered to your Perth accommodation.

Your accommodation: Rydges Perth Kings Square

The Rydges Kings Square, is located conveniently in the Perth CBD, within walking distance of all the excitement that Perth has to offer. With spacious accommodation, foxtel, free high speed WiFi and a gym onsite, you will have everything you need to make this holiday feel like home.

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Perfect South Western Tour - Day 2
Rottnest Island

Rottnest Island is situated 19 kilometers off the coast of Perth. Getting to the island is easy as ferries depart regularly from Perth’s Barrack Street Jetty, Fremantle, and Hillarys Boat Harbour - or you can get there by air with a seaplane, air taxi, or helicopter.
Rottnest Island offers visitors a casual atmosphere, picturesque scenery, and a rich cultural heritage to discover, find out why the local Noongar people called the island Wadjemup which means ‘place across the water where the spirits are’. 
Cycling is the best way to get around the island or there’s a hop-on/hop-off bus service that regularly runs around the island, stopping at some of the more secluded beaches and surf breaks.
With 63 of the prettiest beaches you’re likely to see anywhere, 20 beautiful bays, and many coral reefs and wrecks, Rottnest Island is a marine paradise. You can spend your days exploring some of the most spectacular swimming spots, diving, and surfing breaks in the world, and a must-do is exploring the snorkel trails, with over 135 species of tropical fish and 25 species of coral to discover.
There’s plenty to experience out of the water too, from meeting the world-famous Quokka to exploring the excellent bike and walking trails that traverse the island. You can also discover the island’s military history, as you explore underground tunnels, the lighthouse, Oliver Hill, and Bickley Battery. There are tours on the island which include a tour by bike, boat, or Segway, offering insightful experiences, from wildlife encounters to learning about Aboriginal heritage.

Discover Rottnest Tour with Rottnest Express - Includes Lunch

See the whole of Rottnest in a day with a return ferry trip combined with a full-island bus tour. The 90-minute tour visits the island’s most spectacular locations, with insightful commentary shining a light on "Rotto’s" unique flora, fauna, history, and culture. The bus stops at two key vantage points – Wadjemup Lighthouse and the rugged West End, where passengers can hop off, take a short walk, and soak up the views. You might even meet a quokka or two along the way.

Your accommodation: Rydges Perth Kings Square

The Rydges Kings Square, is located conveniently in the Perth CBD, within walking distance of all the excitement that Perth has to offer. With spacious accommodation, foxtel, free high speed WiFi and a gym onsite, you will have everything you need to make this holiday feel like home.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Perfect South Western Tour - Day 3
Explore Perth

You may like to start your day with a stroll through the city streets to take in the abundance of street art. Taking its place as Australia's second street art city, streets and laneways are decorated with funky murals and sculptures highlighting Perth in all its colour and diversity. Check out the city's street art map online to immerse yourself in the mesmerising art, stopping for coffee at any one of the trendy cafes and espresso bars scattered through the city. Head to Kings Park (Kaarta Koomba) for an authentic experience of Indigenous culture. The base of Kings Park was an important ceremonial and dreaming area for Aboriginal males, while The Boodja Gnarning Walk takes you through a diverse range of flora which were used for survival by the Noongar people, and captures this knowledge through interpretive signage and artworks. For a relaxing afternoon, catch the train down to Fremantle and wander through heritage listed buildings, stumble into the oldest record store in Australasia, and have a tipple at a one of the many breweries and much-loved local haunts. The nearby South Beach comes alive in the evenings with impromptu performances such at tight roping and fire twirling, so pull up a patch of grass on the foreshore at sunset with a local brew in hand to end the day in a quintessentially 'Freo' way.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Fremantle Lunch Cruise

There is no better way to combine a delicious lunch and a wonderful cruise on the magnificent Swan River than on this Fremantle Lunch Cruise. This unique cruise includes a buffet of Western Australia’s abundant seasonal fresh produce as well as full bar facilities on board.
Enjoy Captain's commentary during the cruise downstream to the port city of Fremantle. Upon the return journey, you are invited to enjoy the hot buffet complimented by seasonal salads, all followed by a scrumptious dessert buffet.

Your accommodation: Rydges Perth Kings Square

The Rydges Kings Square, is located conveniently in the Perth CBD, within walking distance of all the excitement that Perth has to offer. With spacious accommodation, foxtel, free high speed WiFi and a gym onsite, you will have everything you need to make this holiday feel like home.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Perfect South Western Tour - Day 4
Choose your style of rental vehicle

Our rental car range includes the latest vehicles from the top suppliers. From economy hatchbacks to SUVs, we can help you decide on a car suitable for this leg of your trip. Insurance can often be included with a small excess or deductible.

Perth to Margaret River via Busselton

The journey from Margaret River takes approximately three hours by car. Take the Kwinana Freeway out of Perth, this later becomes Forrest Highway. Head towards Bunbury, then onto Busselton.
Busselton's calm turquoise bay is the perfect place to stretch your legs. Take a walk or train ride over the Indian Ocean on the 1.8km (1.1 mile) long jetty - the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere. Visit the Busselton Museum, Old Courthouse or the beautiful St Mary's Church for a taste of what the area was like in the 1800s, and then treat yourself to lunch at one of the many cafes and restaurants before continuing on your drive. Margaret River is just 50km (31 miles) south of Busselton and when you start to see vineyards – you’re almost there.
Margaret River is one of Western Australia's most famous wine regions. Over the last 50 years, it has reached internationally-acclaimed status specialising in cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, with nearly 100 cellar doors to experience.

Underwater Observatory Tour at the Busselton Jetty

The Underwater Observatory tour starts with a relaxing train ride on the Stocker Preston Express along the length of the Jetty with 360-degree views across Geographe Bay. Descending 8 metres below the ocean's surface, this tour then explores the natural wonders that lie beneath the Jetty where it’s piles create Australia’s greatest artificial reef host to 300 different marine species with an inspiring forest of vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates. 13 underwater Sculptures have been built to form a snorkel trail for everyone to enjoy.

Margaret River

Margaret River is a town that perfectly encapsulates the surrounding nature, arts, and culture in its very essence. The town itself exudes an indelible buzz with its perfect mix of artisan stores, galleries, street art and diverse bars and restaurants, yet is surrounded by the serenity of tall trees, open ocean, rocky cliffs and undulating plains across which vineyards stretch in every direction. Arguably, the region is best known for its world-renowned wine region and showcases an abundance of award-winning wines and friendly cellar doors. But this isn't the only attraction on offer - the town also has a prominent surf culture and some of the best surf conditions in the world. Home to the Margaret River Pro, Surfers Point is the iconic spot to either catch a wave, or simply grab some fish and chips and watch the spectacular western sunset from the lawn amphitheatre. If you are in town on a Saturday morning, you can't miss the local farmer's market. With a smorgasbord of local produce to choose from, whether you prefer to cook or pack picnic goodies for your day ahead the offerings will be sure to get your tummy grumbling.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Twilight Didgeridoo Cave Tour with Koomal Dreaming

This tour commences with a short guided bushwalk identifying traditional medicine plants & knowledge about the region. Next you will venture into Ngilgi Cave where the good spirit Ngilgi dwells, to hear Dreamtime legends and enjoy a mesmerising didgeridoo performance as part of a unique cave experience.

Your accommodation: Stay Margaret River

Set amongst the beautiful bushland with stunning outdoor spaces and modern rooms, Stay Margaret River provides all the comforts of home while you explore this beautiful region.
Meals included: Breakfast

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 246 kms / 153 miles : 2.8 hours

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Perfect South Western Tour - Day 5
Discovery Tour with The Margaret River Discovery Co

This is the tour for people who don't like tours! Let Margaret River treat you to a day of luxury adventure as you travel down stream in canoe, enjoy a coffee on the beach, taste local wines and enjoy the epic views of the Indian Ocean from a 4WD. Spot Australian wildlife and wildflowers, and reflect on Aboriginal history dating back more than 50,000 years as you are taken on a journey where you won't get wet, dirty or fall in any water.  

Your accommodation: Stay Margaret River

Set amongst the beautiful bushland with stunning outdoor spaces and modern rooms, Stay Margaret River provides all the comforts of home while you explore this beautiful region.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

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Perfect South Western Tour - Day 6
Explore Margaret River

Margaret River is home to incredible hiking trails, surrounded by national parks with pristine coastlines and rugged granite outcrops. Take a short drive out to Gnarabup beach and enjoy a morning walk along this pristine coast and the views from Gnarabup lookout. Stop for a coffee at the local cafe and if you continue a little further north, you will find the world-renowned Surfer's Point, a great spot to sit and watch the surfers in some impressive waves. You can also drive 30 minutes north to Yallingup to experience the local indigenous culture and the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. Take to the cellar doors for an afternoon of tasting premium wines and snacking on platters full of local produce. With over 90 award-winning cellar doors in the area, you will be spoiled for choice. If wine isn't your priority, you can spend an afternoon amidst the magic of the area's ancient caves, or the majestic Cape Leeuwin lighthouse.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Jewel Cave Admission & Guided Tour with Capes Foundation

Entering Jewel Cave is a magical experience; a dazzling visual display of some of nature's finest and most meticulous work. Jewel Cave is the biggest show cave in Western Australia; comprising three massive chambers. It is also home to one of the longest straw stalactites found in any tourist cave in Australia.
Fully guided one-hour tours showcase the breathtaking magnitude of Jewel Cave. You will see towering crystal creations that have taken thousands of years to form, and intricate decorations stretching and suspended across the ceiling, like vines and dancing cobwebs. You'll also hear stories of the now-extinct Tasmanian Tigers that fell into the cave and perished.

SUGGESTED ACTIVITY - Guided Tour of Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse with Capes Foundation

As the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse is a must-see attraction. This historic lighthouse is situated at the most south-westerly point of Australia, at the tip of a spectacular peninsula - where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet. Take a trip through maritime history and learn how this famous landmark was constructed from local limestone in 1895 and is still a vital working lighthouse for vessels navigating the treacherous cape.
It's also one of the best land-based vantage points for spotting whales from May - September! The Interpretive Centre, housed within one of the original lighthouses keepers' cottages, is an outstanding interactive experience that celebrates the history and lives of the numerous lighthouse keepers who were custodians of this rugged coastline.

Your accommodation: Stay Margaret River

Set amongst the beautiful bushland with stunning outdoor spaces and modern rooms, Stay Margaret River provides all the comforts of home while you explore this beautiful region.
Meals included: Breakfast

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Perfect South Western Tour - Day 7
Birds of Prey Encounter & Forest Walk with Eagles Heritage Wildlife Centre

Eagles Heritage was established in 1987 and is one of the largest wildlife centres in Australia dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and displaced birds of prey. This encounter will provide you with the opportunity to meet and interact with eagles, hawks, falcons and owls and marvel at their unique adaptations and natural behaviours. A gentle hike on one of the native forest trails will allow you to experience the native bushland sanctuary at your own pace and possibly even spot some of its resident birds of prey.

Kaya Cape Experience with Koomal Dreaming

Begin your experience with a 'Welcome to Country' by a Wadandi Cultural Custodian, who will then take you for a short (200m round trip) guided walk around Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse before entering a private meeting place for an interactive cultural session which may include an artefact and tool display and didgeridoo music session. Hear local stories and learn about the connection the local Wadandi people have to the Cape to Cape region.

Margaret River to Perth via Busselton

The journey from Margaret River to Perth takes approximately three hours by car. Follow the Bussell Highway and State Route 10 towards Busselton. Busselton's calm turquoise bay is the perfect place to stretch your legs. Take a walk or train ride over the Indian Ocean on the 1.8km (1.1 mile) long jetty - the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere. Visit the Busselton Museum, Old Courthouse or the beautiful St Mary's Church for a taste of what the area was like in the 1800s, and then treat yourself to lunch at one of the many cafes and restaurants before continuing on your drive. Continue your journey following Bussell Highway to National Route 1, head towards Bunbury, and then follow Forest Highway onto Perth. Perth is the capital and largest city of Western Australia, it has been ranked as one of the world's most livable cities. You can enjoy soft-sand beaches, scenic parks as well as a thriving metropolis of small bars, creative restaurants and street art. If you have a time to spare before you reach city of Perth, you can visit Coogee beach, which is a southern coastal suburb of Perth. It is a popular beach destination, with white sand and crystal clear water, it has beautiful natural settings and is blessed with spectacular sunsets. 

Your accommodation: Rydges Perth Kings Square

The Rydges Kings Square, is located conveniently in the Perth CBD, within walking distance of all the excitement that Perth has to offer. With spacious accommodation, foxtel, free high speed WiFi and a gym onsite, you will have everything you need to make this holiday feel like home.
Meals included: Breakfast

Driving distance and time (approximate) for this leg: 228 kms / 142 miles : 2.5 hours

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Perfect South Western Tour - Day 8
Return your vehicle to Perth airport

Explore more of Perth before dropping your rental car at the airport depot and continuing your onward journey.

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