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  • 10 Days South-West Adventure

    Discover the exquisite natural beauty and sublime solitude of Western Australia's South-West coast on this round-trip journey that begins and ends in Perth.

    Western Australia's South-West region is a hub of activity. Wineries, farmstays, caves, beaches, wildflowers, kangaroos, birdlife, dense forest, rolling hills and pastures, it's all here. Discover everything this region has to offer and more on this 10-day round-trip journey that begins and ends in Perth. Towns such as Busselton, Margaret River, Albany, and Esperance are just waiting to be explored.

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    The Gap-Natural Bridge lookout, Albany
    The Gap-Natural Bridge lookout, Albany
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    Not yet a member? We will include 3 months' free membership with enough travel credits to get the maximum discount on this holiday.

    Trip Highlights

     

    10 days, 23 places of interest visited, and over 20 fantastic activities for you to enjoy. This south-west getaway has everything!

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $2,339pp twin-share [+ $1,316 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    • Nature
    • Adventure
    • Beach-side
    • On the water
    • Hinterland towns
    • Sightseeing
    • Rural towns
    • Wildlife

    Scenic dolphin cruise

    Discover the unique marine world that Mandurah is so famous for on an interactive 1 hour cruise through the city’s calm, inland waterways.

    Busselton Jetty & Underwater Observatory tour

    Explore one of only six underwater observatories in the world at the Busselton Jetty! Enjoy a relaxing train ride along the length of the Busselton Jetty before descending 8-metres below the ocean’s surface where you will be lead through the natural wonders that create Australia’s greatest artificial reef.

    Explore the magical Gnomesville

    Deep in the Ferguson Valley, hidden among stunning natural bushland is a truly captivating treasure trove to behold. Gathered in a junction, as far as the eye can see, is a community of an estimated 10,000 Gnomes!

    More trip highlights:

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    Northam Historical Buildings bus tour

    Join experienced and knowledegable local guides on a bus tour to discover Northam's diverse, natural and cultural history.

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    Cruise the tranquil Donnelly River

    Relax with an afternoon cruise on this pristine river. With a casual but informative commentary, you will learn some of the history of the area and view its beautiful flora and native wildlife.

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    Visit Meckering Big Camera Museum

    Visit Meckering's famous Big Camera Museum - the only museum of photography open to the public anywhere in Western Australia with displays of over 1,000 items including cameras, projectors and processing equiptment.

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    Warren River Pemberton Tram journey

    See the karri forests, valleys, waterfalls, wildflowers and rivers of the Southern Forests area from a unique perspective - trundling along in a tram or steam train from a bygone age.

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    Valley of the Giants treetop walk

    The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk is an internationally recognised nature-based tourism attraction, located in Australia’s South West, giving you a bird’s eye view of some of the biggest timber giants on Earth – Western Australia’s majestic tingle trees.

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    Discover Bunbury's famous street art

    Start your exploration journey in Bunbury and unveil the largest collection of street and public art in regional Australia. From fountains to monuments, from sculptures to street art, the many permanent and temporary works dotted throughout Bunbury are integral to the life and character of the city.

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    Visit Albany's National Anzac Centre

    The National Anzac Centre is one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages. This award-winning attraction uses interactive technology and historical artefacts to create a deeply personal connection with the past, as well as pay tribute to those who served.

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    Explore Esperance's Stonehenge replica

     Explore this must-see, full-size replica of the original Stonehenge in the UK, as it would have looked around 1950BC.

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    Marvel at Kalgoorlie's Super Pit lookout

    Stand beside Kalgoorlie's Super Pit and gaze open-mouthed into one of the largest open-cut mines on Earth and the biggest gold mine in Australia.


    View the itinerary for a comprehensive view of the trip highlights.

    Member Pricing

    Sapphire self-guided package
    Sapphire Self-guided
    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!
    From $2,339pp twin-share [+ $1,316 GCash credits]
    • 10 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 21 towns and other places of interest visited
    • 9 nights' top-class accommodation
    • 9 excellent excursions and activities
    • 9 breakfasts
    • 9 lunches
    • 5 restaurant dinners

    FAQ: Single, twin-share and more

    What is twin-share, triple-share and quad-share?

    The share-basis is about accommodation pricing. It does not mean that you share a room with a stranger.

    "Twin-share" is where two people occupy a hotel room (open-plan style) or other accommodation such as an apartment, usually a couple or two friends. This is the normal way accommodation is priced. The price is shared between two people. Most accommodation properties (eg. hotels) offer rooms with king, queen or double beds. Most offer the option of "twin" beds as well which actually means two single beds to accommodate singles sharing, couples wanting space and so-on.

    "Triple share" is where three people occupy the accommodation and share the price. "Quad-share" is where four people occupy the accommodation and share the price. Family apartments and hotel rooms usually include a king, queen or double bed and one or more single beds to handle triple and quad-share arrangements. Sometimes other bedding configurations are available as well.

    What is a seasonal adjustment?

    Some accommodation providers, especially in very popular holiday locations, have higher room rates for busy holiday periods (usually spring and summer holidays). We must make an allowance for those price variations if applicable.

    What is a single supplement?

    A "single supplement" applies to single travellers who want a room to themselves. Because the price is not shared, a "single supplement" applies. This additional amount is based on the single covering the entire accommodation component of the trip that would normally be split between two or more people.

    Getaway Cash (GCash) travel credits reduce the price of your trip from retail down to industry-wholesale. Free Flights Vouchers further discount your holiday.

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    Member offer

    3 months free membership

    Not yet a member? We will include 3 months' free membership with enough travel credits to get the maximum discount on this holiday.

    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis unless stated otherwise and bookings are subject to availability. Price, Getaway Cash travel credit usage, Free Flights Voucher usage and deposit amount varies according to travel date. All prices are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Full booking terms and conditions are available here.

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    Simply submit a booking enquiry and we'll automatically provide you with a 3-month Travel Club Trial account. No payment is required and you get instant access to member prices.

    Inclusions

     

    Covering an immense distance at a leisurely pace, this trip serves as the perfect getaway for those looking to unearth some of Australia's most serene delights.

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $2,339pp twin-share [+ $1,316 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    "Western Australia's picturesque and rugged beauty was made to be explored."

    This is a first-class itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

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    Inclusions list:

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    1 night accommodation in Bunbury

    Classic rooms with lots of facilities for you to enjoy.

    The cosmopolitan city of Bunbury is the setting of many maritime legends and the northern gateway to Australia's South West. Spend 1 night in the heart of Bunbury and discover the highlights of this fantastic city.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.4+.
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    1 night accommodation in Margaret River

    A great base for exploring the area.

    Blessed with mild weather and abundant sunshine, Margaret River has evolved from a chilled-out surfie town into a popular base for enjoying the region's fine flavours and spectacular scenery. Spend 1 night relaxing in style; your accommodation is perfectly located to provide easy access to the region's popular attractions.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.3+.
    hotel
    1 night accommodation in Pemberton

    Cozy cottages.

    Spend 1 night amongst the great karri trees of Pemberton. Located in the shopping district and on a lake, your accommodation provides the perfect mixture of a relaxing setting with easy access to the region's highlights.

    Cabin rated Bronze standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.4+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
    hotel
    1 night accommodation in Denmark

    Facilities for everyone to enjoy.

    Denmark has natural attractions galore and a mild climate all year round making it the perfect destination for your south coast holiday - spend 1 night in this charming town and explore all its highlights.

    Hotel room rated Bronze standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.3+.
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    1 night accommodation in Albany

    Just a short walk from the beach.

    Spend 1 night in Albany, taking in its breathtakingly beautiful rugged coastline; a fitting backdrop to dramatic whaling, convict and settler history and a sensational south coast adventure. 

    Motel suite rated Bronze standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.3+.
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    1 night accommodation in Bremer Bay

    A relaxing property set amongst nature.

    Located at the mouth of the Bremer River, Bremer Bay is a coastal slice of paradise. Watch one of the greatest shows on Earth as southern right whales come close to shore to calve in the winter, and marvel at a flora diversity hotspot. Located near the beach, you'll be waking up to the gorgeous scenery of nearby Fitzgerald River National Park and Doubtful Islands Nature Reserve.

    Motel suite rated Bronze standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.2+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
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    1 night accommodation in Esperance

    Relax with the property's outdoor pool.

    A beach and nature-lover's dream, Esperance is blessed with squeaky-clean white sand, turquoise waters, untouched islands and colour-filled wildflower country. Your accommodation is located near the beach and by the shopping district, making it the perfect base to enjoy your holiday from.

    Hotel room rated Bronze standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.2+.
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    1 night accommodation in Kalgoorlie

    A range of facilities to enjoy.

    Spend 1 night in famous Kalgoorlie, renowned for it's gold rush history and immense mining operations. Located in the city centre, your accommodation is the perfect base for exploring all of the city's highlights.

    Hotel room rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.3+; Breakfast included.
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    1 night accommodation in Northam

    Gorgeous views of the surrounding area

    Located in the heart of the picturesque Avon Valley, Northam is home to a diverse range of tourist and heritage attractions. Located just outside of the city centre, your accommodation provides you with a tranquil setting while preserving easy access to the town's best attractions.

    Studio rated Silver standard or above; Ave. guest rating 4.7+; Breakfast available (surcharge applies).
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    Scenic dolphin cruise

    Mandurah dolphin cruise

    Discover the unique marine world that Mandurah is so famous for on an interactive 1 hour cruise through the city’s calm, inland waterways.

    local_activity
    Busselton Jetty & Underwater Observatory tour

    Busselton Jetty

    Explore one of only six underwater observatories in the world at the Busselton Jetty! Enjoy a relaxing train ride on the Stocker Preston Express along the length of the Busselton Jetty before descending 8-metres below the ocean’s surface where you will be lead through the natural wonders that create Australia’s greatest artificial reef, host to an awe-inspiring forest of vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates.

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    Cruise the tranquil Donnelly River

    Cruise the tranquil Donnelly River

    Relax with an afternoon cruise on this pristine river. With a casual but informative commentary, you will learn some of the history of the area and view its beautiful flora and native wildlife. After a stroll on the beach, cruise up with an afternoon cuppa and Pete’s “fantastic” muffins.

    local_activity
    Warren River Pemberton Tram journey

    Warren River Pemberton Tram journey

    See the karri forests, valleys, waterfalls, wildflowers and rivers of the Southern Forests area from a unique perspective - trundling along in a tram or steam train from a bygone age.

    local_activity
    Valley of the Giants treetop walk

    Valley of the Giants treetop walk

    The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk is an internationally recognised nature-based tourism attraction, located in Australia’s South West, giving you a bird’s eye view of some of the biggest timber giants on Earth – Western Australia’s majestic tingle trees.

    local_activity
    Visit Meckering Big Camera Museum

    Meckering Big Camera Museum

    Visit Meckering's famous Big Camera Museum - the only museum of photography open to the public anywhere in Western Australia with displays of over 1,000 items including cameras, projectors and processing equiptment.

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    Explore Albany's Historic Whaling Station

    Albany's Historic Whaling Station

    Spend a day exploring the world’s only complete whaling station and experience a fascinating insight into Albany’s colourful past. Follow informative trails to learn the stories of Australia’s whaling industry.

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    Visit Albany's National Anzac Centre

    National Anzac Centre, Albany

    The National Anzac Centre is one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages. This award-winning attraction uses interactive technology and historical artefacts to create a deeply personal connection with the past, as well as pay tribute to those who served.

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    Northam Historical Buildings bus tour

    Northam Historical Buildings bus tour

    Come and join experienced and knowledegable local guides on a bus tour to discover Northam's diverse, natural and cultural history.

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    10 days car hire

    Embark on an epic self-guided adventure of Western Australia's south-west. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and discover everything this exciting region has to offer.

    Toyota Kluger 2WD 7 seater or similar; Suits max. 5 psns w/luggage; Auto, Air con. Zero excess or excess cover optional.
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    9 breakfasts

    Dine at hand-picked restaurants and cafes in each of your destinations. 9 breakfasts are included on this trip.

    9 breakfasts; 9 lunches; 5 restaurant dinners
    restaurant
    9 lunches

    Dine at hand-picked restaurants and cafes in each of your destinations. 9 lunches are included on this trip.

    9 breakfasts; 9 lunches; 5 restaurant dinners
    restaurant
    5 dinners

    Dine at hand-picked restaurants and cafes in each of your destinations. 5 dinners are included on this trip.

    9 breakfasts; 9 lunches; 5 restaurant dinners

    Exclusions and options:

    • Other meals can be arranged at an affordable price
    • A professional tour director is available for medium to large groups
    • Flights to/from Perth can be arranged

    Other information:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Flexible group size (6 or more)
    • Tour director notes supplied for great organisation and more fun
    • Self-drive package available for couples
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    Other information:

    This tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants.

    Some substitution of activities might be required subject to travel date and/or day of week as not all activities operate seven days a week.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

     

    The South-West of WA is a hotspot for once-in-a-lifetime experiences, breathtaking scenery and quirky wildlife encounters. Soak up the sun on the white sandy beaches of Bremer Bay, marvel at the spectacular red outback in Kalgoorlie, and traverse the lush forests of the Pemberton region. These experiences and more await you on this fantastic 10-day adventure.

    "To Travel is to Live" - Hans Christian Andersen

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $2,339pp twin-share [+ $1,316 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

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    DAY 1
    PERTH - MANDURAH - BUNBURY (1 NIGHT)

    Situated on a peninsula, Bunbury is known as the City of Three Waters, making it an aquatic playground.

    Your hire car:

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    10 days car hire

    Embark on an epic self-guided adventure of Western Australia's south-west. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and discover everything this exciting region has to offer.

    About today:

    Bunbury street art

    Walk the painted streets of Bunbury

    Join us on an epic adventure of Western Australia’s southwest. Starting in Perth, our first destination is  Mandurah, where we will enjoy morning tea, a walk along the gorgeous Ocean Marina boardwalk, and a scenic dolphin cruise through the city’s calm, inland waterways.

    Just 50 minutes up the road lies the town of Bunbury. The perfect introduction to this city lies in its street art; walking through the city centre, we will discover a series of murals painted by renowned street artists. After our walk, we will settle down for lunch before learning about the city’s history at Bunbury Heritage Museum. Checking in to our accommodation in the afternoon, you have some free time to relax before rejoining the group for a delicious dinner.

    Classic rooms with lots of facilities for you to enjoy.
    Historically-styled rooms.
    hotel
    1 night accommodation in Bunbury

    The cosmopolitan city of Bunbury is the setting of many maritime legends and the northern gateway to Australia's South West. Spend 1 night in the heart of Bunbury and discover the highlights of this fantastic city.

    restaurant
    A delicious lunch is supplied today
    Enjoy lunch at one of our recommended restaurants and cafes.
    wine_bar
    Enjoy dinner this evening
    Served at a hand-picked restaurant. Dine on excellent local produce and enjoy friendly hospitality.

    Activities:

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    Scenic dolphin cruise

    Discover the unique marine world that Mandurah is so famous for on an interactive 1 hour cruise through the city’s calm, inland waterways.

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    DAY 2
    BUNBURY - WELLINGTON MILL - BUSSELTON - MARGARET RIVER (1 NIGHT)

    After a journey surrounded by premium wineries, extraordinary architecture and amazing vistas of undulating vineyards, it is the lush forest, the river and the surf breaks that add an extra dimension to Margaret River.

    About today:

    Visit the famous Gnomesville

    Visit the magical Gnomesville

    After a delicious breakfast, we will return to the road and head inland to Wellington State Forest where we will find the charming Gnomesville. Walk the stunning natural boardwalks and discovering a community of an estimated 10,000 Gnomes.

    After exploring the park, we will continue down the road to Busselton. After lunch, we’ll have the opportunity to explore the famous Busselton jetty with a train journey aboard the Stocker Preston Express followed by a tour of the Underwater Observatory.

    In the afternoon, we'll make our way to the gorgeous Margaret River region. After checking in to the accommodation, enjoy some free time before enjoying a delicious group dinner.

    A great base for exploring the area.
    Lots of room for all your needs.
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    1 night accommodation in Margaret River

    Blessed with mild weather and abundant sunshine, Margaret River has evolved from a chilled-out surfie town into a popular base for enjoying the region's fine flavours and spectacular scenery. Spend 1 night relaxing in style; your accommodation is perfectly located to provide easy access to the region's popular attractions.

    local_cafe
    Full breakfast provided
    Breakfast is provided either at the accommodation or a nearby cafes or restaurants.
    restaurant
    A delicious lunch is supplied today
    Enjoy lunch at one of our recommended restaurants and cafes.
    wine_bar
    Enjoy dinner this evening
    Served at a hand-picked restaurant. Dine on excellent local produce and enjoy friendly hospitality.

    Activities:

    local_activity
    Busselton Jetty & Underwater Observatory tour

    Explore one of only six underwater observatories in the world at the Busselton Jetty! Enjoy a relaxing train ride on the Stocker Preston Express along the length of the Busselton Jetty before descending 8-metres below the ocean’s surface where you will be lead through the natural wonders that create Australia’s greatest artificial reef, host to an awe-inspiring forest of vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates.

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    DAY 3
    MARGARET RIVER - HAMELIN BAY - DONNELLY - PEMBERTON (1 NIGHT)

    Nestled in a valley surrounded by the karri forests of the Gloucester National Park and the Pemberton Forest Park, Pemberton enjoys a cool climate with crystal clear streams, rich soils and friendly locals.

    About today:

    Karri Forest Pemberton

    Surround yourself with nature in Pemberton

    Wake up in gorgeous Margaret River; following breakfast, we will head down to the popular Margaret River Farmers Market to browse the fresh, fine produce of the region. Afterwards, we will drive to beautiful Hamelin Bay where we will explore the Margaret River Sculpture Park and have lunch.

    In the afternoon, we'll journey inland to cruise the tranquil waters of Donnelly River. Following the cruise, we'll make our way to the town of Pemberton. Surrounded by tall karri trees and lush forests, we will spend the night in this quiet town, enjoying its peaceful setting. Group dinner arrangements are optional but can be made upon request.

    Note: Entry into Margaret River Sculpture Park ($10 per person) is not included and requires to be paid at the park's entrance.

    Cozy cottages.
    Room for everyone.
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    1 night accommodation in Pemberton

    Spend 1 night amongst the great karri trees of Pemberton. Located in the shopping district and on a lake, your accommodation provides the perfect mixture of a relaxing setting with easy access to the region's highlights.

    local_cafe
    Full breakfast provided
    Breakfast is provided either at the accommodation or a nearby cafes or restaurants.
    restaurant
    A delicious lunch is supplied today
    Enjoy lunch at one of our recommended restaurants and cafes.

    Activities:

    local_activity
    Cruise the tranquil Donnelly River

    Relax with an afternoon cruise on this pristine river. With a casual but informative commentary, you will learn some of the history of the area and view its beautiful flora and native wildlife. After a stroll on the beach, cruise up with an afternoon cuppa and Pete’s “fantastic” muffins.

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    DAY 4
    PEMBERTON - WALPOLE - DENMARK (1 NIGHT)

    The jewel of southwest Western Australia’s Rainbow Coast, Denmark is fast-becoming a more laidback alternative to the hustle and bustle of Margaret River and Dunsborough.

    About today:

    Warren River Pemberton Tram

    Journet onwards to the quiet Denmark

    This morning you'll glide over trestle bridges that tower over the forests and gilded valleys and experience a much more rustic form of travel than you're used to aboard the Warren River Pemberton Tram. Following this relaxing experience, we will return to the road and set our sights on Walpole. Here, lunch and a treetop walk through the Valley of the Giants are on the agenda.

    Our main destination today is Denmark; with its rugged coastline and towering forests, Denmark offers visitors unforgettable scenery, quality wineries and plenty of activities. Along the way, we'll make a stop in at Denmark Dinosaur World. Marvel at Protoceratops, get up close and personal with the only T-Rex in Australia, and much more!

    In the late afternoon, check-in to your accommodation and enjoy a delicious group dinner.

    Note: Entry into Denmark Dinosaur World ($14 per person) is not included and requires to be paid at the venue.

    Facilities for everyone to enjoy.
    Quiet rooms to spend the night.
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    1 night accommodation in Denmark

    Denmark has natural attractions galore and a mild climate all year round making it the perfect destination for your south coast holiday - spend 1 night in this charming town and explore all its highlights.

    local_cafe
    Full breakfast provided
    Breakfast is provided either at the accommodation or a nearby cafes or restaurants.
    restaurant
    A delicious lunch is supplied today
    Enjoy lunch at one of our recommended restaurants and cafes.
    wine_bar
    Enjoy dinner this evening
    Served at a hand-picked restaurant. Dine on excellent local produce and enjoy friendly hospitality.

    Activities:

    local_activity
    Warren River Pemberton Tram journey

    See the karri forests, valleys, waterfalls, wildflowers and rivers of the Southern Forests area from a unique perspective - trundling along in a tram or steam train from a bygone age.

    local_activity
    Valley of the Giants treetop walk

    The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk is an internationally recognised nature-based tourism attraction, located in Australia’s South West, giving you a bird’s eye view of some of the biggest timber giants on Earth – Western Australia’s majestic tingle trees.

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    DAY 5
    DENMARK - ALBANY (1 NIGHT)

    The breathtaking beauty of Albany's rugged coastline creates a fitting backdrop to a dramatic whaling, convict and settler history and a sensational south coast adventure.

    About today:

    The Gap-Natural Bridge lookout, Albany

    Admire the spectacular Gap-Natural Bridge lookout

    After breakfast, enjoy some free time to relax and explore the town of Denmark before returning to the road and heading to Albany. Upon arrival we will visit the National Anzac Centre, an award-winning attraction which uses interactive technology and historical artefacts to create a deeply personal connection with the past, as well as pay tribute to those who served.

    In the afternoon, we will enjoy a local lunch before heading off to the spectacular Gap-Natural Bridge lookout. Take in the outstanding views of the Southern Ocean and the coast from Bald Head to West Cape Howe from the top of the 40m high coastal granites.

    Checking-in to your accommodation, the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy. Group dinner arrangements are optional but can be made upon request.

    Just a short walk from the beach.
    Modern rooms to enjoy.
    hotel
    1 night accommodation in Albany

    Spend 1 night in Albany, taking in its breathtakingly beautiful rugged coastline; a fitting backdrop to dramatic whaling, convict and settler history and a sensational south coast adventure. 

    local_cafe
    Full breakfast provided
    Breakfast is provided either at the accommodation or a nearby cafes or restaurants.
    restaurant
    A delicious lunch is supplied today
    Enjoy lunch at one of our recommended restaurants and cafes.

    Activities:

    local_activity
    Visit Albany's National Anzac Centre

    The National Anzac Centre is one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages. This award-winning attraction uses interactive technology and historical artefacts to create a deeply personal connection with the past, as well as pay tribute to those who served.

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    DAY 6
    ALBANY - BREMER BAY (1 NIGHT)

    Bremer Bay is a quiet little village on the southern edge of the Fitzgerald River National Park. It is essentially a sleepy holiday resort and angler's retreat.

    About today:

    Fitzgerald National Park

    Explore the unforgettable Fitzgerald River National Park

    Enjoy breakfast with a view at Emu Point before visiting Albany’s Historic Whaling Station; explore the world’s only complete whaling station and experience a fascinating insight into Albany’s colourful past.

    Our next destination is Bremer Bay, a quiet little village on the southern edge of the Fitzgerald River National Park. Enjoy a hearty lunch and browse historic artifacts at Wellstead Museum before heading off to the spectacular Fitzgerald National Park. Embark on the 1.5k Point Ann Heritage Trail loop, or simply relax and take in the scenery of the white sandy beaches and lush forests.

    Returning to Bremer Bay in the late afternoon, check in to the accommodation and enjoy the rest of your evening at leisure. Group dinner arrangements are optional but can be made upon request.

    A relaxing property set amongst nature.
    Comfortable rooms to enjoy.
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    1 night accommodation in Bremer Bay

    Located at the mouth of the Bremer River, Bremer Bay is a coastal slice of paradise. Watch one of the greatest shows on Earth as southern right whales come close to shore to calve in the winter, and marvel at a flora diversity hotspot. Located near the beach, you'll be waking up to the gorgeous scenery of nearby Fitzgerald River National Park and Doubtful Islands Nature Reserve.

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    A delicious lunch is supplied today
    Enjoy lunch at one of our recommended restaurants and cafes.

    Activities:

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    Explore Albany's Historic Whaling Station

    Spend a day exploring the world’s only complete whaling station and experience a fascinating insight into Albany’s colourful past. Follow informative trails to learn the stories of Australia’s whaling industry.

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    DAY 7
    BREMER BAY - HOPETOUN - ESPERANCE (1 NIGHT)

    Remote and utterly remarkable, the town of Esperance has a coastline that would rival any in the world.

    About today:

    Esperance Stonehenge

    Visit Australia's full-sized replica of Stonehenge

    Waking up bright and early, we will grab breakfast and hit the road. Our main destination: Esperance. Along the way, we will stop in the coastal town Hopetoun to stretch our legs on the beach and have lunch.  

    Before arriving in the city of Esperance, we will make another detour to visit the only full-size replica of the original Stonehenge, Esperance Stonehenge. Walk the grassy fields and marvel at the 137 stones of Esperance Pink Granite.

    Finally arriving in Esperance, check-in to the accommodation and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring at your own pace. Reunite for a delicious group dinner in the evening.

    Note: Entry into Esperance Stonehenge ($10 per person) is not included and requires to be paid at the attraction.

    Relax with the property's outdoor pool.
    Spacious rooms to enjoy.
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    1 night accommodation in Esperance

    A beach and nature-lover's dream, Esperance is blessed with squeaky-clean white sand, turquoise waters, untouched islands and colour-filled wildflower country. Your accommodation is located near the beach and by the shopping district, making it the perfect base to enjoy your holiday from.

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    Full breakfast provided
    Breakfast is provided either at the accommodation or a nearby cafes or restaurants.
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    A delicious lunch is supplied today
    Enjoy lunch at one of our recommended restaurants and cafes.
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    Enjoy dinner this evening
    Served at a hand-picked restaurant. Dine on excellent local produce and enjoy friendly hospitality.
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    DAY 8
    ESPERANCE - NORSEMAN - KALGOORLIE

    The biggest city in the Australian outback, Kalgoorlie is a vibrant mix of gold rush history, grand colonial buildings and immense mining operations, surrounded by some of the most dazzling spring wildflowers and eerie gold-rush ghost towns.

    About today:

    Kalgoorlie's famous Super Pit

    Marvel at the spectacular Super Pit

    After a delicious breakfast, we will begin the journey to Australia's largest outback city, Kalgoorlie. We will make a half-way detour to the town of Norseman where we will enjoy lunch and stretch our legs.

    Arriving in Kalgoorlie in the early afternoon, we will make our way to the Museum of the Goldfields; explore the largest display of the State’s collection of gold bars and nuggets, step back in time to see how prospectors searched for this precious metal, and learn about the life and hardships faced by mining families during the early 1900s.

    After checking-in to the accommodation, watch the sunset from the Super Pit lookout before enjoying a hearty dinner as a group.

    A range of facilities to enjoy.
    Lovely rooms
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    1 night accommodation in Kalgoorlie

    Spend 1 night in famous Kalgoorlie, renowned for it's gold rush history and immense mining operations. Located in the city centre, your accommodation is the perfect base for exploring all of the city's highlights.

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    Full breakfast provided
    Breakfast is provided either at the accommodation or a nearby cafes or restaurants.
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    A delicious lunch is supplied today
    Enjoy lunch at one of our recommended restaurants and cafes.
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    Enjoy dinner this evening
    Served at a hand-picked restaurant. Dine on excellent local produce and enjoy friendly hospitality.
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    DAY 9
    KALGOORLIE - MERREDIN - CUNDERDIN - MECKERING - NORTHAM (1 NIGHT)

    Located in the heart of the picturesque Avon Valley, Northam is home to a diverse range of tourist and heritage attractions, including hot air ballooning, cultural experiences, wildflowers, tours & trails, historic buildings, horse racing, white swans, and much more.

    About today:

    Enjoy the scenic drive

    A full-day of sightseeing ahead

    Enjoy a delicious local breakfast in Kalgoorlie before hitting the road and beginning the journey back to Perth. Our first destination is Merredin, the largest regional grain centre in the Eastern Wheatbelt. Upon arrival, we will visit the Merredin Military Museum before continuing an hour down the road to Cunderdin for lunch.

    Our next attraction is in nearby Meckering; the Meckering Big Camera Museum is the only museum of photography open to the public anywhere in Western Australia with displays of over 1,000 items including cameras, projectors and processing equiptment. Don't forget to snap a picture infront of it's large camera exterior!

    Northam is our final destination for today. Check-in to the accommodation and spend the rest of the day relaxing after your long journey. Group dinner arrangements are optional but can be made upon request.

    Note: Entry into Merredin Military Museum ($10 per person) is not included and requires to be paid at the venue.

    Gorgeous views of the surrounding area
    Stylish rooms to enjoy.
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    1 night accommodation in Northam

    Located in the heart of the picturesque Avon Valley, Northam is home to a diverse range of tourist and heritage attractions. Located just outside of the city centre, your accommodation provides you with a tranquil setting while preserving easy access to the town's best attractions.

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    Breakfast is provided either at the accommodation or a nearby cafes or restaurants.
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    A delicious lunch is supplied today
    Enjoy lunch at one of our recommended restaurants and cafes.

    Activities:

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    Visit Meckering Big Camera Museum

    Visit Meckering's famous Big Camera Museum - the only museum of photography open to the public anywhere in Western Australia with displays of over 1,000 items including cameras, projectors and processing equiptment.

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    DAY 10
    NORTHAM - PERTH

    About today:

    A fantastic journey with friends

    The last day of your unforgettable journey

    Today marks the final day of your South-West journey. After enjoying breakfast, soak up last-minute experiences in Northam with a Historical Buildings Bus Tour before driving back to Perth.

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    Activities:

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    Northam Historical Buildings bus tour

    Come and join experienced and knowledegable local guides on a bus tour to discover Northam's diverse, natural and cultural history.

    Accommodation

     

    All accommodation is carefully selected to meet the high standards defined by our accreditation system. Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.

    Sapphire Self-guided

    A marvellous, self-guided car trip for independent travellers!

    This suits singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money. You drive and follow the great itinerary we organise for you to make the absolute most of your holiday.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $2,339pp twin-share [+ $1,316 GCash credits]

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

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    Accommodation standards applied:

    Bunbury

    Classic rooms with lots of facilities for you to enjoy.

    Historically-styled rooms.

    The cosmopolitan city of Bunbury is the setting of many maritime legends and the northern gateway to Australia's South West. Spend 1 night in the heart of Bunbury and discover the highlights of this fantastic city.

    Example Property Type:
    Lodge
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.4 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Margaret River

    A great base for exploring the area.

    Lots of room for all your needs.

    Blessed with mild weather and abundant sunshine, Margaret River has evolved from a chilled-out surfie town into a popular base for enjoying the region's fine flavours and spectacular scenery. Spend 1 night relaxing in style; your accommodation is perfectly located to provide easy access to the region's popular attractions.

    Example Property Type:
    Resort
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.3 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Pemberton

    Cozy cottages.

    Room for everyone.

    Spend 1 night amongst the great karri trees of Pemberton. Located in the shopping district and on a lake, your accommodation provides the perfect mixture of a relaxing setting with easy access to the region's highlights.

    Example Property Type:
    Resort & Tourist Park
    Minimum Standard:
    Bronze standard

    About this

    Bronze standard: Self/externally rated as 3 to 4 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 50 to 70% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very good quality, clean and comfortable standard of accommodation including quality double or queen sized bedding, comfortable room decor, good range of facilities. Might or might not offer views from some rooms. The hotel is in a safe, central location or is in a good area within a short driving (bus or train) distance of the centre, and offers quality design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.4 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Cabin

    Denmark

    Facilities for everyone to enjoy.

    Quiet rooms to spend the night.

    Denmark has natural attractions galore and a mild climate all year round making it the perfect destination for your south coast holiday - spend 1 night in this charming town and explore all its highlights.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Bronze standard

    About this

    Bronze standard: Self/externally rated as 3 to 4 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 50 to 70% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very good quality, clean and comfortable standard of accommodation including quality double or queen sized bedding, comfortable room decor, good range of facilities. Might or might not offer views from some rooms. The hotel is in a safe, central location or is in a good area within a short driving (bus or train) distance of the centre, and offers quality design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.3 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Albany

    Just a short walk from the beach.

    Modern rooms to enjoy.

    Spend 1 night in Albany, taking in its breathtakingly beautiful rugged coastline; a fitting backdrop to dramatic whaling, convict and settler history and a sensational south coast adventure. 

    Example Property Type:
    Motel & Apartments Complex
    Minimum Standard:
    Bronze standard

    About this

    Bronze standard: Self/externally rated as 3 to 4 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 50 to 70% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very good quality, clean and comfortable standard of accommodation including quality double or queen sized bedding, comfortable room decor, good range of facilities. Might or might not offer views from some rooms. The hotel is in a safe, central location or is in a good area within a short driving (bus or train) distance of the centre, and offers quality design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.3 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Motel suite

    Bremer Bay

    A relaxing property set amongst nature.

    Comfortable rooms to enjoy.

    Located at the mouth of the Bremer River, Bremer Bay is a coastal slice of paradise. Watch one of the greatest shows on Earth as southern right whales come close to shore to calve in the winter, and marvel at a flora diversity hotspot. Located near the beach, you'll be waking up to the gorgeous scenery of nearby Fitzgerald River National Park and Doubtful Islands Nature Reserve.

    Example Property Type:
    Motel
    Minimum Standard:
    Bronze standard

    About this

    Bronze standard: Self/externally rated as 3 to 4 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 50 to 70% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very good quality, clean and comfortable standard of accommodation including quality double or queen sized bedding, comfortable room decor, good range of facilities. Might or might not offer views from some rooms. The hotel is in a safe, central location or is in a good area within a short driving (bus or train) distance of the centre, and offers quality design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.2 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Motel suite

    Esperance

    Relax with the property's outdoor pool.

    Spacious rooms to enjoy.

    A beach and nature-lover's dream, Esperance is blessed with squeaky-clean white sand, turquoise waters, untouched islands and colour-filled wildflower country. Your accommodation is located near the beach and by the shopping district, making it the perfect base to enjoy your holiday from.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Bronze standard

    About this

    Bronze standard: Self/externally rated as 3 to 4 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 50 to 70% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. Very good quality, clean and comfortable standard of accommodation including quality double or queen sized bedding, comfortable room decor, good range of facilities. Might or might not offer views from some rooms. The hotel is in a safe, central location or is in a good area within a short driving (bus or train) distance of the centre, and offers quality design. Is very good to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.2 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Kalgoorlie

    A range of facilities to enjoy.

    Lovely rooms

    Spend 1 night in famous Kalgoorlie, renowned for it's gold rush history and immense mining operations. Located in the city centre, your accommodation is the perfect base for exploring all of the city's highlights.

    Example Property Type:
    Hotel
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.3 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Hotel room

    Northam

    Gorgeous views of the surrounding area

    Stylish rooms to enjoy.

    Located in the heart of the picturesque Avon Valley, Northam is home to a diverse range of tourist and heritage attractions. Located just outside of the city centre, your accommodation provides you with a tranquil setting while preserving easy access to the town's best attractions.

    Example Property Type:
    Guest House
    Minimum Standard:
    Silver standard

    About this

    Silver standard: Self/externally rated as 3.5 to 4.5 stars. Average guest rating 4.0 or higher with 70 to 80% 4 to 5-star recent reviews. High to very high standard of accommodation including quality king or queen-sized bedding, quality room decor, views from some or most rooms where available, very good range and quality of facilities. Praise for staff or host(s) is mentioned in some reviews. The hotel is in a safe, central location, near to the main places of interest and offers above-average design. Is very good, to exceptional value for money.

    About Hotel Standards

    Typical Guest Rating:
    4.7 out of 5
    Example Room Type:
    Studio

    Carefully selected accommodation:

    Hotel Standards

    Read about our accommodation rating standards and the methods used to assess quality.


    Shown above are examples of the type and quality of accommodation to be supplied. When ready to proceed, we will confirm available accommodation at that time including any examples given here where possible. Any changes to accommodation will be approved by you prior to bookings being placed. Actual accommodation might need to be changed subject to availability and with the aim of working within the package price.

    FAQ's for This Package

    Flights are not included in this package. If required, we'll happily price flights for you to suit your requirements along with transfers to and from the airport once the number of travelers is known. If you have accumulated Australian Escapes Free Flights vouchers, these can be used to reduce the overall price (limits will apply).

    All of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we'll go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied in all overnight destinations. It will be hotel style rated Bronze Standard or above. This means high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and high quality.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) Many will show "Join a departure" dates to suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for your group size as pricing is often affected by the number of people.

    When you arrive at each destination on your trip your tour director will show you around and point out places of interest. A professional tour director is provided and recommended for exclusive charters of 20 or more people. A group trip organiser may also fill this role.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) "Join departure" tour types are tours where you can join a tour group leaving on various departure dates. This suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for an exclusive charter to suit your group.

    See a list of standard inclusions on the package details page. Some packages have two or three different package classes with different inclusions. Select the optional package class to see included activities. Optional activities are shown separately. Your travel consultant will discuss optional activities with you so you can decide what to include or leave out of your itinerary. You can also swap and change activities. A price variance might apply.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van depending on group size. It means that you drive yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a professional driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required. A "fully-guided" bus tour is operated by a driver-guide or tour director. There are usually preset departures that you can join. Fully-guided tours can also be arranged exclusively for a group and this is called a "group charter".

    We will recommend accommodation to meet your preferences. All accommodation is selected using our exclusive hotel rating system. You can then change the accommodation if prferred. Often you will also have a choice of accommodation types at the recommended accommodation properties. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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    FAQ: Tour package types and flexibility

    What is a "Self-guided" tour?

    This means you are in full control of your trip including driving. You will have a rental car (uncluded in the package) to get you around. The vehicle size varies according to preference and/or group size. Self-guided is aimed at singles, couples and groups of up to 8 people.

    Our job is to organise most things for you in advance saving you a lot of time, stress and money. You'll receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide to fill in the gaps. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and to do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Group-guided" tour?

    Group-guided is aimed at groups of 12 or more people. "Group-guided" means you or another person runs the tour as would a tour director. A tour coach and professional driver is supplied.

    The included "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" helps you run the tour, plus you receive a FREE Lonely Planet guide. Included is a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information as a well as a driver itinerary.

    We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Fully-guided" tour?

    Fully-guided tours are aimed at larger groups on a charter basis, the same as "Group-guided", except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport is a tour coach and professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously. A fully-guided tour means everyone can relax including the trip organiser.

    What is a "Join departure" tour?

    You join a fully-guided tour that starts on an available departure date. Small and large groups can join a departure, however the tour is focused on the interests of the broader group. You can appoint a leader specifically for your group if preferred to focus on separate interests.

    The tour is run by a professional tour director. Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a 54-seat luxury coach with professional driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance and there is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

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