Western Wonderland

Western Wonderland

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Western Wonderland

15 Days Starting and ending in Perth, Western Australia

Visiting: Perth, Kings Park, Wave Rock, Hippo’s Yawn, Kalgoorlie, Super Pit, Hannans North Mine, Cape Le Grand National Park, Thistle Cove, Lucky Bay, Fitzgerald River National Park, Stirling Range National Park, Bluff Knoll Lookout, Albany, Torndirrup National Park, Valley of the Giants Road, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Margaret River wine region, Margaret River, Vasse Virgin, Busselton, Fremantle, Rottnest Island, Yanchep National Park, Nambung National Park, Geraldton, Shark Bay, Monkey Mia, Shell Beach, Hamelin Pool, Kalbarri National Park, Murchison River Gorge, Hawks Head Lookout, Hutt Lagoon

Tour operator:

AAT Kings

Tour code:

WEMP24

Physical rating:

Low level of fitness required.

Activities:

Sightseeing

From: $6165 $5374 Operator discount: -$616 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$175 -13%

NB: Prices correct on 22-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

You could spend months exploring Western Australia on tours from Perth and just scratch the surface. In the right company (wink wink), you can still see a lot in two weeks. Think limestone Pinnacles tours, pink lakes, powdery white beaches, friendly dolphins on Monkey Mia tours and quokkas on Rottnest Island tours, world-class wineries on Margaret River tours, record-breaking national parks. Phew!

Highlights

  • Flexible Vacations: We’ve curated optional experiences to reveal Albany. Or find your own adventure in this historic WA town.

  • Iconic Sites: Nature humbles at Wave Rock and the Pinnacles, kangaroos sleep on beaches in Esperance, and ocean awaits along Busselton’s jetty.

  • Time For You: It’s hard not to smile when you spot a quokka on Rottnest. Explore the island’s powdery beaches and turquoise waters at your own pace.

  • Sustainable Travel: The Aboriginal connection to Yanchep National Park is strong, your enlightening visit supporting custodians of the land.

  • Natural Wonders: Crossing the Nullarbor is a rite of passage, your commute through Australia’s desert all rusty reds as far as you can see. Mesmerising is an understatement.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Perth

Location: Perth, Kings Park

Accommodation Name: Rendezvous Studio Hotel Perth Central

Perth may be the West Australian capital, but it’s home to a remarkable amount of green space. Spend your day here exploring inner-city Kings Park, perhaps, to witness more than 3,000 floral species in the Botanic Gardens, overlooking the Swan River. It’s hard to believe how far you’ve come already – and what’s yet to come. Get the low-down with your Travel Director over dinner.

Day 2 : Perth - Wave Rock

Location: Wave Rock, Hippo’s Yawn

Accommodation Name: Wave Rock Motel, Hyden

Wave Rock deserves its name – the cliff resembles an enormous surf wave above the bush. The rainbow-hued granite swell is a short walk from another imaginatively named rock formation: Hippo’s Yawn. You can climb through the ‘neck’ to grab a happy snap. Wave Rock locals are a friendly bunch, passionate about the place they call home. But don’t take our word for it. Meet Sheenagh, who will show you her farm and talk life on the land. Which can be harsh, but also healing, in a way unique to the Aussie outback. Feed her cattle and glimpse her collection of vintage cars.

Day 3 : Wave Rock - Kalgoorlie

Location: Kalgoorlie, Super Pit, Hannans North Mine

Accommodation Name: Rydges Kalgoorlie

Get your bearings on a Kalgoorlie town tour, with vistas over the staggering ‘Super Pit’ open-cut gold mine. Today’s outings continue to gleam as you visit Hannans North Mine; nothing puts life into perspective like standing next to enormous U-Haul trucks and loaders.

Day 4 : Kalgoorlie - Esperance

Location: Cape Le Grand National Park, Thistle Cove, Lucky Bay

Accommodation Name: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles

More than 31,000 hectares of sweeping heathlands, rugged coastal peaks and white sandy beaches… it’s no wonder Cape Le Grand National Park is voted among the most alluring of its kind in Australia. Just when you thought WA couldn’t get any prettier, you arrive at Thistle Cove – sun, sand, sea and sculpted rock formations that ‘whistle’ with the sounds of the wind and waves – and Lucky Bay, a postcard-worthy cove where kangaroos sunbake on the sand.

Day 5 : Esperance - Albany

Location: Fitzgerald River National Park, Stirling Range National Park, Bluff Knoll Lookout

Accommodation Name: The Dog Rock Motel

Today’s journey takes you through Fitzgerald River National Park, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, then Stirling Range National Park, blanketed with 1,500 species of wildflowers, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Enjoy perspective from the Bluff Knoll Lookout, one of WA’s highest peaks.

Day 6 : Albany Free Time

Location: Albany, Torndirrup National Park

Accommodation Name: The Dog Rock Motel

Nature, history, food and wine… there’s not much that Albany can’t do. The hardest thing you have to decide is which direction to wander. Perhaps opt for a tour to the last port of call for ANZAC troopships departing Australia in WWI. Maybe explore Torndirrup National Park, where steep cliffs give way to dramatic rock formations and whales are a common sight. Or get a taste for the region on a culinary excursion. The choice is yours.

Day 7 : Albany - Margaret River

Location: Valley of the Giants Road, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Margaret River wine region

Accommodation Name: Stay Margaret River

Suspended 40 metres above the forest floor, the Tree Top Walk gives you a bird’s-eye view of the soaring tingle trees that stand large through the Valley of the Giants. More lofty attractions await at the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, the tallest of its kind in Australia, set at the tip of a peninsula where the Indian and Southern oceans meet. Standing here, the wind in your hair, you’ll feel like you’re on the edge of the Earth. Being amid nature makes you thirsty. It’s a good thing the Margaret River wine region is on the horizon.

Day 8 : Margaret River

Location: Margaret River, Vasse Virgin

Accommodation Name: Stay Margaret River

The Margaret River’s 200 vineyards produce 25 per cent of Australia’s premium wines. And then there are the gourmet purveyors in between… you’re in for a tasty day. Vasse Virgin makes olive oil that’s sweet enough to drink. We recommend you savour it with bread, however, while learning how it’s made and browsing other products it’s used in – like delicately scented soaps. Lunch is leisurely, at a vineyard with plenty of time to sip and savour local drops, many of chich take home global awards. If you still have room for dinner, ask us for recommendations.

Day 9 : Margaret River - Fremantle

Location: Margaret River, Busselton, Fremantle

Accommodation Name: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges

The Margaret River is one of the only wine regions in the world where grapes are grown just metres from the sand. The coastal backdrop follows you all the way to Busselton, home to the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Tip your cap to those who built this 1.8-kilometre structure out into Geographe Bay. The afternoon is all yours in Freo. Hot tip: The city’s markets feature 150 stalls under one roof, and there are hip new lifestyle precincts to while away the evening in.

Day 10 : Fremantle Free Time

Location: Fremantle, Rottnest Island

Accommodation Name: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges

Sometimes, the most memorable travel days are those where you lose yourself wandering the foreshore, lingering over lunch or a cool ale. We highly recommend you spend this day of leisure doing just that (Freo’s Little Creatures Brewery is legendary). Of course, having a local show you around also has its benefits, with a Fremantle tour revealing those hidden haunts most visitors pass right on by. If you’re catching the ferry for a Rottnest Island tour, make sure you have your phone ready to capture selfies with the island’s smiley quokkas, not to mention the blindingly turquoise water.

Day 11 : Fremantle - Geraldton

Location: Yanchep National Park, Nambung National Park, Geraldton

Accommodation Name: Mantra Geraldton

Yanchep National Park is staggeringly beautiful. It’s also incredibly spiritual, as you’ll discover on an Aboriginal cultural experience revealing First Nations history through Dreamtime stories and didgeridoo sessions. It’s a hands-on experience – don’t worry if you can’t make the didg hum; there are traditional tools to play with. We’ve left some of the best to last: entering Nambung National Park you’re greeted by an ethereal moonscape. Your Pinnacles tour meanders around this collection of head-scratching limestone formations. This afternoon, Geraldton’s moving HMAS Sydney Memorial beckons.

Day 12 : Geraldton - Monkey Mia

Location: Shark Bay, Monkey Mia

Accommodation Name: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

The colours of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shark Bay are so vivid, you’ll think they’re painted on, a patchwork of blues fading into powdery sand so white you’ll need your sunglasses. This is what awaits in Monkey Mia. We wouldn’t blame you wandering barefoot along the beach, ordering sundowners as the day disappears in a blaze of glory. Other than a cruise to spot all sea creatures great and small, perhaps the best way to gain perspective of the vast coastline is on an optional scenic flight over Shark Bay Marine Park.

Day 13 : Monkey Mia - Kalbarri

Location: Monkey Mia, Shell Beach, Hamelin Pool, Kalbarri National Park, Murchison River Gorge, Hawks Head Lookout

Accommodation Name: Kalbarri Edge Resort

Bring your stamina – today’s adventures begin early. But if there’s anything worth getting out of bed for, it’s Monkey Mia’s wild dolphins, which swim close to shore to greet visitors every morning. Keep your sunnies handy at Shell Beach, a powder-white cove formed from billions of coquina bivalve shells up to 10 metres deep, and Hamelin Pool, the world’s best-known colony of stromatolites. Believe it or not, these rock-like formations are alive. Arriving at Kalbarri National Park you’ll take in the Murchison River Gorge from the Hawks Head Lookour. If you’re here during wildflower season, expect acacia, banksia and caladenia in full bloom.

Day 14 : Kalbarri - Perth

Location: Hutt Lagoon, Perth

Accommodation Name: Travelodge Perth

Just when you thought WA couldn’t get any more colourful, Hutt Lagoon appears on the horizon – just one of the state’s bubblegum pink lakes. Arriving back in Perth you have a Farewell Dinner to swap contact details with your new friends and reminisce about the last two weeks.

Day 15 : Farewell From Perth

Location: Perth

Accommodation Name: Travelodge Perth

Bid farewell to your fellow travellers when your trip concludes after breakfast.

What's Included

  • Specialist team

    Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide

  • Local Specialists

    Local Specialists (Guides)

  • Premium hotels

    Centrally located premium hotels

  • Dining

    15 Full Breakfasts, 1 Lunch, 9 Dinners, 1 Farewell Dinner

  • Flight Information

    Day 1: Flights to arrive prior to 12 noon into Perth Airport

Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort. The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes: Historical charm meets modern chic at the newly opened Holiday Inn West Perth. Conveniently located along Hay Street, this hotel provides easy access to shopping and dining options in the heart of West Perth and Subiaco.

Check out our Q&As

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a holiday with us is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    It is important to adhere to departure times while on tour for the comfort of everyone on-board, and to make sure no one misses out on the planned experiences. The coach will not be able to wait for you, and in some instances, if you miss a departure time you will need to make your own way to the next destination to re-join the tour.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    AAT Kings operated Guided Holidays have competitive single supplement rates available if you prefer to confirm your own room. Or we can match you to share with a guest of the same gender at no extra cost. If we fail to match you, we will accommodate you in a single room at no extra cost.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Over 100 years

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    We will email your documents to you approximately four weeks before your departure date provided you have completed your pre trip registration using the My Travel Portal. If you’ve booked through a travel agent, your documents will be emailed directly to your agent.

Reviews of this operator

Ann Purcell  

Well worth the money

24-Feb-2023

Absolutely wonderful trip. Tastes of southern Australia. Hotels were good quality. Sightseeing was amazing. Manuela our travel director was lovely. A great trip all round

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Lynda Whittingham  

Particularly loved QUEENSTOWN (jet boat) and plane ride over Mt Cook

18-Feb-2023

Great guide “Dexter” who was pleasant and knowledgeable, skilled and pleasant driver, Aaron, interesting activities, and comfortable hotels in good locations. I have been on organized bus trips in different countries and this company stands out. I would travel with them again. Read less

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Trusted Customer  

Milford Sound , West Coast , Queenstown, Christchurch

22-Feb-2023

The most professional tour group i have ever travelled with. Both tour director (Hope) & driver (Dave) had extensive knowledge of NZ. Highly recommended.

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Keith Jones  

Christchurch, Milford Sound and the Franz Joseph Railway journey

02-Mar-2023

Very professional service throughout. Friendly experienced tour guide imparting excellent knowledge and local anecdotes. Friendly professional driver enhanced the overall pleasure. Excellent hotels throughout the holiday.

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Allison Cooper  

Wonderful experience, highlight had to be Uluru so spiritual and beautiful

22-Feb-2023

Very professional. Excellent travel director very knowledgeable and a lovely guy. Amazing experience seeing do many great places.

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