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Highlights of Western and Southern Australia

Discover the beaches, wine regions and the great outdoors of Western Australia

15 days

from £5,750pp (excluding flights)

Often less visited than other parts of Australia due to its distance from the bustling cities of Sydney and Melbourne and other more classic sites, Western Australia is full of surprises and well worth exploring as a holiday destination in its own right.

  • Arrive into Perth, reducing international flying time by 4 hours enabling you to adjust more quickly to the jet lag
  • Explore the beautiful wine region of Margaret River with its exceptional wine and food experiences
  • Visit Ningaloo Reef, the longest fringing reef in the world and whale breeding sanctuary
  • Tour with a Master of Wine in the Barossa Valley and gain access to areas not usually open to the public
  • Visit Flinders Range, one of the oldest land formations on Earth

This fantastic holiday idea showcases the best of Western Australia making it an excellent second trip to Australia.

The trip begins in Perth with the opportunity to see historical Fremantle and the beautiful nearby beaches. Perth is also the gateway to Margaret River, perhaps Australia’s most beautiful and varied wine region. Margaret River not only offers exceptional wine and food experiences it offers a combination of rugged, beautiful coastline, surf beaches, small towns with interesting galleries and cafés, magnificent natural forests, vast limestone caves and pretty farming country. It is a wonderful opportunity to combine nature and wine plus it contrasts greatly with the Barossa (a more settled inland wine region with a European hint of history).

The journey then continues to Ningaloo Reef. Located in the northwest of Australia, this coastal area provides visitors with a pristine environment within Cape Range National Park and Ningaloo Marine Park. This is off the beaten track Australia and activities range from snorkelling, kayaking, nature walks, fishing, spotting humpback whales, sea turtles, manta rays, dolphins, donjons and 500 species of fish. Accommodation at Sal Salis is in tents that complement the environment. You will eat well, drink well and sleep well. A nature lover's paradise.

Continue the drive to the Barossa Valley, one hour from Adelaide. This region has a strong European influence colonised by Germans, Italians and Eastern Europeans that have brought their love and passion for food and wine to the region.

The trip ends with a stay at Arkaba Station in Flinders Ranges, Australia’s outback and one of the oldest land formations on Earth. Ancient mountain ranges and gorges are explored on foot or 4WD. Abundant with wildlife, you can expect regular sightings of Kangaroo, Wallabies, to name a few. Arkaba is an exclusive outback experience, there are only 5 rooms on the estate. Only a privileged few will have 60,000 acres of private conservancy area to explore.

 

For a more detailed itinerary with great ideas on what to do and where to stay, please get in touch with our experts.

Price Excluding Flights £Flight cost from 
£ 5750 £ 765
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what is included

  • All accommodation and meals as stated in the itinerary
  • Voyage gratuities
  • All transfers

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Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Singapore

Day 2

Fly Singapore to Perth


You will be staying at Terrace Hotel Perth, Bed & Breakfast

Day 3

A day exploring Perth
Get to know Perth with local guide Sergio Libertino commencing with a walk at Kings Park where spectacular views reveal the city skyline, the hills and the Swan River. Visit the key precincts of the city from cosmopolitan Northbridge with its many restaurants & night-spots to exclusive Kings Street lined with high fashion shops and cafes. As you go Sergio will point out various landmarks including WA's Parliament House, the Perth Mint, the WA museum and His Majesty's Theatre.


Discover Fremantle
Leave Perth city behind and drive along the scenic Swan River through the exclusive areas of Dalkeith Nedlands, Claremont and Peppermint Grove to world famous Cottesloe Beach. Following the coast south you will reach the historic port of Fremantle, a lively and cosmopolitan area filled with Victorian buildings cafes and restaurants. Home of the popular Fremantle market (open Friday, Saturday and Sunday only) and Fremantle prison, one of the best example of the British convict establishment in the world.

Fremantle is a major Australian port city in Western Australia, located at the mouth of the Swan River. The city contains well-preserved 19th century buildings and a number of other heritage features including The Round House, the oldest remaining intact building in Western Australia, built between 1830 and 1831.


You will be staying at Terrace Hotel Perth, Bed & Breakfast

Day 4


Car Hire

Drive from Perth to Margaret River (Road Journey)


A drive of approximately 3 hours.


Margaret River Discovery
Escorted by a local expert guide, your day begins with a paddle along the still waters of the Margaret River. Spot the magnificent Baudins Cockatoos in the towering eucalyptus trees before making your way to a local waterfall to reveal Marron and freshwater mussels and absorb the Aboriginal significance of the region. The gourmet lunch of regional produce is served in the barrel room at the region's emerging superstar winery, Fraser Gallop Estate. Australian Winemaker of the Year, Clive Otto, is likely to drop by and tell us about their upcoming vintage. Finish the day with some 4WD action into the bush to discover the remote Willyabrup Cliffs and a short, guided walk on the famous Cape to Cape Track. High above the ocean, your efforts are often rewarded with views of breaching whales, dolphins and wild flowers depending on the time of year.


You will be staying at Cape Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 5

Things to do at Margaret River
There are a number of activities to do during your day of leisure, including a tour of local vineyards with local guide, Nola Gaebler, allowing access to vineyards and local winemakers that are closed to the public. For keen fishermen, go flyfishing on the Blackwood River or spend a day walking a section of the coast in the Cape Leuuwin National Park and take a picnic lunch.


You will be staying at Cape Lodge, Bed & Breakfast

Day 6

Drive from Margaret River to Perth (Road Journey)


A drive of approximately 3 hours.

Fly Perth to Learmonth


Car Hire


Ningaloo Reef is the longest western fringing coral reef and one of the last healthy major coral reef systems in the world. Its profound biodiversity includes 500 fish species, 300 coral species, 600 mollusc species and many other marine invertebrates. At certain times of the year Ningaloo is home to Whale Sharks, the world's largest fish and Humpback whales migrate through the area twice annually. Endangered and vulnerable marine creatures including dugongs, loggerhead, green and hawksbill turtles depend on the reef and coastal ecosystems for food, refuge, breeding and nesting. Manta rays and populations of large game fish including sailfish and marlin abound in the reef's waters. Sea birds and migratory waders, use the coast, wetlands and reef waters as resting, feeding and breeding sites.


You will be staying at Sal Salis, All inclusive

Day 7

Snorkelling on the Ningaloo Reef
Enjoy a full day snorkelling on the reef, seeing some of the most spectacular marine life.


You will be staying at Sal Salis, All inclusive

Day 8

Discover the surrounding area
Spend a day walking in the Ranges, or along the deserted and pristine beach. See a wide range of flora and fauna that can be pointed out to you by a local guide.


You will be staying at Sal Salis, All inclusive

Day 9


Car Hire


Drive to Learmonth, drop hire car and board flight to Learmonth.

Fly Learmonth to Perth

Fly Perth to Adelaide


Pick up hire car at airport and drive to hotel.


Car Hire

Duration of hire: 6 days
Type of vehicle: Car


You will be staying at The Sebel Playford Adelaide, Bed & Breakfast

Day 10

Drive to Barossa.


Car Hire


The Barossa Valley is a renowned wine-producing region northeast of Adelaide, in South Australia. The area encompasses towns such as Tanunda, Angaston and Nuriootpa, and an array of high-profile wineries offering tours and cellar-door tastings. Shiraz grapes are the local speciality. The stone cottages and Lutheran churches throughout the region are testament to a 19th-century wave of German settlers.


You will be staying at The Louise, Bed & Breakfast

Day 11

A full day Barossa experience
Begin your full day Barossa experience in the winemaker's laboratory at Penfolds - try your hand at making your own blend of Grenache, Shiraz, and Mourvedre. Continue on to the top of Mengler's Hill to gain a stunning panoramic view of the surrounding countryside and vineyards of Barossa Valley and the greater Barossa wine region. From here visit Angaston to join your wine guide for casual lunch at a local cafe. If you wish you can also visit Barossa Valley Cheese Company - the makers of many award winning cow and goats' milk cheeses. Later visit the premium winery of Turkey Flat, where you can sample the traditionally made wines and compare their own blend to Turkey Flat's Grenache, Shiraz, and Mourvedre. To complete the day you will visit the boutique producers of Torbreck Vintners -artisans of exceptional Barossa wines. This private tour can be tailored.


You will be staying at The Louise, Bed & Breakfast

Day 12

Drive from Barossa to Flinders Ranges.


Car Hire


You will be staying at Arkaba Station, All inclusive

Day 13

Day Exploring the Flinders Ranges
During your stay learn about the activities of an old outback station and visit the old woolshed, the focus of the property's annual shearing from 1856 to 2012. On bush walks, picnics and 4WD safaris explore the gorges and valleys of the Flinders Ranges and keep an eye out for wildlife - Red Kangaroos, Emus, Euros, Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies. Scenic flights over the rock ramparts of Wilpena Pound can be arranged. Arkaba also offers walking safaris with a guide. At the end of the day enjoy a sundowner drink along with the sun's last rays reflecting on the western ramparts of Wilpena Pound.


You will be staying at Arkaba Station, All inclusive

Day 14


Car Hire
Drop off place:
Type of vehicle: Car


Things to do at Flinders Ranges
During your stay learn about the activities of an old outback station and visit the old woolshed, the focus of the property's annual shearing from 1856 to 2012. On bush walks, picnics and 4WD safaris explore the gorges and valleys of the Flinders Ranges and keep an eye out for wildlife - Red Kangaroos, Emus, Euros, Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies. Scenic flights over the rock ramparts of Wilpena Pound can be arranged. Arkaba also offers walking safaris with a guide. At the end of the day enjoy a sundowner drink along with the sun's last rays reflecting on the western ramparts of Wilpena Pound.

The Flinders Ranges is South Australia’s largest mountain range. Its iconic natural amphitheatre, Ikara (Wilpena Pound), stands out in the vast landscape as the centre piece to the National Park.

Adnyamathanha people have lived in the Flinders Ranges for tens of thousands of years and the region remains of enormous significance today in contemporary Adnyamathanha society. The Adnyamathanha people translate the word Wilpena as Ikara meaning 'meeting place'.

The Park encompasses some of the most spectacular scenery in South Australia, made famous by the paintings of Sir Hans Heysen and is world-renowned for its geological history with impressive fossil remains. With rugged mountain scenery, peaceful gorges and a huge array of wildlife and flora, the Flinders Ranges epitomises the Australian outback.


You will be staying at Arkaba Station, All inclusive

Day 15

Drive from Flinders ranges to Adelaide. Drop hire car at airport.

Fly Adelaide to Singapore

Fly Singapore to London overnight

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

The Louise

The Louise

The Louise is centrally located to the wineries, vineyards and touring activities of the renowned Barossa wine region....

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Sal Salis

Sal Salis

Hidden in the dunes overlooking pristine beaches this exclusive and environmentally friendly bush camp has the most isolated and stunning location with the corals and magical underwater world of the Ningaloo Reef just metres away....

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Arkaba Station

Arkaba Station

Arkaba Homestead lies on a 60,000-acre private conservancy amidst the Flinders Ranges, an ancient landscape moulded by millions of years of geological activity and home to some of Australia's most spectacular outback scenery and wildlife....

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Cape Lodge

Cape Lodge

Cape Lodge is a small luxury hotel located in the heart of the wine region in rural countryside yet close to the beaches of the nearby National Park....

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