As you travel the southern regions of Western Australia and across the Nullarbor one of this country’s epic road journeys you’ll appreciate a land of contrasts. See the beauty in the colourful accents of wildflowers, stark landscapes and enormous mines. Spend some time in the Southern Forests, Margaret River and Albany, before climbing Wave Rock and crossing the Nullarbor, watching for whales in the Bight.Book Now
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Home - Perth - Fremantle
Fly to Perth where you will be met at the airport before a short town tour. Check into your motel in Fremantle, a short walk from the marina.
Fremantle - Cervantes
Travel northward to Cervantes via the Swan Valley, studded with orchards and vineyards. Patches of floral colour decorate the side of the road, made up of lambs tails, smoke bush, grevilleas and kangaroo paw. The first stop will be New Norcia, a piece of old Spain built in the Western Australian bush by Spanish Benedictine Monks. Visit the famous Pinnacles of Nambung National Park - unique spikes of limestone ranging in size from slivers to giant columns. Stop at Lake Thetis to view stromatolites, the oldest form of life on earth.
Cervantes - Kalbarri
Continue north through the crayfishing towns of Port Denison and Dongara to Greenough, a National Trust classified town. Take a break in Geraldton before visiting the craft shops of Northampton and taking the coastal route to Kalbarri. Pass by convict ruins, beta-carotene lakes and spectacular coastal scenery as Kalbarri nears.
Kalbarri - Geraldton
Visit Kalbarri National Park, famous for its brilliant display of heath and wildflowers. From Hawks Head Lookout there are spectacular views over the Murchison Gorge. Re-enter Geraldton via its harbour with huge grain loading facilities and rock lobster fleets. After lunch, tour the Maritime Museum with artefacts from Dutch Shipwrecks and the Batavia. A town tour will include the memorial to HMAS Sydney.
Geraldton - Fremantle
Follow the wildflower trail inland via Mingenew and Moora in search of the elusive wreath flower. Wildflowers line the sides of the roads through wheat-belt towns. You have the chance to photograph beautiful natural floral displays, before returning to Fremantle.
Fremantle - Margaret River
Follow the coastline to Busselton Jetty, the longest timber jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. The village of Cowaramup is our next stop to visit the Candy Cow sweet shop and taste their fudge, honey crunch and nougat. Next explore Margaret River's Chocolate Company and Dairy Company, sampling their products before arriving at the motel.
Margaret River - Augusta
Spend some time exploring Margaret River with some free time where you can purchase your own morning tea before a visit to Eagle Heritage Raptor Centre, the largest collection of native raptors in Australia. Sample Margaret River's award winning wines at Redgate Winery and visit Augusta and the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet.
Augusta - Albany
Drive through vineyards, farms, wildflowers and magnificent karri forests on your way to the timber town of Pemberton. Stop to climb the enormous Gloucester Tree or enjoy a bushwalk. Continue through Walpole to the Valley of Giants Tree Top Walk, a 400m long bridge suspended 40m above the forest floor. The Ancient Empire Forest Walk among the old tingle trees completes the visit in this magical place.
Albany - Whale World and Sightseeing
Take a guided tour of Whale World, Australia's last whaling station that ceased operations in 1978 and is now a museum. Experience the spectacular coastline of King George's Sound on your visit to the Natural Bridge. Visit the Mount Romance Sandalwood Factory where fine cosmetics and great muscle rub creams are made. After lunch, tour the oldest settlement in WA and visit Mount Clarence, with its War Memorial Lookout.
Albany - Esperance
Travel through rich grazing and cereal crop farms to the Stirling Ranges where Bluff Knoll Lookout provides outstanding views of Western Australia's highest peaks. Orchids, myrtles, flowering mallee and the unique Southern Cross Flowers blossoming here will delight wildflower enthusiasts. Arrive in Ravensthorpe, where it is mid-season for wildflowers. This afternoon follow the South Coast Highway through the stunning coastal scenery around Hopetoun and the township of Esperance, a commercial and service centre for the local farming district.
After breakfast this morning we board a cruiser for a half day tour of the Bay of Isles. Be on the lookout for wildlife such as the Cape Barron Geese and sea lions. Purchase your own lunch before taking a tour of beautiful Esperance, including panoramic views over the Recherche Archipelago, the Wind Farm and Pink Lake.
Esperance - Hyden
Travelling through Ravensthorpe to Lake King, be on the lookout for pink lakes and the elusive pink and green skirted Qualup Bell flower and various orchids. After lunch, continue on to Hyden and visit the Lace Showroom, a collection of lace, antique gowns and wedding dresses. Later, take a guided walk around the incredible Wave Rock, eroded and shaped over 2.7 billion years ago.
Wave Rock Motel
Hyden - Kalgoorlie
Today we head cross country to Southern Cross; this trip passes by Skeleton Rocks and the edge of Jilbadji NP, where you can be on the lookout for more wildflowers. Arrive at Coolgardie mid-afternoon, visiting the Goldfields Exhibition Museum, before continuing to Kalgoorlie where our town tour takes in the Kalgoorlie Super Pit, one of Australia's largest open cut gold mines.
Kalgoorlie - Cocklebiddy
Turn south to Norseman then east towards Balladonia, the town where the orbiting US Skylab disintegrated upon re-entry and showered the town with debris. After lunch, travel the longest stretch of straight road in the world and tonight experience the stars and silence of the Nullarbor Plain.
Cocklebiddy - Ceduna
Leave Cocklebiddy and head towards Eucla and visit the Old Telegraph Station. At times the road approaches the cliff along the Great Australian Bight. The mid-point today is at the Nullarbor township, with arrival into Ceduna late afternoon for dinner and our overnight stay.
Ceduna - Port Augusta
At Kimba, the town halfway across Australia, stop for a photograph and to look at local jade jewellery. Look out for the famous Big Galah as we travel on to Port Augusta, the city at the crossroads of Australia.
Port Augusta - Wentworth
Travel through three different states today via the Lower Flinders Ranges with lunch at Morgan South Australia, once a very busy river port town, before crossing into the citrus region of Mildura, Victoria. We then cross the Murray River and arrive at the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers at Wentworth New South Wales.
Wentworth - Wagga Wagga
Join the Sturt Highway through to Balranald and then stop at Hay for lunch, before arriving in Wagga Wagga for the last wonderful night.
Wagga Wagga - Sydney - Home
Travel the Hume Highway stopping for lunch near Goulburn. At Sydney airport we bid farewell to our Queensland passengers for their flight home, while the coach continues on to the Hunter
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TOUR FARE (INC. GST) DEPARTING BRISBANE FROM: $8,499.00 per person
TOUR FARE (INC. GST) DEPARTING THE HUNTER FROM: $8,299.00 per person
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