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AAT Kings South Western Escape 2024

11 days 10 nights
Perth to Perth
from NZD$6,805pp
was NZD$7,155pp
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Tours from Perth don’t get any better than this. Discover Fremantle tours, Wave Rock tours, Rottnest Island tours and Margaret River tours. Food, wine, nature and city in Western Australia. A little bit of city life in Perth and Fremantle. A touch of countryside in the bucolic Margaret River Region. Outback drama in national parks and at national landmarks. And beaches. So many beaches. In short, all the ingredients you need to cook up a Western Australia tour from Perth you won’t forget in a hurry.

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This Tour Also Features

  • Cape Le Grand National Park
  • Stirling Range National Park
  • Visit Wave Rock
  • Meals included: 10 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners
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Perth City from above

Western Australia’s capital and largest city, Perth is remarkably green. The snaking Swan River cuts through town, its banks lined with leafy promenades – not to mention glorious Kings Park, a floral wonderland home to more than 3,000 plant species in the Botanic Gardens. Enjoy a stroll with your Travel Director to ease into your WA adventure and later join your fellow travellers for a Welcome Dinner.

Staying in:

  • Holiday Inn West Perth (1 night)

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Wave Rock

Say hello to Wave Rock, a 110-metre, rainbow-hued granite swell formed more than three million years ago. It’s in the ballpark of another imaginatively named rock formation: Hippo’s Yawn. You can actually climb through the hippo’s ‘neck’ to grab a happy snap. Fun fact: the visitor centre here has the world’s largest collection of toy soldiers. Wave Rock local Sheenagh knows a thing or two about life on the land. She’s passionate about her farm, and proudly shows off the outback while you explore the wide open spaces that characterise the WA countryside. You'll also get to glimpse her collection of vintage cars – who knew folks in this part of the world were such avid collectors?

Staying in:

  • Wave Rock Motel, Hyden (1 night)

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Sunset over the Super Pitt

Today is deep – quite literally. Your journey through classic WA outback lands you in Kalgoorlie – get your bearings on a town tour, pausing to take in vistas over the staggering ‘Super Pit’ open-cut gold mine. Put life into perspective standing next to monstrous loaders and haul trucks at Hannans North Mine. It’s a shimmering opportunity to experience gold rush history and discover the Golden Mile.

Staying in:

  • Rydges Kalgoorlie (1 night)

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Kangaroos on the beach

Nature humbles at Cape Le Grand National Park, a staggering 31,000 hectares of sweeping heathlands, rugged coastal peaks and powdery beaches. It’s so pretty that kangaroos come here for a little sunbaking on the sand – at Lucky Bay, you’ll see Australia’s national emblem dozing beside the water. And then there’s Thistle Cove, replete with sun, sand, sea and sculpted rock formations that ‘whistle’ with the sounds of the wind and waves.

Staying in:

  • Comfort Inn Bay of Isles (1 night)

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The road into Stiring Range

Today’s tour from Esperance continues through some of the most bountiful wilderness areas in the state, including the Stirling Range National Park, blanketed with a staggering range of wildflowers – more than 1,500 different species, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Get an overview from the Bluff Knoll Lookout, topping one of WA’s highest peaks.

Staying in:

  • The Dog Rock Motel (1 night)

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The Albany Board Walk

Albany turns on pretty much every charm, whether you’re ready for more nature, are a history buff, or feel like it’s time for food and wine. You have a day at leisure to go in whichever direction you please. Perhaps opt for a tour that relives the town’s heritage as 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 during migration. Or get a taste for the region on a culinary excursion.

Staying in:

  • The Dog Rock Motel (1 night)

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The Tree Top Walk

Think big when you visit the Valley of the Giants, where the Tree Top Walk gives you a bird’s-eye view of the soaring tingle trees that stand large all around; you’re suspended 40 metres above the forest floor. 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. Being amid nature makes you thirsty. It’s a good thing the Margaret River wine region is on the horizon.

Staying in:

  • Stay Margaret River (1 night)

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Couple in a winery

There aren’t many places in the world where grape vines grow metres from the sand – the Margaret River region is one. Here, 200 vineyards sit beside talented makers, bakers and purveyors. All you need to know is that today is one of indulgences, beginning at Vasse Virgin to savour olive oil that’s good enough to drink. But maybe try it on bread instead. Lunch is leisurely, at a vineyard with plenty of time to sip and savour local drops. If you still have room for dinner, ask us for recommendations.

Staying in:

  • Stay Margaret River (1 night)

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The Busselton Jetty

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.

Staying in:

  • Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges (1 night)

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A statue by the water of Freemantle

Fremantle sits at the mouth of the Swan River, its port the gateway to all manner of watery expeditions. One that will surely make you smile is the ferry ride to Rottnest Island, where Australia’s happiest (and friendliest) critters await. Bring your swimsuit to cool off between cycling expeditions. If you’re ready for some downtime, follow the lead of locals to Little Creatures Brewery for an icy ale. Or explore the town in the company of an in-the-know local. Today is yours to create, but we always have a few ideas in our little black book.

Staying in:

  • Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges (1 night)

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The highway back to Perth

Eleven days. Too many beaches to count. Wildlife galore. A few wine bottles and a few thousand memories… this trip is one for the record books.

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