Perth Margaret River West Australia Sample Travel Planning Itinerary for Australia
Example Itinerary for Perth, Rottnest Island
and the Margaret River area of West Australia
This page is designed to give you an example as to how our Custom Travel Planning itineraries are presented.
Please note that what follows is meant to be an example of the STYLE of itinerary that we will produce for Perth, Rottnest Island and the Margaret River area of West Australia.
It is not necessarily exactly what your planner will suggest for you while in the Perth area. West Australia is very large, and the distances can be daunting. It can take take time to move around. Your complete itinerary will be set up from scratch and will reflect exactly what you want from your trip.
Read through what follows. It will give you a very good "feel" for the itinerary we will produce. Please remember that this is only a "snapshot" of the STYLE of the itinerary we will present for your consideration. Your full itinerary will be produced by your Australian Travel Planner.
For this sample itinerary we will give you a cross section of what is available - there are a lot of options and styles of accommodation and group size available - discuss these with your Australian Travel Planner.
Day 1. The City of Perth and Rottnest Island.
The greater Perth Metropolitan area has a population of about 1.7 million people (there are only 2.3 million people in all of Western Australia) and is by far the largest urban area on the west side of the continent.
It is 4,172 Kms (2,500 miles) from Sydney to Perth and it is 3 hours behind Sydney time. Built on the Swan River, some 20 Kms (12 miles) from the coast, Perth is a modern city that takes a great deal of pride in its youth, independence and its wonderful beaches and outdoor activities. We will give you details of attractions and suggestions as to how to get around the city in our confirmed itinerary.
Rottnest was first settled in 1830 by farmers and eight years later was turned into a jail island for Aboriginals. In 1903 the jail was closed and the island began to be developed as a tourist attraction. Rottnest Island is a nature reserve where all fauna and flora are totally protected and the Island is characterised by the distinctive Rottnest Tea Tree and the cypresses and a small native marsupial quokka, after whom the Island is named. It is essentially the unspoiled nature and beauty of the Island which attracts visitors.
The hotel we will include is located in the heart of the City, 22 Kms (13miles) from the International Airport. This is a fine apartment hotel in a quiet residential area adjacent to the City Centre.
Day 2. The Pinnacles, Koalas, 4 Wheel Drive Sand Dune Adventure Tour.
The trip is divided into two half day adventures. You will leave Perth and travel north by air-conditioned 4 Wheel Drive vehicle to the Yanchep National Park, home to a colony of Koalas (Koala Park Entrance is included). Here there will be time to enjoy the experience of touching and photographing these marsupial icons of Australian wildlife.
There will be a short stop for morning tea (coffee) before the trip continues northwards to the small rock lobster fishing village of Cervantes. At Cervantes there will be a tour of the village and a visit to Midwest Wildflowers where a picnic lunch will be served while you have the opportunity to learn about and purchase Western Australian Dried Wildflower Arrangements.
Immediately after lunch, you will join the 4 Wheel Drive vehicle to trek south into the Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles Desert. The afternoon will be spent traversing the unique landscapes of the deserted sandy beaches and sand dunes that make up a lot of the coast of the area. Returning to Perth via Wedge Island and Grass Tree Valley there will be an opportunity to view kangaroos and emus in the wild as they come out to graze in the early evening. You will arrive back in Perth at about 8.00pm.
Accommodation in Perth is included in our Package.
Day 3. The Margaret River Area, Self Drive Option, Rental Vehicle Included.
Leaving Perth, head south out of Fremantle towards Bunbury and Margaret River. Some of Australia's best wines are produced at Margaret River at over 50 local vineyards and the region is famous for its excellent beaches and surf. The Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park is worth inspection. The Park extends some distance along the coast and contains 28 different reserves. We will give you a lot more detail and driving instruction in your confirmed itinerary. You should allow about 4 hours for the drive.
Natural Attractions of the Margaret River Area.
The drive along the length of Caves Road reveals a contrasting outlook of pastoral land, vineyards and farms on the one hand, and pristine coastal landscape on the other. Inland are the cultivated areas, while the seaward side is given over to the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, justly famed for its wild caves, towering forests and striking coastline. The trees here are among the world's tallest and the forest walks of the area are splendid, especially in the early morning or late afternoon.
Many colorful parrots are to be found in the bush and springtime brings a carpet of wildflowers and wild orchids, but the real experience is the caves that interlace the whole length of the ridge between Caves Road and the Indian Ocean. Jewel, Lake, Mammoth and Moondyne are perhaps the most impressive of the caves and are open for guided tours year round. This is an ancient landscape, and the caves are interesting testimonials to the forces of nature and time combined.
The seascapes on the western side of the ridge are some of Australia's most splendid, with rugged rocky bays, secluded white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. There is a great variety of coastal environment, from the exposed westward coastline to the quieter waters of Geographe Bay in the north and the Augusta River mouth in the south.
Our included accommodation is situated in the area just to the north of Margaret River and has a choice of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom villas, of contemporary Australian style architecture in an absolute beachfront position. Boardwalks meander throughout Australian native landscaped grounds and complementing natural bush. Facilities include an onsite restaurant and Bar with al fresco dining, a 25m wet edge heated lap pool, gymnasium and games room, beach cafe for informal meals, games room and gym/health centre.
We are also able to include small group or private driver/guide options if you prefer not to self-drive. If you like self drive exploration, this is a good part of Australia in which to do it.
The Margaret River area produces fine whites and delicate reds. If you would like to include an exploration of the wine industry of the area, please ask your Australian Travel Planner.
Your complete itinerary will present your trip in the style of the above.
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