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Southern Circle of Western Australia

Including Margaret River, Albany, Kalgoorlie & Esperance

Tucked away in the South West Corner of australia is a land Like no other. Hugely diverse – unique forests – wild, rugged coastlines – pristine beaches – wildflowers - hectare upon hectare of wheat lands, major ports – mining landscapes – long distances -clear, crisp air and magical landscapes of magnificent Karri, Marri and Tingle forests. 

Our previous groups gave the itinerary a gold star - unrushed – travelling in comfortable coaches on good roads through rural Australia with time to enjoy the hidden gems.

Renowned vineyards, fertile orchards, sheep, beef, dairy farms and white sandy beaches contrast the dry, colourful landscapes and ‘Super Pit’ of Kalgoorlie.

Surprises there are many, so why not join us to share one of Australia’s special secrets?

Your travel itinerary

Monday 07 October

Auckland – Perth

Depart on Air New Zealand mid-morning to arrive in Perth early afternoon. Transfer to inner-city hotel with remainder of day free. 

Tuesday 08 October

Perth

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Morning city tour of Perth including Kings Park, the Casino, Bell Tower and Swan River.

Continue to the nearby coastal city of Fremantle for lunch (own expense) and free time to enjoy this famous port city. 

Welcome Dinner tonight.

Wednesday 09 October

Perth (Rottnest Island)

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A day trip to Rottnest Island, the protected nature reserve off the coast of Perth, home of the Quokka, a small wallaby-like marsupial, pelicans, historical heritage and beautiful sandy beaches. Return to Perth late afternoon.

Thursday 10 October

Perth – Margaret River

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Travel south with an inland detour that provides a good cross section of rural life. At a crossroads in the middle of nowhere is Gnomesville, a prolific collection of the legendary creatures. Continue to Donnybrook, the ‘Apple Capital’ and stone fruit orchards for lunch and onto the coastal city of Busselton with its 1.8km jetty jutting out into the Indian Ocean. 

Later arrive in Margaret River for a two night stay.

Friday 11 October

Margaret River (Sightseeing)

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Begin the day with a drive to Cape Leeuwin, the most south / westerly point of Australia where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet. Visit the lighthouse and later the Mammoth Caves, a large limestone cavern where a guided tour is included. Continue to a winery for tasting and lunch. Return to Margaret River.

Margaret River - located in the far south-west corner of Western Australia is one of the most geographically isolated wine regions in the world. But this isolation is no barrier to the development of a region that is highly regarded as a producer of powerful, yet elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. It has also forged a great reputation for its white wines notably Chardonnay and Semillon Sauvignon Blanc blends. Today there are just over 5,000 hectares under vine and over 150 wine producers in the region - made up predominately of smaller niche-size wine producers. Collectively they produce a massive 20% of Australia’s premium wine. We visit one of these.

Saturday 12 October

Margaret River – Pemberton

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Today travel inland to the town of Nannup, the home of Cambray Cheese. Lunch in a truffle growing area and onto the former sawmilling town of Pemberton where we board a train for a bush ride along an old timber railway line. Spend the next two nights in a lakeside resort in a Karri Forest.

Pemberton, set amongst rich agricultural land and Karri forests won the Top Tourism Town for populations less than 5000.

Sunday 13 October

Pemberton (Sightseeing)

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Today drive and walk through the tall Karri and Jarrah (eucalyptus) trees to enjoy a 4WD experience into the coastal sand dunes and a peaceful river cruise to the ocean. Return to our lakeside accommodation.

Monday 14 October

Pemberton

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Time to explore the area, go on one of the various bush walks or just relax. 

Tuesday 15 October

Pemberton – Albany

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On our journey to Albany, we stop off near the Southern Ocean coastal town of Walpole for morning tea and the popular Karri ‘tree top walk’ above the forest canopy with views of the wilderness. Continue to Greens Pool, a sheltered, sandy white beach ringed by large granite boulders and ‘Elephant Rocks’ - another natural phenomena. 

Our next stop is a small, but renowned organic cider making orchard for tasting before continuing to the coastal city of Albany (the rural capital of the south) for a two-night stay.

Wednesday 16 October

Albany

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Begin the day with a sightseeing tour including a poignant visit to the award-winning National ANZAC Centre (opened by the Prime Ministers of both Australia and New Zealand). From Albany, 30,000 Australian and New Zealand troop departed for Gallipoli in 1914. Free time to relax and explore after a city tour and a visit to the local Sandalwood factory.

 

Thursday 17 October

Albany (sightseeing)

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Today’s highlight takes us into the Stirling Ranges and the mountainous nature reserve where possibly the wildflowers will be in bloom. Experience walks in Porangurup National Park, followed by a trip to the Knoll Outlook for extensive views of this vast inland region where wheat, barley and canola predominate. 

Friday 18 October

Albany - Esperance

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Today’s coach journey continues eastward through Jerramungup to the nichel mining region with a lunch stop at Ravensthorpe. The onward drive continues through more of the magically-named rural towns of Jerdacuttup and Munglinup to arrive in Esperance, the most eastern city in WA known for its whiter-than-white sandy beaches, two of which are rated as the best in Australia. 

Saturday 19 October

Esperance

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Todays trip includes an interesting stop-off at the Lucky Bay Brewery where we have lunch (own expense)see first-hand the production of craft beers. Return to Esperance with time to relax. There are some interesting museums to visit, particularly Skylab which displays the remnants of the American Space Shuttle which fell nearby in 1979.

Sunday 20 October

Esperance – Kalgoorlie

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Travel north through wheat and farm land to the former mining town of Norseman, discovered (as the story goes), by a prospector’s horse uncovering a gold nugget with its hoof while tethered for the night. Norseman is where the long road across the Nullarbor Plains starts or finishes. Time for lunch and wander around this iconic town. We view the vast area from a series of lookouts on our way to Kalgoorlie, the former ‘epi-centre’ of the gold mining boom, but still very much a mining city.

Kalgoorlie – Boulder sits on the edge of the Golden Mile and its economy has been driven by gold since 1893. The  main street named after Paddy Hannan, the Irish prospector who discovered gold near the town in 1893. The Edwardian Town Hall and a colourful array of hotels and buildings remain, testament to the gold era.

 

Monday 21 October

Kalgoorlie - Boulder (Sightseeing)

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Morning sightseeing tour includes a visit to the ‘Super Pit,’ the massive hole in the ground from yesteryear which is still in gold production. Afternoon free to explore.

Tuesday 22 October

Kalgoorlie - Boulder (Sightseeing)

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Today our coach takes us to several places of interest before driving to the nearby mining ghost town of Coolgardie. Once the third largest town in West Australia with a population of around 30.000, the town had two Stock Exchanges, three breweries, seven newspapers and 26 hotels. Now around 850 people reside in the town. Return to Kalgoorlie via the city of Boulder. 

Wednesday 23 October

Kalgoorlie – Perth

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A morning departure by ‘The Prospector’ train arriving mid afternoon into Perth. Transfer to hotel for one night’s stay. Farewell dinner tonight. 

Thursday 24 October

Perth - Auckland

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A leisurely day with time to maybe enjoy a Swan River cruise, hire a cycle or relax in the city before transferring to the airport for an overnight flight home to Auckland. 

Friday 25 October

Auckland

Arrive in Auckland early morning.

* The option to extend your tour is available

 

Inclusions

• Return economy ‘The Works’ flights with Air New Zealand Auckland – Perth return 

• 16 nights’ accommodation in comfortable hotels

• Transfers as specified

• Breakfast daily

• Four lunches, nine dinners

• Entry to National Parks, Mammoth Caves, tree top walk, Kalgoorlie ‘Super Pit’ 

• Wine, cheese tasting 

• Sightseeing as specified

• Welcome and Farewell Dinners

• Pukekohe Travel Tour Escort (subject to 15 persons travelling)

Cost

Cost Per Person *
Auckland - Auckland
Twin ShareSingle
 

$9,564

$11,452

Business Class Upgrade P.O.A
Premium Economy Class Upgrade

Subject to availability 

Early Booking Discount (If paid by 08 March 2024)

 $100
 Previous International Tour Client Discount $100

*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment

Exclusions

• Items of a personal nature

• Travel Insurance (please ask us for a quote)

• Airline and airport taxes (approx $230)

• Items not specified

 

Booking Conditions

• A non-refundable deposit of $500 per person will secure a place on the tour

• Full payment is due no later than 09 August 2024

 

Cancellations

• From the date of booking to 09 August 2024– loss of deposit

• After 09 August 2024 – no refund

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance is essential. Please feel free to contact us for a quote.

Documentation

• A current passport is required, valid six months beyond date of travel

• No visa is required for New Zealand Passport holders

• All other passport holders – please ask

Health and Mobility

To ensure the tour is enjoyable for you and others in the group, a reasonable standard of fitness and mobility is required including the ability to walk 400m and climb in and out of a coach or into a train. 

We expect you to arrive on tour, fit, healthy and ready to travel. 

 

Terms and Conditions

• For full terms and conditions please visit our website www.pukekohetravel.co.nz/
termsandconditions or ask our tour consultant for a copy

General Information

Climate
• Temperatures are around 21˚c with a low of 12˚c with the exception being Kalgoorlie (26˚c - 11˚c)

Currency
• The Australian Dollar – ATMs available along the way


Note: Pukekohe Travel reserves the right to correct errors and omissions on our website without recourse.
* Itinerary subject to change

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