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. Renowned vineyards, fertile orchards, sheep, beef, dairy farms and white sandy beaches contrast the colourful landscapes around Kalgoorlie.
This new tour is unrushed – travelling in comfortable coaches on good roads through rural Australia with time to enjoy the hidden gems.
Surprises there are many, so why not join us to share one of Australia’s special secrets?
Depart on Air New Zealand mid-morning to arrive in Perth early afternoon. Transfer to inner-city hotel with remainder of day free.
Morning city tour of Perth including Kings Park, the Casino, Bell Tower and Swan River.
Continue to the nearby coastal city of Fremantle in time for lunch (own expense). Enjoy a Welcome Dinner tonight.
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.
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’ as well as stone fruit orchards 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.
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 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.
Today travel inland to the town of Nannup, the home of Cambray Cheese. Lunch at a truffle growing area and onto the former sawmilling town of Pemberton where we board a tram for a bush excursion. Spend the next two nights alongside a lake in a Karri Forest.
Pemberton, set amongst rich agricultural land and Karri forests won the Top Tourism Town for populations less than 5000.
A drive through the tall Karri and Jarrah (eucalyptus) trees plus a 4WD visit into the coastal sand dunes. Return to our lakeside accommodation.
On our journey to Albany, we stop off near the Southern Ocean coastal town of Walpole for 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.
We continue to a small, but renowned organic cider making orchard for tasting, then onto the coastal city of Albany (the rural capital of the south) for a two-night stay.
Begin the day with a sightseeing tour including the award-winning National ANZAC Centre (jointly opened by the Prime Ministers of both Australia and New Zealand). Free time for some retail therapy.
Today’s highlight takes us into the Stirling Ranges and the mountainous nature reserve where possibly the wildflowers will be in bloom.
Experience the Granite Skywalk in Porangurup National Park, followed by a trip to the Knoll Outlook for extensive views of this vast inland grain-growing region where wheat, barley and canola predominate. After lunch, continue east through Jerramungup and the mining town of Ravensthorpe to the small coastal town of Hopetoun.
We pass our first nickel mine on our drive through more of the magically-named rural towns of Jerdacuttup and Munglinup to arrive into 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
Today we have a circle tour of the beaches and city with time to relax. An escorted tour of the port (from where both grain and minerals are exported) is planned.
A day at leisure to explore and pursue your own interests. There are some interesting museums to visit particularly Skylab which displays the remnants of the American Space Shuttle which fell nearby in 1979.
Travel north through wheat lands 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.
Continue north to Kalgoorlie, the former ‘epi-centre’ of the gold mining boom, but still very much a mining city, for a three-night stay.
Morning sightseeing tour including a visit to the ‘Super Pit,’ the massive hole in the ground from yesteryear which is still in production. Afternoon free with late night shopping available.
Our weather-dependent outback sightseeing tour takes us north to Lake Ballard, an ephemeral salt lake, famous for 51 unique steel statues commissioned by renowned artist Antony Gormley as part of the Inside Australia’s celebrations. The sculptures are spread out over almost 10 square km. Continue on to the Niagara Dam and the ghost town of Kookynie. Throughout the region, there are numerous mines, many abandoned over time, along with remnants of once thriving communities. Return to Kalgoorlie for a Farewell Dinner.
After an early breakfast, depart by train to Perth, arriving early afternoon. Transfer to the airport for the flight home to Auckland.
|Cost Per Person * |
Auckland - Auckland
|Twin Share||Single Supplement|
|Land Only- Simply Deduct||$900 per person|
|Business Class Upgrade||+$2,097|
|Premium Economy Class Upgrade||+$1,137|
|Early Booking Discount ( 31/03/2018 )||$150|
|Previous International Pukekohe Travel Tour Discount||$100|
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*Itinerary and costs subject to change, airline and fuel charges and currency fluctuations prior to final payment
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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 300m and climb in and out of a coach or into a train.
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* Itinerary subject to change