Australian Vacations: Best of Western Australia

Go off the beaten path in Western Australia and soak up the relaxed Aussie lifestyle. Explore the vibrant city of Perth with its beautiful beaches, discover the flavors of Margaret River wine country, and swim with majestic whale sharks—the gentle giants of the ocean—in Ningaloo Reef.

This Australian Vacations: Western Australia Getaway was designed for a couple and their teenage daughter from Houston. The mother had a relative in Perth, so they decided to pay him a visit and then explore some of the hidden gems of Western Australia. Western Australia offers a unique flavor compared to more touristed destinations like Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef. They were able to get a true feel for the Australian culture while seeing iconic wildlife and exploring the pristine beaches of the west coast.

They started their Australian Vacations: Western Australia Getaway in sunny Perth. They had a day at leisure to reconnect with family, visit one of the gorgeous city beaches, wander through the bustling streets and tranquil parks, and just get a feel for this laid back city. During their 4 days in Perth, they enjoyed an afternoon walking tour of the city’s small bars to sample unique bites and drinks. They also took a tour of nearby Rottnest Island, home of the adorable quokka.

Continuing their Australian Vacations: Western Australia Getaway, they picked up a rental car and drove down to the Margaret River Wine Region. This beautiful area is known for delicious wines, farm-to-table food, craft beer, and a laid back surfing culture. They stayed at a fabulous resort right on the beach and visited some of the world-class wineries of Margaret River on a private tour.

Next for their Australian Vacations: Western Australia Getaway, they flew up north to Exmouth, gateway to the spectacular Ningaloo Reef. They loved their stay at the remote “glamping” retreat, Sal Salis Ningaloo, where they were able to unplug and enjoy the pristine beaches of the west coast. For their final day in Australia, they snorkeled in the Ningaloo Reef and swam with whale sharks. These gentle giants have been known to reach up to 40 feet long!

After an incredible week, it was time to say goodbye to Australia. They made the short flight back to Perth and back home, already planning their next family visit!

Suggested Itinerary

Day 1
Welcome to Western Australia! Arrive in Perth and enjoy a private transfer to your stylish hotel in Perth’s newly revitalized historic heart. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Perth’s many fabulous parks, beaches, restaurants, and bars.
COMO the Treasury

Day 2
Continue to explore Perth at your leisure today. In the afternoon, embark on a small group walking tour of Perth’s small bar scene. Walk a little, eat a little, and drink a little. Discover and taste the small and intimate venues in the city. During the time between venues, you will be guided through vibrant sections of the city and discover other venues, thriving street art, and intriguing spaces that make Perth unique.
COMO the Treasury

Day 3
Today, you’ll have the chance to meet one of Australia’s cutest critters, the quokka! Take the ferry to Rottnest Island and tour the island on an air-conditioned coach.

Your half-day island tour includes all of Rottnest’s must-see locations, including the Wadjemup Lighthouse, Henrietta Rocks, Oliver Hill Gun Fortification and Tunnels, and the majestic lookout point at the rugged Cathedral Rocks and Cape Vlamingh. You’ll also have the chance to take a selfie with one of the island’s adorable, free-roaming quokkas.
COMO the Treasury

Day 4
Spend your last day in Perth at leisure. Visit one of Perth’s incredible beaches, or simply explore the city and embrace the laid-back Aussie lifestyle. If you wish, we can arrange an Aboriginal guided tour of the expansive Kings Park, where you can learn about the flora and fauna of the region and hear the dreamtime legends of Australia’s native peoples.
COMO the Treasury

Day 5
Pick up your rental car and drive approximately 3 hours to Margaret River—the hidden gem of Australian wine country. Allow some extra time to stop at some of the beautiful and unspoiled beaches along your coastal route. Make your way to Smiths Beach Resort, a haven for beach lovers. This elegant resort is perfectly positioned on the pristine sands of Smiths Beach overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean.
Smiths Beach Resort

Day 6
Today, you’ll sample the incredible tastes of the Margaret River Wine Region on a private tour tailored to your interests. Tour the cellar doors and taste local brews at the boutique breweries. Eat fresh crayfish straight from the ocean or dine on the local organic beef and truffles. Visit the farmer’s markets and try the artisan cheeses. Indulge in local handmade chocolates and delicious fudge. All of these delectable flavors are yours for the tasting!
Smiths Beach Resort

Day 7
Enjoy another scenic drive back to Perth this morning. Drop off your rental car, enjoy a quick flight to Exmouth, a small coastal town that’s home to some of Australia’s most beautiful natural wonders.

Upon arrival, pick up your rental car and make your way to your deluxe eco-retreat, Sal Salis Ningaloo. This ultra-remote eco lodge offers the ultimate luxury camping experience, with 5-star tented accommodations in an exclusive location; guided snorkel trips, kayaking excursions, gorge walks, and more; and all meals and beverages included in the room rate.

April through October is the best time to go, when the whale sharks are out in the waters and you can go swimming with these gentle giants. Snorkeling and swimming are available right off the beach, one of the great benefits of heading to Ningaloo.
Sal Salis Ningaloo

Day 8
Today, you will have the extraordinary opportunity to swim with whale sharks in Ningaloo Reef. The size and majesty of these gentle sharks must be seen to be believed! Depending on the time of year, you may also see humpback whales and several species of sea turtles.

After your Ningaloo adventure, the evening is yours to relax and unwind at your leisure. Sipping a cool cocktail while soaking up the magnificent sunset on Australia’s remote western coast is the perfect way to spend your final evening down under.
Sal Salis Ningaloo

Day 9
It’s time to say goodbye to beautiful Western Australia. Drop off your rental car at the Exmouth airport and fly back to Perth, where you’ll catch your connecting flight back home.

About this vacation
Cost Per Person

Does not include the cost of airfare

Based on
9 day stay
2 travelers