Australian Vacations: Best of Western Australia

Go off the beaten path in Western Australia. Explore vibrant Perth, discover a taste of Margaret River, and get a unique reef experience in Ningaloo Reef.

From $2,099
per person
9 days
Airfare not included
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2 travelers

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 sandy beach and visited some of the world-class wineries of Margaret River.

Next for their Australian Vacations: Western Australia Getaway, they flew up north to Exmouth, gateway to the spectacular Ningaloo Reef. They enjoyed the magnificent beaches and the national park nearby. 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!

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Day 1
Welcome to Western Australia! Arrive in Perth and enjoy a private transfer to your stylish hotel with gorgeous views over Swan River. The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Perth’s many fabulous parks, beaches, restaurants, and bars.
Crown Promenade Perth

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.
Crown Promenade Perth

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 quokkas.
Crown Promenade Perth

Day 4
Spend your last day in Perth at leisure. 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. Visit one of Perth’s incredible beaches, or simply explore the city center.
Crown Promenade Perth

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 Pullman Bunker Bay Resort, where you can enjoy easy beach access, visit the award-winning day spa, take a dip in the heated infinity pool, and dine on delicious gourmet fare in the ocean view restaurant.
Pullman Bunker Bay Resort

Day 6
Today, you’ll sample the incredible tastes of the Margaret River Wine Region. 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.
Pullman Bunker Bay Resort

Day 7
Take a domestic flight to Perth and on 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 5-star beachfront resort. Just a short drive away is the stunning Cape Range National Park, and fringing the beautiful beaches is the renowned Ningaloo Reef—a snorkeler’s and diver’s paradise.
4-star hotel in Exmouth

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.
4-star hotel in Exmouth

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

 

  • 4 nights Crown Promenade Perth
  • 2 nights Pullman Bunker Bay Resort, Margaret River
  • 2 nights Exmouth
  • 5 days rental car
  • Small bar walking tour in Perth
  • Rottnest Island tour – includes morning tea and lunch
  • Whale shark swimming in Exmouth – includes lunch, tea, and refreshments
  • Private airport transfer in Perth