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  • 10 Days South-West Adventure

    Discover the exquisite natural beauty and sublime solitude of Western Australia's South-West coast on this round-trip journey that begins and ends in Perth.

    Western Australia's South-West region is a hub of activity. Wineries, farmstays, caves, beaches, wildflowers, kangaroos, birdlife, dense forest, rolling hills and pastures, it's all here. Discover everything this region has to offer and more on this 10-day round-trip journey that begins and ends in Perth. Towns such as Busselton, Margaret River, Albany, and Esperance are just waiting to be explored.

    The Gap-Natural Bridge lookout, Albany
    The Gap-Natural Bridge lookout, Albany
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    Trip Highlights

     

    10 days, 23 places of interest visited, and over 20 fantastic activities for you to enjoy. This south-west getaway has everything!

    Sapphire Self-guided

    Self-guided for independent travellers

    Aimed at groups of up to 4 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $2,329 twin-share (+ $1,310 GCash credits)

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    Scenic dolphin cruise

    Discover the unique marine world that Mandurah is so famous for on an interactive 1 hour cruise through the city’s calm, inland waterways.

    Busselton Jetty & Underwater Observatory tour

    Explore one of only six underwater observatories in the world at the Busselton Jetty! Enjoy a relaxing train ride along the length of the Busselton Jetty before descending 8-metres below the ocean’s surface where you will be lead through the natural wonders that create Australia’s greatest artificial reef.

    Explore the magical Gnomesville

    Deep in the Ferguson Valley, hidden among stunning natural bushland is a truly captivating treasure trove to behold. Gathered in a junction, as far as the eye can see, is a community of an estimated 10,000 Gnomes!

    More trip highlights:

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    Northam Historical Buildings bus tour

    Join experienced and knowledegable local guides on a bus tour to discover Northam's diverse, natural and cultural history.

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    Cruise the tranquil Donnelly River

    Relax with an afternoon cruise on this pristine river. With a casual but informative commentary, you will learn some of the history of the area and view its beautiful flora and native wildlife.

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    Visit Meckering Big Camera Museum

    Visit Meckering's famous Big Camera Museum - the only museum of photography open to the public anywhere in Western Australia with displays of over 1,000 items including cameras, projectors and processing equiptment.

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    Warren River Pemberton Tram journey

    See the karri forests, valleys, waterfalls, wildflowers and rivers of the Southern Forests area from a unique perspective - trundling along in a tram or steam train from a bygone age.

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    Valley of the Giants treetop walk

    The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk is an internationally recognised nature-based tourism attraction, located in Australia’s South West, giving you a bird’s eye view of some of the biggest timber giants on Earth – Western Australia’s majestic tingle trees.

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    Discover Bunbury's famous street art

    Start your exploration journey in Bunbury and unveil the largest collection of street and public art in regional Australia. From fountains to monuments, from sculptures to street art, the many permanent and temporary works dotted throughout Bunbury are integral to the life and character of the city.

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    Visit Albany's National Anzac Centre

    The National Anzac Centre is one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages. This award-winning attraction uses interactive technology and historical artefacts to create a deeply personal connection with the past, as well as pay tribute to those who served.

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    Explore Esperance's Stonehenge replica

     Explore this must-see, full-size replica of the original Stonehenge in the UK, as it would have looked around 1950BC.

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    Marvel at Kalgoorlie's Super Pit lookout

    Stand beside Kalgoorlie's Super Pit and gaze open-mouthed into one of the largest open-cut mines on Earth and the biggest gold mine in Australia.


    View the itinerary for a comprehensive view of the trip highlights.

    Member Pricing

    Sapphire self-guided package
    Sapphire Self-guided
    Self-guided for independent travellers
    From $2,329 twin-share (+ $1,310 GCash credits)
    • 10 days of touring and sight-seeing
    • 23 towns/places of interest visited
    • 9 nights' Bronze standard accommodation
    • 9 breakfasts
    • 9 lunches
    • 5 dinners
    • 21 excursions/activities

    FAQ: Single, twin-share and more

    What is twin-share, triple-share and quad-share?

    The share-basis is about accommodation pricing. It does not mean that you share a room with a stranger.

    "Twin-share" is where two people occupy a hotel room (open-plan style) or other accommodation such as an apartment, usually a couple or two friends. This is the normal way accommodation is priced. The price is shared between two people. Most accommodation properties (eg. hotels) offer rooms with king, queen or double beds. Most offer the option of "twin" beds as well which actually means two single beds to accommodate singles sharing, couples wanting space and so-on.

    "Triple share" is where three people occupy the accommodation and share the price. "Quad-share" is where four people occupy the accommodation and share the price. Family apartments and hotel rooms usually include a king, queen or double bed and one or more single beds to handle triple and quad-share arrangements. Sometimes other bedding configurations are available as well.

    What is a seasonal adjustment?

    Some accommodation providers, especially in very popular holiday locations, have higher room rates for busy holiday periods (usually spring and summer holidays). We must make an allowance for those price variations if applicable.

    What is a single supplement?

    A "single supplement" applies to single travellers who want a room to themselves. Because the price is not shared, a "single supplement" applies. This additional amount is based on the single covering the entire accommodation component of the trip that would normally be split between two or more people.

    Getaway Cash (GCash) travel credits reduce the price of your trip from retail down to industry-wholesale. Free Flights Vouchers further discount your holiday.

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    Inclusions

     

    Covering an immense distance at a leisurely pace, this trip serves as the perfect getaway for those looking to unearth some of Australia's most serene delights.

    Sapphire Self-guided

    Self-guided for independent travellers

    Aimed at groups of up to 4 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money.

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    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $2,329 twin-share (+ $1,310 GCash credits)

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    "Western Australia's picturesque and rugged beauty was made to be explored."

    This is a first-class itinerary that's fully flexible. Want more or fewer days or you want to include a special destination or activity? No problem, we’ll customise a travel plan for you.

    Inclusions list:

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    1 night accommodation in Bunbury

    The cosmopolitan city of Bunbury is the setting of many maritime legends and the northern gateway to Australia's South West. Spend 1 night in the heart of Bunbury and discover the highlights of this fantastic city.

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    1 night accommodation in Margaret River

    Blessed with mild weather and abundant sunshine, Margaret River has evolved from a chilled-out surfie town into a popular base for enjoying the region's fine flavours and spectacular scenery. Spend 1 night relaxing in style; your accommodation is perfectly located to provide easy access to the region's popular attractions.

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    1 night accommodation in Pemberton

    Spend 1 night amongst the great karri trees of Pemberton. Located in the shopping district and on a lake, your accommodation provides the perfect mixture of a relaxing setting with easy access to the region's highlights.

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    1 night accommodation in Denmark

    Denmark has natural attractions galore and a mild climate all year round making it the perfect destination for your south coast holiday - spend 1 night in this charming town and explore all its highlights.

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    1 night accommodation in Albany

    Spend 1 night in Albany, taking in its breathtakingly beautiful rugged coastline; a fitting backdrop to dramatic whaling, convict and settler history and a sensational south coast adventure. 

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    1 night accommodation in Bremer Bay

    Located at the mouth of the Bremer River, Bremer Bay is a coastal slice of paradise. Watch one of the greatest shows on Earth as southern right whales come close to shore to calve in the winter, and marvel at a flora diversity hotspot. Located near the beach, you'll be waking up to the gorgeous scenery of nearby Fitzgerald River National Park and Doubtful Islands Nature Reserve.

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    1 night accommodation in Esperance

    A beach and nature-lover's dream, Esperance is blessed with squeaky-clean white sand, turquoise waters, untouched islands and colour-filled wildflower country. Your accommodation is located near the beach and by the shopping district, making it the perfect base to enjoy your holiday from.

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    1 night accommodation in Kalgoorlie

    Spend 1 night in famous Kalgoorlie, renowned for it's gold rush history and immense mining operations. Located in the city centre, your accommodation is the perfect base for exploring all of the city's highlights.

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    1 night accommodation in Northam

    Located in the heart of the picturesque Avon Valley, Northam is home to a diverse range of tourist and heritage attractions. Located just outside of the city centre, your accommodation provides you with a tranquil setting while preserving easy access to the town's best attractions.

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    Scenic dolphin cruise

    Discover the unique marine world that Mandurah is so famous for on an interactive 1 hour cruise through the city’s calm, inland waterways.

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    Busselton Jetty & Underwater Observatory tour

    Explore one of only six underwater observatories in the world at the Busselton Jetty! Enjoy a relaxing train ride on the Stocker Preston Express along the length of the Busselton Jetty before descending 8-metres below the ocean’s surface where you will be lead through the natural wonders that create Australia’s greatest artificial reef, host to an awe-inspiring forest of vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates.

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    Cruise the tranquil Donnelly River

    Relax with an afternoon cruise on this pristine river. With a casual but informative commentary, you will learn some of the history of the area and view its beautiful flora and native wildlife. After a stroll on the beach, cruise up with an afternoon cuppa and Pete’s “fantastic” muffins.

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    Warren River Pemberton Tram journey

    See the karri forests, valleys, waterfalls, wildflowers and rivers of the Southern Forests area from a unique perspective - trundling along in a tram or steam train from a bygone age.

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    Valley of the Giants treetop walk

    The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk is an internationally recognised nature-based tourism attraction, located in Australia’s South West, giving you a bird’s eye view of some of the biggest timber giants on Earth – Western Australia’s majestic tingle trees.

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    Visit Meckering Big Camera Museum

    Visit Meckering's famous Big Camera Museum - the only museum of photography open to the public anywhere in Western Australia with displays of over 1,000 items including cameras, projectors and processing equiptment.

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    Explore Albany's Historic Whaling Station

    Spend a day exploring the world’s only complete whaling station and experience a fascinating insight into Albany’s colourful past. Follow informative trails to learn the stories of Australia’s whaling industry.

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    Visit Albany's National Anzac Centre

    The National Anzac Centre is one of Australia’s most important cultural pilgrimages. This award-winning attraction uses interactive technology and historical artefacts to create a deeply personal connection with the past, as well as pay tribute to those who served.

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    Northam Historical Buildings bus tour

    Come and join experienced and knowledegable local guides on a bus tour to discover Northam's diverse, natural and cultural history.

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    10 days car hire

    Embark on an epic self-guided adventure of Western Australia's south-west. Marvel at the spectacular scenery and discover everything this exciting region has to offer.

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    9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 5 dinners

    Dine at hand-picked restaurants and cafes in each of your destinations. 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 5 dinners are included on this trip.

    Exclusions and options:

    • Other meals can be arranged at an affordable price
    • A professional tour director is available for medium to large groups
    • Flights to/from Perth can be arranged

    Other information:

    • Add extra nights wherever you want and pay the lowest member rates
    • Flexible group size (6 or more)
    • Tour director notes supplied for great organisation and more fun
    • Self-drive package available for couples
    • Hand-picked, top-rated hotels, all tried and trusted
    • Variety of optional excursions and tours

    All packages include:

    • No fees to alter the itinerary (you just pay for the adjusted itinerary)
    • Extra nights at industry wholesale price (using GCash travel credits)
    • Google Drive folder with soft copies of all travel documents
    • Personal travel consultant to help plan and customize your holiday
    • Comprehensive, printed itinerary and travel documents

    Other information:

    This tour package is entirely flexible and can be customised to suit your group's interests and number of participants.

    Some substitution of activities might be required subject to travel date and/or day of week as not all activities operate seven days a week.


    * All prices are per-person on a twin-share basis and bookings are subject to availability. Price and deposit amount varies according to travel date. If flights are shown as included then a flight cost provision (allowance) applies and is based on travel from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. Travel can be arranged from any other major centre and for any number of people. All prices shown are estimates only. A firm quote (travel plan) with payment terms will be submitted for consideration prior to agreement to proceed. Total price after member discount (using Getaway Cash credits and Australian Escapes Free Flights Vouchers if applicable) is generally payable as follows: Deposit on booking, balance 120 days prior to departure. Packages can be priced for families and groups on request. Standard (retail) price comparisons are with similar packages offered elsewhere or what would be payable by a non-member for the same package. Travel insurance if included is a provision only and may be declined on requestTravel insurance pricing if stated is based on comprehensive travel insurance for two travellers aged 69 years or less as at the date of departure from Australia. No recommendations or advice are given in regard to travel insurance suitability. Travel Directions Pty Ltd (t/as Australian Escapes Holiday & Travel Club) standard booking terms and conditions apply to all booking enquiries and bookings and are available here to view (or visit our website and go to either the "Booking Enquiry" or "About Us" menu item.)

    Your Itinerary

     

    The South-West of WA is a hotspot for once-in-a-lifetime experiences, breathtaking scenery and quirky wildlife encounters. Soak up the sun on the white sandy beaches of Bremer Bay, marvel at the spectacular red outback in Kalgoorlie, and traverse the lush forests of the Pemberton region. These experiences and more await you on this fantastic 10-day adventure.

    "Jobs fill your pocket, but adventures fill your soul." - Jamie Lyn Beatty

    Logistics Start City/Location Perth: Your group meeting place. (Start time is flexible.)
    End City : Your group meeting place.
    Meeting & Pick-up Arrangements* If there are multiple pickups, we will advise timing in advance.
    Duration 10 days
    Departure Time 8.45 am
    Return Time 1.30 pm

    info * All charter group tour packages are flexible. Talk to us about meeting place and pickup arrangements that suit you and your group.

    Your day-to-day itinerary:

    Sapphire Self-guided

    Self-guided for independent travellers

    Aimed at groups of up to 4 people. We organise everything for you saving you a lot of time and money.

    READ MORE

    Sapphire self-guided package

    Sapphire package - self-guided from $2,329 twin-share (+ $1,310 GCash credits)

    Our base package class includes all of the essential trip elements including activities and allows you the option to choose from a range of other daily inclusions. Very high quality Bronze or Silver standard accommodation applies.

    SHARE TYPES

    DAY 1: PERTH - MANDURAH - BUNBURY

    Join us on an epic adventure of Western Australia’s southwest. Starting in Perth, our first destination is  Mandurah, where we will enjoy morning tea, a walk along the gorgeous Ocean Marina boardwalk, and a scenic dolphin cruise through the city’s calm, inland waterways.

    Just 50 minutes up the road lies the town of Bunbury. The perfect introduction to this city lies in its street art; walking through the city centre, we will discover a series of murals painted by renowned street artists. After our walk, we will settle down for lunch before learning about the city’s history at Bunbury Heritage Museum. Checking in to our accommodation in the afternoon, you have some free time to relax before rejoining the group for a delicious dinner.

    Meals: Lunch, dinner.

    DAY 2: BUNBURY - WELLINGTON MILL - BUSSELTON - MARGARET RIVER

    After a delicious breakfast, we will return to the road and head inland to Wellington State Forest where we will find the charming Gnomesville. Walk the stunning natural boardwalks and discovering a community of an estimated 10,000 Gnomes.


    Visit the famous Gnomesville

    After exploring the park, we will continue down the road to Busselton. After lunch, we’ll have the opportunity to explore the famous Busselton jetty with a train journey aboard the Stocker Preston Express followed by a tour of the Underwater Observatory.

    In the afternoon, we'll make our way to the gorgeous Margaret River region. After checking in to the accommodation, enjoy some free time before enjoying a delicious group dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    DAY 3: MARGARET RIVER - HAMELIN BAY - DONNELLY - PEMBERTON

    Wake up in gorgeous Margaret River; following breakfast, we will head down to the popular Margaret River Farmers Market to browse the fresh, fine produce of the region. Afterwards, we will drive to beautiful Hamelin Bay where we will explore the Margaret River Sculpture Park and have lunch.

    In the afternoon, we'll journey inland to cruise the tranquil waters of Donnelly River. Following the cruise, we'll make our way to the town of Pemberton. Surrounded by tall karri trees and lush forests, we will spend the night in this quiet town, enjoying its peaceful setting. Group dinner arrangements are optional but can be made upon request.

    Note: Entry into Margaret River Sculpture Park ($10 per person) is not included and requires to be paid at the park's entrance.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

    DAY 4: PEMBERTON - WALPOLE - DENMARK

    This morning you'll glide over trestle bridges that tower over the forests and gilded valleys and experience a much more rustic form of travel than you're used to aboard the Warren River Pemberton Tram. Following this relaxing experience, we will return to the road and set our sights on Walpole. Here, lunch and a treetop walk through the Valley of the Giants are on the agenda.


    Warren River Pemberton Tram

    Our main destination today is Denmark; with its rugged coastline and towering forests, Denmark offers visitors unforgettable scenery, quality wineries and plenty of activities. Along the way, we'll make a stop in at Denmark Dinosaur World. Marvel at Protoceratops, get up close and personal with the only T-Rex in Australia, and much more!

    In the late afternoon, check-in to your accommodation and enjoy a delicious group dinner.

    Note: Entry into Denmark Dinosaur World ($14 per person) is not included and requires to be paid at the venue.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    DAY 5: DENMARK - ALBANY

    After breakfast, enjoy some free time to relax and explore the town of Denmark before returning to the road and heading to Albany. Upon arrival we will visit the National Anzac Centre, an award-winning attraction which uses interactive technology and historical artefacts to create a deeply personal connection with the past, as well as pay tribute to those who served.

    In the afternoon, we will enjoy a local lunch before heading off to the spectacular Gap-Natural Bridge lookout. Take in the outstanding views of the Southern Ocean and the coast from Bald Head to West Cape Howe from the top of the 40m high coastal granites.

    Checking-in to your accommodation, the rest of the evening is yours to enjoy. Group dinner arrangements are optional but can be made upon request.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

    DAY 6: ALBANY - BREMER BAY

    Enjoy breakfast with a view at Emu Point before visiting Albany’s Historic Whaling Station; explore the world’s only complete whaling station and experience a fascinating insight into Albany’s colourful past.

    Our next destination is Bremer Bay, a quiet little village on the southern edge of the Fitzgerald River National Park. Enjoy a hearty lunch and browse historic artifacts at Wellstead Museum before heading off to the spectacular Fitzgerald National Park. Embark on the 1.5k Point Ann Heritage Trail loop, or simply relax and take in the scenery of the white sandy beaches and lush forests.

    Returning to Bremer Bay in the late afternoon, check in to the accommodation and enjoy the rest of your evening at leisure. Group dinner arrangements are optional but can be made upon request.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

    DAY 7: BREMER BAY - HOPETOUN - ESPERANCE

    Waking up bright and early, we will grab breakfast and hit the road. Our main destination: Esperance. Along the way, we will stop in the coastal town Hopetoun to stretch our legs on the beach and have lunch.  

    Before arriving in the city of Esperance, we will make another detour to visit the only full-size replica of the original Stonehenge, Esperance Stonehenge. Walk the grassy fields and marvel at the 137 stones of Esperance Pink Granite.


    Esperance Stonehenge

    Finally arriving in Esperance, check-in to the accommodation and spend the rest of the afternoon exploring at your own pace. Reunite for a delicious group dinner in the evening.

    Note: Entry into Esperance Stonehenge ($10 per person) is not included and requires to be paid at the attraction.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    DAY 8: ESPERANCE - NORSEMAN - KALGOORLIE

    After a delicious breakfast, we will begin the journey to Australia's largest outback city, Kalgoorlie. We will make a half-way detour to the town of Norseman where we will enjoy lunch and stretch our legs.

    Arriving in Kalgoorlie in the early afternoon, we will make our way to the Museum of the Goldfields; explore the largest display of the State’s collection of gold bars and nuggets, step back in time to see how prospectors searched for this precious metal, and learn about the life and hardships faced by mining families during the early 1900s.


    Kalgoorlie's famous Super Pit

    After checking-in to the accommodation, watch the sunset from the Super Pit lookout before enjoying a hearty dinner as a group.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

    DAY 9: KALGOORLIE - MERREDIN - CUNDERDIN - MECKERING - NORTHAM

    Enjoy a delicious local breakfast in Kalgoorlie before hitting the road and beginning the journey back to Perth. Our first destination is Merredin, the largest regional grain centre in the Eastern Wheatbelt. Upon arrival, we will visit the Merredin Military Museum before continuing an hour down the road to Cunderdin for lunch.

    Our next attraction is in nearby Meckering; the Meckering Big Camera Museum is the only museum of photography open to the public anywhere in Western Australia with displays of over 1,000 items including cameras, projectors and processing equiptment. Don't forget to snap a picture infront of it's large camera exterior!

    Northam is our final destination for today. Check-in to the accommodation and spend the rest of the day relaxing after your long journey. Group dinner arrangements are optional but can be made upon request.

    Note: Entry into Merredin Military Museum ($10 per person) is not included and requires to be paid at the venue.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch.

    DAY 10: NORTHAM - PERTH

    Today marks the final day of your South-West journey. After enjoying breakfast, soak up last-minute experiences in Northam with a Historical Buildings Bus Tour before driving back to Perth.

    FAQ's for This Package

    Flights are not included in this package. If required, we'll happily price flights for you to suit your requirements along with transfers to and from the airport once the number of travelers is known. If you have accumulated Australian Escapes Free Flights vouchers, these can be used to reduce the overall price (limits will apply).

    All of our travel and tour packages are fully flexible. Each is a TEMPLATE to be used as a framework around which you can customise an itinerary to suit. The minimum numbers are flexible as well and groups can be as small as two people for a self-guided holiday. After discussion, we'll go away and prepare a tour plan (including best value pricing) to suit your ideas and preferences.

    Accommodation is supplied in all overnight destinations. It will be hotel style rated Bronze Standard or above. This means high quality accommodation. Bedding is arranged to suit the number of persons staying. All accommodation is subject to change subject according to availability however it will be as central as possible and high quality.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) Many will show "Join a departure" dates to suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for your group size as pricing is often affected by the number of people.

    When you arrive at each destination on your trip your tour director will show you around and point out places of interest. A professional tour director is provided and recommended for exclusive charters of 20 or more people. A group trip organiser may also fill this role.

    General Tour Package FAQ's

    Yes, the idea of our tour packages is to get you to the destinations on the itinerary where you can stay with the main group or go off on your own if you prefer. Flexibility is the essential ingredient.

    Yes, however please ensure that you mention this requirement so we can be certain that arrangements are made where needed. You do need to be traveling with a person who will provide personal assistance.

    Yes, and if rain is forecast you should be prepared with a compact umbrella or rainproof jacket as preferred.

    Yes we do. Dietary requirements affect included set meals and will be taken into consideration during the planning process.

    All tours can be operated on a "Group-guided" basis. A complete "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" manual is supplied to the group leader (trip organizer). Included is a comprehensive daily itinerary, driver instructions and information about each part of your tour to enable you to provide entertaining commentary. Also included are checklists and reminders about daily tasks. The end-result is easy-flowing trip organisation, fewer issues and very happy tour participants. Overall it means less stress and a lot more fun for everyone.

    If a tour director is supplied in an example tour package it will be shown as an inclusion. But this is very flexible and if not included as standard, can be arranged if preferred. If you are part of a social group such as Probus, the trip organiser will often enjoy taking on this role. We provide comprehensive information and guidance for "hands-on" trip organisers. This includes a "how-to" guide and starter information about the places visited on the tour.

    Yes, definitely. All charter tour packages are simply "templates" as a starting point for customising a tour to suit. We then we apply the discounts available to you, your club or corporate group.

    All tour packages are flexible. Various options are already published. (See the Pricing section for the tour you are interested in.) Many will show "Join a departure" dates to suit couples and singles. If you represent a club or other group, please click the "Enquiry" button to request pricing for your group size as pricing is often affected by the number of people.

    We try to include as much as possible to avoid any surprises however some optional activities might be offered. Included activities are shown on each listing. Also shown are exclusions.

    "Self-guided" (self-drive) is a trip designed for couples and groups of up to 8 people (such as two to four couples) traveling together using a single car or 7 to 12-seater van. It means that you guide yourself on the trip. "Group-guided" means the tour is for a larger group on a bus with a driver and the group leader (trip organizer) as tour director. A professional tour director can be supplied if required.

    One of the challenges in managing tour groups is making sure everyone can hear what is being said. Audio-guide equipment enables the tour guide or manager to communicate via microphone and headset with all members of the tour group. For groups of 12 or more a tour-guide system is recommended.

    On multi-day tours where accommodation is supplied you will often have a choice of accommodation types at the same hotel or resort. We'll find out your preferences in the early stages of planning your trip.

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    FAQ: Tour package types and flexibility

    What is a "Self-guided" tour?

    This means you are in full control of your trip. You will have a rental car (uncluded in the package) to get you around. The vehicle size varies according to preference and/or group size. Self-guided is aimed at singles, couples and small groups of up to 4 people.

    Our job is to organise most things for you in advance saving you a lot of time, stress and money. You'll receive a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information plus a FREE Lonely Planet guide to fill in the gaps. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and to do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Group-guided" tour?

    Group-guided is similar to "Self-guided" with the difference is that it is aimed at groups of 5 or more people. You run the tour as would a tour director.

    Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater self-drive commuter bus up to a chartered tour bus and driver. The included "Tour Manager Notes & Guide" helps you run the tour, plus you receive a FREE Lonely Planet guide. Included is a complete daily itinerary with lots of helpful information as a well as a driver itinerary if required.

    We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

    What is a "Fully-guided" tour?

    Fully-guided tours are aimed at larger groups the same as "Group-guided" except that the tour is run by a professional tour director.

    Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater self-drive commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a chartered tour bus and driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance saving you a lot of time and money and ensuring a smooth travel experience. There is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously. A fully-guided tour means everyone can relax including the trip organiser.

    What is a "Join departure" tour?

    You join a fully-guided tour that starts on a departure date that suits you. Small and large groups can join a departure, however the tour is focused on the interests of the broader group. You can appoint a leader specifically for your group if preferred to focus on separate interests.

    The tour is run by a professional tour director. Transport can vary from a 8 to 12-seater commuter bus, driven by the tour director, up to a 54-seat luxury coach with driver. We organise all aspects of the trip in advance and there is usually considerable flexible time at each destination enabling you to relax and enjoy the location and do things spontaneously.

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