The Great South West Edge

Been to Australia before? Want to see more or planning to explore for the very first time? Then this tour is the very thing. Experience the adventure of the Outback, enjoy the spectacular coastline of Australia’s South West where kangaroos relax on the beach and enjoy some of the country’s finest wines.
Perth is the nearest city to the UK and a fabulous entry point to Australia. This short tour is the ideal introduction for first time visitors to Oz, and a fascinating experience for return visitors alike, before heading up the coast or across the country.

18 Day Escorted Tour

DAYS 1 – 2

Fly from London to Perth where you will meet the Tour Escorts and stay at a city centre hotel. Overnight Perth hotel.

DAY 3

Breakfast followed by a guided coach tour of the vibrant city of Perth, including Kings Park, Fremantle, and views over the Indian Ocean. Enjoy a welcome meal in the company of your fellow travellers. Overnight Perth hotel.

DAY 4

Breakfast then transfer to the motorhome depot to pick up your vehicle before the short drive (6 miles) to your campsite in the Swan Valley. Follow the delicious Food and Wine Trail, covering 150 attractions over 32 kilometres. Overnight Swan Valley campsite.

DAY 5

Get your first taste of the Outback on the drive to Wave Rock (213 miles), a granite cliff, standing 15 metres high, 110 metres long and shaped remarkably like a huge wave. Take the short detour on the Tin Horse Highway to Kulin where you can see the many Tin Horses displayed along the route. Overnight Wave Rock campsite.

DAY 6

The drive to the mining town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder (307 miles) offers a real Australian outback adventure and a fascinating insight into the region’s colourful gold rush history. Overnight Kalgoorlie campsite.

DAY 7

Historic buildings, character pubs and even the bordellos of Kalgoorlie- Boulder are remnants of more than a century of gold rush history, which will be included in a half-day guided tour to the Super Pit – be amazed by the size of the 793 dump trucks as we travel along the haul roads on site with the trucks. Overnight Kalgoorlie campsite.

DAY 8

Turn south to the coast to Esperance (245 miles) on the Southern Ocean, where Lucky Bay boasts the whitest beach in Australia. Enjoy the company of kangaroos on the beach whilst you take a refreshing dip in the ocean or stroll along the 670 metre Tanker Jetty. Overnight Esperance campsite.

DAY 9

Travel to Hopetoun (120 miles) on the edge of Fitzgerald River National Park. Spend a lazy afternoon on Barrens Beach, swimming, snorkelling and exploring the rock pools. Visit the cave at East Mylies. Overnight Hopetoun campsite.

DAY 10

Continue along the coast to Albany (214 miles), where the first European settlers set foot in Western Australia. Nearby is the Torndirrup National Park, one of the most dramatic natural coastlines in Western Australia and home to The Gap and Natural Bridge and The Blowholes. Overnight Albany campsite.

DAY 11

In the morning we will have a guided visit (own transport) to the National Anzac Centre which remembers the heroes of the First World War. Free time in the afternoon to discover the area – explore the history of whaling at the Discovery Centre. Overnight Albany campsite.

DAY 12

Drive to Walpole along the stunning coast (76 miles) and visit the Valley of the Giants in the Walpole-Nornalup National Park. Walk among the 400 year old tingle trees at the Tree Top Walk and Ancient Empire Grove. Overnight Walpole campsite.

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DAY 13

Travelling west we head to Margaret River (176 miles), home to Australia’s premium wine region. Inland you will be dwarfed by some of the world’s tallest hardwood trees and awe-struck by the stalactites on show when you plunge into Jewel Cave. Overnight Margaret River campsite.

DAY 14

Sit back and relax on a Margaret River wine tour where you will visit a selection of fabulous wineries, including some that you may not have heard of, but that you will surely never forget – lunch included. Overnight Margaret River campsite.

DAY 15

Head north to Bunbury (54 miles), renowned for its wild but friendly bottlenose dolphins who you can meet at the shoreline or out in the bay aboard a dolphin watching and swimming tour. Overnight Bunbury campsite.

DAY 16

Heading back to Perth, we will stay at a campsite just outside Fremantle (95 miles) and enjoy a farewell meal at a local restaurant with your new found friends. Overnight Fremantle campsite.

DAY 17

Return your motorhomes and either begin your personal arrangements for your extended day in Oz, or, if time is short, take the evening flight back to London.

DAY 18

Arrive in London. This ends the tour travel arrangements.

Tour Highlights

  • Two nights hotel stay in Perth, with guided city tour
  • Experience the Outback
  • Guided tour of Kalgoorlie Super Pit
  • Visit to the National Anzac Centre
  • Margaret River winery visit including lunch
  • Meeting the dolphins in Bunbury
  • The spectacular scenery and white beaches of Western Australia
  • Encounters with the local wildlife including kangaroos, dolphins, seals and a host of birdlife

What’s Included

  • The services of experienced Tour Escorts
  • Return standard flights (London to Perth)
  • All airport taxes
  • 14 days fully-equipped 2-berth motorhome hire (includes unlimited mileage)
  • Motorhome preparation and living kits
  • Vehicle insurance (zero excess)
  • 13 nights site fees (includes electrical hook-up where available)
  • Two nights hotel accommodation in Perth on a bed and breakfast basis
  • Coach transfers as stated
  • Half-day Perth excursion
  • Welcome meal
  • Guided visit to the Super Pit
  • Half day Margaret River winery tour with lunch
  • Farewell meal
  • Tour daybook and an Australia Road Atlas
  • Prices are per person based on two adults sharing a motorhome

EXCLUSIONS

  • Personal insurance – please ask for a quote
  • Motorhome fuel or refills of propane gas
  • Meals and drinks (unless stated)
  • Excursions or entrance fees (other than those stated)
  • Personal expenditure, tips etc.
  • Refundable motorhome security/cleaning deposit (approx. AU$250)
  • Single supplements, extra person supplements available on request

Extend your holiday

Whilst in Perth, take a ferry across to Rottnest Island or extend your motorhome rental and carry on up the Coral Coast to Broome.

Swim with the whale sharks at Exmouth or see the famous dolphins at Monkey Mia.
Drive the Great Ocean Road between Melbourne and Adelaide and see the craggy limestone spires of the Twelve Apostles.

Let the train take the strain with a trip on the Indian Pacific from Perth to Sydney.
Our travel specialists will be happy to suggest alternatives routes and excursions you can add onto your tour. Call our friendly team on 024 7767 0638 or make an online enquiry and we will call you back.