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Margaret River & Albany Adventure

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Margaret River & Albany Adventure

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Immerse yourself in a First Nations tour like no other, go tasting wines, cheese and chocolate in the epicurean Margaret River region, spend a unique night surrounded by some of Australia’s animal treasures at Donnelly River Village and get to know the southern coast with wildlife and wilderness experiences in and around Albany. This six-day adventure from Perth to the best that Western Australia’s south has to offer is action-packed, scenic and full of time for you soak in the views. Handpicked accommodation and thoughtful inclusions greet you each step of the way, so all you need to do sit back, relax and enjoy the ride.

Trip Name
Margaret River & Albany Adventure
Last Updated
2020-11-29
Days
6
Capacity
12
Highlights
  • Taste the gastronomic wonder of southern WA with a day eating and drinking your way through the Margaret River. Experience the best wineries, breweries, cheese and chocolate factories the region has to offer.
  • The coastline of southern WA is a sight to behold. Admire the vast Busselton Jetty, learn of maritime secrets at Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and discover Albany’s shores from multiple angles.
  • Embark on an unforgettable First Nations experience on the lands of the local Noongar communities. While the sun sets in the park, you will be treated to a didgeridoo performance inside the sacred Ngilgi Cave.
  • Sleep in handpicked boutique accommodation, including the memorable timber cottages at Donnelly River Village, surrounded by resident kangaroos, emus and possums. It’s not the usual nights’ stay!
  • It’s no wonder that Western Australia is renowned for its verdant forests and sweeping vistas. Climb high above the treetops at the Valley of the Giants, and have your camera ready for epic vistas on the Granite Skywalk.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It is important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary seasonally to ensure our travellers have the best experience. Your tour leader will keep you up to date with any such changes once on tour. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your leader know you are interested in the Group Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Perth – Margaret River
Welcome to the west coast of the Australian mainland and WA’s largest city and capital, Perth. This morning, meet your leader and fellow travel crew at a central point – find out exact details in the ‘Joining Point Instructions’ of your Essential Trip Information – then begin your coastal journey south towards the laidback locale of Busselton. Home to the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere at 1.841 kilometres, take the chance to stretch your legs and snap a few photos. Afterwards, spend some time with a local beekeeper, enjoying a live demonstration of how to care for bees and extract honey, plus – of course – an included tasting! Your demonstration takes place in a family-run pottery centre, so spend some time perusing the works of local pottery artists in residence. Sometime today you’ll also take a drive through Boranup Forest and past Contos Beach Lookout for some pretty epic views. Keep driving into the Margaret River region, checking in to your hotel in the afternoon. Tonight, keep the introductions going with an included local dinner and drink with your newfound travel pals.
Day 2 - Margaret River
You’ve had some time to check out the sights and sounds of the Margaret River, but today is all about tasting what the region has to offer. This section of Australia is home to some of the best artisanal flavours around, particularly their wines, cheeses and chocolate. So, luckily for you, the group will hit all three today! Take to the regional roads bound for some boutique wineries and breweries, a local chocolate factory and cheesery, tasting some of the best going around. Margaret River’s wineries have built a reputation on their cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, and you’ll soon know why. After a day of indulging, the evening is yours to enjoy how you’d like. Perhaps it’s time for a walk along the beach, or instead, explore the township’s restaurant and bar scene – be sure to ask your group leader for their recommendations.
Day 3 - Dunsborough – Donnelly River
Strap in for a day of sightseeing – first stop, Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse. Here, learn of the fascinating maritime history of the Cape region full of shipwrecks and lighthouse keeper tales. There will also be time for a short coastal walk along the Bibulman Track, so be sure to have your camera handy for some cool coastal shots. Pass by Canal Rocks and The Bridge, keeping an eye out for a passing Southern Right or Humpback Whale, which you might just be lucky enough to spot. After some free time in the nearby town of Dunsborough, drive to Hamelin Bay and search for some local stingrays floating around in the shallow waters. Continue inland to an immersive and powerful First Nations cultural experience, giving you a snapshot into the history of the land and its peoples. Take a short bushwalk identifying traditional medicines in plants and learning local Noongar knowledge from your guide. Venture into Ngilgi Cave, home to significant Dreamtime stories for local communities, and experience a mesmerising didgeridoo performance inside the cave. With a glowing sunset likely to greet you as the group leaves the cave, this cultural experience will be a memory to last a long time. Finish up with an easy one-hour drive to the former timber town of Donnelly River Village, where you’ll spend the night in old-school timber cottages surrounded by kangaroos, emus and possums. This is true blue.
Day 4 - Albany
Depart Donnelly River Village bound for Albany, along the southern coast of Western Australia. You’ll have some free time for lunch in town before joining your group to visit Albany’s Historic Whaling Station which now houses a museum. You’ll see The Gap, Natural Bridge and Frenchmans Bay during the day, stopping to stretch your legs and take some coastal photos. Then, in the afternoon, head to a local Sandalwood wellness centre for a special Gong Relaxation Session. The next hour is meditative bliss – connect to your inner self as vibrational tones of the Gong, calming sandalwood oil and meditation combine for a peaceful and relaxing experience. After a couple of days of steady travel, this rejuvenating session is exactly what your body needs. Continue your zen as you have a night of leisure in Albany.
Day 5 - Albany
Spend the morning in nature on board a wilderness cruise in Walpole. Keep your eyes peeled for pods of dolphins and other marine life in this secluded cove. Afterwards, stop by the impressive Valley of the Giants, embarking on a Tree Top Walk on boardwalks and bridges suspended upwards of 40 metres in the canopy above. This ancient tingle forest is the largest in the state, and the biodiversity of trees in this region are very special. Explore the forests of southern WA, and on your way back to Albany, stop by the coast at natural attractions such as Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks, discovering some postcard-perfect views. Think sun-bleached boulders, crisp white sands, turquoise waters and dramatic cliffs – they’re all on the cards today. Following an action-packed day explore, join your group for a relaxing included dinner back in town.
Day 6 - Albany – Perth
Enjoy breakfast, then head to Porongurup National Park to take a guided walk on Castle Rock Walk and the Granite Skywalk. The path weaves through yate, marri and karri forests and past the renowned Balancing Rock. Take the Skywalk high above the plains, admiring some sweeping views across the Porongurup Range landscapes and forests below. Legs stretched and panorama shots acquired, it’s time to head back to Perth. Depending on the time of year, fields of wildflowers will be in full bloom roadside, making for some scenic roadside views. After some drop-offs in central Fremantle, you’ll make your way back to Perth in the late afternoon. Once there, you are free to continue your own adventure or begin your homeward journey, as your tour ends on arrival.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
05-04-202110-04-2021AUD $ 2,503-
19-04-202124-04-2021AUD $ 2,503-
03-05-202108-05-2021AUD $ 2,503-
17-05-202122-05-2021AUD $ 2,503-
14-06-202119-06-2021AUD $ 2,503-
21-06-202126-06-2021AUD $ 2,503-
12-07-202117-07-2021AUD $ 2,503-
02-08-202107-08-2021AUD $ 2,503-
16-08-202121-08-2021AUD $ 2,503-
06-09-202111-09-2021AUD $ 2,503-
04-10-202109-10-2021AUD $ 2,503-
18-10-202123-10-2021AUD $ 2,503-
08-11-202113-11-2021AUD $ 2,503-
22-11-202127-11-2021AUD $ 2,503-
13-12-202118-12-2021AUD $ 2,503-
10-01-202215-01-2022AUD $ 2,945-
07-02-202212-02-2022AUD $ 2,945-
21-02-202226-02-2022AUD $ 2,945-
07-03-202212-03-2022AUD $ 2,945-
21-03-202226-03-2022AUD $ 2,945-

Accommodation

Resort (2 nights),Cottage (1 night),Motel (2 nights)

Transport

Private vehicle

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