Tour Description

Perth and Surrounds

Eight Days: 24th – 31st August 2019

Twin Share: $3895 per person. Sole Use: $4395 per person.

Included in the tour:
  • Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
  • Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
  • All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
  • Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.
  • Option to travel on the Indian Pacific from Adelaide to Perth (additional cost)

 

Come with us as we enjoy the best of Western Australia’s capital—the wonderful city of Perth, known for its charm and beauty. The elegant riverside parks, network of freeways and the lovely Swan River all combine to give the city grace and distinction. There is so much diversity in this tour: We cruise the Swan River and the canals of Mandurah, spend a day discovering Rottnest Island, take a train journey through the forest, taste gourmet produce and travel through the hills looking for wildflowers! We stay the entire time in the well-appointed Metro Hotel in South Perth, which allows us to unpack once, settle in and make the most of our time exploring! With so much to discover, it is easy to see why so many people fall in love with Perth.

 

Day One – SATURDAY 24 AUGUST 2019

(includes light lunch and three course dinner)

Today our adventure to Perth begins! After being picked up from our homes (limited areas*) we are taken to the Adelaide Airport terminal. On arrival, an Endeavour Tours representative assists us with our group check-in and escorts us to the gate ready to board our Qantas flight to Perth. When we land, a guide will be at the gate to meet us, assist with our luggage and take us to our mini coach to meet our Endeavour Tours driver.

There’s no better way to get acquainted with a city than on a guided tour, so we have a local come aboard to show us the sights, while telling us the stories of Perth’s history and development. The pleasant mix of new and old architecture is combined with the beauty of the Swan River that winds its way through the city. Perth really is the jewel of Western Australia.

Optional alternative to flight: The Indian Pacific train from Adelaide to Perth.  Travel on part of this transcontinental train journey, along the longest straight stretch of rail in the world. Experience the contrast of the city with the vast expanse of the Nullabor Plain on this two night journey. Departing Adelaide on Thursday 22 August at 9.40pm, you would arrive in Perth at 3.00pm on Saturday 24 August, where an Endeavour Tours representative would meet you to take you to our accommodation to join the rest of the tour.  The Indian Pacific provides an all inclusive journey including off-train experiences and the option of your own private sleeper cabin, with en-suite facilities. Prices are available on request.

Following our tour we head to our accommodation for the duration of our stay at the Metro Hotel Perth (Ph. 08 9367 6122) near the southern bank of the Swan River. We have time to relax and settle in to our new surrounds before coming together for our first delicious three course dinner.

 

Day Two – SUNDAY 25 AUGUST 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

Our morning drive takes us south to Dwellingup, a town situated near the river and surrounded by pristine jarrah forest. Originally settled by timber harvesters, it has since become a centre for forest management and research. We board the historic Hotham Valley Tourist Railway for a scenic journey through the surrounding forest to Etmilyn. The train stops here for a short time and for those feeling energetic there is a short walk through the Etmilyn Forest. Here you’ll see a number of the tree varieties that attracted the harvesters including Jarrah, Blackbutt and Red Gum, as well as Blackboy, Banksia and a variety of palms and ferns unique to this area. Our journey will take us along a small section of the state’s last surviving, lightly-built development railway.

After disembarking the train we head west to Pinjarra. Here we will see the Suspension Bridge that extends across the beautiful Murray River which flows through this heritage town and into the picturesque hills of Dwellingup. We enjoy lunch before departing for coastal Mandurah, voted twice as Western Australia’s Top Tourism Town.

Once a small fishing village that boomed during the holiday period, Mandurah is now the second largest city in Western Australia. We have time to look around this vibrant city before joining a Dolphin Cruise that glides through the calm inland waterways of Mandurah. There are between 75 and 100 bottlenose dolphins living in the Mandurah waters, so there is a good chance of spotting one of these majestic creatures while we cruise. We take time to enjoy the abundant birdlife of the world renowned Ramsar listed Creery Wetlands and cruise through the canals to spot some of the luxury water-front homes.

At the conclusion of our cruise we head back to Perth for dinner and a good night’s rest.

 

Day Three – MONDAY 26 AUGUST 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

After breakfast we take the opportunity to experience the activities, exhibitions and demonstrations of the Perth Mint, where gold is refined and precious coins are struck onsite.

Established in the 1890’s, the mint is one of Perth’s most impressive heritage buildings from the colonial era. We make the most of our visit by joining a tour where a knowledgeable guide tells many stories about Western Australia’s golden history. We see the original melting house, the secure vault, view a display of natural gold nuggets, handle more than $500,000 worth of gold bullion and watch the amazing spectacle of a traditional gold pour, during which pure gold is heated to molten temperatures and transformed into a gleaming solid gold bar. The centrepiece of the remarkable new Gold Exhibition is the Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin, the largest and most valuable coin in the world.

Following our morning tea, we depart for Burns Beach with its great views over the ocean. From here, we set off along the scenic ocean route, exploring Iluka, Ocean Reef, Mullaloo and Kallaroo beaches. We arrive at Hillarys Boat Harbour which has been named the best marina in Western Australia.

It is here that we stop at the Aquarium of Western Australia or AQWA, as it’s known to the locals. We enjoy lunch before exploring the aquarium which is divided into areas that reflect the unique marine environments and life found in five distinct regions of Western Australia’s coast. As we venture beneath the waters of the Indian Ocean in Australia’s largest walk-through aquarium, we are surrounded by sharks, turtles, stingrays and hundreds of fish. We meet the mystical leafy sea dragons, are captivated by beautiful living coral reefs and even interact with living animals in the touch pool exhibit.

Mid-afternoon, we continue our coastal drive, heading south through Sorrento Beach to Mettam’s Pool a natural rock pool protected by a surrounding reef. Other delightful areas are Scarborough Beach, City Beach and Reabold Hill Lookout, which is 85 metres above sea level and the highest natural point in the Perth metropolitan area. The views are magnificent from the lookout and we can see Perth and the Swan River, Rottnest Island, Fremantle and Hillarys Boat Harbour.

Our final beach destination is Cottesloe Beach, one of the most popular of all Western Australia’s city beaches. We’ll stop here to enjoy the surrounds, perhaps even dip our toes in the water and maybe see the sun set, before heading back to our hotel for the evening.

 

Day Four – TUESDAY 27 AUGUST 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

After breakfast we are set out on a wonderful cruise down the calm waters of the Swan River to Fremantle.  We can enjoy stunning views of the city from a different perspective whilst listening to the Captain’s informative commentary.

The port has always been the focal point for the growth and prosperity of Fremantle. It was a base for Allied naval ships during World War 2, the first port for thousands of immigrants following the war, hosted the America’s Cup Defence in 1987 and the International Sailing Federation World Championships in 2011, and today it boasts the largest commercial port in Western Australia.

On arrival we join a Tram Tour, where we discover there is so much more to Fremantle than just the industrial area around the docks. Aboard a replica tram we are shown Fremantle’s bustling harbours, its beautifully preserved architecture and the significant sites of this historic port city.

Following this unique tour, we are bound for the convict built Fremantle Prison. It is here that we will have lunch before taking the ‘Behind Bars Tour’ with one of the experienced guides. We explore the prison from its convict origins in the 1850s, until its closure as a maximum security gaol in 1991. We can view life as it was for both convicts and prisoners, discover how time was passed in the yards and marvel at prisoners original works of art. We take the opportunity to browse the prison gallery and gift shop before we depart.

We return to Perth and our accommodation at the Metro with time to relax and freshen up before dinner.

 

Day Five – WEDNESDAY 28 AUGUST 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

This morning we set out to explore one of the world’s largest inner city parks: Kings Park, home to the spectacular Western Australian Botanic Garden.  Nearly two thirds of the Park is natural bushland which displays over 3,000 species of the State’s unique flora and contains around 80 bird species. The balance of the Park is made up of superbly cultivated gardens and open recreational areas and at this time of year there may be some wildflowers.

Kings Park also boasts spectacular views over the city, South Perth foreshore and the river, so it will be a morning tea spot that is second to none!  As one of the most popular visitor destinations in Western Australia, we have plenty of time to enjoy the park to its fullest.

Following our time in Kings Park we travel to the historic colonial town of Guildford.  Here we visit the award-winning Swan Valley Visitor Information Centre, packed full of wonderful information, souvenirs, local produce and an impressive range of gifts. From here, we depart for an afternoon of taste-testing some of Western Australia’s most sought-after products and gourmet delights!

The Margaret River Chocolate Factory in Swan Valley is the company’s largest in Western Australia. We enjoy lunch here before we have time to look around, watch the products being made and enjoy tastings of some of the 200 chocolate products produced here. Of course we can also purchase some goodies for later!

Next we find ourselves at the House of Honey which proudly specialises in raw, pure and unpasteurised varieties of honey. They provide premium intense-flavoured honeys with the highest nutritional value, using traditional and sustainable methods. Many of their honeys even have laboratory tested healing properties. Their shop is a delight with friendly staff who to help with tastings, displays to educate us in the world of bees and everything “bee-related” available to purchase, from honey to beauty products.

Our last visit today is at Mondo Nougat where the Romeo family uses traditional Italian recipes, modified to suit our Australian palette. We are able to watch nougat being made from a special viewing area and enjoy tastings of delicious varieties of nougat made from the very best Australian produce.  Once again, if the tasting has left you wanting more, we can purchase from a wide selection of nougat, crème de nougat and various gift packs.

Loaded up with local goodies we head back to Perth for dinner and a relaxing evening.

 

Day Six – THURSDAY 29 AUGUST 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

Today we have a full day tour planned to one of Perth’s iconic destinations, Rottnest Island!

Rottnest’s amazing wildlife and stunning natural beauty means it is a designated Important Bird Area as well as an A-class reserve; the highest level of protection that can be afforded to public land. The Island  includes three native tree species only found on Rottnest and is perhaps best known for its population of quokkas, a small native marsupial found in very few other locations. The island was actually named Rotte Nest (“rat’s nest” in Dutch) by William de Vlamingh in 1696 who mistook the quokka population for giant rats!

We board the Rottnest Express ferry and take a leisurely journey to the Island, locally nicknamed ‘Rotto’.  After arriving, we join a guided bus tour where we learn of the Island’s unique history, environment, heritage and wildlife, as well as current information and activities on Rottnest. After lunch we have some free time to wander around the main settlement and explore.

We catch the return ferry to arrive back in Perth in the late afternoon, before heading to the hotel in time for a splendid three-course dinner with much to talk about after a great day on Rottnest Island.

 

Day Seven – FRIDAY 30 AUGUST 2019

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and three course dinner)

Today’s adventures take us east into the Perth Hills, through an area of natural bushland, waterfalls, towering trees and stunning views.

We drive through the John Forrest National Park, Western Australia’s first National Park and one of Australia’s oldest conservation areas. The park is set in jarrah forest and much of it is still in its natural state.

Continuing east to the township of Mundaring, we stop to peruse the Visitors Centre and local shops.

After morning tea, we continue our pleasant drive through the hills to Mundaring Weir which impounds the Helena River. We can walk across the 42 metre high wall to take in the spectacular views from the north side. Supplying water to the Goldfields region some 530 kilometres away, the weir and pipeline represent a huge engineering feat, being the longest freshwater pipeline in the world. Constructed in the late 1890’s / early 1900’s, it was controversial for its time and received significant criticism. However, it was clearly successful and is still in operation today.

From here we continue to Kalamunda. Art, music and history play a big part in this community, as we will see on our visit to the Zig Zag Cultural Centre and Kalamunda History Village. The village is located on the site of the original Railway Station, built in the 1890s to service the Zig Zag line which transported timber from the mills. Housing original buildings, locomotives and equipment, the Village is the largest folk museum in Western Australia and is a reflection of the industries and lifestyle of the Hills region.  After our lunch here in the café, We have time to look around the Village and Cultural Centre which also includes a visitor information centre, gift shop and gallery.

Our last stop today is at Lesmurdie Falls National Park. Located on the western edge of the Darling Scarp, the park is home to the stunning 50 metre Lesmurdie Falls formed by Lesmurdie Brook emptying over the scarp. It is a short, easy walk to the falls and we have time to take photos and enjoy the natural surroundings.

At the end of a delightful day enjoying some wonderful natural beauty, we return to our accommodation for dinner.

 

Day Eight – SATURDAY 31 AUGUST, 2019

(includes cooked breakfast and light lunch)

We have a leisurely start to the day, with the opportunity for a later breakfast.

Overlooking the Swan River on Riverside Drive is one of Perth’s most unique tourist attractions. The Bell Tower is the home of the Swan Bells, a set of 18 bells including twelve from St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in London. These historic bells were given to the people of Western Australia as part of the national Bicentennial celebrations in 1988 and are the only bells known to have left England. Hanging in a specially built copper and glass tower the bells are recorded as being in existence from before the 14th century. We have a guided tour of this striking tower.

Late morning, we make our way to the Airport, arriving with plenty of time for a relaxed check-in. We have assistance with our luggage and ticketing before making our way through to the departure gate ready for our Qantas flight back to Adelaide.

On arrival at the Adelaide Airport, we are met by an Endeavour Tours representative, who will take us to the cars that are waiting to return us home to our doors, with memories of the wonderful experiences we have enjoyed in and around Perth.