Tour Description

Perth and Surrounds

(Combined Adelaide and South Coast Departure)
Eight Days: 24th – 31st August 2021

Twin Share: $3995 per person. Sole Use: $4475 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.

 

Discover 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 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 – TUESDAY 24 AUGUST 2021

(includes light lunch and two 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 with our group check-in and escorts us to the gate ready to board our afternoon 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.

We head straight 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 dinner.

Please note: with limited domestic flights currently available, our flight to Perth departs later in the day than usual at approximately 3.30pm.

Day Two – WEDNESDAY 25 AUGUST 2021

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

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.

Following our morning tea, we take the scenic ocean route north, stopping along the way to admire the beaches and views over the ocean. We arrive at Hillarys Boat Harbour, an iconic Perth destination and home to the Aquarium of Western Australia or  (AQWA) as it is know to the locals.

We stop for lunch before visiting the aquarium which has exhibits reflecting the unique marine life and environments 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, stopping to discover some of the popular beaches of Perth. Heading south we journey through Sorrento Beach, Mettam’s Pool—a natural rock pool protected by a surrounding reef, Scarborough Beach and City Beach, just to name a few.

We head up to  Reabold Hill Lookout, located 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, the Swan River, Rottnest Island, Fremantle and Hillary’s Boat Harbour.

Our final beach destination today is Cottesloe Beach, one of the most popular of all Western Australia’s city beaches. We 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 dinner.

Day Three – THURSDAY 26 AUGUST 2021

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

This morning we set out to explore one of the world’s largest inner city parks. Kings Park is the home of 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 is home to 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 wildflowers on display.

Kings Park also offers stunning views over the city, South Perth foreshore and the river. As one of the most popular visitor destinations in Western Australia, we have plenty of time to appreciate the beauty of this park and will also enjoy our morning tea in these wonderful surrounds.

Following our time in Kings Park we set off to explore the Swan Valley. We travel to the historic colonial town of Guildford, where our first stop will be at the award-winning Swan Valley Visitor Information Centre. Here we can learn about all the Swan Valley has to offer, as well as browsing the range of souvenirs, local produce and gifts.

From Guildford, we depart for an afternoon of taste-testing some of Western Australia’s most sought-after products and gourmet delights! Whistlers Chocolate Company is an iconic local brand and the state’s oldest chocolate company. For over 40 years, they have been making traditional chocolates and confectionery from recipes passed down between the generations. From traditional chocolate bars to peanut brittle and rocky road, there is sure to be something to appeal to everyone’s taste. The café and garden make Whistlers the perfect location for lunch before continuing our afternoon journey.

Just down the road, is Mondo Nougat, where the Romeo family uses traditional Italian recipes to make delicious nougat, 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. Of course, there is the opportunity to purchase from a wide selection of nougat, crème de nougat and various other delectable sweets!

Lastly 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 to help with tastings, displays to educate us in the world of bees and everything “bee-related” available to purchase, including candles, beauty products and giftware.

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

Day Four – FRIDAY 27 AUGUST 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two 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 designated an A-class reserve which is 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 Willem de Vlamingh in 1696 who mistook the quokka population for giant rats!

The Rottnest Express ferry takes us on 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, natural environment, cultural heritage and wildlife. After lunch we have some free time to wander around the main settlement.

We catch the return ferry back to Perth in the late afternoon, before heading to the hotel in time for a delicious dinner.

Day Five – SATURDAY 28 AUGUST 2021

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

Today we explore south of Perth. Our morning drive takes us 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 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 where we stop for lunch, before continuing to the coastal city of Mandurah. 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. 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 Six – SUNDAY 29 AUGUST 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two 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. It is here we will stop for morning tea.

Not far from town is the Mundaring Weir which impounds the Helena River. 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. We can walk across the 42 metre high wall to take in the spectacular views from the north side.

Constructed in the late 1890’s/early 1900’s, the weir 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 Kalamunda History Village. The largest folk museum in Western Australia, the village is located on the site of the original Railway Station which was built in the 1890s to service the Zig Zag line which transported timber from the mills. Housing original buildings, locomotives and equipment, it is a reflection of the industries and lifestyle of the Hills region.  After our lunch, 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 the day we have a relaxing drive back to Perth.

Day Seven – MONDAY 30 AUGUST 2021

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

This morning we journey south along the eastern side of the beautiful Swan River to Fremantle, Perth’s iconic fishing boat harbour. Fremantle is renowned for its rich maritime history, preserved 19th century landscape and vibrant street culture.

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 lunch, we are bound for the convict built Fremantle Prison to take the ‘Behind Bars Tour’. Accompanied by an experienced guide, 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 our accommodation at the Metro with time to relax and freshen up before dinner.

Day Eight – TUESDAY 31 AUGUST 2021

(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 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.