Tour Description

South West WA and Wildflowers

(Combined Departure)
Fourteen Days: 18th September – 1st October 2024

Twin Share: $6989 per person. Sole Use: $8069 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
  • All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
  • Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.

 

Join us on an enchanting journey through the scenic landscapes and captivating historical sites of Southwest WA. This tour promises a blend of breathtaking natural beauty, from rugged coastlines to expansive forests, and cultural heritage that spans quaint towns and vibrant cities. Explore unique geological formations, immerse yourself in local flora and fauna, and uncover the rich tapestry of Australia’s southwest corner. With every destination, prepare to create lasting memories and friendships, making this not just a trip, but an unforgettable experience of discovery and delight.

 

Day One – WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER 2024

Our journey begins with a departure from Adelaide, heading north toward the pivotal crossroads of Port Augusta. This gateway to the outback once thrived as a bustling railway and shipping hub. Today, it’s a pioneer in renewable energy, with a keen eye on the future.

Upon arrival, we’ll immerse ourselves in the native flora at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens. Here, a guided tour enlightens us about arid zone ecosystems and their conservation, underscoring the garden’s role in promoting environmental awareness. We’ll enjoy a refreshing lunch among the uniquely adapted plants.

Later, we delve into the region’s rich history at the Wadlata Outback Centre. Through interactive exhibits, we’ll trace the steps of early settlers and indigenous inhabitants, gaining a deeper appreciation of their resilience.

Dinner awaits back at our accommodation, the Standpipe Golf Motor Inn (Ph: 08 8642 4033), rounding off a day of historical and cultural immersion.

Day Two – THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER 2024

Embark on an enlightening drive along the expansive Eyre Highway, unfolding a tapestry of rugged landscapes and local color. Our first pit stop is in Kimba, where the iconic Big Galah stands sentinel, an eight meter-tall celebration of quirky Australian roadside attractions. This vibrant sculpture provides a perfect photo opportunity and a light-hearted start to our day.

Refreshed from morning tea, we travel onwards to Minnipa, a key hub for agricultural innovation. Here, we tuck into a wholesome early lunch at the local pub, a place steeped in rural charm and hospitality.

Post-lunch, we delve into the scientific heart of the region at the Minnipa Agricultural Centre. Established in 1915, this centre serves as a pivotal site for research into dryland farming techniques. We’ll engage with experts through a captivating presentation, explore outdoor experimental plots, and stroll through historic gardens that chronicle the evolution of farming practices in arid conditions.

As the afternoon wanes, we proceed to Ceduna. This town marks the beginning of the Nullarbor Plain and is renowned for its oysters and vibrant maritime activities.

The day draws to a close with our check-in at the Ceduna Foreshore Hotel Motel (Ph: 08 8625 2008). This comfortable accommodation offers a peaceful retreat where we can unwind. Dinner tonight is a chance to share stories with fellow travelers, further enriching our journey across this diverse and captivating region.

Day Three – FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER 2024

Awakening in Ceduna, we set off early to embrace the vast expanses of the Great Australian Bight. Our first major stop is at the awe-inspiring Bunda Cliffs, where the stark white limestone cliffs plunge dramatically into the deep blue waters of the Southern Ocean. Here, we pause to absorb the breathtaking views and capture photographs of one of Australia’s most dramatic coastal landscapes.

Continuing our journey, we traverse the Nullarbor Plain, a vast and seemingly endless stretch of arid land that offers a unique backdrop unlike any other in the country. As we cross this iconic terrain, we stop at the Head of Bight, an acclaimed viewing point. During the whale-watching season, this becomes one of the best places on the continent to spot Southern Right Whales as they migrate along the coast.

After enjoying a picnic lunch amidst these spectacular settings, our journey brings us to the remote outpost of Madura. This small roadhouse community serves as an oasis in the midst of the Nullarbor’s vastness. Here, the rugged beauty of the landscape provides a stark contrast to the lush coastal areas we’ve left behind.

Upon arrival in Madura, we check into the Madura Pass Oasis Motel (Ph: 08 9039 3464). We have time to refresh and relax, before making our way to dinner.

Day Four – SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER 2024

Today, we continue our exploration of the Australian outback as we journey westward across the Nullarbor Plain, a landscape that embodies the vast, open spaces that define Australia’s interior. The Nullarbor, which translates from Latin as “no trees,” presents a striking contrast with its flat, almost treeless, limestone surface stretching under wide horizons.

As we traverse this iconic route, we’ll make strategic stops to stretch our legs and enjoy the unique flora and fauna that have adapted to this arid environment. One of the highlights includes the Eucla National Park, where the remnants of the old telegraph station slowly succumb to the shifting sands, providing a poignant reminder of the region’s history in communication between the east and west coasts.

Arriving in Norseman, we delve into the rich history of this pivotal mining town named after a horse that discovered gold, sparking a rush that led to the town’s establishment. A visit to the Norseman Statue offers a tangible connection to this quirky origin story. Here, we take time to explore the town’s historical sites and learn more about its gold mining heritage, which continues to shape its identity today. We stop to enjoy our picnic lunch en-route.

As the day winds down, we settle in at the Norseman Eyre Motel (Ph: 08 9039 1130), a comfortable and welcoming stop that offers a restful end to a day filled with travel and exploration. Dinner this evening is off-site at a local eatery. It will be a casual and hearty meal, perfect for refueling after our extensive journey through one of Australia’s most fascinating landscapes.

Day Five – SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER 2024

Today’s journey unfolds as we head south towards the breathtaking coastline of Esperance, renowned for its crystalline waters and sweeping white sand beaches. Our scenic drive takes us through diverse landscapes, with stops to marvel at the expansive views and unique flora dotting the route.

Upon arriving in Esperance, our lunch today is at The Pier Hotel. Situated on the waterfront, this venue offers a delightful dining experience with sweeping views of the bay.

Refreshed from our meal, we embark on an exploration of the stunning Cape Le Grand National Park, a jewel in Western Australia’s crown of natural attractions. Here, the contrast between rugged granite peaks and soft sandy beaches creates a dramatic landscape. En-route we stop at the full-size Stonehenge replica, offering a unique cultural juxtaposition in this natural setting.

Returning to Esperance this afternoon, we explore the famed Pink Lake, known for its vibrant hue derived from the presence of algae and high salt concentration, which make it a must-see spectacle. As the sun begins to set, casting a golden glow over the landscapes, we make our way to our evening’s accommodation at Hospitality Esperance (Ph: 08 9071 1999).

Day Six – MONDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 2024

Today marks a journey steeped in historical resonance and natural splendor as we depart Esperance and head towards Albany, weaving through the enchanting landscapes of Western Australia. Our route takes us first through the quaint town of Ravensthorpe, where local history is painted vividly across large-scale silo art that celebrates the region’s agricultural heritage and natural beauty.

Continuing our journey, we enter the majestic realms of the Stirling Range National Park, renowned for its rugged mountain peaks and diverse flora, including some of Australia’s most beautiful wildflowers. The drive through the park is a visual feast, with opportunities to stop and capture panoramic views or observe the spectacular wildflower displays if visiting during the blooming season.

Upon arrival in Albany, our first major stop is the National ANZAC Centre, nestled within the heritage-listed Princess Royal Fortress. This profoundly moving museum is dedicated to honouring the troops of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps who served in World War I. Through interactive multimedia displays, rare artifacts, and personal stories, the centre offers a deeply personal glimpse into the lives of those who fought and those who were left behind, providing a poignant reflection on the impacts of war.

We proceed to our accommodation for the evening, Ace Accommodation Albany (Ph: 08 9841 2911), where we enjoy a group dinner, allowing us to discuss the day’s experiences and share reflections on the insights gained.

Day Seven – TUESDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2024

Our exploration of Albany continues today with an exciting marine adventure that provides both historical insights and stunning natural scenery. In the morning, we join Albany Ocean Adventures for a memorable cruise (including morning tea) around the pristine waters of King George Sound. The Sound is not only a spectacular body of water bordered by rugged cliffs and remote beaches but also a site of profound historical significance, being the first landing point for ANZAC troops bound for Gallipoli.

Following our oceanic exploration, we return to dry land and head to the Mount Romance Sandalwood Factory. This facility is one of the largest distillers of sandalwood in the world and plays a crucial role in the global sandalwood industry. Here, we’re treated to lunch and a talk that unveils the fascinating process of sandalwood oil extraction and its myriad of uses in fragrance, skincare, and therapeutic products.

After lunch, the afternoon is yours to enjoy at leisure. You may choose to relax and unwind at our accommodation or simply stroll through the Albany’s charming streets. We then meet at the restaurant, where we will enjoy our dinner together.

Day Eight – WEDNESDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2024

Today, we bid farewell to Albany and venture deeper into the heart of Western Australia’s breathtaking landscapes, setting our sights on the Walpole National Park. Renowned for its extraordinary ancient forests, the park is home to the famous “Valley of the Giants”, where the grandeur of nature is displayed in full splendor.

Upon arrival at the park, our day’s adventure begins with the Tree Top Walk. This remarkable structure, suspended 40 meters above the forest floor, offers us a literal walk among the treetops. As we traverse the walkway, we are enveloped by a canopy of majestic tingle trees, some of which date back over 400 years.

Following our treetop exploration, we enhance our experience of the region’s natural beauty with a luncheon cruise on the serene Walpole waterways. Operated by WOW Wilderness Eco-Cruises, this journey combines breathtaking scenery with educational commentary about the local ecology, flora, and fauna. The gentle waters and picturesque views make for a relaxing yet enlightening experience, allowing us to further connect with the area’s unique environment.

After the cruise, we continue our journey to Pemberton, a town famed for its towering karri forests. Along the way, we make a stop at the iconic Gloucester Tree. Known as one of the world’s tallest fire lookout trees, visitors can climb the spiral pegs that wind around its trunk for a panoramic view of the surrounding forest—a truly thrilling experience for the adventurous.

The day concludes as we check into our accommodation at the Pemberton Hotel (Ph: 08 9776 1017), where we have time to relax before dinner.

Day Nine – THURSDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2024

We begin our day departing the lush landscapes of Pemberton to head towards the coastal beauty of Augusta. Our journey brings us to the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, an impressive and historic structure standing at the most south-westerly mainland point of the Australian continent. This lighthouse, operational since 1895, serves as a pivotal navigation mark and a beacon for maritime safety. Here, the mighty Indian and Southern Oceans converge, offering a dramatic scene where waves clash against rugged cliffs.

Following our visit to the lighthouse, we enjoy a refined lunch at Leeuwin Estate, celebrated not only for its exceptional wines but also for its commitment to environmental sustainability. Nestled amidst picturesque vineyards, the estate offers a sensory delight with tastings of its acclaimed vintages, perfectly paired with lunch that highlights local produce.

Our journey then takes us through the charming town of Margaret River. This small but vibrant town is famous for its artisanal food and craft boutiques, nestled among some of the most prestigious wineries in Australia. As we continue our drive to Busselton, the road winds through picturesque landscapes that blend the lush vineyard vistas with the rustic beauty of native bushland and pastoral fields.

The day concludes as we check into the Abbey Beach Resort Busselton (Ph: 08 9755 4600), our home for the next three nights. Set along the stunning beachfront, this resort offers luxurious accommodations with direct beach access, making it a perfect spot to unwind and enjoy our dinner.

Day Ten – FRIDAY 27 SEPTEMBER 2024

Our day in Busselton is dedicated to exploring its most famous landmark, the Busselton Jetty. This morning, we embark on a nostalgic train ride along the length of this 1.8-kilometer-long wooden structure, which is the longest in the Southern Hemisphere. The jetty train, charmingly restored, provides a leisurely pace that allows us to soak in the sweeping views of Geographe Bay.

Our journey along the jetty culminates at the Underwater Observatory, located at the far end of the pier. This unique facility allows us to descend 8 meters below the water’s surface, where we encounter a stunning array of marine biodiversity. The observatory’s windows open up to a coral-encrusted environment, teeming with colourful fish, sponges, and coral. This immersive experience offers a glimpse into the vibrant ecosystem that thrives beneath the waves, providing insights into the underwater dynamics of this coastal region.

After returning to shore, the remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace. Busselton’s foreshore is beautifully landscaped with pathways that invite leisurely strolls. The town’s charming main street offers an array of boutique shops and local galleries that showcase the work of regional artists, offering unique souvenirs and insights into the local culture. We can then return to the hotel for our dinner.

Day Eleven – SATURDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2024

Today’s adventure immerses us in the captivating Margaret River region, a local area celebrated not only for its premium wineries but also for its burgeoning craft breweries and unique boutiques. Our exploration begins with a visit to Mammoth Cave, one of the region’s most spectacular natural landmarks. This vast limestone cave is not only a geological wonder but also a paleontological site, where a myriad of ancient fossils have been preserved in its depths. The tour through the cave reveals both the natural history and the prehistoric life once roaming this part of Australia, making it a fascinating start to our day.

Following our subterranean exploration, we head to the Cheeky Monkey Brewpub, nestled among the picturesque vineyards of the region, where we enjoy lunch.

Our afternoon is sweetened with a visit to the Margaret River Chocolate Company, a must-visit for any chocolate lover. At this artisan chocolatier, we indulge in a variety of chocolates and confections, each crafted with high-quality ingredients. The company’s broad range of sweets, from rich dark chocolates to creamy milk varieties and inventive flavored options, ensures there’s something to delight every palate.

We make our way back to Busselton, where we can reflect on a day well spent in the heart of one of Australia’s most renowned wine regions.

Day Twelve – SUNDAY 29 SEPTEMBER 2024

Today marks our departure from Busselton, as we journey northwards towards the historic port city of Fremantle, known for its vibrant mix of arts, culture, and maritime history. This city, with its eclectic vibe and streets lined with Victorian-era architecture, offers a sharp contrast to the tranquil seaside life of Busselton.

Upon arrival, our first destination is the iconic Fremantle Prison, one of Western Australia’s most fascinating and important cultural sites. This World Heritage-listed site offers a compelling glimpse into the lives of those who lived and worked at the prison over its 136-year history. The guided tour through the prison’s network of cells, tunnels, and gallows paints a vivid picture of its storied past.

After delving into the historical depths of Fremantle Prison, we shift our exploration from land to water with a scenic Captain Cook Cruise on the Swan River. This relaxing cruise offers a unique vantage point to view the beautiful Perth skyline and the lush riverside landscapes. As we glide along the calm waters, you can unwind and enjoy the panoramic views, making for a perfect transition to the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Perth.

Upon arriving in Perth, we disembark and make our way to the Pan Pacific Perth (Ph: 08 9224 7766), where we check in for our final two nights. With the evening at your leisure, take some time to unwind and refresh in the comfort of your hotel room before joining us for a delightful dinner at the hotel’s renowned restaurant.

Day Thirteen – MONDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2024

Today’s adventure takes us through the heart of Perth, where modern skyscrapers stand alongside splendid colonial architecture, creating a visually striking urban landscape. Our morning tour begins with a visit to the city’s central business district, where we explore significant landmarks such as Parliament House, St Mary’s Cathedral, and Government House. Each site offers a glimpse into the city’s rich historical and cultural tapestry.

Another highlight of our city tour is Barrack Arch and the charming London Court, a quaint shopping arcade designed in the style of Elizabethan architecture. As we stroll through this picturesque area, the blend of history and modernity that characterizes Perth becomes evident.

Our exploration continues at the Perth Mint, one of the city’s most iconic institutions. Established over a century ago, the mint today specializes in producing collector’s coins and commemorative items, such as the medals for the 2000 Olympic Games. During our visit, we witness a traditional gold pour, a fascinating process that harks back to the mint’s origins, offering us a live demonstration of this ancient craft.

In the afternoon, we retreat to Kings Park, one of the largest inner-city parks in the world and a must-visit for its panoramic views over the Swan and Canning Rivers. We take a leisurely walk along the Federation Walkway, immersed in the beauty of the local flora, including the vibrant wildflowers that are a hallmark of Western Australia.

After a fulfilling day of exploration, we return to our hotel to enjoy our final evening together on tour.

Day Fourteen – TUESDAY 1 OCTOBER 2024

As our enriching journey through Southwest Western Australia comes to a close, we gather our memories and experiences, ready for the journey home.

After our breakfast, we depart our accommodation for the Perth Airport. Here our Endeavour Tours driver assists us, ensuring a smooth check-in and departure.

Once we arrive in Adelaide, an Endeavour Tours representative will be there to greet us, continuing the seamless service and support we’ve enjoyed throughout our adventure. From here, chauffeured cars await to take us comfortably back to our homes.

This tour has been an unforgettable exploration of the scenic beauty and cultural tapestry of Southwest WA. It has not only introduced us to incredible sights and sounds but has also fostered lasting memories and friendships.