Day 8. Thurs 9 Sept: Albany Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Our tour this morning starts by viewing the impressive Albany Wind Farm as we drive around Princess Royal Harbour en-route to the Torndirrup National Park and The Whaling Station Museum. The Albany Wind Farm is one of the most spectacular and largest wind farms in Australia. Next, we take a drive along the Torndirrup National Park, where the Southern Ocean has sculpted a Natural Bridge in the coastal granites and formed The Gap, where the waves rush in and out with tremendous ferocity. The Blow holes, a crackline in the granite, ‘blows’ air and occasionally spray. Arriving at Albany’s historic Whaling Station our private guide takes us through the stories of the workers, the whales and their place in the economic and social history of Albany. It is not always a pleasant story, but an important one to share. Following our guided tour we are free to roam the deck of the Cheynes IV ship, the whale oil tank theatre and fascinating photo and artefact galleries plus take a walk through the Wildflower Garden or Wildlife Park. After a light lunch at Whaler’s Galley Cafe it’s back around to Mount Clarence passing the dynamic Silo Art by duo The Yok and Sheryo that took on the CBH Group grain silos, and referenced Albany’s pristine environment and sea-life with one very happy-looking marine creature (and local resident), the ruby sea dragon. Our next stop is the National ANZAC Centre which was opened on the 1st of November 2014 by the Prime Ministers of Australia and New Zealand. The National ANZAC Centre is an award-winning facility that uses multimedia, interactive technology and historical artefacts to create a deeply personal connection with the past, as well as pay tribute to those who served. The experience delivered at the NAC is known for commemorating the war through the stories of the ANZAC’s as opposed to telling its own story via pro-war or anti-war sentiments. The symbolic location of the centre, selected for its strong sense of place as it looks out across King George Sound, the location from where the convoys gathered and then left. We also have time to explore the Mount Clarence Parkland’s containing the Mount Clarence Memorial and Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum. From Mount Clarence we travel back to our motel where time will allow us to rest up and refresh before dinner in the on-site restaurant.
Overnight Albany: Ace Motor Inn
Day 9. Fri 10 Sept: Albany - Margaret River Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
This morning following checkout our journey takes us on a northeast route towards the beautiful Margaret River Wine Region. Our first stop is at the amazing Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, enjoy a stroll among the upper branches of giant Tingle and Karri Trees for a “bird’s eye view” of the southern forests. Nearby, under the Tree Top Walk, is a winding board walk that takes us through a grove of veteran Red Tingle trees known as the Ancient Empire. One can even walk through the hollowed out butt of one tree! Just a short drive up the road is Pemberton, an old timber town with beautiful old growth Karri forests and the famous Gloucester Tree. Lunch is enjoyed at the historic Pemberton Hotel. Before arriving into Margaret River we make one last stop at the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, the oldest limestone building and one of the only two places in the world that guide vessels along where the Indian and Great Southern Ocean meet. We arrive into Margaret River for check-in and time to refresh before making our way to the stunning Xanadu Estate for tastings and dinner. Xanadu have been awarded a Chef Hat by the Australian Good Food Guide, 2019 Chef Hat Awards and also featured as one of WA’s Top 50 Best Restaurants by the West Australian Good Food Guide in 2017 and 2018. Xanadu’s wines of quality and distinction are reflected by the numerous trophies and accolades including James Halliday’s Wine of the Year in 2014. In 2017 the 2105 Reserve Chardonnay was awarded the Six Nations Trophy for Best Wine of Show, Best White Wine and Best Chardonnay and in 2018 they were the very proud recipients of the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy for their 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Overnight Margaret River: Stay Margaret River
Day 10. Sat 11 Sept: Margaret River - Perth Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Today our travels take us north to Perth, but before leaving Margaret River there are a few must see highlights in town such as the abundance of unique boutique shops along the main street with something for everyone to enjoy. Following our browse we head to the Margaret River Chocolate Company which provides a fascinating insight into the world of chocolate, with free chocolate tastings, interactive displays, viewing windows to watch the chocolate products being made and a family friendly atmosphere. Information and merchandise are available on all aspects of chocolate, plus a mouth-watering range of chocolate bars, chocolate-coated delights, hand-made truffles, novelty chocolates, ice creams, chocolate milk and a variety of chocolate cakes and deserts. After a delicious morning tea it’s onto Bunbury, home of the Dolphin Discovery Centre. We arrive in time to join the Dolphin Eco Cruise and enjoy the wild dolphin experience in Koombana Bay. Informative commentary will give us an insight into this incredible mammal as we watch them feed, play and interact with each other. On our return to the Centre we enjoy lunch in the café before re-joining our guide to go through the brand new Interpretive Centre. The centre houses a large number of marine rescue animals and allows people to gain an insight into the rehabilitation process they face. Leaving Bunbury we continue up to Perth checking into our motel late afternoon for a rest and freshen up before dinner.
Overnight Perth: Country Comfort Perth
Day 11. Sun 12 Sept: Perth Breakfast & Dinner
Today is a free day to enjoy at leisure. Perhaps take the opportunity to visit one of the many historic attractions in and around Fremantle or Perth. Tonight we enjoy a special Farewell Dinner after our wonderful tour of Western Australia.
Overnight Perth: Country Comfort Perth
Day 12. Mon 13 Sept: Perth - Homeport Breakfast
Today we check-out of our motel and say goodbye to beautiful Western Australia and transfer to the airport for our flight home after a wonderful trip exploring South West WA with Trade Travel.
Flight VA 556 Perth 1045 - Sydney 1655
Tour Highlights: City Sights Tour of Perth including Kings Park & Botanical Gardens; Rottnest Island; Oliver Hill Train & Tunnel Tour; Perth Mint; The Gold Exhibition; Bell Tower; The ANZAC Bell; Elizabeth Quay; Swan River Cruise & “Blue Boat House”; Pinnacles Desert; Lobster Shack; Nambung National Park; Westways Wildflower Farm; Pioneer Museum & Visitor Centre; Historic Coorow Farm; Windmill Shed; Rivers Edge Cafe; The Northam Tourist Centre; Dog Cemetery; Wave Rock; Lace Museum & Toy Soldier Museum; Lake Grace; Pioneer Womens Mural; Australian Inland Mission Hospital; Pingrup Silo Art; Buff Knoll Cafe; Buff Knoll Lookout; Stirling Range National Park; Albany Wind Farm; Torndirrup National Park; The Whaling Station Museum; Whaler’s Gallery Cafe; York & Sheryo Silo Art; ANZAC Centre; Mount Clarence Memorial & Princess Royal Fortress Military Museum; Tree Top Walk & Valley of the Giants; Gloucester Tree; Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse; Xanadu Estate Winery Tastings & Dinner; Margaret River Chocolate Company; Dolphin Discovery Centre, Dolphin Eco Cruise, Interpretive Centre & more!