Day 1. Thurs 31 Aug: Sydney - Perth - Fremantle                                                                                                                Dinner

Flight VA 0555 Sydney 0935 - Perth 1145 (subject to change)
Upon arrival at Perth Airport we are met by our local coach captain before heading across the Swan River to Kings Park and the Botanical Gardens. Kings Park is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful inner city parks. It is rich in Aboriginal and European history, contemporary culture and offers innovative design, displays and services. Kings Park is home to the spectacular Western Australian Botanical Garden, which displays over 3,000 species of the State’s unique flora. Two thirds of the 400 hectare park is protected as bushland and provides a haven for native biological diversity. Visitors enjoy the sweeping views of the Swan and Canning Rivers, the city skyline and the Darling Ranges to the east. There are free afternoon guided walks available or we may like to explore on our own. There are also plenty of on-site cafés available for refreshments. Later in the afternoon we leave the park and city of Perth making our way down along the beautiful Swan River to Fremantle where we check into our hotel which will be our home base for the next three nights. After settling into our rooms we meet for dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Overnight Fremantle: The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges

Day 2. Fri 1 Sept: City of Perth                                                                                                                        Breakfast & Dinner
After breakfast we head out to enjoy a day in the unique city of Perth. The Perth Mint provides a great starting point as we set off on a guided heritage walk which takes us through the grand heritage building, the heavily secured vault and the original melting house providing the cues for many extraordinary stories about Western Australia’s golden history and the Mint’s prolific output of priceless gold bars and coins. The Gold Exhibition is a world-class attraction which uses the latest innovations in exhibition concept design and audio visual technology, to bring the story of Western Australian gold, and The Perth Mint, to life. Finally witness the amazing spectacle of a traditional gold pour in the original 1899 melting house, during which pure gold is heated to molten temperatures and, as it cools, transforms into a gleaming solid gold bar. Next stop is the Bell Tower home of the Swan Bells. We will experience a fascinating live demonstration and explanation of full circle ringing by one of the experienced guides. As we wander around the tower we will discover an ever growing collection of antique bells, clocks and bell-related material from all over the world. The Bell Tower is also home to the largest bell cast in the Southern Hemisphere, The Anzac Bell which commemorates the Centenary of Anzac 2014-2018, marking 100 years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War. Weighing in at 6.5 tonnes, the bell is the heaviest of its kind ever to be cast in Australia. It was installed within the Bell Tower at Elizabeth Quay in time for its first public ringing on Remembrance Day, November 11, 2018. Following our tour there will be time to stroll along Elizabeth Quay, the exciting new waterfront precinct on the banks of the Swan River. Here we find the island playground, the BHP Billiton Water Park, public artwork, promenades, open spaces and a range of bars and restaurants. This afternoon we travel back to Fremantle on a relaxing and picturesque Swan River Cruise whilst listening to our Captains’ detailed and entertaining commentary. We journey along the river, admiring the waterfront scenery of Perth’s downtown skyline, upscale suburbs and yacht clubs - not to mention the beautiful cliff faces of Black Wall Reach, the famous Point Walter “Spit” (as the locals call it) and Perth’s iconic “Blue Boat House”, the Crawley Edge Boat shed. Disembark in Fremantle and spend the remainder of the day freely adventuring around the beautiful historic port city at our own leisure before making our way back to the hotel to rest and refresh for dinner.
Overnight Fremantle: The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges

Day 3. Sat 2 Sept: Rottnest Island                                                                                                                   Breakfast & Dinner
Our day takes us across to Rottnest Island, Western Australia’s most beautiful island believed to have been separated from the mainland approximately 7,000 years ago also famous for the adorable Quokkas that call the island home. Our ferry departs from B Shed in Fremantle at 9.00am and arrives on Rottnest at 9.35am. On Rottnest Island the Oliver Hill Train and Tunnel Tour takes us on an historical journey passing some iconic and historical landmarks on the island. Upon arriving at Oliver Hill, we are taken on a guided tour through the stunning tunnel system that once played a crucial role in Australia’s military defence in World War II. The area is still preserved with Rottnest’s WWII guns and tunnels, which commemorate its military history and our soldiers who fought to defend the shores of Western Australia. Rottnest Island was a key part of the Western Australian defence during WWII. The island was home to intricate secret tunnels and housed 9.2 guns to protect against invading Axis forces. Post-war, the 9.2-inch battery on the island was saved from disposal due to the high cost of removal and shipping of the guns to the mainland. This led to the preservation of the military artefacts. Now, this equipment provides a look at the rich history of the Western Australian defence force and attracts many visitors to the area every year. Following our tour we purchase lunch from the bakery, cafés or restaurants before a leisurely afternoon that may include at own cost a bike ride, a visit to the Rottnest Island Museum, Salt Store Gallery and Exhibition Centre, Lomas Cottage, Pilot Boathouse or go sailing. Our 4.00pm ferry arrives back at B-Shed Fremantle at 4.35pm where we will transfer back to our hotel for a rest and time to refresh before dinner.
Overnight Fremantle: The Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges
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Thursday 31st August -  Sunday 10th September 2023 (11days/10 nights)
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