Closer than you think and more enormous that you can imagine, Western Australia offers a great experience for a holiday. The gateway city of Perth is a wonderful city, close to the Pacific Ocean and overlooking the Swan River, it is now connected via a direct connection from London, the first ever between Europe and Australia. From the cosmopolitan Perth, head south to the countryside wineries, white sand beaches and mysterious caves of the Margert River before heading way north to experience outback and reef within yards of each other on the amazing Ningaloo Reef and Cape Range National Park, where you will get the chance to swim with some amazing creatures in the wild. Whether this is the start of a big down under adventure, or quick visit to a part of the world that’s relatively untouched, Western Australia is sure to win you over!
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Depart from the UK to Perth. As the closest major gateway on the continent, you can choose to fly from London Heathrow direct to Western Australia’s capital without any stops! If the idea of 17 hours on a flight doesn’t fill you with glee though, the usual options are available via the Middle East and Far East where you can stop off for a few hours or add in extra nights to properly break up the journey.
Upon arrival at Perth, collect a hire car and head towards downtown for a couple of nights in this thrilling, metropolitan city. Plenty of options abound in and around the city; take a cruise on the Swan River, head in land to famous Wave Rock or out onto the Indian Ocean and visit the cute quokkas on Rottnest Island. Kings Parks and the Botanic Gardens in the city centre is a great place to relax and stroll in the colour or head onto the coast for great beaches in Cottesloe or Fremantle.
Drive Distance – 260 KM / 160 miles
Today, collect a hire car and head south from Perth. The 3-hour drive will be an easy and rewarding experience with chance to stop off in Rockingham, Mandurah or Bunbury. Arrive at your hotel, in the stunning countryside heart of Margert Rivers wine producing region and your home for three nights.
Spend two full days in this stunning corner of Australia. There are so many options to fill your time as you enjoy all that the Margaret River Region has to offer. Head for Dunsborough see a collection of stunning white sand beaches such as Meelup or Eagle Bay or travel further north up to the tip of the peninsula, home to Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse and Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park. Close to your base in Yallingup are the Ngili Caves where you can experience a torch-lit walk. The main attraction in the area is of course the wine and you can take your pick from mine fine wineries to visit and sample!
Drive Distance – 260 KM / 160 miles
Drive from your Margaret River base directly to Perth airport and take a near two-hour flight to Exmouth, located close to Cape Range National Park. From here, a land transfer is included to take you around the peninsula to your home for three nights on Ningaloo Reef, or if you prefer ask about a scenic flight across the National Park.
On the edge of Cape Range National Park, the Outback meets the Reef for a truly incredible experience. The stunning coastal location, with your accommodation nestle within the sand dunes, offers you plenty of scope for adventure.
Included in your package will be one day’s wildlife swim. The early part of the year, between March and July, your swim will be the gentle giant whale sharks – the largest species of fish in the world. If you go later in the year, from August to October another giant of the sea is now at home in the warm Indian Ocean waters around Ningaloo Reef so you can see Humpback whales up close and personal.
A final morning admiring the tropical waters of Ningaloo Reef or exploring the outback in Cape Range before transferring back to Exmouth. From here fly back to the UK overnight with Qantas via Perth or continue you Western Australia adventure – maybe add on Broome and the Kimberley?