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Western Wonderland

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 Trip Length
15 Days
 Trip Starts
Perth
 Trip Finishes
Perth
15 Day Western Wonderland Itinerary (AAT Kings)
Countries Explored: Australia
Accommodation
3 - 4 Star
Max. Group Size
49
Trip Style
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Overview

Read 12 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings 15 Day Western Wonderland. You could spend months exploring Western Australia on tours from Perth and just scratch the surface. In the right company (wink wink), you can still see a lot in two weeks. Think limestone Pinnacles tours, pink lakes, powdery white beaches, friendly dolphins on Monkey Mia tours and quokkas on Rottnest Island tours, world-class wineries on Margaret River tours, record-breaking national parks. Phew!

Itinerary

Perth may be the West Australian capital, but it's home to a remarkable amount of green space. Follow your Tour Director to inner-city Kings Park to witness more than 3,000 floral species in the Botanic Garden, overlooking the Swan River, not to mention art installations and the Anzac Memorial. It's a relaxed entrée to the next two weeks of action and adventure. Your Western Australia tour from Perth is primed to begin. (D) Stay: Travelodge Perth

Wave Rock deserves its name - the cliff resembles an enormous surf wave about to crash into the bush. Stretching 110 metres, the rainbow-hued granite swell was formed more than three million years ago. It's a short walk from another imaginatively named rock formation: Hippo's Yawn. You can actually climb through the hippo's ‘neck' to grab a happy snap.

Wave Rock locals are a friendly bunch, and they're truly passionate about the place they call home. But don't take our word for it. Meet Sheena, who will proudly show you around her farm and discuss life on the land. Which can be harsh, but also extremely healing, in a way unique to the wide open spaces of the Aussie outback. You even get to feed her cattle and glimpse her collection of vintage cars. (B/D) Stay: Wave Rock Motel, Hyden

Get your bearings on a Kalgoorlie town tour, including vistas over the staggering ‘Super Pit' open-cut gold mine. Today's outings continue to gleam as you visit Hannans North Mine - the history here is overwhelming - Kalgoorlie's ‘Golden Mile'. Nothing quite puts things into perspective like standing next to enormous U-Haul trucks and loaders. (B/D) Stay: Rydges Kalgoorlie

More than 31,000 hectares of sweeping heathlands, rugged coastal peaks and white sandy beaches… it's no wonder Cape Le Grand National Park is regularly voted among the most alluring of its kind in Australia. Just when you thought Western Australia couldn't get any prettier, you arrive at Thistle Cove - sun, sand, sea and sculpted rock formations that ‘whistle' with the sounds of the wind and waves - and Lucky Bay, a postcard-worthy cove where kangaroos sunbake on the sand. (B/D) Stay: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles

Today's tour from Perth continues through some of the most bountiful wilderness areas in the state. First the Fitzgerald River National Park, a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, then the Stirling Range National Park, blanketed with a staggering range of wildflowers - more than 1,500 different species, some of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Get an overview from the Bluff Knoll Lookout, topping one of WA's highest peaks. (B/D) Stay: The Dog Rock Motel (2 Nights)

Nature, history, food and wine… there's not much that Albany can't do. The hardest thing you have to do today is decide which direction you want to travel. Perhaps opt for an Albany tour that relives the town's heritage as the last port of call for ANZAC troopships departing Australia in WWI. Being here is a moving experience that tells the tale of thousands of servicemen.

Maybe explore Torndirrup National Park, where steep cliffs give way to dramatic rock formations and whales are a common sight during migration. Or get a taste for the region on a culinary excursion that includes tastings of local cheeses, fudge, chocolate, ice-cream, cider, wines and gins. Better wear your elastic-waisted pants for this one. But don't fill up too much - Margaret River tours await. (B)

Suspended 40 metres above the forest floor, the Tree Top Walk gives you a bird's-eye view of the soaring tingle trees that stand large through the Valley of the Giants. More lofty attractions await at the Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, the tallest of its kind in Australia, set at the tip of a peninsula where the Indian and Southern oceans meet. Standing here, the wind in your hair, you'll feel like you're on the edge of the Earth. Being amid nature makes you thirsty. It's a good thing the Margaret River wine region is on the horizon. (B/D) Stay: Stay Margaret River (2 Nights)

The Margaret River's 200 vineyards produce 25 per cent of Australia's premium wines. And then there are the gourmet purveyors in between… you're in for a tasty day. Vasse Virgin makes olive oil that's sweet enough to drink. We recommend you savour it with bread, however, while learning how it's made and browsing other products it's used in - like delicately scented soaps. Lunch is leisurely, at a vineyard with plenty of time to sip and savour local drops, many of chich take home global awards. If you still have room for dinner, ask us for recommendations. (B/L)

The Margaret River is one of the only wine regions in the world where grapes are grown just metres from the sand. The coastal backdrop follows you all the way to Busselton, home to the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. Tip your cap to those who built this 1.8-kilometre structure out into Geographe Bay. The afternoon is all yours in Freo. Hot tip: The city's markets feature 150 stalls under one roof, and there are hip new lifestyle precincts to while away the evening in. (B/D) Stay: Esplanade Hotel Fremantle - by Rydges (2 Nights)

Sometimes, the most memorable travel days are those where you lose yourself wandering the foreshore, lingering over lunch or a cool ale. We highly recommend you spend this day of leisure doing just that (Freo's Little Creatures Brewery is legendary). Of course, having a local show you around also has its benefits, with a Fremantle tour revealing those hidden haunts most visitors pass right on by. If you're catching the ferry for a Rottnest Island tour, make sure you have your phone ready to capture selfies with the island's smiley quokkas, not to mention the blindingly turquoise water. (B)

Yanchep National Park is staggeringly beautiful. It's also incredibly spiritual, as you'll discover on an Aboriginal cultural experience revealing First Nations history through Dreamtime stories and didgeridoo sessions. It's a hands-on experience - don't worry if you can't make the didg hum; there are traditional tools to play with and bush tucker to sample.

We've left some of the best to last: entering Nambung National Park you're greeted by an ethereal moonscape. Your Pinnacles tour meanders around this collection of head-scratching limestone formations. This afternoon, Geraldton's moving HMAS Sydney Memorial beckons. (B) Stay: Mantra Geraldton

The colours of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Shark Bay are so vivid, you'll think they're painted on, a patchwork of blues fading into powdery sand so white you'll need your sunglasses. This is what awaits in Monkey Mia, where the day is all yours. We wouldn't blame you wandering barefoot along the beach, ordering sundowners as the day disappears in a blaze of glory. Other than a cruise to spot all sea creatures great and small, perhaps the best way to gain perspective of the vast coastline is on an optional scenic flight over Shark Bay Marine Park. (B/D) Stay: Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

Bring your stamina - today's adventures begin early. But if there's anything worth getting out of bed for, it's Monkey Mia's wild dolphins, which swim close to shore to greet visitors every morning. Keep your sunnies handy at Shell Beach, a powder-white cove formed from billions of coquina bivalve shells up to 10 metres deep, and Hamelin Pool, the world's best-known colony of stromatolites. Believe it or not, these rock-like formations are alive.

Arriving at Kalbarri National Park you'll take in the Murchison River Gorge from the Kalbarri Skywalk. If you're here during wildflower season, expect acacia, banksia and caladenia in full bloom. (B/D) Stay: Kalbarri Edge Resort

Just when you thought WA couldn't get any more colourful, Hutt Lagoon appears on the horizon - just one of the state's bubblegum pink lakes. Arriving back in Perth you have a Farewell Dinner to swap contact details with your new friends and reminisce about the last two weeks. (B/D) Stay: Travelodge Perth

Fourteen days of wild adventures on your tour from Perth - it's hard to pick a WA highlight. That's what your journey home is for. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • From its beaches to its history, Albany is the kind of town you could lose yourself in. And you have a day to do just that. Ask us for tips.
  • Make sure you have your phone ready for selfies with quokkas on Rottnest Island – their smile is infectious, as is the landscape of sandy coves and gin-clear water.
  • From dramatic geological formations (we're looking at you Wave Rock) to blindingly blue water (Lucky Bay) and record-breaking attractions (Busselton Jetty), we've got you sorted.
  • Australia is home to the oldest living culture in the world. It's brought into full focus exploring Yanchep National Park with a traditional landowner.

  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Local Specialists (Guides)
  • Centrally located premium hotels

  • 14 Full Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 8 Dinners
  • 1 Dinner with Wine
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

  • Camera
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months

  • Day 1: Flights to arrive by 12 noon into Perth Airport
  • Day 15: Flights to depart any time from Perth Airport

  • Low level of fitness required

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.

Trip Reviews (12) View All Most Recent 'Western Wonderland' Reviews

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An adventure to behold exploring the wonders of Western Australia 0 , QLD, Australia, Oct 2022
We have been really happy with the service and assistance provided by Hannah at Global Journeys. This was our third tour with AAT Kings in Australia and we would thoroughly recommend them to our family and friends. The Tour Director Liz was amazing. She was very well organized and had a great wealth of knowledge of the entire area covered by the tour. ...read more Lee our Bus Driver was exceptional and a really safe driver. He was very curteous and always willing to assist all members of the group.

Liz and Lee joined in all activities which made for a happy group and an enjoyable trip. They were fantastic. Highlights of the trip included the wild flowers, the different types of vegetation, the beautiful beaches and the historic buildings along the way. Would like to make special mention of "Sheena" who welcomed us with open arms to Wave Rock, an amazing woman who has dedicated her life to promoting this area to the world.
Wonderful Wildflowers! 2 , NSW, Australia, Sep 2019
Even though there was a lot of driving, there was at least a lot of wildflowers to look at along the way! The accommodation and food were generally good, though the Travelodge in Perth had the the worst meal of all places we stayed. I would recommend the trip only in the wild flower season.
WA Highlights at Wildflower Time 2 , QLD, Australia, Sep 2017
Great taste of southeast WA! Many kilometres covered by an excellent driver. The guide was very informative and entertaining - aiming for all to enjoy their holiday. Wonderful variety from Monkey Mia to the Giant Trees and across to Esperance and Kalgoorlie. A highlight was Wave Rock and the lady who fostered local tourism there in an environmental ...read more way - a most interesting character.
Western Wonderland 6 , United Kingdom, Oct 2016
We enjoyed the trip, but did find it very tiring, even though we are fairly fit people our ages 72 & 77, we feel we will not do a long coach trip again. If we do decide to do New Zealand, it will be a cruise. As Australia is such a vast country, there is obviously a long distance between each destination, and the scenery basically just bush, wheat fields ...read more for as far as the eye can see, and again, obviously, the stops can only be at road houses/filling stations. These all provided adequate refreshments.

I have to say, the hotels were not as "flash" as the ones on the APT tour we did previously, but they were OK except for the switch at Margaret River, which was a bit below par. We personally would not recommend the Monkey Mia add on, two long days to get there, and although we did see the Dolphins it was not what we expected, the boat trips, well, perhaps its the weather, but we saw NO wildlife except for a brief glimpse of the Dugong, and the sunset not that special. Then two long days with not a lot to see back to Perth. Hope that's a help.
Worry free western wonderland 3 , NSW, Australia, Oct 2016
Western Wonderland was the name of the tour run by AAT Kings and that is what is was. We were well looked after by our great tour director and also had a very good driver who took pride in keeping his coach very clean. The area this tour covered was the south of WA and up to Monkey Mia and we were lucky enough to have pretty good weather and also to ...read more see wildflowers. I do advise to be prepared with jackets for how windy it can get throughout that region. Do be prepared for long days of travelling due to the distances between towns but there are plenty of stops to see sights. Thanks to Global Journeys for the ease of doing my bookings.
A few highlights 0 , ACT, Australia, Aug 2015
Lucky Bay (near Esperance), Jewel Cave (near Margaret River) and Monkey Mia in my opinion were three of the highlights of the tour.
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