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The Complete South West Self Drive

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,159

Like a whole other country, Western Australia enchants visitors with natural icons unlike any found in the east, delicious wine and cuisine, and a history all of its own. Explore the southwest tip of Australia in detail and at your own pace on this self-drive adventure.


This 9-day self-drive Western Australia vacation opens up the southwest corner of the country for the independent traveler, nature lover, and wine snob all in one. On a round-trip from Perth, you’ll visit all the region’s highlights, plus a few hidden surprises.

Set out down the coast, bound for the Margaret River, one of Australia’s favourite wine producing regions. Take your time, stopping it at a couple of wineries or restaurants before going on to Pemberton. This region is known for its impressive karri trees, including the world’s tallest fire lookout tree, which is open to climb. Your next destination is Albany, WA’s oldest permanently settled town, surrounded by impressive coastal scenery and beaches.

Further along the coast, you’ll reach Esperance, a coastal town perfectly positioned between white sand beaches and spectacular national parks. The surrounding islands are also popular with visitors if you have time. You might even want to venture east of town to Cape Le Grand National Park, or to Spencer Lake – aka Pink Lake. And it is pink! One of WA’s strangest and most distinctive natural sights, this colourful body of water sits just metres from the endless blue of the Southern Ocean, protected by a thin strip of dry land.

Turn inland, bound for Kalgoorlie and the ‘outback’ of WA. See the Tin Camels of Norseman and the Pink Salmon Gums, and take a history break at The WA Museum of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. After two nights here, the journey back to Perth is divided with a night at Hyden, known for one of WA’s most famous natural wonders, Wave Rock. This incredible ‘flared slope’ has been formed over millions of years by groundwater weathering the bedrock. You might also stop in for photos at nearby rock formations Hippo’s Yawn and The Humps.

Stop in atCorrigin for an all new appreciation of the humble Aussie cattle dog on your way back to Perth. Drop off your hire car ready for your flight home, or stay an extra few days to enjoy the capital in all its sun-drenched splendour.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,159

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Day 1

Perth To Margaret River (3 hours)

Approximately 290km (185 Miles)

Margaret River boasts several sophisticated small towns and numerous wineries. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty and this is further complimented by a friendly welcome and superb restaurants and cafes.

Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Cape Lodge Yallingup

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    Cape Lodge Yallingup



    Nestled within 40 acres of native forest is Cape Lodge, surrounded by rolling lawns and magnificent gardens overlooking a picturesque lake. Within a 5 minute drive are over 20 of the acclaimed Margaret River vineyards and numerous restaurants. Each of the 18 rooms and suites …

    Nestled within 40 acres of native forest is Cape Lodge, surrounded by rolling lawns and magnificent gardens overlooking a picturesque lake. Within a 5 minute drive are over 20 of the acclaimed Margaret River vineyards and numerous restaurants.

    Each of the 18 rooms and suites are light, airy, stylishly furnished with modern facilities and attended by helpful, cheerful staff. There are six rooms in the main lodge, including the Honeymoon Suite. The garden, lake and terrace wing suites are just metres from the lodge and offer more seclusion with their own private courtyards.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Library
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Tennis

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Day 2

Margaret River to Pemberton (1.45 hours)

Approximately 139km (86 Miles)

Depart Margaret River and travel southeast to Pemberton, a town of towering timbers. Set in the heart of karri tree country, it's here you'll find and climb the world's tallest fire lookout tree - the famous Gloucester Tree. During spring the area is blessed with an incredible display of wild flowers.

Duration1 Night
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RAC Karri Valley Resort

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    RAC Karri Valley Resort



    The 68 room RAC Karri Valley Resort is located 22 km from the tranquil timber town of Pemberton and is nestled in the giant Karri Forest adjacent to Beedelup National Park. Set on 300 acres of untouched bush land and perched on the banks of …

    The 68 room RAC Karri Valley Resort is located 22 km from the tranquil timber town of Pemberton and is nestled in the giant Karri Forest adjacent to Beedelup National Park. Set on 300 acres of untouched bush land and perched on the banks of the trout filled Lake Beedelup, the Lakeside rooms overlook this magnificent lake. Nestled in the heart of the Karri Forest are a host of secluded 2 and 3 bedroom chalets.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Children's Activities
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Tennis
    • Water sports/ Equipment

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Day 3

Pemberton to Albany (3 hours)

Approximately 255km (159 miles)

Continue onto the historic seaport of Albany. The harbours, rivers and estuaries provide excellent fishing, while the spectacular coastal scenery, beaches and nearby National Parks provide a wide variety of activities.

Duration1 Night
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Dog Rock Motel

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    Dog Rock Motel



    Just 5 minutes' drive from Middleton Beach, Dog Rock Motel offers rooms with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and free in-house movies. It features a business centre and a multiple award-winning restaurant and bar. It is also just 7 minutes' walk from Albany's town centre and …

    Just 5 minutes' drive from Middleton Beach, Dog Rock Motel offers rooms with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and free in-house movies. It features a business centre and a multiple award-winning restaurant and bar. It is also just 7 minutes' walk from Albany's town centre and 7 minutes' drive from the beautiful Lake Seppings. Albany Airport is 15 minutes' drive away. Lime 303 offers a varied dining menu featuring modern Australian cuisine. A wide selection of beer and wine are available at the bar.

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    • Laundry facilities
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service

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Albany to Esperance (5 hours)

Approximately 479kms (298 miles)

Depart Albany and travel onto Esperance. This busy port and tourist town has some of the best coastal scenery in Australia; its snow-white secluded beaches, beautiful National Parks and many islands of the Archipelago of the Recherche provide a myriad of alluring locations to explore.

Duration2 Nights
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Esperance Island View Apartments

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    Esperance Island View Apartments



    Esperance Island View Apartments offers guests world-class, self-contained accommodation located on a pristine section of coastline, rated among the best in the country. Island View Apartments exude a sense of place and space that mirrors Esperance's unique natural beauty, contrasts and culture. The Island View …

    Esperance Island View Apartments offers guests world-class, self-contained accommodation located on a pristine section of coastline, rated among the best in the country.

    Island View Apartments exude a sense of place and space that mirrors Esperance's unique natural beauty, contrasts and culture.

    The Island View complex features one and two-storey apartments beautifully appointed with natural timber or terracotta floors, complemented by crisp, contemporary design.

    Ideally located a mere stone's throw from exceptional Esperance Bay and less than a kilometre from the town centre, Island View Apartments is the perfect base from which to explore this very special corner of Australia's stunning South West.

    Facilities

    • Barbeque
    • Bicycles
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Non Smoking Property
    • Parking
    • Restaurant
    • Tour Desk
    • Water Sports

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Day 5

Esperance

Today is at leisure for you to explore Esperance and surrounding regions. Depending on conditions the Pink Lake lives up to its name whilst Cape Le Grand National Park 56 kms east of Esperance offers some incredible photographic opportunities with its coastal peaks and truly amazing beaches.

Day 6

Esperance to Kalgoorlie (4.15 hours)

Approximately 410kms (255 miles)

Today you will head north and travel through majestic, untouched Outback woodlands, seeing the region's famous Pink Salmon Gums. Be sure to stop at Norseman with its Tin Camel sculptures and scenic lookout.

Duration2 Nights
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Rydges Kalgoorlie

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    Rydges Kalgoorlie



    Rydges Kalgoorlie offers the traveler a 4.5 star oasis conveniently located close to the Kalgoorlie town centre in the heart of the historic Western Australian gold fields region. Offering 92 studio, one bedroom and two bedroom accommodation rooms, indoor and outdoor resort style swimming pool …

    Rydges Kalgoorlie offers the traveler a 4.5 star oasis conveniently located close to the Kalgoorlie town centre in the heart of the historic Western Australian gold fields region. Offering 92 studio, one bedroom and two bedroom accommodation rooms, indoor and outdoor resort style swimming pool and heated spa, versatile function areas, a contemporary all day dining restaurant and an al fresco dining area all surrounded by native Australian gardens.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa

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Day 7

Kalgoorlie

Today you are at leisure to explore Kalgoorlie. The town was created as a result of Yilgarn-Goldfields gold rush. The WA Museum of Kalgoorlie-Boulder showcases the rich mining history.

Day 8

Kalgoorlie to Hyden (5 hours)

Depart Kalgoorlie and travel to Hyden. Explore the famous Wave Rock and other natural attractions in the area, including Hippo's Yawn and the ancient Indigenous rock art at Mulka's Cave.

Duration1 Night
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Hyden Motel Wave Rock

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    Hyden Motel Wave Rock



    The Hyden Hotel Motel is a three star motel offering both standard and executive accommodation. The Motel has three restaurants - The Bush Bistro, The Gimlet and The Sandalwood. The Bush Bistro is open all year round for lunch and dinner, serving a grill and …

    The Hyden Hotel Motel is a three star motel offering both standard and executive accommodation.

    The Motel has three restaurants -
    The Bush Bistro, The Gimlet and The Sandalwood. The Bush Bistro is open all year round for lunch and dinner, serving a grill and salad style meal. The Sandalwood Restaurant offers buffet-style dining, catering for large groups and functions. On selected evenings, "a la carte" dining is available in The Gimlet Restaurant.

    Breakfast is served Monday to Friday in the Sandalwood Restaurant, and Room Service is available daily.

    The Salmon Gum Lounge is the ideal place to enjoy a drink, or simply sit back and relax, It boasts an open fireplace, luxurious leather lounges, magazines, board-games, complimentary tea and coffee, and a view of the Billabong Pool. The Billabong Pool is solar-heated, and is available for guest use throughout the year.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Currency Exchange
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Laundry facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi

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Day 9

Hyden to Perth (4 hours)

Travel via Corrigin - famous for its Dog-in-a-Ute event and Dog Cemetery and through picturesque farmland back to Perth. WA's capital is a vibrant city boasting lots of sunshine and sun kissed beaches. Sport, food and fun along with a refined but relaxing outdoor lifestyle, define the city.

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DEPARTURES:

Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Hertz Group S Car Rental
  • 8 nights' accommodation
  • Goway Co-Pilot Self Drive Kit

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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