The Great South West Edge

13 days - from £1,250

This road trip is one of our favourites: an ever-changing coastline through vineyards, forests and deserts, where you will encounter dolphins, whales and wildflowers. Explore ancient caves, unique mountain ranges, pristine beaches, and take a scenic flight over a bubble-gum pink lake. And the best part is: You will often have these amazing sights to yourself.

Along the way, stay in unique boutique hotels, where you can relax with a glass of the region’s amazing wines.

Highlights:

  • Hop from cellar door to cellar door to sample the region’s premium wines in Margaret River
  • Take a morning walk on the Cape to Cape Track – one of the most diverse coastal trails on Earth
  • Walk through the canopy of 400-year-old tingle trees on the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk
  • Take a scenic flight over Lake Hillier, a bubble-gum pink lake next to the blue ocean
  • Say hi to the kangaroos lazing on the white sands of Lucky Bay in Esperance
  • Take a photo of you riding the wave at Wave Rock, a 15-metre-high cresting wave of solid granite shaped by the forces of nature over two billion years

Please remember that this is a sample itinerary; we specialise in creating tailor-made holidays that are unique to you and your style.

Perth – Bunbury – Margaret River – Pemberton – Denmark – Albany – Hopetoun – Esperance – Hyden – Perth

Wildflowers generally bloom in this region between September and November. Between June and December, migrating humpback and southern right whales can be spotted in Margaret River.

Dolphins WA

Day 1 - Perth to Bunbury

Pick up your rental car in Perth this morning, and head South towards Bunbury. It’s a two-hour drive from Perth, heading south on the Kwinana Freeway and Forrest Highway. Take a dolphin swim tour, hop on a dolphin eco cruise, or wait for the dolphins to come to you at the interaction zone on the beach. (Bunbury Quality Lighthouse, Standard City Room)

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Leeuwin Estate Winery Margaret River

Day 2 - Bunbury to Margaret River

Take a 50-minute drive to Busselton overlooking the longest timber jetty in the southern hemisphere: Busselton Jetty. From here, it’s another 25-minute drive to reach Dunsborough and Yallingup. Discover the natural wonders, history and legends of Ngilgi Cave, or join an Aboriginal culture tour of the cave. Take a drive out to Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse to catch an Indian Ocean sunset. (Rosewood Guest House, Standard Room)

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Day 3 - A day in Margaret River

Take a morning walk on the Cape to Cape Track – one of the most diverse coastal trails on Earth. Or grab a coffee and watch the local surfers in action. An afternoon of indulgence awaits. Hop from cellar door to cellar door to sample the region’s premium wines. For dinner, take your pick from Margaret River’s many restaurants and award-winning chefs.

Walk Into Luxury, Cape To Cape Track

Day 4 - Margaret River to Pemberton

Head inland to the old timber town of Nannup – famous for its colour-filled gardens, spring wildflowers and country crafts. Explore the region’s dense forests and waterways on foot or bike. Alternatively, enjoy a bird’s eye view of the landscape by scaling one of Pemberton’s climbing trees, originally used as fire lookouts during the 1940s – the largest, the Gloucester Tree, is 61 metres tall. (Karri Valley Resort, Lake View Room)

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Day 5 - Pemberton to Denmark

Continue on the Vasse and South Western Highway to Walpole, where you can walk through the canopy of 400-year-old tingle trees on the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk. Head to the sheltered bay of Greens Pool to swim or snorkel, or explore the national park’s rugged coastline on foot with a scenic walk to see the curious bathing giants at Elephant Rocks. (Celestine Retreat, One-Bedroom Chalet)

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Day 6 - Denmark to Albany

From Denmark, a 55-minute drive east through Albany will bring you to  the historic Whaling Station, a unique museum showcasing the region’s whaling history. One of Western Australia’s most dramatic coastlines – Torndirrup National Park – is just a 10-minute drive from Discovery Bay. Gaze in awe at The Gap, Natural Bridge and The Blowholes, and on top these tall cliffs between July and October, you may spot migrating whales too. (Hideaway Haven, Standard Room)

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Day 7 - Albany to Hopetoun

Fourty minutes north, rising above the Karri Tree forest, you will find the striking granite range of Porongurup National Park – 12 peaks sculpted by Mother Nature over the last 1,100 million years. Continue your journey to Stirling Range National Park and walk the Bluff Knoll Trail ascending Western Australia’s second highest peak. This is a great place to spot birds and spring wildflowers too – more than 100 species of birds and 1,500 varieties of plants thrive here. (Hopetoun Chalet Village, Standard Motel Room)

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Day 8 - Hopetoun to Esperance

Hopetoun is the gateway to UNESCO World Heritage listed Fitzgerald River National Park. Hit the park’s walking trails to explore this unique wilderness, home to many plant species found nowhere else on the planet. If you visit in between July and October, you may have the chance to watch large numbers of southern right whales and their calves in the waters at Point Ann. Make your way east to Esperance and explore the striking white-sand beaches. (Island View Apartments, One Bedroom)

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Lake Hillier

Day 9 - A day in Esperance

Today, we have planned something very special for you: A scenic flight over Lake Hillier, the bubble-gum pink lake. In the afternoon, you may choose to explore the 100+ islands of the Recherche Archipelago on a half-day wildlife cruise. Venture 30 minutes east of Esperance and you’ll discover Cape Le Grand National Park and one of Australia’s most famous coastal gems – the white sands of Lucky Bay.

Wave Rock Hyden WA

Day 10 - Esperance to Hyden

Drive 380 kilometres from the coast, and through Ravensthorpe, Lake King and Hyden to reach one of Australia’s biggest breaks – Wave Rock, a 15-metre-high cresting wave of solid granite shaped by the forces of nature over two billion years. As you explore Wave Rock’s 160-hectare nature reserve, be sure to visit Mulka’s Cave where a local Aboriginal legend is retold through more than 450 ancient rock paintings. (Hyden Wave Rock Motel, Standard Room)

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Perth

Day 11 - Hyden to Perth

Take a detour on your journey east to photograph one of the quirkiest attractions in the Wheatbelt – the Tin Horse Highway of Kulin – before heading north-west to the grand heritage town of York. With much of its Victorian and Federation architecture lovingly restored, York is the ideal place to stop for lunch. From York, it’s a one-hour-20-minute drive on the Great Eastern Highway to reach Perth. Return your rental car and enjoy the rest of the day. (Miss Maud Swedish Hotel, Superior Room)

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INCLUDED

  • Prices start from £1,250 per person
  • Accommodation as stated
  • Rental car from and to Perth Airport (tolls and petrol are not included)
  • Scenic flight over Lake Hillier from Esperance Airport
  • Local taxes
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully co