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SOLO TRAVEL TOUR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Starting out in Fremantle, just 30 minutes from Perth enjoy the relaxed vibe of this port city, a guided tour of Fremantle Prison and an overnight stay, before heading off on your South West discovery.

Features Spring Wildflower Season

Our first stop is Busselton, with time for the ‘must-do’ stroll along the famous Busselton Jetty before we take the easy drive to Margaret River. On our way, experience a unique visit to beautiful Ngilgi Cave. Your visit features three nights in Margaret including the major highlights and an outstanding winery lunch, wine tastings, a distillery visit.  We also visit the major landmarks and enjoy a scenic visit of the Boranup Karri Forest to see the Karri trees and of course the wildflowers that the west is renowned for each Spring. There’s also a guided tour of Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia before we end our day in Pemberton.

From Margaret River we head south west to Beedelup and Albany with a special wilderness eco cruise into the beautiful waterways of the Walpole Wilderness. Then from the water to the heights of the tree tops with a visit to the Valley of the Giants before arriving to Albany for a ralaxed two night stay. Albany is steeped in history and tales as the first spot where European settlers set foot in Western Australia. A visit to the whaling station museum and the National ANZAC Centre are just some of the ways to uncover her diverse past.

As our circle trip of the south west is nearing the end, we take the drive from Albany to Perth with some stops along the way including a delightful visit of Kodja Place before arriving to Perth for the final night stay.

CONNECTS WITH: The Indian Pacific Perth to Sydney Rail Journey 25 September 2022

PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    9 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD4825 own room
  • Transport:
    Coach
  • Pace:
    2
  • Max Group Size:
    18
REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia
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ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 8 nights superior accommodation including 5 star @ Bunker Bay
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches, including 1 highlight winery estate lunch
  • 3 dinners including 1 highlight dinner

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • Private group with Coach Captain
  • Guided tours with local guides
  • Wilderness eco cruise
  • Entry fees for paid attractions as per itinerary
  • All other sightseeing as per itinerary 

TRAVEL

  • Coach 
  • Boat cruise 

    Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.


Departure Dates for this tour

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17 - 25 SEP 22
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AUD4825 with own room
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SAVING: Book & pay the tour deposit by 24 March 2022
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Tour Price

AUD $4825

PRE TOUR HOTEL: Superior Pool View room @ Rydges Esplanade with breakfast 
rate applies: 15 & 16SEP 2022

AUD$265

POST TOUR HOTEL:  Guest room @ Vibe Subiaco with breakfast
rate applies: 25 SEP 2022

AUD $265

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same sex, save $880 on the price of taking a room to yourself (subject to roommate availability).

 

 


Trip Code: wasw22-9

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

PRE TOUR STAY - EXTRA TIME IN FREMANTLE 

Consider arriving a day before the tour starting date.  Fremantle is the perfect spot from some time at leisure.  The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Tour of the old Fremantle Prison
  • The longest timber piled jetty in the southern hemisphere, Busselton Jetty
  • Ngilgi Cave guided tour
  • Scrumptious dining experiences including a superb winery lunch at an iconic estate in the Margaret River
  • Foodie experiences including:
    a local chocolate company visit
    a nougat & wine pairing experience
    a distillery visit with tastings
  • Eagles Heritage Raptor Wildlife Centre visit and show
  • Boranup Karri Forest Scenic drive
  • Prevelly Beach visit; enjoy the pristine coastline views
  • Entry and guided tour of Cape Leeuwin lighthouse and Interpretive Centre
  • WOW Wilderness Eco Cruise
  • Valley of the Giants
  • Castle Rock Walk & Granite Skywalk
  • Visit the National ANZAC Centre at Albany Heritage Park
  • Albany’s Historic Whaling Station
  • Visit Kodja Place including an indigenous guided tour

PRE TOUR OPTION
There’s the option to arrive a day earlier to Fremantle. Wake up the next morning for some time at your leisure to explore Fremantle at leisure until meeting up the group later in the afternoon.
 

DAY 1 - SATURDAY

Fremantle

Welcome to Fremantle. Departing mid-afternoon from our group hotel we visit the old Fremantle Prison. Step inside and explore the prison that has a history dating back to convict times in the 1850’s until its closure as a maximum-security goal in 1991. It’s an eerie visit with tales of years gone by but fascinating. This evening, we come together for a group welcome dinner at our hotel.

Meals: Dinner 

DAY 2 - SUNDAY

Fremantle – Busselton – Bunker Bay (Margaret River North)

We have a full day of exploring ahead, first making out way to Busselton; about two and half hours driving time to reach the location of the renowned Busselton Jetty and the gateway to Margaret River. The jetty is the longest timber piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. A stroll along the jetty is a must and there’s plenty of options to enjoy lunch at leisure in Busselton today. You may also like to take the time to make a visit to the Interpretive Centre at the jetty which includes a museum covering the jetty’s history.

Next stop; Ngili Cave for a guided tour. The cave is an exquisite underground wonderland with stunning stalactites, stalagmites and more and for this reason a popular visit for any visitor to the region. Enjoy the stories of early exploration on the tour and free time to explore her beauty.

Then onto Margaret River for our next two nights of stay at Bunker Bay. Tonight, enjoy dinner in house at our impressive resort hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Highlight Dinner

FREE TIME EXTRAS

  • At Busselton, take the option to visit the Underwater Observatory (pre bookings required for a visit and the shuttle train and at your own expense). Bookings can be made at the Interpretative Centre.

 

DAY 3 - MONDAY

Margaret River (North)

We focus on exploring the northern region of Margaret River today, with ‘foodie and wine’ highlights including a visit to a local boutique chocolate company, and an experience at Bettenay’s Margaret River Nougat Company. It’s something a little different as we take Bettenay’s nougat and wine pairing experience while enjoying stunning views of the vineyard and lake as a backdrop.

From wine and nougat tasting onto our lunch stop at a local brewery. Why not opt to sample their brews with their paddle boards. After our relaxed lunch in Margaret River we return to our hotel. evening at your leisure.


Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
 

FREE TIME EXTRAS

  • If you still have some ‘steam left in the engine’, on returning to our hotel there’s the option to be transferred to Sugar Loaf Rock to take the 3.5km walk to Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse where your Coach Captain will meet you to bring you back to the hotel by the end of the day.
  • Head out to the Higher Sugarloaf Rock Lookout and return back to the hotel with a transfer provided by your Coach Captain. This lookout has one of the most spectacular sights of the northern cape. 

 

DAY 4 - TUESDAY

Margaret River (South) 

Leaving the northern region of Margaret River we travel south to explore more of this beautiful area. Visit the Eagles Heritage Raptor Wildlife Centre for their bird show. The centre is home to one of the largest collections of eagles, hawks, falcons and owls in Australia. From here we take a scenic drive of Boranup Karri Forest to see the towering karri trees, some over sixty metres tall, and during spring this is where wildflowers can be abundant.

We head south via Augusta to The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse for a guided tour, and of course admire the spectacular surrounds of this stunning coastal region. From here we head to our next overnight stay. Before the day comes to an end, visit the local distillery for a tasting experience.  After sipping away on some of the distillery gins, the rest of the evening is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 5 - WEDNESDAY

Margaret River – Beedelup  

A relaxing morning in Margaret River town at your leisure, or take the option for a short drive to  Prevelly Beach, part of the pristine coastline of the Margaret River region, with time for breakfast and a stroll.

Today, a highlight lunch setting and superb four course seasonal menu showing casing West Australian produce at one of the regions most renowned winery estates. With content bellies after a beautiful luncheon we continue on; sit back and relax as we travel onwards to Beedelup for our overnight stay.

Meals: Highlight Lunch*
* glass of wine included

FREE TIME EXTRAS

  • In Margaret River town, visit the nearby Vasse Virgin shop for olive oil soaps, skincare and fragrances.
  • From the resort hotel opt to for the Beedelup Loop Walk that reaches Beedelup Falls (5.3KM loop walk). Allow 60-90 minutes.


DAY 6 - THURSDAY

Beedelup – Albany

An earlier start today to make our way to the departure point for our WOW Wilderness Eco Cruise. Cruise through the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park to the heart of the Walpole Wilderness. This is a special educational experience about the region and entertaining with morning tea served.

After cruising, a delightful group lunch along the road that takes us to the Valley of the Giants. It’s here we take an easy paced ‘Tree Top Walk’, and take in the majesty of these giants. The purpose-built structure suspended at the tree tops level, immerses you in the forest and leaves the eco system untouched. This afternoon we drive onto Albany, along the way making a stop at Greens Pool Lookout for sweeping views. Greens Pool is famous for its turquoise green waters and spectacular white sand beach.

Meals: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch

SPECIAL NOTES

  • Walking shoes today for anyone opting for the trek option as part of the wilderness experience. Bring swimmers if you want to take a dip also.
  • At time of publishing the itinerary the Tree Top Walk is temporarily closed. If not reopened by time of our visit the alternative ‘Ancient Empire Walk’ is available.

 

DAY 7 - FRIDAY

Albany 

For one of Australia’s more remote towns Albany has an impressive history and is near to Castle Rock and the Granite Skywalk.

On offer this morning is a drive out to Porongurup National Park to walk the Castle Rock Trail climbing through Jarrah, Marri and Karri Forest, finally reaching the base of Castle Rock. It’s from here you can take the steep climb, up a six metre ladder to take you to the Granite Skywalk; a structure that winds around the massive granite dome. The reward – a panoramic views of the countryside.

This afternoon, visit the National ANZAC Centre set within a 250-hectare parkland reserve in the heart of Albany. It’s at this location you can overlook the departure point of over 41,000 Australians and New Zealanders, bound for the Great War.  Opened in 2014, this is one of Australia’s more recent tributes to the story of the ANZACS. The rest of our afternoon is at Albany’s Historic Whaling Station, a heritage listed site and a one-of-a-kind experience where you can explore an intact whale processing factory and whale chasing ship – fully restored.

Tonight, come together for a final group dinner at our hotel.

FREE TIME EXTRAS

  • Visit the Regional Wildflower Garden, open 10am-5pm daily

SPECIAL NOTES

  • Consider your fitness level for the Castle Rock Trail and for the Skywalk and come prepared with walking shoes/boots. It is a 4.7km return trip, and allow around two hours. You can always give it a go and if it’s not for you, turn back. WATCH VIDEO.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


DAY 8 - SATURDAY

Albany - Perth

We head north today to make our way to Perth city with stops along the way. First up is The Sandalwood Shop, just out of Albany. The sandalwood tree is known for its aromatic properties, and with 15 different species in the world the Australian sandalwood (Santalum Spicatum) has it’s own distinct aroma. Sandalwood is also known as ‘liquid gold’ due to is rarity and price tag.

Continuing north we stop at Kodja Place; telling the inside story of Australian country life. It’s also our place for a lunch stop. After lunch, travel back to Perth arriving towards the end of day.  On arrival, farewell your Coach Captain and the rest of the day is at your leisure. 

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 9 - SUNDAY

Perth. END.

Your visit comes to an end of hotel check out.

Meals: Breakfast

SPECIAL NOTES

  • Travellers continuing their journey, joining our group on the Indian Pacific Perth to Sydney will be provided a transfer to the railway station for check in this morning.

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ACCOMMODATION

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Fremantle

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges 

1

Margaret River (North)

Pullman Bunker Bay Resort

2

Margaret River

Margarets In Town

1

Pemberton

RAC Karri Valley Resort

1

Albany

Hilton Garden Inn [NEW hotel]

2

Perth

Vibe Hotel, Subiaco [NEW hotel]

1

Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
If we arrive before the hotel check in time, the hotel will store our luggage until check in time. If luck is on our side, it’s possible hotels may have our rooms (or some of the rooms for our group) ready before the official check in time. If that happens, you’ll be head straight to your room if we arrive before the hotel check in time.  As a guide, hotel check in times for most parts of the world range between 2pm to 3pm.

 

ESPLANADE HOTEL FREMANTLE BY RYDGES, FREMANTLE

A quality 4 star hotel with a rich history dating back to 1850 the hotel is an iconic landmark in Western Australia. Can’t beat the location! The hotel boasts 3 bars and their breakfast restaurant.  The hotel pays tribute to the rich history of our building, whilst incorporating references to Fremantle as an iconic port city, creating an environment that is rich, warm and sophisticated for travellers alike.

PULLMAN BUNKER BAY RESORT, MARGARET RIVER (NORTH)

A beautiful 5 star resort nestled on the white sands of Bunker Bay, boasts an absolute beachfront location. Look to explore the surrounding area including nearby Dunsborough, Yallingup and the amazing Margaret River wine region. With Bunker Bay beach on the doorstep and Geographe Bay and the Margaret River wine region a short distance away, guests can indulge and relax.

MARGARETS IN TOWN APARTMENTS

Margarets In Town Apartments is situated in the heart of Margaret River, adjacent to beautiful forests with walk and bike trails right on your doorstep and a short stroll to shops, galleries, markets & restaurants. 

HILTON GARDEN INN, ALBANY

A fabulous new addition to Albany, opening November 2021.  Enjoy this 4 star hotel with her bright spaces, warm service and thoughtful touches of Albany’s newest, upscale accommodation. Overlooking the waterfront, the hotel sits next to the Albany Entertainment Centre and is surrounded by beautiful views of Mount Clarence, Mount Melville, the stunning Vancouver Peninsula and Princess Royal Harbour - there is simply no better location in Albany! Hilton Garden Inn brings a new level of accommodation to Albany featuring well designed social spaces; flexible meeting spaces; unique food and beverage offerings; family friendly amenities, stylish, functional guest rooms, digital check in, room selection and key.

VIBE HOTEL SUBIACO, PERTH

Named after the birthplace of the Benedictine Order in Subiaco, Italy, this leafy suburb in Western Perth is the gateway to The City of Light and to trendy nearby suburbs of Wembley and Leederville. Subiaco – or Subi as the locals call it – is home to an eclectic blend of festivals, farmer’s markets, exclusive boutiques and leafy walking trails (including nearby Kings Park) by day; and up-late restaurants, jazz bars, trattorias and cultural outings (like the iconic Regal Theatre) at night.

A stay at Vibe Subiaco puts you just one block away from all the action and a stone’s throw from Subiaco’s brand-new entertainment precinct. This hotel is the first major hotel brand in Subiaco. Their Storehouse restaurant and bar offer picturesque views over Perth CBD (just 5km away) whilst St Marks Road Co. will offer tasty eats on the ground floor; spacious rooms – many with city views. The hotel’s onsite gym and rooftop pool offer opportunities to unwind after a day spent exploring.


More About Accommodation

GETTING THERE

Starts In: Fremantle (Perth)
Ends In: Perth

Day One Information
Commences with mid afternoon touring when you meet up with your local host. In the evening the the group comes together for a pre dinner meet up and a group dinner follows.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this group experience with a maximum of 18 travellers. This is a Solos Only (couple-free) tour. You are welcome to join with a friend.

THE PACE  [2 out of 5]
Travellers of 75 years or over may be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

See MORE INFO > General Information for more about fitness.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia

'Did a Red Centre solo 7 day tour absolutely fantastic, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, Palm Valley you have to see it and experience it. The coach drivers were professional, excellent knowledge and with a great sense of humor.'

David, Eschol Park, Sydne, New South Wales
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