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Starting off in Perth, we’ll have an orientation tour of the city in the afternoon, followed by a group welcome dinner.

The next day we set off to discover the pick of the highlights of the south, starting with a scenic canal cruise in Mandurah. From here, we make our way to Busselton, and of course, there’s time for a ‘must-do’ stroll along the famous Busselton Jetty.  Then, onto the stunning Margaret River, including a two night stay with superb winery visits, tastings and a highlight three course winery lunch.

From Margaret River, we travel to Pemberton for a one night stay, including a stop at the renowned Gloucester Tree, a visit to the Wine and Truffle Co., along with a Truffle Café lunch. From Pemberton, it’s onto the historic port of Fremantle. Visit the historic Fremantle Prison where we will take a tour and explore the prison.  There will be time to make your own discoveries before enjoying a cruise along the Swan River back to Perth, for your final night of stay and our farewell group dinner.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    9 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Tour
  • Accomodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices:
    @standard price FROM $4199 for your own room
  • Transport:
    Private coach
  • Pace:
    2
  • Max Group Size:
    Maximum of 18 travellers
  • Trip Code:
    wa18-9
REVIEWS

'Terrific tour "over west" giving a real taste of WA, spacious green countryside, away from the rat race. Lovely hotels, plenty of produce and wineries with cities, forests, caves and canal cruises - excellent variety.'

Marie, 70+ years, Gold Coast, QLD

'This was my first holiday as a solo traveller with a singles group and I was delighted to have been matched with a wonderful room mate and meet some other great 'solos'!  Thank you Encounter Tours!'

Jan, 68 years, Adelaide, SA
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INCLUSIONS

  • 8 nights of quality hotel accommodation
  • Daily hotel breakfast
  • 2 lunches including a highlight winery lunch
  • 5 dinners including two highlight dinners
  • A scenic canal cruise
  • Winery visits including wine tasting
  • All other sightseeing and entrances as per the itinerary
  • A professional coach captain
  • Small group touring with a maximum of 14 travellers

Not included: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport Transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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2 - 10 SEP 2018
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Prices per person (in AUD)

With Your
Own Room

STANDARD Package per person

$4199

Pre tour stay: Pan Pacific Perth, including breakfast

$260

Post tour stay: Pan Pacific Perth, including breakfast

$260

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ROOMMATE MATCH OPTION

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TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Perth city orientation tour
  • Scenic canal cruise, Mandurah
  • Walking tour of Busselton Jetty
  • Visit Margaret River Chocolates
  • Lunch at Vasse Felix Vineyard
  • Cellar door tasting at Vasse Felix Vineyard
  • Stop at Prevelly Beach
  • Visit to Bettenay’s Margaret River Nougat Company
  • Tasting at The Grove Vineyard
  • Wine tasting at Brookwood Estate
  • Two course dinner at Arc of Iris restaurant, Margaret River
  • Visit Margaret River Dairy
  • Entry and guided tour of Cape Leeuwin lighthouse
  • Lunch at Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Café
  • Visit the Gloucester Tree
  • Talk and two course truffle lunch and tasting at Manjimup Wine and Truffle Co.
  • One hour “Doing Time” tour of Fremantle Prison
  • Captain Cook cruise Fremantle to Perth including afternoon tea
  • Farewell group dinner, Perth

DAY 1 
Arrive Perth

On arrival at the Perth Airport, transfer to the group hotel (by your own arrangement). There is time to settle into our room and freshen up before we meet together in the hotel lobby at 3pm for a city sights orientation tour.

Some of the points of interest during our tour will be the WACA, the Bell Tower and the Perth skyline from Kings Park where we see the 750 year old Boab Tree. This evening we will gather for pre dinner drinks at the hotel to meet our fellow travellers before our Welcome dinner.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 
Perth – Mandurah – Busselton

We have a full and fun day ahead of us exploring the region south of Perth.  Following breakfast, we travel to the popular holiday town of Mandurah, located on the vast Peel Inlet for a Scenic Canal Cruise, along the calm waterways, while admiring the impressive homes that are dotted along the canal.  There’s even the chance of spotting the local bottle nose dolphins. After some free time for lunch (own expense) we head to Busselton for a walk along the Busselton Jetty - the longest timber piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere and second in the world. We will visit the interpretative centre and there is also an opportunity to visit the Underwater Observatory (at your expense). 

After a great day we head to our accommodation for an overnight stay. Dinner will be at the hotel tonight.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 
Busselton – Margaret River

Take breakfast at the hotel this morning and opt to make our own local discoveries.  A walk along the beach is a fabulous way to begin the day.  Mid-morning we head south, making a stop at the Margaret River Chocolate Company.  They claim to have the “best chocolate brownies in Australia” here so we have time to take a look around and purchase ‘a cuppa’ if you like.  Our next stop into the Margaret River wine region is to sample our first taste of their iconic wines.  Why not begin with the best!?  Our tasting and lunch has been arranged at Vasse Felix restaurant. Described as the benchmark winery restaurants in Australia, this draw-card establishment with executive chef Aaron Carr at the helm is sure to be an absolute gastronomic treat.  The attraction here is not only the food but the beautiful surroundings.  Before the day comes to an end we stop at Prevelly Beach to see where the Margaret River reaches the ocean, then we head into the township of Margaret River to check into our hotel for the next two nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4 
Margaret River

Continuing our discovery of Margaret River – there’s so much on offer so we’ve hand picked the top picks.   

We arrive at Vasse Virgin (formerly Natural Olive Oil Soap Company) for an opportunity to see and feel the benefits of their natural hand-made skin care range as well as taste their range of scrumptious gourmet foods.  We are definitely off to a good start this morning!   Another short trip has us arriving at Bettenay’s Margaret River Nougat Company for a chance to taste some of the 32 flavour combinations. 

This afternoon we arrive at The Grove Experience.  Although once “just a winery” this place has evolved into so much more.  It is a distillery, a brewery, boutique accommodation and a café.  This is the perfect opportunity to purchase lunch and enjoy some tastings. We end our touring program with a visit to Brookwood Estate, established in 1996 as a family business.  The wine maker is the daughter of the original owners and Bronnley Cahill is one of the new breed of women working in the wine industry.  She is a qualified winemaker and makes Brookwoods premium wines as well as being involved in all aspects of the business.  We enjoy a fun and informative tasting in the rustic cellar door.  They offer a lot more than wine at this venue so why not try a taste “That Margaret River Stuff” too? 

Returning to our accommodation there is a chance to freshen up before we venture out this evening.  Dinner is a convenient short walk from our hotel to Arc of Iris. This eclectic restaurant is all about the wonderful local produce of Margaret River, so expect some amazing food sourced right here in the area from regional suppliers.  Our dinner this evening is sure to be a highlight we will remember. 

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5 
Margaret River - Cape Leeuwin - Pemberton

As we farewell Margaret River this morning we stop at the Margaret River Dairy Company, before driving to Pemberton through Boranup Karri Forest to Cape Leeuwin.  This is the junction of the Indian and Southern Oceans and the land’s end of the South West.  We take a guided tour of the lighthouse and admire the spectacular surrounds of this stunning coastal region.  After time for a light lunch in the café it’s onwards to Pemberton, stopping at the Gloucester Tree - reputed to be the tallest tree-mounted fire lookout in the world. Standing at 61 metres tall, the Gloucester Tree is from the Karri family, which is the third tallest tree species in the world. It was pegged in 1946 so that people could climb it and use it as a watchtower for bushfires.

Tonight, we enjoy a relaxed dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6 
Pemberton – Fremantle

A bit of a fun foodie day today! Following breakfast, we visit the Wine and Truffle Co. As it is outside the end of truffle season we cannot hunt them but our guide will be most helpful when it comes to explaining the process of procuring them, including a dog demonstration.  We will discover how to locate the rare and wondrous black truffle, which is often referred to as ‘black gold’ or ‘black diamond’.  Our tour concludes with lunch in the Truffle Café and a wine tasting. 

This afternoon we head to historic Fremantle.  Arriving this afternoon gives us time to settle in and take a wander through the eclectic shops and cafes.  It will be fun choosing which one to enjoy our dinner in tonight, but it’s totally up to us where we go.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 7 
Fremantle

Once we have finished breakfast our first visit today is to the Fremantle Prison. We take a tour as we step inside and explore the prison from its convict origins in the 1850’s until its closure as a maximum security goal in 1991. We discover how time was passed in the yards while taking in original prisoner works of art. Our entertaining guide will be able to show us a lighter side of Prison humour as well. The visit is sure to have something of interest for everyone. The rest of the day is at leisure as there are so many unique places to explore in the short space of Fremantle centre. There is a multitude of exciting eateries in Fremantle so we have left the evening free for you to find one to enjoy.

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 
Fremantle – Perth

The morning is at your leisure to enjoy Fremantle. This afternoon we join a Captain Cook Cruise along the Swan River to Perth.  Afternoon tea and a full commentary are included as we cruise towards the city via the Point Walter Spit, the Royal Perth Yacht Club, the Swan Brewery, and Kings Park. On arrival at the Barrack Street Jetty our Coach Captain will meet us for the transfer back to the hotel where we will join together for our farewell dinner and last night together. 

Meals: Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Dinner

DAY 9 
Depart Perth

Following breakfast at our group hotel, our wonderful discovery of South Western Perth comes to an end. Check out is required by 10am but if you are staying on or have a later flight departure home, the hotel can hold your luggage until depart. Transfers to the airport are by your own arrangement.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Itineraries are subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. IF there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel. Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Perth

Pan Pacific

2

Busselton

Abbey Beach Resort

1

Margaret River

Stay Margaret River

2

Pemberton

Best Western

1

Fremantle

Esplanade Hotel by Rydges

2

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

Abbey Beach Resort, Busselton

Stay Margaret River, Margaret River

Esplanade Hotel by Rydges, Fremantle

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

PAN PACIFIC, PERTH
Take in scenic vistas of Perth’s famous Swan River or explore the lush historic gardens of Kings Park when staying at the Pan Pacific Perth hotel in Australia. A 5 star hotel, moments away from the river and a short walk from the city’s main retail, dining and entertainment precincts, Pan Pacific Perth provides the perfect location for a relaxing and indulgent stay.

ABBEY BEACH RESORT, BUSSELTON
As the largest resort in the southwest of Western Australia, Abbey Beach Resort is the perfect place to relax and unwind in comfort and the resort boasts full resort facilities.

Rooms include spa baths in every room, large balconies, three swimming pools (the indoor pool is heated), two restaurants, three bars, a sauna, a gym, tennis courts, a playground and a squash court. The resort has direct beach access that is a mere two-minute walk from your room.

The resort is located amongst a haven of great experiences for local, national and international tourists, not just in Busselton but also in the Margaret River wine region and along the southwest coast, all of which are famous for their many attractions.

Abbey Beach Resort is AAA rated at 4.5 stars, and is accredited by the Tourism Council.

STAY MARGARET RIVER, MARGARET RIVER
Stay Margaret River is the ultimate destination to relax and explore the famous wineries, caves, forests and beaches of the Margaret River Region. They offer a range of comfortable and affordable accommodation options. Stay Margaret River right in the heart of wine country, surrounded by national parks and beautiful beaches.

So, whether you’re here to explore the famous Margaret River wine region, surf breaks and natural attractions, or having a gastronomic weekend away, make Stay Margaret River your home from home.

BEST WESTERN, PEMBERTON
A charming Pemberton hotel, opposite the Pemberton Forest Park and located within walking distance of the town centre, tramway, and close to Gloucester National Park.

The hotel offers 3.5-star accommodation in Pemberton. All rooms are well-appointed and feature balconies overlooking karri and jarrah trees. This Pemberton hotel blends modern conveniences with original ‘turn of the century’ charm.

Please note, the hotel is a non-smoking hotel.

ESPLANADE HOTEL, FREMANTLE
A Rydges property, offering 4.5 star services. This Fremantle accommodation options pay tribute to the history of the building while incorporating references to Fremantle as a port city, creating an environment that is rich, warm and sophisticated.

You can easily access Bathers Beach, Rottnest Island and Kings Park and Botanic Gardens.

With an award winning refurbished main entrance and lobby boasting a modern, light and open feel, this Fremantle accommodation options are among the best in the region.

You will sink into cosy Rydges Dream Beds topped with crisp white linens and plenty of fluffy pillows. The hotel has two restaurants and two bars with menus offering everything from buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, perfectly grilled WA steaks, fresh seafood, pub grub, light meals, share plates and decadent desserts.

 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.


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PRICES

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GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Perth, Western Australia         
Depart from: Perth, Western Australia     

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.

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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 'SOLOS ONLY'
You will enjoy this small  group experience with a maximum group size of 18 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers.

THE PACE  [2 out of 5]
An easy to moderately paced tour with some free time throughout the tour. In Fremantle there is the morning at your leisure.

Touring is always most enjoyed when you have a good level of fitness. As a minimum, an average level of fitness is recommended for this tour.  If you are joining the tour we recommend that on the months leading up to the tour, that you exercise regularly, at least a few times a week, such as taking brisk walks for at least 40 minutes at a time.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

GROUP COACH CAPTAIN
This is a private small group tour with one Coach Captain who provides the services of a driver-guide, leading the group. There is not an additional group tour director.

TRANSPORT
Private, air-conditioned transport for our group on a coach. The coach size will be determined by the final group number.

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'Terrific tour "over west" giving a real taste of WA, spacious green countryside, away from the rat race. Lovely hotels, plenty of produce and wineries with cities, forests, caves and canal cruises - excellent variety.'

Marie, 70+ years, Gold Coast, QLD

'This was my first holiday as a solo traveller with a singles group and I was delighted to have been matched with a wonderful room mate and meet some other great 'solos'!  Thank you Encounter Tours!'

Jan, 68 years, Adelaide, SA

'Going solo on a holiday means you meet other like minded people and have the chance to make some lifetime friends. It is nice to share experiences and a few good laughs I highly reccomend Encounter Travel.'

Bev, 69 years, Melbourne, VIC

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