16 Day Western Wonderland
Explore vibrant cosmopolitan Perth before travelling inland to iconic Kalgoorlie, then watch in awe as the landscape transitions on your approach to the southern coast, where you’ll discover white-sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and ancient forests. Seaside Fremantle and Margaret River’s renowned food and wine culture await you before you head north to meet the wild dolphins at Monkey Mia.
Flights are not included in the tour price. Any flights referred to in the itinerary are an additional expense; these are the suggested group flights:
Fremantle is located at the mouth of the River Swan on the east coast of Western Australia. Fremantle is one of the oldest settlements in Australia and has a sense of history with many well-preserved examples of colonial architecture including the Maritime Museum (1852) and the Fremantle Museum and Arts Centre, built by convicts as a lunatic asylum in the 1860s. It is gateway to Perth, capital city of Western Australia, located on the banks of the River Swan (10 miles) from its mouth. From Freemantle you can also visit the outback sites of the Pinnacles and Wave Rock
Albany is a popular resort town located on one of southwestern Australia's most beautiful stretches of coast. It lies on the northern shore of Princess Royal Harbour - one of the world's best natural deep-water harbours. Built soon after the first convicts arrived, Albany's oldest buildings include the Old Gaol, the Old Post Office and the Old Farmhouse. In the area around Albany discover the rugged coastline of Torndirrup National Park, forests, and arable and sheep farms.
Sunbathers will appreciate Geraldton, Australia, known as the Sunshine City for it's record year round sunshine. Geraldton maintains some beautiful sandy beaches where visitors can swim and enjoy a variety of water sports. Also, off the coast of Geraldton is Abrohos Island, which can be reached by boat and allows for snorkeling and reef diving in the colorful underwater environment. The town itself is very attractive, and tidy streets are designed to make full use of Geraldtons long summer days.
The town of Kalgoorlie, 375 mi/600 km east of Perth in Western Australia, is still considered the Queen of the Golden Mile, a gold vein discovered in 1893 that contains one of the richest lodes ever found.
Kalgoorlie's 20,000 residents continue to make their living from mining. You can descend 200 ft/60 m underground to tour the drifts of the old Hannan's North Tourist Mine. You can also see gold ingots being poured, view the nuggets at the Museum of the Goldfields and go pub hopping in the classic Outback pubs.
Neighboring Coolgardie (25 mi/40 km west) is nearly a ghost town—but it still has the Goldfields Exhibition housed in a handsome old building dating from the boom days. We found a two-day visit to these cities very worthwhile. The area can be reached from Perth by air, train or car (it's a seven-hour drive).
Located on the coastline of West Australia, Monkey Mia has been a dolphin interaction reserve where wild bottle-nosed dolphins return to shore every morning and greet onlookers. This relationship has been established for phenomenally over 40 years. With its untouched natural surrounding both onshore and offshore, Monkey Mia is a World Heritage Marine Park that protects the Shark Bay Marine Park also open to its visitors.
Esperance has a variety of natural attractions, including national parks, wetlands, and white sandy beaches. During the summer months Esperance experiences the wildflower season where beautiful orchids, and a myriad of other species bloom. Visitors can also visit the Helms Arboretum and several walking trails to view the beautiful flowers. Moreover, you can visit local artists' studios and shop for unique handcrafted gifts.
A natural playground with a breathtaking coastline, river gorges, scenic coastal cliffs, tranquil beaches and protected swimming bays, Kalbarri is enjoyed year round with its seasonal attractions. You can witness 800 species of Australian wildflowers bloom between July and November as well as spotting the migration of humpback whales. Catch the canoe and Cray festival between May and June. Wake up early to feed local pelicans by the river foreshore or sand board down the sand dunes just south of Kalbarri. Bring your adrenaline and free fall 8 thousand meters to the beach on your next skydive. There's something for everyone here at Kalbarri!
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