Tailormade tour Western Australia City and Wine Tour Australia

6 nights/7 days

Perth • Margaret River Valley

The Western Australia City and Wine touring holiday combines a stay in laidback, coastal Perth with the renowned Margaret River valley wineries. In this tour you start in the Indian Ocean city of Perth, Australia’s most isolated city, and then explore the idyllic countryside and notable vineyards of the Margaret River valley. It is a perfect extension to another of our touring holidays, or great when combined with another short tour.

Holiday price guide

Available year-round subject to the opening period of the hotels, from about £2,300 per person.

Luxury tailormade touring holiday of Western Australia's Perth and the Margaret River valley vineyards

Highlights

Perth • Swan River • Trigg Island • Freemantle • Margaret River Valley • Bunbury • Dunsborough • Eagle Bay • Ngilgi Cave • Surfers Point

Day by day

Arrive in Perth. You a met upon arrival and transferred to your accommodation by private chauffeur. Settle into the time zone and your luxury accommodation.

Enjoy a day of leisure as you explore Australia’s most remote city. This bustling metropolis perched on the pretty Swan River has so much to offer as it continues its remarkable ascendency as a modern-day boom town. From its glitzy central business district to the hip and trendy cultural precinct of Northbridge, and out to the recent developments of Elizabeth Quay, the recent economic boom has helped create a cosmopolitan sheen to the historically laid-back city. Great restaurants, bars, a wealth of leisure facilities and a superb public-transport system conspire make Perth a truly liveable city.

Despite its recent economic success, the heart of Perth remains focused on its wonderful natural assets. With a myriad of pristine Indian Ocean beaches on its doorstep, today could be best spent cooling offer on the white sand and aquamarine water that fringes the city. For swimmers, Crawley, Peppermint Grove and Como are wonderful beaches, whilst surfers should head to the Cottesloe, Scarborough, City and Floreat, or brave the challenging surf of Trigg Island. For a different taste of Perth altogether, you could also head to Freemantle. Whilst technically a suburb or Perth, Freemantle maintains a unique identity to establish itself as a fantastic choice for a day trip. Located on the mouth of the Swan River, you can explore the port, harbour front restaurants or the maritime museum in the developing Victoria Quay precinct. A laid-back bohemian ambience, and fantastic bars and restaurants make Freemantle a perfect city escape, and a sea breeze - the ‘Freemantle Doctor’ – helps keep the fashionable district cool on scorching days.

ollecting your 4x4 hire car from Perth, today you commence your road trip south to the Margaret River region of Western Australia. Today’s drive is about three hours and will take you along the Indian Ocean coastline. Spot the breaching of whales in the pale blue of the Indian Ocean waters and be sure to stop at a myriad of wonderful highlights along the way. The laid-back Bunbury or the cultural hub of Dunsborough for example are perfect rest stops, whilst the breath-taking white sand beaches of Meelup Bay, Eagle Bay and Bunker Bay will delight. For those looking to learn more of Indigenous culture, you could also choose to explore Ngilgi Cave with the help of expert guides. Arrive in the Margaret River around late afternoon and settle into your idyllic surrounds with the help of your first taste of the local wine.

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before spending a full day to explore the internationally acclaimed wineries of the region. Having only been established relatively recently in 1967, Margaret River alone now produces an astonishing 20% of Australia’s premium wine, testament to the ideal growing conditions as pristine environment conspires with the many micro climates to create wine that is both varied, and fantastic. With more than 95 cellar doors listed on the Margaret River wineries list, a full day can be spent meandering through the countryside in search of the best. Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are perhaps the most famous varieties of the area, but in truth the Margaret River Valley is varied and diverse and many new varieties are becoming more recognised, including excellent Semillon sauvignon blanc. The vineyards range from grand estates such as Leeuwin and Voyager, to small and boutique offerings, and many also have excellent cafes and restaurants attached, meaning you are never far from good food to accompany this natural bounty.

Another great attraction of the Margaret River region is its superb Indian Ocean coastline, comprised of around 40 different surfing spots. One of the most iconic is Surfers Point, near Prevelly, which is home to the Margaret River Pro surfing competition and provides a great place from which to relax in the sunshine and watch the professionals at work! Otherwise, why not get involved yourself by joining one of the many superb surf schools dotted up and down the coastline. Margaret River Mouth and Southside are perhaps the best, but there are a number to choose from depending on your criteria. Alternatively, this region also boasts a string of beautiful limestone caves complete with dramatic ceilings of stalactites and floors of stalagmites. Many have visitor centres and will allow you to explore this awe-inspiring underground scenery in the safety of a guided tour.

Wake to sample the last of the scenery and climate before driving back to Perth to drop off your hire car and return home. Of course, this tour could form a smaller component in a larger touring holiday of Australia. In which case join the next chapter of your tour today.

Holiday price guide From about £2,300 per person based on two people sharing a double room and including for economy flights from London.

Holiday Code AUSG10

Luxury tailormade touring holiday of Western Australia's Perth and the Margaret River valley vineyards

Holiday price guide From about £2,300 per person based on two people sharing a double room and including for economy flights from London.

Holiday Code AUSG10

Our prices include ● Return scheduled flights with British Airways, Qantas or Emirates from London to Perth in economy class
● Transfers and car hire where specified in our itinerary
● Accommodation sharing a double or twin room. Please see our suggested list of hotels for details of base accommodation type.
● The meals included with your tour will vary by chosen accommodation. Please see our hotel suggestions for included board basis.
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Our prices do not include ● Early check-in or late check-out at any hotels (although we can arrange this on request at additional cost)
● Any other services not mentioned above, such as transfers and meals except as specified in our hotel suggestions
● Personal holiday insurance. This is essential and cover should be in place from when you book the holiday.
● Local tourist tax, payable locally to the hotel
● Optional tours and activities within each location, except where explicitly specified as included in our itinerary, or by hotels in our hotel lists.
● Visa and Passport. You will need a full British passport with at least six months validity, and a Visa for travel to Australia. Visas requirements should be checked with the Australian authorities. More details are available from www.eta.immi.gov.au

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