Best of Perth, Margaret River & Rottnest Island


Explore some of Perth’s natural highlights in just five days with a trip that takes you from Western Australia’s capital city, through the Margaret River region, across to Fremantle and then to Rottnest Island for a full day of exploration. Visit the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere, swim at Meelup Beach, take some pics of Sugarloaf Rock, visit a local winery and nougat producer, taste chocolate, cheese and gin local to this famous wine region, explore limestone caves and learn about First Nations culture. End it all with a full-day exploration of Rottnest Island, home to the super cute quokka, and enjoy loads of free time to hit the water or kick back on the white sands.

5 days, from

$1,488

per person

GROUP SIZE

12 people max

ACTIVITY LEVEL

 
2
Trip code: PZKM
Style: Comfort
Theme: Explorer

Details

Countries Visited:  Australia
Accommodation: Hotel (4 nights)
Transportation: Private Vehicle , Ferry , Shuttle Bus
Included Meals:

  • 4 breakfasts
  • 1 lunches
  • 1 dinners

Group size: Minimum 1, Max 12

  • Start your trip in Perth (Boorloo in the language of the Whadjuk Nyoogar people) – the capital of Western Australia and home to sandy beaches, rivers, mountains and a buzzing city.

  • Explore the beachy Margaret River region with chocolate, cheese and gin tastings – maybe even taste some nougat on your visit to a local winery that produces the chewy treat.

  • Swim in the sunshine at Meelup Beach and then visit Sugarloaf Rock – the distinctive granite rock peak jutting from the ocean within scenic Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

  • Take a fascinating 2.5-hour tour of the limestone Ngilgi Cave, which includes a bushwalk, a didgeridoo performance and some local history from the Wadani First Nations people.

  • Take a day trip to Rottnest Island – a little slice of paradise off the coast, home to The World’s Friendliest Animals, the quokkas! Maybe go snorkelling, swim, or kick back on the white sands in your free time.

  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Greening Australia. Donations help them tackle Australia’s complex environmental challenges, restoring landscapes at scale – in ways that work for communities, economies and nature.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Perth

Welcome to Perth! Or Boorloo in the language of the local Whadjuk Nyoongar people, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which Perth is now located. Your adventure starts on the west coast of the Australian mainland with a welcome meeting at 6 pm tonight. After, head out for an included dinner at a local restaurant with your trip leader and new fellow travellers to get to know each other (and get excited about the journey ahead).

Day 2: Busselton - Meelup Beach - Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park - Margaret River

This morning, you’ll drive to Margaret River, with a few stops along the way. First, you’ll have the chance to grab some lunch Busselton – home to the longest timber-piled jetty in the Southern Hemisphere at 1.841 km. Take the chance to stretch your legs and explore the lovely foreshore. Next, you’ll stop at Dunsborough to check out the boutique shops and gorgeous coastline. Continue the scenic coastal drive, stopping at Meelup Beach and Sugarloaf Rock. Have your swimsuit ready at Meelup Beach – this is a gorgeous spot for a quick dip. Take in the white sand, clear turquoise water and relax in the shady, grassy areas before making your way to Sugarloaf Rock – a huge granite rock that juts out from the Indian Ocean near the mainland in Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Here, you’ll walk to the lookout point and have time for photos. Tonight, stay in your Margaret River accommodation – maybe take a stroll along the beach before dinner.

Day 3: Margaret River

This morning after breakfast, maybe walk around the main street of Margaret River and explore the shops. Or just enjoy a relaxing morning before heading out for the day and discovering the region. Your first stop is an optional nougat tasting at a local winery and nougat producer. View the production line and taste some freshly made nougat with your morning coffee at their café (or treat yourself to an early wine?). Then, sit down for an included lunch at a local brewery, cidery and winery that features a beautiful outdoor area and a great bar and restaurant, perfect for lounging the afternoon away. Head to a chocolate tasting and cheese tasting at local companies and then cap it all off with a gin tasting. Tonight, keep the fun going at a local pub with an optional group dinner or just relax at your accommodation.

Day 4: Yallingup - Fremantle

This morning, drive to Yallingup – a gorgeous hub of beaches and limestone caves. When you arrive, journey into Ngilgi Cave for a fascinating 2.5-hour tour. Take a bushwalk with a local and learn how to identify traditional plants, foods and medicines and how they are linked to the six Noongar seasons, then discover the art of creating fire by rubbing sticks together. Share in a captivating didgeridoo performance inside the Earth, amplified by the superb acoustics of the cave. See and touch the tools and cultural artefacts used by the Wadandi people in their everyday life and listen to stories about their life, history and culture. After, you’ll head to Fremantle. When you arrive, embark on a leader-led orientation walk to get your bearings. The rest of your afternoon is free to explore the city or head to a restaurant and people-watch.

Day 5: Rottnest Island - Fremantle

This morning, you’ll enjoy brekkie in Fremantle and take the scenic boat ride to Rottnest Island – a little white-sand paradise off the coast. Maybe grab a coffee, then, as is customary here, try to grab a quick quokka selfie – these little marsupials have earned the title of ‘world’s friendliest animals’ and are usually happy around people! Your leader will guide you across the island on a hop on hop off vehicle that’s always rotating around the island. You have most of the day free here to enjoy the many swimming bays, beaches and snorkelling spots around the island. Take the afternoon ferry back to Fremantle later today. This is where your trip comes to an end, around 5 pm. If you’d like to stay longer, just speak to your booking agent.