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Touring Programs - Perth Departures
PNA13 - Perth to Adelaide; Across The Nullabor.
Arriving in Perth at approximately lunch time. Check into your hotel, then later in the day we have the opportunity to tour Kings Park, and other city highlights returning to the hotel for dinner.
Today after a short walk around Lake Manga where we view the Black Swans, emblem of Western Australia, we head towards Fremantle and enjoy the old buildings, the prison heritage and the fishing and marina area where we can have a nice lunch on the wharf. Then we enjoy a cruise on the Swan River back to Perth. We have time then to do some shopping or walk around the city before returning to our hotel for dinner.
Today we leave Perth to travel southwards along the coast via Cape Bouvard and the Jarrahdale Range to Bunburr and then on to visit the famous wharves at Busselton. From there we travel through the Margaret River area, the heart of one of the best food and wine areas in Australia. We visit a winery and travel on to Cape Leeuwin, where the Southern and the Indian Oceans meet.
Travelling on towards Pemberton we follow wilderness trails through Western Australia's giant Karri and Jarrah forests, crossing narrow valleys and visiting several waterfalls. We travel on to Pemberton where the famous Gloucester Tree grows. You may climb this tree if you wish or wander through the giant trees surrounding it. A sightseeing train ride is an option for a pleasant interlude in this vast timber country.
Once again this morning, we enjoy the giant forest beauty of this area. Walpole is our first sight, where we visit the valley of the giants and Hilltop Lookout for panoramic views of the Nornalup region. Our journey then takes us along the coast to Albany, the states oldest settlement.
Today we travel onwards leaving the timber country and the seaboard behind us as we drive to Hyden where we visit Wave Rock, an incredible granite formation eroded by wind and water. We have time to enjoy viewing Wave Rock and its majestic features.
Once again we travel towards the coast, passing numerous salt lakes and the village of Ravenshoppe along the way. We then go off road to travel into some of the west's famous wildflower hinterland before arriving in Esperance.
This morning is one of the most beautiful four wheel drive experiences you will ever have. We view the turquoise coloured southern ocean waters en route to Cape Le Grand National Park, where there is an abundance of flora and fauna. Heading east, we venture into Cape Arid National Park. We then head north along the old Balladonia Track, viewing ruins of once stone-made farmer's cottages. Then joining the Eyre Highway, we begin our Nullarbor Plain crossing.
Continuing across the Nullarbor, we cross the South Australian border and venture off the highway at numerous places. We view the spectacular limestone cliffs of the Great Australian Bight and take the opportunity at various locations to try to spot whales. This area is one of the most famous in South Australia to observe these beautiful creatures.
This morning we take an interesting drive along the coast road to Streaky Bay. Continue on we visit Sceale Bay and Cape Blanche area before arriving at Point Labette Conservation Park, a spectacular area to view the seals, resting area on the scenic peninsula. From here, we travel of Murphys haystacks before travelling on to Port Kenny and Eliston. Later in the afternoon we view Mt Misery, Lake Hamilton to arrive at our overnight destination at Coffin Bay.
Very relaxing day today enjoying the spectacular lookouts and views four-wheel-driving through Coffin Bay National Park. A wonderful opportunity to see great views of the Southern extremities of Southern Australia, before heading off to visit Lincoln National Park, Flinders Monument and the extremities of Spencers Gulf to overnight in Port Lincoln.
Heading north along the shores of Spencer Gulf we visit Tumby Bay, Port Neil and Arno Bay before arriving at Cawell situated on Franklin Harbour, the home of the Grand Oyster. After lunch, our travel takes us through the middle back range to Whyalla, one of the Australian major ports and then heading onwards to Port Augusta on the head of Spencer Gulf for sightseeing and overnight stay.
Following the shores of Spencer Gulf past Port Pirie, the state's first provincial city, we head to Clare, a rich farming and wine growing area in South Australia. A delightful afternoon towards the conclusion of our grand journey is spent travelling through the picturesque Barossa Valley with time to visit and taste some of its historical wines before arriving in the garden city of Adelaide.
This tour departs every 1st and 3rd Sunday departing at 7.30am from June to November.
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