Three Weeks from Perth

Canal Rocks, Margaret River, WA. © Tourism Western Australia

Three Weeks from Perth

Discover Margaret River, Ningaloo Reef, Broome and even Darwin and Sydney on an action-packed adventure from Australia’s westernmost capital.  From Perth you can head south to Margaret River’s wineries, waves, forests and caves. Dive shipwrecks and spot whales along the way. North from Perth you’ll find Ningaloo Reef, the world’s largest fringing reef, and Broome, where you can ride a camel at sunset along Cable Beach. Fly into Darwin for easy access to World heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, a tapestry of wildlife, wetlands and Aboriginal rock art galleries. Alternatively, cross the country from Perth to Sydney on the epic Indian-Pacific rail journey.

Swan River, Perth, WA
Swan River, Perth, WA

Week 1: Perth & surrounds

Cruise the Swan River past parks and skyscrapers to the vineyards in the Swan Valley or the Perth Zoo. Discover the lookouts, landscaped gardens and Aboriginal heritage of huge Kings Park. Visit Rottnest Island, where you can bike ride to secret beaches and kayak to secluded bays. Spot quokkas and learn about the island’s interesting history. Feast on seafood and soak up the carnival atmosphere in historic Fremantle. Swim, surf, fish, windsurf and sail on Cottlesloe or Scarborough beaches, which mark the start of the long, uncrowded Sunset Coast. Inland in the Darling Range, you can bushwalk in national parks and sleep in quaint bed and breakfasts.  Raft down the nearby Avon River or fly over the Avon Valley on a sky dive or in a hot air balloon.  Explore the galleries, craft shops, cafes and museums of the National Trust-listed towns of Toodyay and York, the state’s first inland town. Visit New Norcia, Australia's only monastic town.

Boranup Forest, WA
Boranup Forest, WA

Week 2: Margaret River and south-west or north to Ningaloo

Follow the South-West, Goldfields and Beaches drive to Margaret River. Stop to swim with dolphins in Mandurah or dive a scuttled pirate ship in Bunbury.  Spend the night in the whale-watching town of Dunsborough, on sparkling Geographe Bay. Drive through beachside Yallingup into Margaret River, where the 60 wineries are fringed by tall forests, underground caves and crashing surf beaches.  Stock up on gourmet produce, canoe through sun-speckled woodlands and ride the waves of Surfers Point. Further south, snorkel with stingrays in Hamelin Bay or look over two oceans from Augusta. Alternatively, drive north from Perth to Ningaloo Reef, where you can swim with the whale shark, the world’s largest fish, between April and June. Dive or snorkel with a huge range of tropical fish and coral. Stay in the surfing town of Exmouth or idyllic Coral Bay. Four wheel drive in Cape Range National Park, where red rock gorges meet Ningaloo’s white beaches and turquoise seas.

Cable Beach, Broome, WA
Cable Beach, Broome, WA

Week 3: Perth to Broome, Darwin or Sydney

Fly from Perth to Broome or get there driving north from Ningaloo. Here at the gateway to the Kimberley, you can buy pearls in Chinatown or ride a camel at sunset along Cable Beach. See dinosaur footprints preserved in rock at Gantheaume Point and, between March and October, a lunar illusion from Roebuck Bay. Four wheel drive to Aboriginal communities on the Dampier Peninsula, navigating between white beaches and craggy red cliffs.  Fly to Darwin from either Perth or Broome if you want to discover Australia’s tropical Top End. Visit the Tiwi Islands, where you can browse distinctive Tiwi art and watch weaving, painting and dancing demonstrations.  Swim beneath waterfalls in lush Litchfield National Park, then continue driving the Nature’s Way to World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.  Alternatively, travel from Perth to Sydney on the epic Indian-Pacific rail journey. You’ll cross the continent in three days, stopping for whistle-stop tours in Kalgoorlie, Adelaide and Broken Hill.

Three weeks from Perth

Three weeks from Perth

 

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