Rottnest Island, Western Australia
This Two Week Walkabout takes in Australia's East and West coasts, including time in both Perth and Sydney.
Day 1 - 4
Step off your flight in Perth on the west coast and enjoy its beautiful beaches, top attractions, great restaurants and the gorgeous Kings Park with its rich indigenous heritage. Hire a surfcat, walk through the city gardens or barbeque at one of the free public barbeque facilities. Learn to surf, visit one of the region's wineries, and relax on the beach. Live the outdoors lifestyle and ease yourself in to the holiday.
If you fancy a day trip out of the city, take a ferry to Rottnest Island where the locals go to swim at white sand beaches, snorkel in turquoise waters over shipwrecks and to do some fishing. Rotto, as it is known to locals, is a car-free zone which adds to its relaxed feel. Hiring a bike is the best way to get around but watch out for the quokkas, the cute marsupials which were the inspiration for the island's name. Other Rotto attractions include the historic train tour, a family fun park, tennis courts, lawn bowls and a golf course.
Perth highlights include:
Kings Park with its 400 hectares of virgin bush land, manicured gardens and views of Perth
A visit to one of Perth's attractions such as the Perth Zoo, the Perth Mint or the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art
Cruising the Swan River
Beach cricket with mates at Cottesloe Beach
A day trip to Rottnest Island
Day 5 - 8
Explore more of Western Australia
Take the time to explore the famous Margaret River wine region, approximately four hours south of Perth. Join a small group tour or self drive to discover character-filled vineyards as far as the eye can see. Stop into these beautiful vineyards and sample local premium wines direct from the cellar door. If you're lucky you'll get to sample the local drop with the resident wine maker. The region also offers fine and fresh food in delightful cafes and restaurants, luxurious boutique accommodation, national parks and art and craft studios are scattered throughout the area.
Margaret River and Yallingup provide some of the best surfing beaches in the world. There are also many quiet and secluded bays – ideal for diving and fishing. And we have thrilling activities for the adventurer like abseiling, rock climbing, bushwalking and hiking. After a day of exercise, relax in the tranquillity of a forest chalet.
Between May and December, the Margaret River region becomes a haven for whale-watching enthusiasts, with the best vantage points from Dunsborough to Augusta.
Day 9 - 14
Fly across to Sydney from Perth for some chic city living, to end your Two Week Walkabout in style.
Start in the cobblestone streets of The Rocks, the harbour-side precinct where Sydney began. Climb Sydney Harbour Bridge and take the ferry past the iconic Opera House to Taronga Zoo or to one of the northern beaches.
Visit the museums and historic sites along Macquarie Street then wander the lush Botanic Gardens, or join a guided bike tour to learn more about the city's past. Indulge in a shopping secrets tour with a friendly local who'll show you the top boutiques, best bargains and local markets. Just make sure you're not having so much fun you miss the plane home!
Sydney highlights include: