Couple cycling on Rottnest Island, Western Australia
By Springboard Vacations
Swimming alongside the largest fish in the sea is one of the ultimate bucket-list experiences. But why stop there? Travel to Western Australia in July and swim with giant whalesharks, massive manta rays and curious humpback whales. Australia's largest and most accessible fringing coral reef, Ningaloo is 160 miles long. Along the beaches, different species of sea turtles lay their eggs and migrating dolphins play in the waves. This is the ultimate marine adventure!
- 4-star accommodation for 10 nights in Alex Hotel, Perth (5 nights), Pullman Bunker Bay Resort Margaret River (2 nights) and Mantarays Ningaloo Resort Exmouth (3 nights)
- Take a walking tour of downtown Perth
- Cruise to Rottnest Island, go biking and stop for lunch at Rottnest Lodge
- Full day at Pinnacles National Park, including koalas and a sand boarding adventure
- 2-day car hire for your trip south
- Enjoy a wine tour of beautiful Margaret River
- Swim with whalesharks, manta rays and humpback whales
- Transfers to and from airports and hotels
- Springboard Vacations' 24/7 local travel assistance and support
- Springboard Vacations' complimentary Travel Protection
Package duration: 10 nights
Book by: 09/30/2018
Travel from: 04/01/2018
Travel by: TBD
Day 1: Welcome to Perth
Australia's largest state, Western Australia is famous for long days of sunshine and diverse landscapes and climates. Enjoy the beach lifestyle and natural parklands of Perth, one of the country's most beautiful cities and the capital of Western Australia. Private transfer from Perth International Airport to Perth hotel.
Alex Hotel: Created by locals and designed to welcome all travelers. Centrally located in the cultural heart of Perth, we invite you to share in our love of this friendly and vibrant city. Our thoughtfully crafted bedrooms offer comfort and sanctuary. All rooms come complete with free Wi-Fi, complimentary continental breakfast, smart TVs and much welcomed fresh air from opening windows or private balconies.
Day 2: Eat, Drink and Walk Perth
Enjoy a professionally guided tour of Perth's small bar and restaurant scene. The approach of this walk is relaxed, yet sophisticated. Each small bar tour showcases the emerging small bar scene in Perth while providing refreshments for each guest at the selected venues. Along the way we'll point out numerous other bars and restaurants while guests get a sample of Perth's history, heritage and culture. Perfect for locals, first-time visitors to Perth and repeat visitors. Includes entry into 3 bars with complimentary food or beverage on arrival. Please wear comfortable shoes. The starting point is at Perth Town Hall and ending point is at King Street Precinct. Walk begins at 6:30 PM and is 3 hours total.
Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, tips or gratuities for guides, meals and bottled water.
Day 3: Experience Rottnest Island with Bike
Unleash your adventurous spirit as you feel the breeze in your hair and use pedal power to cycle your way around the island for an unforgettable self-guided experience. Tour includes return ferry transfers to Rottnest Island, bike hire with helmet and security lock, Rottnest Island admission fee, morning hotel transfers from most metropolitan accommodations and lunch.
Day 4: 4WD Pinnacles, Koalas and Sand Dunes Tour
We leave the city limits and cross over the Swan River and head north through the Swan Valley to Caversham Wildlife Park. We stop to view and photograph koalas and hand feed kangaroos. We then break at the small fishing settlement of Lancelin before the thrilling experience of 4-wheel driving in our giant 4WD over massive Lancelin sand dunes and the chance to try sand boarding. Then, journey along quiet back roads where kangaroos and emus are often spotted, passing through wildflower country. We move onto the Rock Lobster town of Cervantes for lunch (own expense). Afterwards, visit the wildflower shop or alternatively in summer time, (weather permitting) enjoy a swim or a walk on the white sandy beaches. We then continue on to the Nambung National Park, home of the amazing Pinnacles Desert. Your guide takes you for an easy paced walk through parts of this fascinating landscape covering some 404 hectares. Ensure you wear comfortable footwear, bring a hat and your camera. Later, enjoy a sunset journey back to Perth. If flowering, stops to view wildflowers will be made en route with arrival back in Perth at approximately 7:30 PM.
Note: Tour may operate with morning in coach and afternoon in 4WD or vice versa. This tour is not suitable for pregnant women, people with back problems and infants, if unsure please ask.
Day 5: Perth to Margaret River
Pick up your rental car and drive to Margaret River.
Pullman Bunker Bay Resort: Nestled in a secluded part of the South West, Pullman Resort Bunker Bay is located only three hours from Perth. The resort is absolute beachfront to the crystal clear waters of Bunker Bay and is protected by the Cape Naturaliste promontory. Gorgeous Bunker Bay lies facing north and this stunning resort features 35 acres of landscaped grounds and complementing stands of natural bush. The resort features villas in contemporary Australian architectural style.
Day 6: Wine and Dine Margaret River Wine Tour
This is the Margaret River Wine Tour for wine lovers! This tour features quality wine tastings at a range of Margaret River's premium wineries. You'll have access to iconic wineries and the hidden gems that the locals love. The days itinerary is designed to satisfy your taste buds. You can enjoy your favorites, or take advantage of our local knowledge and try something new and exciting in one of the world's most exciting food and wine destinations. Our small group sizes and local contacts gain access to Margaret River's most exclusive wineries. A delicious winery lunch is included. Pick up from your accommodation at 10:30 AM and returning at 4:00 PM approximately.
Day 7: Perth
Wake up and drive to Perth.
Alex Hotel: 1 night accommodation including breakfast
Day 8: Perth to Exmouth
Private transfer included from your hotel to Perth Domestic Airport. Own flight arrangements from Perth to Learmouth. Shuttle transfer included from airport to Mantarays Ningaloo Resort Exmouth. Mantarays Ningaloo Resort is located on Sunrise Beach. The resort features a choice of one, two and three bedroom apartments and bungalows which are all fully adorned with all the modern facilities in a fresh and contemporary décor fantastically reflective of this beachside location. The Novotel Ningaloo Resort also has a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and gymnasium which will certainly be no hindrance to you taking advantage of this laid back town in an extremely relaxed setting. Ningaloo Reef is Australia's largest fringing coral reef and is a protected marine park and is also one of the few reefs that can be accessed straight from the beach.
Day 9: Whaleshark Adventure Tour
Come snorkel with the biggest fish in the sea! Join us for a full day tour on one of our big stable boats for a day of fun on the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef. We use spotter planes to locate the whalesharks as they are in the wild, not fed by us to attract them. Then it's time to get in with our experienced guides who will lead you on the greatest adventure of a lifetime. On board our marine biologist will teach you all about whalesharks and reef ecology. You will also have the chance to see manta rays, humpbacks, dugongs and dolphins. Our videographer will take great video of the day – yours free to keep! We offer a good swim guarantee and one free repeat tour per paying passenger in the unlikely event that we do not sight a whaleshark.
Day 10: At Lesiure
Enjoy the day at your own leisure.
Day 11: Exmouth to Perth
Shuttle transfer included from your hotel to the airport.
Own flight arrangements: Learmouth to Perth
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