Please note that these are tailor made itineraries and not escorted tours.
Western Australia is Australia’s largest state and covers 1/3 of the continent. It is adored for its brilliant blue skies, warm sunny climate and white sandy beaches and offers a variety of activities and contrasting sights. The sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean and the Great Southern Ocean sweep the western shores, while vast dry deserts largely make up the eastern half of the state.
Western Australia is home to some of Australia’s most famous sights including The Ningaloo Reef, The Pinnacles, Kalbarri and Margaret River, Rottnest Island, The Bungle Bungles and Monkey Mia.
Perth, the capital city, is built on the banks of the magnificent Swan River and has a relaxed, easygoing atmosphere making it an ideal starting point for exploring this immense state. It is a sophisticated and modern city and reflects the friendly and relaxed lifestyle of W.A. It also enjoys more hours of sunshine than any other capital city in Australia. It is surrounded by beaches, with nearly 80 kms of strand within the city limits alone.
There is plenty to see and do in Perth, with a choice of top-class tours, cruises and adventure excursions on offer to showcase the highlights of the region. In addition, the seaside resorts of Fremantle and Scarborough are close to Perth city and provide a relaxed beach alternative to the slickness of the city with a variety of excellent accommodation options and excellent resort facilities.
The Margaret River region boasts an array of world-class wineries and gourmet vineyard restaurants. Responsible for producing less than one percent of Australia’s wine - but over 15 per cent of Australia’s premium wine – make sure you embark on a wine tour of this region.
Rottnest Island is a small island situated just off the coast of Perth, famous for its snorkelling, diving, surfing and swimming. The semi-arid Mediterranean style climate and indigenous flora and fauna of this island make it a top choice for a day trip or excursion. There are numerous shipwrecks found around the island it is home to the strange looking quokka - the small marsupials which inspired the island’s name.
Broome is at the northern tip of W.A. and its main attraction is the 22km long Cable Beach, considered among the best in the world. The Kimberley region is both wild and wonderful and is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas featuring ancient gorges, picturesque rock pools and idyllic beaches.
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- Wave Rock is one of Australia’s most famous landforms and resembles a giant surf wave of multicoloured granite formed over 2,700 million years ago. The Pinnacles are thousands of huge limestone pillars rising from the shifting yellow sands. These bizarre formations are a fascinating sight and worth a visit.
- The Bungle Bungle Range is a geological phenomenon with tiger striped beehive-like mounds set amid a landscape of gorges and pools. Enjoy a scenic flight over the range to get a true grasp of the geological significance of this world heritage protected sight.
- Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
- Glass of Coca Cola: €1.50 - €3
- Bottle of Beer: €3 - €7
- Bottle of Wine: from €8 - €16
- 3 Course meal: €18 - €40
- Time Difference is GMT: + 8 hours (no daylight saving time in 2012)
- Airports: Perth (PER)
- Flight duration: 19 hours 20 minutes approximately
- Transfer time: 40 minutes
- Languages: English
- Climate: Varied region to region. North – Tropical climate. Southwest – Mediterranean climate. Southeast – Temperate climate.
- Voltage: 230V A/C, sockets outlets and sockets type I are used
- Visa (Irish citizens): Yes
- Passport: EU citizens travelling to Australia must have a valid up-to-date passport valid for travel three months beyond the date of return
- Vaccinations: Tetanus, Hepatitis B -please consult your GP.
- These prices are given as a guide only.