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Australian Wildlife Safari

16-day tailor-made journey from £5,870 pp incl. flights

Summary

Short description

Explore Australia's unique and diverse natural world

Highlights

  • Swim with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef
  • Spend three days exploring the wilderness and wildlife of Kangaroo Island
  • Seek out native wildlife on beautiful Rottnest Island
  • Take in the city sights of Perth and Adelaide
  • Enjoy stays in handpicked accommodation throughout

In Brief

  • 3 Nights Perth
  • 3 Nights Ningaloo
  • 1 Night Fremantle
  • 2 Nights Adelaide
  • 2 Nights Kangaroo Island
  • 2 Nights Adelaide

About

Recommended for:
Bucket-list holidays | Natural world | Wildlife

Get up close to Australia’s famed wildlife, showcased across a number of included tours and excursions alongside stays in some of the Western and South Australia's most notable wildlife hotspots. It all begins out on the west coast where, following a stay in Perth, you’ll head to Rottnest Island to discover seals, seabirds, and the delightfully friendly quokka. Then, having flown north to Ningaloo, you’ll mix outback safaris and snorkelling trips with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to swim with whale sharks. Next, after a night in buzzy Fremantle, you’ll head west to Adelaide in South Australia, gateway to Kangaroo Island. Here, across three unforgettable days, you’ll join expert guides and rangers who’ll introduce you to the island’s spectacular natural world. Along the way, we’ve included stays in some of each region’s finest accommodation, from beachside hideaways to award-winning luxury lodges.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
UK to Perth

Start your holiday in style with included UK airport lounge access followed by your overnight flight to Perth.

Days 2-4
Perth

Arrive in Western Australia’s capital, set between the Indian Ocean coast and the Swan River. Once through the airport, a waiting transfer will see you to your city-centre hotel. Then, over two full days, you’ll explore the best of the city and its surrounds, with plenty of free time to take in the likes of King’s Park and Cottosloe Beach, as well as an included full-day tour to Rottnest Island. Travelling out by ferry, you’ll explore the island by bike, looking out for a full array of native wildlife, from fur seals and turtles to ospreys and oystercatchers. You’ll also want to keep eyes peeled for the friendly and inquisitive quokka – a cat-sized micropod unique to the region.

Stay: QT Perth (Deluxe)

Days 5-6
Ningaloo & swimming with whale sharks

Your wildlife adventure continues today with a flight north to Learmonth and a transfer to Mantarays Ningaloo Resort. Then, across three memorable days, you’ll explore and discover the spectacular wildlife and landscapes of this remarkable coastal region. To help you make the most of your time, we’ve included two tours. The first, a full day whale shark encounter, will see you take to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean to swim with what is the largest shark species in the world – a genuine bucket-list experience. These gentle giants are plankton feeders, drawn to the nutrient-rich waters of the World Heritage-listed Ningaloo reef. Onboard, you’ll be treated to drinks and a buffet lunch as well as educational talks by marine biologists, while out to sea you’ll also want to keep an eye out for everything from bottlenose and Australian humpback dolphins to the wonderfully weird dugong. Lunch is included on day six only.

Stay: Mantarays Ningaloo Resort (Superior)

Meals: L

Day 7
Ningaloo: Top of the range safari tour

Today, you’ll join local wildlife experts to take in the best of the Ningaloo region’s wildlife in a day. Heading out to the Cape Range National Park, you’ll go in search of kangaroos, emus, echidnas, birds and black-flanked rock wallabies amid the hidden creeks and canyons of the park’s limestone ranges. A boat tour will see you through the best of it, before your contrast its rugged beauty with the white sands and turquoise seas of the coast. Here, after an included lunch you’ll enjoy a snorkelling experience on Ningaloo Reef itself.

Stay: Mantarays Ningaloo Resort (Superior)

Day 8
Fremantle

Transfer back to the airport and fly south, returning to Perth where you’ll be met for the short trip to the port city of Fremantle. On arrival, check into your boutique hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring at your own pace, perhaps making the most of the hotel’s complimentary bike hire. The vibrant Fremantle Markets are a great place to start while the 19th-century former prison – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – offers a fascinating insight into the town’s convict past. Of course, you won’t want to miss ‘Cappuccino Strip’ a bustling thoroughfare known for its cafes, galleries and Italian restaurants.

Stay: Hougoumont, Fremantle (Superior)

Meals: B

Days 9-10
Adelaide Hills

Returning to the airport, you’ll board a flight east to Adelaide, the vibrant capital of South Australia. Once landed, a transfer will see you to your accommodation – a five-star boutique hotel located in the pretty Adelaide Hills. Alternatively, you might choose to upgrade to the next-door Sequoia Lodge, a luxury retreat host to world-class wining and dining and a superb, natural-spring-fed spa. Whichever you choose, you’ll be perfectly placed to enjoy a relaxing introduction to your South Australia experience, exploring the surrounding countryside on ambling walks or tasting your way around the local vineyards and cellar doors.

Stay: Mount Lofty House, Adelaide Hills (Deluxe)

Meals: B

Days 11-12
Kangaroo Island

Today, you’ll board a short flight across to Kangaroo Island, one of Australia’s preeminent wildlife hotspots. To showcase the island at its best, we’ll book you onto a tour, with two days led by experienced local guides. Indeed, from north to south, you’ll soak up Kangaroo Island’s myriad highlights, taking in eucalyptus forests host to snoozing koalas, tracing dramatic coastlines where wallabies, kangaroos and sea lions play on golden sands and pausing for delicious picnics in the heart of the wilderness. You’ll also have the chance to visit Flinders Chase National Park and travel to Remarkable Rocks – giant rock formations carved out by the power of the ocean. 

Stay: Providence Guest House (Superior)

Days 13-14
Adelaide

Transfer back to the airport this morning for your flight back to Adelaide and a two-night stay in the city of spires, this time in a hotel located right in the heart of the city. You'll be perfectly placed to take Adelaide's parks, galleries and superb dining scene, and to pick up a few last-minute gifts for friends and family back home.

Stay: Eos by Sky City (Deluxe)

Days 15-16
Adelaide to UK

Transfer to the airport this morning to board your overnight flight to the UK.

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Pricing

Any element of this itinerary can be adjusted to suit your needs. Just contact us to find out more.

Accommodation rating: Superior Deluxe

16-day tailor-made journey from £5,870 pp incl. flights

Deluxe

Low Season

from £5,870 pp. incl. flights

High Season

from £7,225 pp. incl. flights

Includes:

  • Complimentary UK airport lounge access
  • Return international flights between London, Perth and Adelaide
  • Return domestic flight between Adelaide and Kangaroo Island
  • 13 nights accommodation in typically 4* (Superior) or 5* (Deluxe) accommodation on a mixture of room only and bed & breakfast basis
  • Private transfers in Perth & Adelaide
  • 3 days car hire in Adelaide in a Toyota Corolla Sedan or similar
  • Rottnest Island full day bike and ferry tour
  • Full day deluxe whaleshark encounter with lunch
  • Full day Top of the Range Safari Tour in Exmouth
  • 2 night In Style Kangaroo Island package

Terms & Conditions

Prices are per person based on two people sharing a twin/double room; prices are subject to availability and possible change; normal booking conditions apply.

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