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Margaret River & Australia's south west by motorhome

11-day tailor-made self-drive

Summary

Short description

Discover the food, wine, landscapes and coast of Australia's south west corner

In Brief

  • 1 Night Perth
  • 10 Nights Apollo Motorhome

Itinerary

Recommended for:
Activity adventure | City | Food & wine | History & culture | Natural world

One of the best ways to experience this unique part of Western Australia is by motorhome, affording you the flexibility and freedom to explore the country roads, sprawling vineyards and spectacular coastline of this beautiful region at your leisure. For those who want the freedom to explore at their own pace as well as the opportunity to venture away from the beaten track, there really is no better way to travel.

The following 11-day motorhome itinerary begins and ends in Perth, stopping along the way at Albany, Manjimup and Pemberton and includes many of the main culinary and scenic highlights for which this region is famed.

Day by day itinerary

Day 1
Perth

Arrive in Perth, Australia's sunniest state capital, transfer to the airport and check into the superb Terrace Hotel for a one-night stay. Spend the rest of the day exploring Perth's many attractions, including Kings Park and the Botanical Gardens, the beautiful Swan River, or spend an afternoon relaxing on one of the city's 19 beaches. In the evening we recommend heading out for dinner at the Greenhouse on St George's Terrace where head chef Matt Stone has created an Australian and Asian-inspired menu, packed full of local, seasonal produce.

Stay: The Terrace Hotel, Perth (Deluxe)

Day 2
Albany

Pick up your Apollo motorhome this morning and drive south to the pretty seaside town of Albany, around five hours from the state capital on Western Australia's scenic south coast, stopping at Mt Barker - one of the state's up-and-coming wine regions - along the way.

Try the local oysters for which Albany is renowned, spend an afternoon browsing the local produce at one of Australia's best farmer's markets and venture to one of the many lookout points along the coast to see the passing humpback whales, around 30,000 of which pass through here between the months of June and October each year.

Stay: Apollo Motorhome

Day 3
Denmark

Today you'll head along the coast to Denmark where you can take a walk on the famous Bibbulmun Track, visit the Denmark Chocolate Company - Australia's first licensed chocolate lounge - and stop at the wonderful Forest Hill Winery, where you'll find some of the oldest vines in this part of Western Australia.

In nearby Walpole you can visit the Valley of the Giants treetop walk for a unique view of the forest canopy and a close-up look at the native foliage and abundant bird life from a walkway suspended 40 metres above the forest floor.

Stay: Apollo Motorhome

Day 4
Manjimup

Continue your motorhome tour through southwest Australia as you head to the town of Manjimup, known for its truffle production. With record crops and a price of between A$2000 and A$2500 per kilogram, the truffle industry is big business in Western Australia and you can have the chance to find your own little piece of black gold on an organised truffle hunt in the expert company of Sunny the truffle dog at the Wine and Truffle Co on the outskirts of town.

Another attraction in the area around Manjimup is the Gloucester Tree, originally a fire lookout and now, for those with a head for heights, a nerve-jangling 61-metre climb affording superb views of the region.

Stay: Apollo Motorhome

Days 5-6
Pemberton

Today you'll head to the town of Pemberton, a picturesque rural town surrounded by giant karri, jarrah and marri forest just a short drive from Manjimup.

Take a drive to the coast and the giant Yeagarup sand dunes for a 4x4 jeep safari (not included) before getting your daily fix of food and wine at Foragers, a farm-based cookery school and restaurant that prides itself on its relationship with local suppliers and producers.

Stay: Apollo Motorhome

Days 7-9
Margaret River

Head north along the beautiful west coast to the Margaret River region, the best-known region of southwest Australia and home to some of the country's premier wine makers. With over 220 vineyards and 100 cellar doors, Margaret River is a wine-lovers paradise with 25% of Australia's premium wines coming from the area.

We'd recommend spending three nights here, giving you enough time to visit the region's coffee plantations, olive oil producers, farmers markets and microbreweries as well as a selection of Margaret River's many vineyards that include the renowned Leeuwin Estate, Cullens, Cape Mentelle and Vasse Felix, which produce some of Margaret River's finest reds, whites and sparkling wines. A selection of optional excursions help will help you make the most of your time in Margaret River.

From 21st to 23rd November 2014 the Margaret River Gourmet Escape Event takes place, attracting some of the world's best chefs, sommeliers and food critics for three days of tastings, presentations and masterclasses, showcasing the region's finest gourmet produce.

Along with all the food and wine, its well worth remembering that the Margaret River region also boasts some wonderful, often deserted beaches as well as mile after mile of glorious, unspoilt rural areas, with a huge number of walking trails and cycle tracks to explore.

Stay: Apollo Motorhome

Day 10
Dolphins and sunsets

Depart Margaret River and head north to Perth, around a three-hour drive from Margaret River. You can break the journey at the lovely beachside town of Busselton, famed for its beautiful white sand beach and the longest wooden jetty in the southern hemisphere, before continuing to Rockingham where you'll have the chance to swim with dolphins (not included). If all that leaves you feeling a little tired then make a stop at cappuccino strip in Fremantle for a well-earned coffee before the final few miles to Perth, where you can enjoy an Indian Ocean sunset and a glass of wine as you relax in your motorhome for one last night.

Stay: Apollo Motorhome

Day 11
Departure

Sadly your time in southwest Australia has come to an end. Leave your motorhome at the depot before making your way to the airport to board your onward flight.

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Adjust your itinerary with our recommended extensions

Cape Lodge Cooking Class

Extension from £123 pp

Cooking classes at Cape Lodge are run each Thursday by the hotel's executive chef Tony Howell who'll teach students his kitchen secrets, tips and recipes, while using some of the finest ingredients from the Margaret River region.

Behind the scenes at Cape Mentelle

Extension from £40 pp

Discover the secrets of the winemaking process from vine to bottle on this fascinating tour at Cape Mentelle Estate, including a food and wine pairing degustation experience.

The Margaret River Discovery Co Tour

Extension from £168 pp

This tour with the Margaret River Discover Co. - the brainchild of former Margaret River winery owner Sean Blocksidge - is the perfect way to see the real Margaret River.

Margaret River Gourmet Escape Event

Extension from £66 pp

From 21st to 23rd November 2014, the Margaret River Gourmet Escape will showcase an incredible line up of local and international food and wine celebrities.

Wine & Truffle Co. Manjimup

Extension from £30 pp

The Wine & Truffle Co. int he small town of Manjimup is one of the few truffières in the world to offer tours that allow guests to hunt for their very own truffle.

Karijini National Park

5-day extension from £1,015 pp

Beginning in Perth, this 5-day extension combines the best of the city with a glimpse of life in one of the state’s most impressive National Parks. After a day exploring the city, and a night at the luxurious Terrace Hotel, fly to Paraburdoo, collect your hire car and …

Shark Bay to Monkey Mia with Luxury Outback Tours

4-day extension from £2,085 pp

Over four days you’ll have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with the heritage, natural beauty and biological diversity of the World Heritage-listed Shark Bay.

Pinnacles Full Day Tour with Luxury Outback Tours

Full-day excursion from £135 pp

Travel to the Nambung National Park – home to the thousands of limestone pillars that make up the Pinnacles Desert. Visit the park’s interpretive centre, then, see the Pinnacles themselves, rising eerily from the sand.

Margaret River Luxury Wine Tour

Full-day excursion from £180 pp

Discover the award-winning vineyards of Margaret River, one of the world’s most famous wine regions, on this intimate and personalised tour, tailored to your taste in wine.

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