Perth and Margaret River Self-Drive [ST-SD35]
4 Days: Perth and Margaret River Self-Drive [ST-SD35]
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Highlights & Inclusions
  • Accommodation - Perth (1 Night) and Margaret River (2)
  • All Flights are not included (can be added at an additional cost).
  • Car Hire - 3 Day Rental, Pick up and Drop off in Perth
  • Rental Car Hires are base rate only and do not include taxes, insurance, fuel levies, drop off fees, or environmental fees.
  • Day Tours Included - Margaret River: Twilight Cave Tour, Margaret River Small Group Wine Tour
  • All other Day Tours listed are Optional (Not Included)
  • Visa Issuance for entry into Australia (additional US$15.00 per person)
  • F.I.T. (Free & Independent Travel, i.e. this is not an Organized Group Tour)
  • All Taxes and Fuel Levies (Except where noted)
  • Itinerary is flexible and can be tailored to suit your needs.
Itinerary Details
Day 1 - Flight to Perth, Own Arrangements

International flight (as per your own arrangements).

Days 1 to 4 - 3 Day Car Rental, Pick up and Drop off in Perth

Discover Australia as you travel by rental car for three days.

As part of your vacation self-drive Australia and explore our stunning landscapes, coastlines, regional towns and wildlife. Stop and meet the locals, maybe enjoy a counter meal at a local Aussie pub, or relax on the beach while sampling some takeaway fish & chips from the local deli or servo. During one of your rest stops try to spot a kangaroo, emu or even a Koala in the wild.

Please bring a valid American drivers license with you and be aware that the Australians drives on the left hand side of the road.

Base rate only paid by About Australia. GPS, Insurance, Premium Location Surcharge, Fuel and Fees to driver’s credit card.

Days 1 to 2 - 1 Night Accommodation in Perth

Travel to your accommodation in Perth, Western Australia, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 1 night.

Your 3 Star vacation accommodation is located in the heart of the city of Perth, only a few metres from the Murray and Hay Street shopping malls. The hotel includes a restaurant, bar, and Internet access. Each room is equipped with air conditioning, free tea and coffee making facility, radio, and ensuite bathroom. Perth has a reputation amongst travelers to be a friendly city on the Swan River. Travel some short miles to Fremantle, a modern and vibrant counterpart. From outdoors to indoor, the fabulous range of Perth and suburban shops will satisfy even the most particular of traveler. Western Australia offers you a unique vacation experience.

Photo Credit: Western Australia

Insider's Tip: Perth Zoo

Perth Zoo is Australia’s best small zoo and located just 5 minutes from the Perth CBD.

Touted as one of the most diverse zoos in the Southern Hemisphere, the Perth Zoo almost always has something new to see. The zoo is open year round from 9am to 5pm and entrance fees are as follows (all prices in AUD): $22 for adults & $11.30 for children. In addition to Keeper Talks, you can ride in the electric-powered zebra buggy, go on a free walking tour or ride on the zoo’s historical carousel. This Perth attraction is an excellent way to spend a day without spending a lot of money.

Getting There
By Bus: From Perth CBD Bus No. 30 and 31 stop right in front of the Zoo weekdays or weekends, leaving regularly from the Esplanade Bus-Port. Bus #34 stops behind the Zoo and leaves from the Wellington Street Bus-port. From the ‘Causeway’ (Victoria Park) Bus #730 and #731 stop at the Zoo. For further information on bus timetables, routes and prices please call Transperth information on 13 62 13 or visit where you can search for the best route for you.
By Train: Currently, the easiest way to visit Perth Zoo by train is to transfer at the Esplanade Bus-port (Train Platform 1) to Bus # 31 (Bus Stand E4) which makes Perth Zoo one of its first stops. The bus stops right out front of the ticket office. The reverse applies when you want to go home.

Photo Credit: Perth Zoo

Insider's Tip: Stunning Beaches

Spend the day surfing or lounging on one of Perth’s many stunning beaches.

Perth Western Australia is home to many popular beaches, including, Cottesloe, Swanbourne, and Scarborough. Cottlesloe is a great beach for families, with quaint shops and cafes within easy reach. Swanbourne is an excellent place for surfing and body boarding, with some of the best waves along the Perth Western Australia coast. Travelers from out of town should note, however, that Swanbourne is also a nude beach, and beach patrons are expected to go without clothing. Scarborough beach provides a more traditional family experience. Life savers patrol the beach during the day, and the absence of rock and coral reef make this an excellent beach for small children. Nearby, travelers can also enjoy a taste from a local café, or peruse local gift shops.

Photo Credit: Western Australia

Insider's Tip: Hop-on Hop-off Double Decker Explorer Bus

An open top Double Decker bus guarantees a bird’s eye view of Kings Park and the City’s attractions. Be guided around by friendly drivers while listening to the informative and professional commentary.

This unique city tour through Perth departs from Barrack Street Jetty every 45 minutes starting at 9:15am. You can get on or off at any of the stops on the route. The tour takes in some of Perth’s most spectacular attractions. The bus travels every day (except 25Dec, 26Jan & 25Apr) and makes numerous stops. The bus trip takes about 2 hours to complete the whole journey (with no stops). Buy your tickets onboard ($25 AUD for Adult Ticket, $10 AUD for Child Ticket). Use your ticket stub to get amazing discounts at each stop location.

The stops include Kings Park & Botanic Garden, Harbour Town, Murrary Street, William Street, Perth Town Hall, Gallery Museum, Burswood Entertainment Complex, & Perth Mint. At each stop you can get valuable discounts with your ticket at the following places (to name a few): The Bell Tower, Harbour Town Outlet Shopping, Perth Mint, Fremantle Prison, Caversham Wildlife Park, The Maritime Museum, & Fremantle Motor Museum.

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Day 2 - Self Drive from Perth to Busselton

Today you will drive south from Perth to Busselton Drive time for your journey today is approximately 2.5 hours (137 miles).

This easy drive from Perth to Busselton is filled with stops along the way for feeling the sand beneath your feet on white sand beaches, taking in spectacular ocean views from lighthouse lookouts, and feeding friendly local dolphins. Here are a few of our favorite stops for an iconic road trip from Perth to Busselton.

Kings Park
Get your bearings in Perth with a stroll through Kings Park. Overlooking the Perth waterfront, this park is a scenic blend of grassy parklands, botanical gardens, and native bushland rich in Aboriginal and European history. It is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful inner city parks, bigger than Central Park in New York! Explore the park walking trails, treetop walks, memorials and statues commemorating Australia’s vibrant history. Onsite restaurants and cafes offer the perfect pick-me up for dining in or takeout to enjoy at a tranquil picnic spot within the park.

Just about 30 minutes southwest of Perth is Fremantle, an enchanting historic port town revived by an eclectic arts, music, and food scene. Browse the Fremantle Markets, a collection of local and artisan shops dating back to 1897, and find a range of fresh produce, sweet treats, souvenirs, handmade clothing, and other unique finds. The craft brewery scene is also alive and well in Fremantle, home to Sail and Anchor, the first craft brewery in Australia. Other spots to check out include Little Creatures for their heavy hop-driven brews and Monk Brewery for small batch beers and ciders.

Stop in at the Bunbury Dolphin Discovery Centre to see and feed the local dolphins. The center focuses on research, conservation and education about marine life in the area, with cruises available to see dolphins in the wild. Make your way over to the black and white checkered Bunbury Lighthouse, sitting atop coastal dunes, for a fantastic lookout across the Indian Ocean. A short walk down south along the coastal pathways takes you to Wyalup-Rocky Point, where a volcanic beach offers a picturesque stop for taking in views of the deep azure sea.

Known as the gateway to the Margaret River region, Busselton is the perfect beach break with stretches of white sand framing sparkling turquoise waters. Take a walk along the Busselton Jetty, the longest timber jetty in the Southern Hemisphere at just over a mile long. Join the Busselton Jetty Underwater Observatory tour for a train journey to the end of the pier, and descend to the underwater observatory to see the spectacular coral reefs.

Days 2 to 4 - 2 Nights Accommodation in Busselton

Travel to your beach side accommodation in Busselton Western Australia, near Margaret River Region, where you will be staying whilst on vacation for 2 nights.

Your resort accommodation offers two outdoor swimming pools and an indoor heated swimming pool in addition to absolute beachfront relaxation on Geographe Bay. Other amenities include a spa, sauna, gym, squash courts, tennis courts, children’s play area, and mountain bikes and skis for hire. You may also want to visit the onsite gallery of resident artist – Jenny Taylor. For meals and drinks, enjoy the poolside café and 2 bars. Undercover barbecue facilities are also available.

The resort is packed with the kind of facilities you would expect from accommodation of this calibre. Of course, you can also enjoy the many tourist attractions of the South West Coast, and Margaret River Wine Region.

Day 2 - Evening Tour, Twilight Cave Tour

Tonight you’ll venture into Ngilgi Cave to hear Dreamtime legends and a mesmerising didgeridoo performance as part of a unique cave experience.

Enjoy a short guided bushwalk identifying traditional medicine plants & sharing local knowledge about the region.

After your bushwalk you’ll be guided down into Ngilgi Cave where, according to Wardandi legend, the good spirit Ngilgi dwells. With a chill-inducing underground didgeridoo performance this is a one of a kind experience you won’t soon forget.

Day 3 - Day Tour, Margaret River Wine Tour

Enjoy a full day exploring the Margaret River region’s iconic wineries with this award winning small group tour.

Sit back and relax on this Margaret River wine tour while your experienced guide introduces you to a selection of fabulous wineries, including some that you may not have heard of, but that you will surely never forget.

The small group size (maximum 8 people) and the team’s local contacts gain you access to Margaret River’s most exclusive wineries.

Your Margaret River experience will include the following:

*Quality wine tastings at a range of Margaret River’s premium wineries
*Access to iconic wineries and the hidden gems that the locals love
*Delicious winery lunch, your selection from a winery menu at Hay Shed Hill winery
*Bespoke itineraries designed daily to satisfy your taste buds
*Pick up and drop off from accommodation within the Margaret River Wine Region including Margaret River, Dunsborough, Yallingup and Busselton.

Day 4 - Self Drive from Busselton to Perth

Today you will drive north from Busselton to Perth. Drive time for your journey today is approximately 2.5 hours (137 miles).

Hop back on Highway 10 heading north today on your drive back to Perth.

A stop in Bunbury on your drive will offer you some great activities, views, and wines. In Bunbury you can take a Dolphin Eco Cruise, visit the wild dolphin interaction zone, aquariums, and more.

Feel the need to stretch your legs? How about a climb to the Marlston Hill Lookout Tower? Your efforts will be rewarded with stunning coastal views – don’t forget your camera!

Bunbury also boasts a plethora local wines and beers. You can have a taste at a number of wineries & breweries – Smallwater Estate, Moody Cow Brewery, Capel Vale, & Bonking Frog Wines just to name a few.

Continue on your way north back to Perth stopping along the way at any of the charming towns that might strike your fancy!

Day 4 - Flight exiting Perth, Own Arrangements

International flight (as per your own arrangements).

* Terms & Conditions

All prices are in US dollars and correct as of Oct 9, 2015. Taxes and Fuel levy included. Visa required additional $15 per person. Pricing is from “per person” based on Double Occupancy (2 Adults) in hotels. Single Supplements apply. Upgrades available on request (upgrade supplements apply). Subject to availability. Blackout dates may apply. Seasonal supplements will apply. No refunds allowed. Changes are permitted (fees may apply). Other restrictions may apply. Not combinable with any other offer or discounted vacation package. About Australia reserves the right to adjust the amount of any outstanding balances at any time according to USA Exchange Rate variations. Prices may vary when you book your travel package and are not guaranteed until payment in full is received. Airlines, hotels and tour operators frequently change their prices as a result of rate increases, fuel surcharges, government imposed taxes or fees. Prices may increase prior to full payment for those and/or other reasons. All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change. After full payment, prices are guaranteed except only due to an increase in government imposed taxes or fees. By paying your deposit, you understand and agree to the possibility of such increases. Contact About Australia directly to get a firm quote based on current prices for your travel dates.

Permitted Travel Dates: July 1-March 31, 2016

Book By: October 31, 2015

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  • a) All prices are USD$/person (including all Taxes). Subject to availability and seasonality. Other Conditions Apply (see Terms and Conditions).
  • b) Land Content Only represents the pricing for the full itinerary as detailed, except the International Flights from the USA (and return) are NOT included.
  • c) An Infant (Lapchild) must be less than 2 years old on the date of departure. Infant must travel with at least one adult. An infant with a seat pays the price of a Child.
  • d) A Child must be aged between 2-11 years on the date of departure. Child must travel with at least one adult.