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West Coast Road Trip

That first glimpse of the shiny, tiled sails of the famous Sydney Opera House and one immediately knows they’re in Australia. Spend four nights basking in all Sydney has to offer including an Indigenous guided walking tour and a cruise aboard sparkling Sydney Harbour. Swap the quay for car keys and head west to wondrous Western Australia. Explore the scenic wine country before spending time in the leafy capital city of Perth, and head into the desert for a chance to visit amazing natural limestone structures known as the Pinnacles.

Trip Type: Adventure, Cultural

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West Coast Road Trip
West Coast Road Trip
West Coast Road Trip
West Coast Road Trip
West Coast Road Trip
West Coast Road Trip
West Coast Road Trip
West Coast Road Trip

Day By Day

Day 1 – Arrive in Sydney

Welcome to Sydney. Upon arrival, you will collect your luggage and clear Customs & Immigration before entering the arrivals hall. Your driver will be in the terminal at the designated waiting area to the rear of the arrivals hall (Gate A or Gate B), holding a sign with your name on it. Your driver will arrive at the designated waiting area 30 minutes after your flight's scheduled time of arrival and will wait for 60 minutes thereafter. Your driver will take you directly to your accommodations by private vehicle.

Starting Accommodation: PARKROYAL Darling Harbour


Day 2 – The Rocks Dreaming, Aboriginal Heritage Tour & Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise

Be touched by the most ancient human culture on earth in a 90-minute leisurely walkabout with an Aboriginal guide in The Rocks, and journey into DreamTime, the culture of Aboriginal People. This tour experience is Aboriginal owned and was developed by Margret Campbell, a Dunghutti-Jerrinjah woman. The tour is led by Aboriginal guides who have her permission to share their cultural knowledge. The tour gives you the opportunity to discover how the ancient Aboriginal Dreaming is still alive within the modern Sydney landscape and how the billion-year old harbor, marine environment, sandstone strata, waterways, flora and fauna influenced how Aboriginal People lived in the area. 

Treat yourself to Sydney Harbour's most sensational Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise. This is a unique, four-hour cruise experience. Enjoy the company of a small group aboard a 52-foot motor yacht. Your personal captain and host will share the rich history of Sydney Harbour and its foreshore as you take in the sites of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Sydney Opera House and the bays and coves of Sydney Harbour. Enjoy a three-course BBQ lunch with regional wines, local beers and five-star service. Immerse yourself in all the activities that a smaller vessel offers, including swimming and fishing - or sit back and relax on the expansive sunbed and do nothing at all.

Starting Accommodation: PARKROYAL Darling Harbour
Meals: Lunch


Day 3 – Sydney at Leisure

It is no surprise that when the British first arrived in Sydney they named the area Botany Bay. Even today, with a population of over 4 million people and a reputation for fun rather than flora, one is still surrounded by bush land in this bustling city. Native Waratah wind their way through the historic Rocks area, palm trees frame long stretches of pristine beach, and Eucalyptus embrace the endless and beckoning bays of Sydney Harbour.

It is Sydney's man-made wonders, however, that draw most visitors. The Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are the most photographed icons on the continent. Choose a Seaplane Safari experience and enjoy a bird's eye view of the Opera House's signature sails. See the Harbour Bridge up close and personal by climbing the metal monolith to enjoy stunning 360-degree views of the glittering vista below with BridgeClimb as you climb to the top. Whether it is an early morning visit to the largest fish market in the southern hemisphere, or your very first surfing lesson on Bondi Beach, in this vibrant metropolis you will find no lack of energetic escapes and dynamic distractions.

There are many ways to enjoy the harbor: on a small luxury motor cruiser or sailing yacht, or ferries that take you to Taronga Park Zoo or Manly and the harbor suburbs. Take the Darling Harbour Rocket that connects Circular Quay to Darling Harbour where there are many restaurants and attractions such as The Sydney Aquarium, Wildlife World, The IMAX Theater and the Naval Museum. For a more leisurely afternoon, take a walk through the Royal Botanical Gardens and Hyde Park, or learn about Australia's National Gemstone, the Opal, at Altmann; Cherny or The National Opal Collection, right in the heart of the city on Pitt Street.

Starting Accommodation: PARKROYAL Darling Harbour


Day 4 – Sydney at Leisure

For today's day at leisure in Sydney, consider exploring Sydney's oldest neighborhood, the Rocks district. Located in the shadow of Sydney Harbour Bridge, the area is full of historic buildings, picturesque laneways, and welcoming shops. The Rocks Discovery Museum showcases the area's rich history with artifacts from the Rocks' original inhabitants. The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia is also located in this neighborhood, displaying collections of works from both Australian and international artists. The iconic Paddy's Market, located in the Haymarket and Flemington sections of Sydney, provides a great way to spend time and wander among the hundreds of vendors stalls. Operating for over 150 years, Paddy's is the biggest market in Sydney, featuring everything from local food, souvenirs, jewelry, clothing, and homewares.

A short ferry ride away from the city center is Manly, the relaxed beachside suburb that's perfect for beach volleyball, kayaking, surfing, or simply strolling along the water's edge. Points of interest include Grotto Point, where you can see a large collection of Indigenous rock art engravings of kangaroos, whales, and boomerangs.

Starting Accommodation: PARKROYAL Darling Harbour


Day 5 – Travel to Western Australia

You will be transferred by private vehicle from your city accommodation to the domestic terminal at Sydney Airport. 

Takeoff to Perth and continue on the next stage of your adventure.

Pick up your rental car. The drive from Perth to Busselton is approximately 150 miles you should allow 3 hours driving time, longer for stops along the way.

Starting Accommodation: Abbey Beach Resort


Day 6 – Busselton at Leisure

Busselton is a city on the southwest tip of Western Australia. It's known for its sheltered beach and seasonal humpback whale populations. The beachfront features the 19th-century Busselton Jetty. This wood pier stretches over a mile to the Underwater Observatory, where life in a coral reef is on view. You are also on the edge of the Margaret River region. There's a fine supply of world-class wineries, boutique breweries, and restaurants overlooking sweeping vineyards and surf breaks. Teamed with a thriving arts scene - there's just about an art or craft gallery on every corner - it's the perfect place to soak up some West Australian culture and pick up a souvenir or two. Explore networks of underground caves, a rugged coastline, squeaky-clean sandy beaches, turquoise water, towering forests and bush and coastal walk trails.

Starting Accommodation: Abbey Beach Resort


Day 7 – Busselton to Perth - Self Drive

This drive is approximately 150 miles you should allow 3 hours driving time, longer for stops along the way. 

Upon arrival in Perth, please make your way to return your rental vehicle.

Starting Accommodation: Pan Pacific Perth


Day 8 – The Pinnacles Day Tour

On this boutique small group day tour, enjoy the day exploring the modern natural phenomena of the Pinnacles. En route, take a break for tea and coffee before continuing the drive to the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Interpretive Centre. After some time here, drive into the Pinnacles Desert, and along a 2.5 mile trail where you will have the unique experience of walking among the fascinating phenomenon of the Pinnacles. The Pinnacles Desert contains thousands of limestone pillars, resembling an ancient ruin. In geological terms, the Pinnacles are a modern phenomenon, beginning to form as ‘recently’ as three and a half million years ago, and appearing as they are today between two million and twenty thousand years ago. Astonishing!

Enjoy lunch in Cervantes, then drive to Thirsty Point to walk along the beautiful white sandy beaches, view sparkling aquamarine waters, and the nearby islands. Before heading back to Perth, visit Lake Thetis to view the Stromatolites, one of the earliest forms of life on this planet, and another of nature’s wonders. Your day includes morning tea at a local cafe, lunch at Cervantes, National Park entry fees, and services of a professional driver/guide.

Starting Accommodation: Pan Pacific Perth
Meals: Lunch


Day 9 – Depart Perth

Ahead of your flight, you will be transferred from your accommodations to the Perth Airport.


Pricing

Package Level: Superior

Please note all prices listed are approximations and subject to current rate of exchange adjustments. Each itinerary can be fully customized to your interests and needs.

Twin Share
5/1/2022 - 8/31/2022$4,480
9/1/2022 - 9/30/2022$4,295
10/1/2022 - 11/30/2022$4,485
Single Traveler
5/1/2022 - 8/31/2022$5,645
9/1/2022 - 9/30/2022$5,270
10/1/2022 - 11/30/2022$5,650


Terms and Conditions

Prices are per person, twin/double share in USD. All highlighted savings are reflected in the price. Price does not include airfare unless otherwise stated. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability. Cancellation penalties and other booking or alteration restrictions may exist. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. Pricing may increase over Holiday and special event periods and may not be reflected in price grid. Prices indicated remain subject to change without notice. Prices are not guaranteed until full payment is received and processed. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions: www.swaindestinations.com/terms

Details

Length:

8 Nights

Pricing:

From $4,295 Per Person

Destinations:

Sydney; Busselton; Perth

Inclusions:

  • Coach class airfare from LAX
  • Roundtrip Airport transfers
  • 4 nights Sydney
  • The Rocks Dreaming, Aboriginal Heritage Tour
  • Cruise Like a Local Luncheon Cruise
  • 3 days rental car
  • 2 nights Busselton 
  • 2 nights Perth
  • The Pinnacles Day Tour
  • Meals: 2 lunches
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