Travel west on your next journey
Author Inspiring Journeys
Date 8 Apr 2019
Pristine beaches, gourmet produce and the world’s happiest animal
Standing on a cliff-edge, peering across the rugged precipice at an empty stretch of spectacular coastline, it becomes apparent that the south-west region of Western Australia should be higher on your bucket list.
While the notion of Perth and its surrounds being ‘too far’ keeps the bustling crowds away, the area abundantly rewards those ready to explore. Just minutes from the vibrant port-city, there are bountiful national parks, marine reserves, white-sand beaches, world-renowned wineries and the forever-smiling quokka waiting for the discerning traveller.
A luxury journey to the west
This 7-day Inspiring Journey to Australia’s southwestern corner will immerse you in one of the most diverse holiday destinations on earth. Beginning in Perth and meandering southwards to Margaret River – the fresh sea air and ocean views instantly rejuvenate mind, body and soul.
With the perfect mix of organised activities and free time to explore independently, delve deeper on private experiences or simply put your feet up with a good book. Designed with flexibility in mind, you'll have time to unwind and enjoy Western Australia at your own pace. The endless sunshine, natural beauty – and perhaps the isolation – have distilled an eclectic culture that’s magnetic, warm and welcoming.
Surround yourself with native flora and fauna on a relaxed wander in Kings Park – one of the world’s largest urban parklands. Then join locals at a popular community space where the Swan River meets the city – take your camera as this is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque cityscapes.
Beyond the city boundaries, cruise the Indian Ocean to witness dolphins, penguins, sea lions and birds frolicking in the crystal-clear waters of Shoalwater Islands Marine Park. Depending on the time of year, you might be lucky to catch a pod of humpback whales migrating to warmer waters.
Immerse yourself in a diverse natural playground
A small group tour with Inspiring Journeys offers a real taste of local life with the comfort and sophistication of a luxury holiday. From the moment you arrive at your hotel, we’ll take care of everything and let you begin your getaway in style.
Why not stroll to the famous King Street boutiques, just a stone’s throw from your home for the next few nights. Later, you’ll meet your group over canapes before setting off on what will surely be a great adventure.
By land and sea, we’ll take you into the pristine heartland of WA. Spend warm days and balmy nights exploring the south west’s fantastic natural beauty, history and culture. Sampling the finest Western Australian produce at elegant restaurants and experiencing a ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony at the magnificent Cape Naturaliste headland.
Stop in for a glass or two as your expert Driver Guide transports you to the wineries of Margaret River. From rolling vineyards to an aquamarine paradise, dip your toes into the warm waters lapping against the shore of Rottnest island – a protected nature reserve home to Australia’s happiest marsupial, the quokka.
Award-winning boutique accommodation
We select accommodation that will enrich your luxury travel experience. Internationally renowned hotels like the Pullman Bunker Bay resort and Perth’s Intercontinental will help you rest after an exhilarating day of discovery. Enjoy a nightcap in cosmopolitan surrounds with your travelling companions before sinking into your luxurious private room.
From established grand hotels to a brand new eco-retreat, Pinky’s glamping experience is a delight for the senses. The oceanfront village offers low-impact yet high-quality accommodation with excellent facilities. From outside your glamping suite, take the raised walkway over the dunes directly to the soothing sounds of the waves.
Journey to the West tour highlights
• Explore the sensational Kings Park - the emerald jewel in Perth’s crown
• Indulge on a degustation lunch with matching wines in Margaret River
• Learn about the nature and history of the region from an Indigenous local guide
• Make friends with the endearing quokka on an overnight stay on Rottnest Island
• Spot abundant marine life on a cruise of Shoalwater Bay
• Wander along Busselton Jetty - the beautifully restored, historic pier
• Gain insights into the past with an expertly-guided walking tour of Fremantle
With all this and more, isn’t it time you visit WA with Inspiring Journeys?
When to visit south-west WA
South West WA has made its name as a surf destination and wine region due to its mild, Mediterranean climate. Visit between spring and autumn to make the most of the hillside vineyards and deserted coastline.
In spring, witness dazzling displays as 8000 species of wildflower bloom across the region between August and November. As things heat up in summer, make the most of the sparkling waterways and white sand beaches. Once autumn arrives in March, watch an explosion of colour transform the vineyards of Margaret River with a local glass of red matched with some freshly foraged truffles.