|Population:||1,507 (2006 census)|
|Location:||4 km (2 mi) SW of Esperance|
|Local Government Area:||Shire of Esperance|
|Population:||1,507 (2006 census)|
|Location:||4 km (2 mi) SW of Esperance|
|Local Government Area:||Shire of Esperance|
From Margaret River shops and boutiques to towering forests of native karri and tingle trees, ancient rock formations and remote mountain peaks, you'll see all the highlights south of Perth on this comprehensive four-day tour of southern Western Australia.
Day 1: Perth - Tree Tops and Pemberton region (LD)
Travel south through Donnybrook's famous apple and stone fruit orchards and the rolling farmlands of the Blackwood River Valley, then on through Western Australia's old growth forest to climb the 51-meters tall Diamond Tree bush fire watch tower followed by a scenic picnic lunch. Next stop is the Valley of the Giants â€˜Tree Top Walkâ€™ which reaches 40-metres high into the forest Canopy. Afterwards head Northwest to the Pemberton region for check in at your accommodation.
Accommodation: Karri Valley Resort, Pemberton (or similar)
Day 2: Pemberton region - Margaret River Wine Region (BLD)
Early morning take a short stroll to the majestic Beedelup Falls and then head North through the stunning Boranup Forest to have the opportunity to climb the 61-metre Gloucester Tree. Arrive at Australiaâ€™s most South-Westerly point, Augusta, and visit Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse where the Indian and Great Southern Oceans meet. After lunch head out to Surfers Point Lookout to see some spectacular coastal views and then North to Mammoth Cave before heading to experience an Australian sheep dog and shearing demonstration at the Yallingup Shearing Shed. Afterwards late afternoon check-in at your accommodation allowing free time to experience the local surroundings.
Accommodation: Abbey Beach Resort, Busselton (or similar)
Day 3: Margaret River - Perth (BL)
After breakfast, head down to enjoy some free time in the main township of Margaret River. Following shopping time, visit the chocolate and cheese factories (time permitting) to taste some of their delicious samples and then sample some of the delicious locally produced wines at a marquee Winery. Following lunch, head to the dramatic coast at Canal Rocks. Journeying home, at Busselton, youâ€™ll see the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere before a leisure drive back to Perth arriving late afternoon.
You will be collected from your accommodation in our courtesy bus.
Your check in will take place in the exclusive air conditioned Aviair terminal. Here you are able to help yourself to cold bottled water and lollies. Your pilot will then come out and brief you about your tour and what to expect.
Your flight will take place in a 14 seater, air conditioned Cessna Grand Caravan. You will be enthralled at the full expanse of Lake Argyle, the Ord Top Dam wall, Lake Kununurra and the Ord Irrigation Area with a spectacular scenic flight View the Carr Boyd and Osmand Ranges, the Ord River and Bow River from the air. You will then experience spectacular aerial views of the Bungle Bungle in the Purnululu National Park. Throughout your flight you will enjoy a personalised commentary from your pilot through our PA system.
The plane will land at a remote unsealed airstrip in the Purnululu National Park.
You will be met at the airstrip by your tour guide, board the air-conditioned 4WD for your short drive to the start of the walk.
Enjoy a moderate 3km walk which takes in Piccaninny Creek, the beehive shaped sandstone domes and the jaw dropping Cathedral Gorge. You are provided with your lunch in a cooler bag to be carried on the walk which you get to enjoy in the shade of Cathedral Gorge. Throughout your walk your guide will point out local wildlife and flora and fauna.
Your guide will take you back to the air strip where if you have chosen to add a 30 minute helicopter ride you will embark on this exhilarating flight. The helicopter may have it's doors removed for enhanced visibility.
This full day tour concludes with a flight over the Argyle Diamond mine where rare pink diamonds are mined and then land back in Kununurra.
You will be taken back to your accommodation after the tour.
The Margaret River Wine Region offers a superb blend of indulgent experiences and stunning nature. This tour will suit all wine enthusiasts, offering an afternoon of wine tasting whilst still enjoying the diversity of sightseeing and other attractions.
Day 1: Perth - Margaret River Wine Region
This morning, start your journey south to the iconic Busselton Jetty, the longest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere. After enjoying morning tea (at own expense) continue further south to the Margaret River Region. This is where you will visit the famous Bootleg Brewery, here you will indulge in a gourmet platter lunch of local produce and enjoy award winning beer and cider tastings. Sandalford Winery is the next stop, where you will enjoy premium wine tastings at this internationally renowned Winery.Â Continuing south the next stop is a guided tour of the amazing Mammoth Cave followed by a scenic drive through the picturesque Boranup Forest where you will be awestruck by the size of the massive Karri Trees. Journey further south to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, located at the most Southern Westerly point of Australia, the dividing point between the Southern and Indian Oceans.
Overnight at your choice of accommodation: Abbey Beach Resort (Busselton), Quality Inn (Margaret River), Margaret's Beach Resort (Margaret River) or Margaret's Forest Apartments (Margaret River).
Day 2: Margaret River - Perth
Enjoy a sleep-in andÂ breakfastÂ at your hotel before your 9:30am checkout; please store your bags at reception in time for a 9.00-9.30am departure. Continuing on for the day, join yourÂ Margaret River Food Lovers TourÂ and discover how they capture the magic of local ingredients and the passion of their people, to createÂ an exclusive and unforgettable experience. Today you will be taken on a unique gastronomic journey celebrating the regionâ€™s food and wine artisans. Savor wine tastings in a tranquil and intimate fashion at a range of remarkable boutique and 5-star wineries, Adinfern Estate, Margaret River Provedore and Windows Estate. Finishing the day with Chocolate and coffee tasting youâ€™ll love the behind the scenes tours.
After indulging at all these beautiful stops itâ€™s time to collect your luggage from the hotel as you will now be re-joining your coach captain for the drive back to Perth stopping for dinner along the way (dinner at own expense).
When can you swim with Whale Sharks?
We lead guided small group tours offering the chance to swim with the Whale Sharks through April to July, when you have the best chance of seeing a Whale Shark up close. Between March and August each year, Whale Sharks journey to the Ningaloo Reef to feed on plankton attracted by the mass spawning of coral. The clear waters and visibility of the North West make for perfect conditions to swim with a Whale Shark as they cruise just below the surface, allowing you the opportunity to snorkel alongside them.
Why choose our Whale Shark Tours?
If you are wondering which Whale Shark experience to select on the Ningaloo Reef, the difference between us and everyone else is numbers. Our focus at Live Ningaloo is on offering small group tours, to allow the greatest amount of interaction between you and the Whale Sharks. We host a maximum of 10 guests on each Whale Shark swimming adventure, giving you the most intimate and bespoke tour experience, the greatest flexibility, and the most time in the water. Youâ€™ll be able to interact closely with these beautiful creatures as you snorkel and swim beside them in the warm, clear waters of the Indian Ocean. The Ningaloo Reef is home to abundant sea life and you may also spot dugongs, turtles, Humpback Whales, blue whales, minke whales, orcas, dolphins, manta rays, stunning tropical fish and many types of coral on your adventure.Who are our Bespoke Whale Shark Tours suitable for?
Although huge, with adults measuring between 12 to 18 metres long, Whale Sharks are completely harmless. Our Whale Shark swimming tours are suited to a range of ages and swimming abilities and we accept confident swimmers from 10 years of age. You do not need to be able to SCUBA dive to swim with Whale Sharks, as they swim close to the surface. Swimmers should be able to snorkel, swim freestyle and cope with currents and swell in the open ocean, and we can also provide flotation devices to assist those who require. We may accept younger children who are very competent swimmers to swim with Whale Sharks and can also cater to some special needs and movement restrictions â€“ please contact us to discuss. Passengers can also participate in our tours as an â€˜observerâ€™. Please note that one parent must accompany children on board the boat at all times.Where can I join this tour?
Our luxury vessel, Wave Rider, departs from Tantabiddi Boat Ramp just north of the Cape Range National Park entrance in Exmouth. Complimentary transfers are provided to and from Exmouth township for your tour. Advance Bookings for all tours are essential. Due to the small, intimate scale of our tours with a maximum of 10 places, we recommend booking several months in advance to avoid disappointment particularly during peak periods including Easter Holidays, April, and July.
New! â€“ Swim with Humpback Whales Adventures
The chance to swim with Humpback Whales is an opportunity that has only been offered in Western Australia since 2016 when selected operators were grantedÂ licences on a preliminary trial. On our bespoke small group tour, youâ€™ll be able to interact closely with magnificent Humpbacks, the acrobats of the ocean. We will escort groups of five at a time to snorkel and swim within a safe distance of them.
The whales are easy to spot as they exhibit behaviours such as breaching, slapping the water with their tales (flukes) and fins, and blowing streams of water up to 6 metres in the air. The licences to offer Humpback Whale swimming experiences were extended to selected operators in 2017 and again in 2018, allowing us to offer you an intimate swim with Humpback Whales experience once again this year. We are currently taking bookings for 2018.
When can you swim with Humpback Whales?
Each year, Humpback Whales begin their epic migration northwards from the cold waters of Antarctica, to the tropical waters of Broome, Western Australia. Their migration is one of the longest of any mammal in the world at approximately 6,700km long, and lasts for up to 8 months. The Exmouth Gulf, where all life on Ningaloo Reef starts, provides an important transition area for the whales, measuring up to 18m long and weighing as much as 40 tonnes,Â and offers one of the best chances to see them up close.
We will be offering our Humpback Whale Swimming Tours as part of a limited trial from 1 August to 31 October 2018, when thousands of Humpbacks are expected to again pass through the Ningaloo Marine Park.Â
From being an endangered species, conservation efforts are estimated to have boosted the migrating population of Humpbacks to around 30,000, resulting in the species being delisted as endangered â€“ great news for the whales and for those who are passionate about wildlife.Â
Live Ningaloo are the specialists in bespoke boat tours of beautiful Ningaloo reef. Our mission is to give you the best possible experience of our world-famous Ningaloo marine park. If youâ€™ve been dreaming of an up-close encounter swimming beside a giant Humpback, join us. Our authentic Ningaloo boat tours from Exmouth have aÂ maximum of ten guests, giving you the most personalised tour experience. The Ningaloo Reef is a biodiversity hotspot, rich in aquatic life. You never know what youâ€™ll find from one day to the next. Weâ€™ll tailor your excursion to create an intimate, once-in-a-lifetime experience youâ€™ll treasure.
On our tour, youâ€™ll be able to interact closely with magnificent Humpbacks, the acrobats of the ocean. We will escort groups of five at a time to snorkel and swim within a safe distance of them. The whales, measuring up to 18m long and weighs as much as 40 tonnes, and are easy to spot as they exhibit behaviours such as breaching, slapping the water with their tales (flukes) and fins, and blowing streams of water up to 6 metres in the air.
The Ningaloo Reef is home to abundant sea life and you may also spot dugongs, turtles, Whale Sharks, blue whales, minke whales, orcas, dolphins, manta rays, stunning tropical fish and many types of coral on your adventure.
Please note: we are currently taking bookings for the 2018 Swim with Humpback Whale Adventure Day Tours only. Bookings for future years must await trial extension confirmation.Â
Join your tour at 7am sharp, make sure you wear comfortable walking shoes and don't forget your camera. As you are traveling in a small group and in a 4WD, your driver guide can take any off road opportunity if need be.
Head up through Kalamunda and out to Mundaring Weir some 45-minutes later for some great shots of the famous Weir that provides water to Perth and the Goldfields. Learn about the significant history associated with the Weir.
The next stop is in York, another 45-minutes, which is the oldest inland town that is home to some very historical buildings of the federation and victorian style, including a magnificent old Hospital built in the late 1800's and believed to be haunted.
Continuing on toward Corrigin some 117-kilometers from York, pass through Quairading for a quick look at the Pink Lake, the Rabbit proof fence and Dog Cemetery built in the 70's in Corrigin.
From Corrigin, head to Wave Rock another 108-kilometers where we you will be able to climb on the rock. See Mulka's Caves and the Hippos Yawn rock formation.
Enjoy lunch at one of the local Cafe Restaurants, a menu will be provided on board so you can see what takes your fancy.
Head back toward Perth via the Brookton Hwy. Typically, you will arrive back at the hotel around 6.30pm - It is a long day, but you will fit a lot in and there are refreshments and snacks on board.
Margaret river and the Margaret River region is arguably one of the most pristine and beautiful coastlines of Western Australia. The South West is home to some of the best Wineries and Food producers in the Country and the World.
7am-6pm.We offer a small group day explorer into the South West to give you a taste of what the region has to offer if you are limited on time and want to have the personalized service that cater for specific interests.
We will visit 3 or 4 wineries , The Busselton Jetty 1.7k m long,Â Chocolate Factory, Povidore and other names such as Clairalt, Driftwood, Flying Fish Cove, Sugar Loaf rock, Cullens organic wines, Sandleford or others of interest to you specifically. Olio Bello Olive oils and the Mouth of the famous Margaret River.
Following the Caves road loop to Town of Margaret River - Lunch at a winery or in the Town of Margaret River is an additional cost paid directly to the establishment.
7am â€“ 6pm aprox â€“ Our small group day starts with a 7am pick up in your luxury 4wd and we head south past Mandurah and Peel, though Bunbury stopping briefly up at the Famous lighthouse. We head down through Capel and into Busselton to catch the 10am train out onto the 1.7km Busselton train Jetty and return included.
We depart Busselton around 9.45m through Dunsborough, Cape Naturaliste, Yallingup onto our first wine tasting about 10.30 at a number of wineries off caves road such as Flying Fish Cove, Cullens, Driftwood, Moss Brothers, clairalt, Howling Wolf or others depending on your tastes. and interests
We will do tastings at 3 wineries before lunch at around 1pm at one of the wineries or in the town of Margaret River. Lunch is an addition paid directly to the establishment.
After Lunch aprox 1.30 - 3 to 3.30 we will visit Olio Bello Olive oil farm, surfing mecca Margaret river mouth and Town of Margaret river for a quick feel of the town. Time permitting we may visit another tasting on the way back to Perth and chocolate factory.
We are short on time but it will give you a good feel and appreciation of the size and offering of the Region.
We do suggest enquiring about a 2 day Margaret river winery tour with a stay over at Bunker Bay to give you the opportunity to see much, much more of the region.
Before your departure, meet your pilot who will give you a talk on the Abrolhos Islands including the history and information on the fishing industry as it is today.
Depart Geraldton just after 9am, overflying the beautiful city and track for an extended scenic overfly of the three main groups of the Abrolhos Islands - The Pelseart, Easter and Wallabi groups.
En route your pilots will point out the pearl farms, the historic church on Basile Island, the brightly colored fisherman's camps, marine life including sharks, manta rays, dolphins and migratory whales(in season) and some of the shipwrecks - The Zeewijk(1727) and the famous Batavia (1629). You will also overfly Webbie Hayes' fort, the oldest European building in Australia.
After landing at East Wallabi Island it's a short stroll to the picturesque Turtle Bay where you will have morning tea. Your pilot will then take you snorkeling; this environmental measure ensures that you see the best of the marine life and coral reefs but also safeguards the fragile seagrasses and coral.
After enjoying lunch you will be taken on a guided nature walk with bird watching and wallaby spotting. Your pilot guide will ensure you see all the points of interest including the osprey's nest, sea eagle's nest and the feeding platform, lizards, crabs and spiders.
Returning to the beach there is time for another swim or beach combing or just relaxing before heading back to the fixed-wing aircraft.
On departure you will see Long Island (where the Batavia Mutineers were hanged), Beacon Island where many of the mutineers' victims were buried and the Batavia wreck site overflying the Geelvink channel before returning to Geraldton.