43 days in Australia's South West Itinerary

43 days in Australia's South West Itinerary

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Make it your trip
Fly to Perth, Bus to Margaret River
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Margaret River
— 11 nights
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Pemberton
— 6 nights
Drive
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Walpole
— 4 nights
Drive
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Albany
— 11 nights
Drive
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Bremer Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Bunbury
— 6 nights
Drive to Perth International Airport, Fly to Vancouver

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Margaret River — 11 nights

A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Busselton Jetty and Ngilgi Cave. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Margaret River: Yallingup (Canal Rocks, Smiths Beach, &more), Dunsborough (Castle Rock, Meelup Beach, &more) and Augusta (Jewel Cave, Georgiana Park, &more). On the 12th (Mon), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Lake Cave, stroll through Hamelin Bay, explore the striking landscape at Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs, and take a memorable drive along Caves Road.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Margaret River online road trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Margaret River is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. Traveling from Vancouver to Margaret River, you'll lose 16 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Pemberton.
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Pemberton — 6 nights

Go to Pemberton to enjoy beautiful natural surroundings, nearby national parks, and local wines.
Kids will enjoy Big Brook Dam and Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree. Venture out of the city with trips to Levanda Grove (in Bridgetown) and Northcliffe (Mount Chudalup & Lane-Poole Falls). There's still lots to do: enjoy breathtaking views from Gloucester Tree, get engrossed in the history at Pemberton Visitor Centre, examine the collection at Northcliffe Pioneer Museum, and explore the striking landscape of Warren National Park.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Pemberton online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Margaret River to Pemberton takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Walpole.
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Walpole — 4 nights

Walpole is a town in the south-western region of Western Australia, located approximately south southeast of Perth and west of Denmark.Location and descriptionWalpole lies very close to the northern point of the 100ha Walpole Inlet, from which it takes its name.The inlet in turn is named for the Walpole River, discovered in 1831 by Captain Thomas Bannister, and named by Governor Stirling for Captain W. Walpole, with whom he had served aboard HMS Warspite in 1808.The first European settlers to arrive in the area were Pierre Bellanger and his family in 1909. Kids will appreciate attractions like Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk and Mandalay Beach. Spend the 29th (Thu) exploring nature at Mount Frankland National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take a peaceful walk through Giant Tingle Tree, look for all kinds of wild species at Conspicuous Cliff, contemplate the waterfront views at Circular Pool, and admire the sheer force of Fernhook Falls.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Walpole trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pemberton to Walpole takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Albany.
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Albany — 11 nights

Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Attractions like Little Beach and The Gap and Natural Bridge make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Albany: Denmark (Elephant Rocks, Greens Pool, &more). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at National Anzac Centre, explore the activities along Kalgan River, kick back and relax at Misery Beach, and stroll through Goode Beach.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Albany route planner.

Traveling by car from Walpole to Albany takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Albany can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bremer Bay.
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Bremer Bay — 3 nights

Bremer Bay is a coastal town situated on the south coast of Western Australia in the Great Southern region between Albany and Esperance, at the mouth of the Bremer River. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bremer Bay Dive and Short Beach. Spend the 13th (Fri) exploring nature at Fitzgerald River National Park. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Bremer Canyon Killer whale Expeditions, examine the collection at Wellstead Heritage Museum, take some stellar pictures from Point Ann, and take in panoramic vistas at Bremer Bay Lookout Tower.

Plan trip to Bremer Bay with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Albany to Bremer Bay takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Bunbury.
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Bunbury — 6 nights

Bunbury is a growing city that attracts young workers, who in turn have fostered a vibrant nightlife.
Bring the kids along to Bunbury Farmers Market and Bunbury Wildlife Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Bunbury: Apple Fun Park (in Donnybrook), Wonnerup (in Wonnerup) and Collie (Coalfields Museum and Historical Research Centre & Collie Mural Trail). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Koombana Bay, contemplate the long history of Dardanup Heritage Park, see majestic marine mammals with Geographe Maritime Charters, and let the kids burn off some steam at Forrest Park Miniature Railway Bunbury.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Bunbury trip planner.

Drive from Bremer Bay to Bunbury in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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