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    Perth, Albany, Denamrk, Margaret River (6 Days and 5 Nights)

    Day 1 Perth to Albany

    Head south from Perth on the Albany Highway towards the small community of Cranbrook, about 300 kms from Perth. Enroute there are several stops for morning tea and lunch. At Cranbrook follow the signs to The Stirling Range National Park.You will be amazed at the contrast as these ranges appear to pop out of the surrounding fields.Take Stirling Range Drive then follow the Chester Pass Road into Albany. Albany offers a wide range of cosmopolitan restaurants and a selection of wines from the nearby Mt. Barker and Porongurup regions.

    Albany Coastline

    Day 2 Albany to Denmark

    The distance between these two towns is only 60 kms which leaves plenty of time to explore the natural attractions in the Albany region before a late afternoon drive to Denmark. Make sure you drive out to the Natural Bridge, The Gap and Whaleworld. A drive to the top of Mt Clarence gives a panoramic view of the whole region as well a spectacular views back to The Stirling Ranges. If wine is of interest, take the long way via Mt. Barker and sample local vintages at some of the boutique wineries that are emerging in this region. 

    Day 3 Denmark to Walpole

    Again the distance to your next stop is relatively short, allowing plenty of time to explore the region. Weather permitting, the drive along the Ocean Road leads to some fabulous swimming beaches. Denmark is also famous for its local crafts which make for the ideal unique Western Australian souvenir. The next stop is 50 kms towards Walpole at the world famous Tree Top Walk through the Valley of the Giants. This is a not to be missed attraction as futuristic steel suspensions systems allow you to walk above the Tingle Forests to get a birds eye view of the forest below. The fresh natural air is very relaxing way to finish your day.

    Day 3 Walpole to Margaret River

    Walpole at the world famous Tree Top Walk through the Valley of the Giants. if your just passing through Walpole then between Pemberton and Denmark, you can detour off Southwest Highway to Mount Frankland, then head down North Walpole Road into town. From here, check out the inlet at The Knoll then take the Hilltop Road to see the Giant Tingle Tree. Visit the Valley of the Giants before continuing eastwards towards Denmark and Albany. Back in Walpole in time for the WOW inlet cruise. It departs at 10:00am from the town's jetty and will take 2.5 hours. Alternatively, hire a canoe in Nornalup and paddle up the Frankland River.

    3 h 4 min (260.0 km) via National Route 1

    Day 5 Margaret River

    The region surrounding the community of Margaret River features the world’s best combination of beaches and wineries. Beaches to suit all tastes: surfers, swimmers, families and walkers are all within easy reach. Wineries too numerous to mention, some now winning world respect are at your doorstep. Most wineries do not open until 10am leaving the morning free to explore the natural attractions and certainly in summer a swim is a must. Margaret River offers some interesting dining options, all with the accompaniment of the local vintages.

    Aerial view of Wise Vineyards, located in Meelup. Picture: Tourism Western Australia.

    Day 6 Margaret River to Perth

    Plenty of time for swim or last walk along a deserted beach this morning. Head north from Margaret River along Caves Road towards Yallingup and Dunsborough. There are several more wineries at this northern end of the region that are worth a visit. The driving time from Margaret River to Perth is approximately 3 hours so you have plenty of time to explore the area and still be back in Perth before dark.


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