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South West Wanderer
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.
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.
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
• Fatigue causes many crashes in Australia.
• When driving long distances, stop and rest every 1-2 hours.
• Try to have someone sit beside you to keep you company driving
as our NT roads can be long and straight.
• Alcohol and driving don’t mix.
• For experienced drivers the blood alcohol level is 0.05.
• Provisional drivers and young drivers may not have any alcohol
• Seat belts and child restraints must be worn by all vehicle occupants.
• Always carry a copy of your driver’s license in English.
• Take plenty of water on all Outback trips;
• check distances and driving conditions;
• and ensure you have adequate petrol at all times.
• Remember, rule ‘Number 1’ in the Outback: if your car breaks down
you MUST stay with your vehicle for safety reasons.
• Don’t drive after dark.
• Parks & Wildlife Commission Northern Territory provides information
on camping, National Parks, and permits.
• Ensure you are informed re the safety of swimming in the ‘Top
End’ – many areas are not safe to swim due to crocodiles.
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