Goldfields & Southern Ocean National Parks

Join us on a magical 8-day journey discovering a historic triangle of  Western Australia’s magnificent south west. This is a wonderful exploration of some of WA’s most historic sites and landmarks, and iconic national parks and beautiful regional towns. 

This is an exciting tour that takes us on a loop of WA, starting in Perth where we board the Prospector train for the 650km journey to Kalgoorlie. We have two nights here and during this stay we head north to see the world-renowned Antony Gormley statues on Lake Ballard. We then head south to Esperance, where highlights include visits to Cape Arid and Cape Le Grand National Parks. After two nights here we continue west to Albany and the remarkable Stirling Ranges and Porongurups. Albany is the oldest settlement in Western Australia and well know for being the departure point of two troop convoys bound for the first world war, in 1914.  From here we head north to Hyden and the iconic Wave Rock for a one night stay, before returning to Perth. Join us on a fabulous fully escorted tour to a beautiful pocket of Western Australia, when spring is in the air!

Tour Fitness Level: Moderate

Itinerary

22/11/2021 Perth – Kalgoorlie (D)

This morning we depart from the East Perth railway terminal early, aboard the Prospector train. As we sit back and relax the train travels along the Avon River up the Darling Scarp into the wheatbelt and then on to the goldfields. The 650km journey takes just under seven hours. On arrival into Kalgoorlie we transfer to our accommodation for the next two nights.

Railway Motel

Kalgoorlie

23/11/2021 Kalgoorlie – Lake Ballard – Kalgoorlie (BD)

After breakfast this morning we set off to see the old gold towns to the north, starting in Broad Arrow and then Ora Banda and Menzies. From here we drive around 50kms to Lake Ballard and the famous art installation by the esteemed English sculptor and artist, Antony Gormley, which was erected at the site in 2003. After our visit here we return to Kalgoorlie.

24/11/2021 Kalgoorlie – Esperance (BD)

There is nowhere else in Australia quite like Kalgoorlie. Unlike most gold-mining towns, which last for as little as a couple of years, it sits on the edge of the famous Golden Mile and has an economy which has been driven by gold since 1893. The main street, Hannan Street, is awash with glorious buildings all bearing testament to the wealth that has been generated.  This morning we take a tour of Kalgoorlie and Boulder, and later visit the Super Pit lookout and the famous Two Up Ring. Later we board our coach and drive south via Coolgardie and Norseman, where more than 100 tonne of gold has been taken out of the ground since 1892. Arriving into Esperance, we transfer to our accommodation for the next two nights.

Hospitality Inn

Esperance

25/11/2021 Esperance (BD)

This morning we drive east to Cape Arid National Park and the mouth of the Thomas River, then on to Cape Le Grand National Park with its spectacular white beaches and rocky headlands. After our exploration of these two pristine national parks we drive over to the west of Esperance to Twilight Bay. Here, the impossibly white sand meets the clear turquoise water creating a beautiful vista, overlooked by gently rounded granite cliffs – making this one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in Australia.

26/11/2021 Esperance – Albany (BD)

After breakfast this morning we drive along the Southern Ocean Road to Starvation Harbour and past Jerdacuttup Lakes to Hopetoun. Here we enter the Fitzgerald River National Park, which is one the largest and most botanically significant national parks in Australia. Within the park are found nearly 20 percent of Western Australia’s flora species, many of which occur only within its boundaries. We dive through the park along Hamersley Drive, then via Jerramungup as we continue our journey to Albany, where we stay for two nights.

Ace Motel

Albany

27/11/2021 Albany (BD)

After breakfast this morning we drive around the other side of Princess Royal Harbour to the Torndirrup National Park. This wild and rugged coastal park is known for its spectacular wave-carved features including the Natural Bridge, and The Gap. Here state-of-the-art viewing structures provide safe and accessible views of the beautiful and dramatic coastal environment. Later we return to Albany and visit the National ANZAC Centre on Mount Adelaide.

28/11/2021 Albany – Hyden (BD)

This morning we drive north of Albany to the Porongorup National Park and then the beautiful Stirling Range National Park, on our way to Hyden. We also travel the so-called ‘Tin Horse Highway’ – a 15 kilometre stretch of road between Kulin and Jilakin Rock. There are currently over 70 tin horses displayed on the Tin Horse Highway, in the town site of Kulin and along other roads in the area, all of which contribute to the Tin Horse Highway story and reflect the vibrant, good humoured community who have built them. On arrival in Hyden we transfer to our motel.

Wave Rock Motel

Hyden

29/11/2021 Hyden – Perth (B)

After breakfast we visit Mulkas Cave, a site of significant Aboriginal rock art and handprints. We then visit Hippo’s Yawn and Wave Rock, a natural rock formation that is shaped like a tall breaking ocean wave. We climb to the top and spend time exploring this fascinating natural wonder, before beginning our journey back to Perth, via Corrigin Dog Cemetery – established in 1974 as a final resting place for man’s best friends, and where more than 200 are now buried.

Highlights and Inclusions

Highlights

  • The Prospector train journey from Perth to Kalgoorlie
  • Lake Ballard art installation
  • Cape Arid National Park
  • Cape Le Grand National Park
  • Beautiful Twilight Bay at Esperance
  • The magnificent Fitzgerald and Torndirrup National Parks
  • Visit to the Gap and Natural Bridge
  • Visit the National Anzac Centre in Albany
  • See the amazing Porongorups and Stirling Ranges National Park
  • Drive the unique ‘Tin Horse Highway’
  • Visit Wave Rock and Hippos Yawn near Hyden

Inclusions

  • All accommodation (twin share)
  • Meals as specified
  • Entrance fees to National Parks
  • Entrance fees and sightseeing as specified
  • Driver and luxury safari coach transportation
  • Travel Directors Tour Leader

A booking form is to be completed by all passengers, and a non-refundable deposit of AUD $500 per person paid at the time of booking. The maximum number of passengers on this tour is 24.