Perth is a young and cosmopolitan city, with skyscrapers, sophisticated bars, restaurants and shopping malls, at its centre. Kings Park surveys the scene from a vantage point above the city and is the perfect spot for a walk amongst the native flowers and tress or a picnic at any time of the day. Either will be accompanied by the scent of tropical blooms, views of both the city and the Swan River, and birdsong from feathered friends including kookaburras. Perth is very much a place for laid-back outdoor living and not far from the bright lights are some beautiful, long stretches of sandy beach that are ideal for sunbathing, swimming, snorkelling and spotting dolphins. These beaches generally wind down what’s known as the Sunset Coast and there are plenty of cafes and surf clubs to get a thirst-quenching refreshment, even into the evnings. There are many things to see and do within about an hour’s drive of the city and these include the wineries and restaurants of the lush Swan Valley, which also has a chocolate factory and a nut and nougat factory that are open to visitors. Perth also offers a zoo, plenty of theatres showing plays, ballet and music concerts, a host of river cruises and marinas where you can watch the sailing boats as you sip a cooling drink.
Gourmands should venture south of Perth to the vineyards of the Margaret River region where there is an abundance of wineries, many of which have excellent restaurants that are open for lunch and dinner, as well as wine-tasting, of course! Meanwhile, the boutique producers of cheese, chocolate and other artisan foods, offer tastings of a different kind. Visitors to the region may also be interested to learn about The Horse Resort – a farm that offers guided riding experiences for riders of all levels of ability, or about the ‘Cape to Cape Walk Track’. If you’d like to find out more about the Aboriginal culture, the Wardan Aboriginal Centre is worth a visit, or if you are interested in wildlife, whale-watching tours are available between June and December. If you’d prefer to get in the water, you can take a surfing lesson, or head to Geographe Bay where there is a shipwreck to scuba-dive around.
Take the ferry across to Rottnest Island, which is a lovely place to discover quiet beaches, swim, snorkel, dive, walk, cycle or go fishing. It’s a car-free island, although there is a bus that does a loop of the island, and with a choice of restaurants, it's a lovely place for a day trip. You’ll probably spot the resident quokkas (small marsupials) too.
About a forty-minute drive from Perth – or you can get a boat or train – is the vibrant port of Fremantle where colonial and maritime history meets modern day. It’s said to be one of the best-preserved 19th century ports and there is the World Heritage-listed Freemantle Prison to visit too. It is still a working port today and there is also the Freemantle Market, plenty of coffee shops and al fresco cafes, lively bars, old pubs and some fantastic seafood restaurants to discover.
Western Australia is home to Penguin Island where you will find a colony of gorgeous Little Penguins, also known as Fairy Penguins, which are the world’s smallest breed of penguin, as well as wildlife including dolphins, sea lions and sea birds. There are plenty of beaches and nature trails to explore and it makes a great day excursion from Perth. After a drive south of Perth, the island is accessed via a ferry ride across Shoalwater Bay.
Discover the wine producers of this region either on your own, or on one of the many guided tours. Indulge in wonderful cuisine at some of the region’s restaurants and sample locally grown olives and locally produced cheeses.
Take a canoe trip down the Margaret River or a walk amongst the wildflowers of the forestland.
Humpback and Southern Right Whales visit the Indian Ocean waters off the Margaret River region annually around July and August, on their return from Antarctica. One of the best places to see them in Flinders Bay, Augusta which is about a forty-minute drive south of Margaret River, or head to the lighthouse at Cape Leeuwin and look out for them from there.
Take a guided cultural tour at Ngilgi Cave in Yallingup where highlights include a didgeridoo performance and learning about the bush and the medicinal importance of its plants to the Aboriginal people.
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.
About 200 kilometres north of Perth, the Coral Coast boasts some truly spectacular areas of natural beauty. In the Namburg National Park you’ll find the Pinnacles Desert where spires made from limestone and shells rise from amongst the sand dunes. It is possible to take walks and guided Jeep tours to explore.
If you’re prepared to travel further, the Ningaloo Reef, is a pristine marine treasure. You can fly to the area from Perth and it offers a host of unique opportunities. Visitors can swim with Manta Rays and Whale Sharks (seasonal), take snorkelling trips amongst the coral and see nesting turtles.
As the second largest state in the world (half the size of Europe), Western Australia’s sunny climate has shaped some of the world’s most biodiverse landscapes.
From the Mediterranean climate in the south, desert in the east and tropical conditions in the north, WA can confidently claim to be the rarest of things – a year-round holiday destination
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Western Australia.
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Travelling With Children or Without an Adult
Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.
Visa and Advance Passenger Information
All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.
Visas are required for travel to Australia. Elegant Resorts can provide Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) for which we'll require: full name (including middle names), passport number, nationality, date of issue, date of expiry, place of issue, your date of birth, your home address in the UK and an email address in the UK as well as an address in Australia (this will be your first hotel or the Southern Crossings head office address, which our Travel Consultants will provide at the time of booking). Alternatively, you can apply for the visa online yourself through the Australian Government website at www.immi.gov.au/visitors/tourist/ there is no charge for the visa but a service charge of approximately AUD$20 per person will apply. Please note, from 1 September 2015 a new Environmental Management Charge (EMC) will be introduced for The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. All visitors will be charged 6 AUD per person, per day up to a maximum of 18 AUD per stay.
Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.
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Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs from your general practitioner or a specialist clinic as early as possible before travel. Those planning to become pregnant should discuss their travel plans with their healthcare provider to assess their risk of infection with Zika. For information about Zika, other mosquito-borne diseases (such as Dengue fever and Chikungunya), Lyme Disease (caused by tick bites), and to receive advice on mosquito bite avoidance measures, please visit http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/insect-tick-bite-avoidance/
In addition, we highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.
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