Cheshire Centre Western Australia Rally

Tour highlights

  • Visit Perth, the capital and largest city of Western Australia
  • Discover Wave Rock, a natural rock formation that is shaped like a tall breaking wave
  • Explore Kalgoorlie, at the heart of Australia's gold mining centre
  • Marvel at the white sands and turquoise waters of the Esperance beaches
  • Head to Albany for a whale watching experience
  • Travel to Margaret River, best known for its wineries, craft breweries and its two lighthouses
  • Venture to the northeast of Bussleton, where you can find the towering tuart trees of Tuart Forest National Park
  • Visit Freemantle, a port city famous as a former British penal colony and its prison

Days 1 - 9: Perth to Wave Rock

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Days 1 – 4: UK – Perth

Fly from Manchester to Perth where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for a 2-night stay.

Perth is a vibrant city overlooking the Swan River - the weather is fantastic, the beaches uncrowded and the dining options plentiful and varied. Shop in the trendy boutiques or browse the art galleries in upmarket King Street, stroll through Kings Park Botanical Gardens or take a tree top walk for a unique view of the city. There is a free bus circling the city centre making it easy to visit the Central Business District attractions.

Day 5: York
Distance: 96km / 60 miles

Situated on the Avon River, 96 kilometres east of Perth, York is the oldest inland town in Western Australia, it is full of beautiful old and well-preserved buildings as well as gift and craft shops.

Day 6: Merredin
Distance: 165km / 103 miles

Because of its unique location at a point where the track to the Goldfields met up with a reliable water supply, Merredin has developed into the most substantial town in the Central Wheat Belt. The town's promotion used to declare that it was 'The Garden Town in the Heart of the Wheat-belt'. Today it is an important town on the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail.

Days 7 – 8: Wheatbelt
Distance: 72km / 45 miles

Learn about the history of the Wheatbelt towns and what there is to see and do. Discover vistas of open farmland, walk wildflower trails, climb magnificent granite rocks, and enjoy delightful small country towns.  Stay a while and wake up to the magic of the Wheatbelt.

Day 9: Wave Rock
Distance: 129km /81 miles

Wave Rock is situated within a 160-hectare nature reserve. As the name suggests the rock has the shape of a breaking wave, frozen in time. It is 110 metres long and 15 metres high, with vertical bands of ochre, brown and grey rock - granite to be specific – providing a truly wondrous sight!

Days 10 - 17: Westonia to Esperance

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Day 10: Westonia
Distance: 170km / 106 miles

It is hard to imagine a more unusual town than Westonia. Although it did not come into existence until 1910 it looks like a town from that period which was built last week ... which is basically what it is. As a result of the "Wolfram Street Facades" project, facades representing the town's original bank, cafe, hotel, fire station, boarding house and green grocer's store have been constructed in the style of the early 1900s. It would be easy to see this as a kind of Historic Disneyland, but the town is an operational modern entity with a 1915s pub and an exceptional museum.

Days 11 – 13: Kalgoorlie
Distance: 300km / 188 miles

Kalgoorlie is Australia’s largest inland city and is the heart of gold mining in Australia. Still a thriving mining town, it's also a living museum where visitors can visit a vast operational open-pit mine, explore an old mine shaft or try their hand at gold-panning. It also provides the opportunity to see the famous outback and the stark red colour of the surrounding landscape.

Day 14: Norsman
Distance: 187km /117 miles

Norseman is the last major town in Western Australia before heading east across the Nullarbor Plain. Started as a mining town by prospectors convinced that the area was as rich in gold as Kalgoorlie-Coolgardie, it has yielded over 100 tonnes of the precious metal since the late 19th century.

Days 15 – 17: Esperance
Distance: 203km / 127 miles

Esperance is a beautiful coastal town which boasts stunning coastal scenery with its famed squeaky white sand and turquoise water. There are 5 national parks around Esperance. The Cape Le Grand National Park is only 56kms from the town centre and this is where you can see kangaroos lazing on the beach. Further east is Cape Arid, which is also a popular park for camping, fishing, and hiking.

Days 18 - 27: Hopetoun to Margaret River

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Day 18: Hopetoun
Distance: 192km / 120 km

Hopetoun is an attractive seaside village located on the shores of Mary Ann Harbour. It is popular as a low key get-away-from-it-all tourist destination and its holiday appeal has been greatly enhanced by whale watching, the presence of seals and dolphins and the untouched nature of the beaches and headlands in the area. It is impossible to overstate the beauty of glorious and pristine area.

Days 19 – 21: Albany
Distance: 342km / 214 miles

Albany was Western Australia’s first settlement and was once a major whaling centre. Visit for numerous white sandy beaches and spectacular coastal scenery. In the town itself there are over 50 historic buildings including Patrick Taylor’s Cottage, built just one year after the town was officially surveyed in 1832, which is now a museum. The whaling museum, Whaleworld, details the whales and the whaling operation that once flourished here. Tour the old whaling station, jump aboard a whaling boat and don't miss the Brig Amity - a replica of the ship that brought Albany its first settlers. The whaling industry closed in 1978 and whale watching has taken its place, providing an opportunity for you to see these magnificent animals.

Days 22 – 24: Walpole
Distance: 120km / 75 miles

Walpole is surrounded by the Walpole-Nornalup National Park and the Walpole-Nornalup Inlet System. The small coastal settlement is edged by some of the most dramatic and unusual coastline in Australia - a combination of cliffs and beaches which are washed by the Great Southern Ocean and the impressive karri and jarrah forests of the Southwest.

Days 25 – 27: Margaret River
Distance: 249km / 156 miles

The Margaret River Region is an area of magnificent beauty on the Southwest Coast of the beautiful state of Western Australia. Stretching from Busselton along the shores of Geographe Bay down to Augusta the most south-westerly point of Australia.

The area abounds with spectacular beaches, exquisite caves, adventurous walks and trails, world class surfing spots, welcoming locals, divine cuisine, and award-winning wine in nearly every direction!

Days 28 - 37: Bussleton to Perth

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Days 28 – 30: Bussleton
Distance: 51km / 32 miles

Busselton is a delightful seaside holiday resort characterised by green parks, a collection of significant historical buildings and an impressive jetty. It is an idyllic location lapped by the Indian Ocean and with impressive pure white beaches.

Days 31 – 32: Bunbury
Distance: 53km / 33 miles

The cosmopolitan city of Bunbury is renowned for its wild but friendly bottlenose dolphins which you can meet at the shoreline or out in the bay aboard a dolphin watching and swimming tour. It's also the setting of many maritime legends and the northern gateway to Australia's Southwest - one of the most biodiverse regions on Earth, where world-class wine, pristine beaches and forests of timber giants can all be enjoyed in a single day.

Days 33 – 35: Fremantle
Distance: 166km / 104 miles

Fremantle was established in 1829 as a port for the fledgling Swan River Colony and was the major city in Western Australia for much of its early history. “Freo” as it is also known to the locals, is home to a 500-strong fishing fleet and a vast number of yachts and pleasure craft. Two significant historical replica ships were built here: The HMS Endeavour and the Duyfken which was the first Dutch vessel to chart the Australian coastline in 1666.

Days 36 – 37: Fremantle – Perth - UK
Distance: 27km / 17 miles 

Take the short journey back to Perth, drop off your motorhome and check in at the airport for your journey home, arriving back into the UK the next day.



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