WESTERN AUSTRALIA HIGHLIGHTS

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The best of the West…

Immerse yourself in a First Nations tour like no other. Go wine, cheese, and chocolate tasting in the epicurean Margaret River region, spend a unique night surrounded by some of Australia’s animal treasures at Donnelly River Village, snorkel in Turquoise Bay at Nigaloo Reef, swim in natural pools hidden away in the depths of Western Australia, and learn about the ancient culture of the Banyjima, Kurrama, and Innawonga people, the traditional owners of breath-taking Karijini National Park. This 15-day adventure from Perth to Exmouth shows off the best of Western Australia, packed with action, beautiful Australian scenery, and unique cultural experiences that are sure to satisfy every type of traveller.

Will you join us?

DAY 1 Saturday 4th June 2022

PERTH (FREMANTLE) (D)

Welcome to the west coast of the Australian mainland and WA’s largest city and capital, Perth. After checking in to your rooms, meet your leader in the afternoon for a welcome meeting, followed by a short orientation walk and an awesome welcome dinner at a favourite local restaurant.

Accommodation: Your own room at Rydges Fremantle or similar


DAY 2 Sunday 5th June 2022

MARGARET RIVER (B)

After a delicious breakfast in the hotel, journey south towards the laidback locale of Busselton. Spend some time with a local beekeeper, enjoying a live demonstration of how to care for bees and extract honey, plus–of course–an included tasting! Your demonstration takes place in a family-run pottery centre where you can peruse the works of local pottery artists in residence. You’ll also drive through Boranup Forest and past Contos Beach Lookout for some breath-taking views. Continue inland to an immersive and powerful First Nations cultural experience, giving you a snapshot into the history of the land and its peoples. Take a short bushwalk identifying traditional medicines and learning local Noongar knowledge from your guide. Venture into Ngilgi Cave, home to significant Dreamtime stories for local communities, and experience a mesmerising didgeridoo performance inside the cave. With a glowing sunset likely to greet you as the group leaves the cave, this cultural experience will be a memory to last a lifetime.

Accommodation: Your own room at Margaret River Hotel or similar


DAY 3 Monday 6th June 2022

MARGARET RIVER (B/L)

Today is all about tasting what the region has to offer. Take to the roads bound for some boutique wineries and breweries, a local chocolate factory, and a cheesery, tasting some of the best artisanal flavours around. Margaret River’s wineries have built a reputation on their cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay, and you’ll soon know why. After a day of indulging, the evening is yours to enjoy how you’d like. Explore the township’s restaurant and bar scene – be sure to ask your group leader for their recommendations!

Accommodation: Your own room at Margaret River Hotel or similar


DAY 4 Tuesday 7th June 2022    

DUNSBOROUGH – DONNELLY RIVER (B)

First stop, Hamelin Bay – search for some local stingrays floating in the shallow waters. Visit Cape Naturaliste lighthouse and learn of the fascinating maritime history of the Cape region, full of shipwrecks and lighthouse keeper tales. Be sure to have your camera handy for some cool coastal shots. Keep an eye out for a passing Southern Right or Humpback Whale, which you might just be lucky enough to spot. Finish up with a great drive to the former timber town of Donnelly River Village, where you’ll spend the night in old-school timber cottages surrounded by kangaroos, emus, and possums. This is true blue.

Accommodation: Your own room at Donnelly River Village or similar (shared facilities)


DAY 5 Wednesday 8th June 2022  

ALBANY (B)

Depart Donnelly River Village bound for Albany. You’ll have some free time for lunch in town before joining your group to visit Albany’s Historic Whaling Station Museum. In the afternoon, head to a local Sandalwood wellness centre for a special Gong Relaxation Session. The next hour is meditative bliss–connect to your inner self as vibrational tones of the gong, calming sandalwood oil and meditation combine for a peaceful and relaxing experience. Continue your zen as you have a night of leisure in Albany.

Accommodation: Your own room at Dog Rock Motel or similar


DAY 6 Thursday 9th June 2022

ALBANY (B)

Spend the morning in nature on board a wilderness cruise in Walpole. Afterwards, stop by the impressive Valley of the Giants, embarking on a Tree Top Walk on boardwalks and bridges suspended 40 metres in the canopy above. On your way back to Albany, stop by the coast at Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks, discovering some postcard-perfect views. Following an action-packed day exploring, enjoy a relaxed night at your own pace.

Accommodation: Your own room at Dog Rock Motel or similar


DAY 7 Friday 10th June 2022    

ALBANY – PERTH (B)

Head to Porongurup National Park to take a guided walk on Castle Rock Walk and the Granite Skywalk. The path weaves through yate, marri, and karri forests and past the renowned Balancing Rock. Take the Skywalk high above the plains, admiring some sweeping views across the Porongurup Range. Legs stretched and panorama shots acquired, it’s time to head back to Perth, arriving late in the afternoon.

Accommodation: Your own room at Rydges Fremantle or similar


DAY 8 Saturday 11th June 2022

PERTH – EXMOUTH (B/L)

This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Exmouth. As soon as you touch down, check into your accommodation before enjoying an included lunch. After lunch, it’s time to head out and explore the town and the spectacular surrounding areas with a local guide who knows it best. Kick things off with a walk around the township, then venture into the Cape Range National Park. Here your local guide will introduce you to a world of ancient gorges and glittering coastline. Pay a visit to the famously beautiful Turquoise Bay. Stop off at several stunning lookout points where you can soak in the scenery and marvel at the iconic Ningaloo reef. This evening, you might like to join your leader and fellow travellers for an optional dinner at a local brewery, where you’ll have the chance to settle in over a meal and a tasty craft brew.

Accommodation: Your own room at Ningaloo Lodge or similar


DAY 9 Sunday 12th June 2022

EXMOUTH (B)

This morning after breakfast you’ll be donning your swimmers for a day on the water, with the option of two activities – heading out in search of Ningaloo Reef’s famous seasonal Whale Sharks, which will need to be pre-booked, or soaking up the wonders of the reef at the snorkel drift. If you opt for the latter, you’ll hire some snorkel gear and enter the water at the southern end of the beach, where the current will naturally take you down the length of the beach with views of the rich and diverse marine life and colourful coral underneath. This evening is free to enjoy as you wish.

Accommodation: Your own room at Ningaloo Lodge or similar


DAY 10 Monday 13th June 2022

CHEELA PLAINS (B/L/D)

Today after breakfast, you’ll be saying goodbye to Turquoise Bay and begin the approximately six and a half hour drive inland to Cheela Plains, with a stop at Bullara Station for morning tea and a lunch stop at Ashburton River. Along the way you’ll have plenty of time to appreciate the scenes of the Outback before arriving at your destination. Once here, you’ll drive to the top of the gorge for limitless views of Cheela Plains, where you’ll have the chance to enjoy sunset drinks and dinner around the campfire with the group before settling into your nearby accommodation and watching the southern sky put on a show!

Accommodation: Your own room at Cheela Plains Station or similar (shared facilities)


DAY 11 Tuesday 14th June 2022

CHEELA PLAINS – KARIJINI N.P. (B/L/D)

This morning after breakfast you’ll make the approximately 1hr 40min drive to Tom Price, the gateway to Karijini National Park. Once here, your local guide will show you the highlights including West Karijini, Hancock Gorge, Kermit’s Pool, Junction Pool, and many other special gems in the area before you stop to enjoy lunch at the Weano Recreation area. After lunch, travel to Joffre Gorge and descend from the heat to an oasis of pools for an afternoon of swimming or relaxing in the shade of the ferns. This evening, you’ll head to your safari camp for dinner.

Accommodation: Your own room at Karijini Private Safari Tent or similar (shared facilities)


DAY 12 Wednesday 15th June 2022

KARIJINI NATIONAL PARK (B/L/D)

Today you have a full-day guided tour of the highlights of Karijini National Park. Pack your swimmers as you will start the day with a dip in Fortescue Falls at Dales Gorge before hiking the 2hr round-trip to Circular Pool at the other end of the gorge for another well-earned swim before lunch. After lunch, it’s down to the Karijini Visitors Centre where you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the traditional owners of Karijini – the Banyjima, Kurrama, and Innawonga people. From here, you’ll return to camp for the evening. Relax before enjoying another meal cooked by your leader under the southern sky.

Accommodation: Your own room at Karijini Private Safari Tent or similar (shared facilities)


DAY 13 Thursday 16th June 2022

CHEELA PLAINS (B/L/D)

After breakfast you’ll leave your safari camp and make your way back to Tom Price to refuel before heading to Hamersley Gorge. Here you can enjoy a relaxed morning exploring this amazing rocky environment, including a dip in the Jade Pools. Head back to a pub in Tom Price for lunch before driving for the afternoon back to Cheela Plains. After checking in and having time to freshen up, you’ll join the group for dinner at the accommodation.

Accommodation: Your own room at Cheela Plains Station or similar (shared facilities)


DAY 14 Friday 17th June 2022

EXMOUTH (B/D)

This morning after breakfast you’ll begin the drive back to Exmouth. After approximately 2hr 30mins, you’ll stop at Nanutarra Roadhouse for lunch. Upon arriving in Exmouth in the afternoon, you’ll check in to your accommodation and have a chance to unwind before your leader will take you to one of their favourite local restaurants for a final dinner with the group and a chance to reflect on the incredible adventures you’ve shared.

Accommodation: Your own room at Ningaloo Lodge or similar


DAY 15 Saturday 18th June 2022

EXMOUTH (B)

Today your trip comes to an end after breakfast. Say goodbye to your fellow travellers and head back to Exmouth airport, or if you’ve booked additional accommodation, you can enjoy an extended stay.

TOUR DATES: 4TH – 18TH JUNE 2022

TOUR PRICING: A$11,336 PLUS AIRFARES/TAXES

Rydges Fremantle

Welcome to the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges. With a rich history dating back to 1850 the hotel is an iconic landmark in Western Australia.

We offer 3 bars, breakfast restaurant and private dining facilites to our guests, so there is something for all tastes. Our dining section breaks down each outlet and will give you all the information you need when you are next making a reservation or dropping in for a drink with friends.

Our iconic location means our guests can savour the culture and tradition of Fremantle one of WA’s premier tourist destinations when staying with us. The hotel site has been established since 1850 and the hotel pays tribute to the rich history of our building, whilst incorporating references to Fremantle as an iconic port city, creating an environment that is rich, warm and sophisticated for business and leisure travellers alike.

Margaret River Hotel

Margaret River Hotel founder Bernard McKeown was a pioneer and a visionary. He saw the potential of Margaret River well before its tourism industry began, purchasing land in the 1930s and building our region’s treasured hotel. His goal was to create ‘a home away from home’ for locals and travellers alike. Since the doors opened in April 1936, it’s fair to say the Margaret River Hotel has been exactly that.

The Margaret River Hotel is approaching its centenary and it’s timely to give our town’s ‘home away from home’ some TLC. Our private, family-owned company, Heytesbury, is very excited to have the opportunity to revitalise this special property.

Doing this with appropriate care and respect of the building’s heritage and engineering will take some time and we look forward to welcoming you back to The Margaret Hotel and Corner Bar soon. We invite you to subscribe for updates to stay informed.

Donnelly River Village (shared facilities)

Donnelly Village. To put it simply, it’s special.

A historic mill town nestled deep in the heart of Australia’s South West karri forests, it’s the perfect place for a unique escape from the hustles and hassles of modern life.

A short drive to Bridgetown, Nannup and Manjimup, and within an hour’s drive of the Margaret River Wine Region, the village is a great base from which to explore Australia’s South West.

Built in the 1950s for the Bunnings Brothers, the thirty-five workers cottages, boarding house and club overlook the original steam mill, school (now a bunk-house for Bibbulmun hikers and Munda Biddi bike trail adventurers), butcher shop (now a school-holidays screening theatre) and general store (now a cafe, social gathering place, and store for Donnelly guests).

The village has its own forest swimming lake, oval, tennis, basketball and beach-volley ball courts and an awesome 50m flying fox that’s a favourite with the kids.

The tame kangaroos, emus, possums, kookaburras, magpies, parrots, blue wren and other wildlife that wander through the village and visit cottages are one of Donnelly’s most memorable charms.

Our affordable self-contained cottages are perfect for couples, families and groups large and small looking for that special break. You can experience the quiet, detox from technology and explore and enjoy Donnelly and the surrounding region with your friends and family.

Simply serene, simply charming, simply great fun and value.

Dog Rock Motel

The Dog Rock Motel is located in the historic and cultural hub of Albany opposite the famous local icon, the natural granite Dog Rock. We are just a stroll away from the city centre, shopping hub, York Street, Visitor Centre, Anzac Peace Park, Museum and the Brig Amity. Also, just a 5-minute drive away is the famous and glorious Middleton Beach. With many other attractions close by, Dog Rock Motel is in a prime location and the Albany Airport is only a 15-minute drive away.

Ningaloo Lodge

The Lodge is located in the heart of Exmouth. “Top choice” accommodation for people wanting to experience the World Heritage Ningaloo Marine park and surrounds.

The highlights “Turquoise Bay” and the opportunity to swim with our famous “Whalesharks and Humpback whales”. Land lovers the Cape Range National park awaits you. Hiking through the canyons and taking in those breathtaking views. There is so much to see and do when you visit Ningaloo…..

The Lodge is known locally as the “Tropical hidden Oasis” for our lush gardens and the “Home away from Home!” feel. We add that personal touch with everything we do.

For a holiday to remember when travelling to Exmouth along our Australias Coral Coast – One can not look past the Lodge, Ningaloo Lodge ……..

Cheela Plains Station (shared facilities)

Cheela Plains Station is a family owned and managed working cattle station nestled in the semi-arid, pastoral rangelands of the Pilbara in northern Western Australia. Our station-stay is a welcome stop for travellers on the Nanutarra-Munjina Road between the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef and Karijini National Park.

Karijini Private Safari Tent (shared facilities)

Stay under the stars in our campground, or in comfortable glamping accommodation at the first and only facility to offer a glamping experience in the Karijini National Park.

Explore a wonderland of ancient natural landscapes formed more than two billion years ago – red cliffs, gorges, waterfalls and emerald green waterholes, while experiencing a taste of genuine mateship and friendly hospitality.

 

Margaret River

The Margaret River Wine Region and is known for its wine production and tourism, attracting an estimated 500,000 visitors annually. In earlier days the area was better known for hardwood timber and agricultural production.

The town is named after the river, which is presumed to be named after Margaret Whicher, cousin of John Garrett Bussell (founder of Busselton) in 1831. The name is first shown on a map of the region published in 1839. Before British settlement the area was inhabited by the Noongar people. The first British settlers arrived as early as 1850, with timber logging commencing in around 1870. By 1910, the town had a hotel which also operated as a post office.

After World War I, an attempt by the Government of Western Australia to attract migrants to Western Australia (known as the Group Settlement Scheme) and establish farms in the region attracted new settlers to the town. In 1922 over 100 settlers moved into the district.

Albany

The Albany settlement was founded on 26 December 1826, as a military outpost of New South Wales as part of a plan to forestall French ambitions in the region. To that end, on 21 January 1827, the commander of the outpost, Major Edmund Lockyer, formally took possession of the western third of the continent for the British Crown. During the last decade of the 19th century the town served as a gateway to the Eastern Goldfields. For many years, it was the colony’s only deep-water port, having a place of eminence on shipping services between Britain and its Australian colonies. The opening of the Fremantle Inner Harbour in 1897, however, saw its importance as a port decline, after which the town’s industries turned primarily to agriculture, timber and later, whaling.

Contemporary Albany is the southern terminus for tourism in the region, and the state’s South West, which is known for its natural environment and preservation of its heritage. The town has a role in the ANZAC legend, being the last port of call for troopships departing Australia in the First World War.

Exmouth

Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia, 1,270 kilometres (789 mi)​ north of the state capital Perth and 3,366 kilometres (2,092 mi)​【3 367 km】 southwest of Darwin. The town was established in 1967 to support the nearby United States Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt. Beginning in the late 1970s, the town began hosting U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to Learmonth Solar Observatory, a defence science facility jointly operated with Australia’s Ionospheric Prediction Service.

The location was first used as a military base in World War II. US Admiral James F. Calvert in his memoir, Silent Running: My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine, and US Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood in Sink ‘Em All, his narrative of Allied submarine warfare, describe its history. After the retreat from Java in March 1942, Allied naval forces had need of a forward base for replenishing submarines, then the sole form of offensive warfare against the Japanese. Both Darwin, Northern Territory, and Broome, Western Australia, were too exposed to air attack, so a 500-ton unmotorized lighter was placed as a refuelling barge near the mouth of Exmouth Gulf, where the Allies were already maintaining a seaplane tender.

Code-named “Potshot”, the spartan base was also developed as an advanced base and rest camp for submariners using the tender USS Pelias. An airfield (now RAAF Learmonth) was constructed to provide fighter defence for the base. Z Special Unit used Potshot as a staging base for Operation Jaywick, a raid on Japanese shipping in Singapore Harbour, in September 1943.

Cheela Plains

Cheela Plains Station is a family owned and managed working cattle station nestled in the semi-arid, pastoral rangelands of the Pilbara in northern Western Australia. Our station-stay is a welcome stop for travellers on the Nanutarra-Munjina Road between the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef and Karijini National Park.

Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park is an Australian national park centred in the Hamersley Ranges of the Pilbara region in the northwestern section of Western Australia. The park is located north of the Tropic of Capricorn, 1,055 kilometres (656 mi)​ from the state’s capital city, Perth. Formerly known as Hamersley Range National Park, the park was officially renamed in 1991. At 627,422 hectares (1,550,390 acres)​, Karijini is the second largest national park in Western Australia (behind Karlamilyi National Park).

The park is physically split into a northern and a southern half by a corridor containing the Hamersley & Robe River railway and the Marandoo iron ore mine.

The park is the traditional home of the Banyjima, Kurrama and Innawonga Aboriginal people. The Banyjima name for the Hamersley Range is Karijini. Evidence of their early occupation dates back more than 20,000 years. During that period, Aboriginal land management practices, such as ‘fire-stick farming’, resulted in a diversity of vegetation types and stages of succession that helped determine the nature of the plants and animals found in the park today. A party led by explorer F.T. Gregory explored the area in 1861. He named the Hamersley Range, on which the park is centred, after his friend Edward Hamersley.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host
  • 14 nights’ accommodation including hotels (9 nights – own facilities), station stay (2 nights – shared facilities), cottage stay (1 night – shared facilities), and private tent stay (2 nights – shared facilities)
  • Solo room – always!
  • Perth to Exmouth flight as per itinerary on Day 8
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Group coach transfers at the start and end of your tour, as well as to/from the airports on Day 8
  • All sightseeing, guided tours and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary

 

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel Insurance
  • International/domestic flights to the start/end of the tour (the friendly Two’s a Crowd team can assist with competitive quotes and airfare bookings from wherever in the world you are located)
  • Expenses of a personal nature, such as laundry, taxis, souvenirs and phone calls
  • Meals and drinks not included in the itinerary
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation (we can assist)
  • Visa costs (if applicable)
  • Any tours listed as “Optional Tours” (and are subject to change, depending on weather and schedule changes)
  • Gratuities (optional)

The best of the West…

Immerse yourself in a First Nations tour like no other. Go wine, cheese, and chocolate tasting in the epicurean Margaret River region, spend a unique night surrounded by some of Australia’s animal treasures at Donnelly River Village, snorkel in Turquoise Bay at Nigaloo Reef, swim in natural pools hidden away in the depths of Western Australia, and learn about the ancient culture of the Banyjima, Kurrama, and Innawonga people, the traditional owners of breath-taking Karijini National Park. This 15-day adventure from Perth to Exmouth shows off the best of Western Australia, packed with action, beautiful Australian scenery, and unique cultural experiences that are sure to satisfy every type of traveller.

Will you join us?

TOUR DATES: 4TH – 18TH JUNE 2022

TOUR PRICING: A$11,336 PLUS AIRFARES/TAXES

Rydges Fremantle

Welcome to the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges. With a rich history dating back to 1850 the hotel is an iconic landmark in Western Australia.

We offer 3 bars, breakfast restaurant and private dining facilites to our guests, so there is something for all tastes. Our dining section breaks down each outlet and will give you all the information you need when you are next making a reservation or dropping in for a drink with friends.

Our iconic location means our guests can savour the culture and tradition of Fremantle one of WA’s premier tourist destinations when staying with us. The hotel site has been established since 1850 and the hotel pays tribute to the rich history of our building, whilst incorporating references to Fremantle as an iconic port city, creating an environment that is rich, warm and sophisticated for business and leisure travellers alike.

Margaret River Hotel

Margaret River Hotel founder Bernard McKeown was a pioneer and a visionary. He saw the potential of Margaret River well before its tourism industry began, purchasing land in the 1930s and building our region’s treasured hotel. His goal was to create ‘a home away from home’ for locals and travellers alike. Since the doors opened in April 1936, it’s fair to say the Margaret River Hotel has been exactly that.

The Margaret River Hotel is approaching its centenary and it’s timely to give our town’s ‘home away from home’ some TLC. Our private, family-owned company, Heytesbury, is very excited to have the opportunity to revitalise this special property.

Doing this with appropriate care and respect of the building’s heritage and engineering will take some time and we look forward to welcoming you back to The Margaret Hotel and Corner Bar soon. We invite you to subscribe for updates to stay informed.

Donnelly River Village (shared facilities)

Donnelly Village. To put it simply, it’s special.

A historic mill town nestled deep in the heart of Australia’s South West karri forests, it’s the perfect place for a unique escape from the hustles and hassles of modern life.

A short drive to Bridgetown, Nannup and Manjimup, and within an hour’s drive of the Margaret River Wine Region, the village is a great base from which to explore Australia’s South West.

Built in the 1950s for the Bunnings Brothers, the thirty-five workers cottages, boarding house and club overlook the original steam mill, school (now a bunk-house for Bibbulmun hikers and Munda Biddi bike trail adventurers), butcher shop (now a school-holidays screening theatre) and general store (now a cafe, social gathering place, and store for Donnelly guests).

The village has its own forest swimming lake, oval, tennis, basketball and beach-volley ball courts and an awesome 50m flying fox that’s a favourite with the kids.

The tame kangaroos, emus, possums, kookaburras, magpies, parrots, blue wren and other wildlife that wander through the village and visit cottages are one of Donnelly’s most memorable charms.

Our affordable self-contained cottages are perfect for couples, families and groups large and small looking for that special break. You can experience the quiet, detox from technology and explore and enjoy Donnelly and the surrounding region with your friends and family.

Simply serene, simply charming, simply great fun and value.

Dog Rock Motel

The Dog Rock Motel is located in the historic and cultural hub of Albany opposite the famous local icon, the natural granite Dog Rock. We are just a stroll away from the city centre, shopping hub, York Street, Visitor Centre, Anzac Peace Park, Museum and the Brig Amity. Also, just a 5-minute drive away is the famous and glorious Middleton Beach. With many other attractions close by, Dog Rock Motel is in a prime location and the Albany Airport is only a 15-minute drive away.

Ningaloo Lodge

The Lodge is located in the heart of Exmouth. “Top choice” accommodation for people wanting to experience the World Heritage Ningaloo Marine park and surrounds.

The highlights “Turquoise Bay” and the opportunity to swim with our famous “Whalesharks and Humpback whales”. Land lovers the Cape Range National park awaits you. Hiking through the canyons and taking in those breathtaking views. There is so much to see and do when you visit Ningaloo…..

The Lodge is known locally as the “Tropical hidden Oasis” for our lush gardens and the “Home away from Home!” feel. We add that personal touch with everything we do.

For a holiday to remember when travelling to Exmouth along our Australias Coral Coast – One can not look past the Lodge, Ningaloo Lodge ……..

Cheela Plains Station (shared facilities)

Cheela Plains Station is a family owned and managed working cattle station nestled in the semi-arid, pastoral rangelands of the Pilbara in northern Western Australia. Our station-stay is a welcome stop for travellers on the Nanutarra-Munjina Road between the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef and Karijini National Park.

Karijini Private Safari Tent (shared facilities)

Stay under the stars in our campground, or in comfortable glamping accommodation at the first and only facility to offer a glamping experience in the Karijini National Park.

Explore a wonderland of ancient natural landscapes formed more than two billion years ago – red cliffs, gorges, waterfalls and emerald green waterholes, while experiencing a taste of genuine mateship and friendly hospitality.

 

Margaret River

The Margaret River Wine Region and is known for its wine production and tourism, attracting an estimated 500,000 visitors annually. In earlier days the area was better known for hardwood timber and agricultural production.

The town is named after the river, which is presumed to be named after Margaret Whicher, cousin of John Garrett Bussell (founder of Busselton) in 1831. The name is first shown on a map of the region published in 1839. Before British settlement the area was inhabited by the Noongar people. The first British settlers arrived as early as 1850, with timber logging commencing in around 1870. By 1910, the town had a hotel which also operated as a post office.

After World War I, an attempt by the Government of Western Australia to attract migrants to Western Australia (known as the Group Settlement Scheme) and establish farms in the region attracted new settlers to the town. In 1922 over 100 settlers moved into the district.

Albany

The Albany settlement was founded on 26 December 1826, as a military outpost of New South Wales as part of a plan to forestall French ambitions in the region. To that end, on 21 January 1827, the commander of the outpost, Major Edmund Lockyer, formally took possession of the western third of the continent for the British Crown. During the last decade of the 19th century the town served as a gateway to the Eastern Goldfields. For many years, it was the colony’s only deep-water port, having a place of eminence on shipping services between Britain and its Australian colonies. The opening of the Fremantle Inner Harbour in 1897, however, saw its importance as a port decline, after which the town’s industries turned primarily to agriculture, timber and later, whaling.

Contemporary Albany is the southern terminus for tourism in the region, and the state’s South West, which is known for its natural environment and preservation of its heritage. The town has a role in the ANZAC legend, being the last port of call for troopships departing Australia in the First World War.

Exmouth

Exmouth is a town on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia, 1,270 kilometres (789 mi)​ north of the state capital Perth and 3,366 kilometres (2,092 mi)​【3 367 km】 southwest of Darwin. The town was established in 1967 to support the nearby United States Naval Communication Station Harold E. Holt. Beginning in the late 1970s, the town began hosting U.S. Air Force personnel assigned to Learmonth Solar Observatory, a defence science facility jointly operated with Australia’s Ionospheric Prediction Service.

The location was first used as a military base in World War II. US Admiral James F. Calvert in his memoir, Silent Running: My Years on a World War II Attack Submarine, and US Vice Admiral Charles A. Lockwood in Sink ‘Em All, his narrative of Allied submarine warfare, describe its history. After the retreat from Java in March 1942, Allied naval forces had need of a forward base for replenishing submarines, then the sole form of offensive warfare against the Japanese. Both Darwin, Northern Territory, and Broome, Western Australia, were too exposed to air attack, so a 500-ton unmotorized lighter was placed as a refuelling barge near the mouth of Exmouth Gulf, where the Allies were already maintaining a seaplane tender.

Code-named “Potshot”, the spartan base was also developed as an advanced base and rest camp for submariners using the tender USS Pelias. An airfield (now RAAF Learmonth) was constructed to provide fighter defence for the base. Z Special Unit used Potshot as a staging base for Operation Jaywick, a raid on Japanese shipping in Singapore Harbour, in September 1943.

Cheela Plains

Cheela Plains Station is a family owned and managed working cattle station nestled in the semi-arid, pastoral rangelands of the Pilbara in northern Western Australia. Our station-stay is a welcome stop for travellers on the Nanutarra-Munjina Road between the World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef and Karijini National Park.

Karijini National Park

Karijini National Park is an Australian national park centred in the Hamersley Ranges of the Pilbara region in the northwestern section of Western Australia. The park is located north of the Tropic of Capricorn, 1,055 kilometres (656 mi)​ from the state’s capital city, Perth. Formerly known as Hamersley Range National Park, the park was officially renamed in 1991. At 627,422 hectares (1,550,390 acres)​, Karijini is the second largest national park in Western Australia (behind Karlamilyi National Park).

The park is physically split into a northern and a southern half by a corridor containing the Hamersley & Robe River railway and the Marandoo iron ore mine.

The park is the traditional home of the Banyjima, Kurrama and Innawonga Aboriginal people. The Banyjima name for the Hamersley Range is Karijini. Evidence of their early occupation dates back more than 20,000 years. During that period, Aboriginal land management practices, such as ‘fire-stick farming’, resulted in a diversity of vegetation types and stages of succession that helped determine the nature of the plants and animals found in the park today. A party led by explorer F.T. Gregory explored the area in 1861. He named the Hamersley Range, on which the park is centred, after his friend Edward Hamersley.

Tour Inclusions:

  • Two’s a Crowd Tour Host
  • 14 nights’ accommodation including hotels (9 nights – own facilities), station stay (2 nights – shared facilities), cottage stay (1 night – shared facilities), and private tent stay (2 nights – shared facilities)
  • Solo room – always!
  • Perth to Exmouth flight as per itinerary on Day 8
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Group coach transfers at the start and end of your tour, as well as to/from the airports on Day 8
  • All sightseeing, guided tours and entrance fees as detailed in the itinerary

 

Tour Exclusions:

  • Travel Insurance
  • International/domestic flights to the start/end of the tour (the friendly Two’s a Crowd team can assist with competitive quotes and airfare bookings from wherever in the world you are located)
  • Expenses of a personal nature, such as laundry, taxis, souvenirs and phone calls
  • Meals and drinks not included in the itinerary
  • Pre- and post-tour accommodation (we can assist)
  • Visa costs (if applicable)
  • Any tours listed as “Optional Tours” (and are subject to change, depending on weather and schedule changes)
  • Gratuities (optional)
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20 out of 10!

The trip was just great - I can't really think of any negatives. Diane will back me up when I say I usually give 10/10s - I gave her 20/10. Trish, Canada/Alaska

Excellent trip

I found the overall trip excellent. I believe Diane's professionalism, inclusive personality and ability to relate to all contributed to this. She worked to ensure the group was cohesive without individuals impinging on the personal space of others etc. a good skill to have and one she applied effectively. Kate, Canada/Alaska

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I had a fantastic trip. Absolutely loved Canada and Alaska. It's the first time I have travelled solo and was pleasantly surprised to find a bunch of people that all got on so well. Diane our host was great. She did a good job of getting us altogether for meals, excursions, shopping trips etc. I liked that she quietly got things done without being loud or "in-your-face". She was good at being one of us as well as our leader. Wendy, Canada/Alaska

Good balance of activities and spare time

Had a great time. Good mixture of organised activities and spare time. Diane was an excellent tour host. Russell the tour guide was great, very knowledgeable and personable with his insights into growing up and living in Canada. Sharon, Canada/Alaska

Well organised trip with an excellent host

The trip was well organised, with a good mix of activity and free time. The scenery was spectacular and fellow travellers were a great bunch. Diane is a excellent host - helpful, courteous and above all a pleasure to know. I found her bubbly personality a bonus and can only speak highly of her. Gary, Canada/Alaska

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Great holiday

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Great time together

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Great time together

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Great value

Well done. No complaints. Very pleased with this trip. Great value for my hard earned dollars! Really enjoyed the [Vietnam/Cambodia] tour. 

Fabulous rapport filled with much humour!

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I couldn’t fault anything.

The (Uniworld River) cruise was great, I met up with some wonderful people who treated me like part of the family !
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