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Perth and Margaret River itinerary

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Perth and Margaret River itinerary

Hi

We are a group of 4 adults and 2 children travelling to Perth and Margaret River region next week. Here's our rough itinerary, request your comments and any suggestions for changes

Arrive in Perth late night on 29th Jan. Check in to hotel in CBD.

30th Jan - Take train to Rockingham to join the cruise to Penguin Island and dolphin watching.

31st - caversham wildlife park

Drive out to MR in the afternoon, plan to arrive in MR around 6.30-7 and check in to Margaret River Hideaway and Farm Stay

1st Feb - farm activities in the morning followed by 1 cave ( pls suggest which one is better with 2 six yr olds). Stop at Berry Farm for lunch/tea and wine tasting. Evening at Gnarabup beach

2nd Feb - After more farm activities ( have to keep the kids happy!), Drive out towards Cowaramup for wine tasting. Pl help us choose one or two between Vasse Felix, Voyager, clairault, Knee Deep or Xanadu. Priorities are wine tasting, pretty scenery, play area for kids!

Wardan aboriginal centre - hopefully join the bush trail and boomerang throwing tours. Yallingup beach in the evening.

3rd Feb - Head to Amaze'n for the morning. Also to visit chocolate and cheese factories.

Head back to Perth

4th Feb - Drive to Fremantle, join the prison tour, walk around, lunch

Drive back to hotel and then head out to airport

What do you think?

Thanks, Funandmore

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1. Re: Perth and Margaret River itinerary

How are you getting to Caversham? In a rental car?

I'd plan to arrive in MR a little earlier than that as the kangaroos may be on the move by then and you don't want to hit one, expensive and distressing for the kiddies.

Don't forget if your 6 yos are small you may need to rent booster seats for them, these are a legal requirement (see the Top Question over at the right of the screen).

Otherwise, sounds great.

Edited: 24 January 2014, 17:34
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2. Re: Perth and Margaret River itinerary

Just curious - How are you getting from Rockingham train station to Penguin Island? Are you being collected by the tour operator?

Vasse Felix is a no brainer for me - outstanding food and wine, lovely grassed area. You could google the other wineries you suggest and find out what amenities are available.

There is a very recent tour report on this thread which may be of interest to you:

tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g255103-i531-k7…

Edited: 24 January 2014, 22:31
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3. Re: Perth and Margaret River itinerary

Thanks both.

Yorkfoodie - we get our rental car only at 11am and so we plan to take the train/bus to caversham and back to hotel in CBD after which we collect our car and head out to MR. Is that doable? What time is safe to reach MR given the Roos, then we'll work backwards? Yes we've got booster seats for the kiddos.

Perthite, thanks enjoyed the recent MR trip report you suggested. As for Rockingham, we booked directly with Rockingham tours so the tour collects us from there. Can I check how we get to Rockingham tours from the train station?

Edited: 25 January 2014, 00:31
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4. Re: Perth and Margaret River itinerary

I would suggest you ask Rockingham Tours themselves as no doubt its a regular question they get from tourists.

Depending on how active the 6 year olds are and how they cope with many hundreds of stairs - the "easiest" cave is Mammoth as it has a flat walk in entrance and quite a lot of low bits before the serious stairs happen. So anyone who doesnt want to continue on - can head back out the flat entrance while others continue on.

But if you think they will be fine with lots (and lots) of steps - then any cave in the group is fine.

Just try to keep them quiet and respectful. Caves are extremely echoey and many people are trying to experience the peaceful wonder of them. That peace can be shattered very quickly by shrieking squealing children. And make sure they dont touch any of the formations - it shortens their lifespan (the formations - not the children !!!).

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5. Re: Perth and Margaret River itinerary

I would strongly suggest you collect the hire car earlier and drive out to Caversham then head off for MR. The most straightforward public transport there involves two busses, a forty minute trip and a 200m walk at the end. No way could you get there and back by 11am and have time to actually do much at Caversham.

Roos start coming out at dusk with is 6.30ish ATM. I'd aim to be there by 5.30pm-6pm.

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6. Re: Perth and Margaret River itinerary

Thanks a lot helpful people! With your suggestions, we just booked the car for the entire trip, so driving to Caversham, driving to Rockingham and then driving to MR and driving back to Perth and Fremantle.

Also, for Vasse Felix and other vineyards, if we would like to do the cellar door tasting and vineyard tour, do we need to call ahead and book? Do they have specific times when they do such tours or it doesn't matter what time we land up as long as it's within business hours? We are not really wanting a high end lunch with kids but a more casual one, so may not dine at their restaurant. So will they be willing to do just tasting and tour. Went to the websites of a few vineyards but there's not much info on these.

Thanks much!

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7. Re: Perth and Margaret River itinerary

Most wineries cellar door tasting is open from around 10 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week. You do not need to pre book, just turn up. Some wineries offer tours. Those might have to be pre booked. Some wineries have restaurants on site. You can taste wine without eating at the restaurant.

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8. Re: Perth and Margaret River itinerary

I haven't actually visited any wineries that provide tours of their property for many years... The last one that I visited in the MR region, has closed. Less popular wineries are more likely to have time to show you but unless it is advertised as provided on a larger wineries web site, unlikely. Perhaps ask at the MR Tourist Centre when you are there? Cellar door times are on signs outside the majority of wineries but as stated @ #7, normal opening is 10 - 5.

Vasse certainly don't do property or facility tours. Re food at Vasse - consider their morning/afternoon teas - i.e. scones - you shouldn't be disappointed.

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9. Re: Perth and Margaret River itinerary

Very few wineries offer a "behind the scenes" tour other than when organised through a tour company.

The Vasse Felix tour requires an advanced booking:

www.vassefelix.com.au/visit-cellar-door.html

Cape Mentelle also offer a similar tour

margaretriver.com/tours/…7414

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