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First time travelling to perth

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First time travelling to perth

Hi, I will be visiting Perth for the first time from Oct 1st to Oct 6th 2017. It will be only 2 of us, me and my husband and we're planning to self drive since we only have 4 full days, we cannot decide whether to spend a night or 2 nights at Margaret River region. If we are to stay 2 nights in Margaret River, most probably we need to cancel our visit to Lancelin Sand Dunes/Pinnacles. Because we are planning our route/trip like this:

Day 1 - From Perth airport (reached airport at 2.30pm) to Busselton (1 night in Busselton)

Day 2 - From Busselton to Margaret River (1 night in Margaret River)

Day 3 - From Margaret River to Mandurah to Rockingham to Fremantle (1 night in Fremantle)

Day 4 - From Fremantle to Caversam Wildlife Park to Perth (1 night in Perth)

Day 5 - From Perth to the Pinnacles Desert to Lancelin Sand Dunes to Perth (1 night in Perth)

Day 6 - Perth to Perth Airport (flight at 3.30 pm)

We need your advise:

1. whether the proposed trip looks ambitious and whether it is doable especially for first time visitor like us;

2. if we are to drop any of the places to visit, which one should it be? is it the pinnacles trip or Margaret river region;

3. We're hoping to submit as much places as we can but at the same time we do not want to get too tired to enjoy these places.

Thank you all!

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1. Re: First time travelling to perth

Day 1- don't get in a car and drive to Busselton. Instead stay in Perth city and explore - kings Park for example as wildflowers will be out. Take the ferry to South Perth and have dinner in Northbridge.

Day 2/ night 2 pick up your hire car and head to the Margaret River region, lunch stop in Busselton on the way.

Day 3/ night 3- explore MR region and stay the night.

Day 4/ Night 4- morning MR then back to Fremantle

Ideas for the MR region:

https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Travel-g25536…

Days 5 and 6- Fremantle one or half day ( Markets only open Friday to Sunday but plenty to do without markets). Caversham one morning.

If you want to visit it's a Full day trip to Pinnacles- stop Yanchep NP on way back to Perth. Not sure how you will fit it in.

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2. Re: First time travelling to perth

The drive to the Pinnacles is not particulary interesting. To get there and back will take you between 5 to 6 hours in total of your limited holiday time - I would suggest you can make much better use of your time exploring around the Margaret River Region which is large - attractions are spread out out over 50 km either side of Margaret River town, from Yallingup to Augusta:

Canal Rocks walkway over the ocean,

Pretty caves at Augusta and Margaret River

Surfing to watch at Prevelly/Yallingup

Peaceful turquoise bays at Bunker Bay and Meelup Beach

Nougat and chocolate factories

Olive oil soaps and condiments

Wineries and boutique breweries

Gourmet restaurants and produce outlets

Enjoy!

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3. Re: First time travelling to perth

Thank you Jean and Kerry for the insight. Looks like it's better for us to explore margaret region rather than goint to pinnacles. Then mayb i should drop pinnacles trip from my itinerary and spend 2 nights in MR region.

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4. Re: First time travelling to perth

Two nights is not really enough time - that still only gives you one full day there, because the journey driving there and back takes approximately 4 hours (ie half of a day) in each direction. Better to stay a minimum of 3 nights and get good value from your driving time. (Most people from Perth would stay there at least 3 nights when visiting the area.)

You can also stop on the way at scenic places like Busselton Jetty on the drive south and Mandurah marina on the way back to Perth.

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5. Re: First time travelling to perth

Suggest you pick up your hire car on Day 2 - a taxi to your accommodation will be cheaper than the cost for one day hire and city parking.

This basic itinerary might work for you, depending where your accommodation is in Perth of course:

Day 1 Sunday – Flight arrives at 2.30pm, taxi to accomm, check in 3.30-4pm. Visit Kings Park (scenic photos) using free city CAT buses.(…wa.gov.au/Timetables/Live-Perth-CAT-Times)

Day 2 Monday – Collect hire car for drive to MR - on the way, stop at Bunbury Wildlife Park to feed kangaroos and emus and see native birds and reptiles. Check into accomm in MR (Margaret River).

Day 3 Tuesday – Explore MR north – Canal Rocks, Yallingup area, drive along scenic Caves Rd and choose a winery for lunch, visit Bunker Bay and Cape Naturaliste lighthouse.

Day 4 Wednesday – Explore MR south – drive to Hamlin Bay to see wild stingrays, Augusta for lunch (Colourpatch Cafe), Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Jewel Cave, back to accom.

Day 5 Thursday – check out and drive back to Perth, stopping at Busselton Jetty on the way for photos, with lunch stop at Mandurah Dolphin Quay. Free afternoon.

Day 6 Friday – explore Elizabeth Quay /Barrack St Jetty area on the Swan River foreshore. Return hire car, return to airport by 1.30pm for 3.30 flight.

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