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A 10 day trip from perth to margaret river area.20/12-31/12

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Bendigo, Australia
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A 10 day trip from perth to margaret river area.20/12-31/12

We are attending a 02/01/11 wedding in Perth, and thinking of hiring a car and travelling south to the margaret river area and doing all the sights. is 10 days enough? The time of year is the busiest, would we have to prebook all hotels and cabins? Would they accept 1/2 nights at that peak period?

We have checked out campervan rates at $200 per day but you still have to pay for overnight stays in a camp ground. Is camping along the roadside parking bays allowable in WA?

Also. hotels in the orelia area, any ideas?

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1. Re: A 10 day trip from perth to margaret river area.20/12-31/12

10 days would be perfect to tour around the SW. Yes, you would need to pre-book all your accommodation at that time of year. Hotels in Orelia? - I'm not aware of any - think you should check out Rockingham or Fremantle as possibly the closest options.

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2. Re: A 10 day trip from perth to margaret river area.20/12-31/12

And no, you can't camp on the roadside.

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3. Re: A 10 day trip from perth to margaret river area.20/12-31/12

thanks for prompt reply. We have now decided that car is the way to go. B+B's or farm stays or park cabins we will chceck out to pre book. A lot of operators have minimum number of days.

Any itinerary suggestions and number of days to spend at each? We do enjoy winries and sceney and historic places. Not into kitsch.

We know we will not get a cheap flight over either. Other option is holiday after wedding, 03/01/-15/01/11.

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4. Re: A 10 day trip from perth to margaret river area.20/12-31/12

10 days is more than enough time to explore the MR region. In fact its probably too much. I would suggest 3-4 days would be ample to cover the region, unless of course youre the type of traveller that prefers to stay with one location. With 10 days you could explore the Southwest further and include as far as Albany. The whole Southwest and Great Southern have so much to offer and you'd certainly have time to check out other areas.

For example a 'typical' loop of the southwest might be: 4 days MR region - 2 days Pemberton Region - 4 days Albany/Denmark region

For some further reading check out our collection of trip reports where you'll find some Southwest reports from travellers that have done similar:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g255055-c121009/Austr…

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5. Re: A 10 day trip from perth to margaret river area.20/12-31/12

Thank you, that is exactly the help we need to plan the trip. Yes, we had thought of going to Albany, and doing a loop. and of course, 10 days is not set in concrete, it could be less.

Thanks for the link to other posts also. The dates will now be definitely after Xmas, 03/01-13/01.

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6. Re: A 10 day trip from perth to margaret river area.20/12-31/12

Im saying 10 days for just MR maybe too much. 10 days for ALL of the southwest is perfect.

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7. Re: A 10 day trip from perth to margaret river area.20/12-31/12

*ajk's often repeated southwest 'loop' tip*

When travelling the southwest consider undertaking the Perth-Albany leg on the first day and then travelling in a 'clockwise' direction. Reason: This part of the southwest is pretty much void of any attractions (arguably) and is probably the longest section spent driving. On the first day your excitement level is most likely highest and best used to get the 'boring part' over and done with. This will leave the shortest driving section from MR-Perth on your last day and allowing a more relaxed ending to your tour.

Just a thought.

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8. Re: A 10 day trip from perth to margaret river area.20/12-31/12

This is more or less the exact trip we just did from the 30th Dec to 9th Jan.

We spent 4 night at Yelverton Brook Eco Lodge (min stay for this period) and it was one of our treats, as it was over New Year. Explored all this area

Then we spent 3 nights in Pemberton and did loads of walks in the forests and visited Windy Harbour (yes it was).

Then we spent 3 nights in Albany and explored the region (lovely area). Spent our last non travelling day in Australia relaxing on the beach at Salmon Holes - beautiful. Then we drove the next day back to Perth

The period of time you have is just right (well it's not really, as if you are like us, you can always want to stay somewhere that bit longer). But it will give you lots of time to explore the area south of Perth

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9. Re: A 10 day trip from perth to margaret river area.20/12-31/12

I think if you go down Albany H'way you'll pass through Kojonup ... DO stop and have a look, they have a great interactive display that is definitely worth spending time in.

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10. Re: A 10 day trip from perth to margaret river area.20/12-31/12

Kojonup, nestled amongst the beautiful South West of Western Australia (WA), is a rich pastoral district of farmland and bush and is just three hours south of Perth.

Explore the Australian rural way of life, from authentic Aboriginal bush tucker to world-renowned wines, from the early history of WA to state-of-the-art farm production methods. Discover fascinating historical attractions and view the native wildflowers on display in the region. Make sure you spend some time at The Kodja Place, a contemporary snapshot of Kojonup that explores the origins and cultures of this dynamic community.

I found the above on Google.

There is also a rose garden maze adjacent to Kodja Place, and a place to eat as well.

lennyb