The tour starts and finishes in Perth, however you can fly back from Esperance to avoid the long drive (own expense). Two guides will accompany you on the tour and one, or both, will walk with you each day. There are some steep sections, and a few beach stretches (although they’re mostly firm) so we recommend training. The itinerary may alter depending on local conditions and weather
Day 1: Perth to Albany
We’ll drive down to Albany, stopping for morning tea and lunch on the way. Once we’re in Albany we will do a short walk close to town or perhaps those that are interested can visit the fantastic ANZAC interpretive centre that overlooks the Harbour for some insight into the First World War. Or, you may just like to settle into your room at the Best Western Motel, where we stay for two nights.
Day 2: Bald Head walk
This is one of the best day walks in the south west. It’s a challenging but spectacular 15 km return walk along a Flinders Peninsular to the eastern-most point of Torndirrup National Park. It offers outstanding views, with King George Sound on one side and the Southern Ocean on the other.
There are a number of steep ups and downs as we travel along the peninsular but as it’s a return walk, there’s no pressure to make it to the end.
Day 3: Albany to Bremer Bay
From Albany we’ll head east, dropping into Two People’s Bay for a short walk (easy 3 km) and taking a lovely walk between Betty’s Beach and Norman’s Beach – two of the area’s best kept secrets, with more outstanding coastal views.
Our accommodation for the next two nights is at the Bremer Bay Motel. We’ll dine in their excellent onsite restaurant (own expense).
Day 4: A seafaring adventure!
Every year, mid-January to mid-April, this remote spot off the WA coast becomes the epicentre for an unbelievable intensity of life. We will journey with Naturaliste Charters to the Bremer Canyon – a remote ocean habitat abundant with marine wildlife: sharks, giant squid, sperm whales, masses of sea birds and the largest group of killer whales in the Southern Hemisphere. This is absolutely an experience of a lifetime. Here is a video we made from 2016.
The killer whale tour goes from 7.30 to about 4pm. After that, get your land legs back with a stroll around Bremer Bay or rest up in your motel room before dinner.
Day 5: Bremer Bay to Hopetoun + East Mt Barren walk
It’s about 250 km to drive to Hopetoun, the eastern gateway to the Fitzgerald River National Park. After lunch we’ll head out to East Mount Barren. It’s a great 3 km return walk to the summit.
There’s a bit of shale to negotiate and a bit of a boulder scramble to get right to the summit, but there are plenty of magic views and some nice spots to stop and take in the serenity along the way.
We’ll stay the next two nights in the centrally located Hopetoun Motel, spread between a 2 bedroom chalet, where we will share meals, and several motel rooms. No more restaurant meals – from now on your guides will cook your delicious meals.
Day 6: Hakea Trail
We plan to walk about 13 km of the Hakea Trail today, with the option for more if we’re feeling keen. The Hakea Trail is an absolutely tremendous coastal walk. The gradients are mostly gentle, the views are uplifting, the plants are beautifully grotesque, and the rocks – they’re incredible!
When we return to Hopetoun in the late afternoon you might enjoy a coffee in town, a stroll on the beach or a rest before dinner.
Day 7: Hopetoun to Esperance
About 200 km east of Hopetoun is Esperance, our next destination. When we arrive, we’ll take a 40 km scenic drive which takes in some really spectacular beaches and coastline.
The afternoon is yours to wander, explore, relax. There’s an excellent museum, many coffee shops and a great walk along the foreshore.
Our accommodation for the rest of the tour is at Yot Spot Apartments on the Esplanade, and a short walk into town.
Day 8: Cape Le Grande
45 minutes from Esperance is Cape Le Grande National Park. Here you’ll find some of best beaches on the planet, and the Le Grande Coastal Trail is the best place from which to appreciate them.
We will complete part of the coastal trail today, and part when we come back tomorrow. The costal trail has some short but challenging hills – both up and down – but the views are absolutely worth the effort.
If the weather’s good, enjoy a swim in the turquoise waters of one of the many beautiful bays.
Day 9: Cape Le Grande
We have some unfinished business at Cape Le Grande. Today we’ll complete another spectacular section of the coastal trail and conquer the formidable Frenchman’s Peak.
Frenchman’s Peak is very steep; but, taken one step at a time, it’s certainly achievable. And what a way to finish our Cape Le Grande experience! If the views and the sense of accomplishment don’t put a smile on your face, nothing will.
Day 10: Esperance to Perth
We’ll leave early from Esperance for the long drive back to Perth. It’s not going to be the most interesting drive you’ve ever done, but you’ll have some wonderful memories to reflect on and probably about 500 photos to look through!
We’ll stop at Wave Rock for lunch. While we’re there we can take a short walk around at this unusual rock formation.
If you are not into long drives, it is also possible to fly back to Perth with Virgin Airlines (formally Skywest). Flights range from $140-$200.