Tropical Escape – Port Douglas

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    Vibrant Women

    Vibrant Women Travel provides retreats and inspirational journeys for women. Shared adventures in extraordinary places. Bespoke, curated, fully escorted, small group women’s travels and experiences for the soul.

    Solo travellers can take the opportunity to travel in the safety of a small group, as well as doing some exploring on their own. People travelling with friends will have wonderful memories to share well into the future.

    • 7 Nights
    • Group or Private Tour
    • Australia

    Capturing the Indian Ocean breeze, Western Australia (WA) is cool and breezy. Under a near-permanent canopy of blue sky, life here unfolds at a pleasing pace. Throw in superb beaches, ancient forests, global eats, world winning wineries, galleries and markets, fascinating history and an incredible art scene, WA is eclectic and progressive. Free from the pressures of congestion, pollution and population afflicting other Australian cities, the South West of WA is uncomplicated, unfettered and alive. Yes, it’s the most isolated city of its size on the planet, but this remoteness fosters an outward-looking world view. However we are going to take an inward look. 

    Starting with a stunning sunset cruise we will take in pretty Perth with drinks and nibblies, the perfect start to our tour. Our second day on this tour is a fully immersive Fremantle (Freo) experience, starting with a 2 hour walking tour and ending with a sound healing at the E Shed. In addition to exploring the local history, arts and cafes there will be plenty of time for markets and shopping. To round out our day we will experience a good old fashioned progressive dinner. Taking in 3 courses over 3 restaurants with a small walk in-between. What fun! And the best way to try several Perth restaurants in a short period of time!!

    Heading out of Perth and towards the South Western area of WA we will encounter dolphins in Mandurah and Thrombolites at Lake Clifton. From Perth, it’s an easy 2.5-hour drive to our stay for the next 5 nights which is at beachy Busselton.  This part of the South West allows you to hop from award-winning wineries and bespoke art galleries, to stunning beaches and lighthouses, flowing rivers, world-class surf breaks and ancient caves, all in a single day! But don’t worry about that, we will spread it out for you over several days to make the very most of everything this area has to offer. Just check out the detailed itinerary below to see all the delights we have in store for you. 

    Locations We Will Visit

    • Perth
    • Mandurah
    • Bussleton
    • Yallingup
    • Dunsborough
    • Gracetown
    • Margaret River

    Arrivals & Departures

    Arrivals – The Fast Way: Rideshare, Taxi

    This is by far the easiest and fastest method of arriving at your destination. The journey to the city centre should take about 25-35mins, depending on the day’s traffic and cost anywhere from $35 to $55. There are dedicated rideshare pick-up bays within easy walking distance of the terminals for Uber and Ola, see the maps here. Otherwise, follow the airport signs to the taxi ranks, all close to the terminal exits.

    Departures – You will be dropped to the Perth airport on the 10th of September 2021 at approximately 2pm. If you are spending an extra night in Perth your hotel can arrange a taxi for you. 

    Flights – If you need assistance with FLIGHT BOOKINGS please contact Donna McHugh from Wauchope Travel on (+61) 02 65852288 or email [email protected]

    Price Includes

    • 6 nights accommodation
    • Private bus transport throughout
    • Fully escorted tour
    • 7 Breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
    • All entry fees as stated for the attractions on the itinerary
    • Captain cook Twilight Cruise with drinks and cheese
    • 2 hour walking tour of Freemantle
    • 3 course Progressive dinner Perth
    • Mandurah dolphin canal cruise
    • Edenvale Tea Rooms Pinjarra High Tea
    • Busselton Jetty Tour, underwater observatory and train
    • Sip and Paint Art Class
    • Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse tour
    • Ngilgi Cave Tour
    • 1.5 sound healing session the Freemantle Yoga Centre (total relaxation assured)
    • 2 morning yoga classes Margaret River full day Beer and Wine tour or Whale Watching tour (your choice)

    Price Excludes

    • Transport to and from Perth, including transport to our Perth Hotel on arrival day - if you need help with this please let us knowSee the section on arrivals and departures for more details. It is easy to catch a taxi or an Uber at the Perth airport, the airport is approx 12km from the city.
    • Travel Insurance, (which is compulsory) We suggest taking travel insurance within 14 days of booking your tour as your deposit is non-refundable
    • Lunch, dinners and beverages(Except those mentioned in the itinerary)
    • Early check-in on arrival & late check-out on departure
    • Any extra sightseeing or entrance fees not included in the package
    • Transport if going outside hotel for dinner when in Busselton
    • Tips for bus driver

    Highlights

    • Captain Cook Twilight Cruise along the Swan River includes drinks and cheese platter
    • Fremantle – Convicts, Culture & Street Art Walking Tour
    • Sound Healing at the Freemantle Yoga centre
    • Perth Progressive Dining Tour Savour 3 courses of beautiful dishes with beverages to compliment in 3 different restaurants
    • Mandurah dolphin canal cruise
    • Edenvale Tea Rooms Pinjarra High Tea Enjoy a mix of hot and cold, savoury and sweet treats for lunch
    • Lake Clifton Thrombolites View these amazing natural stone formations, option for two hour walk
    • Busselton Jetty Tour Underwater observatory and train ride
    • Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse tour
    • Prosecco and Pastels at the JettySip and paint class, no artistic ability required, thank goodness!
    • Ngilgi Cave Tour
    • Happs PotteryClay experience, try your hand at pottery and buy a few treasures to take home
    • Check out local artisan shops and galleries
    • Two optional gentle morning yoga classes
    • Margaret River Wine and Beer Tour or Whale Watching Tour Your choice

    Your Hosts

    Tammie Day – Host is the founder of Vibrant Women, a retreat and travel company. Tammie spends her days creating inspirational journeys so you can travel in the security of a small group, whilst enjoying another culture. We like to base our trips around the three F’s, yes! Fun, Food and Friendship. It is Tammie’s role is to ensure you feel well taken care of throughout your trip.

    Danielle Harvey – Tour Organiser – is a lover of photography, nature, travel, camping, music and writing. Born and bred in Western Australia, she has spent the past 25 years working on her husband’s family farm and raising her four children. Danielle is now stepping out on her own to start her own travel business, which includes volunteer tours to India, a place that is very dear to her heart. Danielle is a member of the Vibrant Women community and has attended our India tours.

    Accommodation

    Perth – Duxton Hotel
    Situated in Perth CBD (Central Business District), the 4-star Duxton Hotel Perth offers luxury rooms in a great location. Facilities include a restaurant, bar, fitness centre and outdoor swimming pool.

    Each air-conditioned room at Perth Duxton Hotel has a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. All rooms include cable TV. We have upgraded our guests to have views over the Swan River. Room service is available 24 hours a day.

    The fully equipped fitness centre features a sauna and steam room.

    The Firewater Grille Restaurant serves modern international cuisine and wines from Western Australia’s premium wine-producing regions.

    Duxton Hotel Perth is located next to Perth Concert Hall and the Swan River is a 5-minute walk away. Central to everything we need.

    Duxton Hotel Perth
    1 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000, Australia
    Tel: +1800 681 118

    Busselton – Abbey Beach Resort
    Surrounded by landscaped gardens, Abbey Beach Resort offers comfortable beachfront accommodation on Geographe Bay. Facilities include a gym, a hot tub, 2 swimming pools and free cable TV.

    Abbey Beach Resort Busselton offers studios with kitchenette.

    Guests have access to a sauna, squash and racquetball courts. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pools or the heated indoor pool. Free 100MB WiFi is available per person per 24 hours in all rooms throughout the resort complex.

    Additional data is available to purchase.

    The Atrium Restaurant offers fine dining using the best local produce. Cocktails, beers and snacks are available at the poolside Reflections Café or at one of the resort’s 2 bars.

    Abbey Beach Resort is in the heart of the Margaret River Wine Region.
    595 Bussell Hwy, Broadwater WA 6280
    Phone: (08) 9755 4600

    Meals

    Breakfast is included daily along with two lunches and one dinner, all other meals are self pay.

    Whet your appetite with Western Australia’s stunning produce.

    Being one of the most biologically diverse regions in the world, it’s no surprise that Western Australia produces such a profusion of fresh local flavours, succulent seafood, world-class wines and highly prized black truffles.

    Western Australia is home to nine sensational wine regions, each with their own unique characteristics and qualities, including the world-renowned Margaret River which we will visit. On a tasting tour of the cellar doors, you’ll also find the perfect pairing of restaurants, as well as a growing number of award-winning boutique breweries.

    In Perth, you’ll be spoilt for choice with a flourishing dining scene that embraces a diversity of cuisines and fresh local produce. The bar scene is equally as impressive, whether you seek the grand heritage of an iconic colonial hotel, the character of a country pub, or the European elegance of the small bar scene that’s tucked away in the city’s charming lanes and alleyways.

    *Please note we cannot unfortunately accommodate complex dietary requirements. You must be able to manage these yourself if you choose to attend.

    What to Bring

    • We suggest wearing comfortable clothing even though it will be autumn please bring some warm clothes, you never know it can get chilly and wet
    • Swimwear if you are brave(there is a heated pool at Busselton)
    • Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
    • Sensible Shoes
    • Bring a totally waterproof rain jacket since it could be rainingAlso bring your shorts or a skirt because it can be nice and warm
    • Camera
    • Jacket and layers to keep warm (especially for boat trips and walk to the lighthouse) and an umbrella
    • Casual and comfy clothes for walking
    • Yoga gear if you want to participate in yoga or use the gym or tennis courts, and a yoga matI find a thin foldable yoga mat the best for travel
    Itinerary

    Day 14 September 2021 (Saturday)

    Arrive Perth -Settle into hotel. Check in is from 3pm. Danielle will take early birds on walk around the local area from 2 – 5 pm. If you would like to join please be in the foyer at 2pm.

    6pm – Meet in foyer for introductions and overview of the week before heading to the Barrack Street Jetty, (15 minute walk) and our 7.30pm Captain Cook Dinner Cruise along the Swan River (2.5 hours, includes drinks, buffet and entertainment).

    Dinner Elizabeth Quay * Self-Pay
    Overnight accommodation – Perth City “Duxton Hotel”
    Meals – No meals

    *Please note when booking tours so far in advance some program changes may occur

    Day 25 September 2021 (Sunday)

    Today is all about Freo

    Depart hotel 9.30am

    10am – Fremantle – Convicts, Culture & Street Art Walking Tour (2 hours)

    Fremantle is Perth’s hip and historical cousin with streets full of heritage buildings, cafés, street art and amazing stories waiting to be shared.

    Starting at the Fremantle Town Hall, this walking tour is no boring history lesson, but rather takes a non-traditional route, discovering factual, anecdotal, and downright fascinating local stories, all as you wander Freo’s vibrant cappuccino strip, boat harbour, narrow West End streets and see the landmarks, including the Fremantle Prison and the Roundhouse.

    Once home to whaling stations and mass immigration, Freo is now a charming town celebrated for its variety of culture and multicultural history. The locals here were as hard as nails salty sea dogs who rubbed shoulders with newly arrived immigrants to create a town full of characters – some of who’s stories you’ll be amazed to hear about from your local guide!

    You’ll hear tales from prisoner escapes and convict antics to the expulsion of Indigenous peoples to Rottnest Island. Find out why almost 10,000 men were transported from Great Britain and Ireland, how they built their own prison and helped shape the future of Western Australia. There is no better way to explore Freo than with a local guide to share all its fascinating stories and visit the amazing sites, of which there are many, if you hadn’t guessed! See if they can drop us to the Fremantle markets at the end
    After completion of our walking tour we will arrive to the Fremantle markets, you will have an hour to wander and have some lunch before heading to our next shopping destination E- shed, where you will have some more free time before enjoying a relaxing sound healing session.

    3.15 4.45 – Sound Healing at the Fremantle Yoga centre with Julian from Sound Alchemy, (a little afternoon nap!) Julian uses a variety of sound modalities and techniques in order to restore the body’s vibration to its natural harmony and balance.

    Each part of our body, including the chakras, resonates at different frequencies. A variety of sounds are played into and around the body in order to cleanse, tune and restore the person to their optimal state of vibration. We are made of light (energy) and sound (vibration), and the experiential process of sound healing reintegrates and recalibrates these aspects back into healthy alignment.

    Sound healing is an incredibly peaceful and soothing experience, effectively we are tuning ourselves to source, both to the universe around us and the universe within.

    Health Benefits:

    • Eliminates Stress, Soothing and Calming
    • Heightens states of Well being, Energizing
    • Pain Relieving, Improves Sleep
    • Boosts Immune System, Detoxifies on a Cellular Level
    • Cleanses, balances and harmonizes the chakra system
    • 6.30pm Perth Progressive Dining Tour

    Dine in the heart of the city. Savour 3 courses of beautiful dishes with beverages to compliment. Enjoy a relaxed and sophisticated environment at some of the finest venues in the city prepared by Perth’s best chef’s. Treat yourself with a mouth-watering night to remember.

    While strolling between venues, you will be guided to interested spaces to discover art, heritage buildings and stories of some influential people in Perth’s history before arriving for the next course.

    Over the course of the evening, in a small group, you will visit 3 of the finer restaurants to indulge in an entrée, main course and desert, plus drinks, amongst historic settings (venues vary from night to night).

    Accommodation – Perth City “Duxton Hotel”
    Meals – Breakfast and dinner

    *Please note when booking tours so far in advance some program changes may occur

    Day 36 September 2021 (Monday)

    Today is all about nature

    Coach Perth to Busselton (250km)

    10am – Mandurah dolphin canal cruise – See spectacular wild dolphins in their natural environment, along the pristine and calm inland waterways of Mandurah. Admire the luxurious canal homes, the Ramsar-listed Creery Wetlands and more, all accompanied by informative commentary. 1-hour cruise.

    12pm – Edenvale Tea Rooms Pinjarra High Tea – The Edenvale Tea Rooms is set in the Edenvale Heritage Precinct and operates from the 1888 Homestead which is an award-winning heritage listed home of former Western Australia Premier, Sir Ross McLarty.

    The Edenvale Tea Rooms offer quality food in an indoor or alfresco setting among stunning gardens and heritage buildings that make up the Precinct including the Liveringa Art Gallery, Roger May Machinery Museum and Murray Arts & Crafts.

    2pm – Lake Clifton Thrombolites – Living rock-like structures known as thrombolites have formed on the edges of Lake Clifton and can be viewed from a boardwalk.

    The most striking things about the thrombolites are their limestone colour and rounded shape. The thrombolite-building micro-organisms are too small for the human eye to see and resemble the earliest forms of life on Earth. The discovery of modern examples helped scientists to understand the significance of micro-organisms in the environment and unravel the long history of life on Earth.

    Scientists know little about the thrombolites and why they form at Lake Clifton, but one theory is that they form because the lake is associated with upwellings of fresh groundwater that is high in calcium carbonate. The micro-organisms living in this environment can precipitate calcium carbonate from the waters as they photosynthesise, forming the mineralised structure that is the thrombolite. Lake Clifton’s thrombolites are very fragile, so an observation walkway has been built for visitors to enjoy these incredible formations while protecting them from damage.

    Lakeside Loop Walktrail. A 5km, 2 hours return walktrail explores the eastern shoreline of Lake Clifton. It is suitable for most ages and fitness levels. *If you are not up for the walk bring a book or there may be a winery close by.

    5.30pm – Arrive to accommodation Abbey Beach Resort, settle in and meet for pre dinner drinks in the bar at 6.30pm.

    Accommodation – Abbey Beach Resort
    Meals – Breakfast and lunch

    *Please note when booking tours so far in advance some program changes may occur

    Day 47 September 2021 (Tuesday)

    Today is all about the ocean

    8am – Gentle yoga class with Tammie on the grass bring your mat if you wish to participate

    10am – 2-hour Busselton Jetty Tour

    The Busselton Jetty is home to one of only six underwater observatories in the world!

    Ride the new electric Jetty Train 1.7km out to sea, with 360 degree views across Geographe Bay, and take a tour through the Underwater Observatory at the end of the Jetty. Our experienced guides lead you through the natural wonders that lie beneath the jetty where its piles create Australia’s greatest artificial reef, host to an awe inspiring “forest” of vividly-coloured tropical and sub-tropical corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates.

    Descend 8 metres beneath the water’s surface to view more than 300 individual marine species in their natural habitat through eleven viewing windows at various levels within a 9.5 metre diameter observation chamber.
    Each year during autumn and winter, the Leeuwin Current brings a narrow band of warm water down the Western Australian coastline. This warm southerly current is responsible for introducing an incredibly diverse array of tropical and sub-tropical species into Geographe Bay, resulting in coral growth at a latitude of 33 degrees south. This is a remarkable phenomenon when compared to the western coastlines of other southern hemisphere continents such as Africa and South America which have no coral growth below 5 degrees south.

    Access to the Underwater Observatory is only possible via a tour which includes a complimentary return Jetty Train ride, a 40-minute guided tour of the Observatory and surrounds with an experienced guide and a Jetty Day Pass.

    Gracetown – Afterwards we will drive along the coast stopping along the way at Flutes Restaurant overlooking the river, modern Australian cuisine for lunch *self-pay. Then onto the iconic surf town, Gracetown, for a walk along the beach and some shopping.

    Head back to Busselton for sour paint and sip class

    5pm – Prosecco & pastels at the jetty

    Would you like to create your own piece of Jetty art and have fun while doing it? “As soon as you start having a little wine, your hand releases and starts flowing better. It just helps with unleashing your inner artist.” This creative and fun art class includes sparkling wine, a delicious grazing board and all equipment plus you get to take home your artwork. 2 hours.

    If we are still peckish after this our hotel restaurant is open until 8.30pm or you can just order some dessert room service. why not after all you are on holidays!

    Return to accommodation – Abbey Beach Resort

    Accommodation – Abbey Beach Resort
    Meals – Breakfast

    *Please note when booking tours so far in advance some program changes may occur

    Day 58 September 2021 (Wednesday)

    Today is all about food and supporting local business

    How about getting up a bit earlier and taking a stroll along the beach out the front of the hotel.

    9.30am Cape Naturalist Lighthouse Take a step back in time as you hear tales of ships wrecked off the formidable coastline, and the hardships of life as a lighthouse keeper. Learn about the maritime navigation systems used and the importance of the local ocean currents – used by humpback whales during migration and the breeding season. Discover more about our native flora and fauna.

    Visitors can also enjoy a coffee at the Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse Keeper’s Cafe.
    Tower tour duration 30 minutes. Allow extra time to enjoy the walk around the beautiful heritage precinct, and the stunning ocean views from the new observation platform.

    11am – Ngilgi Cave Tour – Enjoy your visit to Ngilgi Cave with this tour led by an experienced informative guide. The semi-guided tour is approximately one-hour in duration and begins with an introductory talk from the cave guide while being led down into the first chamber or “The Amphitheatre.”

    Your guide will tell you all about Ngilgi’s rich history – from the fascinating Aboriginal Dreamtime story describing the battle between a benevolent spirit named Ngilgi, and an evil spirit named Wolgine. The cave now takes its name from this rich Aboriginal legend.

    After the tour, explore the cave at your own pace, while another guide stationed in the centre of the cave can answer questions and provide more information on the many beautiful areas within the cave.

    1pm – Immerse yourself in art and food at the art precinct along Yallingup’s Marrinup and Gunyulgup drives in Yallingup. Stop somewhere for a snack. Also explore some of the local yum yums such as Provedore Gourmet Foods and Miller’s Ice creamery.

    3pm – 5pm Happs Pottery – clay experience, try your hand at pottery and buy a few treasures to take home. Myles Happ has been creating pottery for over 20 years and is now joined by son, Finn, who is also throwing pots. Both are passionate about their work with Finn contributing to the range with keep cups and workshops! They have two local potters who come to work through the week – Maggie and Stoney, whose pots now grace their shelves! They make beautifully crafted vases and hanging mobiles and decorations. During this class you get to make your very own clay masterpiece which Finn will fire and post to you afterwards! How amazing to get a little memento of your time in WA once you return home xx

    Head back to the resort for an afternoon swim or nap before dinner.

    Accommodation – Abbey Beach Resort
    Meals – Breakfast

    *Please note when booking tours so far in advance some program changes may occur

    Day 69 September 2021 (Thursday)

    Today is all about wine and beer or whales

    Today you have two options as not everyone enjoys wine and beer and also some people get seasick so may not like the whale watching option. If neither of these take your fancy why not have a relaxing day at the resort, hire the bikes for a ride, grab a friend for a game of tennis or just relax by the pool.

    8am – Gentle yoga class with Tammie on the grass bring your mat if you wish to participate

    11am – Margaret River wine and Beer Tour – or 1.15pm – Whale Watching tour – Your choice
    Option 1 – Today we visit one of the world’s most innovative, award-winning wine and beer makers who are waiting to greet you amongst beautifully manicured settings across the Margaret River wine region.

    It’s a wine lovers delight as you smell, swirl and taste your day away at boutique wineries with family and friends. Wine connoisseurs can leave with bottles of their favourite drop that are only available for purchase at the cellar door.

    Beer lovers will quench their thirst and send their taste buds into meltdown, sipping all the frothy flavours from local breweries around the region on tour.

    The Tour Includes:

    • Gourmet lunch included & served at a boutique brewery.
    • Enjoy cold beer & cider tasting over lunch.
    • You’ll enjoy premium wine tasting at three venues.
    • Cheese tasting to delight your palate.
    • A sweet touch of Chocolate tasting.
    • Visit a variety of cellar doors and wineries throughout the Margaret River region.

    Some of the venues we visit include (but are not restricted to): Tassell Park, Brookwood Estate, Evans & Tate Wines, Hayshed Hill, Burch Family Wines, Fermoy Estate, Flametree Wines, Swings & Roundabouts, Windance Estate Wines, Churchview Estate, Amelia Park, Bootleg Brewery, Black Brewing Co, The Beer Farm, Colonial Brewing Co., Cheeky Monkey Brewery & Cidery, The Brewhouse, Bush Shack Brewery, and more.

    Option 2

    1.15pm – Whale Watching Option (Please note you cannot guarantee you will see whales)

    Our tours will depart from the Busselton Jetty at 1:15pm. From there we will take you out into the pristine waters of Busselton to see these lovable giants up close.

    After breeding in the warmer waters up north, there will be 35,000 Humpbacks and their calves heading south to Arctic waters. The whales use Geographe Bay as their last resting area before the long swim. We have found them very playful in previous years and cannot wait to see what 2021 can produce.

    The Bay also provides a resting area for Southern Right whales. Additionally, 28 Blue whales were spotted last year cruising south after their trip to the Rottnest trench to feed. These giants where surprisingly close to shore and cruising at 8 knots.

    7pm – Dinner if we can fit it in and you ares still awake at the hotel!

    Accommodation Abbey Beach Resort
    Meals – Breakfast and lunch if doing Option 1 Wine tour

    *Please note when booking tours so far in advance some program changes may occur

    Day 710 September 2021 (Friday)

    Let’s head back to Perth

    Leisurely morning depart at 10am.

    Sit back and relax as we head back to Perth for your late afternoon flight home, or an extra night in Perth.

    We will arrive to the airport at approx. 2pm please make sure to arrange flight for after 3pm or book another night’s accommodation for yourself in Perth. We suggest Swan River Hotel it is around $170 a night and they will arrange a taxi for you to go to the airport the next day as you require.

    There is a pool and gymnasium, bar and restaurant.

    Meals – Breakfast

    Thanks for joining us for this wonderful WA tour we can’t wait to travel with you again.
    Tammie and Danielle xx

    *Please note when booking tours so far in advance some program changes may occur

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