Friday, 1 January 2016

Self-Drive Through Western Australia for 13Days 12Nights (13D12N) Travel Itinerary. Albany & York (Part 5)

In our latest episode, we’re taking a look back at the classic road trip in WA (Western Australia). For the next episodes, we will bring you off the beaten track to explore our most adventurous road trip in WA covering Perth, Fremantle, Rottnest Island, Lancelin, Bunbury, Margaret River, Augusta, Denmark, Albany and York.  

Western Australia is a road trip hot spot. There is something for everybody, especially if you opt to take a self-drive through the regions spanning the biggest state down under. One thing for sure, the roads and highways are really great as we drove by ourselves with a valid driving license. Except for one thing, the “Roo” that jumped in front of our car along the way.  
Check out our scenic-drive through WA (from Perth to Albany) 13days 12nights travel itinerary here and of course, you may adjust them accordingly to suit your own schedule.

Day 1: 8 November 2011
Penang International Airport (PEN) Kuala Lumpur (LCCT) 

Day 2: 9 November 2011
WESTERN AUSTRALIA (PERTH) 
Morning: Arrived Perth International Airport and make our way to Perth 178 in Northbridge - Swan Bell Tower – Wheel of Perth - Kings Park & Botanic Garden - The Perth Mint – Her Majesty Theater - King Street
Afternoon: - London Court at Hay Street – Trinity United Church at St. George Terrace – Perth Town Hall - Lake Monger 
Evening: Stroll around Northbridge & Voodoo Lounge    

Day 3: 10 November 2011
WESTERN AUSTRALIA (ROTTNEST ISLAND)
Morning: Walk to Perth Train Station → Fremantle Train Station (Upon arrival at Fremantle Station, walk for 4 minute to Victoria Quay. Once on Victoria Quay, walk in a North-westerly direction to B-Shed office <on the water across from the E-shed Markets>) and depart via ferry ride to Rottnest Island at 9.35am.  
Afternoon: Circle the island by bike and stop at these areas:  (i) circumnavigates the whole island and stop at the bays: Little Armstrong Bay, Salmon Bay, The Basin, Parakeet Bay, (ii) visit Vlamingh Lighthouse, (iii) explore the pretty beaches  (Pink beach &  Eagle beach), (iv) Meet Rottnest Island native animal, Quokkas and (v) chill out and enjoy the ocean view at Rottnest Island Visitor Centre - Depart from Rottnest Island at 4.30pm. 
Evening: Explore Burswood neighborhood via public bus before heading for dinner 

Day 4: 11 November 2011 
WESTERN AUSTRALIA (PERTH) 
Morning: Perth Wellington StreetTake train from Perth Station to Fremantle Station - Fremantle Market - Cappuccino Strip - Fremantle Prison  
Afternoon: Fremantle Maritime Museum - Western Australia Submarine Museum – E Shed Market (for souvenirs) - Fishing Harbour for Cicerello Fish and Chips 

Day 5: 12 November 2011 
WESTERN AUSTRALIA (PERTH)
Morning: Pick-up rental car at Perth Downtown, Milligan Street - Yanchep National Park 
Afternoon: Lancelin – The Pinnacles (Nambung National Park) 
Duration from Perth City → The Pinnacles: 55.2km 

Day 6: 13 November 2011 
WESTERN AUSTRALIA (BUNBURY) 
Morning: Caversham Wildlife Park 
Afternoon: Swan Valley – Clifton Lake (Yalgroup National Park, Mandurah) - Bunbury Lighthouse – Move to Bunbury  
**Duration from Perth City → Bunbury (approx. 2 hours 30 minutes’ drive / 175km) 

Day 7: 14 November 2011 
WESTERN AUSTRALIA (MARGARET RIVER) 
Morning: Wyalup Rocky Point - Busselton Jetty – Margaret River Chocolate Factory 
Afternoon: Canals on the Coast (Rocky Coastline) – Move to Margaret River 

Day 8: 15 November 2011 
WESTERN AUSTRALIA (AUGUSTA)
Morning: Sunflowers Animal Farm 
Afternoon: Explore Jewel, Lake and Mammoth Caves – Cape Leeuwin Light Tower - Move to Augusta 

Day 9: 16 November 2011 
WESTERN AUSTRALIA (DENMARK) 
Morning: Warren National Park in Pemberton - Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree National Park Afternoon: Valley of the Giants (Tree Top Walk and Ancient Empire & Discovery Centre) - Move to Denmark 

Day 10: 17 November 2011 
WESTERN AUSTRALIA (ALBANY)
Morning: Torndirrup National Park – Woolworths Shopping Centre 
Afternoon: Albany Wind Farm – The Gap & Natural Bridge - Move to Albany 

Day 11: 18 November 2011 
WESTERN AUSTRALIA (YORK)
Morning: Wave Rock & Hypo Yawn in Hyden - York
Afternoon: York Town Hall - York Post Office - York Courthouse & Gaol - Central Building – Move to Perth 

Day 12: 19 November 2011 
WESTERN AUSTRALIA (PERTH)
Morning: King StreetHay Street - Her Majesty’s Theater - St. Georges Terrace - Barrack Street
Afternoon: Murray Street Mall - Crown Perth Hotel Casino   

Day 13: 20 November 2011
WESTERN AUSTRALIA (PERTH) 
Morning: Depart for Kuala Lumpur from Perth International Airport  

Denmark to Albany 
(approx. 54.1 km 40 minutes’ drive from Denmark towards South East)  

Day 10 of our journey continued towards south east of Albany. We first visited the Wilderness Discovery Centre which we spent some time there before we head to our next destination, the Torndirrup National Park. The park is famous for its natural bridge, a rock formation sculptured into a bridge shape by the treacherous seas of the Southern Ocean. Later in the afternoon, we drove towards  Albany  and make a quick stop at the Albany Wind Farm and overnight at (Ace Motor Inn), and enjoyed the spectacular views by the beach on the starry sky at night. 
First Church of Christ Scientist in Albany
An old heritage building in Albany
The Albany Town Hall
One of the heritage hotel located in Albany
Albany Ancient Town
Albany Wind Farm
Albany to York to Perth 
(approx. 403.0 km / 4 hours 45 minutes’ drive from Albany to Hyden via Great Southern Highway)
(approx. 261.0 km / 2 hours 45 minutes’ drive from Hyden to York)
(approx. 99.4 km / 1 hour 25  minutes’ drive from York to Perth via Great Southern Highway and National Highway 94) 
The "wave" is about 14 m high and around 110 m long
One of Australia's biggest waves
The Hypo Yawn Rock in Hyden
 At a stop along the Great Southern Highway
At a stop along the Great Southern Highway
The next day, since we still had a few hundred kilometres and long distances ahead, we started our journey early on day 11. This time, we decided to drove back to Perth through the outback via Great Southern Highway towards Hyden – York. The journey took us approx. 9 hours from Albany! Along the way back to Perth, we came across this famous wave rock, a unique rock formation which looks like a large sand wave and made a stop there.  The Wave Rock is one of Australia's most famous rock formations. The "wave" area of the huge, granite rock is approximately 14 metres high and 110 metres long, and was formed millions of years ago by chemical weathering (sun, wind and rain). This place is approximately 403 kilometres from Albany (approx. 4-5 hours drive), and you can easily find it by following the signs.   
The Town Hall was completed in 1911
York is the oldest inland town in Western Australia
York is first inland European settlement in WA
Welcome to the Shire of York

York was our last stop before driving back to Perth through the outback. The town is famous for its whaling history and is the oldest and first inland town in Western Australia.We spent few hours exploring the town buildings, the Town Hall, Post Office, Central Building and its Courthouse & Gaol buildings built during 1840. The town itself has not that much to offer, but it still is a special place for me as the town is packed with historical Victorian and Federation buildings.We then had our lunch there before returning to Perth. 

We spent our final day exploring the city and its night life before our departure home the next day.  

The final day we woke up early and headed to Perth’s busy business district areas such as King Street, Hay Street, Wellington Street and Barrack Street for a walk and window shopping.  We also visited Her Majesty’s Theater; a beautiful venue located in the central business district of Perth along Hay Street and was constructed from 1902 to 1904 during a period of great growth for the town.  Late in the afternoon, we took a public bus to Crown Perth Hotel Casino. We toured the casino and the Crown Promenade Hotel. The entire surrounding amazed us and we both had a great night out.  After dinner, we headed back to our hotel for our early departure the next day. 

Day 13. Our last stop was Perth’s International Airport. 

Our road trip through Western Australia was amazing and we especially loved exploring the mid-west of Australia’s largest state. Our journey started in Perth and went south all the way to Albany, and back to Perth via York. We must admit that this journey is one of our most intense trips together. We really enjoyed every single part of it. It was a fun packed trip of wildlife, culture, adventure and nature. This road trip of ours was indeed an escape the hustle and bustle of city life! We had a blast. Great scenery and of course companion!
Your travel needs
**Final tips: For those traveling by road like us, please drive carefully. Watch out for kangaroo and emu road hazards at dusk and dawn. There are many kangaroos which have jumped in front of our car along the highways. If this happens, control your braking. The open road speed limit is 110 km per hour. Slow down to the usual 50 km per hour limit in most of the country towns you pass through. No matter how big or cute the “Roo”, do not swerve at speed. Drive safe! 

Places of Interest / Entrance Ticket(s)
(i) Ticketing Info for Rottnest Island 
Getting there: B-Shed, Victoria Quay Fremantle → Rottnest Island (via Rottnest Express)
Departure time: 09:35am / 4.30pm 
Fare(s): $54/pax for return ferry tickets   
e-mail: reservations@rottnestexpress.com.au 
Website: http://www.rottnestexpress.com.au
Website: http://www.rottnestisland.com/ 
Bike Hire: $45 for one day + $50 security deposit for tandem bike 
Phone: (08) 9292 5105  

(ii)Sunflowers Animal Farm
Address: 5561 Caves Rd, Margaret River WA 6285, Australia
Contact: (+618) 9757 3343
e-mail: farmerjones@sunflowersfarm.com
Website: http://www.sunflowersfarm.com/index.html   

◊Swan Bell Tower: $13/pax
◊Wheel of Perth – FOC
◊Kings Park & Botanic Garden – FOC
◊The Perth Mint – FOC
◊Old Fire Station – FOC
◊London Court (Hay Street) – FOC
◊Trinity United Church – FOC
◊Perth Town Hall – FOC
◊Lake Monger – FOC
◊Ferry tickets to Rottnest Island - $54/pax for return tickets
◊Bike Hire at Rottnest Island - $45 for one day + $50 security deposit for tandem bike
◊Fremantle Prison – $25/pax
◊Fremantle Market - FOC
◊Fremantle Maritime Museum & Submarine Museum - $25/pax
◊Yanchep National Park - $10/vehicle
◊Lancelin – FOC
◊The Pinnacles (Nambung National Park) - $65/pax
Caversham Wildlife Park - $23/pax
◊Swan Valley - FOC
◊Clifton Lake - FOC
◊Bunbury Lighthouse – FOC
Busselton Jetty – $20/pax
◊Margaret River Chocolate Factory – FOC
◊Sunflowers Animal Farm – $10/pax  plus $3/ bucket of animal feed
◊Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse - $8/pax
◊Warren National Park – FOC
◊Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree National Park – FOC
◊Valley of the Giants (Tree Top Walk) - $12.50/pax
◊Wave Rock: $7/vehicle
◊Margaret River (Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Mammoth Cave, Lake Cave and Jewel Cave) - $48.00/pax   

Air Itinerary Details:
AirAsia: Penang – Kuala Lumpur (LCCT) – Perth / Perth – Kuala Lumpur (LCCT) – Penang
From                   To                    Flight         Date            Dep               Arr
Penang                  KUL (LCCT)    AK5357         8 Nov             1930              2030
KUL (LCCT)        Perth                 D7236            8 Nov             2350              0520
Perth                     KUL (LCCT)    D7237            20 Nov           0635              1215
KUL (LCCT)        Penang             AK5364         20 Nov           1535               1630

Accommodation(s):
(i) Perth City   
(a)Perth 178
Address: 178 James Street, Northbridge, Perth, Australia 6003
e-mail: perth178@gmail.com  (Mr. Kim Meng Hon)
Telephone: +61 411545027 / +61 411610826
Website: www.perth178backpacker.com.au/
Room Type: Double Room ($55/room/night)
Other information: 178 has two separate man and female toilets and bathrooms, share kitchen facilities dining area, coin operated washing machine and dryer. It feels more like family home.  

(b)Exclusive Backpackers 
Address: 158 Adelaide Tce, Perth, Australia 6000
Contact: +61 (08) 9221 9991 
e-mail: exclusivebackpackers@hotmail.com 
Website: www.exclusivebackpackers.com
Room Type / Rate: Double Ensuite Room ($98/room/night) 

(ii)Bunbury 
YHA Bunbury
Address: 14, Wellington Street, Bunbury 6230, WA
Contact: (+618) 97924690
e-mail: bunbury@yha.com.au 
Website: https://www.yha.com.au/hostels/wa/south-west/bunbury/ 
Room Type / Rate: Double Room ($65/room/night) 

(iii)Margaret River
 YHA Margaret River 
Address: 66 Town View Terrace, Margaret River , 6285, WA 
Contact: (+618) 9757 9572  
e-mail: margaretriver@yha.com.au
Website: https://www.yha.com.au/hostels/wa/south-west/margaret-river/
Room Type / Rate: Double Room ($74/room/night) 

(iv)Augusta   
YHA Augusta  
Address: 9 Heppingstone View (just off Blackwood Ave), Augusta , 629,WA 
Contact: (+618) 9758 1290
e-mail: augusta@yha.com.au
Website: https://www.yha.com.au/hostels/wa/south-west/cape-leeuwin-augusta/ 
Room Type / Rate: Double Room ($74/room/night)  

(v) Denmark  
Denmark Hotel  
Address: 36 Hollings Rd, Denmark WA 6333, Australia
Contact: (+618) 9848 2206
e-mail: denmarkhotel@westnet.com.au 
Website: http://denmarkhotel.com.au/  
Room Type / Rate: Double Room ($100/room/night) 

(vi) Albany  
Ace Motor Inn
Address: 314 Albany Hwy, Centennial Park WA 6330, Australia  
Contact: (+618) 9841 2911 
e-mail: reservations@acemotorinn.com.au 
Website: http://www.acemotorinn.com.au/ 
Room Type / Rate: Double Room ($84/room/night)  

Local Transportation:  
Hertz Vehicle through Drive Now  
Address: 39 Milligan Street, Perth 
Contact: 08 9321 7777 
E-mail: info@hertz.com.au / savemore@drivenow.com.au 
Website: http://www.drivenow.com.au / http://www.hertz.com 
Vehicle Type: Toyota Corolla Sedan (Auto) (or similar) 
Rental duration: 12 Nov 2011 (10:00am) - 18 Nov 2011 (10:00am)
Total Amount:  $336.42 (for 6 days) 
**Why drive: There is no better other way to explore WA (country towns, ocean drive, natural parklands, and country-side farms etc.) besides self-drive.   

Read more about our travel experiences @ Western Australia: 
Perth & The Pinnacles (Part 1) 
Fremantle & Rottnest Island (Part 2)
Bunbury & Margaret River (Part 3) 
Augusta & Denmark (Part 4)
 
 “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles” – Tim Cahill

Note: All entrance / transportation fees and accommodation rates/charges listed on this post are based on our (chengywong.blogspot.com) travel dates (2011) and therefore subject to change(s). ©chengywong.blogspot.com is not responsible for content on external web sites.

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