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Welcome to Australia, that vast and mysterious land at the end of the world. Covering a third of Australia, Western Australia is largely deserted and sparsely inhabited, being one of the last regions in the world left so little exploited. But then it has an extraordinary number of natural assets to offer, far from the tourist crowds. Imagine swimming among turtles and whale sharks in protected waters, surfing the waves of the Indian Ocean, contemplating a sunset crashing on the red stone of the Pilbara or staying in a luxury campsite in the middle of the Outback, in a protected park. Let yourself be seduced by its vastness, its Aboriginal culture more deeply rooted than anywhere else, its history going back millions of years and its nature, respected and perceived as a source of wealth.
Arrival in Perth. You’ll head straight for Margaret River, south of Perth. You’ll stay in a boutique wine lodge in the middle of its own vineyard. Surrounded by a magnificent forest, lake and landscaped park, and just a stone’s throw from spectacular beaches and the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean.
Start by sampling the region’s specialities, wine and local produce! Attend a wine tasting and treat yourself at a local farm or producer. Margaret River is also spectacular underground, so visit one of these caves in the second half of the day. There are more than 150 under the Leeuwin-Naturaliste nature park. On your second day, get closer to the region’s wild coastline, rich in marine life. Relax on one of the white sandy beaches, or try your hand at surfing the warm waves of the Indian Ocean. If you’re lucky, you’ll see whales returning from Antarctica playing in the distance. In the evening, head north to Perth, the world’s most isolated metropolis.
First, visit the city of Perth, the last sign of great civilization on your itinerary! Hang out in Kings Park and Botanic Garden, or learn more about the region you’re about to explore at the Western Australia Museum. The next day, take a trip into the lunar landscape of the Pinnacles Desert. A desert that used to lie at the bottom of the Indian Ocean, explaining the strange monoliths sculpted by the receding waters. Next, explore Rottnest Island, famous for its smiling, photogenic quokkas. But the island’s setting is just as attractive. Rent a bike to tour the area and discover heavenly landscapes, an abundance of protected flora and fauna, and a peaceful environment that will make you want to stay! Finally, take a tour of Fremantle, an eclectic city with a relaxed and soothing atmosphere. Stroll through its UNESCO World Heritage-listed streets, shop in its famous market and learn more about the history of convicts by visiting its prison.
Fly to Shark Bay this morning. Contrary to its name, Shark Bay is very safe, and you’ll find plenty of marine animals to swim with, as it’s one of the world’s largest marine reserves. Approximately 22,000 square kilometers in size, it is one of the wildest areas in the world. Make a dream come true and swim with whales, manta rays, turtles and dugongs in the wild.
Fly to Exmouth this morning. The journey north continues and the landscape becomes increasingly wild and arid. Start by spending a few moments visiting Exmouth, then hop in your 4×4 and head for Cape Range National Park. Here you can observe spectacular rocky gorges carved out by ancient rivers. You’ll be dazzled by the contrasting colors of the white sand, transparent water and ochre-colored limestone cliffs.
In the heart of Cape Range National Park, Ningaloo Reef beach is a paradise for scuba divers and marine biologists alike, with a coral reef that makes it the only place in Australia where whale sharks can be found. Dive into this reef just a few meters from the shore and swim with a wide variety of marine animals. If you don’t want to dive, there are plenty of other options for enjoying this postcard-perfect spot. You can fly over the reef in a seaplane, or take a kayak and watch the fish below you through the clear water.
In the morning, take the plane and then the car to reach your accommodation in the heart of the protected Karijini Park. You’re now entering the desert hinterland of Western Australia, more specifically the Pilbara, a red earth region far removed from any major cities. You’ll stay in luxurious, en-suite tents in the heart of the park, in a place that respects the environment and lives to the rhythm of the surrounding nature. Explore Australia’s third largest park. Waterfalls, natural pools, chasms and gorges. Wild, unspoilt landscapes far from the hands of man.
Take the car and then the plane to Broome in the morning. Here you are on the last leg of your journey, the most northerly, Broome, the capital of the Kimberley. A town on a human scale, unpretentious yet brimming with natural gems. It has long been home to the world’s largest pearling industry, so a large number of Asians came to Broome in the last century in search of work in the pearling industry. Start with a tour of Chinatown, the heart of the city. Head to one of Broome’s beaches at low tide, a beautiful beach still marked today by dinosaur footprints. In the evening, head for one of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Cable Beach. Watch the sun set over the ocean.
Today, fly to Perth and back to France.
From €6,000 per person (based on 2 people)
This price includes: round-trip international flights Paris-Perth, one piece of hold luggage per person, domestic flights within Australia, airport taxes and fuel surcharges, necessary transfers between each stage, 14 nights in double rooms in charming accommodation.
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