My husband and I are in our mid 30s and are Brits living in Melbourne for the next couple of years due to work commitments. We're taking the opportunity to see this part of the World and would like to spend a week in October exploring the Perth, Freo and Margaret River area.
We hope that next year we can return and do Perth to Broome over a much longer period of time but for now a taster of WA will have to do.
Plan is to fly into Perth on Saturday 1st October arriving 10:45am. We'll pick up a hire car and head to Freo checking in at Port Mill B&B for the next 3 nights. Hope to have a walk round Freo, stroll through the market. A friend has suggested the suburbs of Claremont and Subiaco for a wander before spending the rest of the evening in Freo.
Sunday 2nd October hope to spend at Rottnest Island. Should I book transportation there in advance or wait until we're there just to check the weather is ok?
Monday 3rd October spend the day in Perth wandering around the city and spending time in Kings Park. Anywhere else we should head to? Suggestions as to whether we should drive or take public transport from Freo?
Tuesday 4th October hit the road to Margaret River going through Busselton, Dunsborough and Yallingup. Any good recommendations for lunch in any of these areas? Check in at Margaret River guesthouse for next 3 nights. Dinner in Margaret River. Should I make dinner reservations or will we be ok just to walk in to places?
Wednesday 5th October - day tour with Top Drop Tours
Thursday 6th October - a day to spend exploring ourselves. Thinking about driving to Prevelly, taking a look at Leeuwin lighthouse and Augusta. Any good lunch stops or other places we should drop in at? We won't have done chocolate or cheese on our wine tour so should we do that? Where are those places?
Friday 7th October return to Freo. Check in at Fothergills for the one night. Perhaps take a drive to Cottesloe, Scarborough and Hillary's in the afternoon before spending the evening in Freo. Potentially could have dinner in either Cottesloe, Scaborough or Hillary's - any recommendations?
Saturday 8th October - morning whale watching tour with Oceanic Cruises departing Shed B. Back in time for lunch before heading off to the the airport to catch a 17:00 flight back to Melbourne.
I've asked questions along the way so any responses would be most welcome.
Thanks in advance.