Days 1-3

Fly in to Perth on the west coast. One of Australia’s prettiest state capital city, with a stunning river, great surf beaches and a rich cultural life – and it’s a breeze to get around. Hop on a train and spend a day in the old port city of Fremantle or maybe swimming at Cottesloe Beach. You’ll need two days to visit Kings Park, the Art Gallery of Western Australia, historic Perth Mint and the other city sights.

Days 4-9

Next stop is the Margaret River area, around three hours’ drive south from Perth. Apart from growing grapes, the region also produces farmhouse cheeses, craft beers, chocolate and other gourmet produce. There’s plenty of accommodation, including luxury lodges. Make sure you leave some time to go canoeing on the Margaret River – a great little adventure – and try some gourmet sweets at the chocolate factory.

Days 10-14

Drive back up to Perth and take the four-hour flight across the continent to Sydney on the east coast. Nothing can quite prepare the visitor for the sheer beauty of Sydney and its magnificent harbour.

Spend your daytimes visiting the local icons such as Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Darling Harbour and Bondi Beach, and in the evenings enjoy the city’s dynamic food and bar scene. Later, hang out with Sydney’s beautiful young things at Ivy on George Street.