Travel SOS: What is the best way to travel around WA solo?

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Julia wants to travel around Western Australia by herself but driving isn’t an option for her, so what are the best ways to get around?


Q. Julia
I am at present dreaming of a trip to WA. My husband and I had always dreamed of travelling to Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Coolgardie, and also Mount Augustus. This we would have done by car. Since his passing 16 months ago, I lost my travelling companion but now the will to travel is resurfacing and I would appreciate your input as to how I could do this trip or which travel company to contact.

I live in NSW and it is definitely too far for me to drive as I have always been a passenger on our previous travel adventures. I think between June and September would be a good time to travel as the wild flowers should be in bloom. Hopefully by then we will have COVID-19 under control and our borders will be opened.

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A. Travel to Western Australia is a dream of many.

As you won’t be driving you will need to look at some guided tours to help get you around the state, and there are certainly some fantastic options when it comes to the areas that you have mentioned.

Some of the best travel companies going to Western Australia are Cosmos Tours and Globus, which you can find at cosmostours.com.au or here: https://www.yourlifechoices.com.au/travel/travel-deals/local-tours-for-local-travellers/ for a taste of the types of tours it runs.

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AAT Kings, which you can find at aatkings.com, offers guided tours to Fremantle, The Pinnacles, Broome and the Margaret River wineries, which may also be of interest.

It also offers a 15-day guided Western Wonderland holiday, which starts in Perth before travelling inland to Kalgoorlie and also incorporates a trip to Monkey Mia to swim with the dolphins.

APT, which you can find at aptouring.com.au, offers a host of Western Australia tours as well, including options for private air travel, which means you can see more of Australia’s largest state in a shorter period of time.

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However, you seem to have very specific interests in mind, so I’m thinking you may be better served dealing directly with a travel agent who can customise a tour for you.

This could mean that you travel in a bus with a small group, or the agent may be able to partner you up with a like-minded traveller to do the trip with you.

With that in mind I could also suggest you connect with National Seniors Travel at nationalseniorstravel.com.au.

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