Day 1: Fly into Sydney and check into Pier One Sydney Harbour, a nautical bolthole with harbour-view rooms and sea-fresh cuisine. Start by exploring the city’s famous Fish Market. Stay for lunch and feast on the freshest sushi and sashimi, plucked from your favourite stalls.
Day 2–3: Get bird’s-eye views of the city and harbour by signing up to BridgeClimb, which will see you scaling Sydney Bridge (you can even abseil down); back on ground-level, go for a peaceful ramble in the Royal Botanic Gardens, which opened in 1816.
Day 4: Have a rummage in The Rocks Markets, held every weekend (on Fridays, it’s a food-focussed affair). If the market’s not on, slow things down by sunbathing on Bondi Beach.
Day 5–6: Continue the beach adventure by flying to Perth (flight time: five hours). Play a game of cricket on sprawling Cottesloe Beach (or simply surfer-watch, with fish and chips). Check into Alex Hotel, a tasty hideaway in Perth’s cultured Northbridge neighbourhood.
Day 7: If you’ve got bigger game in mind, go whale-watching on one of the daily cruises, which leave from the city centre (late August through to December).
Day 8–10: The Margaret River region (a three-hour drive from Perth) is beautifully bucolic: spend a few days exploring its countryside, coast and wineries. On the way to Margaret River, stop off at Rockingham Beach (a 40-minute drive from Perth), and keep an eye out for wild dolphins. Keep the relaxation levels high by checking into Empire Retreat and Spa, an Asian-influenced hideaway with serene, romantic rooms, a blissful spa and a fruitful onsite vineyard.
Day 11–12: Go on a Margaret River Discovery Tour, which includes a winery lunch and a kayaking session with a friendly local guide.
Day 13: Drive back to Perth from Margaret River.
Day 14: Catch your flight back to London.