7 Day Great Southern Wildflower & Heritage Tour 2019

7 Day Great Southern Wildflower & Heritage Tour 2019

Seven Day Great Southern Wildflower and Heritage Tour -

History, Wildflowers, and Whales

 

Tour Departures

23 September

24 October

Tour Price

$6194.00 per person Double / Twin Share            

$6876.00 Single

Tour Inclusions

Entry Fees

  • Hyden Wildflower Farm

  • Wave Rock

  • Tozer’s Bush Camp

  • Stirling Range National Park

  • Tree Top Walk and Valley of the Giants

  • Torndirrup NP

  • Anzac Centre

Meals as noted in the tour itinerary

  • Breakfast: Cooked or Continental

  • Lunches: Picnic, Café, Tavern

  • Dinner: Two Course in house or at local restaurant

Accommodation

  • Hyden Wave Rock Motel

  • Hopetoun Motel

  • Bremer Bay Resort

  • Castilli Lodge

  • Beach House at Bay Side. Two Nights

Vehicle

  • Current Model Luxury 4WD Land Rover Discovery.

  • Seven seater with a maximum of 4 passengers four our overnight and extended tours

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Day 1Perth to Wave Rock,

Dryandra Woodlands, Narrogin, Harrismith, Corrigin,  Hyden, Wave Rock

Depart Perth and travel east to Hyden.  This morning we start our unique Western Australia Wildflower tour in the Narrogin area look at regional flora in the Dryandra Woodlands and Foxes Lair.

Dryandra Woodland is one of the most exciting wildlife destinations in the South-West. The Reserve is home to over 100 species of birds and 24 mammal species. We will take a walk through the wandoo woodland and watch for kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and the elusive numbat as well as view the amazing variety of flora.

 At Harrismith the wildflowers on this sand plain area are the most spectacular to be found in this region

Mallee heath found here is dominated by the three largest botanical families in Australia; (Epacridaceae), the Bearded Heath, (Myrtaceae), the Verticordias, Eucalyptus and Calothamnus and (Proteaceae) the Banksias, Dryandras.

After Lunch we head to Corrigin to view regional flowers in local reserves.

This late afternoon visit Wave Rock which highlights shape and colours in the late sun.

Overnight at Hyden Wave Rock Motel


Day 2 - Hyden to Hopetoun

Hyden Farm, Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun,

This morning visit a local farm at Hyden that has regrowth flora with masses of biodiversity of flora and brilliant swathes of bright colour. It is an extraordinary sight and being enveloped with masses of stunning colour.

Lunch at Lake King a small rural town lies on the fringe of sheep- and grain-farming country.

Ravensthorpe & Hopetoun enjoy a temperate Mediterranean climate. Ravensthorpe is surrounded by ancient mountain ranges which has 1400 species of flora. We will tour in the ranges to experience fabulous scenic vistas and local flowers.

 There are rocky hills, rugged river valleys, vast sand plains, estuaries and large inlets provide the area with a wealth of natural beauty, flora and birds.

Travel on to Hopetoun our overnight stay.

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Accommodation: Hopetoun Motel
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Day 3Fitzgerald River National Park, Jerramungup, Point Ann, Bremer Bay

Today in the Fitzgerald River National Park explore this unique flora hot spot. Which has 20% of Western Australia’s flora.

The Fitzgerald National Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Bio Sphere in 1972 for its extraordinary bio diversity of flora, fauna and geology.

The Fitzgerald River National Park is now recognised as one of the most diverse botanical regions on earth with over 1,800 species of flowering plants alone. In spring, the landscape is dotted with colourful wildflowers including red banksias, royal hakeas, bottlebrush, feather flowers, Quaalup bell, orchids and many others.

Visit scenic Point Ann to spot the Hump Back Whales showing off their new born in the bay.

Accommodation: Bremer Bay Resort

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 Day 4Bremer Bay to Denmark

Tozer’s Bush Camp, Stirling Range, Porongurup Ranges, Mt Barker, Denmark

Tozer’s Bush Camp, This morning we visit a very special farm that has amazing biodiversity of species of flora and rare orchids that have not been seen for many years in the region. You will not want to leave this amazing farm.

We drive over to Denmark our overnight night stay. Initially touring around the northern end of the spectacular Stirling Ranges and stopping to take photos of the Stirling Ranges and viewing wildflower flowers. Visit Bluff Knoll which is the highest peak in Southern Western Australia.

After lunch we tour through the Porongurup Ranges

Continue to Mt Barker and on to Denmark our overnight night stay.

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Accommodation: Castelli Lodge Denmark

Day 5-Valley of the Giants, Tree Top Walk, Albany

Denmark, a delightful town on the banks of the beautiful Denmark River surrounded by towering Karri Forests, idyllic rolling hills and countryside.

We visit the Tingle forests for a walk to see the Giant Tingle Tree. With a girth of 24 metres, it is the largest living eucalypt known in the world.

Lunch at Nornabar at Nornalup and on to the remarkable Tree Top Walk, to take a bird’s eye view of the Karri and Tingle forest and stroll in the Valley of the Giants.

Today on the way over to Albany we tour the scenic route to visit West Cape Howe Western Australia’s most southerly point offer astounding views of the Southern Ocean and local coastline. Visit Shelly Beach a hidden protected bay.  

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Accommodation: Albany The Beach House at Bayside

Day 6 -Albany

We explore scenic Albany environs. Albany, a port city, is the oldest European settlement in Western Australia founded in 1826 and Perth founded 1829, has a fascinatingly rich history which has been preserved with British and French connections.

Visit Torndirrup National Park to see the iconic Natural Bridge and The Gap, which have stunning views of the southern coast. The Natural Bridge is a granite formation caused by the gradual wearing away of the rock by the Great Southern Ocean.

Lunch at the Garrison

 We visit the Anzac Desert Corp Memorial with views over the Princess Royal Harbour and King George Sound.

The impressive Anzac Memorial is a duplicate of the original statue erected in Suez in the 1930's.

Today Albany is known as the birthplace of the Anzac story and the home of the National Anzac Centre. In late 1914 over 41,000 Australians and New Zealanders left Albany, bound for the Great War. This is their story.

Accommodation: Albany The Beach House at Bayside

Day 7-Albany to Perth

After a relaxing breakfast visit the Sandalwood Factory Mount Romance

While WA has native Australian sandalwood, in recent years it has become home to the world’s biggest plantations of Australian and Indian sandalwood, prized commercially for its high oil content used in exotic French perfumes, aromatherapy and cosmetics.

Established in 1997, Mt Romance pioneered the distillation and use of Australian Sandalwood (Santalum spicatum) in the fragrance industry. Today the facility is the world’s largest distiller of sandalwood oil.

This morning we return to Perth on the Albany Highway through the rural heartland of the Great Southern. Settled over 150 years ago, bustling rural towns still bear all the trademarks of traditional country settlements, with historic buildings.

The Albany Highway is the historic route used by early settlers and mail couriers Cobb and Co road between Albany and Perth.

We will stop at Kojonup for our last look at local wildflowers and orchids in a little nature reserve.

Lunch at Kojonup

Back to your hotel at approx. 6.00pm