This unique and highly experiential Western Australian Wildflowers tour also includes an insight into the fascinating history of Dirk Hartog Island. Enjoy the rare opportunity of meeting the custodians of wildflower hotspots who have strived to protect the unique species and eagerly share their love of Western Australia’s beautiful landscape and natural wonders.
- Double/Twin Share (per person): $7,569
- Single Rate: $8,992
Note: There are a total of four (4) people for this exceptional tour.
- See Coastal beach sand dunes
- Visit Pinnacles Desert
- Hi Vallee Farm for rare and endangered flora
- Pink lake Hutt Lagoon
- One Hour Dolphin Cruise, see dolphins, dugongs, turtles and visit pearl farm.
- Murchison River Gorges - The Loop and Nature’s Window a natural rock arch that frames the upstream views of the rich red layered sandstone gorges
- Shark Bay World Heritage Area
- Hamelin Pool to view Stromatolites
- Eagle Bluff to view bird life, dugongs, sharks, dolphins and manta rays
- Shell Beach home to billions of tiny Cardiid Cockle
- Visit HMAS Sydney Memorial
- Pot Alley for ocean gorges at Kalbarri
- Yamaji Art Centre which is Aboriginal owned and operated
- Dirk Hartog Island, including scenic flight and 4WD tour to Inscription Point
- Wooleen Station and Sunset Tour
- Touring through Pastoral Leases and Stations
- Wreath Lechenaultia, masses of everlasting daisies
- New Norcia Tour of Town and Museum and Art Gallery
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- Dongara Hotel Motel
- Kalbarri Edge Resort, Monkey Mia (2 Nights)
- Wooleen Station (Shared Facilities)
- Dalwallinu Wheatlands Motel
- Breakfast daily, either continental or cooked.
- Picnic morning teas.
- Lunch daily, either light picnic style sandwiches, wraps, or other take away from road houses or packed picnic lunches and soft drinks.
- Dinner - two course entrée and main or main and desert.
- Nambung National Park (The Pinnacles desert)
- Lesueur National Park
- Shark Bay World Heritage Area / Monkey Mia Entry Fees
- Kalbarri National Park
- Hi Vallee Farm
- Dirk Hartog Island Scenic Flight and 4WD tour
- One Hour Dolphin Cruise
- Wooleen Station Sunset Tour
- New Norcia Tour of Town Museum and Art Gallery
4 – 10 September 2017 Fully Booked
Day 1 - Perth to Dongara
Perth, Pinnacles, Hi–Vallee Farm, Dongara
Departing Perth, we travel north to Lancelin. After a relaxed morning tea, we drive inland and then sweep back to the coastline to view the large beach sand dunes which form part of the story of the Pinnacles in the Nambung National Park.
The Pinnacles Desert contains many thousands of limestone pillars, resembling an ancient ruin. In geological terms, the Pinnacles are a modern phenomenon, beginning to form as 'recently' as three and a half million years ago, and appearing as they are today between two million and twenty thousand years ago. Astonishing!
We will drive into the Pinnacles Desert, and along a four-km trail, where you will have the unique experience of walking among the Pinnacles. From here, we will head further North to enjoy lunch at Hi Vallee Farm in Badgingarra, near Mount Lesueur and Eneabba.
The owners of Hi Vallee Farm, Don and Joy, have run wildflower tours on their very rich and diverse private national park for over 20 years. On their working sheep and grain property we visit pristine native vegetation with four declared rare and 38 priority plant species, wildflowers, birds and fauna.
Don and Joy have a Greening Australia award for saving this valuable heritage and recently won the WA Wildflower Society award for their efforts in promoting wild flowers in the Lesueur area and Western Australia. “Hi –Vallee” with some of the most diverse and varied plant species in the world has been described by Dr Stephen Hopper Director of Kew Gardens, as the most valuable native bushland in private ownership.
On the afternoon of this first day, we will follow the coast up to Dongara, viewing delightful scenic bays along the way.
Accommodation: Dongara Hotel Motel
Day 2 - Dongara to Kalbarri
Dongara, Coalseam, Geraldton, Hutt Lagoon, Kalbarri
Today we will see what most people imagine when they think Western Australia Wildflowers, expanses of pink, yellow and white everlasting daisies in the Coalseam Conservation Reserve and along isolated roads.
After lunch at Ellendale Pool, a stunning water hole naturally formed along the picturesque Greenough River, we visit Geraldton. This is the commercial centre for the Mid-West region, exporting Iron Ore, Mineral Sands, Wheat, Barley and Western Australian Rock Lobster.
We visit the HMAS Sydney Memorial; the beautifully designed memorial features a silver dome of 645 seagulls to represent the loss of HMAS Sydney sailors. Still in Geraldton we explore the Yamaji Art Centre which is Aboriginal owned and operated and provides professional services to support and develop Aboriginal artists living in the Lower Murchison region of Yamaji Country.
On our way out of this region, we will visit Northampton, one of the oldest settlements outside Perth today, classified by the National Trust as a Historic Town. We will also visit nearby Hutt Lagoon and see a vivid pink Salt Lake where beta-carotene is harvested for commercial use.
On our way into Kalbarri we see the stunning sights along the coast, Pot Alley highlighting the coastal gorges and magnificent scenery. Kalbarri is nestled at the Murchison River mouth and surrounded by stunning coastline, soaring river gorges and protected bays.
Accommodation: Kalbarri Edge Resort
Day 3 - Kalbarri to Monkey Mia
Nature's Window, Shark Bay, Stromatolites, Shell Beach, Eagle Bluff, Denham, Monkey Mia
Kalbarri is nestled at the Murchison River mouth and surrounded by stunning coastline, soaring river gorges and protected bays. Today, we will visit the amazing Kalbarri National Park for spectacular views of the Murchison River Gorges to see The Loop and Nature’s Window; a natural rock arch that frames the upstream views.
From here we will journey to the Shark Bay World Heritage Area and marvel at the astonishing world-class natural attractions in the region. Shark Bay is well known for its white beaches, turquoise waters and rust-red sand dunes. It is primarily renowned for both its terrestrial and marine life. It is nature at its most pure.
Next stop is Hamelin Pool to view to view Stromatolites, which are one of the earliest forms of life to evolve on our planet. Living fossils, part of the earth’s evolutionary history. Further up we will visit Shell Beach which is home to billions of tiny Cardiid Cockle; the 60 km stretch of beach is covered to a depth of some seven to ten metres. A stop at Eagle Bluff will give you a scenic view over the coast; you might be lucky enough to spot Lemon Sharks, Stingrays, Turtles or Dugongs.
Our last stop for today is Monkey Mia Resort. Before dinner go for a walk along the beach to see the Dolphins or go for a refreshing swim.
Accommodation: Monkey Mia Resort
Day 4 - Dirk Hartog Island
Today, we take a scenic flight across Shark Bay's beautiful turquoise waters to Dirk Hartog Island, with a diverse and fascinating history…
- 25th October 1616 - Captain Dirk Hartog arrived on the Eendracht and announced his arrival by leaving an inscribed plate with his name and date of arrival.
- 1697 - Flemish Captain William de Vlamingh landed at Cape Inscription and found Dirk Hartog’s plate. As the plate was badly weathered, Vlamingh copied the record on to another plate and added his own record.
- August 1699 - Captain William Dampier anchored and surveyed the northern end of Dirk Hartog Island.
- 1772 - French Captain Alesne de St Allouran landed on the island and claimed it in the name of the French King. As proof of his presence, he buried a parchment and two French coins nearby which lay undiscovered until 1998.
- 1818 - Louis de Freycinet came to Shark Bay and removed the plate from Cape Inscription. He returned to Europe where it was presented to the French Academy in Paris. The Vlamingh Plate then disappeared until 1940.
- Early 1800’s - the island’s most significant industries were guano mining and pearling.
- 1867 - Von Bibra applied for a pastoral lease on the island to farm sheep. Two years later, the lease was granted and the first sheep were transported to Dirk Hartog Island.
- 1908 - Construction began on the Cape Inscription lighthouse (quarters for the lighthouse keepers, a storehouse, oil store and stables). Completed in 1910. A jetty and a tramway were also subsequently built to facilitate the delivery of goods to the lighthouse. The freight was hauled up the cliffs on the tramway by a horse-operated winch.
- 1968 - The Australian government decided to sell the island to the highest bidder and Sir Thomas Wardle decided to purchase the island’s pastoral lease for himself.
- Early 1990’s - The price of wool declined dramatically and in 1993 Dirk Hartog Island took its first steps into tourism.
Whilst on this fascinating Island, enjoy a full day’s 4WD tour to historic Cape Inscription, famous Dampier Landing, and Turtle Bay, as well as a delicious morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
Accommodation: Monkey Mia Resort
Day 5 - Shark Bay to Wooleen Station
Dolphin cruise, Murchison, Wooleen Station
This morning, on day three of our Perth to Exmouth tour, experience a very special breakfast whilst watching the dolphins come in close to the shore. After breakfast walk to the beach to see dolphin feeding and hear all about their lives in Shark Bay.
Join a one-hour boat cruise to see the dolphins in their natural environment and other wonderful sea creatures of the Shark Bay area, including dugongs, turtles, stingrays, lemon sharks, nervous sharks and sponge dolphins.
After the Cruise, we journey through pastoral country to the little settlement of Murchison and see seasonal wildflowers along the way. We end the day at Wooleen Station which has experienced different stewardships and philosophies of grazing sheep and cattle.
Enjoy a Sunset Tour and learn how the Pollock family are now working towards making Wooleen an ecologically sustainable enterprise. The tour finishes with sunset drinks and nibbles on a granite outcrop.
Accommodation: Wooleen Station
Day 6 - Wooleen Station to Dalwallinu
Wooleen Station, Pindar, Dalwallinu
Before feasting on a delicious country style cooked breakfast wander around the out buildings near the homestead and explore the old tools and memorabilia in the museum sheds.
After leaving Wooleen Station, we will be touring through isolated station properties or pastoral leases making our way back down south. We will stop regularly to take in the landscape and view the wildflowers.
Further on, we will be exploring various regions to find the best wildflowers, including everlasting daisies, grevillea, hakea, and native fox glove. At Pindar, we will get a chance to see rare and endangered regional flora and the iconic Lechenaultia macrantha, common name wreath Lechenaultia which is an absolute must!
Dalwallinu is famous for having the largest variety of wattles (acacias) found anywhere in the world. Within 100 km of Dalwallinu there are 185 varieties. Dalwallinu is known as a "Place of Wheat, Wattles and Wildflowers.
Accommodation: Wheatlands Motel
Day 7 - Dalwallinu to Perth
Wongan Hills, New Norcia
This morning we visit Wongan Hills, which has the largest single area of natural vegetation remaining in the Northern Wheatbelt. Wongan Hills' flora is extremely diverse with more than 250 species of flowering plants. There are five species of gazette rare flora in the Wongan Hills Nature Reserve, and numerous species of priority flora. We will visit one sight that has the rare Wongan Cactus - Daviesia Euphorbioides, explore the local orchids and look around the area.
On the way back into Perth we make stop at New Norcia which is home to a community of Benedictine Monks. New Norcia is Australia’s only Monastery town, we will visit the Heritage Museum and Art Gallery and join the tour of the town which enables you to go into various building not open to the public. There will also be time to visit the Abbey Church, the Education Centre, St Ildephonsus and St Gertrude’s boarding schools.
After lunch at the New Norcia Hotel we return to Perth.