Wildflowers of Western Australia Tour 2018 - WAW18
Number of Days: 13
It’s not just the wildflowers that make this such a sought after tour, as we have also included Geraldton, Pemberton, Albany and Margaret River as well as Perth and Freemantle.
Unlike a lot of other tours there are no hidden extras with FloraTours – if it’s in the itinerary we visit it. You're not charged extra for items you thought were included - there's a big difference between itineraries that state “see” and our itinerary where you actually “visit” attractions, making our tours very competitively priced. Our tour itinerary has been designed to eliminate one of the tiring aspects of travel - NO moving on every morning to a new hotel (wherever possible).
Wildflowers of Western Australia tour 2018 - WAW18
Commences Perth Monday 24 September 2018.
Day 1 Monday: Fremantle
On arrival in Perth Airport we will be met by our private coach for a guided city tour of the sights of Perth, including the Governor’s Residence, Parliament House, Perth University and the historic port city of Fremantle, then check into our hotel. This evening enjoy a welcome dinner (included) to meet the other tour members and tour host / manager.
Welcome Dinner Included
Day 2 Tuesday: Geraldton
Today we travel north to Geraldton, our base for 3 nights. Enroute visit Gingin to view a display of wild kangaroo paws, then continue to Nambung National Park, home of the Pinnacles - thousands of limestone pillars rising to 3.5 metres, formed by calcified limestone thousands of years old. From coastal Cervantes we drive through Lesueur National Park, with approx 2,000 species of flowering plants. It is the most wildflower-rich belt in the mid-west and offers spectacular and varied flora. Be on the lookout for smoke bush, kangaroo paw, scarlet feather flower, scholtzia, cowslip orchids, banksias and leschenaultia.
Day 3 Wednesday: Geraldton
We will travel to Mullewa, famous for its spectacular wildflowers, including the colourful wreath flower (leschenaultia macrantha), which grows only in this area. Carpets of everlastings are also a feature of the area along with orange bush pomegranate, bright pink native foxgloves, blue dampiera, fringe lilies and many species of orchids, grevilleas, wattles and banksias. We will take a walk around the area. We will also travel across the Coalseam Range, the site of Western Australia’s first coal mine. It comes alive with everlasting wildflowers after good winter rains. Seams of coal and ancient marine fossils are exposed where the Irwin River has cut through the layers of rock.
Day 4 Thursday: Geraldton
Today we visit the fishing village of Kalbarri, travelling through the Kalbarri National Park, which boasts some 800 species of wildflowers. This area displays red river gorges and vast coastal sea cliffs. The Murchison River has cut a magnificent red and white gorge for eighty kilometres to the Indian Ocean, which includes the Z Bend, The Loop and Nature’s Window. At the Red Bluff Lookout, layers of sandstone form dramatic 100m-high coastal cliffs.
Day 5 Friday: Perth
Travel south to Perth today, stopping to visit New Norcia, established as a mission over 150 years ago for Aboriginal people. Today it is a charming town and Benedictine monastic community, reflecting the influence of the early Spanish monks. We will have a tour of the monastery and church, and see the olive grove, established in the 1850s, still producing the community’s famous olive oil. Continuing on to Perth, we travel through Yanchep National Park, where many varieties of wildflowers flourish. We stay in Perth for 3 nights.
Day 6 Saturday: Perth
We travel to Kings Park, where we will be able to admire the spectacular views over the city and the Swan River. Kings Park showcases an outstanding collection of West Australian flora. Nearly two-thirds of the park is natural bushland, with the balance superbly cultivated gardens and parkland. We will enjoy a guided tour of the remarkable local flora. The afternoon is free for individual exploration.
Day 7 Sunday: Perth
This morning we will visit Patsy Durack’s memorable rose garden. Located in the grounds of Kareela, previously owned by Archbishop Clune, it features more than 1,000 roses, including 300 David Austin roses, Delbard French roses and heritage roses. The perfumes are intoxicating. We’ll then visit Deryn Thorpe’s garden for a tour of the cottage garden designed to complement her 100 year old federation home. The garden contains roses, including many climbers and heritage roses. The roses are under planted with perennials and flowering annuals that thrive despite Perth’s sandy, water-repellent soils. The garden has many fruit trees, a herb garden, succulent garden and small vegetable patch.
Day 8 Monday: Albany
Our journey today is to Albany on the shore of the Southern Ocean. We’ll travel the Albany Highway, stopping to examine wildflowers en route to Stirling Range National Park, where we will enjoy stunning scenery and magnificent views. The park is a remarkable botanical reserve noted for its distinctive rugged beauty and wildflowers. Grass trees, pea flowers, leschenaultias, blue smoke bush, scarlet banksia and many orchid varieties are just a few of the wildflowers to be found in this area. We continue on to visit the farm garden of Cathy Wright who created the Rose Maze and garden. We then visit the Rose Maze at Kojonup, with time to enjoy the roses, have, lunch or buy locally produced handcrafts. The maze uses more than 100 species of Australian bred roses and weaves together the stories of three women to illustrate the hardship of rural life in the early 20th century.
Day 9 Tuesday: Albany
This morning we will have a tour of historic Albany, the site of the first European settlement in WA, with magnificent views of King George Sound. We’ll also view the impressive granite formations of The Gap and Natural Bridge in Torndirrup National Park. This afternoon visit the 5 acre display gardens at Banksia Farm - the world’s only complete collection of banksia. Find out about this most distinctively Australian genus of plants. We return to Albany and the rest of the afternoon is free.
Day 10 Wednesday: Pemberton
At Bow Bridge, we’ll visit the garden of Tree Elle Retreat with different garden rooms in formal styles, including a vegetable potager. Then to the Valley of the Giants, where karri and jarrah trees tower majestically over the countryside and red tingle trees with a base up circumference to 16m. We’ll take the tree-top walk, through the canopy of the trees, 40m above the forest floor. Around the area we hope to see orchids, kangaroo paws, bottle-brush, flowering gums, dryandras and cone flowers. See the 72m high Gloucester Tree - used as a fire lookout, with a cabin 58m up the tree accessed by spikes that spiral the trunk. Continue to our Pemberton hotel.
Day 11 Thursday: Margaret River
Today we travel to Augusta and then Cape Leeuwin, where the Southern and Indian oceans meet. We visit Boranup Forest, the prettiest karri forest in WA. Look out for wildflowers, such as orchids, wild clematis, brilliant red coral vine, the karri hazel and wattle, before arriving at Margaret River for 2 nights.
Day 12 Friday: Margaret River
This morning we are shown around the beautifully designed Secret Garden. A very special, privately owned garden that is meticulously kept. In spring it features wisteria, clematis, iris and crab apples. Visit Voyager Estate Winery with its award winning restaurant and beautiful gardens to enjoy, including a large walled garden and rose gardens.
Breakfast & Farewell Dinner Included
Day 13 Saturday: Perth
We head back to Perth via Busselton to see the largest wooden jetty in the Southern Hemisphere, then to Bunbury, Western Australia’s second largest city. If lucky we may see a glimpse of dolphins along the coastline. Continue to Perth airport for onward travel.
Wildflowers of Western Australia Tour 2018 - WAW18
Perth to Perth
- Travel in air-conditioned coach.
- Accomodation in first and tourist class hotel.
- Welcome and Farewell group meal and other meals as specified in final itinerary.
- Sightseeing and entries to gardens and attractions as detailed in the itinerary.
- Tour host.
- Farewell meal may be lunch or dinner dependent upon final itinerary.
- Flights to and from Perth.
- Travel insurance.
- Meals unless specifically included in the itinerary.
- Other sightseeing and general expenses unless specified in the itinerary.
- From $5,745