WA Wildflower Magic

Join us on a magical 9-day journey through carpets of wildflowers in Western Australia’s magnificent south west. This is a wonderful exploration of some of WA’s most iconic national parks and beautiful regional towns, during the colourful wildflower season.

This is an exciting tour that takes us on a loop of WA, starting in Perth before heading north to Geraldton and Kalbarri. We then leave the coastal roads and head east into the Central wheatbelt visiting the Coalseam Conservation Park at Mingenew – famous for its pink and white everlastings –  and Dalwallinu on the Great Northern Highway. Heading south we reach Hyden where we discover the flora and fauna around the iconic Wave Rock. We then journey south to Albany and the remarkable Stirling Ranges and Porongurups. Our journey then moves west to the coastal town of Busselton, famous for its 1.8km long jetty which juts out into Geographe Bay. We also visit the iconic southern town of Margaret River for a little relaxation and wine-tasting. This is a fabulous fully escorted tour to a beautiful pocket of Western Australia, when spring is in the air and the wildflowers are in bloom.

Tour Fitness Level: Moderate

Itinerary

19/09/2021 Perth – Geraldton (D)

This morning we depart from Perth and drive north along the Indian Ocean Drive to the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park where we enjoy morning  tea as we wander this interesting landscape. Continuing north we make a stop at Jurien Bay, a major base for the WA fishing industry. In  the afternoon we pass through Lesueur National Park, the second most diverse flora region in WA, before continuing on to Port  Denison and Geraldton.

Ibis Styles

Geraldton

20/09/2021 Geraldton – Kalbarri – Geraldton (BD)

After a visit to Geraldton’s HMAS Sydney Memorial we continue on the North West Coastal Highway to Binnu, where we have a bush morning tea amongst the flowers. We then drive via the Ajana Rd to reach the coast at  the mouth of the Murchison River. We enter the stunning Kalbarri National Park where the lower reaches of the Murchison River have cut a magnificent 80km gorge through the red and white banded sandstone to create formations such as Nature’s Window and Hawk’s Head. Perched right on the cliff-top, two 100-metre-high lookouts project 25 and 17 metres beyond the rim of the Murchison Gorge. We venture out on these skywalks and enjoy incredible views of the spectacular gorge and surrounding environment. In the afternoon we visit Bluff Point then drive via the coastal  road to Northampton and later return to Geraldton.

21/09/2021 Geraldton – Dalwallinu (BD)

Today we journey east to Mingenew and the Coalseam Conservation Park where the Gregory brothers  discovered coal exposed within the sedimentary layers of the banks of the Irwin River in 1846. Due to its rugged topography, Coalseam Conservation Park has remained uncleared and is now a pocket of wilderness in the surrounding open farmland. In good wildflower years, this small reserve is renowned for its native pink and white everlastings.  We then continue driving through landscapes of wheat, canola and wildflowers to  Dalwallinu on the Great Northern Highway.

The Wheatland Motel

Dalwallinu

22/09/2021 Dalwallinu – Hyden (BD)

Today we are out in the scrub surrounding Dalwallinu searching for a range of flowers including the beautiful Wreath  Leschenaultia, a unique flower often growing in disturbed gravel. We then drive south to Wongan Hills and out through the  wildflowers to cross the Great Eastern Highway. We enjoy a walk through the wildflowers in a number of Nature Reserves, with our  botanical guide, on the way to Hyden.

Hyden Wave Rock Hotel

Hyden

23/09/2021 Hyden – Albany (BD)

After breakfast we head out to Wave Rock and Hippos Yawn where we spend the morning admiring these geological sights as well as exploring the fauna and flora of the area.  Later we drive south to Lake Grace, before continuing southwards to Albany, keeping a lookout for Sundews, Hakea, Leptospermum,  Chamelaucium, Synaphea and Acacia on the way.

Ibis Styles

Albany

24/09/2021 Albany (BD)

This morning we visit the Anzac Centre in Albany, a milestone project commemorating the Anzacs of the First World War. This immersive experience follows the personal stories of 32 Anzac-related characters, from soldiers to nurses, many of whom departed from the Port of Albany. These Anzac stories are presented through interactive media, artefacts, photographs, film, and audio. We then drive on to the area of Australia which  produces the widest variety of wildflowers: the great gem of the Great Southern – the Stirling Ranges. Here we enjoy bush walks accompanied by our botanical guide explaining and pointing out the vast array of flowers. Later we visit Mt  Barker and an island of Karri, the Porongorups, for another floral exploration, before returning to Albany.

25/09/2021 Albany – Busselton (BD)

Today we head west via Denmark to the majestic Tinglewood Trees and the exciting Valley of the Giants  treetop walk. This world famous tree top walk is suspended 40 metres high in the canopy of the ancient tingle forest and offers amazing close-up views of these majestic trees. After our visit here we continue west via the Karri Forests to Manjimup. We then enjoy a delightful drive through the  forest to Nannup, an interesting quirky town on the banks of the Blackwood River, before arriving at Abbey Beach  resort on Geographe Bay.

Abbey Beach Resort

Busselton

26/09/2021 Busselton – Margaret River – Busselton(BLD)

Today we explore the remarkable Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park and it’s diverse flora and fauna. Here we will find everything from the wind and salt-swept coastal shrubs to the towering and majestic Karri trees. We also visit iconic Margaret River, where we enjoy a lovely winery lunch and – of course – a wine tasting. Later we return to Busselton.

27/09/2021 Busselton – Perth (B)

This morning we visit the famous Busselton Jetty – the longest timber piled jetty in the southern hemisphere, at 1.841km long. We take a trip on the electric train – the perfect way to experience the Busselton Jetty and view the calm, clear waters of Geographe Bay. The jetty train, which took its maiden voyage in June 2017, is powered by solar panels and is the first of its kind in Australia! We also visit the Underwater Observatory. Later we finish off our tour on the Swan Coastal Plain with its sandy alluvial soils supporting a whole new  variety of plants, before boarding our coach for the journey back to Perth.

Highlights and Inclusions

Highlights

  • Colour-coded Wildflower Field Guide
  • Explore Nambung National Park and The Pinnacles
  • Visit to the HMAS Sydney Memorial at Geraldton
  • Venture out onto the skywalk at Kalbarri National Park
  • See the pink and white everlastings at Coalseam Conservation Park
  • Visit Wave Rock and Hippos Yawn near Hyden
  • See the wildflowers at the Stirling Ranges near Albany
  • Visit the National Anzac Centre in Albany
  • Enjoy the Valley of the Giants tree top walk near Denmark
  • Enjoy a delicious lunch and wine tasting at a winery in Margaret River
  • Take the Busselton Jetty train to the end of the 1.8km jetty
  • Visit the Observatory at Busselton jetty
  • Enjoy the vistas of wildflowers as you drive the coastal and inland roads of south west WA

Inclusions

  • All accommodation (twin share)
  • Full breakfast and dinner as specified
  • One lunch at Margaret River winery
  • Entrance fees to National Parks
  • Driver and luxury coach transportation
  • Botanical Guide
  • Travel Directors Tour Leader

A booking form is to be completed by all passengers, and a non-refundable deposit of AUD $500 per person paid at the time of booking. The maximum number of passengers on this tour is 24.