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WESTERN AUSTRALIA WILDFLOWERS
16 – 30 September 2017
FULLY BOOKED

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Paper Daisies in Kings Park celebrating Spring
WA 2014
Hakea Pincushion
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Western Australia's signature, the Kangaroo Paw
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Wreath Lechenaultia
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On the road
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Pink Mulla Mulla
ITINERARY
Let Australian plant lover Angus Stewart introduce you to the diverse natural wonders of southern Western Australia. Meet milkmaids, honeypots, green kangaroo paws and mountain bells in the wild, and catch the extravaganza of the Kings Park Wildflower Festival.

 

DAY 1
Saturday 16 September 2017
Home – Perth (D)

Meet your tour leader, Angus Stewart at Sydney Airport for the flight to Perth. Check in to the 5-star Duxton Hotel, which is located right in the centre of town. We will be staying for three nights. A welcome dinner tonight so we can all meet up.
Accommodation: Duxton Hotel, Perth

DAY 2
Sunday 17 September 2017
Perth (B)

It’s festival time in Perth’s famous Kings Park. From its humble beginnings as a five-day event in 1965, the festival has blossomed into a program of floral displays, music performances, exhibitions, workshops and guided walks that runs for the entire month.  The Park at festival time is a fitting spot to start our tour. The 400-hectare Botanic Garden boasts more than 1,700 native species – and there are more growing in glasshouses. After exploring, we take a peep at Wireless Hill for stunning views across to city skyline as well as a diverse display of wildflowers including kangaroo paws, orchids, wattles and grevilleas. Time now to relax.

Accommodation: Duxton Hotel, Perth

DAY 3
Monday 18 September 2017
Guilderton (B/L)

We are heading north today to the sand plain country of Guilderton well known and loved for its unique flora. Watch out for the largest flowered of all the eucalypts, the Mallee Rose or Mottlecah (E. macrocarpa) one you won’t see anywhere else on earth. Wade in the calm dark tannin-stained waters of the Moore River that snakes its way around the town and into the bush. We’ll have our picnic lunch on the rugged Western Australian coastline amongst a spectacular display of the iconic Geraldton wax flower. On the way back to Perth we’ll hunt for the fabulous scarlet feather flower.

Accommodation: Duxton Hotel, Perth

DAY 4
Tuesday 19 September 2017
Perth to Nunnup to Albany (B)

It’s the scenic route today, one of the state’s best through Balingup, Nannup and Bridgetown to Albany. We will head down through Marri forest which leads on to the famous Jarrah forests of the south west, dotted with gnarly old grass trees with lunch stop in the historic timber town of Nannup. We’ll go hunting for delicate spider and cowslip orchids and cotton heads on our journey.  Not far now to the historic port town of Albany, a fabulous gateway to the unique flora of the WA south coast.

Accommodation: Best Western, Albany

DAY 5
Wednesday 20 September 2017
Albany (B)

Morning cruise through the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park; what a treat! At Northcliff we’ll go off the beaten track in our trusty 4WD to explore the D’Entrecasteaux National Park. This narrow strip of land is 5 to 20 km wide, stretches along the south coast for more than 130 kilometres between Augusta and Walpole. D’Entrecasteaux National Park is an important conservation area of wild, pristine beauty with white beaches, rugged coastal cliffs and towering karri forests.
We’ll do a coastal walk to discover a treasure trove of flora and fauna of one of the world’s most unspoilt coastlines. We will be searching for pink rice flower, Albany woolly bush, one-sided bottlebrush, conostylis, ground orchids, grevilleas, hakeas and melaleucas.

Accommodation: Best Western, Albany

DAY 6
Thursday 21 September 2017
Albany (B/L)

Discover the magnificent Karri today as we travel east to Northcliffe along the Chesapeak Road. We’re in the exquisite Karri forests of Shannon National Park between Manjimup and Walpole. The Great Forest Trees Drive shows off the best of this magnificent old growth karri forest.
After a picnic lunch we’ll take a walk through the treetops on a spectacular lightweight bridge through the forest canopy of the Valley of the Giants. These giants are Karri trees, a species of eucalyptus. Karri is one of the tallest trees in the world and it is only found in the south west of Australia. And finally a stop at the Sandalwood Factory at Mt Barker before we head back to Albany.

Accommodation: Best Western, Albany

DAY 7
Friday 22 September 2017
Mt. Barker (B)

We’ll explore the incredibly diverse Stirling Ranges and Mount Barker region today. The rugged peaks, towering forests and lush rolling granite flats of the Stirling Range and Porongurup National Parks are some of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. There are more than 1500 species of plants in the Stirling Ranges alone and more than 80 of them are endemic, including the famous mountain bells (Darwinias). Hundreds of orchid species grow in this area and we’ll be watching out for some of the 148 bird species that call this part of the world home, including electric blue fairy wrens, brilliant parrots and majestic wedge-tailed eagles.
Learn all about banksias today at the Banksia Farm, Mt Barker. This botanic garden is home to 79 species of banksia.
Accommodation: Best Western, Albany

DAY 8
Saturday 23 September 2017
Albany to Hopetoun (B/L)

We’re travelling east today first to Ongerup to see iconic fauna, in particular the endangered mallee fowl. A picnic lunch today in the famous Fitzgerald River National Park. We’ll be wildflower watching in this botanically rich area of Ravensthorpe. Highlight today at the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show. For the last 30 years this show has become one of the best in WA. There are hundreds of species of wildflowers on display, all collected in the surrounding ‘hot spot’, one of the world’s richest biodiversity areas.

Accommodation:
Hopetoun Motel, Hopetoun

DAY 9
Sunday 24 September 2017
Hopetoun (B/L)

Another highlight day a wildflower ‘Hot Spot’ alert!
The Fitzgerald River National Park is huge and we’re set to explore it today in our trusty off-road vehicle, in the triangle between Hopetoun, Jerdacttup and Ravensthorpe. It’s recognized as one of the most botanically significant parks in Australia, with nearly 20% of Western Australia’s flora species found there.  We’ll be looking for Qualup Bells, Possum banksias and regelias … a sensational day to give our cameras a workout.
Now it’s time for a celebratory long table lunch associated with the Ravensthorpe Flower Show and waiting for us in the Town Hall at Jerdacuttup. We are their guests at lunch today.
Accommodation: Hopetoun Motel, Hopetoun

DAY 10
Monday 25 September 2017
Hopetoun (B/L)

Back into Fitzgerald River National Park today for more wildflowers. We are hoping to spot the bell-fruited mallee, Scarlet Banksia and the ‘jug’ flowers of Albany Woolly Bush. We’ll find a perfect picnic spot in the shade.
Accommodation: Hopetoun Motel, Hopetoun

DAY 11
Tuesday 26 September 2017
Hopetoun – Esperance (B/D)

We are taking the cross country road through wetlands and mallee country to Esperance. So we’ll see lots of water birds and iconic wildflowers including red kangaroo paws and conostylus. Check into our beach front motel in Esperance with dinner included this evening.

Accommodation:
Comfort Inn Bay of Isles

Day 12
Wednesday 27 September 2017
Esperance (B/L/D)

We’re travelling east today to Cape le Grande and Cape Arid National Park. Bring your telephoto lens as we’ll be bird watching: Cape Baron geese, Western Ground Parrots and Carnaby Cockatoos. And we’ll be whale watching. Picnic lunch today amongst a wealth of flora here; banksias, ground orchids, flowering melaleucas and the nude grevillea! Top it off with stunning coastal views. Time to relax, maybe a swim before dinner included this evening in our hotel.

Accommodation: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles

DAY 13
Thursday 28 September 2017
Esperance to Hyden (B/L/D)

It’s a pretty road inland from Esperance through Salmon Gum country to Ravensthorpe and on to Hyden. Visit Wave Rock, 2,700 million years old and 15 metres high; a huge grey and red coloured granite rock, in the formation of a giant wave about to break. Picnic lunch and dinner are included.

Accommodation:
Wave Rock Motel, Hyden

DAY 14
Friday 29 September 2017
Hyden to Perth (B/L/D)

It’s the famous ‘Wheatbelt’ country today as we travel back to Perth in our 4WD via some ‘out-of-the-way-places’. We’ll be looking at lots of the Proteacae …hakeas, dryandras, bankskias, grevilleas and if we’re lucky carpets of everlasting daisies. So it’s another great day of wildflowers! Lunch stop in Narrogin largest town of the wheatbelt. Check back into the Duxton Hotel and relax before our Farewell Dinner this evening in the hotel.

Accommodation: Duxton Hotel, Perth

DAY 15
Saturday 30 September 2017
Perth – Home (B)

Transfer to Perth airport for flights home.

HOW TO BOOK

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You will be contacted by a Ross Tours Travel Manager to confirm your details and preferred method of payment.

CANCELLATIONS

Cancellations received 180-120 days prior to departure will incur loss of deposit.
Cancellations received between 119-60 days prior to departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee.
Cancellations received between 59-30 days prior to departure will incur a 75% cancellation fee plus any non-recoverable costs incurred.
Cancellations received within 30 days prior to departure will incur 100% cancellation fee.
Cancellations must be sent in writing.

Cancellation fee is based upon the total amounts paid including tours, airfares and all other travel arrangements.
All prices in Australian Dollars. Prices based on minimum 15 passengers. Price is based on departure from Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne. Price from NZ and other Australian ports available on application. Ask us about other sightseeing and travel arrangements including pre and post tour accommodation, transfers, stopovers and other tours.
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TOUR INCLUSIONS
TOUR ESCORTED BY
ANGUS STEWART
  • Return group airfare Sydney / Perth / Sydney
  • Luxury air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
  • Best Available Accommodation for 14 nights with full breakfast daily
  • Breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Wave Rock, Wilderness Eco Cruise, Kings Park and Valley of the Giants
  • Fully escorted by Angus Stewart
TOUR PRICE

Twin Share per person land only $5,995
Twin Share per person including air $6,695
Single Supplement $1,250

Book and pay in full by 12/5/17 to receive the Early Bird Discount of $200.00 per person off the final instalment.

DISCOUNTS

Previous Traveller Discount $100.00
Garden Clinic Member Discount $50.00

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