Australia (Western Australia)
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.
Tuesday 9 September 2014
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’ll enjoy a welcome dinner in the hotel tonight. Welcome dinner tonight in your hotel.
Accommodation: Duxton Hotel, Perth

Wednesday 10 September 2014
Perth – Hyden (B/D)

We travel from Perth into the Swan Valley and get a fascinating introduction to Australia’s indigenous flora at John Forrest National Park and Wheatbelt Botanic Garden. Then it’s on to Hyden for an overnight stay.
Accommodation: Wave Rock Motel, Hyden

Thursday 11 September 2014
Hyden – Hopetoun (B/L)

This morning we’ll stand under the crest of a giant wave of rock! Over the last 2,700 million years the grey and red granite of Wave Rock has been formed into the shape of a cresting wave, 15m high. It’s a spectacular sight. Then it’s a spectacle of a different sort as we travel on to the southern coast through the wildflower hot spot of the Stirling Range National Park. We’ll see Bluff Knoll, Western Australia’s tallest mountain, and beautiful spring flowers around Lake Grace. We arrive in Hopetoun late in the afternoon, and settle in for a two-night stay.
Accommodation: Hopetoun Motel, Hopetoun

Friday 12 September 2014
Fitzgerald River National Park (B/L)

Ancient ranges, rocky hills, river valleys, estuaries and large inlets make for beautiful scenery – and a plethora of rare wildflowers. We’ll have a local expert to guide us around the area. After a picnic lunch, we’ll head to Ravensthorpe Range, home to the exquisite salmon gum and more spectacular wildflowers.
Accommodation: Hopetoun Motel, Hopetoun

Saturday 13 September 2014
Hopetoun – Albany (B/L)

We’ll search for melaleuca, conostylis, hakea, Qualup Bells, kangaroo paws and others, and picnic in their midst as we skirt the edge of the Fitzgerald River National Park.
Accommodation: Dog Rock Motel, Albany

Sunday 14 September 2014
Albany (B/L)

We’ll spend the day exploring Albany, with a visit to Whale World. This is on the site of Australia’s last whaling station, Cheynes Beach Whaling Station, which was decommissioned in 1978. We’ll also see Torndirrup National Park, on the peninsula that shelters Albany from the Great Southern Ocean. The park boasts some of the Rainbow Coast’s most extraordinary natural features.
Accommodation: Dog Rock Motel, Albany

Monday 15 September 2014
Mt. Barker (B/L)

We’ll explore the incredible 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 also keep an eye 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.
The area is also Great Southern Wine Country, one of the largest of Australia’s wine regions, and we’ll have a chance to taste the local product with a lunch at Gilbert’s Winery.
Accommodation: Dog Rock Motel, Albany

Tuesday 16 September 2014
Albany to Pemberton (B/L/D)

Take a walk through the treetops this morning 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.
We’ll picnic in Peaceful Bay, home to the world’s only endemic stand of red flowering gum (Corymbia ficifolia) and more than 40 species of native orchids! Then it’s on to Pemberton, which is nestled in a quiet valley surrounded by towering old growth karri, jarrah and marri forests. You’ll have an opportunity to climb the 60-metre-high Gloucester Tree, which was once used as a fire watchtower! 
Pemberton Hotel, Pemberton

Wednesday 17 September 2014
Pemberton – Yallingup (B)

Augusta, on the lee side of Cape Leeuwin, is Australia’s most south-western town. Large numbers of humpback, southern right, and pygmy blue whales migrate through these waters from late May to October each year. The best vantage point on land is the historic lighthouse on the tip of Cape Leeuwin. And that’sFrom here we’ll look not just for whales, but at the area’s spectacular coastline, and at the the intersection of two of the planet’s great oceans – the Indian and Southern Oceans.
Accommodation: Seashells, Yallingup

DAY 10
Thursday 18 September 2014
Margaret River (B/L)

It has been just 40 years since the first vines were planted in the Margaret River region, but is already recognised as one of the world’s great wine regions. There are 200 vineyards and 90 wineries located here: we’ve chosen Hayshed Hill for a tasting and lunch.
Accommodation: Seashells, Yallingup

DAY 11
Friday 19 September 2014
Margaret River (B)

Nglili Cave is one of the best and most accessible caves in the South West. It features galleries of amazing stalactites and stalagmites as well as other formations. We’ll take a guided tour and then walk to the top of Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse for stunning views of the coastline. Fingers crossed for whales too. 
Seashells, Yallingup

Day 12
Saturday 20 September 2014
Yallingup – Perth (B)

First stop today is Busselton, where the longest timber-piled jetty in the southern hemisphere stretches 1.8 kms across Geographe Bay. We will take the train to the Underwater Observatory 8m below the surface to see a world of vividly coloured corals, sponges, fish and invertebrates. Then it’s on to Perth and back to the Duxton Hotel.
Accommodation: Duxton Hotel, Perth

DAY 13
Sunday 21 September 2014
Perth (B/D)

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 finish our tour. The 400-hectare Botanic Garden boasts more than 1,700 native species – and there are more growing in glasshouses. After exploring, we have a free afternoon to relax and freshen up for our Farewell Dinner this evening in the hotel. 
Duxton Hotel, Perth

DAY 14
Monday 22 September 2014
Perth – Home (B)

Transfer to Perth airport for flights home.

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Twin Share per person land only $4,995
Twin Share per person including air $5,995
Single Supplement $1,295.00
Book and pay in full by 11/5/2014 to receive the Early Bird Discount of $200.00 per person off the final instalment.

Return group airfare Sydney/Perth/Sydney
Luxury air-conditioned motorcoach throughout tour
Best Available Accommodation for 12 nights with full breakfast daily
Breakfast daily, 7 lunches and 4 dinners
Entrance fees to all gardens and sightseeing including Busselton Jetty, Hayshed Hill, Valley of the Giants Treetop Walk, Whale World, Wave Rock, Kings Park, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
Fully escorted by Angus Stewart
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