Mid West Wildflowers

Days

10

Style

Accommodated

Ex

Perth – Perth

From

AUD$4,085.00

midwest1Highlights

  • Wildflowers, Wildflowers, Wildflowers
  • Wheatbelt areas around Dalwallinu
  • Kalbarri National Park
  • Mt Lesueur National Park

Australia is renowned as one of the world’s botanical hot spots.

Following the winter rains Western Australian wildflowers burst into bloom and transform the beautifully rugged Golden Outback landscape into a brightly-coloured wonderland.

The reason for this unique storehouse of biological diversity, in particular the abundance and exuberant colours of this diverse and exotic flora, is the great age of the West Australian landmass. It is one of the most ancient and least geographically disturbed in the world. This has resulted in the survival of primitive forms of plants and the evolution of more specialised forms.

midwest2This tour has been designed to show you the magnificent diversity of flowering plants north of Perth when they should be at their colourful best.

The trip covers a diverse array of landscapes with the farm lands of the wheat belt, the station country around Mt Magnet and Yalgoo before covering the highlights of the Kalbarri National Park and the northern sand plains around Eneabba, Badgingarra and the Mt Lesueur National Park.

Our naturalist guides have conducted many Western Australia wildflower tours and will ensure you are guided and educated through the whole trip.

 

Day                      Activity

1                           Perth to Dalwallinu

Today we will leave Perth at 7.30 am. Traveling via Toodyay, Goomalling and Wongan Hills we will head through the wheat belt to Dalwallinu, which is the first town on WA’s world famous wildflower route.

Accom: Motel Dalwallinu          LD

2                           Dalwallinu

Today we will explore the wildflowers in the Dalwallinu area, which is also renowned for having the larges variety of wattle (acacias) found anywhere in the world. There are about 185 varieties within 100kms of Dalwallinu.

Accom : Motel Dalwallinu          BLD

3                           Dalwallinu to Kirkalocka Station area

This morning we will continue our drive north, heading for Mt Magnet. During the day we’ll spend time looking at and photographing the wildflowers that grow along the side of the road.

Accom: Station Stay – Kirkalocka Station          BLD

4                           Kirkalocka Station area

Today we will explore the station country around Mt Magnet. The countryside here is a combination of granite outcrops and breakaways, boasting wonderful displays of both distinctive desert flora and seasonal wildflowers.

Accom: Station Stay – Kirkalocka Station         BLD

5                           Mt Magnet – Yalgoo – Mullewa – Geraldton

Today we’ll leave Mt Magnet and head to Geraldton. Our travels will take us via Yalgoo and Mullewa, where if the winter rains have been adequate, we should find the extraordinary Wreath Leschenaultia (Leschenaultia macrantha), and displays of white, pink and yellow Everlastings

Accom: Hotel Geraldton          BLD

6                           Geraldton to Kalbarri

This morning we’ll travel to Kalbarri via the coast road. There will be plenty of time today to walk amongst the coastal wildflowers. This afternoon we’ll visit the Kalbarri Wildflower Centre for a self-guided botanical walk.

Accom: Motel Kalbarri           BLD

7                           Kalbarri

We’ll rise early this morning so we can spend as much time as possible in Kalbarri National Park, which is famous for its wildflowers. The species-rich heath lands provide a spectacularly colourful floral display. Vivid gold and orange banksias, red white and yellow grevillieas, red kangaroo paws, many coloured shades of feather flowers and grey smoke bushes make an unforgettable picture. Twenty one plant species are unique to this area. We hope to find the Kalbarri catspaw, a small yellow and red plant usually found on recently burnt areas and is confined to the Kalbarri area. We also hope to find several orchids including the Kalbarri spider orchid and the Murchison hammer orchid.

Accom: Motel Kalbarri          BLD

8                           Kalbarri – Western Flora (Eneabba) – Cervantes

Next, we start heading south, into a vast and largely uninhabited bush land. In the Northern Kwongon, a sand plain heath supporting sweeping carpets of brightly coloured flowers, we will visit a private wild flower reserve, which holds many rare and endemic species. We’ll spend the rest of the day taking a leisurely drive to the Cervanites via the Brand Highway. We’ll spend time looking at the many wildflower displays including Dryandra, Propeller Banksia, Painted and Scarlet Feather-flowers, Blue Smoke bush and Black and Yellow Kangaroo Paws.

Accom: Motel Cervantes          BLD

9                           Cervantes – Lesueur National Park – Cervantes

Today we will continue to explore this magnificent wildflower area. The Lesueur National Park contains expanses of the northern sand plains region, with a wide range of geologic formations, landscapes and soil types. These vary from salt lakes in the west to laterite ridges in the east and partly explain the reason that it is a biodiversity hotspot, renowned for its wildflowers, birds and reptiles. This is one of the richest sites for plant species in the world with over 800 plant species.  Nine of these are found nowhere else in the world. There is always something flowering in the park but in the months of September and October Lesueur erupts into colour with a range of species from Leshenaultias to Melaleucas bursting into flower.

Accom: Motel Cervantes           BLD

10                         Cervantes to Perth

This morning we’ll visit the Nambung National Park and travel through the spectacular Pinnacles Desert, one of WA’s best know landscapes. A bizarre region in which thousands of limestone pinnacles rise, forest-like, from the shifting yellow sands. After lunch we we’ll continue our journey down the coast to Perth arriving by late afternoon.          BL

NB: The above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.

3rd – 12th September 2017

  • 9 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 9 Dinners
  • 2 crew – A Botanist guide and Driver guide
  • Accommodation – twin share with private facilities in hotels and motels
  • well maintained vehicle with all front-facing, seat-belted, mostly reclining coach-style seats
  • Fresh fruit on board the vehicle throughout the day
  • Morning teas
  • Kalbarri Wildflower Display entrance fees
  • All national park entrance fees

“Having just received your newsletter which I very much enjoyed reading, I am prompted to let you know how much Julie and I enjoyed our recent wildflower trip with your company. This was our first trip with you and our expectations were well and truly met.

I can’t think of any aspect of the trip where we were disappointed – the flowers were a treasure, the accommodation and meals were very good, and Chris and Joe were both excellent and ideally suited for their roles. You are to be congratulated on this outcome and I hope we will make another trip with you before too long.”
Bryan Kelly

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