Mid West Wildflowers

DAYS

10

Style

Accommodated

EX

Perth – Perth

From

AUD$5,225.00

Overview

Next Tour: 1st - 10th September 2021

Highlights

  • 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.

This 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, 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.

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Extended Trip Details

Itinerary

Day 1Perth to DalwallinuToday we 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. Accommodation: Motel Dalwallinu LD
Day 2DalwallinuToday we will explore the wildflowers in the Dalwallinu area, also renowned for having the largest variety of wattles (acacias) in the world. There are about 185 varieties within 100 kms of Dalwallinu.
 Accommodation: Motel Dalwallinu BLD
Day 3Dalwallinu to MorawaThis morning we will continue our drive north, heading for Morawa. During the day we’ll spend time looking at and photographing the wildflowers that grow along the side of the road.
 Accommodation: Morawa Hotel BLD
Day 4Morawa – Coalseam Reserve – MorawaToday we will explore Coalseam Nature Reserve, well known for its annual display of wildflowers. The abundance and diversity of both annuals and perennials here is due to the park’s location, encompassing multiple habitat types as it goes from sand plains to arid country. 
Accommodation: Morawa Hotel BLD
Day 5Morawa – Three Springs – Eneabba – GeraldtonToday we’ll leave Morawa and head to Geraldton. Our travels will take us via Three Springs and Eneabba. There will also be time to visit and explore the wildflowers at Western Flora.
 Accommodation: Hotel Geraldton BLD
Day 6Geraldton to KalbarriThis morning we’ll travel to Kalbarri via the coast road. There will be plenty of time today to visit some of the coastal gorges and walk amongst the coastal wildflowers.
 Accommodation: Motel Kalbarri BLD
Day 7KalbarriWe’ll rise early this morning so that we can maximise our time in Kalbarri National Park, which is famous for its wildflowers. The species-rich heath-lands provide spectacular colourful floral displays. Vivid gold and orange banksias, red white and yellow grevilleas, red kangaroo paws, many coloured feather flowers and grey smoke bushes make an unforgettable picture. There are also 21 plant species unique to this area. We hope to find the Kalbarri catspaw, a small yellow and red plant usually found on recently burnt areas and confined to the Kalbarri area. We also hope to find several orchids including the Kalbarri spider orchid and the Murchison hammer orchid. Accommodation: Motel Kalbarri BLD
Day 8Kalbarri – Western Flora (Eneabba) – CervantesNext we start heading south. As we travel through farm lands, road side verges should offer a diverse range of plants and colour. South of Dongara we enter the Northern Kwongan, a sand plain heath supporting sweeping carpets of brightly coloured flowers. During our drive to Cervantes, there will be time to stretch your legs and look around for wildflowers and wildlife. Some of the wildflower displays will include Dryandra, Propeller Banksia, Painted and Scarlet Feather-flowers, Blue Smoke bush and Black and Yellow Kangaroo Paws. Accommodation: Motel Cervantes BLD
Day 9Cervantes – Lesueur National Park – CervantesToday we will continue to explore this magnificent area. The Lesueur National Park contains expanses of the northern sand plains region, with a wide range of geological formations, landscapes and soil types. These vary from salt lakes in the west to laterite ridges in the east. This is one of the richest sites for plant species in the world; over 800 plant species have been recorded here, nine of which 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 Lechenaultias to Melaleucas. Accommodation: Motel Cervantes BLD
Day 10Cervantes to PerthThis morning we’ll visit the Nambung National Park and travel through the spectacular Pinnacles Desert. This is a bizarre region where thousands of limestone pinnacles rise, forest-like, from the shifting yellow sands. After lunch 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.

availability

Places available on 1 September 2021 departure

Inclusions

  • Coates tour leader/ driver;
  • Coates Naturalist leader;
  • Accommodation – twin share with private facilities in hotels and motels:
  • Meals as per itinerary: B (breakfast), L (lunch), D (dinner);
  • Morning tea each day;
  • Fresh fruit on board daily;
  • All national park entrance fees.
  • Kalbarri Wildflower Display entrance fee.

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