Wildlife of the Southern Forests
The south-west of WA is one of the world’s major biodiversity hotspots. A large proportion of Australia’s south-west’s beautiful landscapes and natural attractions are protected, which means they’re also the best places to observe native flora and fauna.
We have chosen a selection of some of the regions finest natural highlights on this ten-day tour.
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Extended Trip Details
|Day 1||Perth - Dryandra - Narrogin||Our adventure begins early this morning as we leave Perth and head south to the Dryandra Woodland, a valuable nature conservation area of natural woodland blocks. Thickets of rock sheoak and kwongan heath provide habitat for several of Dryandra's rare species, including Western Australia's state mammal emblem, the numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus). woylies, tammar wallabies, brushtail possums, tawny frogmouths, kangaroos and wallabies are also regularly seen here. Birdlife in the area include the mound-building malleefowl, Collared Sparrowhawk, Wedge-tailed Eagle, Painted Buttonquail, Western Yellow Robin, Red-capped Robin, Western Spinebill and several honeyeater.species. Accommodation: Motel Narrogin LD|
|Day 2||Nararogin - Dryandra - Narrogin||This morning we will take the short drive back to Dryandra where we will spend the entire day searching out the elusive wildlife that calls the area home. Accommodation: Motel Narrogin BLD|
|Day 3||Narrogin - Mt Barker - Albany||Today we continue south passing farmlands on our way to the historic port town of Albany. We will spend the greater part of the day exploring the spectacular coastal Torndirrup National Park and visit the award-winning National Anzac Centre, which overlooks the actual harbour from which over 41,000 men and women departed Australia for the Great War. Accommodation: Motel Albany BLD|
|Day 4||Albany - Stirling Ranges - Albany||After breakfast, we take an hour's drive to the Stirling Range National Park which encloses the only significant mountain range within the southern half of Western Australia. The area receives more rainfall than its surrounding districts, and consequently, plants not found anywhere else have evolved here. There are over 1500 species of flora packed within its boundaries. Accommodation: Motel Albany BLD|
|Day 5||Albany - Waychinicup National Park - Albany||Today we head to the Waychinicup National Park and the Cheynes Beach. It has a scenic inlet, unusual granite rock formations and views both inland and along the coast. We hope to find the critically endangered noisy scrubbird, which was once thought to be extinct and another vulnerable species, the western bristlebird. Red-eared Firetail, Red-winged Fairy-wren and the Western Wattlebird are also found here. Hopefully, we will get to see some of Australia's rarest animals, quenda, ring tailed possums and one of the few mainland populations of quokkas. Accommodation: Motel Albany BLD|
|Day 6||Albany to Walpole||Departing Albany we drive to Walpole, stopping at the Valley of the Giants and the stunning 40 metres above the ground Tree Top Walk for a bird’s eye view of Western Australia’s majestic tingle forest canopy. The dense understorey in the forest comprises of She-oak, Waterbush, Karri Wattle and many kinds of grass. Delicate mosses and ferns cover the tree trunks in this moist environment, and tiny Droseras (insect-eating plants) and Trigger Plants which can be easily be missed unless you look carefully amongst the dense undergrowth. The Eucalyptus and Acacias trees attract the birds. Accommodation: Motel Walpole BLD|
|Day 7||Walpole||This morning we will join a Walpole icon, Garry Muir from WOW Wilderness Eco Cruise for an informative and very entertaining 2 1/2 hour cruise into the beautiful and unique waterways of the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park. The rest of the day will be spent in the forest around the town exploring the plant life and looking for Western Rosellas, Purple-crowned Lorikeets, Common Bronzewings, White-breasted Robins, Golden Whistlers, Red-winged Fairy-wrens and Splendid Fairy-wrens found in the area. Accommodation: Motel Walpole BLD|
|Day 8||Walpole to Margaret River||This morning we’ll leave the tall forest behind us and head to the West Australian premier wine-growing region of Margaret River via the small coastal town of Augusta where there will be time to enjoy a peaceful river side walk and a visit to the areas other coastal highlights. Late this afternoon we head to Margaret River. Accommodation: Motel Margaret River BLD|
|Day 9||Margaret River Area||Today we will discover the West Australian premier wine-growing region of Margaret River . There will be plenty of time to enjoy a walk in the lush, green and majestic Boranup Karri Forest. We will have lunch at a local Margaret River winery and of course, taste some of the regions renowned local produce. Accommodation: Motel Margaret River BLD|
|Day 10||Margaret River to Perth||Today we will travel through the iconic seaside towns of Busselton, Bunbury and Mandurah and visit the unique Tuart forest, Vasse /Wonnerup Estuary for wading birds, raptors and sandplain banksia woodland. Our South West adventure comes to an end with our late afternoon arrive into Perth. BL|
|NOTE: the above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.|
PLACES AVAILABLE ON 19 March 2021 DEPARTURE
- Coates tour leader/ driver;
- Coates Naturalist leader;
- A well-maintained vehicle with all front-facing, seat-belted, coach-style seats;
- Meals as per itinerary;
- Morning tea each day;
- Fresh fruit onboard daily;
- All national park entrance fees:
- Lunch at Margaret River winery :
- Visit to the National ANZAC Centre
I always come home with new knowledge and appreciation of our beautiful country.
Tom and Wayne were exceptional leaders on this trip. They made this a very friendly relaxed tour and and learning experience.
The highlight of the tour … The sighting of the Numbat