DATES & PRICES

Days = 20

22 Sep 2019 - 11 Oct 2019

London - London Price = £4995

Perth - Perth Price = £4250

Deposit = £500

Single Supplement = £555*

* does not apply if you are willing to share and a room-mate can be arranged.

TOUR SUMMARY

Days 1 & 2

to Perth, Western Australia

Day 3

Kings Park Botanic Garden & Ellis Brook in the Darling Ranges

Days 4 & 5

Pinnacles National Park & Hi Vallee Farm

Days 6 & 7

Kalbarri National Park & The Murchison River Gorges

Days 8 & 9

Tallering and Leseur National Park

Day 10

Free day in Perth with optional visits to Kings Park, Rocksnest Island, historic Freemantle or the Swam River

Day 11

Dryandra Woodlands

Days 12 & 13

Via Hyden & Wave Rock to Hopetoun

Day 14

Fitzgerald National Park,

Days 15 & 16

Stirling National Park and Quaalup Homestead

Day 17

Jarrah-Karri Forests of Torndirrup National Park

Day 18

d’Entrecastreaux National Park

Day 19

Pemberton, and to Perth and evening departure

Day 20

Arrive Europe/UK

WESTERN AUSTRALIA

SPRING FLOWERS OF THE SOUTHWEST

Wildlife Holidays/Tours to WESTERN AUSTRALIA Spring Flowers Spider Orchids Banksias and Parrots with Greentours

Isolated for eons by desert and ocean, the state of Western Australia is home to one of the most diverse floras in the world with over 12,500 plant species. The arid interior stands in stark contrast to a magnificently scenic coast. Both contain a huge variety of spectacular endemic flowering plants.

Over 80% of the woody plants that make up the woodlands, shrublands, heaths and (very!) tall forests are found nowhere else - truly remarkable. Roads through the coastal shrublands snake through veritable botanic gardens ablaze with colour in the southern Spring. This is fantastic orchid country with abundant Common Donkey and Spider Orchids as well as butter-yellow Cowslip Orchids and pretty Pink Fairies. We’ll see the dainty Sugar Candy Orchid, bizarre Zebra Orchid, weird Bearded Bird Orchid and elegant Coastal Donkey Orchid. You can let your imagination run wild imagining exactly what the Flying Duck Orchid is going to look like!

Passing through the amazing landscapes of the Desert Pinnacles we’ll reach the Kalbarri National Park where a huge variety of wildflowers clothe the plains surrounding the Murchison River gorges. Both the sand plains and the coastal cliffs abound in magnificent displays of river gums, gold and orange Banksias, Grevilleas, Kangaroo Paws, Featherflowers, Starflowers, and Smokebushes. Inland the ecology of the arid-lands will be an intriguing sub-plot as the Resurrection Plant and the well-named, extraordinary, Wreath Flower illustrate their solutions to the vicissitudes of such climatic rigour. Some of the region’s most beautiful flowers are found here, the elegant pyramids of the Pink Fountain, Slender Banksias and the various Tamala Roses among them. In the beautiful Fitzgerald River National Park and the dramatic Stirling Range we’ll find world-renowned plants such as Royal Hakea, Pincushion Hakea, Four-winged Mallee, Barrens Regelia, Qualup Bell and the fantastic Scarlet Banksia. Blue Fairy-Wrens will make a colorful diversion from more orchids such as Fringed Mantis, Wispy Spider, Silky Blue, and the gorgeous Sun Orchid. Though the focus will be on the amazing flora we’ll see plenty of birds such as Kookaburras, Honeyeaters, Wattlebirds and of course many colorful Parrots too. We’ll see various Marsupials including the Western Grey Kangaroo, Southrn Right Whales off Point Anne, and perhaps enjoy a tipple or two in one of the southwest’s famous vineyards!

INFORMATION

Focus

Flowers. Also Birds, Mammals and Ecology of the varied Habitats.

Leaders

Mark Hanger, Amanda Borrows,

Walking

Quite easy, no more than three or four miles in any one day, usually in easily accessible areas, though occasionally on rougher ground.

Included in the Price

All flights. All accommodation, transport and meals in Australia. Services of your leaders. Please note: drinks, tips, and items of a personal nature, including insurance, are not included.

Group Size

The minimum is 4 and the maximum is 15. Only one leader will accompany a group of 8 or less.

Accommodation

We will be using a good standard of accommodation throughout this tour with small country hotels throughout and all rooms have en suite facilities.

Flights

UK return flights are from London via Dubai to Perth. Other indirect routes from regional UK Airports*, and direct flights from Heathrow*, may be available. *These routes may incur a supplement.

Climate

Mostly warm, clear and sunny in the day with temperatures in the range 16°C-25ºC. Very occasional rain.

How to Book

Contact us to check there is availability for the number of places you require. Download a booking form or contact us and we will send one to you. Complete and send to us. You will receive confirmation of your place and then a detailed information pack will be dispatched to you about twelve weeks before departure. This will contain up-to-date health information. Flower, bird and mammal checklists are available.

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