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Western Wildflower Experience

(16 days, Perth - Perth, 2014)
Western Wildflower Experience Tour
This 16 day tour from Perth explores some of Western Australia’s most beautiful wildflower fields and includes Monkey Mia, Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Busselton and Albany.
Your 15 day tour begins in Perth where you will join a local wildlife expert on a tour of Kings Park to learn about the wildflowers found in Western Australia in preparation for your tour. You will then travel to Busselton and visit Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, situated at the most south-westerly tip of Australia, where the Indian and Southern Oceans meet. Your journey continues to the town of Albany where you will visit the famous Gloucester Tree. Standing 61 metres tall it was pegged in 1946 so that people could climb it and use it as a watchtower for bushfires. You will then continue to the Valley of the Giants and take a walk along the canopy before visiting Torndirrup National Park to see the spectacular coastal formations, The Gap and Natural Bridge. Your next stop is the beautiful Stirling National Park, a botanic reserve abundant with wildflowers, before continuing to Esperance and witnessing the magnificent coastline. Your tour continues to Kalgoorlie where you will have the chance to pan for gold or even go down a mineshaft. You will then travel to Hyden to see the unusual rock formations of Wave Rock, resembling a 15 metre wave frozen in time on the verge of crashing into the sandy base below and Hippo’s Yawn, so named because of its resemblance to a hippopotamus’ mouth. Finally you will arrive in Perth where you will travel to Namburg National Park, home to bizarre studs of limestone jutting from the sand, known as The Pinnacles. You will then visit Kalbarri National Park, famous for its extraordinary river gorge scenery and wildflowers, before travelling to the World Heritage-listed Monkey Mia, a rare place where wild dolphins come to the shore. On your way back to Perth you will visit the Western Wildflower Farm, and see beautiful springtime wildflowers.

15 night tour including 4 nights in Perth and 2 nights in Monkey Mia

Scenic Tours Ultimate Features

  • ‘Must-see’ attractions
  • Full Buffet Breakfast each day and most Dinners
  • Well paced with many two night stays
  • Escorted by an experienced Scenic Tours Tour Director and Coach Captain
  • Guided wildflowers and wilderness tour of Kings Park
  • Tour of the Margaret River area
  • Discover historic Albany including a cruise along the rugged coastline
  • Spectacular ride on the Pemberton Tramway
  • See wildflowers at Stirling National Park and Kalbarri National Park
  • Visit Australia’s largest gold mine, “The Superpit”
  • Guided tour of the unusual rock formations of Wave Rock
  • Guided tour by internationally recognised wildflower expert
  • Meet the dolphins at Monkey Mia
  • Airport transfers

Included Scenic Enrich

  • See the wonderful spectacle of wildflowers on a guided tour at Kings Park
  • Enjoy lunch and a wine tasting at the award winning Watershed Winery
  • Guided tour with internationally recognised wildflower expert, Allan Tinker

Included Scenic Free Choice

  • In Perth cruise to Fremantle and take a tram ride; or enjoy a Swan Valley cruise with lunch; or a cruise with lunch and guided tour of Rottnest Island; or cruise to one of Perth’s finest wineries including wine tasting and lunch
  • In Monkey Mia, take a relaxing cruise through Shark Bay while searching for the unique dugong; or look out for wildlife on a sunset cruise; or dine on damper around a campfire as you lose yourself in stories of the dreamtime

Included Scenic Free Choice Dining

  • In Geraldton, enjoy some modern Australian cuisine and WA wine at the local favourite, Skeetas; or relax in the laid back atmosphere of Toppos on the Terrace which serves an exciting array of Australian dishes; or enjoy aromatic flavours at Tanti’s Thai

Included Scenic Dining

  • 29 superb meals including 15 Full Buffet Breakfasts (FB), 1 Lunch (L), 1 Highlight lunch (HL), 1 Highlight Dinners (HD) and 11 Dinners (D)

Included Scenic Highlights

  • Tour the botanical gardens of Kings Park with a wildflower expert
  • Learn the history of Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse on a guided tour
  • Guided tour of Mammoth Cave
  • Explore the beautiful Margaret River area and have a gourmet lunch and wine tasting in a local winery
  • Visit the famous 61 metre high Gloucester Tree
  • Experience a breathtaking ride on the Pemberton Tramway
  • Walk along the canopy of the Valley of the Giants
  • Tour Torndirrup National Park with its spectacular rocky coastal formations
  • Discover Albany’s historic whaling station at Whaleworld 3
  • Enjoy a whale watching cruise in Albany
  • Discover the Stirling National Park, a botanic reserve abundant with wildflowers
  • Visit the “Superpit” in Kalgoorlie, Australia’s largest gold mine
  • Visit the unusual rock formations of Wave Rock and Hippo’s Yawn
  • Enjoy a gold pour at the historic Perth Mint
  • See the unique Pinnacles landscape at Nambung National Park
  • Travel to stunning Kalbarri National Park, famous for its extraordinary river gorge scenery and magnificent wildflowers
  • Visit Hamelin Pool to see the world’s best known colony of Stromatolites
  • Admire the dramatic views at Eagle Bluff
  • Meet the dolphins at Monkey Mia, the jewel of World Heritage-listed Shark Bay
Day 1: Perth (D)
Welcome to Perth, the gateway to the West! With pristine beaches, vibrant parks and lively markets it is the perfect place to explore. You will be met and transferred* to your hotel. Meet your Scenic Tours Tour Director and fellow travelling companions this evening for an Included welcome dinner.
Overnight Special Stay: Perth
Day 2: Perth - Busselton (FB,D)
Join your local wildflower expert on an Included SCENIC ENRICH tour of the botanical gardens of Kings Park and learn about the wildflowers found throughout Western Australia. Depart Perth and travel along the beautiful coastline to Busselton.
Two Night Stay: Busselton
Day 3: Busselton (FB,HL)

Travel past vineyards and Karri Forests to Mammoth Cave. Included is a guided tour of the crystalline formations inside the spectacular cave. Continue to Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, situated at the most south westerly tip of Australia. Take an Included tour where your guide will explain the interesting facts and history of the old lighthouse. Make your way to the award winning Watershed winery set on acres of rolling vineyards and enjoy an Included SCENIC ENRICH tasting of their famous Margaret River wines before a delicious gourmet lunch. Visit the quaint town of Margaret River before heading back to Busselton.

Day 4: Busselton - Albany (FB,D)
Visit the famous Gloucester Tree, standing at 61 metres tall it was pegged in 1946 so that people could climb it and use it as a watchtower for bush fires. Included journey on the Pemberton Tramway for a breathtaking ride through the Karri and Jarrah Forests. Continue to the Valley of the Giants and explore the world famous forest of gigantic tingle trees and take a bird’s eye view of the towering forest from the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk.
Two Night Stay: Albany
Day 5: Albany (FB,D)
This morning tour Torndirrup National Park to capture the sight of spectacular rocky coastal formations, The Gap and Natural Bridge. Experience Albany’s seafaring history on your Included visit to Whaleworld. Enjoy an Included cruise along Albany’s rugged coastline in search of the migratory whales.
Day 6: Albany - Esperance (FB,D)
See the beautiful Stirling National Park, a botanic reserve abundant with wildflowers. Continue to Esperance and be amazed by the magnificent coastline with its sparkling blue waters and gleaming sand.
Overnight Stay: Esperance
Day 7: Esperance - Kalgoorlie (FB,D)
Kalgoorlie is still an active mining town and it is full of grand old buildings, lively pubs and colourful characters. Experience an Included tour of Australia’s largest gold producing mine, the Super Pit.
Overnight Stay: Kalgoorlie
Day 8: Kalgoorlie - Hyden (FB,D)
Tour the wide streets of Coolgardie, then journey to Hyden for an Included visit to the unusual rock formations of Wave Rock, resembling a 15 metre wave frozen in time, and Hippo’s Yawn, named so because of the resemblance to a hippopotamus in its cavernous mouth.
Overnight Stay: Hyden
Day 9: Hyden - Perth (FB,D)
Travel to York, one of Western Australia’s most historic towns and enjoy an Included visit to the York Motor Museum. Continue to Perth and join an Included visit to the historic Perth Mint to watch the amazing spectacle of a traditional gold pour.
Two Night Special Stay: Perth
Day 10: Perth (FB,L)
Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE, choose from: (1) a cruise to Fremantle and enjoy a local tram ride, a tour of the prison and lunch; or (2) a cruise along the Swan River with lunch; or (3) a journey across to Rottnest Island for a tour and lunch; or (4) cruise up the Swan River, enjoy wine tasting and visit a winery for lunch.
Day 11: Perth - Kalbarri (FB,D)
Enter the Nambung National Park, home to one of Australia’s most unique and fascinating landscapes for an Included tour of the Pinnacles. These incredible limestone spires were formed over thousands of years and rise eerily out of the sand. Visit Western Flora Park for an Included SCENIC ENRICH insight into the wonders of Western Australian wildflowers with internationally recognised wildflower expert Allan Tinker. Finish the day in the beautiful seaside town of Kalbarri.
Overnight Stay: Kalbarri
Day 12: Kalbarri - Monkey Mia (FB,HD)
Visit Kalbarri National Park famous for its extraordinary river gorge scenery and wildflowers. Stop at Hawks Head for spectacular views of the Murchison River gorges which have been carved over millions of years. Stop at Hamelin Pool to view a colony of the world’s oldest living organisms, the ancient stromatolites. Continue to Monkey Mia, best known as home to the world famous wild bottlenosed dolphins that regularly come close to shore to be hand fed. Monkey Mia has an abundance of exotic marine life that makes this area their home. Tonight enjoy a delicious seafood buffet dinner.
Two Night Stay: Monkey Mia
Day 13: Monkey Mia (FB)
Monkey Mia is famous for the almost daily ritual of dolphins swimming to shore to interact with humans and this morning you may have the extraordinary opportunity to feed the dolphins (subject to appearance) under the supervision of a national park ranger. Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE choose from: (1) search for the dugong on a relaxing cruise through Shark Bay; or (2) look out for wildlife on a sunset cruise; or (3) dine on damper around a campfire as you lose yourself in stories of the dreamtime.
Day 14: Monkey Mia - Geraldton (FB,D)
Travel to Shell Beach this morning, which is formed by billions of tiny white seashells. Spend some time visiting renowned wildflower hotspots for a chance to view the magnificent seasonal bloom before making your way to Geraldton. Stop at the HMAS Sydney Memorial, a silver dome of 645 seagulls to represent each sailor lost in the disaster. This evening enjoy Included SCENIC FREE CHOICE Dining, choose from: (1) modern Australian cuisine at the local favourite, Skeetas; or (2) relax in the laid back atmosphere of Toppos on the Terrace; or (3) enjoy aromatic flavours at Tanti’s Thai.
Overnight Stay: Geraldton
Day 15: Geraldton - Perth (FB,D)
Watch out for beautiful springtime wildflowers as you travel one of Western Australia’s most spectacular wildflower areas. Visit New Norcia, a piece of old Spain in the middle of the Australian bush before continuing to Perth for this evening’s Included farewell dinner.
Overnight Special Stay: Perth
Day 16: Perth (FB)
After breakfast transfer* to the airport. We trust you enjoyed your Scenic Tours experience!

*Check transfer entitlements with your travel agent. For guests who have already received documentation - refer to your booking summary.

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Duration
16 Days
Dates
21 Sep 2014
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