Western Australia 8 Day Plant Discovery Tour – October 2018

8 Day Plant Hunting with Angus

21st to 28thOctober, 2018

All inclusive price of approx. $4648 – includes motel accommodation, 2 nights camping, and meals

South West WA Plant Hunting Tour Detailed Itinerary

N.B. Pictures are characteristic of plant varieties found in visited areas at approximate time of year but species and distribution may vary, depending on climatic conditions. Angus Stewart, in conjunction with Affinity Tours Australia, reserves the right to change itinerary and venues, if deemed necessary.

Day 1 Perth to Hyden

Picked up at your hotel, we take a relaxed drive through the picturesque Avon Valley. This is granite woodlands country.

Our journey takes us up from the coastal plains, over the Darling Scarp to the vast plains to the east. This is granite woodlands country featuring characteristic eucalypts such as the wandoo (Eucalyptus wandoo) and salmon gum (E. salmonophloia) and an understorey of iconic wildflowers such as the blue lechenaultia (Lechenaultia formosa) and red and green kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos manglesii)

Morning tea will be a roadside stop at a prolific botanical area and, as we will do throughout our journey, Angus will lead you on a journey of discovery and identify and explain the botany and horticulture of the wildflowers we encounter.

We continue our journey through the country known as the Western Australian wheat belt eastwards to Wave Rock for lunch with a brief flora fossick around the base of the rock, searching for the delicate and beautiful orchids of the region.

From there it is a short drive to experience a very positive example of revegetation ‘leave it fallow’ policy on a local farm. The species display is wonderfully diverse and there are now active mallee fowl nests amongst them.

One of the best things about country living is the wonderful sense of community spirit and nowhere is this more evident than in Hyden. They’ve banded together to promote Wave Rock, to run the local hotel and camping ground, and continually strive to improve and revegetate areas of land.

Overnight: Wave Rock Motel

Day 2 Hyden to Hopetoun

Departing Hyden, we head south to Lake King and visit the Hann National Park, via Cascades Road. Crossing the Dog fence, we will explore this heathland area with its many species of mallees, banksias and seasonal wildflowers.

Onwards to the little settlement of Cascade; we head south towards the Southern Ocean and traverse Stokes National park, taking in some stunning coastal scenery. The vegetation includes coastal heath, scrub and areas of dense low forest.

Overnight- motel accommodation

Day 3 Hopetoun to Bremer Bay

Today we thoroughly explore the Fitzgerald River National Park, one of the largest and most botanically significant national parks in Australia, containing almost 20% of WA’s flora species.

The park features a variety of landscapes and many unique botanical species, with dozens of plant and animal species or plant communities that are recognised as threatened. We will see a number of iconic plant species including the Royal Hakea (Hakea victoria), the very cuddly Teddy Bear Banksia (Banksia baueri) and the red kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos rufus).

Our regular stops for morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea will be in areas of spectacular wildflower diversity to maximise your time to get amongst it with Angus. Angus will be identifying and informing you at every opportunity about why this area is recognised as a world biodiversity hotspot.

The night stay here will be camping

Day 4 Nowanup/Chingarrup Sanctuary

Today has various cultural and botanical activities, including exploring eco-cultural and restoration plantings, on two different properties that are flagship areas for the ambitious Gondwana Link Project.

We spend the day with Eugene Eades, a Noongar leader residing at Nowanup, and he showcases various areas of the two properties, including the stunning Ochre Cliffs.

Jasper Trendall, our essential oil botanist, leads a plant hunt with Angus, and demonstrates how oil distillation can be done in a sustainable manner.

Accommodation on this night is also a camping stay

Day 5 Tozer’s to Albany

Today is spent on ways less travelled, making our way through some of the back roads of the Stirling Range and Porongorup National Parks. The main focus is orchid hunting in stunning landcapes.

Onto Albany for a two night stay with motel accommodation.

Day 6 Albany and Surrounds

The focus today is a full day workshop, utilising the plant materials that we collected 2 days earlier. We will be learning about, and participating in, the distillation for essential oils. At the end of the day, you will have made your own product from the oils to take home.

We then return to Albany to our motel accommodation

Day 7 Albany to Busselton

Travelling via the giant Tingle Forests of the South West, we make our way to Mt Frankland for lunch. A Plant Hunting Walk will lead us to amazing views from the lookout across the valley.

Onward travelling, we appreciate the imposing height of the magnificent Karri forest, as represented by the historical Diamond Tree fire lookout (options for small circuit walk or tree climb).

Continuing through past and present timber milling areas, we make our way to Busselton for our overnight motel stay.

Day 8 Busselton to Perth

Departing Busselton, we head to Ambergate Reserve for a Plant Hunting Walk, along with morning tea.

Travelling through the remnant Tuart Forest we head to Harvey Weir for our lunch time stop.

The afternoon is spent skirting along the Darling Scarp as we make our way back to Perth at the end of an exciting 8 days of exploring the hidden flora of Western Australia’s South West.

If you would like more information on this adventure, email us at angus@gardeningwithangus.com.au

For bookings, go to Affinity Tours>>>

There is a shorter 5 day WA Plant Discovery tour available also, from the 10th to 14th of October 2018, for more information click here>>>>