Spanish New Norcia, Moora, Carnamah, Three Springs, Coal Seam Conservation Area, Depot Hill, Mullewa, Morowa, Dalwallinu, Wongan Hills, Goomalling, Toodyay.
Care to join us for the “Real Thing"? Not just reading about what might be, but book and know you soon "will be"! Dare to DO! Rain over winter dictates the seasonal pattern. However planning for mid September is our best advice.
Flexible departure till booked. The booking page explains departure choices.
Once booked we never cancel, within our control. Yes, single person bookings are accepted.
Season 20/20 now over in our north, as flowers go to seed. From now to December we will be exploring the magnificent far south. Among other destinations will the area from Augusta to Hopetoun. Read the information listed under tours and especially "The Mighty Fitz"...gerald National Park. Please be sure that nothing is set in stone, our goal is to make each tour fabulous for you, so we do ask what your own goals are and usually manage to weave them into each special bespoke tour. Contact us for a friendly chat.
Bookings with a 10% Discount for season commencing August 20/21 are now being accepted, as well as for returning clients and family members to travel with us at any time.
Quote Code 6SY21 in your enquiry
Tour Costs, fully paid DB&B+S plus for all associated costs such as park fees.
- Full Tour tariff: $3500.00 p pax.
- Seniors Concession: $3300.00 p pax.
- Single Supplement: + $400.00 p pax.
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This route allows for incursions into our target area, wherever we decide to explore, we do NOT run click and drive tours! We work at getting you to experience the bush and the space, as well as the flowers. This route also has us pass through and stop off in many of the local communities along the way. Each has a history, often a museum and many are unique. Also each larger town has an information centre, where we can be sure of critical information regarding seasonal conditions. Local knowledge is gold, so if we then change our route it is so that YOU get the best possible experience. Local towns also are good Pit Stops!
This is our Everlastings Wild Flower Focus and Scenic WA tour and seasonally should be [this depends on good winter rains] booming with colour and variety of flowers, from late August to end of September, after which the massed profusions gradually dwindle. This has the side benefit though, of making Orchids and many other single rooted specimens much easier to locate.
Shake off the city and head north. This trip we go north up The Midlands Road trough New Norcia. This is the only monastic town in Australia.
Founded in 1847 by Spanish Benedictine Monks. Many of the towns older buildings were erected over ensuing years by the Monks and then child refuges during WW11 and later.
A ground station for the European Space Agency is located 8 km south of the town.
Moora 50 or so kilometres north again is our goal for reaching the southern boundary of the Midlands Wild Flower Zone. A quick call to the Community Centre for a flora update is a good first move, followed by a leg stretch, “Smoko and Pit Stop”. [ First Lessons in Australian S’Language: Pit Stop? Well once upon a time, before flushing loos, earlier generations had a deep hole, or Pit. Don’t worry nowadays they flush and have soft paper etc Just like home! Smoke oh is a Bushman’s term for stopping, usually mid morning and mid afternoon, for a Cupa and a Rolly. Yeh, a Rolly referred to a roll your own cigarette . [Before we all learned better!]
Carnamah and Three Springs follow. We pursue a leisurely pace, remember this is not a drive past click as you go tour. Were here to seek out the more elusive specimens, as well as make “oh ha” noises at the mass displays of Rhodanthe chlorocephala subspecies rosea which is the most widely grown subspecies and is commonly known as “Pink and White Everlasting”, “Rosy Sunray”, “Pink Paper-daisy” and “Rosy Everlasting”. It grows naturally in the south of Western Australia extending into South Australia.
Our next major goal is the Coal Seam National Park, where if we have had a wet winter, many species will be prolific. Yes rainfall in the preceding months dramatically influences the germination and density of the populations we will meet. Coal Seam National park is set between two low ranges and enjoys a natural catchment. After a good long wet winter, everlastings can be absolutely spectacular here. When we eventually tear ourselves away, the coastal town of Dongara is our first night stop over.
Head off East from Dongara, first stop is Mingenew. There are several sites we will visit and especially Depot Hill which can, following a wet winter, rival Coal Stream Park, where we finished yesterday. Let’s check it out and see! We head north with a brief information stop [no public access] at one of the space tracking stations scattered around WA.
Depot Hill is described thus: “From August to October, as you walk along, you will be surrounded by a sea of pink everlastings. Then as the terrain changes you will be able to see a mix of flowering shrubs and orchids en mass. In particular snail, donkey, spider, cowslips and purple tassels”.
Ellendale Pool, for a brief stop, followed by historic Cojarena Chapel . Our real quest though is flowers and the elusive many types of orchids. So on towards the east, stopping where ever we wish.
Our planned town target is Mullewa [est. 1890’s] where the northern gate way to the Midlands Zone is. Time out in Mullewa to have leg stretch and possibly take the 40 min self discovery town tour. From Mullewa we head south down the eastern boundary of the zone to Morawa, where we will spend the night.
Morawa. This town is surrounded by flower “hides” mostly around the granite outcrops. The abundance of specimens from the district is Show Cased at the 4 day annual flower show. Late August into September. Obviously the peak time to be exploring this zone. However there are several weeks through September into October that will not disappoint. We will spend some time here exploring the surrounding locations, for elusive or in your face displays. We also overnight here.
Today we dawdle, meander, a “she’ll be right mate” attitude. So, we dawdle southwards, stopping where ever we see colour. Yes, this carpet of everlastings image above, was shot last year in this area heading towards Perenjori, where we will be for morning Smoko and also wander around this historic town…. “at the southern gateway to the Monsignor Hawes Heritage Trail. The trail celebrates the enormous contribution architect-priest Monsignor John Hawes made to the region and highlights 15 buildings of his design and other sites significant to his life.
Monsignor Hawes’ buildings are among the greatest achievements in Western Australia’s architectural history and some consider him to be our leading designer of ecclesiastical buildings. The cultural significance of Monsignor Hawes work within Australia’s natural environment is intrinsically and uniquely connected.
Wubin a small town on our way south. There is a small museum there that shows how the handling of grain, in just a couple of generations, has progressed from sewn bags, loaded by hand onto horse drawn drays, to the massive bulk handling operations of today. Well worth spending some time, contemplating the massive changes in agriculture, as well as its dependence on that, nowadays, so elusive good wet winter.
Our overnight stop will be Dalwallinu again, a bit further south.
Dalwallinu boasts the largest density of Acacia or Wattle species to be found anywhere in the world. There seems to be a splash of gold somewhere in the district at any time of the year. Needless to say the spring months of August and September are when the pinnacle of flowerings take place.
Xantippe Water Tank Catchment is located 33kms east of Dalwallinu. Both pink and white everlastings abound there when in season. Wattles, Everlastings, Orchids and the not so common this far north, Baronia, all burst forth in Spring. Boronia is a really elusive plant, with small brown bells and is hard to spot. However it is the only highly scented WA wildflower and is most often found by tracking the scent!
Dalwallinu has many rocky outcrops and reserves to explore and each is a treasury.
We reluctantly dawdle southwards after Miling to Moora for a Smoko. Ooops lets go north again, upto Watheroo National Park described thus: “a biosphere of hardy native plants. Lying on a sand plain the park is home to the extraordinary Bush Cauliflower and Scarlet Feather Flower. Visit Jingamia caves and be alert for Kangaroos as well as many native birds”.
Then south towards Coomberdale and a stop off at Westways Flower Farm.
Wongan Hills now beckons. "Surveyor General John Septimus Roe discovered the district in 1836, seven years after the founding of the Swan River colony. However, until the turn of the century the only white men to visit the area regularly were Benedictine Monks from New Norcia, shepherding their flocks of sheep and also sandalwood cutters. The name Wongan Hills comes from the Aboriginal words ‘Wongan Katta’, which translates to ‘Talking Hills’, referring to the wind whispering through the hills which rise just North-West of the townsite. These hills are the largest single area of natural vegetation remaining in the northern wheatbelt. The area is extremely diverse with more than 1400 species of flowering plants, 24 species are unique to these Wongan Hills.”
It’s a great invitation to explore and then spend a night, especially as Wongan is one of many towns limiting night light pollution so that the night sky is able to be better viewed and appreciated.
Regretfully our last day on this tour. By now you will have travelled many kilometers and seen wide swaths of country as well as experience the peace and calm of the Bush.
South now to Goomalling a larger town with a good selection of Orchids in season.
Toodyay is our last country town stop. An old town it was a day by horse drawn sulky from Perth and has kept much of its “Character”. Time for a long Brunch Smoko and a shopping stop for any last minute souvenirs or even wildflower seeds.
The Toodyay free range Emu farm is a great stop to get up close to these large ‘shaggy’ birds. We will loop down to York, a picturescue old town as we finally head towards Perth.
We have really enjoyed showing you some of this large state and its treasures. Soon you will be thinking back to those big, big, clear starry skies, the silence and the space, together with air that is so clean, it smells and tastes good.
You will have seen, encapsulated in just a few days, so many contrasts and marvels. You are among a very privileged few. We enjoy what we do and we hope to have given you a life time of memories.