Perth, Northcliffe, Walpole, Bremer Bay (via Albany), Ravensthorpe, Hopetown, Hyden (Wave Rock).
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!
Best dates for orchids on this tour are August- September, though other flowers run to December. Flexible departure till booked. Booking page explains departure choices.
This is a FIVE DAY Tour that includes a different focus to just hunting specimens. We start with a history lesson in Walpole out on the glorious Nornalup Estuary and learn how easily this area could have been lost to Coal Mining. Moving on we visit an Apiarist on the western side of the park in Bremer Bay and discuss the place of pollinators in nature and witness the science of breeding Queen Bees. On the eastern side we meet up with a licensed seed collector and have a dedicated park visit with him as guide and mentor. The scenic aspects of the park are not neglected and there is continuous search for specimens to be imaged and remembered. We return via Hyden's Wave Rock a unique quirk of nature and wind carving.
Once booked we never cancel, within our control. Yes, single person bookings are accepted.
Please call Harry on 0407 085 097 for a chat.
Tour Costs, fully paid DB&B+S plus for all associated costs such as park fees
Full Tour tariff: $3,500 p pax all inclusive
To register your interest in embarking on this tour, please inquire by clicking here.
This is a unique FIVE DAY tour, as it includes us meeting two professionals with differing commitments to “The Mighty Fitz” . Each has a deep involvement and practical daily contact with this southern area of immense bio spherical value.
We begin the highlights of this tour in Walpole on the far south coast, where excepting for the effort and foresight of several influential early travelers, coal mining may well have gone ahead to the eternal detriment of this wonderful biosphere.
We then move east via Albany and visit both the western and eastern sides of the Fitzgerald National Park as well as having time within it’s boundaries. We meet an Apiarist and a Licensed Seed Collector. Both are committed experts and see the park from different perspectives. Plenty for us to discuss and learn from these dedicated practitioners.
The Fitzgerald River National Park is 329,882 hectares in size, making it one of the largest in Australia. Bordering “The Mighty Fitz” are the seaside towns of Bremer Bay to the west, and Hopetoun to the east. The farming communities of Jerramungup and Ravensthorpe are located inland, on the northern edge of the park, inside the biosphere's zone of cooperation.
In May 2017, The Fitzgerald Biosphere has retained international significance after United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation approved the site as a biosphere reserve. Click here for more info.
Fitzgerald River National Park was included in the National Heritage List on 6 May 2016 for its outstanding diversity of native plant species, including many plants which are unique to the local area. Click here for more info.
Our visit is one of thoughtful enquiry, coupled with love of environment and our magnificent WA flora. Seasonal calendars run later on the south coast and our seasonal indicators are best for orchids from August into September, with general specimens persist into December. The park holds some 20% of the known WA floral specie and to be able to appreciate it through the eyes of our two experienced environmentalists, each passionate about care and protection, provides a truly unique experience, quite different to just taking images as one passes through. Included in the apiary visit is witnessing the breeding of Queen Bees and insights into the life of a bee colony.
We return to Perth via Hyden and a visit to Wave Rock one of natures natural sculptures.