South West Corner WA Wildflowers

South West Corner WA Wildflowers - 11 Days

21st September- 1st October, 2019

You can easily enjoy natural beaches, beautiful vineyards, forests, caves and more in Australia’s South West. More than 23,000km make up the south west corner of Western Australia, with 1,000 of those kilometres consisting of awe-inspiring coastline just waiting to be explored. 

 

    

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $4,895
Repeat clientele twin share  $4,845
Single supplement room  $775
​Deposit $200 per person upon booking

O’Shannessy’s Quality Tours will match single travellers who wish to twin share with another single traveller of the same gender.
However, if this is not possible, you shall be provided with single accommodation at the twin share fare (no additional cost).

All prices are from Melbourne. Please contact our office for a price from your capital city.

Tour Information

  • Complimentary chauffeur driven transfers. Pick up from and return to your home from Greater Melbourne, Bendigo, Torquay, Ballarat, Geelong, the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas, selected areas of Gippsland and Phillip Island.
  • Flights: Return flights Melbourne to Perth and return.
  • Travel by O’Shannessy’s Luxury Touring Coach. Features of the coach include comfortable reclining seats with good leg room, arm rests and foot rests, seat belts, rest room, large panoramic windows with blinds, overhead parcel shelf, Road Cam TV Screens which display in real time the view ahead, a kneeling device and second door for ease of entry and disembarkation and full air suspension for a smooth and quiet ride.
  • All tours and interest venues as per itinerary.
  • Meals: Full cooked breakfasts, restaurant dinners, some lunches and morning teas. 6 Lunches at own expense as per itinerary 

Perth City Tour and Kings Park, Mandurah Esplanade, Busselton Jetty, Mammoth Cave Tour, Cave Works Interpretative Centre, Wine Tasting, Margaret River Region, Margaret River Chocolate Factory, Vasse Soap Factory, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Tour, Gloucester Tree, Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk - Walpole National Park, National ANZAC Centre, Discovery Bay, Views from The Gap and The Bridge, Stirling Ranges National Park, Hippo’s Yawn, Wave Rock Tour, Old Fremantle Prison and Rottnest Island.

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS

2 nights Perth, Busselton, Albany and Fremantle.

 

CRUISES

WOW Wilderness Eco-Cruises Walpole National Park, Ferry to Rottnest Island and Mandurah Estuary Cruise.

Itinerary

HOME TO PERTH

 

Welcome to our South West Corner of WA Wildflower Tour. With pickup from home we transfer to Tullamarine Airport for our flight to Perth. On arrival we are met by our O’Shannessy Crew and transferred to our lovely accommodation where we have some free time before dinner.

 

Lunch at own expense and arrangement. Refreshments in flight.

OVERNIGHT:  Pan Pacific, PERTH

PERTH

 

Today we will discover the unique charm of Perth. We’ll see the new Elizabeth Quay, named in honour of Queen Elizabeth 11. We also see Parliament House, Government House and Barrack Arch, finishing our sightseeing at the Perth Mint. Originally opened in the late 1800’s as a branch of the Royal Mint in London, today it only produces collectors’ coins and “one off” items like the 2000 Olympic Medals. The building features the original Melt House where gold was melted and made into coins. A gold pour will be conducted for us in the same way it was when the building was first constructed. We then head to the parklands for spectacular views over the city and river from Kings Park; hopefully we may see some wildflowers! The rest of the day is free for personal sightseeing, shopping, a stroll along the Swan River, or just put your feet up and relax!

 

Lunch at own expense and arrangement.

OVERNIGHT:  Pan Pacific, PERTH

PERTH TO BUSSELTON

 

This morning we make our way south to Mandurah, WA’s fastest growing regional centre. It is known for it’s impressive waterways, abundant wildlife and natural beauty. After our morning break we take a relaxing cruise along the canals and waterways of the Mandurah Estuary and the Peel Inlet. Dolphins can often be seen on this cruise. We enjoy a lunch break on Mandurah Esplanade before driving past Bunbury to Busselton.The Busselton Jetty, at approximately 2kms long, is one of the longest in the world. After this we settle into our next two nights accommodation. If you would like to stretch your legs, the beach is right outside the back gate!

 

Lunch at own expense and arrangement.

OVERNIGHT:  Abbey Beach Resort, BUSSELTON

THE MARGARET RIVER REGION

 

The Margaret River area is a rich dairy and timber region, with a reputation for fine wines and surfing. A short drive from our motel is the river mouth, and some of the State’s prettiest Karri forest. We take a guided tour of the magical Mammoth Cave, home to ancient fossil remains of long extinct giant animals and get the full story of the fascinating limestone caves in this area at the Cave Works Interpretive Centre. This afternoon we continue our touring with a visit to some local enterprises. Of course no visit to this area would be complete without a wine tasting, so we stop at a local cellar door. We’ll stop briefly at the Margaret River Chocolate Factory for the sweet-tooths amongst us to stock up! Nearby is the Vasse Virgin Olive Oil and Soap Factory.The Scherini's started making soap when their three children were diagnosed with eczema and dermatitis and were advised by doctors not to use soap or shampoo. The business began using only a bucket and wooden spoon to make the soap in the family kitchen. After a fantastic day we return to the resort. 

 

OVERNIGHT:  Abbey Beach Resort, BUSSELTON

BUSSELTON TO PEMBERTON

 

The rocky headland of Cape Leeuwin which Matthew Flinders described as 'the southern and most projecting part of Leeuwin's Land' is our destination this morning. The walk up to the lighthouse, through an area which is often ablaze with wildflowers and the point where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet, is one of the great experiences on the West Australian coast. The light from the Cape Leeuwin lighthouse can be seen 25 nautical miles out to sea! We begin making our way to Pemberton, a town established in the early 1900’s as a State saw mill. We enjoy a light lunch before a visit to the famous giant Gloucester Tree - reputed to be the tallest tree-mounted fire lookout in the world! Our motel is only a block from the town centre so maybe you would enjoy a walk into town or just take some time to relax before dinner. 

 

OVERNIGHT:  Best Western Pemberton Hotel, PEMBERTON

PEMBERTON TO ALBANY

 

Our destination today is Albany. We make our way through virgin Karri forests to Walpole to join WOW Wilderness Eco-Cruises. This fascinating interpretative tour is a family run operation through the wilderness areas and waterways of Walpole’s National Parks. Just east of Walpole is an area known as the Valley of the Giants and the Walpole National Park. We divert off the highway for a Tree Top Walk. This world-class tree-top walk soars gently upwards amidst the tingle foliage and opens up a world of birds and flowers that most people never see. The Ancient Empire boardwalk (on the forest floor) meanders around and sometimes through a grove of veteran tingle trees. It’s a peaceful experience with quiet spots to sit and reflect on the special nature of the forest. From here, we continue on through Denmark and onto Albany, our home for the next two nights.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Quality Suites Banksia Gardens, ALBANY

ALBANY

 

It may be a surprise to hear the important role Albany has played in Australia’s history. Albany was Western Australia’s first settlement. On Christmas Day in 1826 the brig “Amity” arrived from Sydney to establish a military outpost here. King Gorge Sound and its inner harbours provided the only natural haven for shipping in thousands of kilometres of coast between Shark Bay on the Denham Peninsula and Melbourne. Albany also became the entry port for Western Australia during the gold rushes with tens of thousands of people a year arriving - to the delight of the storekeepers and publicans along Stirling Terrace! The first convoy of Australian and New Zealand troops departed for the First World War from King George Sound. For many, Albany was their last sight of Australian soil. Today Albany is known as the birthplace of the Anzac story and the home of the National Anzac Centre. We visit this state-of-the-art interpretive museum and walk with the ANZACS to experience the Great War through their personal stories. We return to town where we can purchase some lunch. This afternoon, we travel to nearby Frenchman Bay – the location of the old whaling station before stopping at Discovery Bay, which now records the history of whaling in Albany. On the way back to Albany we make a couple of stops to view the southern coastline of the Torndirrup National Park. There are numerous natural attractions here including The Gap with its overhanging platform and Natural Arch - each providing great views of the coast.

 

Lunch at own expense and arrangement.

OVERNIGHT:  Quality Suites Banksia Gardens, ALBANY

ALBANY TO HYDEN

 

Our first stop today is the Mount Romance Sandalwood Factory. We will hear about the benefits of the Sandalwood plant as well as discover its fascinating history and traditional use as a medicine before antibiotics evolved. We will view the world-class technology used to process Australian Sandalwood oil, destined for some of the world’s leading perfume houses. After our visit, we drive through the stunning Stirling Ranges National Park, in search of wildflowers and a lovely spot to stop for our picnic lunches. On arrival in Hyden we are joined by our local guide who takes us to one of Western Australia’s most famous landmarks. First we visit “Hippos Yawn” and then onto Wave Rock to learn about the geological and historical importance of this well-known attraction. Geologists believe the original formation was vertical but has been sculptured and coloured by chemicals over 2,700 million years to take on its wave like character. After our tour we check into our local accommodation and have plenty of time to settle in before dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT:  Wave Rock Hotel Motel, HYDEN

HYDEN TO FREMANTLE

 

We head to the coast his morning, through Corrigin and Brookton, to Fremantle. To describe Fremantle as a ‘port’ is to do it an injustice. It is a remarkable area. In the past decade or so it has become a great tourist attraction in the Perth area, with seemingly row upon row of interesting historic buildings, gracious modern hotels, extensive seaside parks and enough tourist attractions to make it the ideal (and easily accessible) day out destination. Included in our sightseeing this afternoon is a visit to the Old Fremantle Prison for a tour and afternoon tea. 

 

Lunch at own expense and arrangement.

OVERNIGHT:  The Esplanade Hotel, FREMANTLE

ROTTNEST ISLAND

 

Today we visit Rottnest Island. Located just off the coast in the warm clear waters of the Indian Ocean, Rottnest Island is a spectacular world of white sandy beaches, crystal clear blue waters, abundant marine life, rare marsupials and rich history. The island was named “Rottnest” by Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh which meant “rats nest” - he mistook the island’s unique marsupials - the Quokkas, for giant rats! The day includes return ferry to the island, lunch and a guided coach tour - as well as some free time to relax and enjoy this tranquil place.

 

OVERNIGHT:  The Esplanade Hotel, FREMANTLE

FREMANTLE TO HOME 

 

Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, as must our holiday. Following breakfast, we complete our check-out procedures and transfer to the Perth Airport for our flight home. On arrival at Melbourne airport our chauffeurs will be there to greet us. We arrive with a mind full of wonderful memories and interesting stories to share with our friends and family at home.

 

Lunch at own expense and arrangement. Refreshments in flight

South West Corner WA Wildflowers 2019

South West Corner WA Wildflowers 2019

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