WA Wildflowers & Nullarbor Plain

WA Wildflowers & Nullarbor Plain - 17 days

5th October – 21st October, 2019

Let go of your stress and feel the wide-open space of Australia’s Outback on one of the world’s greatest adventure drives, across the Nullarbor Plain.

 

PRICE

Price per person twin share  $6,295
Repeat clientele twin share  $6,195
Single supplement room  $925
​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.

  • 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.
  • Virgin Flights: Melbourne to Perth.
  • 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.
  • Quality ensuite motel accommodation.
  • All tours and interest venues as per itinerary.
  • Most meals: Full cooked breakfasts, restaurant dinners, most lunches and morning teas. (6 lunches at own expense as per itinerary)

Perth City Sights, Fremantle, Busselton Jetty, Margaret River, Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse, Natural Olive Oil Soap Factory, Pemberton Tram, Gloucester Tree, Karri Forests, Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, National Anzac Centre, Discovery Bay - Albany, Mount Romance Sandalwood Factory, Stirling Range National Park, Wave Rock Tour, Esperance Stonehenge, Cape Le Grand National Park, Beacon Hill Lookout - Norseman, The Goldfields, Golden Mile Superpit, Western Australian Museum, Eucla Telegraph Station, Bunda Cliffs, Port Pirie and Port Augusta, Burra & Morgan - Historic Towns and Mildura - Murray River. 

 

MULTIPLE NIGHT STAYS
2 Nights in Busselton, Albany, Esperance and Kalgoorlie.

 

CRUISE
WOW Wilderness Eco Cruise - Walpole.

Itinerary

ARRIVE PERTH

 

Welcome to our 17 day Western Australia Wildflowers and Nullarbor Plain Tour for 2019. With pickup from home we transfer to Tullamarine Airport for our flight to Perth. On arrival, we are met by our O’Shannessy’s crew and embark on a brief introductory tour of the West Australian capital to discover the unique charm of Perth City. We will enjoy a visit to Kings Park to see the spectacular views over the city. This afternoon we check into our lovely accommodation and have time to freshen up for dinner.

 

Lunch at own expense / arrangement. Refreshments in Flight

OVERNIGHT: Pan Pacific, PERTH

FREMANTLE - BUSSELTON

 

We depart Perth this morning and make our way south to Fremantle where we take in the sights. Fremantle, of course, was the port from where the first team outside the USA to win the America’s Cup was based. The cup being held in “Freo” meant that a lot of love and attention was given to the well-preserved architectural heritage, including convict-built colonial-era buildings, an old jetty, a port and prisons; presenting a variety and unity of historic buildings and streetscapes. These were often built in limestone with ornate facades in a succession of architectural styles. After a good look around Fremantle, we head through Mandurah to Bunbury. Bunbury is the largest town in Western Australia outside Perth and a major port and commercial centre for the south-west. We have time to purchase lunch here before we drive to Busselton. We take in the sights of Busselton including a visit to the Jetty Visitor Centre. The Busselton Jetty, at approximately 2kms long, is one of the longest in the world. We then settle into our next two nights accommodation. If anyone would like to stretch their legs, the beach is right outside the back gate!

 

Lunch own expense/arrangement

OVERNIGHT: Abbey Beach Resort, BUSSELTON

MARGARET RIVER - CAPE LEEUWIN

 

The Margaret River area is a rich dairy, cattle and timber region with a reputation for fine wines and surfing. This morning we tour through the region and stop at the river mouth, some 10kms from the town of Margaret River. From here we travel further south through some of the State’s prettiest Karri forest. At Augusta, we drive “down the coast” to reach the rocky headland of Cape Leeuwin which Matthew Flinders described as 'the southern and most projecting part of Leeuwin's Land'. We see the interesting old Waterwheel which was built in 1895 to tap a spring and provide water for workers building the lighthouse. It continued to operate until 1928. Today it stands idle and encrusted with salt. 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 Western Australian coast. The Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse was officially opened by Sir John Forrest on 10 December 1896. Set on foundations which reach 6.71m below the surface to the bedrock, the lighthouse is built of local stone. The light itself, which is 56m above sea level, can be seen 25 nautical miles out to sea. We enjoy lunch here before heading up to the actual township of Margaret River where we have some free time for a wander. Of course no visit to this area would be complete without a wine tasting, so we stop at a local cellar door this afternoon. Our final stop today is a visit to the Natural Olive Oil Soap Factory. The Scherini's started making soap in 1993 when their three children were diagnosed with eczema and dermatitis and were advised by doctors not to use soap or shampoo. The soap business began in 1996 using a bucket and wooden spoon to make the soap in the family kitchen. The Factory is nestled amongst vine covered slopes and National Parks and products can be tried and tested. After a fantastic day we return to our motel!

 

OVERNIGHT: Abbey Beach Resort, BUSSELTON

BUSSELTON - PEMBERTON

 

We have a leisurely start to the morning then begin making our way to Pemberton, a town established in 1913 as a State saw mill. We visit the famous giant (61 metre) Gloucester Tree - reputed to be the tallest tree-mounted fire lookout in the world! This afternoon we take a scenic ride on the Pemberton Tram which will take us through towering Karri, Marri and Jarrah forest, over wooden trestle bridges, across rivers and streams and will stop for photographs at the Cascades.

 

OVERNIGHT: Best Western Pemberton Hotel, PEMBERTON

PEMBERTON - 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:  Ace Motor Inn, ALBANY

ALBANY

 

Albany was Western Australia’s first settlement. In fact it was Christmas Day in 1826 when the brig “Amity” arrived from Sydney with a crew, including 23 convicts, to establish a military outpost here. King George 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 became the entry port for Western Australia during the second half of the 19th Century, with up to 30,000 people a year arriving during the gold rushes to the delight of the storekeepers and publicans along Stirling Terrace! On 1 November 1914, 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 the centre this morning - it is a state-of-the-art interpretive museum. Walk with the ANZACS and experience the Great War through their personal stories. Follow them from Albany to the Middle East, to Gallipoli and across the Western Front and for too few, home to Australia and New Zealand. We then head to the main shopping precinct where we can purchase lunch. This afternoon, we travel to nearby Frenchman Bay - the location of the old whaling station. Discovery Bay, which now records the history of whaling in Albany, is our next stop. On the way back to Albany this afternoon 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 own expense/arrangement

OVERNIGHT:  Ace Motor Inn, ALBANY

ALBANY - HYDEN

 

This morning we depart Albany and head a little way north to the Mount Romance Sandalwood Factory. Here we are given a talk and shown 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, to Hyden. This afternoon, our guide joins us to see one of Western Australia’s most famous landmarks – Wave Rock. First we visit “Hippos Yawn” which is 1 kilometre from Hyden and then onto Wave Rock to learn about the geological and historical importance of this well known attraction. Located just 4 kilometres east of Hyden, 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 at Hyden and have plenty of time to settle in before dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT: Wave Rock Hotel Motel, HYDEN

HYDEN - ESPERANCE

 

We have a leisurely start this morning before departing Hyden and travelling south to the gold-mining town of Ravensthorpe. This afternoon, we make our way to Esperance. Esperance is located on a beautiful heart shaped bay called “Bay of Isles”. There are many natural attractions on display, particularly the spectacular coastline with pure white sandy beaches, massive granite outcrops and sheltered beaches. Off shore, approximately 100 islands form the Archipelago of Recherche. We see the Pink Lake and Lookout Point before checking into our accommodation. The Aboriginal name for Esperance is “Gabba-Kyle” meaning “the place where the water lies down like a boomerang”.

 

OVERNIGHT: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles, ESPERANCE

ESPERANCE - CAPE LE GRAND NATIONAL PARK

 

Our first stop today is Stonehenge! This is a full size replica of the original ‘Stonehenge’ in the UK, as it would have looked around 1950BC. While there are thought to be 66 large, permanent replicas of Stonehenge throughout the world, the Esperance project is believed to be the only life size stone one. We spend the rest of the morning exploring Cape Le Grand National Park – just to the east of Esperance. It is one of the most accessible of the many National Parks of the area and one of the most spectacular with coastal headlands, abundant wildlife and some of the best beaches in the world.  We have an afternoon at leisure.

 

Lunch own expense/arrangement

OVERNIGHT: Comfort Inn Bay of Isles, ESPERANCE

ESPERANCE - KALGOORLIE

 

We move away from the coast this morning as we head north to Norseman for our early lunch break. Here, a statue of the horse Norseman is located in the main street. The horse allegedly pawed at the ground and unearthed a nugget of gold that started the Norseman gold rush. We also see the Beacon Hill Lookout. We then travel through Kambalda to Kalgoorlie. The towns of the Goldfields share a common colourful past and the most famous and enduring of them all is Kalgoorlie-Boulder, now classified as a city and the home of two-up. Kalgoorlie’s days of glory began in 1893 when Paddy Hannan and his fellow Irish prospectors Thomas Flanagan and Dan Shea found gold near Mt Charlotte. Before checking into our next two nights accommodation, a local guide joins the coach and takes us on a tour of the city. The echoes of Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s boisterous past are still to be witnessed everywhere. Hannan Street in Kalgoorlie and Burt Street in Boulder offer an insight into the way things were in the 1890’s. Saying farewell to our guide, we make our way to our motel.

 

OVERNIGHT: Quality Inn Railway Motel, KALGOORLIE

 

KALGOORLIE

 

At Australia’s largest gold producing mine, the Super Pit, we will be “visitor Inducted” and view  the mining operations from the safety of the Mine-Spec Tour Coach. The onsite CAT 793 Haul Trucks are massive. The view of the Super Pit from Harvey Hut is breathtaking. It will be quite a morning. After a tour here we have a bit of free time to explore the city and purchase lunch. This afternoon, we visit the Western Australian Museum where we discover the unique role Kalgoorlie has played in WA’s development, both as a centre of mining and its place at the edge of the Nullarbor Plain. Explore the largest display of the State’s collection of gold bars and nuggets, step back in time to see how prospectors searched for this precious metal and learn about the life and hardships faced by mining families during the early 1900’s.

 

Lunch own expense/arrangement

OVERNIGHT: Quality Inn Railway Motel, KALGOORLIE

KALGOORLIE - BALLADONIA

 

This morning we retrace our steps to Norseman to join the Eyre Highway for the start of our journey across the Nullarbor. There really is an eclectic mix of geography that we are encountering today. What a unique country we live in! We arrive at our accommodation in time to relax and freshen up before dinner.

 

OVERNIGHT: Balladonia Hotel Motel, BALLADONIA

NULLARBOR PLAIN

 

Today we experience Australia’s longest piece of arrow-straight sealed highway (180 kms Balladonia-Caiguna). We travel through Madura Pass and Mundrabilla, between the Hampton Tablelands and Roe Plains to Eucla. We visit the old Telegraph Station (ruins) in the white shifting sands of the Great Australian Bight and call at the Bunda Cliffs for an incredible view of the vertical cliffs where the Continent meets the Southern Ocean. We may be fortunate enough to view some whales resting with their calves in the calm turquoise waters below us. This is an amazing sight and so is the view along the cliff line.

 

OVERNIGHT: Nullarbor Hotel Motel, NULLARBOR

NULLARBOR - STREAKY BAY

 

After a sleep-in and a hearty breakfast, we travel across Yalata Aboriginal Land and into the wheat fields of South Australia. We pass through the little town of Penong where dozens of windmills are scattered around the town. These windmills pump water from the Anjutabie Basin to supplement the use of rain water. We continue on through Ceduna and divert off the highway to Streaky Bay for our overnight stop.

 

OVERNIGHT: Streaky Bay Hotel Motel, STREAKY BAY 

STREAKY BAY - PORT PIRIE

 

Today we travel through the small farming townships of Minnipa, Kyancutta and Kimba. Look out for the silo art depicting a young child in a wheat field at sunset, by Melbourne artist Cam Scale. We pass by the small mining town of Iron Knob, then arrive in Port Augusta for an afternoon break before continuing on to Port Pirie for our overnight stay.

 

OVERNIGHT: John Pirie Motor Inn, PORT PIRIE

PORT PIRIE - MILDURA

 

This morning we head to Burra for a tour of the historic township. The town became Australia’s earliest mining town with the discovery of copper in 1845 by shepherd William Spear and later teamster Thomas Pickett. At one time Burra had a larger population than Melbourne! The contrasting architecture reflecting Irish, English, Cornish and European influences is unique. From Burra we travel to Morgan on the Murray River and part of the South Australian Riverland. The history of the Murray has filled several books and films, including the epic All Rivers Run. The Riverland itself is certainly worth a visit. Water from the Murray irrigates hundreds of thousands of acres of land on its way to the sea, nurturing great orange groves and orchards, producing millions of pears, apples, oranges, all manner of stone fruit and keeping alive an entire industry with fruit and juice. This afternoon we continue on through Renmark and Mildura for our final night on tour.

 

OVERNIGHT: Best Western Chaffey International Motor Inn, MILDURA

MILDURA - MELBOURNE 

 

This morning we travel through the Mallee region to Sea Lake and head across the Wimmera to Donald for lunch. We have a pleasant drive this afternoon through the Pyrenees Ranges and arrive back in Melbourne late afternoon. As always our chauffeurs will be there to greet us and transfer us to our homes, with memories of a fascinating and rewarding holiday! 

WA Wildflowers & Nullarbor Plain 2019

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