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Pre-conference tours

Yellow everlastings, Coalseam Conservation Park

Kings Park Guide Ann Newman, who has more than 30 years experience as a botanical guide leading tours both in Kings Park and throughout Western Australia, has developed these special itineraries and will lead all conference tours in conjunction with one of Australia’s best known tour companies, Casey Tours.

Casey Tours has set up a special link where Guides can book exclusive Australasian Botanic Guides Conference Tours 
If you have any queries please contact Casey Tours.
email: res@caseytours.com.au
Phone: 1800 999 677

Northern wildflower tour

Stockman's wreath flower, Mullewa region
Stockman’s Wreath Flower, Mullewa region

Tuesday September 10 to Friday September 13, 2019
Accommodation: Three nights, Dongara motel
Cost: $1240, single supplement $270

Itinerary

Day 1: Perth, Carnamah, Coalseam Conservation Park, Dongara

Through Bindoon and the gentle hillside farmlands to the old school site at Wannamal for morning tea and a delightful walk in the bush with our wildflower guide. We visit the Coomberdale Wildflower Farm for a very interesting talk and display. To Carnamah for lunch then via Three Springs and Mingenew to Coalseam Conservation Park for afternoon break. Everlastings cover the ground in good years. Later to our accommodation at Dongara. Note: Wildflower Farm included. (Motel dinner, motel overnight)

Day 2: Mullewa, Morawa, Dongara

To Mullewa and a wander in the flowers on the hillside lookout. In town a visit to one of the many churches built by Monsignor John Hawes and pause for morning tea. Continuing to Pindar, travel via the lovely countryside to Tardun and another walk in the flowers. On to Canna’s old campsite for a delightful walk among the everlastings. Across to the Yalgoo Morawa Road to see the beautiful Wreath Leschenaultia a unique flower often growing in disturbed gravel. Afternoon break in Morawa, return to Dongara. (Cooked breakfast, motel dinner, motel overnight)

Day 3: Geraldton, Kalbarri National Park, Dongara

After a visit to Geraldton’s HMAS Sydney Memorial we continue on the North West Coastal Hwy to Binnu with a bush morning tea amongst the flowers then via the Ajana Rd to Hawkes Head and Ross Graeme lookout in Kalbarri National Park. Lunch in Kalbarri. In the afternoon a visit to Bluff Point then via the coastal road to Northampton and later return to Dongara. Note: Kalbarri National Park entry included.(Cooked breakfast, motel dinner, motel overnight)

Day 4: Port Denison, Jurien Bay, Pinnacles, Perth

After a stop at Port Denison we travel via the Brand Highway for a morning flower stop. Then on to Cockleshell Gully Rd for morning tea and a flower stop. To the seaside of Jurien Bay for lunch. Afternoon drive to the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park. Later our last flower walk at Nilgen Reserve before our return to Perth. Note: Entry to Pinnacles included. (Cooked breakfast)
Note: Program details may change due to variations in flower growth.

Spring wildflowers

Caladenia ferruginea Darling Range

Saturday, September 14, 2019
Cost: $109

The Perth floristic region offers interested, inquisitive wildflower hunters many delights throughout spring. Covering an area 220km long and 50km wide it contains more than 2100 species of native plants, with 53 endemic to the region and 50% endemic to the South West (this is a similar number to the whole of the United Kingdom).
Come along for an interesting and colourful day with our botanical guide, Ann Newman, looking through the array of wildflowers just out of Perth. No two wildflower day tours are the same, locations vary due to season, weather and the flowers being ‘wild’. (Morning tea, lunch)

Post-conference tours

Sandplain wonderland

Isopogon divergens Spreading Coneflower

Saturday September 21 to Monday September 23, 2019
Accommodation: Two nights, Jurien Bay Motel
Cost: $990, single supplement $180

Day 1: Perth, Nilgen Nature Reserve, Pinnacles, Jurien Bay

Along the Indian Ocean Drive to the Nilgen Nature Reserve for morning tea before a visit to the Lobster Shack to experience the region’s multi-million dollar lobster industry firsthand by taking a tour of the live lobster processing plant. Observe how the marine crustacean is captured, brought onto shore, sorted and then live packed in preparation for being dispatched worldwide. Enjoy a lunch of fresh crayfish and chips before venturing into the Nambung National Park, home of the Pinnacles to wander in this interesting landscape. Settling into our Jurien Bay motel for two nights. Note: Entry to Nambung National Park and Rock Lobster Factory Tour included. (Picnic lunch, motel dinner, motel overnight)

Day 2: Lesueur National Park, Jurien Bay

A full day in Lesueur National Park the second most diverse flora region in WA; a mecca of unique diversity and beauty. Stopping for a picnic lunch in the park. Before getting back into the kwongan with its rare Banksia, Orchids, Zamia and many more endemic species. (Cooked breakfast, picnic lunch, motel dinner, motel overnight)

Day 3: Badgingarra, New Norcia, Perth

Through the Badgingarra sandplains to the Western Wildflower Farm at Coomberdale, with an opportunity to pick up some mementoes. Lunch in Moora on the banks of the Moore River before spending some time at New Norcia. We take a guided walk around the town before a visit to the Art Gallery and Museum of Australia’s only monastic town. Returning to Perth meandering through the Victoria Plains and the Wandoo Forest. Note: New Norcia tour and gallery entry included. (Cooked breakfast)
Depending on numbers this may be a four-wheel-drive tour.

Great Southern extravaganza

Banksia coccinea Scarlet Banksia

Tuesday September 24  to Saturday September 28, 2019
Accommodation: Motels in Hyden, Hopetoun and Albany
Cost: $1290, single supplement $320 (Single room in Hopetoun may be single room in two-bedroom apartment with shared ensuite)

Day 1: Perth, Quairading, Wave Rock, Hyden

Take a trip via rolling farmlands to historic York, then to the Wheatbelt town of Quairading for morning tea. On to Corrigin, Kondinin, Hyden Rock, better known as Wave Rock. Visit Hippo’s Yawn, the Wave itself, climb to the top and explore this interesting natural wonder. Optional visit to the Lace Museum, Soldier Display or Wildlife Park.Overnight in Hyden. Note: Including entry to Wave Rock. (Motel dinner, motel overnight)

Day 2: Lake King, Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun

Heading south of Hyden in the Shire of Lake Grace we travel along a chain of lakes to Lake King, stopping to look for Sundews, Hakea, Leptospermum, Chamelaucium, Synaphea and Acacia. Through Ravensthorpe to reach the Southern Ocean and settle into Hopetoun for two nights. (Cooked breakfast, restaurant dinner, motel overnight)

Day 3: Mt Desmond, Fitzgerald River National Park, Hopetoun

Another rich trove of WA wildflowers, we visit Mt Desmond in search of Qualup Bells, Banksias and other rare beauties. Into Ravensthorpe for lunch and visit the florally painted grain silos before exploring what the Fitzgerald River National Park has to offer.In this Biodiversity Hotspot we are on the lookout for Royal Hakea and Barreas Regelia. (Cooked breakfast, restaurant dinner, motel overnight)

Day 4: Jerramungup, Stirling Range National Park, Albany

Out to the west on the South Coast Highway through Jerramungup and into the Stirling Range National Park where we will again encounter more unique and diverse plants seen nowhere else in the world; Albany Swamp Daisies, Stirling Range Cone Flowers and Darwinia. Into Albany for our last night of the tour. (Cooked breakfast, motel dinner, motel overnight)

Day 5: Torndirrup National Park, Porongurup National Park, Perth

Out to the Torndirrup National Park to hunt flowers in the coastal heathlands. Then up to the Porongurup National Park for yet another range of plants and flowers before returning to Perth via Albany Highway. (Cooked breakfast)
Depending on numbers this may be a four-wheel-drive tour.