16th to 28th of September 2021
About the Workshop and Tour:
The wildflower collection in Western Australia is the largest on Earth. With more than 12,000 species, over 60% of which are found nowhere else on Earth, they colour the landscapes from coast to forest and city to outback. This tour has been designed to give you the best opportunity to discover and photograph a huge range of wildflowers, in a variety of landscapes and regions.
As well as wildflowers, you will also have the opportunity for landscape, wildlife and bird photography as we travel through coastal and inland regions including the Wheatbelt, Coral Coast, Mid-West, and the southern coast and forests.
In the heart of Everlastings country, Lesueur NP and the small country towns of Moora, Carnamah, Mingenew, Mullewa, Morawa and Dalwallinu, give us the opportunity to see carpets of yellow, white and pink everlasting wildflowers as well as the unique Wreath Flower. We’ll also explore The Pinnacles and watch sunset over the Indian Ocean.
As we travel through the Wheatbelt region, we’ll see Tassel Grevillea and other Proteaceae, wattles and orchids. A private nocturnal tour at Barna Mia Sanctuary showcases the local native animals including threatened species including bilby.
We explore and overnight in the spectacular Stirling Ranges, and travel down to the coast at Bremer Bay. The whole south west corner of Western Australia is a biodiversity hotspot and a couple of private tours with local botanists will give us the best chance of seeing as many wildflower species as possible. In the Stirling Ranges alone there are 123 varieties of orchids and over 100 species of birds, as well as sweeping vistas from Western Australia's only mountain range.
No visit to the South West of WA would be complete without a visit to the Gloucester Tree and a walk through the “Valley of the Giants” on the tree top walk in Walpole. The ancient tingle forests are unique to this area.
Our tour finishes with an orchid extravaganza at D’Entrecasteaux National Park and a private sunset river cruise, with a variety of habitats to photograph.
PLEASE NOTE: Rather than being crammed into small 4WD vehicles, you will travel in a 23 seater 6WD air conditioned bus, with a maximum of 14 passengers. This means you will have extra room for comfort and for your photographic equipment.
- Lesueur, D’Entrecasteaux and Stirling Range National Parks
- The Valley of the Giants tree top walk in Walpole
- The Pinnacles in Nambung National Park
- The Gloucester Tree
- Private nocturnal tour at Barna Mia Sanctuary
- Private sunset cruise on the Donnelly river
- 3 private tours with local botanists
- Foxes Lair Reserve in Narrogin
- Numerous country towns, wildflower walks and drives in Everlastings country
16th to 28th of September 2021
$AU6995 (plus GST) per person Twin Share - Single Supplement $AU1150 (plus GST)
Professional Photographer and Tutor, Michael Snedic and Experienced Top End Guide and Driver, David Mobbs
As per itinerary
23 seater 6WD air conditioned bus 'Tatra'. There will be a maximum 14 guests onboard, for maximum comfort, with two guides.
Basic photographic ability is recommended. You will receive group tuition as well as individual one-on-one time, geared towards your own personal skill levels and needs.
- Sole use of 23 seat 6WD air-conditioned tour coach, with professional driver guide and a photography tutor
- 1 night pre and 1 night post tour accommodation in Perth
- Most meals, as stated
- 11 nights accommodation while touring
- Park entry fees
- Private Barna Mia nocturnal mammal experience at the Dryandra Woodland
- Private wildflower tours of Foxes Lair in Narrogin, Stirling Range NP and Bremer Bay
- Arrival/departure flights into Perth
- Travel Insurance
- Alcohol and soft drinks (water is provided with dinner, water and cordial provided with lunch)
Day 0 – Wednesday 15th Sept 2021 - arrival day into Perth (D)
Upon arrival into Perth, please call our Perth Airport hotel for a complimentary pick up to the hotel.
The rest of the day is at your leisure until dinner this evening, which will be our first as a group. Your driver guide and tour escort will run through the itinerary with you for the next week and this is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers.
Overnight accommodation- The Ingot Hotel at Perth Airport- motel room with en-suite
Day 1 – Thursday 16th Sept (B,L,D)
We depart the hotel at 7am to begin our 12 day Wildflowers Photo tour.
The wildflower collection in Western Australia is the largest on Earth. With more than 12,000 species, over 60% of which are found nowhere else on earth.
Our first stop is the town of Moora, followed by Badgingarra NP, renowned for its incredibly diverse bushland.
Our destination this afternoon is the town of Cervantes, the gateway to the Pinnacles Desert and Nambung NP. We then continue 17kms south to Nambung NP, made up of 17,000 hectares of coastal heathland. The Pinnacles are amazing natural limestone structures, formed approximately 25,000 to 30,000 years ago. We’ll stay in the park to photograph the sunset.
Overnight accommodation- Motel room with en-suite in Cervantes (2 night stay)
Day 2 - Friday 17th Sept (B,L,D)
Our first stop today is Lesueur National Park, which is home to over 900 plant species – 10 per cent of Western Australia’s known flora. Lesueur National Park is a biodiversity hotspot and ranks as one of the most important reserves for flora conservation in WA.
The park is also home to a wide variety of fauna including 122 species of birds, 15 species of native mammals, 52 species of reptile and a variety of insects including 29 species of the colourful jewel beetle.
Next, we’ll take the Carnamah-Eneabba Wildflower Drive, known for its spectacular wildflower displays.
Our final stop today is Coorow, where we’ll hunt for wreath flowers.
Overnight accommodation- Motel room with en-suite in Cervantes
Day 3 – Saturday 18th Sept (B,L,D)
Today we travel to the town of Mingenew, where we can take the Mingenew Wildflower Walk, located south west of the Mingenew Recreation Centre. This is an ideal place to experience many varieties of wildflowers.
Next is the rugged reserve of Depot Hill, a short 12km drive northwest of Mingenew via the Allanooka Springs Rd.
We reach Geraldton and you have the rest of the afternoon at your leisure.
Overnight accommodation- Ocean Centre Hotel, Geraldton- hotel room with en-suite. Located right next to the beach.
Day 4 – Sunday 19th Sept (B,L,D)
We depart Geraldton and drive east to the town of Mullewa, one of the few places in the world that the wreath flower grows. Here we can take the Wildflower Walk, a picturesque 2,820 metre circuit through bush land renowned for its stunning wildflower displays.
Continuing south, we arrive in Morawa, known as the Heart of the Wildflowers and one of the most prolific areas for native flowering plants, including the unique and distinctive Wreath Flower.
Our destination today is Dalwallinu and en-route we stop in Perenjori and a couple of other spots if there’s time.
Overnight accommodation- room with en-suite – The Old Convent Dalwallinu
**please note that single rooms here have king single beds only and the price reflects this**
Day 5 – Monday 20th Sept (B,L,D)
We spend today in the Wongan Hills region, in the Wheatbelt district. Gathercole Nature Reserve is located just outside of Wongan Hills and offers a short five minute scenic walk to view some fascinating sculpture. Views across the farmland and into the distance are available along the walk. The 2.5km Christmas Rock Walk is on the outskirts of Town.
A little further afield, Mount Matilda is the highest point of the Wongan Hills Nature Reserve, at 434m. The area is extremely diverse with more than 1400 species of flowering plants and 24 species are unique to the Wongan Hills. Here there will be a possibility of photographing Mallee fowl and their nests.
Our accommodation this evening is in historic York, the first inland European settlement in WA and situated in the Avon Valley.
Overnight accommodation- Terrace motel room with en-suite –The York Palace Hotel and Terraces
Day 6 – Tuesday 21st Sept (B,L,D)
This morning we drive down to the township of Narrogin, where we will head to the nearby Foxes Lair to explore. Foxes Lair has landscapes, plants, and birds from both regions. There are over 240 species of flowering plants here.
This afternoon we’ll visit Dryandra Woodland, north of Narrogin, where there are lot's of wildlife species to photograph, including the rare Numbat. We have some time to explore before our private evening experience at Barna Mia, a predator-proof animal sanctuary, situated within the Dryandra Woodland. With the guide using special torches, you can see threatened native animals such as bilby, woylie, mala, quenda and boodie.
Overnight accommodation- motel room with en-suite at the Narrogin Motel
Day 7 – Wednesday 22nd Sept (B,L,D)
Today we drive to the Stirling Ranges National Park.The mountain ranges of Stirling Range National Park rise to more than 1000m above sea level, featuring stark cliff faces, sheltered gullies, magnificent views and a rich diversity of unique and colourful wildflowers.
After lunch, we depart for our afternoon of exploring with the retreat's resident flower expert, who will show us the best orchid and wildflower hotspots and to discover well camouflaged blooms hidden under bushes.
Overnight accommodation at the Stirling Range Retreat, nestled against the majestic Stirling Ranges National Park.
Day 8 – Thursday 23rd Sept (B,L,D)
This morning we take the spectacular 115 kilometre mountain drive, filled with enthralling views and stops along the way, then head for the small coastal town of Bremer Bay.
Many rare species are found only in and around Bremer Bay. The Fitzgerald River National Park boasts an abundance of over 1800 unique species of flora and over 200 types of fauna. Orchids are also a big highlight of the area with many different species recorded and they can be seen walking around the townsite from the footpaths and walk trails.
Overnight accommodation- Bremer Bay Resort - motel room with en-suite
Day 9 – Friday 24th Sept (B,L,D)
This morning we drive out to a nearby bushcamp for a special tour of the property with their resident botanist. This is an eco tour in a sensitive area, bordering Fitzgerald River National Park, so the group will be split into 2 for the day. One group will head off for a 3 hour tour with the botanist while the 2nd group has time to explore the wildflowers around the camp area. And then the groups swap over. These are small group private tours for just our tour group and there’s plenty of time to learn about and photograph the wildflowers.
After the tours finish, we drive to Albany for our overnight accommodation.
Overnight accommodation- Dog Rock Motel in Albany- motel room with en-suite
Day 10 – Saturday 25th Sept (B,L,D)
We head further west today, driving to Denmark and onto the tree-cloaked Walpole-Nornalup National Park, home to tingle forests, which occur nowhere else in the world. Here we take The Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, featuring a stunning walkway positioned 40 metres above the ground amid the dizzying heights of the tingle forest canopy.
Our next stop is inland, to Pemberton and the Gloucester National Park, home of the Gloucester Tree. The Southern Forests region is known for it's biodiversity with more than 2500 species of plants including over 100 terrestrial orchid species.
At Gloucester National Park we hope to see karri wildflowers Cutleaf Hibbertia, Tassel Bush, Native Wisteria, Coral Vine and White Clematis.
Overnight accommodation- Manjimup, motel room with en-suite (2 night stay)
Day 11 – Sunday 26th Sept (B,L,D)
Orchid lovers should be happy today as we travel to D’Entrecasteaux National Park. Consolidated limestone cliffs overlaid with sand at Pt D'entrecasteaux provide a perfect habitat for coastal heath wildflowers and orchids.
At Point D’Entrecasteaux there’s an easy cliff-top walk and there’s plenty of other offshoot trails if you’re more adventurous and haven’t had enough of the stunning coastal blooms.
We have the whole morning to explore here and then this afternoon, we’ll take a private cruise on the Donnelly River. We will transverse a diverse eco system that is only accessible by boat. From the lush Jarrah and Karri forests, through the Paperbark and wetlands, to the limestone cliffs and majestic Southern Ocean. On the way we will cruise past the unique holiday huts nestled amongst the towering Marri trees and coastal dunes. This cruise will be tailored to suit our group’s photography interests and includes an on-shore stop en-route, for drinks and a gourmet BBQ.
Overnight accommodation- Manjimup, motel room with en-suite
Day 12 – Monday 27th Sept (B,L,D)
We start making our way back to Perth today, with a stop for lunch en-route.
We arrive into Perth mid afternoon, so there’s time to freshen up before our last group dinner together.
Overnight accommodation- The Ingot Hotel at Perth Airport- motel room with en-suite
Departure day from Perth- Tuesday 28th Sept (B)
After check out, please make your way to Perth Airport for your onward flight. A free shuttle service is available at the hotel.
For anyone staying on an extra day or two, Kings Park in Perth CBD has an excellent wildflower display in its Botanical Gardens with free guided walks at 10am and 2pm (subject to change).
To Make A Booking:
Please contact Michael to be sent payment details
Your position on the tour will be guaranteed immediately upon payment of non-refundable deposit of AU$900 (plus GST). The balance will be due 90 days before the start of the workshop date.
- Cancellation up to 91days before departure, deposit forfeited
- Between 90- 61 days, there will be a 50% cancellation fee
- If cancellation occurs within 60 days prior to departure, 100% cancellation fee applies.
Please note: Itinerary is exclusive to Sacred Earth Safaris and subject to availability, road, weather and cultural conditions as well as availability of wildflowers. Wildflowers vary from year to year depending on the weather. Each night’s accommodation will remain the same but the itinerary may be changed slightly nearer the time, to give us better wildflowers viewing opportunities.
WildNature COVID 19 Cancellation Policy:
In the event of the cancellation of a workshop or tour by WildNature Photo Expeditions, or you are unable to travel to the state of the workshop or tour due to Government-imposed travel restrictions, specifically due to COVID 19, you will be eligible for the following:
- A full refund, less any cancellation fees incurred by the operator from the tour accommodation and activity suppliers.