Western Australia: Wildflowers, Wineries and Private Gardens of the South West

14 Sep – 25 Sep 2019

  • Region:
    • Australia
  • Status: open
  • Code: 21947AU
Overview

Tour Highlights

  • Radio and television presenter Steve Wood leads this exciting tour of some of WA’s best wineries, gardens and natural landscapes during the state’s famed wildflower season.
  • Sabrina Hahn joins the tour for five days with visits to Albany, the Stirling Range, Fitzgerald River National Park during the wildflower season. Around 11,000 flora species are found in WA and over 75% are found in the south-west, one of the world’s top 10 biodiversity hotspots.
  • Spend a day at the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show and visit the herbarium which holds over 3000 botanical specimens.
  • In the Margaret River region visit Pat Poynton’s Secret Garden designed by Melbourne master Paul Bangay, and also Bill Mitchell’s award-winning garden – featured in Julie Kinney’s new book The Garden Wanderer.
  • Enjoy a 5-course dégustation menu at Cullen Wines, one of Margaret River’s top biodynamic wineries.
  • Journey by 4WD to view the giant karri forests in Warren National Park and the Yeagarup Dunes, the largest land-locked mobile dune system in the southern hemisphere. Here, witness coastal heath resembling ancient flora and many beautiful wildflowers in season.
  • Take the Tree Top Walk in the Valley of the Giants and enjoy a cruise with a local expert to explore the biodiversity of the Walpole Wilderness.
  • Visit Albany’s historic Whaling Station and the natural geological features of Torndirrup National Park that include The Gap, Natural Bridge and Blowholes.
  • Enjoy lunch at Millbrook Winery and tour the winery’s organic food garden with WA’s ‘Chef of the Year’, Guy Jeffreys.
  • Explore Cypress Farm, the home of Professor Kingsley Dixon – Foundation Director of Science at Kings Park and Botanic Garden.
  • Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of Kings Park International Park Breeding Program hosted by Senior Plant Breeder, Digby Growns.
  • Meet award-winning landscape designer Janine Mendel, and visit her home garden in Karrinyup.
  • Conclude with private visits to the home gardens of Sabrina Hahn and Deryn Thorpe, who is an award-winning garden journalist and founder of Open Gardens WA.

12-day Natural Landscapes & Garden Tour of Western Australia

Overnight Margaret River (2 nights) • Walpole (1 night) • Albany (3 nights) • Hopetoun (2 nights) • Fremantle (3 nights)

Overview

Kwongkan is the Noongar Aboriginal word for the geographical floristic region of the south-west of Western Australia. It covers the coastal and inland sandplains from Esperance to Albany and old growth Jarrah and Karri forests inland.  This region contains 70% of the 8000 native plant species found nowhere else in the world. It has been decreed a global biodiversity hotspot and has rare endangered fauna that has evolved alongside plant life in spite of some of the most impoverished soils on the planet.

The abundance and diversity of flora and fauna in the south-west evolved because it became a ‘biological island’ cut off from other flora; oceans surrounded the west and southern sides, and deserts hugged the eastern side. Most of the area we explore has remained above sea level for over 200 million years and with plant species adopting strategies to extract the very few nutrients available on these weathered, impoverished soils.

This tour will take you to remote and spectacular areas, unlike anywhere else in Australia, from tall karri forests, to vast coastal sandplains rich in diversity and the ancient craggy peaks of the Stirling Range to some of the most prestigious wine areas of Margaret River.

Itinerary

The daily activities described in this itinerary may change or be rotated and/or modified in order to accommodate alterations in opening hours, flight schedules and confirmation of private visits. Participants will receive a final itinerary together with their tour documents prior to departure. The tour includes breakfast daily, lunches & evening meals indicated in the detailed itinerary: B=breakfast, L=lunch and D=evening meals.

Margaret River - 2 nights

Day 1: Saturday 14 September, Arrive Perth – Dwellingup – Margaret River
  • Meeting Point: Perth Airport (domestic terminal) at 11.30am
  • Coach journey from Perth airport to Margaret River
  • Orondo Farm, Dwellingup: Guided tour of the private gardens & afternoon tea

Our private coach collects us at Perth airport and drives to Dwellingup to visit Orondo Farm with its 25-plus acre private garden surrounded by woodlands and traversed with meandering watercourses. The fertile river valley, within which the garden sits, creates a perfect microclimate and provides the rich loam soils for growing rare deciduous and evergreen trees, flowering shrubs, such as rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas, and colourful perennials that have been planted over the years. The owners and creators of Orondo Farm, Bette and Bill Healy, will treat us to guided tour and an afternoon tea.

We drive to the Margaret River Holiday Suites, home for the next two nights. (Overnight Margaret River) 

Day 2: Sunday 15 September, Margaret River – Yallingup – Wilyabrup – Margaret River
  • Bill Mitchell’s award-winning garden, Yallingup
  • The Secret Garden by Paul Bangay
  • Cullen Wines: Spiral Garden Biodynamic Tour, followed by a wine tasting
  • Cullen Wines: Welcome Lunch – 5-course Dégustation Menu

We journey to Yallingup to visit the garden of Bill Mitchell, who was the Gardening Australia Magazine ‘Gardener of the Year’ for 2016. Situated on the clifftop of Smiths Beach and surrounded by Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, Bill was driven by the need of a fire-management plan due to being in an extreme bushfire risk area because of the surrounding heathland flora to create a fire-resistant garden. The result was ‘Fire and Beauty’, a five-year-old garden mass-planted with fire-retardant plants, such as succulents and cacti. Drifts of bird attracting aloes, huge dragon trees, rare and unusual succulent varieties have been combined with local stone mastering the art of a lower maintenance garden without sacrificing colour and beauty. The achievement of this non-gardener’s concept and design is inspiring.

Next we visit a garden that was designed by Melbourne master Paul Bangay, early in his career in 1997 for Pat Poynton, who, as a skilled gardener in her own right, has continued developing the garden to reflect her passions. Margaret River’s Secret Garden is situated in a valley beside the Wilyabrup Brook and covers 1.2ha of formal, semi-formal and natural landscapes set within a native West Australian peppermint forest producing a wonderful microclimate. The head gardener will take us on a romantic journey through the Spring displays of iris, clematis and crab apples that complement the formal plantings and defined structure for which Paul Bangay is renowned.

The rest of the day will be spent enjoying a gourmet experience for which Margaret River is internationally renowned. Cullen Wines was established in 1971 and their philosophy is ‘quality’, ‘integrity’ and ‘sustainability’ with a commitment to biodynamic viticulture that led them to produce a number of award-winning wines. Here, we will be given a tour of their Biodynamic Spiral Garden and historic vineyards, which enables us to become familiar with the biodynamic process employed throughout the winery and gardens. This will be followed by a tasting of the wines they produce. Lunch is a 5-course extravaganza of food, from the biodynamic garden together with local produce, matched with current and museum vintages.  (Overnight Margaret River) BL

Walpole - 1 night

Day 3: Monday 16 September, Margaret River – Cape Leeuwin – Pemberton – Walpole
  • Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse
  • BBQ lunch
  • 4WD Ecotour visiting Beedelup National Park, Yeagarup Dunes & coastal heath at Warren River

We leave Margaret River to travel south-westwards towards the Cape Leewin Lighthouse, the tallest lighthouse on mainland Australia. It also has the distinction of being at the most south-westerly point of Australia. The lighthouse was constructed in 1895 from local limestone and opened by WA Premier John Forrest. This functioning lighthouse is situated at the junction of the Indian and Southern oceans and still plays an important role in guiding vessels around the treacherous cape. The lighthouse precinct includes the cottages that housed the keepers and surrounding land on which they grew fresh vegetables.

Next, we travel through the coastal town of Augusta before arriving near Pemberton at the Greater Beedelup National Park, where we will have a BBQ lunch surrounded by karri trees, of which some specimens are believed to be in excess of 400 years old. The park takes its name from the Beedelup Brook running through it, possibly deriving from the Nyoongar word Beedja, which means ‘place of rest’ or ‘place of sleep’. After a short walk to the rocky granite cascades of Beedelup Falls, our 4WD Ecotour begins by driving to Lake Yeagurup and over the Yeagurup Dunes, the largest land-locked mobile dune system in the southern hemisphere. From the dunes, we will continue by 4WD to the beach at the mouth of the Warren River. Along the way, karri forests and coastal heath will be admired. We reconvene with the bus at the Dave Evans Bicentennial Tree, so named after being pegged in 1988 as part of Australia’s bicentennial celebrations. The pegging enables it to be one of three fire lookout trees open to the public in this area.

We continue south to the Tree Top Walk Motel in Walpole. A light dinner will be served at the hotel on arrival. (Overnight Walpole) BLD

Albany - 3 nights

Day 4: Tuesday 17 September, Walpole – Valley of Giants – Albany
  • Cruise with a local expert to explore the biodiversity of the Walpole Wilderness
  • Valley of the Giants: Tree Top Walk & the Ancient Empire Walk

This morning we embark on a wilderness ecotour to explore the Walpole Nornalup National Park, home to tingle forests that occur nowhere else in the world. We will be travelling by boat along the waterways of the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park, which is one of the most diverse ecosystems on earth and fed by the Franklin and Deep rivers. Its remote wilderness feel is due to the untouched nature of the park, its wildlife and scenic quality.

There will be time at leisure for lunch in Walpole before travelling to the Valley of the Giants. These ‘giants’ refer to the tingle trees that make up this spectacular forest, which only occur in this area and can grow to a height of 75m and have a circumference of up to 25m. To achieve the full experience of their majestic grandeur, we will walk amidst the canopy on a walkway positioned 40m above the ground. The Ancient Empire Walk allows us to see the red tingle trees (Eucalyptus jacksonii) from a boardwalk along the forest floor and is based on the theme of the lost era of Gondwana. The origins of some of these plants date back to this period in time, that is 65 million years ago.

We drive to the Best Western Albany Motel and Apartments, our home for three nights. (Overnight Albany) BL

Day 5: Wednesday 18 September, Albany – Stirling Range – Albany
  • Stirling Range National Park

Today, Steve Wood will be joined by ASA garden leader Sabrina Hahn. She is best known for her gardening talk back show on ABC Perth radio and also for her weekly column in Western Australian newspaper. The Stirling Range was formed around 55 million years ago when sedimentary layers were pushed up as Australia drifted away from Antarctica. The peak of the range is Bluff Knoll where fossils of jellyfish-like creatures can be seen as evidence of its violent formation. Noongar people call it Koi Kyeunu-ruff ‘a place of ever moving fog and mist’ and it holds the totemic spirit of their people. The base of the Stirling Range holds many secrets and an astonishing diversity of plants.

Those who wish to test their legs will walk up Bluff Knoll to get a bird’s eye view of the landscape and hopefully see some of the rare plants that only grow on the peak of this mountain. On the walk, Sabrina will explain the plants that grow on different parts of the Stirling Range in relation to soil type and climate. Bluff Knoll is the only spot in all of Western Australia that experiences snow. (Overnight Albany) BL

Day 6: Thursday 19 September, Albany Area
  • Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve
  • Torndirrup National Park: The Gap & Natural Bridge, The Blowholes & Stony Hill
  • Historic Whaling Station

We will walk through the Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve heritage trail which tracks through peppermint woodlands and the remote and untouched beach. This is home to the critically endangered Gilberts potoroo and the noisy scrub bird and we may be lucky enough to hear them. It is a mecca for bird lovers and fishermen. This has been listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world with azure blue water, massive granite boulders and pure white sand. The coastal heathland plants have been carved by the wind and many species have adapted in unusual ways to compensate for salt laden winds and sandy soil.

Torndirrup National Park is known for its rugged coastlines which feature coastal heaths, granite outcrops, sheer cliffs and steep sandy slopes and dunes. Natural structures, such as the Natural Bridge and The Gap, were carved by the ferocity of the waves. The Blowholes are where air, and occasionally spray, is blown through a crackline in the granite, making an impressive sound. The highest point in the Torndirrup National Park is Stony Hill from which an expansive view to the west can be enjoyed. The Stony Hill Heritage Trail gives a 360 degree view of the national park and of Albany.

The historic Whaling Station was owned by Australia’s last whaling company, the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company, which processed over 1000 humpback and sperm whales a year at its peak. A significant part of Australian history, the whaling station is now considered a heritage site and has been preserved exactly as it was on the last day of operation in 1978 when the workers ‘simply put down their tools and walked away’. During this unique experience, we will be informed on the station’s operations and history, share in the workers’ memories and stories and discover their place in the economic and social history of Albany. (Overnight Albany) B

Hopetoun - 2 nights

Day 7: Friday 20 September, Albany – Fitzgerald River National Park – Hopetoun
  • Fitzgerald River National Park: a Biodiversity Hotspot

The Fitzgerald River National Park is the largest and most botanically significant national parks in Australia. It is the most diverse botanical regions in the world, featuring more than 1,800 species of plants, 75 of these are found nowhere else in the world. There are 184 bird species, 22 mammal species, 41 reptile species and 12 frog species living in the park. A number of species have only recently been rediscovered here, including the Dibbler and Heath rat.

During the winter months southern right whales shelter close to shore with their newborn calves. We will divide the trip into two main areas and walk from the car park at Mount Barren to Sepulcralis Hill, and then separately to No Tree Hill.

In the afternoon, we drive to the Hopetoun Motel and Chalet Village, our home for the next two nights. (Overnight Hopetoun) BLD

Day 8: Saturday 21 September, Hopetoun – Ravensthorpe – Hopetoun
  • The Railway Heritage Trail, Ravensthorpe
  • Wildflower Show, Ravensthorpe

This morning we drive to Ravensthorpe to walk the Ravensthorpe Railway Tour. The bus will take us to the drop off point at the Heritage trail which takes us through Eucalypt woodlands and wildflower country. Sabrina will have a list of plants people will see and bring reference books.

The afternoon will be spent at the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show where Sabrina will take us around and explain different plant groups and how they evolved. There is over 1000 different species of plants collected from two national parks and over 3000 species in their world class herbarium. (Overnight Hopetoun) BLD

Fremantle - 4 nights

Day 9: Sunday 22 September, Hopetoun – Fremantle
  • Homestead lunch in the Wheatbelt Region

On our way to Fremantle we break our trip with a visit to a local farm or homestead located in the Central Wheatbelt Region of Western Australia. Our hosts will provide us with a long-table lunch where we will taste the local produce. In the late afternoon we arrive at the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges, our home for three nights. (Overnight Fremantle) BL

Day 10: Monday 23 September, Fremantle – Waroona – Jarrahdale – Fremantle
  • Cypress Farm, Waroona: Guided tour with Professor Kingsley Dixon (to be confirmed in 2019)
  • Millbrook Winery, Jarrahdale: Tour of organic food garden with award-winning chef, Guy Jeffreys & 3-course lunch

Our tour will be visiting Cypress Farm, the private garden of Professor Kingsley Dixon, who is the John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University and Foundation Director of Science at Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Named ‘West Australian Scientist’ of the Year in 2016, Professor Dixon was responsible for the discovery of the chemical in smoke that initiates germination of seed in Australian plant species after a bushfire. Not only a keen gardener, Professor Dixon is also a passionate speaker in biodiversity conservation science and restoration ecology, having been recognised for his acclaimed work in these areas. Cypress Farm is located near Dwellingup and takes advantage of the area’s clay-based soils, cooler climate and abundant water supply allowing the most diverse range of European and Australian plant species to be grown and displayed at their very best.

Next we transfer to Millbrook Winery where we will be treated to 3-course gourmet lunch utilising fresh produce from the Millbrook garden and showcasing the creative abilities of Head Chef, Guy Jeffreys. Guy was named ‘Chef of the Year 2017’ by the West Australian Good Food Guide. He is a passionate grower of organic food and believes in the philosophy of ‘root to shoot’ where as much of the plant as possible is used and little to none is wasted. Guy will give us a tour of the one-acre organic gardens that includes over 100 varieties of heirloom vegetables, along with an active orchard, an olive grove and one of the largest vineyards in the Perth Hills. A wine tasting tour will follow the garden tour. (Overnight Fremantle) BL

Day 11: Tuesday 24 September, Fremantle – Perth – Karrinyup – Fremantle
  • Exclusive tour of Kings Park breeding program of Australian native plants hosted by Digby Growns, and Kings Park Botanical Garden tour showcasing native Spring wildflowers.
  • Janine Mendel’s private garden in Karrinyup
  • Farewell Dinner at La Sosta

Kings Park covers an area of 400 hectares and is situated only minutes from the centre of Perth. The Botanic Garden consists of 17 hectares of outstanding display gardens featuring over 3000 varieties of West Australian native flora. Our tour starts with Digby Growns, Senior Plant Breeder at Kings Park International Park Breeding Program, giving us a rare behind-the-scenes opportunity by guiding us through the science and ingenuity of one of the world’s most exclusive and diverse plant breeding programs. This will be followed by a visit to Kings Park Nursery, where we will be shown some of the rare grafting techniques used to reproduce the most difficult to grow native species and explore the secrets of making and using smoke water as discovered by Professor Kingsley Dixon that is vital in germinating seed of many Australian bushland plants.

After lunch, we will be visiting the private garden of Janine Mendel in Karrinyup. Janine has trained and worked as a cartographer before embarking on her career as an award-winning landscape designer 24 years ago. She has designed more than 1000 Australian gardens, many of them small urban spaces. She believes less is more and that, by its very nature, good design should tread lightly on the planet. In line with her philosophy that a house should look like ‘it’ has been planted in the garden, she thinks the most successful gardens are created when the entire site becomes the canvas for the design of both the house and the landscape.

Her present house and garden were designed simultaneously enabling her to place the house exactly where she wanted it as far back from the road as possible. This means every room has a view to the outside, and it allows the living areas at the front of the house to be bathed in winter sun but protected from the harsh summer sun and winter winds. Janine’s garden combines lush planting with many textural elements such as stone, timber and stainless steel to create interest and contrast. The front entry garden evokes a sub-tropical theme, while the central courtyard has a beach theme and contains succulents and white sand. The rear courtyard has fruit trees and some productive plants.

Tonight we enjoy a Farewell Dinner at Fremantle’s award-winning Italian Restaurant, La Sosta. (Overnight Fremantle) BD

Day 12: Wednesday 25 September, Fremantle Area – Perth Airport
  • Private garden of Sabrina Hahn, Willagee
  • Private garden of Deryn Thorpe, Mt Lawley
  • Transfer to Perth Airport arriving at 1215hrs

The morning consists of visiting the two private gardens of Sabrina Hahn and Deryn Thorpe. Sabrina’s house is marked out from others in her suburban street by the boab on the verge and a raised planter box with herbs and vegies that she grows for her neighbours to pick. Inside the front fence is a garden combining drought tolerant Mediterranean and Australian plants, with a collection of potted begonias, her Nana’s favourite plant, on the front veranda. The back garden has inherited lemon scented gums, fruit trees and an ornamental vegetable patch, with a hedge of Viburnum tinus and a central glass water feature. There is also a firepit, and a collection of unusual plants from the Kimberley that were collected on Sabrina’s many trips working with Aboriginal groups in establishing food gardens in schools.

Deryn Thorpe is a garden guide for ASA, who writes about gardening in magazines including Gardening Australia and co-hosts a weekly gardening podcast with Steve Wood called ‘All The Dirt’. Her garden was featured on the ABC TV’s Gardening Australia program in May 2018. She will explain the design, planting and the challenges of creating a traditional cottage garden on Perth’s non-wetting sandy soil which is recognised as one of the world’s least fertile soils. Her garden surrounds a 1913 Federation style home in the leafy inner Perth suburb of Mount Lawley. The garden layout has a formal structure but garden beds are informally planted. The front beds are filled with roses, vegetables and massed plantings of flowering perennials and annuals. Hanging baskets and pots add colour to the sweeping veranda. Established trees give dappled shade and a sense of scale to the high-set house. The back garden is more structured with hedges, pergolas, pots of succulents, a herb garden and swagged roses on chains suspended between obelisques. Deryn will be very kindly treating us with a sweet and savoury morning tea.

After these two gardens, we transfer to the airport. Our tour officially ends at approximately 12.15pm on arrival at Perth Airport. B

Accommodation

12-day Natural Landscapes & Garden Tour of Western Australia

All hotels/motels provide rooms with private facilities, except in Hopetoun where some of the rooms include a shared bathroom. A hotel list will be given to all participants prior to departure, in the meantime a summary is given below:

  • Margaret River (2 nights): Margaret River Holiday Suites – located in central Margaret River, within easy walking distance to cafés, restaurants, bars, shops and galleries, and a 15-minute drive from the vineyards and wineries for which this region is famous. margaretriverhotel.com.au
  • Walpole (1 night): Tree Top Walk Motel – located in the centre of Walpole, 17kms from the famous Valley of the Giants. treetopwalkmotel.com.au
  • Albany (3 nights): Best Western Albany Motel & Apartments – centrally located in the harbour town of Albany, close to cafés, restaurants, shops and foreshore. www.albanybestwestern.com.au
  • Hopetoun (2 nights): Hopetoun Motel & Chalet Village – located in the heart of town, a short walking distance from shops, restaurants and cafés. Accommodation is provided in a mixture of motel rooms, chalets and townhouses. www.hopetounmotel.com.au
  • Fremantle (3 nights): 4-star Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges located in the heart of Fremantle overlooking the parklands and harbour. www.rydges.com

Note: Hotels are subject to change, in which case a hotel of similar standard will be provided.

Single Supplement

Payment of this supplement will ensure accommodation in a double (or twin) room for single occupancy throughout the tour. In Hopetoun, where accommodation is extremely limited, some of the rooms share a bathroom. The number of rooms available for single occupancy is extremely limited. People wishing to take this supplement are therefore advised to book well in advance.

How to book

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ASA RESERVATION APPLICATION FORM

Please complete the ASA RESERVATION APPLICATION and send it to Australians Studying Abroad together with your non-refundable deposit of AUD $500.00 per person payable to Australians Studying Abroad.

Passport Details

All participants must provide no later than 75 days prior to the commencement of the program a photocopy of the front page of their current passport.

Single Supplement

Payment of this supplement will ensure accommodation in a double (or twin) room for single occupancy throughout the tour. In Hopetoun, where accommodation is extremely limited, some of the rooms share a bathroom. The number of rooms available for single occupancy is extremely limited. People wishing to take this supplement are therefore advised to book well in advance.

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Physical Endurance & Practical Information
Physical Rating

The number of flags is a guide to the degree of difficulty of ASA tours relative to each other (not to those of other tour companies). It is neither absolute nor literal. One flag is given to the least taxing tours, seven to the most. Flags are allocated, above all, according to the amount of walking and standing each tour involves. Nevertheless all ASA tours require that participants have a good degree of fitness enabling 2-3 hours walking or 1-1.5 hours standing still on any given site visit or excursion. Many sites are accessed by climbing slopes or steps and have uneven terrain.

This 12-day Natural Landscapes & Garden Tour of Western Australia involves:

  • Most days involve walking on uneven terrain, and includes guided walks through the Stirling Range, Fitzgerald River National Park, and the wildflower Railway Heritage Trail at Ravensthorpe.
  • Transportation includes daily excursions by air-conditioned coach; 4WD to the Yeagarup Dunes; boat tour of the Walpole Wilderness Day 4.
  • The daily schedule generally involves an early-morning departure (between 8.00-8.30am), concluding in the late afternoon (between 5.00-5.30pm)
  • The use of audio headsets which amplify the voice of your guide (despite noisy surroundings). This technology also allows you to move freely during site visits without missing any information.
  • A mixture of hotel and basic motel accommodation; in Hopetoun some rooms include shared bathrooms.
  • In Margaret River, Albany and Hopetoun, breakfast will be arranged via a local bakery as the motels do not offer this service.
  • You must be able to carry your own hand-luggage. Porterage is NOT available at some of the motels.

It is important to remember that ASA programs are group tours, and slow walkers affect everyone in the group. As the group must move at the speed of the slowest member, the amount of time spent at a site may be reduced if group members cannot maintain a moderate walking pace. ASA tours should not present any problem for active people who can manage day-to-day walking and stair-climbing. However, if you have any doubts about your ability to manage on a program, please ask your ASA travel consultant whether this is a suitable tour for you.

Please note: it is a condition of travel that all participants agree to accept ASA’s directions in relation to their suitability to participate in activities undertaken on the tour, and that ASA retains the sole discretion to direct a tour participant to refrain from a particular activity on part of the tour. For further information please refer to the ASA Reservation Application Form.

Practical Information

Prior to departure, tour members will receive practical notes which include information on weather, clothing and what to pack.

Tour Price & Inclusions

AUD $5280.00 Land Content Only – Early-Bird Special: book before 30 Sep 2018

AUD $5480.00 Land Content Only

AUD $880.00 Single Supplement

For competitive Economy, Business or First Class airfares and/or group airfares please contact ASA for further information.

Tour Price (Land Content Only) includes:
  • Accommodation in twin-share rooms with private facilities in a combination of hotels and basic motels. Note: in Hopetoun where accommodation is extremely limited, some rooms include shared bathroom facilities.
  • Meals as indicated in the tour itinerary where: B=breakfast, L=lunch & D=evening meal
  • Wine at welcome and farewell meals. Other meals do not include alcoholic beverages
  • Bottled water for all daily excursions
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach; 4WD to the Yeagarup Dunes; boat tour of the Walpole Wilderness Day 4
  • Airport-hotel transfers if travelling on the ASA ‘designated’ flights
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage per person where available (not all motels offer this service)
  • Lecture and site-visit program
  • Entrance fees
  • Use of audio headsets for site excursions
  • Tips for the coach driver, local guides and restaurants for included meals
Tour Price (Land Content Only) does not include:
  • Airfare to Perth
  • Porterage at some of the motels
  • Personal spending money
  • Airport-hotel transfers if not travelling on the ASA ‘designated’ flights
  • Luggage in excess of 20 kg (44 lbs)
  • Travel insurance
Terms & Conditions
Deposits

A deposit of $500.00 AUD per person is required to reserve a place on an ASA tour.

Cancellation Fees

If you decide to cancel your booking the following charges apply:

  • More than 75 days before departure: $500.00**
  • 75-46 days prior 25% of total amount due
  • 45-31 days prior 50% of total amount due
  • 30-15 days prior 75% of total amount due
  • 14-0 days prior 100% of total amount due

**This amount may be credited to another ASA tour departing within 12 months of the original tour you booked. We regret, in this case early-bird discounts will not apply.

We take the day on which you cancel as being that on which we receive written confirmation of cancellation.

Unused Portions of the Tour

We regret that refunds will not be given for any unused portions of the tour, such as meals, entry fees, accommodation, flights or transfers.

Will the Tour Price or Itinerary Change?

If the number of participants on a tour is significantly less than budgeted, or if there is a significant change in exchange rates ASA reserves the right to amend the advertised price. We shall, however, do all in our power to maintain the published price. If an ASA tour is forced to cancel you will get a full refund of all tour monies paid. Occasionally circumstances beyond the control of ASA make it necessary to change airline, hotel or to make amendments to daily itineraries. We will inform you of any changes in due course.

Travel Insurance

ASA requires all participants to obtain comprehensive travel insurance. A copy of your travel insurance certificate and the reverse charge emergency contact phone number must be received by ASA no later than 75 days prior to the commencement of the tour.

Final Payment

The balance of the tour price will be due 75 days prior to the tour commencement date.

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