A journey through the Western Australian wheat belt region to Wave Rock, truly one of Australia’s most incredible natural monuments. During the day visit the historic township of York and view other significant geological formations of the area.
Heading east through the scenic Darling Ranges we stop to enjoy morning tea (own expense) at historic York, the first township founded in the Avon Valley. Enjoy the wonderfully preserved turn of the century Victorian buildings and gain an insight into grand old pioneer days.
Continuing east, we pass through sweeping wheat belt plains and stop en route at the famous Dog Cemetery, a tribute to Australian working sheep dogs. Later we reach the small town of Hyden, home of Wave Rock. Before lunch we visit Hippo’s Yawn an unusual natural rock formation shaped like a yawning hippopotamus, regarded by the local Aboriginal people as a special “women’s place”. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the Wave Rock Wildflower Shop.
After lunch we join an Aboriginal cultural tour of Wave Rock. Walk around and on top of the rock as you hear of dreamtime stories and discover special Aboriginal sacred sites, including Gnamma Holes (water reservoirs) and learn about Aboriginal culture. Estimated at being an incredible 2,700 million years old, the rock has over time been sculptured by nature into the form of a huge breaking wave. Whilst here visit a Wildlife Park featuring Australian animals or alternatively view the unique Antique Lace Collection. Leaving Wave Rock, we head off to view some other intriguing rock formations of the area including the Humps, a camel hump like granite rock and finally Mulka’s Cave. Your coach captain will explain the ancient Aboriginal cave paintings featured within it, telling the legend of the outcast Aboriginal, “Mulka the Terrible”.
Our return journey takes us along back roads through the heart of the Western Australian wheat belt to the small farming town of Babakin. Here we enjoy some country hospitality over an afternoon tea (own expense) with local town folk. During the wildflower season (September to November) some of Western Australia’s best wildflowers can be seen in this area and roadside stops will be made to view some of the spectacular native wildflowers.
From here, sit back in comfort and contemplate the days experiences before returning through the Darling Ranges giving us elevated panoramic views of Perth’s city lights with arrival in Perth at approximately 8.30 pm.
Cultural Tour of Wave Rock
Dog Cemetery and Hippos Yawn
Gnamma Holes and Mulkas Cave
Historic town of York
Seasonal Wildflowers (Sep - Nov)
Wildlife Park & Antique Lace Collection
Delicious Picnic Lunch
Luxury Coach Travel and Expert Commentary
NOTE: The 2013 - 2014 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2013 - 31st March 2014. The 2014 - 2015 season rates commence on the 1st April 2014.
The tour departs from Perth CBD and travels to Wave Rock, York, Wildflowers & Aboriginal Culture, returning back to Perth CBD. Pick ups are available from select accommodation within Perth CBD, East Perth, North Perth and Northbridge (pickups from Scarborough on request).
This tour departs Tuesday, Wednesday Friday and Sunday. Departs at 8:00am and Returns at 8:30pm. This package is unavailable Christmas Day.
Pick-up times may vary up to 15 minutes depending on traffic. Please be ready and waiting on the roadside 10 minutes prior to your stated pick-up time. NOTE: No drop-offs after morning or afternoon half day tours. No pick-ups for afternoon tours.
MINIMUM / MAXIMUM NUMBERS
Our Luxury 5 Star Coaches can seat 14 - 48 passengers, and is regarded as one of Australia's finest. Our Mini Coach is superbly fitted out inside just as one of our larger coaches would be. Our Luxury Coaches take a maximum of 48 passengers on tour. All vehicles have huge windows for panoramic sightseeing.
Our driver guides are an elite group of highly trained environmentally aware professionals. They will share their experience and stories of Western Australia with you to ensure your tour is memorable and fulfilling. International speaking guides are available for Japanese, Italian, French, German and Dutch, rates on application.
Child fare applies to children aged between 5 and 12 years inclusive. Concession prices are available to holders of a senior or pensioners cards (Australia, UK, Europe, New Zealand, USA) and full time students.
DRESSCODE / WHAT TO BRING
We suggest a casual standard of dress. As Western Australia has seasonal climate - you will need cooler clothes for our warm winter (the nights can be cool). Some hotels do require a neater standard of casual dress in the evening, i.e. shirt with collar and covered shoes for gents. A sun hat and sun cream are a good idea during the summer months and even in winter in the nor thwest. Don't forget your camera and binoculars if you're a wildlife enthusiast. We also strongly recommend personal insect repellant.
Cultural beliefs and traditions may affect Aboriginal guide availability.
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