Pre-conference tour


Pre-conference tour – 4 Days/3 nights Margaret River, Tree Top Walk, Albany regions of Western Australia

Dates: Monday 17 August 2015 to Thursday 20 August 2015 inclusive

Draft itinerary

23 Feb 2015: New technical visits now included

Day 1: Perth to Margaret River region
Leaving from the conference venue of the Rendezvous Grand Hotel Perth, Scarborough we will travel to the Margaret River wine region. After lunch we visit the chocolate and cheese factories (time permitting), and will spend 2 hours touring the Geographe Community Landcare Nursery in Busselton (please see the nursery website for more information: http://www.geographeplants.com/).
Lunch and dinner included.
Accommodation: Abbey Beach Resort, Busselton or similar.

Margaret River - Busselton Jetty

Margaret River – Busselton Jetty

Day 2: Margaret River to Pemberton region
Enjoy free time in the township of Margaret River before heading to Surfers Point Lookout.
Tour Mammoth Cave, then through Boranup Forest to visit Augusta and Cape Leeuwin
Lighthouse. Climb the Gloucester Tree and get an amazing view across the tall timber forest.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Accommodation: Karri Valley Resort, or similar.

Photo courtesy Bettina Gollnow

Photo courtesy Bettina Gollnow

Day 3: Pemberton region to Albany
Stroll to Beedelup Falls, then travel to coastal Walpole. Take a luncheon cruise on the
Nornalup Inlet, visit the Valley of the Giants Tree Top Walk, travel to the Albany region to
visit The Gap and Natural Bridge.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Accommodation: Ibis Styles Albany or similar.

Day 4: Albany to Perth
First we will visit the Nindethana Seed Service near Albany, touring their custom-built seed processing and storage facility. One of Australia’s largest and most established seed merchants, Nindethana has been providing quality seed and sound advice for over 70 years, with a focus on promoting the use of Australian native plants. Clients range from home gardeners to multi-national mining companies including Alcoa, BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto. Much of the seed is used for environmental rehabilitation, where biodiversity and quality is paramount. The company website (http://www.nindethana.net.au/) includes their comprehensive seed list. Then we will travel to The Banksia Farm, Mount Barker. This is the world’s only complete arboretum of banksias, with 79 Species and 24 infra-generic taxa of Banksia. The gardens also boast one of the largest collections of allied genera Dryandra, endemic to WA, along with other showy hakeas, grevillea and other wildflower species. The property has been granted ‘Land for wildlife’ status and is home to abundant fauna and birdlife. We will tour this farm for 1.5 hours, including morning tea. We then travel to Stirling Ranges National Park for sightseeing at the base of Bluff Knoll, here we stop for an early picnic lunch and then travel the scenic route back to Perth to arrive back to Scarborough 1600hrs.
Breakfast and lunch included.

Boranup - TWA - Couple admiring karri trees in Boranup Forest

Boranup – TWA – Couple admiring karri trees in Boranup Forest

This price includes:

  • Transportation by premium coach
  • Experienced coach captain
  • Experienced tour leader providing full commentary
  • All Taxes
  • 1 night accommodation Abbey Beach Resort Busselton based on twin share
  • 1 night accommodation at Karri Valley Resort Pemberton based on twin share
  • 1 night accommodation at Ibis Styles Albany based on twin share
  • 3 x Breakfasts
Margaret River - AMRTA - Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (credit)

Margaret River – AMRTA – Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse (credit)

  • 3 x Lunches
  • 1 x Wilderness Luncheon Cruise on the Nornalup Inlet
  • 3 x Dinners
  • Geographe Community Landcare Nursery tour
  • Margaret River Wine Tasting
  • Mammoth Cave Entry/Tour
  • Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse Ground Entry
  • Donnelly River Wine Tasting
  • Beedelup National Park
  • Gloucester National Park
  • Tree Top Walk Entry
  • Nindethana Seed Service tour
  • Banksia Farm, Mount Barker Entry
  • Bluff Knoll (Stirling Range NP)
  • Morning Tea kit

This price doesn’t include any items of a personal nature or any inclusions not stated above.

Cost: The cost per person is $AUD 1350** plus the single supplement of $225**, if applicable. A minimum number of participants is required for the pre-conference tour to go ahead.

** All prices inclusive of GST

Courtesy of Kings Park & Botanic Garden

Courtesy of Kings Park & Botanic Garden

Courtesy of Kings Park & Botanic Garden

Courtesy of Kings Park & Botanic Garden

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