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Garden Tours with Steve Wood

Western Australia: Wildflowers, Wineries and Private Gardens of the South West
14 - 25 September 2019

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Tour Highlights

  • Join Steve as he 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 (to be confirmed in 2019).

  • 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 sand plains 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 sand plains rich in diversity and the ancient craggy peaks of the Stirling Range to some of the most prestigious wine areas of Margaret River.

Top image: Bill Mitchell's Garden, Yallingup, Western Australia, courtesy Bill Mitchell

Slider in order: View from Mount Trio, Stirling Range, Western Australia. Source: Wikimedia Commons Author: Muriel Bendel

Secret Garden, Margaret River, courtesy Pat Poynton

Bluff Knoll, Stirling Range, Western Australia. By Muriel Bendel from Wikimedia Commons

Millbrook Winery, Jarrahdale, Western Australia