Journey through the wheat belt region of Western Australia to overnight at Wave Rock one of Australiaďż˝s incredible natural monuments. Wildflowers (Seasonal)
|Start||Perth @ 08.00 am|
|Finish||Perth @ 08.30 pm|
Heading East we enjoy morning tea (own expense) at historic York, the first township founded in the Avon Valley. We then head east towards Wave Rock and the town of Hyden. On arrival at the hotel, check in followed by a casual lunch in the hotel. The afternoon is then yours to explore this outback environment. Explore the old town and settlement and have an in depth visit to the Wildlife Park, unique Antique Lace Collection and Toy soldier museum. Although the main visit to Wave Rock is the following day, an unguided visit is available for the adventurous. After returning to the hotel to freshen up, enjoy a Bush Bistro dinner* before a private after hours visit to Wave Rock (sunset permitting) and hopefully some kangaroo spotting in the early evening. End the evening star gazing at the huge night sky. (LD)
*Please note: Dinner on day 1 is designed to give travellers the full Australiana experience where they are given the opportunity to cook their own meats on a BBQ/grill stove top.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
Situated in the Avon Valley, York is one of Western Australia's most picturesque towns with charming architecture. This town was the first inland European settlement in Western Australia, founded back in 1831. Be sure to take a short stroll along the main town strip and see many of the old buildings which are still in use today.
** Dog Cemetery
Here you will find owners loving memories of their faithful four legged companions. Stroll through the cemetery and see the elaborate headstones and touching messages.
** Hippos Yawn
Another rocky outcrop in the area, named because of its resemblance to a hippopotamus yawning.
** The Humps
View the Aboriginal artwork at 'The Humps,' a large granite formation.
** Mulka's Cave
Hear the Aboriginal legend of Mulka and view the imprints of his hands which can still be seen in the cave today.
** Wave Rock
East of Perth you will find Wave Rock, a giant surf like landmark of Multi-coloured granite which is over 2700 million year old. This natural monument is so iconic as it appears to crash into the ground below - creating a wave like landscape.
** Wildlife Park and Antique Lace Collection
If time permits wander through the wildlife park where you can enjoy time seeing kangaroos, emus, wallabies, wombats, koalas, lizards and a wide range of birds. Alternatively view the antique lace collection, dating back to the 1600's. These hand and machine made lace products are housed in beautiful hand crafted cabinets.
** Wildflowers (Seasonal)
Stop to view wildflowers throughout the tour whilst they are in season. Varieties include the orange flowering Christmas Tree, Kangaroo Paw, Banksia, Wattle and Everlastings.
Enjoy a sleep-in before enjoying breakfast surrounded by Western Australia nature outback beauty, and perhaps even spot more kangaroos and wildlife in the morning sunrise. After breakfast, explore the historic and quintessentially Australia settlement of Hyden, Wave Rock before receiving a private tour of the old historic homesteads, working farm and restored car museum and just enjoy the peace and tranquility of the outback and bush. Just before lunch, rejoin the day tour for the main attractions and visit Hippo's Yawn, a rock formation which resembles a hippo yawning. We then break for a BBQ lunch at the Wildflower Shop. Then it's the main highlight to see the spectacular Wave Rock and the ancient Gnamma Holes. Whilst here visit either the Wildlife Park or view a unique Antique Lace Collection; depending on the previous day's experience.
After, continue the Wave Rock experience and visit The Humps and finally Mulka's Cave and then "wave" goodbye to the rock as we travel to the quaint country town of Babakin for homemade afternoon tea and cakes (own expense) and then head back to Perth for a mid-evening arrival. (Dinner on arrival back in Perth and at own arrangement and expense).