A fascinating day out combining the history of one of Australia�s Benedictine abbeys with the world-renowned mystical Pinnacles Desert.
Mon & Thu
|Start||Perth @ 08.00 am|
|Finish||Perth @ 07.30 pm|
Travel through the Swan Valley to New Norcia, Australia's only monastic town which is renowned for its Benedictine Abbey. Drive through the town and learn of the intriguing history and culture of the community before stopping for morning tea.
Afterwards, visit a produce shop for the chance to purchase Benedictine Community goods including olive oil, fruit, wine, New Norcia nut cake and breads. Alternatively, visit the museum and art gallery.
From here we visit the Western Wildflower Farm for a brief talk about how wildflowers are dried and exported. Continue to the lobster fishing town of Cervantes and visit the Pinnacles Desert where you enjoy an easy paced walk through these mystical limestone pillars.
Wildflower viewing stops are made in season. Return to Perth at approximately 7.30pm.
* New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery
A little piece of Spain comes alive in this town, full of history, art and architecture. The town's main attraction is the museum and art gallery. In the museum you will find extraordinary artefacts dating back to when New Norcia was an Aboriginal mission, a hub for farming and a diverse town for education and culture.
* New Norcia Abbey Church and St Gertrude's College
The Abbey Church is home to one of only two large Moser organs, originally crafted in Germany, this organ was imported to Australia in the 1920's. Visit St Gertrude's College, a grand gothic style building which was originally built as a girls boarding school and opened in 1908.
* Nambung National Park
Home to the iconic Pinnacles Desert, Nambung National Park features an array of coastal dunes. Rich in flowering plants, this is a great spot where vegetation blooms in to flower during season.
* Pinnacles Desert
These mystical limestone pillars make up one of Australia's most unique landscapes. Rising eerily out of the sand and reaching up to several metres tall. See the Pinnacles from the lookout over the Park or take a guided walk through these amazing spiers. If time permits be sure to make a visit to the Pinnacle Desert Discovery Centre to discover even more about these natural wonders.
* 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.