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22 AUG - 5 SEP 2021

Wildflowers of Western Australia Tour

A 15-day adventure exploring Western Australia from Perth to Shark Bay with Dr Peter Weston.

The Trip
On this exclusive Foundation & Friends tour, Dr Peter Weston will be leading members to the home of Thelymitra pulcherrima, at Mt Lesueur, on the way from Perth to Shark Bay and back. This region includes the “northern sandplains”, an area of extraordinary botanical diversity and the habitat of some of Australia’s most spectacular native plants. We expect to see flowers of the black kangaroo paw (Macropidia fuliginosa), the wreath lechenaultia, (Lechenaultia macrantha), the scarlet featherflower (Verticordia grandis), the huge blossoms and gumnuts of the mottlecah (Eucalyptus macrantha), and massed displays of pink everlasting daisies (Rhodanthe chlorocephala), to name a few of the hundreds of species that will be blooming when we will be there, at the peak of the wildflower season. We will also walk amongst the extraordinary limestone pinnacles of Nambung National Park, visit the magnificent Murchison River gorge, see the fascinating stromatolites of Hamelin Pool, a reminder of Earth's earliest lifeforms, and enjoy the aquamarine waters of Jurien Bay, Dongara and Francois Peron National Park.

The best part is that when you travel with Foundation & Friends, a portion of your tour fee benefits the Gardens' conservation, science, education, and horticulture efforts.

About your Leader: Dr Peter Weston
Your tour will be accompanied by Dr Peter Weston, former Senior Principal Research Scientist with the National Herbarium of NSW. Peter’s special interests are the Proteaceae and Orchidaceae families, both of which are spectacularly diverse in the area we will be visiting. Peter’s botanical expertise and enthusiasm will only serve to enhance this unique adventure. Peter has taken trips to Madagascar (twice) and South Africa with Foundation and Friends as well as New Caledonia and Vietnam & Cambodia. Peter Escorted a trip to the SW of Western Australia in Sept 2019, and this journey north of Perth is Part 2 of this incredible exploration.

Trip Highlights
-Visit King’s Park ‑ one of Australia’s largest and most fascinating inner city parks
-Visit the northern sandplains ‑ an area of extraordinary botanical diversity and the habitat of some of Australia’s most spectacular native plants.
-Visit the magnificent Murchison River gorge
-Incredible rock formations at Kalbarri National Park
-Unique exploration through the Wheat Belt
-Walk amongst the bizarre limestone Pinnacles at Nambung National Park
-Enjoy the aquamarine waters of Jurien Bay and Shark Bay
-Trip escorted by Dr Peter Weston

Click here for the full itinerary, the booking form, and more information.
 

When

22 August - 5 September 2021

Price

From $6,670

Who

Adults

Contact

Foundation and Friends of the Botanic Gardens
foundation.friends@rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

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