Journey through the wheat belt region to Wave Rock, one of Australia's incredible natural monuments. Visit the historic township of York and view other significant geological formations of the area before witnessing stunning wildflowers and learning about local Aboriginal culture.
Heading east through the scenic Perth Hills you stop to enjoy morning tea (own expense) at historic York, the first township founded in the Avon Valley. Enjoy the wonderfully preserved turn of the century Victorian buildings and gain an insight into grand old pioneer days.
From there, travel the Wheatbelt Highway through agricultural towns of Corrigin and Kondinin, stopping briefly at the famous Dog Cemetery; a tribute to Australian working sheep dogs. Then visit Hippo's Yawn an unusual natural rock formation shaped like a yawning hippopotamus, regarded by the local Aboriginal people as a special women's place. You then break for an Aussie country style lunch at the Wildflower Shop.
After lunch, move on to see the spectacular Wave Rock and the ancient Gnamma Holes. Walk around and on top of the rock as you hear of dreamtime stories and discover special Aboriginal sacred sites and learn more about the Aboriginal culture. Estimated at being an incredible 2,700 million years old, the rock has over time been sculptured by nature into the form of a huge breaking wave. Whilst here visit a Wildlife Park featuring Australian animals or alternatively view the unique Antique Lace Collection or Toy Soldier Museum. Leaving Wave Rock, head off to view some other intriguing rock formations of the area including the Humps, a camel hump like granite rock and finally Mulkas Cave. Your coach captain will explain the ancient Aboriginal cave paintings featured within it, telling the legend of the outcast Aboriginal, Mulka the Terrible.
Your return journey takes you along back roads through the heart of the Western Australian wheat belt to the small farming town of Babakin. Here, enjoy some country hospitality over an afternoon tea (own expense) with local town folk. During the wildflower season (September to November) some of Western Australias best wildflowers can be seen in this area and roadside stops will be made to view some of the spectacular native wildflowers.
From here, sit back in comfort and contemplate the days experiences before returning through the Darling Ranges giving us elevated panoramic views of Perth's city lights with arrival in Perth at approximately 8.30 pm.
Departs: Daily April and September - March, May - August: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
Duration: 12.5 hours, distance: 700 kms
Departure point: Perth Convention and Exhibtion Centre, Perth and selected hostel/hotels.
Start Time: 8:00am
Return Time: Approximately 8:30pm