Overview

The Journey starts in our capital, Perth, and then travels by private coach down to the South Coast of Western Australia to Albany. Over the twelve days, you will travel over 2000 Km through ten different national parks, reserves, and many woodlands that vary from the coastal Southern Mallee Scrublands to the Giant Karri Tree and Tinglewood Forests and various wetlands. Ocean, river, and estuary boat trips are also included.

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force clubs of Albany and Perth.

Live With a Local

  • Guest speakers will either be professionals in their field or avid enthusiasts, and we are pleased with the support from organizations such as Museum of the Great Southern, University of Western Australia, Albany City Council, Department of Aboriginal Affairs and bird, flora, and photographic hobby groups.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Each days program will integrate birdwatching and flora observations over different geological conditions. Identification experts will be with the journey every day.
  • While this area has much to offer, our Journey will specialize in four areas:
    • Flora; the area is home to a very diverse range of plants of which half are endemic; occurs only in South-Western corner of Australia.
    • Birdwatching; We will visit the habitat of the elusive Noisy Scubbird, recognized along with the Lyrebird as the first song birds on the planet. We expect to see a variety of bird families during the Journey, due to our rich biodiversity. Many of our birds are endemic to the area, and along with some small mammals, are responsible for pollinating a large percentage of our plants.
    • Geological structure of the Porongurups; dating back 1.4 billion years makes it one of the oldest continually exposed land masses on earth, which accounts for the large number of rare plants, insects and animals.
    • Indigenous Culture of the Noongar Peoples; known to have existed here for 40,000+ years, the Journey will expose you back to the Dream Time, bush tucker, tribal laws, and traditional way of life before and after European settlement.
This is a very active and informative Journey for bird, flora, and cultural understanding of Indigenous and European settlement in an area that is rated in the top thirty biodiversity spots in the world, with a civilization that goes back 40,000 years. - Host Journey Coordinator

Discover Ecology of Albany and the Great Southern Region of Western Australia

12 Days / 11 Nights Program and Itinerary:

October 8, 2018 – October 19, 2018
Coordinator: Don Titterton, FF Albany
donwtt@gmail.com

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Oct. 8

Perth Friendship Force will arrange to visit King’s Park and botanical tour.

You will be hosted by FF Perth.

Oct. 9

Rottnest Island Bird Tour and Quokka introduction.

Hosted by FF Perth.

Oct.10

Traveling to Albany (via chartered bus; 400 kilometer journey.)

Stop at Kodja Place damper/billy tea, orchids and open train ride, Kojonup.

Welcome dinner with FF Albany that evening; speaker “Welcome to Country and Welcome to City of Albany” by Denis Wellington, Mayor of Albany.

Hosted by FF Albany.

Oct. 11

Museum talk “European history, Malcolm Trail, and Indigenous history” by Vernice Gillies.

View Indigenous canvas, lunch, and Anzac Centre in afternoon.

Hosted by FF Albany.

Oct. 12

Porongorups (Twin Creeks) talk by Friends of Porongorups, includes geographical formation of area, plants, insects, and spiders that were around with the dinosaurs. Speakers – Citizens Science Group members.

Lunch in Mt. Barker, Banksia Farm Tour.

Drive to Stirling Range Retreat (overnight stay).

Campfire Dream-time (Robbie Miniter) and Gnowangerup Indigenous Dance Group.

Oct. 13

Breakfast at Stirling Range camp kitchen and tea rooms.

Stirling Range wildflower and bird tour.

Drive to Red Moort Reserve (Bush Heritage Simon Smales), Nowanup Bush University (Alison Lultfitz UWA, Ph.D. in native foods and medicines),  Gondwana Link, Keith Bradby and Noongar Elder Eugene Eades.

Bremmer Bay Resort (overnight stay) dinner, bed and breakfast

Oct. 14

Full day in Fitzgerald National Park (plan B in place in case of restricted access.)

Return to Albany

Hosted by FF Albany.

Oct. 15

Kalgan Queen river cruise, includes morning tea.

Free afternoon and evening.

Hosted by FF Albany.

Oct. 16

Lake Seppings birdwatching and flora interests, group may have different destinations, lunch and Whale World Biodiversity Gardens, plus native animal enclosure.

Hosted by FF Albany.

Oct. 17

Fish traps, Lower Kalgan, and bush tucker.

Two People’s Bay – Noisy Scrubbird territory.

Farewell Lunch and Picnic Two People’s Bay.

Packing for return journey to Perth.

Hosted by FF Albany.

Oct. 18

Day one of return trip to Perth via Denmark Walpole, includes Tree Top Walk, Valley of the Giants, and Wilderness Estuary Tour with Gary Muir (pm tour.)

Stay at Bridgetown Motel – dinner, bed, and breakfast, includes town walk.

Oct. 19

Travel to Bunbury by coach and then 2pm train to Perth, Journey completed.

Ambassadors to arrange own accommodation at this point.

Rate:

$2150 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, private coach hire, accommodation outside of Perth and Albany, meals while traveling, official dinners, guest speakers, venues, and support crew expenses.

Availability:

25Spaces Remaining

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Know before you go

  • The price of this Journey was calculated in Australian Dollars and then converted to US dollars, based on the exchange rate on Octobwe 6, 2017. The final price will be based on the exchange rate between AUD & USD in June 2018 and will be unpredictable until that time.
  • ***Important*** The Journey will be within the South-west Biodiversity “Hot Spot” of Western Australia. This area has limited accommodation with a high demand, as it is peak flower season. As we can only accommodate 30 ambassadors, we require a 50% deposit by December 31, 2017, and full payment for the Journey by the June 1, 2018.
  • October is the end of our winter, so you should enjoy a temperature range average of 24°C (75°F) as the maximum and 16°C (61°F) minimum, with the possibility of rainy days.
  • The terrain will vary from rough and hilly to sandy and rocky, so sturdy footwear and a hat are essentials.
  • Light-weight, loose-fitting long sleeve shirt and trousers are recommended.
  • Long days and lots of walking will require a reasonable standard of fitness.
  • Bring your own binoculars.
  • We have not included animals in this Journey, as most Australian animals are nocturnal and too unpredictable to track. But who knows our luck!
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