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Perth > Dwellingup > Pinjarra > Mandurah > Perth
Are you ready to immerse yourself in our Western Australian history with a particular focus on Indigenous culture? Go beyond Perth and discover the stunning landscapes and history of the coastal playground around the city of Mandurah. Head into the amazing Darling Ranges to explore this rugged and beautiful hinterland.
This 7-day small-group tour or as we like to call it a “Collective Adventure” includes time spent with three Aboriginal elders that will leave you with a deeper understanding of one of the oldest cultures in the world and how connected to our beautiful country our First Nation people are.
This fully inclusive package includes your accommodation in Mandurah and the historic town of Dwellingup and all meals. With private transport, personal guides and some amazing private tours and unique experiences all included, this Collective Adventure is a unique way to discover this stunning region and experience Noongar culture.
Spot wild dolphins as you take a cruise on the vast and majestic Peel inlet and Harvey Estuary. Immerse yourself in the local Indigenous culture and history while exploring the beautiful beaches, waterways and forests on what is a hidden gem right on your doorstep.
Follow the Murray River to the historic town of Pinjarra and discover its colonial history along with the impacts on the local Indigenous Noongar people. Reflect on one of the darkest chapters in our colonial history and visit a local Aboriginal centre and their native food gardens.
As we climb into the Darling Ranges experience the unique colours that make up the Australian bush. Take in the historic timber towns of Dwellingup and Jarrahdale. Then on into the farmlands to learn more about how agriculture continues to be the backbone of this region.
With a maximum of 12 people, this is a unique way to take in the history, both colonial and indigenous of this wonderful region.
Is this package for me?
|TRAVEL STYLE||Small group tour with a maximum of 12 people, perfect for couples, older families, friends, or the solo adventurer.|
|SERVICE LEVEL||Superior level of accommodation, and your Tour Leader will ensure your holiday is worry-free ,and your tours unforgettable.|
|PHYSICAL RATING||Great for people of all ages and levels of fitness. Some light bush walking is included and so Guests need to be able to walk unassisted. A river cruise is also included within an enclosed waterway.|
|TRIP TYPE||Small Group Tour|
- Three nights accommodation at the Seashells Hotel in Mandurah in a double or twin shared room.
- Three nights accommodation at the Nobel River Estate with a double or twin shared room within the main house or a chalet.
- 6 Breakfasts at your overnight hotel and chalet
- Tour Leader
- Welcome to Country
- 7 lunches
- 6 Dinners
- All transfers in private A/C vehicle
- Estuary discovery boat cruise
- Indigenous river, estuary and ocean tour
- Bindjareb Park Indigenous gardens tour and lunch
- Dwellingup Indigenous Cultural Tour
- Entrance to Edenvale Historic Centre
- Entrance to the Forest Discovery Centre at Dwellingup
- Lane Pool bushwalk
- Boddington farm tour
- Morning tea
- Chilled water
- All government taxes, excluding Visa
- Upgraded air conditioned private vehicle
- Estuary cruise on shared private ferry
- Public train – Perth – Serpentine and Mandurah to Perth
Pricing Per Guest (AUD)
|Price (AUD)||Early Bird
(45 days or before)
(14 days or before)
|12th to 18th October 2020|
|Single Room Supplement||$702||$842|
|9th to 15th November 2020|
|Single Room Supplement||$702||$842|
Day 1: Dwellingup
Arrival at Serpentine > Jarrahdale exploration > Dwellingup > Free time > Welcome Dinner (L,D)
You will be met by your Tour Leader at the Perth Central Train Station. Your Tour Leader is one of our passionate young Noongar community members and is there to make this experience truly memorable. We journey on the Australind train to the town of Serpentine. This is the fast and efficient way to transfer from Perth and also a great way to get a glimpse of the ever-expanding suburbs of Perth. You will also get your first sight of the Darling Ranges that tower over the coastal plains as we leave the city behind. From Serpentine, we will head into these hills through the stunning landscapes to the historic town of Jarrahdale. Here we will explore the town taking in its ties to the forestry industry, a modern-day winery and the struggles faced by the original European settlers. Then we wind our way across the Darling scarp taking in the vast Serpentine Dam and a unique Buddhist monastery. In the late afternoon, we will arrive at Dwellingup and your base for the next three days. Settle into your beautiful chalet and explore the surrounding stunning bush. Then join your fellow tour guests and Tour Leader for a welcome dinner at the Dwellingup Hotel for a classic Australian “pub feed”.
Day 2: Dwellingup
Dwelling up (B,L,D)
We begin the day with a leisurely breakfast and then you will be joined by a local Indigenous Elder from what is traditionally known as Wilman country which takes in this area around Dwellingup. Start your journey of discover exploring Nanga Brook and see ancient fishing techniques, bush medicine and have your first taste of bush tucker. Come to understand what is known as the song lines of this area and the connection to this stunning land that the Balardong Noongar people have. We also take in the Forest Discovery Centre and local galleries to round out the day. Enjoy the sights and sounds of this beautiful landscapes surrounding the town while immersing yourself in its rich history and ties to Indigenous culture.
Dwellingup > Boddington Farm Tour > Quindanning Historic Hotel > Dwellingup (B)
After a leisurely breakfast, we head east today travelling through the unique Australian bush landscape and transitioning into the farming heartland that surrounds the town of Boddington. Experience a typical farm with a tour and come to understand why Australian farmers are considered some of the most efficient in the world. We then continue on into Boddington which is a typical Australian country town that is supported by the surrounding agriculture industry as well as a nearby gold and bauxite mining.
We then head for lunch at the historic Quindanning Hotel before winding back through the rolling hills to Dwellingup. Enjoy a late afternoon relaxing at the stunning Noble River Estate with time for you to enjoy the beautiful late afternoon light that is unique to the Australian bush before we head into Dwellimgup for dinner at a local restaurant.
Bindjareb Park >Pinjarra Massacre Site > Edenvale Homestead > Pinjarra Historical Colonial Trail > Mandurah (B,L,D)
Take in your last morning at your stunning retreat over a leisurely breakfast, before we wind our way down out of the Darling ranges to the historic town of Pinjarra. We head first to Bindjareb Park which is a 22 hectare nature reserve being lovingly restored to its natural state along with a vital Indigenous community centre.
Here we will join Karrie-Anne Kearing who was born in Pinjarra and has dedicated her life to raising awareness and keeping her culture alive.With extensive family links throughout Nyungar country, these ties put her in a privileged position as a keeper of knowledge, being a traditional owner of the Bindjareb region.
Through cultural awareness Karrie-Anne is able to share the beauty of her culture and also instil it in upcoming generations of Nyungars. Karrie-Anne has been able to interpret and share her culture through the arts such as writing, festivals, exhibitions and film. She has remained in her hometown of Pinjarra, developing community and youth projects to help create a stronger future.
Enjoy a walk through bushlands and learn about traditional uses of plants, watch films of local history and visit the site of remnants of an Aboriginal Reserve. Share in the dreamtime and creation stories of local culture.
We then take in one of the darkest chapters in Western Australian history at the site of what is known as the Pinjarra Massacre. Including an audio tour this is a haunting but unforgettable experience.
We also visit and reflect on the colonial history of Pinjarra with a visit to Edenvale, a collection of buildings that date back to the founding of this historic town. Gain a deeper understanding of both the colonial history and how it impacted on the traditional and first custodians of this area.
Late afternoon we head to Mandurah, getting your first glimpse of this aquatic playground and settle into your hotel before joining your fellow adventurer’s and Tour Leader for dinner at one of the cities many fine restaurants.
Mandurah > Estuary and Canal River cruise > City Exploration > Twilight Estuary and Kangaroo discovery drive (B,L,D)
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, your Tour Leader will take you on a discovery of the performing arts and western foreshore precinct before you join a river cruise to discover the majestic Peel Inlet and Harvey Estuary. Teeming with bird life and on most days wild dolphins are spotted this is a great way to explore this vast waterway. After lunch, we give you time to relax at your hotel before joining your Tour Leader to further explore the Harvey Estuary as it heads south taking in stunning wetlands. Then we head to the coast to see the kangaroos come out to play and experience an inspirational west coast sunset.
Day 6: Mandurah
Indigenous Cultural Tour of the Mandurah and beyond (B,LD)
After another relaxing breakfast we are joined today by George Walley an integral part of the Mandurah community and proud Noongar elder. We start with the Yaburgurt Trail” which is a cultural layering of significant places around Mandurah about Yaburgurt and his wife, Susan and how their lives interacted with a settler family, the Sutton family. This heritage and the historical reflective tour include stories of the ancient land use, Winjan’s Camp, Yaburgurt’s grave and an ocean drive that reflects his totem. This Cultural knowledge tour takes you on a journey through the coastal plain, home to their ancestors for thousands of years. A place of great cultural significance to the region’s First People. Included in your journey of discovery is a picnic lunch savouring the flavours of Indigenous bush tucker. We return to your hotel and in the mid-afternoon and you have time to relax before you can head out and experience one of the many fine local restaurants for our last night together.
Day 7: Perth
Mandurah > Free time > Train > Perth (B,L)
After 6 days of exploration, you can choose to relax at your hotel, take a leisurely stroll on the beach or some last-minute shopping. Then join your guide for a farewell lunch at one of the many waterside cafes before we head to the train. Your Tour Leader will accompany you back to Perth and this is a great way to again experience the sights of the growing city including the stunning Swan River. Your Tour Leader will ensure your connection to the next part of your journey goes smoothly and this 7 day Collective Adventure comes to an end.
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