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Porongurup Meet Your Maker Eco Tour

Porongurup Meet Your Maker Eco Tour

A full Day Eco Tour immersing yourselves in the essence of one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world, the Porongurup Range. Join Down Under Discoveries as they take you behind the scenes on an opportunity to connect with the local culture, meeting farmers, wine makers, environmental enthusiasts, a blacksmith, saddle-maker and historians. An authentic, immersive experience that is bound to provide you with memories that will last forever.

From AUD $165.00 per person

Departs: Wednesdays

Duration: 8hrs approx.

Location: Ex Albany - Heading through the ancient Porongurup Range

Group Size: There is a minimum of 4 people required for this tour to run. Maximum 12 people per tour.

Pick-up / Drop-off Locations and Times:
Albany Pickups
Pick-up at 217 York St, Albany (outside Albany Visitors Centre) 8.20am
Drop-off at your hotel or 217 York St at approximately 5.00pm
Porongurup Pickups
Pick-up/Drop-off available from Porongurup on request

Pricing:
Adult: $215pp (15 and over)
Child: $165pp (4-14 years)
Family: $740.00 (2A+2C)

Please note that prices exclude a booking fee which is added at time of checkout. We hope you understand that as a small family run business we simply are not able to absorb all costings and fees. Direct bookings via email do not attract this fee.

Please contact chelle@downunderdiscoveries.com if you wish to take up this option.

Highlights of the Experience

Woodburn Homestead, Farm & Saddlemaker
Step back in time with Steve Moir on the oldest farm in the Porongurup district. Established in 1860 as a sheep and dairy farm by the Dunn family who name the homestead 'Woodburn', and later sold to the Moir family in 1913. The homestead was built with fired bricks on the property, as well as natural timber for the floors, framework and roof shingles. The track to the Woodburn Homestead from Albany over the years took two days and became the road to the south-east with travellers arriving at the eastern end of the Porongurup Range on the second day of their journey,  where they were able to water their horses and camp overnight before heading north towards the Stirling Ranges. Still very much a working property, Steve runs cattle, has some beautiful Clydesdale Horses on the property and is the last highly skilled Saddle Maker in the region making custom saddles for those looking for seeking quality hand made saddles, a rare find these days.

Lothlorien Studio
Overlooking the ancient and picturesque Porongurup Range, multi award winning artist, blacksmith and woodworker Dave Taylor, has built his rendered straw-bale art studio and workshops to pursue his passions for wrought iron and woodwork. The natural warmth and cave like rustic charm of the straw-bale building, spectacular panoramas and the powerful ring of hammer on anvil combine to create an experience unique in the Great Southern. Using the traditional blacksmith techniques of ‘hammer and hand’, beautiful local and recycled timbers, and hand rubbed finishes, Dave’s work embodies his ideals of craftsmanship, artistic individuality and environmental awareness. His bespoke work covers a wide range from award winning sculptures featuring a combination of wood and wrought iron, entry statements for local towns, thru to hand forged layered Damascus blades for chefs to collectors.

Castle Rock Estate
Castle Rock Estate is nestled on the eastern slopes of the Porongurup Mountain. The vineyard has a cool and elevated northerly aspect, resulting in intensely flavoured wines, many of which have picked up a swag of awards, with Rob Diletti, owner and winemaker, being recognised as one of Australia’s finest winemakers. Castle Rock Estate looks forward to taking you behind the scenes on a short vineyard tour which includes a Winery tour and tasting in winery subject to seasons. Wines may include 3 to 4 Pinot Noirs -same vintage with different wine-making treatments and 3 to 4 Rieslings, vintage comparisons and different wine-making treatments. Guests will also indulge in a Ploughmans Lunch incorporating local produce, whilst immersing themselves in the mountain views that surround them.

Porongurup Pure
Meet the Ewes and Moos at Porongurup Pure as they look forward to welcoming you to their sheep and jersey cow dairy at the foothills of the Porongurups.  They are a single origin dairy – their girls graze the grass in their paddocks, they milk them in the dairy and then make a range of cheeses, yogurt and bottled milk in their cheeserie, all under the one roof. They pride themselves in letting nature do the job for them – happy content animals produce excellent quality milk.  They use traditional cheese making techniques with minimum interference, letting the quality milk and seasons create a range of rich, robust flavours. Join in to experience the operations of the dairy, have a meet and greet with the girls and sample their range of handmade, artisan cheeses.

Red Dirt Seeds
Red Dirt Seeds has developed a reputation as an industry leader, specialising in revegetation and rehabilitation of mine sites in Western Australia. Native seeds are harvested from existing vegetation from around each mine site and stored in their facility in Porongurup, then re-supplied for revegetation following each mine-sites closure. Jack Shiner’s direct involvement in the development of the Pilbara/Goldfields region during the 1970’s and 1980’s kindled his appreciation for the unique ecological diversity of the region and a desire to participate in its restoration and preservation and this behind the scenes experience provides guests with a fascinating insight into the environmental rehabilitation requirements of the mining sector, a truly unique experience.

Maleeya's Thai Cafe and Bamboo Nursery, Highland Cattle & Eucalyptus Arboretum
Maleeya's Thai Cafe and Bamboo Nursery is located on a 135 acre Organic Farm with Pet Highland Cows with the property being classified as Land for Wildlife. Peter looks forward to showcasing some of their  Bamboo Garden and Organic Nursery, featuring many bamboo species, some rare species. Guests are also given the opportunity to walk through a unique arboretum with different Eucalyptus Trees before heading off to meet their long-haired, long-horned pet Highland Cattle.

Thistledown Farm
Thistledown Farm is a small farm at the foot of the Porongurup Mountain range, family owned and run by the Kennedy family. Marnie invites you to step into farming life on their small farm with a farm tour that includes; checking the sheep, probably with home reared lambs in tow and feeding the pigs whilst learning about the history of the farm. Take a step back in time as you learn the history behind the 100 year old weatherboard cottage along with the timber saw mill and its role in both the supply of building materials and the apple packing boxes for the orchard that was here. The Kennedy's are passionate about land-care conservation as well as educating people about the aspects of farm life so will talk about the role farmers play in restoring and maintain natural bush land in the region, which includes a walk ‘up the back’ to their little bit of bush which was fenced using funding from Land-care.

Please contact Chelle on 0439463285 or via email chelle@downunderdiscoveries.com for all bookings and enquiries.

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"I experienced the Kitty's Gorge hike with Chelle and a lovely group. The scenery is stunning and the recent rains turned on a lovely show of water falls."

- Linda - 

 

"I have done two moonlight forest immersion hikes now and each one has been a wonderful experience and grounding. A wonderful way to restore your energy amongst nature and be truly mindful".

- Luke R - 

 

Hi Chelle, I just wanted to write a quick msg to let you know how awesome it has been going on your group hikes. I have always wanted to do something in the outdoors which involved both weight loss and mental healing. I have slowly found something that has helped me establish who i am as a person as it has given me the clarity i been looking for, to find myself as a person. And I love myself for it! Thank you for creating such a great team environment for all fitness level, people that love to be one with nature, and for people that just need that time to find what they need 🙂 You rock!

-Larissa-

I joined the New Moon walk tonight at the Zigzag and had a great time. A short enough walk to do not being fit but long enough to get a workout. Amazing scenery and the end of hot tea and singing bowls was lovely. Highly recommend as a doable experience that is affordable and not hard for a usually sedentary person to achieve. Chelle and Dave were great hosts that have great experience to offer.

- Ruth - 

I highly recommend the 1 day tour to Perth Waterfalls with Chelle at DownUnderDiscover. As a foreign it was a pleasure to met a local with such sound knowledge of WA nature and the outdoors experiences. I enjoyed and learned a lot on this tour and the waterfalls were spectaculars.The tour is very well thought, and runs smoothly through the day with a great attention. We have time to ask questions, enjoy the walks without rushing and spend a wonderful day. For sure I will come back for another hike/outdoors experience.

- Olga - 

We had a wonderful morning on the recent Zig Zag Flora, Fauna & History Tour. There was an abundance of wildflowers to discover, learn about and photograph. Learning the history of the Zig Zag and early settlers was very interesting and gave us a new appreciation of the area. Our guides were very friendly, knowledgeable and provided a great morning tea. Thank you for an excellent event.

- Adele - 

We had a beautiful evening walk with Chelle. The moon didn't quite make it through the clouds, but the energy was exquisite, and the guide, and company, lovely. Thoroughly recommend this experience, and I can't wait to try others, such as the New Moon walk.

- Jaki - 

Great walking tour in the hills. Loved the very knowledgeable Ken who walked us through the amazing flowers of the region. Highly recommended. Oooh and such a yummy lemon myrtle cake too.

- Trevor - 

The forest walk was amazing. I really enjoyed the meditation and connection exercises and the walk itself is very manageable. I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes nature and walking!!

- Debbie - 

Mothers day Hike was for my daughter and I our first venture on to the Bibbulmun Track. From the start Chelle and her family crew made us feel very welcome. The Hike was relaxed and at a speed suitable for all ages .Chelle very informative about the trail and the surrounding plants and trees. Midway homemade scones and tea was a welcome break in the midst of beautiful tranquil surroundings. The mothers day flowers and chocolates at the end was also lovely surprise. We will definately be booking more hikes with Down Under Discoveries.

- Meg -

Fantastic hike, no pressure to rush. I absolutely loved the meditative forest immersion moment. Yummo handmade bushtucker morning tea was a real treat. The morning started off quite crisp and cool but brightened to a warm, clear day. Chelle, our guide is really knowledgeable but warm, approachable and has great people skills.When I can afford another hike, hopefully a night one, will definitely be choosing this lovely family run business.

- Sandie - 

Thanks Chelle at Down Under Discoveries, I had a really great time, learnt lots and didn't feel rushed or unsafe at any point! even with the snake trails � 
I couldn't do something like that on my own so it's great you've created something that gets people outside �
Lovely group of people and I look forward to my next adventure! ��

- Tamara -

I have joined Chelle on some amazing hikes around the Perth area. She is a fantastic guide with a depth of knowledge and a passion for the environment and for bringing it to people who might never get to enjoy the countryside. Albany Region, you are lucky to have her!!!

- Andrea, Perth -

Inclusions

What’s Included

  • Fully commentated tour on a comfortable bus with coach style reclining seats
  • Free Wi-Fi and USB charging ports for tech devices
  • Behind the Scenes Experiences with Porongurup Pure
  • Get up close with the unique Highland Cattle
  • Enjoy a simple farm tour on a historic sight in the Porongurup Range
  • Meet the Makers in and around the Porongurups
  • Short Vineyard Tour including wine tasting and a Ploughmans Lunch
  • Water for refilling your own bottle
  • Photos posted on our Facebook Page
  • Drop-off at city hotels

What to Bring

  • Water bottle (we provide water refills throughout day)
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera
  • Spending money for souvenirs
  • Travel insurance*
  • Most importantly a great sense of adventure
* Please ensure that you have adequate travel insurance to cover cancellations, lost property, medical evacuation, personal liability, lost deposits, etc.

Terms and Conditions

Please go to the following link to read our Terms and Conditions before making a booking. This includes information about our Cancellation Policy.

Down Under Discoveries Terms and Conditions