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.

Adventure Awaits!

From AUD $165.00 per person

Departs: Daily on demand

Duration: 9hrs 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) 8.00am
Drop-off at your hotel or 217 York St at approximately 5.30pm
Porongurup Pickups
Pick-up/Drop-off available from Porongurup on request

Pricing:
Adult: $239pp (15 and over)
Child: $165pp (4-14 years)
Family: $780.00 (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 business we simply are not able to absorb all costings and fees.

A $2 contribution to Greenfleet is made on behalf of each of our guests as part of our Carbon Offset Program, contributing to the restoration of our Australian forests. See here for more details.

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.

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.

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.

Bollygum Dell
A spring-fed freshwater lagoon, local cultural history, bush buggy ride & your own personal biodiversity hotspot guided tour make up some of the delights to be had at Bollygum Dell. We invite you to learn what makes this place special. Bollygum is also a working farm on a sustainable stand-alone solar powered property, designed from the outset to leave a minimal footprint on this beautiful and sacred place. An untouched pocket where time stands still…… a place to enrich the soul!

Call 0439 463 285 or email info@downunderdiscoveries.com for all booking enquiries.

Important Information

Exploring the outdoors does pose certain hazards even if participants do not recklessly place themselves in harm's way. Risks such as falling, slipping on loose gravel, sprains and insect/snakes bites are possible. Our guides are qualified and experienced, conducting our tours with those risks and others in mind, and whilst the risk will always remain, we do exercise a high level of caution throughout the experience with safety of our clients being our highest priority. Our guides are also fully qualified in Wilderness First Aid should the need arise.

We do highly recommend travel insurance for any tour experiences.

Fitness Level:

Most of our experiences are suitable for those with a good level of fitness. We do encourage you to be fit and well enough to make the most of the experiences we have on offer. Note, for the safety of all passengers, we reserve the right to prevent passengers from participating in some activities. Those with injuries should contact us directly before making a booking.

Toilet Facilities:

There are toilet facilities provided throughout the experience.

Unfavourable Weather:

Please note that unless a severe weather warning is forecast, this experience will go ahead. A little rain won't hurt anyone and we just ask that you dress accordingly.

COVID-19 Measures:

Down Under Discoveries has procedures in place for Healthy Hygience and Physical Distancing, having completed a Covid-19 Safety Plan, the COVID-19 hygiene training and has also received accreditation as a COVID-19 Clean Practising Business.

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Testimonials

I joined two tours - the Walpole Wilderness and Torndirrup eco tours. I booked a few days before the tour but made a mistake in the date ! I was very worried but Chelle was very helpful and immediately made the changes that eased my mind I was travelling. The eco tours were great experiences. I was very impressed with the tour arrangements (the sightseeing, the bush tucker ...) and Chelle's passion of the nature. It's the most beautiful and inspiring encounter with nature.
- Genie - 
 
Went on an amazing adventure 4 x 4 off-roading as part of the She Seeks Adventure Social Series. Had a fabulous day learning new skills in a safe and encouraging environment. Stepped out of my comfort zone in beautiful setting surrounded by like minded women which made this an unforgettable experience.
- Shirley W - 
 

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-

In Dec 2019, I was lucky enough to be part of a Women’s Adventure Weekend with Chelle, it was one of the best experiences of my life, I went into the weekend to push myself out of my comfort zone and do something just for me. I would go again in a heartbeat, I came out of the weekend with a new found confidence, feeling refreshed, renewed and accomplished, plus the added bonus of making great new friends.
I attempted challenges I never thought I would and push through many emotional boundaries, I can’t thank Chelle and her team enough, the opportunities and support provided was perfect.
I urge everyone to give this a go, you may well surprise yourself!!!

- Mandy - 

Along with 2 of my dear friends, I did the Summer Sunset Yoga Hike at the Peak Head Trail in Torndirrup National Park, Albany. We are experienced hikers and found Chelle’s care, knowledge and obvious passion for the Aussie outdoors so impressive. The Nature Immersion was particularly delightful - after all that’s why we are there! Our hike was followed by a Yoga Session with Ainslie from Envisage Yoga & Wellness - if you haven’t practiced Yoga on a rock face with a view of the wonderful Albany coastline as the sun sets well.... book it in! Followed by the most delicious picnic of cake, biscuits and tea made from bush tucker.
Then home with such a sense of peacefulness and relaxation. Just beautiful.

- Suzy W - 

We really loved our tour of Albany with Chelle. Despite the wet weather, Chelle managed to keep our children engaged, shared enlightening facts about plants and Albany’s history. She also took lovely photos and prepared tea with some bush herbs that were completely new to us. The sites were breath-taking but Chelle pieced everything so well together. I was tempted to cancel due to wet weather but was really glad we went ahead. Highly recommended when in Albany.

- CTB - 

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 -

We had such a fantastic time on our evening/night hike in Albany. Very well run professional business while also being super fun and personable. Loved it and would highly recommend.
- Emily Smith -
 
Have had the pleasure of doing two adventures with Chelle; the kayaking and full moon hike. Loved both of them and can't wait to do more. Very well organised and always felt safe.
- Tina Spencer - 

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
  • Meet the Makers in and around the Porongurups
  • Bush-tucker inspired morning tea
  • Short Vineyard Tour including wine tasting and a Ploughmans Lunch
  • Behind the Scenes Experiences with Porongurup Pure including a cheese tasting
  • Get up close with the unique Highland Cattle
  • Bush buggy ride and guided tour at Bollygum Dell
  • Water for refilling your own bottle
  • $2 donation made to Greenfleet as part of our Carbon Offset Program
  • 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
As part of our commitment to conducting our nature based tourism experiences in an environmentally sustainable manner we do ask that you consider using an Eco friendly reusable water bottle (not plastic) and that any extra snack items you bring be in reusable containers. We do offer to take all rubbish at the end of the day to make sure it is recycled correctly.

Terms and Conditions

Please go to the following link to read our Terms and Conditions before making a booking. This includes information about our Assumption of Risk/Waiver & Cancellation Policy.

Down Under Discoveries Terms and Conditions

* Please ensure that you have adequate travel insurance to cover cancellations, lost property, medical evacuation, personal liability, lost deposits, etc.

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