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 their unique 'Porongurup Meet Your Maker Eco Tour'. This is a special invitation to connect with the local culture, meeting local farmers, wine makers, environmental enthusiasts, blacksmiths, saddle-makers and history buffs. An authentic, immersive experience that is bound to provide you with memories that will last forever.
From AUD $165.00 per person
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:
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
Adult: $195pp (15 and over)
Child: $165pp (4-14 years)
Family: $680.00 (2A+2C)
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.
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.
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 rehabilitiation 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 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 email@example.com for all bookings and enquiries.
- 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
- Bathers, Towel and change of clothes
- 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.