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Porongurup Nature & History Eco Tour

Porongurup Nature & History Eco Tour

A full Day Eco Tour immersing yourselves in the history and nature of the Porongurup Range. Join Down Under Discoveries as they take you on their unique Porongurup Nature & History Eco Tour. A special invitation to immerse yourself in the local history, meeting environmental enthusiasts and working farmers on stand alone sustainable properties, local historians, passionate conservationists & the chance to explore hidden gems of an ancient mountain range.

From AUD $135.00 per person

Departs: Fridays

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
Porongurup Pickups
Pick-up/Drop-off available from Porongurup on request

Pricing:
Adult: $175pp (15 and over)
Child: $135pp (4-14 years)
Family: $580.00 (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

Nature Immersion in Porongurup National Park
Tread lightly....Be still....and listen to the sounds of the forest as we immerse ourselves in the beauty of an ancient mountain range along the Walitj Meil Trail which features significant Noongar totems including the Wedge-tailed Eagle, the Mighty Marri and the Wardong (raven), as well as the Iconic Porongurup Karri and local flora noted for Noongar use.

Thorns Mountain Retreats
Immerse yourself in Porongurup History with local historians Peter and Mike Thorn taking a step back in time as they share with you the history of Peter's 'Field of Dreams', the highest cricket field in Western Australia and surely the most scenic being next to the Porongurup National Park. Learn all about the colourful and chequered history behind the 1915's Pioneer Cottage originally erected on the top of the hill where the chimney still remains, but has since been relocated & refurbished making it a beautiful accommodation setting for any guests visiting.

Hidden Gems of Porongurup National Park 
Experience one of the hidden treasures in this ancient Porongurup Mountain Range that only locals know about. Your nature guide Chelle leads the way through the natural bushland, sharing with you a secret location named by locals as Hanging Rock. If you think Castle Rock is magnificent, wait until you are completely immersed in what makes Porongurup so special.

Karribank and the Karri On Bar
The Blythe family look forward to welcoming you to Karribank and the Karri On Bar, built in the early 1900’s as a working dairy and fruit farm, and converted to a guesthouse in 1920, making it the oldest continually operating guesthouse in W.A. Karribank has an interesting history, having been used in World War II as a school and to house war evacuees from Singapore. Families arrived by train and horse drawn buggy and later by bus.

Waddy's Hut
Explore Waddy's Hut, a walkers hut set within the beautiful Karri forest on the south side of the Porongurup Range. Alton Waddy purchased two separate single men's quarters in 1955 from Tullis saw Mill in Boddington, and transported the buildings to Porongurup, joining them together to make the hut that stands today, furnished with a Metters No. 1 stove and a galvanised iron fireplace. The hut has been used by many nature lovers over the years and is said to even have had a baby delivered there.

Twin Creeks Community Conservation Reserve
Explore the Twin Creeks Community Conservation Reserve, a reserve purchased in 2004 by the Friends of the Porongurup Range to preserve and protect the remnant vegetation which contains a rich diversity of plant species. Named for the two creeks which meet on the property and flow to the Kalgan River, Twin Creeks’ land forms and soil types vary. The reserve is part of a significant corridor created and enhanced by the Oyster Harbour Catchment Group’s Ranges Link Project which ultimately becomes part of the greater Gondwana Link of Western Australia’s southwest.

Bolganup Homestead
The Bolganup Homestead is another Porongurup building rich in history. Whilst the original Bolganup grant was issued in 1867 to John McKail the Homestead itself was constructed over the years. The guest house was started by Lizzie and Gilbert Faulkner in the 1920s and buildings were added as demand grew. During the second world war it closed as the sons enlisted, the daughters left and Bolganup was put on notice that it could be taken over at any time as the evacuation hospital for Albany if an invasion occured. Bolganup changed many hands throughout the decades that followed but is still very much a Faulkner family farm.

The Porongurup Shop and Tea Rooms
The quaint and charming old Porongurup General Store, which incorporates the Porongurup Tearooms, was established in 1937 by Robin Faulkner. At one time it was actually converted into a commune headquarters, but is now owned by the irrepressible Scott and Di Drummond, offering everything from general groceries, local arts and crafts and delicious devonshire teas. Some of the quirky remnants include the small rear shed/post office/R&I Bank and the old fashioned petrol bowser which bears an uncanny resemblance to a famous Victorian bushranger.

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!

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
  • Entry fee to Porongurup National Park
  • Guided walk to hidden locations in the Porongurup Mountain Range
  • History tours with local Porongurupians
  • Bushtucker inspired morning tea, Devonshire Afternoon Tea
  • Pub style lunch at a historic bar
  • Entry to Twin Creeks Community Conservation Reserve (whilst it is usually free entry we are making a donation on behalf of each client to the Reserve
  • Bush buggy ride and guided tour at Bollygum Dell
  • 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