Whales, Wildlife & Wildflowers of WA

Put on your hiking boots and grab your cameras!

The team from Down Under Discoveries invite you to join them on this immersive experience, rock-hopping granite headlands, meandering white sandy beaches and soaking up the picturesque views of Frenchman Bay.

'Experience Extraordinary' with a passionate local, eager to share with you what makes this national park so special.

Wander Out Yonder!

From AUD $55.00 per person

Departs: Sundays biweekly

Duration: 4hrs approx.

Location: Discovery Bay, Frenchman Bay

Group Size: There is a minimum of 2 people required for this tour to run. Maximum 12 people per tour.

Hiking Distance Covered: The distance covered is approximately 5km

Trail Difficulty: The trails are graded 3, suitable for those with a good level of fitness, and includes some rock scrambling and beach walking.

Meet location and Times:

Our meet location is at the Albany Whaling Station

Please arrive at the start 15mins prior to commencement.

9.00am - 1.00pm approx (completely dependant on pace of walkers)

Pricing:
Adult: $75pp (15 and over)
Child: $55pp (4-14 years)
Family: $220.00 (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.

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

Citizen Science
Ever wanted to give back to the community but don't have the time or don't know how?  Take your interest in nature to the next level by joining the Down Under Discoveries citizen science community. With citizen science you can not only learn about the world just outside your window you can also lend a helping hand to some real science projects across The Great Southern and even across Western Australia! Get involved with our interactive experiences through use of apps such as iNaturalist and FrogID, helping monitor and collect important data that is used to increase scientific knowledge.

Rockhopping Granite Headlands
Allow your inner child to come alive as we explore some of the amazing granite headlands in the region. Enjoy rock hopping across granite, exploring rock pools and soaking up the most breathtaking coastal views whilst taking a step back in time as you hear about the French and British Explorers including Captain George Vancouver & Major Edmund Lockyer's expeditions. to the region.

Meandering White Sandy Beaches of Frenchman Bay
The Amazing South Coast has some of the whitest, squeakiest beaches in Western Australia. Nestled against stark contrasts of a Turquoise blue ocean makes for a picturesque walk along beautiful beaches.  Explore The Ruins of the Norwegian Whaling Station, The Wreck of the Elvie and Vancouver Springs. Learn about Mistaken Island which was in fact the first Quarantine camp in Albany.

Australian Wildlife Park
Discover and meet the friendly native wildlife of the Australian Wildlife Park as we walk through the enclosures of this small park. Wombats, bandicoots and possums you may have heard of, but have you met a quoll, bettong, pademelon or woylie before? The park is also home to rare white kangaroos, flying foxes and Frank, the resident koala. Their friendly wildlife are waiting to meet you.

Regional Wildlife Garden
Wander along the wooden boardwalks of the Regional Wildlife Garden enjoying the natural beauty while you search for birds and frogs which have made happy homes there. Viewing stations along the way allow you to sit and take in the stunning coastline and offer perfect whale watching spots in the winter months. It is a nature photographer’s paradise featuring dozens of wildflower specimens, all endemic to the South West region of W.A.

Albany Whaling Station
Explore the worlds only complete whaling station and experience a fascinating insight into Albany's colourful past. We join a guided tour through the restored whale processing factory and hear stories of the men and women whose livelihoods depended on Australia's whaling industry of yesteryear. Explore the last whalechaser in Australia, or stand underneath the skeleton of the last sperm whale harpooned in Albany. There is no other whaling display in the world as accessible as this! It is not always a pleasant story, but we believe it is an important story to share.

Please contact Chelle on 0439463285 or via email chelle@downunderdiscoveries.com for all bookings and 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. This particular experience includes hiking trails that are graded 3, suitable for those with a good level of fitness, and includes some rock scrambling and beach walking however with guided support are doable by most people of good fitness level. We do pause throughout to allow those who need to catch their breath. The quality of your experience is our priority.

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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"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

  • Guided half day hiking experience exploring Frenchman Bay
  • Travel to start of walk from Albany Whaling Station in a comfortable coach style bus
  • Entry fee to Albany Whaling Station
  • Entry fee to Australian Wildlife Park
  • Entry fee to Regional Wildflower Garden
  • Complimentary use of Hiking Poles (to be returned at end of tour)
  • $2 donation made to Greenfleet as part of our Carbon Offset Program
  • Photos posted on our Facebook Page

What to Bring

  • Water bottle (we provide water refills throughout day)
  • Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, comfortable walking shoes
  • Bathers, Towel and change of clothes (in case you choose to take a quick dip at Green's Pool.
  • 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 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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