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Experience some of Western Australia’s unique natural and cultural gems on this fascinating full-day tour from Perth. Drive through scenic Swan Valley and wander among the otherworldly limestone stacks of Pinnacles Desert. Discover a little-known slice of Australian history at New Norcia’s Benedictine Abbey, where you can browse sacred artifacts and buy unique handmade goods. Savor a delicious picnic lunch and, in springtime, admire fields of blooming wildflowers.

Highlights

  • Explore the Pinnacles Desert and New Norcia on this full-day tour by luxury air-conditioned coach
  • Marvel at the world renowned Pinnacles Desert inNambung National Park
  • Drive through lush Swan Valley
  • See Australia's only Benedictine Abbey in New Norcia
  • See the wildflowers come to life (seasonal, August to December)
  • Stop at the lobster fishing town of Cervantes

What You Can Expect

Pinnacles Desert, New Norcia and Wildflowers Day Tour from Perth

New Norcia, Wildflowers

Western Australia is a tapestry of diverse landscapes and rich Aboriginal and European history. This full-day tour begins with morning pickup at your Perth hotel and a drive through scenic Swan Valley, the historic suburb of Guildford and the citrus-growing region of Bindoon.

Listen to onboard commentary from your guide along the way, and make your first stop at New Norcia. Learn about the history of the town, which was first established in 1846 as a mission to the Aboriginal community and is home to Australia’s only Benedictine Abbey. Tour the town with a local guide, and visit a museum housing gifts presented to the abbey from various popes and Spanish royalty. You’ll have a chance to purchase unique goods handmade by the monastery, such as olive oil, nut cake, fruit wine and fresh-baked bread.

Next, head for the coast. Pass through Cervantes, a lobster fishing town, and enjoy a buffet picnic lunch. Explore the otherworldly landscape of Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park, where you can walk among the mystical limestone stacks scattered throughout sandy dunes. Snap photos of fragrant wildflower fields (August to December only), and stop at a store featuring bouquets of dried flowers in all seasons.

Relax on the return drive down the coast to Perth, where your full-day tour concludes in the evening.

Customer Reviews

j_steeleuk

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

A great day out. Our guide/driver, Paul, entertained us all day with commentary about the early settlers and local fauna and flora. New Norcia is interesting. No wildflowers but lunch at the wildflower centre was delicious. The Pinnacles are amazing. The drive was comfortable with interesting scenery all the way. Highly recommend.

Dr M S Campo United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We found all our tours great and enjoyed them very much. The Pinnacle desert is amazing and we also saw a wild emu!

pat

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2011

The entire day was very well organised and informative. The Pinnacles was well worth the trip.

Anonymous

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2010

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, however, the information on the website differed to the itinerary on the day. We were so close to Cervantes it seemed a shame not to drive there for a look even if the lobster lunch wasn't available! New Norcia was a revelation, the Pinnacles were great and the Visitors Centre there was impressive. In particular, the bus driver was very informative.

Mayble C

4 star rating: Recommended July 2014

It was a nice trip, at New Norcia, will be better if the guide could allow 10 to 20 minutes more at the two churches she showed us. This could give us time to take some photos.

John H

4 star rating: Recommended December 2013

This is quite a long day with an early start. The Pinnacles are spectacular and well worth the drive. Our driver john was very knowledgeable and personable and passionate about the geological formations. New Norcia was brilliant but we really needed to spend more time there to properly see the museum. The local guide provided valuable insight to the town's background and ongoing changes today.
Lunch was fine but the wild flower part of the trip lacked real content, as the flowers have passed blooming and so the farm served as a lunch stop and a visit to the gift shop. Given that it took additional time to get there, this wasn't best use of time. The stop at Cervantes to see the ocean brought some welcome relief from the coach.
There are times on the trip when the journey can get to you as you pass miles of scrubland and wheat fields, which are very much the same - but it is worth it to see New Norcia and the desert.

Shiow Chin T

4 star rating: Recommended November 2012

Our informative and friendly bus driver-cum-tour guide Ian's commentary and service made the difference in our experience. New Norcia sounds more interesting than it was, while the wildflowers component was somewhat underwhelming. The Pinnacles were awesome, and I wish we had more time there.

Colin B

4 star rating: Recommended March 2012

Fascinating trip, could have spent longer at New Norcia but because of distance to be travelled in day we had to cut short. Packed lunch was really good and Pinnacles were wonderful to see.

Jenni S Australia

4 star rating: Recommended January 2010

I would love to go back and see it in full bloom! Would liked to have had a little more time at New Norcia! The dinner stop was terrible, the food was cold and greasy. The lunch provided by the bus company was excellent though!

Daniel H USA

4 star rating: Recommended April 2009

The Abbey at New Norcia was really the highlight of the tour! It would have been great to have had more time there. The Pinnacles are also really impressive but make sure to properly hydrate, it is really hot and sandy out there!

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