Did you know the Margaret River region forms part of one of only 34 internationally recognised biodiversity hotspots in the world?
Biodiversity hotspots are rich in many different species of flora and fauna but, unfortunately, are under threat. Our particular south west hotspot boasts dozens of native animals, over 150 orchid species and some 2,500 wildflower species alone!
August to November is peak wildflower and whale season in the Margaret River region. With September/October being the best months to see them in full bloom and peak migration.
One of the best ways to experience these natural wonders is on the Margaret River Discovery Tour. You’ll have the opportunity to walk a remote section of the Cape to Cape Track that includes spectacular displays of Orchids and Pimelea, plus the opportunity to spot whales from the Wilyabrup Sea Cliffs.
You’ll also get the added bonus of going canoeing on the Margaret River, 4WD adventure and an exclusive lunch in the barrel room of a working winery. That’s why the Discovery Tour it’s often referred to as the wine tour with the lot!
The abundance of wildflowers in South West WA is the result of extreme climate shifts and poor soils that promoted a unique specialisation of the south west’s plant species including banksia plants and kangaroo paws while our majestic jarrah, marri and karri forests are three eucalyptus trees specific to this corner of Australia.
Renowned for rare orchids and stunning wildflowers which attract botanical enthusiasts from around the world, you will be bewildered by the explosion of mesmerising colour and delicate designs nature has bestowed on this wildflower hotspot.
The first groups of whales to be seen close along the coast are usually the newly pregnant females, followed by the immature whales of both sexes, then the mature males and females. Mothers with new-born calves stay longest, and travel more slowly, enabling the calves to grow rapidly and develop a thicker layer of blubber for protecting in the cold feeding waters they soon will be visiting for the first time.
Hosted by expert local guide, Sean Blocksidge in his luxury Landrover Discovery 5, he’ll get you into the peak flowering locations and best whale spotting view points along the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park.
Seats are limited to a maximum of 6 people per day, so we recommend booking early.
Margaret River Discovery Tours
Sean Blocksidge is the owner operator of the Margaret River Discovery Company, an avid photographer, blogger and South West WA ambassador. In 2010 he won Western Australian Guide of the Year and his tours have been rated the #1 thing to do in Australia on the Tripadvisor website for the past two years.