Full Day Pinnacles Desert, New Norcia & Wildflowers
A fascinating day out combining the history of Australia’s only Benedictine Abbey with the world-renowned mystical Pinnacle Desert.
Tour Code: NN
- Tour Highlights
New Norcia Museum and Art Gallery
A little piece of Spain comes alive in this town, full of history, art and architecture. The town’s main attraction is the museum and art gallery. In the museum you will find extraordinary artefacts dating back to when New Norcia was an Aboriginal mission, a hub for farming and a diverse town for education and culture.
New Norcia Abbey Church and St Gertrude’s College
The Abbey Church is home to one of only two large Moser organs, originally crafted in Germany, this organ was imported to Australia in the 1920s. Visit St Gertrude’s College, a grand gothic style building which was originally built as a girls boarding school and opened in 1908.
Nambung National Park
Home to the iconic Pinnacles Desert, Nambung National Park features an array of coastal dunes. Rich in flowering plants, this is a great spot where vegetation blooms into flowers during the season.
These mystical limestone pillars make up one of Australia’s most unique landscapes, rising eerily out of the sand and reaching up to several metres tall. See the Pinnacles from the lookout over the park or take a guided walk through these amazing spires. If time permits be sure to make a visit to the Pinnacle Desert Discovery Centre to discover even more about these natural wonders.
Stop to view wildflowers throughout the tour whilst they are in season. Varieties include the orange flowering Christmas Tree, Kangaroo Paw, Banksia, Wattle and Everlastings.
Travelling through the Swan Valley we arrive at New Norcia, home to Australia’s only monastic town which is renowned for its Benedictine Abbey. A little piece of Spain comes alive in this town, full of History, art, and architecture. Hear the local history before viewing the chapel and museum artefacts gifted to the monastery by Popes and Royalty of Spain. Visit the Famous Benedictine Community with a guided tour of the town and main sites including the museum and art gallery where you will find extraordinary artefacts dating back to when New Norcia was an Aboriginal mission.
Next we move on to the Abbey Church; home to one of only two large Moser organs, originally crafted in Germany, followed by a visit to St Gertrude’s College, a grand gothic style building which was originally built as a girl’s boarding school and opened in 1908.
We then visit a produce shop selling olive oil, fruit, wine, New Norcia nut cake and breads before enjoying an included Fish and Chips lunch at the New Norcia Hotel. Following lunch we head off to the Western Wildflower Farm for a brief talk about how wildflowers are dried and exported. Continue on for an easy paced walk through the mystical Pinnacles Desert and see the Pinnacles from the look out over the park and if time permits make a visit to the Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre.
Return to Perth down the Indian Ocean Drive stopping to view Wildflowers en route (seasonal), arriving at approximately 7.30pm.
There is no accommodation on this tour.
Below prices are valid until 31 March 2019:
- Adult $215
- Concession $194
- Child $120
Wildflower season commences September through to early November. Profusion of wildflowers depends on weather and other conditions, therefore we cannot guarantee sightings. Wear comfortable walking shoes, bring a hat and your camera. Please advise of any dietary requirements.