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Wildflowers of Southwestern Australia

Tour Leader Gary Lewis recently hosted a webinar about this tour!
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The flora of Western Australia and, in particular that of the Mediterranean climate region known as the Southwest Botanical Province is a marvel of the botanical world. It is one of the most diverse places on the planet thanks to a long and varied evolutionary history with 4000 different plants, 80% of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Within that incredible diversity are astoundingly unusual, beautiful, and intriguing species such as grass trees, kangaroo paws, Banksia, Grevillea, featherflowers, trigger plants, carnivorous sundews that grow as vines, poison peas, cycads, tree ferns, towering Eucalyptus, and hundreds of species of terrestrial orchids including spider orchids, donkey orchids, and sun orchids. So strange and wonderful are the botanical forms that it is almost like crossing the Earth’s flowers with those from an alien world.

This unforgettable tour will take us through all the diverse vegetation zones of the Southwest Botanical Province to see the most intriguing plants and inspiring landscapes at the height of the spring bloom. There will undoubtedly be birds, kangaroos, and other wildlife along the way.

While we will visit the world-renowned Kings Park Botanical Garden, the rest of the tour will focus on botanizing and exploring natural habitats. Luckily, Western Australia is quite flat and much of the plant life can be found not far from roads. So while our days will be filled to the brim with botanical exploration and while you should be prepared to be out and about for long, inspiring hours, walking will be relatively easy.

I am truly excited to return to the flora of Western Australia and I am very pleased to be able to introduce this marvel of nature to alumni UBC and to our friends from the wider community.


– Gary Lewis
 
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Alumni Expeditions alumni UBC Travel Club

Australia | 14 days
Alumni Expeditions

Dates:
Sep 05-18, 2019
Cost:
Approx. C$6095 (Incl. C$200 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
Limited to 16 participants

Includes:
Arrival and departure transfers on the tour dates, accommodation, based on double occupancy, in hotels as listed or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary, all activities as listed in the itinerary, all visits to sites listed in the itinerary including entrance fees, services of a local naturalist, services of your study leader Gary Lewis. Taxes and gratuities of C$200 are included.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Meet in Perth
Day 2: Botanic Gardens and granite outcrops
Day 3: Through Eucalypt woodlands and the Pinnacles
Day 4: Botanical treasures of Hi Vallee Farm
Day 5: Spectacular wildflowers of the Tallering region
Day 6: Kalbarri National Park
Day 7: Heathlands of Badgingarra
Day 8: Day at leisure in Freemantle
Day 9: Sand dunes at D’entrecastreaux National Park
Day 10: Karri, Marri, and Tingle Forests
Day 11: Stirling Range National Park
Day 12: Coastal heathlands at Fitzgerald River National Park
Day 13: Dryandra woodlands
Day 14: Depart Perth
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Your Tour Leader

UBC alumnus Gary Lewis is the owner of Phoenix Perennials, a cutting edge retail nursery in Vancouver, and an expert on perennials and horticulture. He holds two degrees from UBC in Conservation Biology and Plant Ecology.

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Alumni Expeditions alumni UBC Travel Club

Australia | 14 days
Alumni Expeditions

Dates:
Sep 05-18, 2019
Cost:
Approx. C$6095 (Incl. C$200 taxes and gratuities)
Group Size:
Limited to 16 participants

Includes:
Arrival and departure transfers on the tour dates, accommodation, based on double occupancy, in hotels as listed or similar, meals as indicated in the itinerary, all activities as listed in the itinerary, all visits to sites listed in the itinerary including entrance fees, services of a local naturalist, services of your study leader Gary Lewis. Taxes and gratuities of C$200 are included.

WHAT THEY SAY:

"Over 8000 species of wildflower bloom in this region!"

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