Tour ID: 10063463
Spend a day touring the history filled monsatic town of New Norcia, spot some wildflowers (in season) and then sample some of the delicious food and wine of the Swan Valley region.
This fascinating tour departs from the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre at 8:00 am every Wednesday and Thursday, with pick-ups from selected accommodation available on request. You’ll start your morning with a journey through the Swan Valley to the charming monastic town of New Norcia. This fascinating area was first settled in 1846 by Spanish Benedictine Monks, and utilised as a mission for the Indigenous peoples of the region. It is now Australia's only monastic town, known for the Mediterranean feel of its Spanish architecture. Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Indigenous people and our early European heritage. Take a very informative guided tour through St Gertrude's College, and a wander through the Abbey Church, the area's oldest church and great insight into the Indigenous and early European inhabitants of the region. Enjoy a morning tea stop during your tour to recharge your batteries for the remainder of your day.
Visit the local produce shop for a chance to purchase Benedictine Community goods such as fresh, perfectly ripened fruit, crisp wines, smooth olive oil, delicious New Norcia nut cake and mouth-watering fresh bread, all made by the locals. Maybe you would like to learn a little bit more about this fascinating area and prefer to visit the local museum and art gallery. After time in the produce shop or the art gallery, enjoy the included lunch at the New Norcia Hotel.
After lunch, we head back towards the Swan Valley, making stops to look at the famous West Australian wildflowers when they are in season (Sept - Nov).
On reaching the Swan Valley, we take advantage of the abundance of delicious food and wine producers and sample some of the region's offerings. Enjoy tastes of goodies such as chocolate, nougat, and gourmet nuts (varies according to season). End the afternoon with an Australian Afternoon Tea, complete with wine, before heading back to Perth in the early evening, returning to your pick-up location.
Luxury coach travel, entry fees, tastings, and lunch.
8:00 AM Wed, Thu
Tour departs from the Crown Perth, Riverside Taxi Rank next to McDonalds. Passengers meeting here are required to check-in by 7.45am.
Hotel pick-up from selected properties available on request. Tentative pick-up schedule is available at this link.
Camera, Walking shoes, sunscreen, other personal items as required.
Children are considered 4-12yrs. Children from 0-3yrs are classified as infants and a free of charge, however will not occupy a seat and do not receive lunch. Infants are required to travel on parents lap for the duration of the tour. Given the long distances travelled, touring is not recommended for children under 4 years of age without due consideration.
Concession/pensioner prices are available for holders of Senior or Aged Pensioner Cards, or Full-time Students. Cards must be shown to provide proof of eligibility if requested.
Profusion of wildflowers are dependent on weather conditions, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.
Swan Valley and New Norcia
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