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Journeys : RACT MNJ June July 2010
With its white sandy beaches, lush tropical forests, r ugged red desert landscapes, charming tow ns, rolling vineyards and spectacular sightseeing, Wester n Australia is an incredible holiday destination. In late winter and early spring, the desert landscapes of Western Australia er upt in a kaleidoscope of colour as magnificent native wildflowers burst into bloom. Wester n Australia is one of the richest wildflower areas in the world. Stirling Ranges and Kalbarri National Park is world-renow ned for wildflowers with over 1520 species, including orchids and nine endemic mountain bells. Overall, the state has more than 7000 species of native wildflowers, most found only in Wester n Australia. This is due to Western Australia's geographic isolation, with oceans on one side and deserts on the other, making it extremely difficult for wildflower seeds to be dispersed to other areas. Wildflowers can be found here at any time of year; however it is usually over late winter and early spring that travellers can enjoy the wildflowers in full bloom. The rains and sunshine greatly influence the timing and success of each wildflower season and some species require more war mth for growth. The wildflower season generally commences around August in the warm norther n region of the Pilbara and extends south over the winter, culminating in the south-west around October and November. Western Australia's wildflowers include unique and spectacular species such as kangaroo paws, pitcher plants, banksias, dryandras and grass trees -- these botanical curiosities transform the landscape, m aking Wester n Australia's scenery even more magical. A AT Kings offer fantastic holiday experiences in Wester n Australia, combining wildflower viewing (in season August to November) with the region's many other attractions. On AAT Kings' fully- escorted holiday you can sit back and rela x as you are chauffeured by lu xury coach -- and with a range of Premium and Low Cost itineraries, there's a travel style that suits your needs. A AT Kings' 15-day Western Escape is priced from $4420 per person, twin share (land only). As well as the wildflowers, highlights include exploring the Margaret River Caves and awe-inspiring Mammoth Cave, a scenic jour ney through the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park, journeying through the spectacular Valley of the Giants, visits to the Anzac Memorial and the Royal Flying Doctor Ser vice and meeting the Monkey Mia dolphins. This tour is valid for travel until 13 March 2011 (Wildflower season from August to November only). A AT Kings' tour prices include the ser vices of a professional tour director and driver, superior accommodation, airport transfers and touring by lux ury air-conditioned coach. AAT Kings is Australia and New Zealand's premier holiday compa ny. The product range offers travellers freedom and flexibility with a wide range of premium and low-cost escorted tours, short breaks, sm all group adventures, camping adventures and day tour programs. For more information, call RACT Travelworld on 1300 368 111 or visit your local branch. See a floral explosion 79 June /July 2010
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