Busy Blue Bus Tours Albany - Experience Walpole
WA | Walpole
Granite Skywalk PorongurupsApprox 5 hours From $133.00
Feel nurtured by nature. Atop the Granite Skywalk, in the Porongurup National Park see boulders balancing, teetering on weatherworn pedestals. Castle Rock is a 4.2km return walk that requires moderate fitness. To reach the spectacular views at the summit, requires a final short scramble over rocks and a climb in an enclosed ladder to the Granite Skywalk where our Busy Blue Bus guide will entertain you with intriguing stories of the area, from the traditional Noongar owners to the European settlers. Suspended above the treetops you can breathe the clean air and exhilarate in the views to the Southern Ocean on this award-winning platform, newly opened to the public in this Heritage listed area.
Savour the flavours of the Great Southern of Western in a selection from the menu at a Porongurups winery. Rich soils, plentiful rain and clean air nourish produce that travels only a short distance to your plate.
The Gap + Natural WondersApprox 4 hours From $103.00
Take in the 360o views of the coastline from the summit of Stoney Hill. From here, amidst the bushland it is possible to see the vast expanse of the Southern Ocean and the rugged
coastlines that early explorers first encountered as the rounded the peninsula for the sheltered waters of Princess Royal Harbour.
Get closer to the edge! At The Gap, feel the power of the wind and water from the masterfully crafted, protected walkway lookout over the Gap. See the pounding waves as they thrash the granite walls and surge through the spaces. Exhilarating! Travel on to the cove from where sailing boats launch into the quiet harbour before one more view from the Albany Wind Farm to Mutton Bird Island. Looking across the vibrant City of Albany, see the granite formations of the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges in the distance. Complete your journey and exploration of the impressive coastline with a relaxing refreshment.
Tastes of the Great SouthernApprox 6 hours From $180.00
We can’t wait to show you the jewels in the crown of the Great Southern food and wine scene. Our Busy Blue Bus Tour Guide will take care of the skipper duties, whilst you indulge your senses. Flavour sensations of the Great Southern are explored at Duckett’s Mill where an array of cheeses, tantalizing fudge and award-winning wines are available for tasting and purchase. Try their baked ricotta.
Relax at a long table lunch, including tastings of local wines and abundant produce of the Denmark region. Gourmet condiments blend two passions at The Lake House, wine and food, into delicious combinations of chutneys, relishes, jams, sauces and sweet treats. All our products are handmade in small batches and are free of chemicals, preservatives and artificial colours. Ever thought of a winespa? Select and after lunch sweet treat from an incredible array of toffees and condiments, perhaps purchasing a cider tasting selection.
Mt Barker Grape EscapeApprox 6 hours From $180.00
Meander through backroads to taste outstanding wines from wineries of the Mt Barker region. This region has a characteristically cool climate with slow ripening times which allows for the development of rich flavours and quality grape juice.
Wine tasting begins at Gilbert Wines, home to the ‘lads’ and where a morning coffee might be preferred. At Plantagenet wines you are guided through the back rooms on a private tour of the cellar workings, before you are taken to the tasting bench. Choose your wine and make your purchase to accompany a scrumptious shared platter lunch of local produce. Onwards the tour will take you to Galafrey Wines and family owned winery. From there to West Cape Howe where you can sample wine, olive oil or their own brand of coffee! Our Busy Blue Bus guide will take care of the skipper duties, whilst you relax and enjoy the scenery and the sensational flavours of the region. ‘Magical and memorable’
Albany History + HighlightsApprox 4 hours From $133.00
At the National ANZAC Centre interactive displays will take you on an intimate journey of a participant of the war. Under the shade of trees planted to remember fallen soldiers, the Avenue of Honour leads to the Memorial of the Desert Mounted Corps. The dawn service is Padre White’s story. Take in the view that the departing ANZAC Troops had before they sailed onwards to war; for some of them, the last vision of homeland.
Curving around Mt Adelaide, Breaksea Island comes into view and stories of the construction of the lighthouse and its connection to the ANZAC narrative are revealed. At Middleton Beach we pause a moment to absorb the vista of the ocean and perhaps, if lucky, a glimpse of sheltering whales and calves. Journeying into the city centre, along the way we drive past the oldest farm in Western Australia and learn of the contribution it made to the social life and nourishment of the early community; a property with a chequered history. Visit one of the earliest homes in Australia at Patrick Taylor Cottage.
Bremer Canyon Orca ExperienceApprox 13 hours From $505.00
Bremer Bay is located 5 hours south east of Perth, Western Australia in the pristine Great Southern region on the Amazing South Coast. It is from this small township we journey to the edge of the continental shelf to Discover the Dinosaurs of the Deep .. the Orca!
Whale Watch Western Australia research team of marine specialists and scientists will educate you in the language of the whales with our on board live commentary as active studies take place in this new frontier. Our local knowledge base stretches back 30 years in the area and as we continue to build a data base of evidence the most exciting development
is that we have only just begun!
The actual grounds are located at the apex of three canyons; Bremer, Hood and Henry Canyons. The orca are there to hunt the squid which are in a breeding cycle which renders them weak after copulation and an easy target for the orca and other cetaceans including the sperm, pilot & very rare beaked whales. Massive amounts of krill are found in the canyons. These tiny sea creatures are the bottom of the food chain and attract attention from a variety of sea life and in turn larger cetaceans and other fish life hunt the hunted...at the top of that food chain is the Orca!
When we speak of squid it isn't the calamari you get with chips at your local fish & chip shop. These are giant squid up to 12 & 14m in length and weighing up to 750 kilograms!
Whale Watch Western Australia not only researches but also educates others in the knowledge gleaned from the pioneers that discovered the area 30 years ago. Like all things change is inevitable and as we reach into the future today's evidence may act as a foundation to protect what we believe is one of the many great wonders of the world! All of our research and identification data is provided to Curtain & Murdoch Universities along with DBCA and the Federal Government.
The Bremer Canyon is the feeding grounds of not only the orca but also sperm, beaked & pilot whales as they hunt squid, tuna and other opportunistic prey in the nutrient rich upwelling waters of the Canyons.
Other species sighted in the Bremer Canyon include
· Sperm Whales
· Pilot Whales
· Beaked Whales
· Dolphins (many different species)
· Sea Lions
· Migratory Antarctic Sea Birds
· Sharks (many species including Great Whites)
This new expedition is an all day experience as we discover and research the apex predator, the Orca! You will learn about the Bremer Canyon and everything that
this eco marine frontier has to reveal including many other mega fauna and Antarctic migratory seabirds.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness one of the wonders of the marine world in the wild natural habitat of the Southern Ocean. Included in the expedition is a delicious morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea with all drinks along with our legendary VIP service. A complimentary glass of wine or cold beer is offered on the
journey home. Free postcard and photo's of your experience.
Join Our Pod as we venture to the Bremer Canyon in January.
Limited Time - Limited Opportunity - Book Today!It's more than an experience... it's an education!
HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR EXPERIENCE
- We recommend taking motion sickness medication the night prior and on the morning of your tour if you are susceptible (please consult your doctor).
- Children participating in the extended tours must be a minimum of 10 years (Child 10 - 17 years) and some ocean experience is recommended.
- Warm jacket in all weather conditions is advisable.
- Tours are weather dependent so when possible be flexible in planning your travel date.
- Personal camera if required (professional photographer is on board)
DEPARTURE TIME: 5.30am from Albany to Bremer Bay Boat Harbour, Swarbrick Road, Bremer Bay.
Note that there is minimum of 3 passengers required for a departure with Busy Blue Bus Tours + Charters. The departure point is the Albany Visitor Centre. Please arrive 5 mins prior to bus departure time.
Boarding your Whale Watch Western Australia boat at Bremer Bay commences 15 minutes prior to departure. Boarding Gate closes 5 minutes prior to departure (no
Killer Whale ExpeditionApprox 13 hours From $505.00
Join Naturaliste Charters for their fifth Bremer Canyon Expedition season for an experience like no other, encounter an astonishing aggregation of marine wildlife on an unforgettable oceanic expedition. From January to April, our full day expeditions visit one of the least explored places on earth, and the only place in Australia you can reliably encounter killer whales.
Your expedition may see pods of long-finned pilot whales, sperm whales, a rare beaked whale or blue whale. You can also admire the acrobatics of large pods of bottlenose, striped, and common dolphins, and encounter shark species that include great whites, whaler sharks, and the beautiful oceanic blue, a species never seen from shore. Enormous oceanic sunfish surface, and the remains of giant squid sometimes float on the surface, a predator of the deep reduced to scraps, squabbled over by an astonishing array of pelagic seabirds including albatross, shearwater and petrel species.
Our dedicated Busy Blue Bus Tour Guide Driver will entertain you with stories of our region’s unique history en-route from Albany to Bremer Bay where you will join the expedition vessel to journey out to the remote Bremer Canyon for an awesome marine wildlife experience. You will not only see an amazing wildlife spectacle, but also learn about the research programme which aims to study the vocalisations of Killer Whales and their interaction with other marine creatures. After a day at sea, relax in comfort, enjoy a nap and let us take care of the driving, returning you safely to Albany after an exhilarating day.
Your expedition includes:
- Return transfers from Albany – Bremer Bay with Busy Blue Bus Tours + Charters.
- Bremer Canyon Killer Whale Expedition on board the Alison Maree (the only vessel purpose built for the Southern Ocean) with Naturaliste Charters
- Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea all prepared by the local Wellstead Café.
- Expert commentary from the on-board Marine Biologist.
- Be a part of our research happening on board daily (Research operating under Project Orca).
- Daily blog & photographs from your expedition to be emailed through to you if requested.
- Have your chance to meet Dave Riggs, from The Search of the Oceans Super Predator.
Note that there is minimum of 3 passengers required for a departure with Busy Blue Bus Tours + Charters. The departure point is the Albany Visitor Centre. Please arrive 5 mins prior to bus departure time. Children must be at least 10 years old to join the Killer Whale Expedition.