7 February 2020


Award-winning tour operators Global Gypsies have introduced a suite of escorted ‘Corona-Busting Tours’ for those who want to explore regional Western Australia, independent but not alone, in their own or a hired vehicle, motorhome, caravan or camper trailer

The company’s new short and sweet, self-drive, self-catering, eco-adventures visit carefully selected furry, flowery and fascinating destinations around the State. Each small group travels ‘tag-along’ style in a small convoy led by an expert guide and you don’t need a 4WD to participate.

All tours incorporate the services of leading tour guide, qualified mechanic and experienced outback trainer Jeremy Perks, and his partner Jan Barrie. They include interesting and well-paced itineraries, powered caravan park sites, national park entry fees, Welcome and Farewell functions, mechanical support, fun and educational activities and the camaraderie of like-minded travellers.

And because participants travel in their own vehicles, it is easy to comply with current social distancing and health recommendations.

There are three tours happening over the next few months with more in the pipeline. The first corona-busting expedition is an eight-day Rock ‘n’ Quoll Safari in September at the height of wildflower season. Beginning in Hyden and concluding in Manjimup, highlights include Wave Rock, Mulka’s Cave, the Tin Horse Highway, Dryandra Woodland & Wildlife Reserve, Yongernow Mallefowl Sanctuary (where you can do some volunteer work to help their conservation efforts), Stirling Range and the Southwest forests.

The second tour taking place in October is a unique six-day Stargazing Astronomy Tour escorted by professional astronomer, Riley Johnston, and an attentive gypsy crew. Starting in Gingin and ending in Jurien Bay, activities will include private sessions – real and virtual! - at the Gravity Discovery Centre and Observatory, tuition in setting up and using telescopes at the Pinnacles and Lake Thetis, practice with identifying planets and constellations, tips on how to take great astro-photos, professional presentations on various stargazing-related topics, a guided bushwalk in Leseur National Park and an optional lobster factory tour and lunch in Cervantes.

The third corona-busting tour is a nine-day Southern Eco-Safari in November. This nature-based itinerary commences in Esperance and ends in Dunsborough at peak whale-watching time. Enroute it visits such eye-candy destinations as Cape Le Grand, Hopetoun, Fitzgerald River National Park, Bremer Bay, Albany, Walpole and Manjimup. Activities will include guided walks, visits to local attractions like the Tree Top Walk and optional wildlife cruises and 4x4 excursions.

Prices from $799 per person