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Gypsies trek to track a slice of WA’s golden past

JEREMY Perks, director of Global Gypsies suggests the historic Holland Track in south-eastern Western Australia deserves to become one of the state’s tourism icons. The track was developed in 1893 as a result of the discovery of gold in WA. In those days, prospectors seeking their fortune would arrive in Albany by ship, then make their way to the Goldfields, usually on foot. It took experienced bushman John Holland more than two months to clear the 500 kilometre track over a century ago. Today it can be travelled in just a few days. Each year, award-winning tour operator Global Gypsies relives history by leading an escorted 4WD, self-drive convoy along the Holland Track. This year’s expedition is from September 22-25 and is the ideal bush experience for folks with limited time who want to get back to nature, learn some fascinating aspects of WA’s heritage and improve their 4WD skills. There is also the opportunity to travel as a passenger in the escort vehicle if you don’t want to drive yourself, or to hire a 4WD if you don’t have your own. The safari begins in Hyden and concludes in Coolgardie and traverses much of the original track. For environmental reasons, convoy numbers will be strictly limited. The small group will camp along the way with optional participatory catering coordinated by a safari hostess. A special touch is a white-linen, candlelit dinner served under the stars on the last night. The safari costs $400 per person and optional catering is available for an additional $35 per person per day. The package includes 4WD tuition, services of a professional safari guide and safari hostess, camping permits and camping fees. Four-wheel-drive vehicles, camping equipment and two-way radios can be hired at special rates if required. For bookings, contact Global Gypsies on 9341 6727 or info@globalgypsies.com.au

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