Explore Dwellingup with Australia's Top Tour Guide


Immerse yourself in the wild world, exploring the land with avid adventurers, environmentalist and award winners, Base and Jamie Van Jones; co-owners and operators of Salt and Bush Eco Tours.

With a desire to inspire people to connect and better understand the natural world, Base and Jamie launched Salt and Bush Eco Tours in 2020. Using their experience as naturalist guides in some of the world’s most remote places, including Antarctica and Alaska, Salt and Bush Eco Tours offers immersive bushwalking, birdwatching, stargazing, geology and mindfulness and wellness tours in the region.

Jamie says most people seeking tours are looking for a chance to reconnect with nature and learn. "Many people can go for a walk, but going for a walk with a keen naturalist means you stop often and observe the little things, and learn fascinating facts about the natural world around you, it is an eye-opening experience in the natural world."

"Our most popular tour options depend on the season. In summer, our water-based tours are the most popular," says Jamie. "We run guided foot-peddled kayak tours on all three rivers (Murray, Serpentine and Harvey Rivers) leading into the Peel-Harvey Estuary. Our river trips are relaxing, but also great for wildlife spotting. We see a variety of birdlife and we often see dolphins exploring up our rivers."

"From August to October, our most popular tours are wildflower tours. We have and extraordinary diversity of native orchids and beautiful native wildflowers growing right here."


In recognition of her passion and enthusiasm in her field, Jamie Van Jones was awarded the prestigious title of Australia's Top Tour Guide at the 2022 Australian Top Tourism Town Awards. Jamie also won the FACET Golden Guide Award for Western Australia in 2022.

As an environmental educator, Jamie has lectured on conservation topics around the world, and now showcases the amazing natural values of the Peel Region through ecologically sensitive tours as co-owner and operator of Salt and Bush Eco Tours. Jamie also runs an environmental education charity called Swanlandia, that assists kids through to adults in finding a deeper connection to the natural world.

Here in Dwellingup, you can join Salt and Bush Eco Tours on guided bushwalks, wellness tours and unique nocturnal tours in the amazing, wild places that surround our beautiful town. Explore the Northern jarrah forest and experience the beauty of a nature walk while you learn about the plants, animals, rocks and fungi that surrounds you.