Western Australia boasts more than 12,000 species of wildflowers with sixty-percent of them found nowhere else on earth.
The State’s spectacular wildflower season commences in the north of the state mid-year and rolls through to the south coast until November.
There’s plenty of places to enjoy nature’s spring carnival and here’s some of the best.
Perched high above Perth city with its sweeping views along the Swan River, Kings Park is a favourite spot for tourists and locals alike.
The parkland has various bush walking tracks, recreational areas and picnic spots, with guided wildflower walks throughout the four square-kilometre park available daily by a local ranger.
Also a Botanic Garden, Kings Park showcases over 3,000 varieties of the State’s unique flora, including many rare and threatened species. There are 1,700 native wildflower species on show.
Just a short 30-minute drive north east of Perth, Swan Valley is best known for its wineries and restaurants.
The valley also has extensive walking trails at the 4200-hectare Whiteman Park where hundreds of flower species, Pricklybark, Banksia, Jarrah, Hibbertias and Grass trees proliferate.
At Noble Falls Walk Trail, you’ll find orchids, Hakeas, Grevilleas, Isopogons, Petrophiles, Trigger plants and the brilliants pinks and reds of the Verticordias.
Forty-five minutes east of the city, the scenic hills that surround Perth are a nature lover’s playground. A wide-range of bushwalking tracks can be explored such as the popular Eagles’ View Walk in John Forrest National Park.
Wandoo Heights Wildflower Trail offer an abundance of flowers to enjoy including Anigozanthus, Kangaroo paw, Conostylis, Cat's paws, Helichrysum, Everlastings, Drosera, Sundews and various orchids. A self-guided map is available at the entrance and the track is well signposted with markers along the trail identifying the different species.
The Wheat Belt
Just over 250km east of Perth in the wheat belt, the Shire of Merredin is home to a whopping 980 species of wildflowers.
July to October is the best viewing time here with the blooms dependent on the timing of the seasonal rainfall. The many species of acacias and eucalypts make up the majority of flower displays but there’s also 47 species of orchids and numerous Hakeas, Grevilleas, Verticordias and other varieties of heathland plants.
This area is also home to another famous WA site, Wave Rock.
One of Western Australia’s popular playgrounds, Rottnest Island is a scenic 30-minute ferry ride west of Fremantle (or 90 mins. from the Perth CBD). Famous for its adorable Quokkas – the tiny native marsupial found only on Rottnest – the island also has 1,500 native species of wildflower including the rare and beautiful native Blue Rottnest Daisy.
Coalseam Conservation Park
A small reserve north of Mingenew, about 100-kilometres east of Geraldton, Coalseam Conservation Park puts on a stunning display of colour during wildflower season. A wide range of annuals and perennials are on show with everlastings, Banksias, Hakeas and Grevilleas most prominent.
The park is also a protected habitat for a wide range of native animals including emus, echidnas, eagles and cockatoos.
Published under license from Well Travelled.