MARVEL AT THE LARGEST FLORAL SHOW ON EARTH
The wildflower collection in Western Australia is the largest on Earth. With more than 12,000 species, over 60% of which are found nowhere else on Earth, they colour the landscapes from coast to forest and city to outback.
The six-month flowering season begins in the north in June and July on the vast outback plains of the Pilbara, Goldfields and Coral Coast where vibrant blooms contrast with pindan earth, rugged canyons and turquoise sea.
By September, it has moved south and reached Perth’s botanical gardens, nature reserves and national parks, finishing with a flurry in October and November throughout the forests and coastal heaths of the South West. You can take in the spectacles of each region and season on the many the wildflower scenic drives and walking trails.
The Pilbara’s flora is as diverse as the landscape – vibrant floral shades contrast with the dusty red earth and golden Spinifex grass.
Cape Range Trail
The breathtaking landscape of Cape Range National Park, near Exmouth is a compelling backdrop for the bright, colourful and fascinating plant life that proliferates in the region.
Northern Explorer Trail
Journey north from Perth to experience a sensational show of wildflowers set amongst the vast landscape. Travel the Indian Ocean Drive towards the white sands and crystal waters of Geraldton, past the breathtakingly high coastal cliffs of Kalbarri, to where the sleek and magical dolphins of Monkey Mia swim peacefully in the Shark Bay World Heritage Area.
Enter one of the State’s most spectacular wildflower areas on this leisurely drive north. Travel along the coast on the Indian Ocean Drive from Perth to Cervantes, Jurien Bay and Leeman. Another option is to travel via the inland Brand Highway route. For many, this is the wildflower viewing they’ve always imagined.
Wave Rock Trail
The Central Wheatbelt area is a wonder waiting to be enjoyed. You’ll find numerous nature reserves with walk trails that are rich in flora and fauna.
The Perth Trail is the scenic backdrop to the State’s capital and boasts an array of wildflowers, it’s the perfect way to start your Western Australian wildflower journey.
Tips for Wildflower Enthusiasts:
- TAKE nothing but photos – picking wildflowers is illegal and can attract an AUD2000 fine.
- RESPECT private property and do not trespass.
- PROTECT canola crops and prevent the spread of disease by staying out of canola fields.