In Full Bloom: The Best Places to See Western Australia’s Wildflowers
It doesn’t get much better than Springtime in Australia; the warmth of the afternoon sun during a hike through Cradle Mountain, unbeatable views of the Hunter Valley’s lush rolling hills during a wine tasting, and of course the spectacular sprawling fields of Western Australia's wildflowers in full bloom.
During Spring, the ‘Wildflower State’ as Western Australia is commonly known, certainly lives up to its nickname. As our largest state, Western Australia is incredibly vast and home to a diverse number of landscapes, all which come alive during Spring. There are over 12,000 species of wildflower to be seen, with more than 60% of these not found anywhere else in the world; It truly is the greatest wildflower show on earth!
While wildflowers are in bloom across the state year-round, between July and late September the blankets of flowers colour the landscape from coast to the outback. Lasting almost five months of the year, Western Australia’s wildflower season is one of the longest in the country. Quiet, secluded towns become hives of activity, as visitors travel from all around to see the stunning carpets of pink, yellow and white wildflowers as far as the eye can see. Check out our list below to find out where you can discover the best fields of wild blooms.
Kalbarri National Park
You don’t get a much more rugged landscape than Kalbarri National Park in the North West region of Western Australia. Covering an area of 186,000 hectares, the park is located on the lower reaches of the Murchinson River and as a result of 400 million years of the river’s flow, magnificent deep red and white gorges stretch throughout the park, making it a truly spectacular sight and launchpad for exploration.
From July to November, over 800 species of native wildflower burst into full bloom and colour the landscape with vibrant hues. Many of these are unique to the region, including the Kalbarri Spider Orchid. Keep an eye out for vibrant Banksias, Pink Pokers, Flannel Bush and Pink Fairies.
Coalseam Conservation Park
Referred to as the ‘holy grail for wildflower hunters,’ this small reserve located between Mingenew and Mullewa is undoubtedly one of Western Australia’s top wildflower hotspots. As the site of the first mined coal deposit in the state, the park is not only a haven for flower lovers, it is rich in character with over 250 million years of geological history.
As a result of the park’s location between sandplain and arid desert, the variety of wildflowers is unrivalled. The never-ending carpets of stunning Everlastings, Banksias, Hakeas and Grevilleas are a treat for your eyes, and you are sure to encounter a diverse range of wildlife; we call this a natural paradise.
With an annual wildflower show and a scenic 2.4km circuit track that takes you through the colourful bushland, visitors travel from all corners of the globe to discover for themselves the stunning displays of Everlastings and the surrounding nature reserves of Mullewa. Located in the heart of Western Australia’s wildflower region, Mullewa boasts vast displays of native flora that stretch as far as the eye can see.
It is most famously home to the rare wreath flower, a stunning species of native flower and the star attraction of the annual wildflower show.
You don’t always have to venture far out into bushland to discover a dazzling array of native wildflowers. One of the most beautiful inner-city parks in Australia, Kings Park is home to the spectacular Western Australian Botanic Garden. With over 3,000 species of the state’s unique flora, the stunning collection of wildflowers is unique and the perfect introduction to your wildflower exploration through Western Australia.
Nambung National Park
Just when you thought the Pinnacles couldn’t get any more spectacular, during later Winter and Spring, the surrounding national park comes alive with an explosion of colour in the form of native wildflowers. You will find Wattle, Quandong, Yellowtail flower, Parrot Bush, White Clematis, Cockies Tongues and Banksias.
A bushwalk in the Spring afternoon sun sounds pretty good right now don’t you agree? If you aren’t local to the areas mentioned but are keen to discover the sprawling fields of wildflowers in full bloom, now is the perfect time to start planning for Springtime 2021. On our brand-new Wildflower Wanderer itinerary, you’ll discover for yourself why Western Australia is known as the ‘Wildflower State,’ visiting many of the spectacular destinations we’ve mentioned above. Book early to save 10%.