Following higher than normal rainfall this winter, the WA wildflower season has been the most spectacular for years! The wildflower collection in Western Australia has been called the largest floral show on earth.
The wildflower season officially begins in June with the Pilbara starting off the show, soon followed by the Goldfields and the Coral Coast. At this time of year, wildflowers have already bloomed across the metro area, and the South West is about to get its turn.
The wildflower season is the perfect excuse to get out and enjoy the magnificence of nature. More than 12,000 species of flowers form this spectacular garden across Western Australia, and it’s a fact that over 60% of our wildflowers can only be seen in WA and nowhere else in the world. So why not make a day of it, or a weekend, and get out and take in the last few weeks of the show!
WHERE TO GO
While exact locations of species change every year, there’s some spots that are usually guaranteed for dazzling displays during wildflower season.
- The Bibbulmun Track winds through the forests of the South West and is the ideal trip to experience the wildflowers.
- The Cape to Cape Track – 135 kilometres from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin in the Margaret River region, offers stunning coastal views and many coastal wildflower species.
- Kondil Recreation Park, Nannup offers an easy walking trail through wildflowers, located in town
- Mount Chudalup, near Northcliffe will lead you on a walking trail through the wildflowers and up to the granite outcrop of Mount Chudalup.
- Stirling Range National Park is home to more than 1,500 species of native plants, 87 of which aren’t found anywhere else in the world
- Porongurup National Park – don’t miss the vibrant colours of the yellow Acacias and purple Hoveas that are visible under the tall karri trees in the National Park.
- Fitzgerald River National Park, set on the southern coast near Bremer Bay, features more than 1800 species of plants, with 75 unique to WA.
WHERE TO STAY
Planning your south west wildflower experience may mean an overnight stay; and with so many amazing accommodation options available, why wouldn’t you?!
Depending on what area you are visiting in the South West, there will be a choice of accommodation – motels and lodges, hotels, caravan parks, tourist parks, camping grounds. For more information on where to stay and planning your trip, check out https://www.australiassouthwest.com/business/accommodation