Where to see wildflowers in Australia's Golden Outback
For a strictly limited season you can view the world’s largest collection of wildflowers each spring in Australia’s Golden Outback.
Please Note: During wildflower season which typically runs from mid/late July to November, this wildflower page is regularly updated with wildflower information so be sure to check back regularly. This page was last updated on 18 September 2017.
Wildflowers are seasonal and exact varieties are dependent on prevailing weather and climatic conditions.
Hopetoun/Ravensthorpe and Fitzgerald Coast
Last updated 5 September 2017
Wildflower season has started early in the Fitzgerald Coast region! With the abundant February rain and the warm start to winter, the 2017 wildflower season is going to be magnificent. You can now see the first of the many wildflowers:
Along South Coast Hwy (approx. 60-30km west of Ravensthorpe) and Ravensthorpe Hopetoun Road and Jerdacuttup Road.
Cauliflower Hakea are flowering prolifically and will be for the next month or so. A harsh, prickly rounded shrub up to 1.5m tall. It is not noticeable until it flowers with its prolific, creamish flowers which cover the bush like a cauliflower.
Blue Flowered Hakea this a distinctive Hakea is the only one producing blue flowers. Bushy shrub can be found along the roadside flowers are abundant this year, not always noticeable until you get close.
Pin Cushion Hakea are still flowering along the South Coast Highway between Fitzgerald, Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun.
Donkey Orchids, Green Hood and Hare Orchids are just starting to flower, they will be good for 3- 4 weeks. They can only be found when you go wondering into the bush.
Red Lechenaultia - a beautiful wreath style flower displaying mostly red flowers and some in pink.
There are a couple of places to stop on South Coast Highway with plenty of room to park the coach or caravan with some great bush to explore to see all of the above.
- Where Fitzgerald Road meets the highway on the north side of the road 51km east Jerramungup 62km west of Ravensthorpe stop on the north side of highway where Fitzgerald road meets the highway can also see the Fitzgerald School site.
- Where West River Road meets the highway on the south side of the road, 42km west of Ravensthorpe, 72km east Jerramungup were West River road meets the highway stop on the south side of the highway.
- Where Fence Road South and Jerdacuttup Road meets the highway south of the road there is a parking and information bay a great place to stop and look around.
Hopetoun - Scarlet Banksia are flowering at Dunn Swamp approx. 5km north of Hopetoun, it is also a good place to look out for orchids, scarlet banksia masses of Banksia are in profusion in and around Hopetoun.
Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show
The Fitzgerald Coast comes alive during the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show, running from 10-23 September where you can view over 600 specimens on display. For more information see #ravywildflowers and #fitzgeraldcoast
Wongan Hills, Moora and Dalwallinu
Last updated 27 August 2017
Wongan Hills - The Piawaning Road which takes you to Mt O’Brien and Mt Matilda is alive with colour grevilleas, prickly toothbrush and pink poker, lots of acacia, smoke bush, tea tree, hakeas, isopogens and dampiera. Mt Matilda should be at its peak in two weeks (walk trail). The new walk trail at Gathercole is spectacular, the kunzea, calytrix, verticordias and waitzias in particular. There are a lot of different flowering plants at Christmas Rock Walk which is close to town.
Wongan Hill Events: Reynoldson Reserve, just 29km north of Wongan Hills, will hold its Reynoldson Reserve Festival from 27-29 October and with the recent rain it should put on a great display of verticordias. On the Saturday there will be market stalls, vintage car display, wildflower display, bus tours to Reynoldson Reserve, Devonshire Teas, photography workshop and our celebrity guest, gardening guru, Sabrina Hahn.
For further updates contact 9671 1973 or call into the Wongan Hills Visitor Centre.
Dalwallinu - Later winter rains than usual has resulted in a delayed wildflower season with flowering shrubs expected to bloom in the next few weeks.
Mia Moon Reserve has assorted orchids flowering as at mid-August including pink candy, blue fairy, snail, leek, and spider. It’s anticipated with favourable conditions there will be more orchids to come including cowslip. Call into the Dalwallinu Discovery Centre or contact 9661 1805 for further updates.
Dalwallinu Events: Dalwallinu Wattle Week Festival 2-8 Sep -a week of fabulous activities with something for everyone, including assorted tours, family day & bonfire, free entertainment & much more.
Moora - the beautiful country town of Moora is situated on the banks of the Moore River. Moora is located less than two hour’s drive north of Perth. It is surrounded by impressive Salmon Gums, beautiful parks, gardens and heritage buildings and is a popular stopover for tourists following the Wildflower Trail. A unique collection of WA wildflowers can be seen in the parks and walks around town.
Carnaby’s Cockatoo Interpretive Walk Trail takes you along the banks of the Moora River and around the Moora townsite. Whilst waking, you may be lucky and spot a white tailed Carnaby’s Cockatoo.
Candy’s Bush Reserve has a magical display of orchids, hakea and grevillea currently blooming. For further information call on 9653 1053 or call into the Moora Visitor Centre.
Last updated 18 September 2017
Perenjori: The wreath flowers (Lechenaultia macrantha) now appearing approx 8 kms to the north of Perenjori. 6.3kms north from Perenjori on Bowgada Road. (approx 1.5kms from main road), near gravel pit. Pindar:
The wreath flowers (Lechenaultia macrantha)
are looking great. 30kms east of Mullewa. 10kms north of Pindar along the Pindar-Beringarra Road., visible from both sides of the road.
North-East Wheatbelt (along Wheatbelt Way Self Drive Trail)
Last updated 8 September 2017
It is spring and the bush is staring to bloom, but we will need some follow-up rains with the warm sunny weather until the end of the month to have any significant carpets of wildflowers and large numbers of orchids. But don’t be disheartened – if you stop, get out of your car and have a look around you will be surprised at what you will find!
So get in your car, pack a picnic and come out to the Wheatbelt Way - starting in Dowerin, with interpretive signage at 24 locations around the north-east Wheatbelt, take a self drive journey to see the amazing wildflowers. Call into the local Visitor Centres for more specific wildflower information, but below is some suggestions of where to go and what you should find.
Dowerin: At Tin Dog Creek Reserve there’s an array of birdlife and flora. 8km past the wheat bins at the Y junction, take Amery-Benjaberring gravel road to explore historic Minnivale townsite surrounded by a nature reserve and cemetery. Pink feather flowers line the roadsides and black toothbrush grevillea, kunzias and verticordia are blooming here.
Wyalkatchem: Has some great flowering reserves, including Walk- A-Wyal Trail, Wyalkatchem Reserve and Korrelocking Reserve. Find rare orchids, sundew, everlastings and fauna including Echidnas, Dunnarts, Blue Breasted & Red-Capped Robins. Along Wyalkatchem North Rd to Cowcowing Reserve see the endangered Wyalkatchem foxglove. Call into Wyalkatchem Visitor Centre (Mon-Fri) for more info.
Trayning - Billycatting Reserve: Explore the two marked walk trails. White flowered sundews (Drosera sp.) insect eating plants at the damp base of the rocks. Maybe spot the rare Darwinia chiddarcooping with its amazing red flowers dripping in nectar. The gnamma holes located north of Trayning on Bencubbin Road may have a few orchids if you look assiduously including spiders, donkeys and fairy.
Nungarin townsite and Mangowine: Explore Eaglestone Rock, Talgomine Reserve and Danberrin Hill botanical walks and smell the fragrant Vanilla Bush (Grevillea sp.) and Kunzea pulchella splashing vivid colours of red.
Westonia to Elachbutting Rock: See the spectacular ‘wave rock’ formation and Monty’s Pass, wattles, senna, grevilleas and hakeas are in full bloom. At Sandford Rock Nature Reserve the Silver Mallee (Eucalyptus crucis subspecies crucis) and Purple Peacock Beetles are some of the rare species found this time of year. Starting from Westonia townsite, wander the walk trail through tall Red Morrell Eucalyptus Woodland of the Westonia Common.
Around Bencubbin: Plenty of wattles (Acacia) bursting out in brilliant yellow blooms. The Shire of Mt Marshall has some pityrodias (native foxgloves) on Mukinbudin/Bencubbin Road. At Marshall Rock wander the walk trails or go on a serious bushwalk with spectacular Wheatbelt views.
Mukinbudin to Bonnie Rock: See wattle, senna, hakea, quandongs and some purple dampiera. On and around the rocks at Wattoning, Beringbooding and Weira, purple calytrix, yellow hibbertia and red flowering kunzea and Calothamnus gilesii. Mauve leptospermum (tea tree) flowering profusely around the base with donkey orchids hiding in the undergrowth. If you’re lucky and plan your trip at the right time you may see some small carpets of pink and white everlastings
Head north to Beacon and Billiburning: Granite outcrops and Eucalypt woodlands around Beacon invite picnickers and visitors to explore. Grevillia, Hakea, Eremophila, and many more species in bloom. Rare and endangered Sand paper wattle can be seen in the Beacon Botanical Park and at Billiburning. A 600 species Herbarium can be studied at the Beacon Visitor Centre (Mon-Fri).
Koorda: Very colourful tall dark mauve Verticordia sp. on roadsides close to Koorda. Call into the Koorda Community Resource Centre (Mon-Fri) for locations and view the wildflower interpretation display. Wander the walk trails of Koorda Native Flora Reserve or Mollerin Reserve. At Newcarlbeon Rocks enjoy a picnic or camp out amongst the interesting Wheatbelt bushland.
Central & Eastern Wheatbelt (along Pioneers' Pathway Self Drive Trail)
Last updated 7 September 2017
Along Pioneers' Pathway self drive - between Goomalling and Toodyay is Wongamine Nature Reserve which features a magnificent stand of Salmon Gum, the extraordinary Mottlecah, and many different species of wildflowers. Whilst there is no vehicle access inside the reserve, it is excellent for walking on the internal tracks. From Toodyay Road turn onto Goomalling Toodyay Road, travel 15.6km and turn left into Forrest Road, continue 1.3km from where the reserve extends on both sides of the road.
Travelling to Goomalling where a walk in Oak Park Nature Reserve is recommended before a visit to historic Slater Homestead. Along the road it’s hard to miss the lush green Wheatbelt crops and vivid yellow of canola in flower.
Standing guard at the entry to Dowerin is ‘Rusty’ the Tin Dog sculpture. Opposite Rusty, take the Tin Dog Walk Trail to see wildflowers and woodlands. At historic Minnivale townsite, expect to see Black Toothbrush Grevillea, Kunzia and Verticordia blooming here.ack Toothbrush Grevillea, Kunzia and Verticordia blooming here.
The drive from Dowerin to Merredin winds through farmland flushed with reserves in flower with orchids, sundew and everlastings. At Wyalkatchem on the town Walk-a-Wyal trail, Korrelocking Reserve and Cowcowing Reserve see everlastings, Grevillea and Hakea’s in flower. Billyacatting Reserve near Trayning is a wildflower hotspot to explore off the main road and along the roadside to Nungarin spot intermittent glimpses of carpets of pink and white everlastings amongst stands of Acacia, Hakea and Grevillea in flower.
Check in at Mangowine Homestead for the walking trails, explore Eaglestone Rock, Talgomine Reserve and Danberrin Hill botanical walks with the fragrant Vanilla Bush (Grevillea sp.) and vivid colours of red Kunzea pulchella and pink Hakea splashing the roadside.
Arriving at Merredin pick up a Explore Merredin brochure for bush walk guides to Tamma Parkland and Merredin Peak Reserve some annuals, shrubs and trees in flower now. A visit to Totadgin Conservation Park 14km south of Merredin will delight the senses of orchid seekers. The Visitor Centre can advise when the everlastings are out and wildflower and cultural tours available.
Central & Eastern Wheatbelt
Last updated 24 July 2017
Bruce Rock – anywhere along Bruce Rock’s Wildflower Drive Trail. Specific for flowers at both these following sites are only 3-5km from town, great for a peep if staying at the caravan park and only a short drive to flora enjoyment:
- In the railway reserve parallel to Hines Hill Road, in the first 1-2kms from the Bruce Rock-Merredin Rd T-junction.
- In the road verge bush area all around the Quarry Rd T-Junction with Bruce Rock-Merredin Road.
- Belka West Rd heading West and starting 2km West of the Hines Hill Rd intersection (ie, going towards the Bruce Rock-Doodlakine Rd.
- Doodlakine Road all along intermittently from Jura Road T-Junction, heading North towards Doodlakine, particularly at the area around the Belka West Road T-Junction – in the two Nature Reserves.
- Jura Rd all along from Bruce Rock-Merredin Rd (at the East end) to Bruce Rock-Doodlakine Rd, at the West end.
- Orchids have started growing above ground so flowers perhaps 2-5 weeks’ time.
- Sundews have started growing, but now flowering as yet, perhaps in about 2 weeks' time.
- Most abundant is the wattle... the low, shrubby version at this time. Some Bottle Brushes are just starting to bloom. Eucalypts (a mallee type) are flowering well, a gorgeous yellow, just like the Gum-nut kids from May Gibbs’s books, they have a fabulous cap about 1-1.5mm in diameter and their aroma is so unique & entrancing.
Last updated 17 July 2017
Summer floods from earlier this year have brought an unseasonal early orchid event in the south west.
Around Hyden (Wave Rock) - Greenwood and Snail Orchirds now appearing.
Esperance & Cape Le Grand National Park
Last updated 25 July 2017
Cape Le Grand National Park: drive from Esperance along Merivale Rd where Red Kangaroo Paws and Showy Banksia abound, as do the local Xanthorrhoea or Grass Tree. Keep an eye out for Cockies Tongue, Red Lechenaultia, Chorizema Pea and serene Donkey Orchids hidden amongst rocky outcrops.
Orleans Bay and Wharton Beach: beautiful coastal country and beaches - on Duke of Orleans Bay Rd there are spectacular plants to be seen such as Red Beaks, Painted Lady, Leek Orchids and a very nice Beard Heath.
Rotary Lookout at Wireless Hill: spectacular 360o views. Several species of flowering Eucalypts, Dryandras, Twining Clematis, Australian Bluebell, Fringe Lily in early summer, Pimelea, Agonis, Hakea can be enjoyed throughout the seasons.
Great Ocean Drive and Observatory Point: a 38km round trip from Esperance town centre to Twilight Beach and through a variety of vegetation types from deep sand to elevated limestone coastal headlands. Sheltered dunes and exposed heaths provide wonderful vistas of seasonal natural flora both large and small, passing the Wind Farm and returning to the townsite via Wireless Hill. Around Esperance the colourful Phymatocarpus Maxwellii start to bloom in September.
2017 Esperance Wildflower Festival, 12-16 Sep
The Esperance Wildflower Festival is back again for 2017, with this year's theme being 'Saltlakes - their web of life’.
This annual festival showcases around 500 local species. For more information click here.