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 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 21 September 2016.
Last updated 21 September 2016.
Kalgoorlie - Karlkurla Bushland Park now blooming with lots of gorgeous bush flowers including Coral Gum/ Coolgardie Gum, Jam Wattle, Kurrana, Desert Cassia, Native Honey Suckle, Tan Wattle, Tar Bush, Cotton Bush, Native Rosemary, Thorny Hovea, Violet-Flowered Eremophila, Pixie Bush, Broom Bush, Native Hopbush, Goldfields Daisy, Twined-Leave Emu Bush.
Norseman - ideal weather patterns have brought out a wonderful display of wildflowers and flowering shrubs on the entrances to Norseman as well as on Beacon Hill and Woodlands Walk Trails. Some species out include wattles, cassia, broom bush, hop bush, eremophila and bluebush. At Dundas Rocks, 22km south of Norseman, the bush is a mass of colour with pom pom everlastings, cassia, wattle, golden waitzia, bottlebrush and orchids.
Around Menzies townsite
- everlastings are now making an appearance near the old Menzies Golf Course and Menzies Cemetery. Goongarrie
(approx 40km south of Menzies
in Goongarrie National Park) - wattles and bush flowers now blooming. Yellow grevillea will be in bloom within the week. Wattles also lining the Goldfields Hwy near Goongarrie and Kookynie Road.
Jeedamya Flats approx 15km north of Menzies on the Goldfields Hwy - everlastings along the roadside.
Cometvale (approx 30kms from Menzies) - Red bottlebrushes.
Niagara Dam and around Kookynie - purple bottlebrush, fringe lily, native cornflowers, eremophilas and many others starting to appear. The Sturt Peas are about 27kms North of Kookynie on the Malcolm Road. Approx 50kms north of Kookynie at Melita Sturt Peas growing along the road edge. Swainsons Pea at Lake Raeside, Malcolm Road north of Kookynie.
A good patch of yellow goodenias approx 7km on the Kookynie Road coming from the Goldfields Hwy on the left. Purple goodenias can also be seen past Morapoi Station on Kookynie Road.
Laverton - on all approach roads including The Outback Way (Great Central Road) and general area see Wattle, Eremophilas, Sturt Desert Peas, Mulla Mulla, Everlastings, Cassia, Swainsona, Minuria (Mini Daisy), Craspedia (Billy Buttons) and plenty of Quandongs.
Last updated 12 September 2016
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South Coast Hwy -road verge lined with dryandra, pink kunzia, tea tree, yellow verticordia, melaleuca, damperia, lilac hibiscus, hibbertia, pouched dampera. Orchids can be found in several locations, hidden under and around bushes and trees.
Lake King-Ravensthorpe - roe’s feather flower, verticordias, common cauliflower, flame grevillea.
Archer Drive Lookout, Floater Rd - park at the lookout and explore on foot, seeing ravensthorpe bottlebrush, nodding banksia, blue leschenaultia, onesided bottlebrush, verticordia grandiflora, claw feather flower, qualup bell, pimelea physodes & pink boronia.
Elverdton Rd - a great splash of colour, bottlebrushes, dryandras, banksia nutans, qualup bells, blue leschenaultia, pink kunzia, tennis ball banksia, chittick & pink boronia.
Railway Heritage Walk Trail - information plaques about fauna and flora along the walk.
Hopetoun East to Munglinup Beach - along Springdale Rd, Tamarin Rd, Lakes Rd displays of kangaroo paw, bell fruited mallee, red centred hibiscus, tinsel lily, large waxflower, chittick and showy banksia.
Jerdacuttup Rd - good display of Lechenaultia Formosa, Hybanthus floribundus a low upright shrub with pale blue to white flowers, fringed lily, pouched dampera, large wax flower, chittick and an A flame pea.
Old Ongerup Rd - small section between Koornong Rd (south) & South Coast Hwy, display of Lechenaultia formosa red lechenaultia.
Fitzgerald River National Park
East Mt Barren - Qualup Bells, Scarlet Banksias, 4 winged Mallee, Dryandra & Coastal Foxglove flowering. Many small Qualup Bells on the East Mount Barren walk trail. The East Mount Barren Lookout over Culham Inlet has some great wildflowers and views.
Cave Point/West Beach Rds - lots of bell fruited mallees, fringed lily, poached dampiera
Hamersley Dr - large Qualup Bells between the Moir track/Quoin Head intersections. Many small Qualup Bells can be seen near the Quoin Head turnoff, great area for seasonal orchids. Large numbers of Cauliflower Hakea & Frog Hakea along the northern section of Hamersley Dr.
There have been regular sightings of whales & dolphins along coast between Hopetoun/Bremer Bay.
Esperance and Cape Le Grand National Park
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.
Lake Monjingup Reserve: drive around the reserve stopping at the Grevilleas, which are in their prime. Wander past the variety of Bottlebrush, Flowering Gum, Hakea and native Wax. Then head across the road to the boardwalk which winds its way through the magnificent Swamp Paperbarks, stopping on the way back to admire the very old Zamia Palms.
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 ireless Hill. Around Esperance the colourful Phymatocarpus Maxwellii start to bloom in September.
Last updated 21 September 2016
Around Narrogin - Donkey orchids, spider orchids, primrose spider orchids, white spiders, blue fairy orchids, dancing spiders, calendia latifolia, some hybrid orchids, banded greenhoods, and blue china orchids.
The Dryandra Country Visitor Centre in Narrogin has a new series of biodiversity brochures available, which focus on wildflowers and great local walking tours.
Around Hyden (Wave Rock) and Granite and Woodlands Discovery Trail - the gravel road along the Granite and Woodlands Discovery Trail is a good surface and suitable for experienced drivers in two-wheel drives and campervans. Species blooming in the area include Calytrix leschenaultii, Grevillea excelsior, Dampiera, Foxglove, Verticordia, Granite acacia and tea tree.
Last updated 1 September 2016.
Pindar - wreath flowers are blooming beautifully at Pindar. Travel 30kms east of Mullewa to Pindar. Turn north onto Pindar-Beringarra Road for 10kms. Follow signs to wreath flowers both sides of dirt road.
Dalwallinu - Good winter rains has seen a promising start to the wildflower season and roadside colour should increase after a bit more sunshine. Shrubs currently flowering include assorted wattles, blue dampiera, yellow hibbertia, red and flame grevilleas, thryptomene & blue boronia.
Mia Moon reserve is a 'hot spot' for orchids with pink candy, blue fairy, snail, leek, bee, donkey & spider all spotted in the last week. The lovely yellow pom pom everlastings are also putting on a good show. Jibberding Reserve has quite nice pink & white everlastings with large creamy pom poms here also. Wreath lechenaultia are also in the early flowering stages at various locations.
Perenjori - Wreath flowers approx 8kms from Perenjori and orchids are still a great display.
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 late orchids in Elphin Reserve including, shirt, purple enamel, custard, leopard and little laughing leek.
Watheroo & Moora - a unique collection of Western Australian wildflowers can be seen in the parks and walks around town.Moora also boasts two wildflower farms north of the town. Carnaby’s Cockatoo Interpretive Walk Trail The trail takes you along the banks of Moore River and around the Moora townsite. Whilst walking you may be lucky and spot a white tailed Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo.
Candy’s Bush Reserve has a magical display of orchids, hakea, grevillea, banksia and Geraldton Wax currently blooming.
Watheroo National Park has cat’s paw and a large number of eucalypts and wattles, lots of yellow, pink and purple colours at the moment.
North East and Central Wheatbelt
Last updated 2 September 2016.
Along Pioneers' Pathway self drive - lots of everlasting patches (pink and white and white pom poms), Grevilleas and Hakeas flowering (red, cream and pink) between Trayning and Nungarin. 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.
Merredin - hakea, grevillea, hibbertia, sundews, snail orchirds, everlastings flowering in bushland at Tamma Parkland and Merredin Peak Reserve. A visit to Totadgin Conservation Park 14km south of Merredin will delight.
On the Wheatbelt Way self drive trail
- reports of Pterostylis sp. inland hairy stem orchids on the Westonia Walk Trail near site 8 Echidna Walk. The bushland is also beginning to flower with the winter flowering Wattles, Callistemon, purple Dampieria’s and other perennial shrubs around Koorda, Gabbin and Billyacatting Hill areas. Further south at Bruce’s Rock Nature Reserve off the track there is Pterostylis sp. inland hairy stem and Pterostylis scabra orchids in open woodland.
- 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 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.
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 have orchids 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) out and with great rainfall expect good displays of wildfl owers. The Shire of Mt Marshall has some pityrodias (native foxgloves) on Mukinbudin/Bencubbin Road. At Marshall Rock wander the walk trails 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 fl owering kunzea. Mauve leptospermum (tea tree) fl owering profusely around the base with donkey orchids hiding in the undergrowth. Patches of pink everlastings on Masefield Road on the way to Elachbutting.
Beacon and Billiburning - Sandalwood and Quandong are fruiting heavily. Orchids including spider and fairy can be found around the granites. Masses of yellow flowering acacias are surrounded by a carpet of pink, white and yellow everlastings. 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 carpets of pink and white everlastings.
Last updated 5 September 2016.
Approx 30kms south of Murchison Settlement - everlastings now blooming.
Gascoyne Junction - parakeelya are out in force along the road to Gascoyne Junction.
Good abundance of Butterfly Goodenia between Kennedy Ranges and Mt Augustus.
Mount Augustus - mulla mulla, everlastings, sturt desert peas, purple haze and fox glove now blooming.
Wooleen Station - see white everlastings along Meeberrie-Wooleen Road.
Around the Shire of Yalgoo area - between Thundelarra and Payne’s Find - white, yellow and pink everlastings blooming. Out on the North road 19 km past Casuarina Creek - yellow, pink and white everlastings now on display.
North of Mullewa - approx 100kms north of the town along Carnarvon-Mullewa Road - 'carpets' of everlastings along roadside.
Sandstone - hakea francisiana (Grass-leaved Hakea), Grevillea juncifolia (Honeysuckle Grevillea) and white everlastings are just starting to bloom along the bitumen road east-west of Sandstone. These will probably be best viewed in a couple of weeks’ time. Eremophila (Emubushes), Senna (Cassias), Dodonaea, Calandrinia (Parakeelya), Lachnostachys (lambs tails), Acacia (wattles), Keraudrenia (Common Fire bush), Solanum lasiophyllum (flannel bush) and Ptilotis (mull a mullas & silver tails) are some of the other regulars also blooming/ starting to bloom.