It’s been a wet winter for Western Australia, and although that may mean less beach time, it makes for a truly spectacular wildflower season.
There has been more than 60ml of rain in the Gascoyne Murchison over the last 6 weeks, and thanks to these late downpours, the landscape is looking spectacularly green and lush. It’s quite incredible to see the normally red outback landscape transformed into a colourful blanket of bloom. The wet weather has also meant the early arrival of the beautiful wildflowers.
Just on the walking trails around the beautiful Wooleen Station, we’ve been seeing Wurmbea densiflora, Eremohpilas, Cassias, Sidas, Everlastings, Acacias and Bachelor Buttons opening their tiny petals to the sun.
The Gascoyne Murchison area of Western Australia is internationally renowned for spectacular wildflowers. In the north you’ll find iconic species like the scarlet red sturt desert pea setting the undergrowth ablaze and the royal purple mulla mulla carpeting the roadside.
The magnificent Kennedy Range and Mount Augustus also offer particularly lovely wildflower settings – their rugged, golden outlines are enhanced by clusters of wildflowers at the base. You’ll find species like mulla mulla, native corn flower, eremophila, flannel bush and fields of everlastings.
If you’re a wildflower enthusiast, a photographer with a love of macro shoots, or just someone looking for a great excuse for a road trip, now is the time to pack up and go exploring! Many of these species only last a month or so once they bloom, so there’s no better time than now to hit the road.
How to do it
We have heaps of self-drive itineraries for this region, whether you’re looking to do a loop from Perth, are heading North to Karijini or Exmouth and fancy taking an inland route, or if you’re on your way back down south from Broome. If you’re already in this area, then take a look at the Outback Pathways website for driving loop inspiration.
We regularly update our website with LIVE sightings across our entire region, from the Gascoyne Murchison, through the Wheatbelt and Goldfields, right down to Esperance and the Fitzgerald Coast, so keep an eye out for the latest news.
If you’re planning a trip into WA this Spring, be sure to download the wildflower guide and incorporate a little bit of flower spotting into your journey!
We are also running our wildflower photography competition this Spring! So, if you do snap any beautiful wildflowers, be sure to upload them to our website to be in with a chance of winning $500!
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