This spring come and view the world’s largest collection of wildflowers throughout Australia’s Golden Outback. Check out our wildflower hotspot page here.
2020 Wildflower season snapshot
The Gascoyne and Murchison is renowned for is unique station stays, vast outback landscapes and Mount Augustus, Australia’s largest rock twice the size of Uluru.
Although the area is well-known for ‘carpets’ everlastings the region hasn’t received much rainfall during 2020, and early indications are the everlastings will be more sporadic, but there’s many other wildflower species which will bloom well into September, including Mulla Mulla and wreath flowers.
From mid-August the flowers then start to bloom further south right across the Wheatbelt, with its beautiful orchids, everlastings and countless of other species.
There’s no better time to visit the Wheatbelt than springtime, with its great network of self-drive trails. From mid-August flowers start to bloom in the Northern Wheatbelt, renowned for everlastings, orchids, verticordias and the wreath flower.
While around the Central and North-East Wheatbelt explore massive outcrops and nature reserves with its everlastings and countless types of orchid species. In the Southern Wheatbelt you can see hakea, grevillea and countless types of orchids, as well as other extensive wildflower displays well into September.
Traditionally from mid-August wildflowers start blooming around the Goldfields region, and from September through October it’s peak season for the southern outback coast with the Fitzgerald River National Park and its bizarre looking royal hakea and the national parks around Esperance in full bloom with coastal varieties.
A journey out to see the beautiful array of colours as well as the delicate and unusual features of many of the species, makes a wonderful day trip or extended holiday. The best way to experience this amazing natural spectacle is to follow one of the region's wildflowers trails.
Bloomin' Outback Self Drives
A journey out to see the beautiful array of colours as well as the delicate and unusual features of many of the species*, makes a wonderful day trip or extended holiday. The best way to experience this amazing natural spectacle is to follow one of the region's wildflowers trails. Download the Wildflower Holiday Guide or visit the Wildflowers WA website for more detailed information about Western Australian wildflowers and suggested drive routes.
*Wildflowers are seasonal and exact varieties are dependent on prevailing weather and climatic conditions.
Each year the rust-red plains of the Gascoyne-Murchison are blanketed in soft, velvety green after winter rains, and with the arrival of spring sunshine, they burst into bloom. 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.
Further south, fields become blanketed in pink, white and yellow everlastings, delighting photographers and wildflower enthusiasts alike. Other Gascoyne-Murchison wildflowers are just as impressive. Stop the car and take in the beauty of the wreath flower, purple vetch and red grevilleas. The peak of the season depends on the winter rains, but usually occurs from July to August.
The variety of Western Australian wildflowers that carpet the Goldfields in spring is as diverse as the region's landscapes. You can see everlastings stretching to the wide horizon, gaze in awe at the deep purple mulla mulla, see eucalypt trees awash with brilliant colour, marvel at the silvery glow of the smoke bush and admire the varied colours of eremophila.
Enjoy these delicate and intricate flowers on roadsides throughout the Goldfields region, as well as in the extensive network of national parks and conservation reserves. The peak of the season depends on the winter rains, but usually occurs from August to October.
In spring, the green and golden rolling hills of the Wheatbelt are transformed into lush gardens of Western Australian wildflowers. The region is particularly well-known for its astonishing acacia displays – along bush roads their branches droop with the weight of their golden blooms. Hundreds of unusual yet beautiful wreath flowers also bloom beside the roads, while bushland bursts into life with hakea, grevillea, banksia and orchids. The Wheatbelt wildflower season usually begins in August and continues to October.
Esperance and South Coast wildflowers
The wildflower season finishes with a flurry of vibrant blooms in the bushlands of the Esperance and South Coast regions of Western Australia's Golden outback. This is the home of one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world – Fitzgerald River National Park. Visit from September to November and you’ll soon understand why it has earned this prestigious ranking, as you witness 1,800 beautiful and bizarre flowering plants bursting with colour.
The greens and browns of the coastal heath explode with splashes of pink, yellow, orange and red and the fresh sea air is filled with the fragrance of wildflowers. Look closely at the undergrowth and you’ll see the delicate designs of many orchid species, or stroll through bushland and be dazzled by banksia, leschenaultia and hakea.
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