2020 WILDFLOWER UPDATE
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 and Wildflower Country, renowned for everlastings, verticordias, the wreath flower, pom poms, and countless of orchid species such as ant, donkey, fairy, pink candy orchids.
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 such as the rare queen of sheba orchid, 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.
The Western Australia's Visitor Centre's wildflower tracker is designed to help you find the latest wildflowers that are blooming right around the state. It is updated as reports of new flowers come in, to give you an accurate guide of where the flowers are this season.
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Our top picks of where to see wildflowers in the Northern Wheatbelt, Wildflower Way and Wildflower Country
Mingenew Hill - Head to Mingenew Hill for an amazing view of town. This is always a great place to see pom pom everlastings. The surrounding canola crops are also starting to flower in vibrant yellow. At Drovers Rest there's usually purple fringe lilies making a lovely display amongst the trees.
Coalseam Conservation Park - Coalseam usually comes alive in pink, yellow and white with carpets of everlastings. Keep a look out at the lookout for snail orchids, pink and blue fairy orchids, spider orchids and fringe lillies. You will also find a vast mix of flowering shrubs and bushes from the acacia, eucalyptus, hakea, grevillea and melaleuca families.
Depot Hill - You might be able to spot carpets of pink everlasting along with all the above trees, shrubs and orchids. You will also find spider orchids, purple tassels, vanilla scented sun orchids and cowslips. The orchids can be found near the river and up around the first benches on the track.
Mingenew Recreation centre (showground road) - is usually a great place to see pink everlastings You may also find fringe lillies and blue fairy orchids.
Mingenew South Road - The corner of Mingenew south Road and Midlands road is typically awash with colour and many different varieties of flowers.
Yandanooka South Road - You can typically see everlastings and spider orchids.
Morawa - Three Springs Road- Near Mt Campbell. Come early springtime the pink salt lakes are frequently surrounded by carpets of white everlastings.
Bateman Road Three Springs - At the eastern end of Bateman road there's usually wreath flowers in different stages ranging from tiny to 30cm.
Wilson Nature reserve - Corner of Bunney and Robinson Roads Three Springs. This reserve offers several different soil types therefore offering an array of different flowers.
Wildflowers have matured quickly and there are some good areas along Jones Lake Road and further out at Koolanooka Springs and also along Mungada Road on the way out to Karara Mine. Mainly White Everlastings, Pom Poms and smaller yellow flowers. There are some orchids out but you need to look for them!
There are also some good areas of Pink and White Everlastings along the Widimia Walk Trail in the old Dam catchment at Morawa.
A trip out the West Pintharuka Road past the old Sports Ground is worthwhile where you can usually sight donkey orchids. A trip up Milloy Road from West Pintharuka Road To West Gutha Road would be worthwhile and visitors can continue on to Bilya Rock from there.
If you are driving past the Pitharuka Dam & War Rock through the hills to the Yalgoo Road make sure you turn north and drive you will find wreath flowers, approx. 35km from Morawa. Some of the Salt Lakes out through the Karara Rangeland Park are quite spectacular but roads & tracks are very rough and over grown. They are suitable for 4 wheel drive off road vehicles. There is limited mobile service in the Rangeland so visitors need to be careful.
There are additional small pockets of wreath flowers that will be coming on soon but visitors should contact the Morawa Information Centre for exact directions.
At Rica Erickson Nature Reserve 27km east of New Norcia on the Calingari Road near Old Plain Road are renowned for spider orchids.
It's starting to look very promising around Wongan Hills. Lots of bush flowers are now starting to bloom around the reserves. Call into the Wongan Hills Visitor Centre for a local map and the latest information on what is currently flowering. The Piawaning Road out to Mt O’Brien and Mt Matilda comes alive with grevilleas, prickly toothbrush, pink poker and much more! The Mt Matilda Walk Trail offers great wildflower spotting and come springtime Gathercole Nature Reserve is spectacular with kunzea, calytrix, verticordias and waitzias. Christmas Rock Walk & the Wongan Wildflower Walk in town have a great display of flowering plants and orchids can usually be found at all these walks.
Visit Wongan Hills for the Reynoldson Reserve Festival - 30 October - 1 November 2020
The annual Reynoldson Reserve Festival Weekend will be held at “The Station” from 30 October - 1 November. The reserve is 29km north of Wongan Hills and comes alive with verticordia from mid Oct-Dec. Buses will take you to the reserve on Saturday & Sunday, book on the day at the Visitor Centre. Sundowner Friday night with entertainment. Market & food stalls, kid’s activities.
Mia Moon Reserve, Petrudor Rocks & Xantippe Tank are some of the best spots to view wildflowers and orchids such as blue fairy, spider and leek, sun, ant, donkey and cowslips. Call into the Dalwallinu Discovery Centre for further updates.
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 walking, you may be lucky and spot a white tailed Carnaby’s Cockatoo.
If you are looking to view the heritage of the district the Moora Museum is open every Sunday from 9-2pm during May to November. For further information call into the Moora CRC and Visitor Centre.
Our top picks of where to see wildflowers along the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail (Central and Eastern Wheatbelt)
Cunderdin Hill offers great views over town a variety of wildflowers, carpets of everlastings. Bulgin Rock reserve 18km east of town is a great spot for a picnic and wildflower exploring.
Charles Gardner Reserve, an area of 600 hectares of natural vegetation 14km south of Tammin. It contains a wide variety of wildflowers and understorey. Yorkrakine Rock situated 26km north of Tammin is a solid granite outcrop. A strip of native flora surrounds the outcrops which is one of the largest of its kind in WA.
Merredin Peak is a great place to see spider orchids, green-veined shell orchids out in bloom. Sun-dews, wattle.
Totadgin Conservation Park, located 14km south on the Road to Bruce Rock, usually has donkey, spider, blue fairy orchids.
At Merredin Chandler Road 25km north of Merredin you can see Spider, Blue fairy Orchids and white and pink everlastings.
Kellerberrin Hill offers great views over the town and is a lovely wildflower spot in season. Follow the flowers along the Trayning/Bencubbin Road to Durokoppin Reserve. This 1500 acre reserve of woodland, heath and mallee supports a wide variety of flora and fauna. Discover tea trees, wattle and grevillea amongst a colourful array of species.
The spider orchid, white & blue fairy orchid, donkey orchid and even hooded orchids have been spotted, just outside the entrance to the Caravan Park, along Wolfram street towards the cemetery. Follow the Woodlands & wildflowers heritage walk to find a variety of orchids and everlastings. 14km from town find at Sandford Rocks (on Boodarockin Rd) Spider, Ant, Hooded, White/Blue Fairy, Donkey Orchids and Everlastings.
At Boodalin Soak (off Stoneman Rd) on Entry has Spider, Ant Orchids.
The Great Eastern Highway between Southern Cross and Coolgardie has a number of reserves to explore. Grab a copy of the Yilgarn wildflower brochure and follow the wildflower drive throughout the Yilgarn shire.
For more info on the key orchid areas contact the Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre firstname.lastname@example.org or (08) 9041 1666.
Our top picks of where to see wildflowers in the Southern Wheatbelt
Despite the late start to winter, our local wildflower expert predict good wildflower displays in Narrogin and surrounds. The Narrogin and Dryandra Country area is characterised by lots of different wildflower species that provide multi-coloured displays with the best time being from mid-August to early October. Some great spots for seeing orchids, everlastings and kwongan wildflowers and great bird watching include.
Is a great place to camp or stay and experience local birds, animals, and wildflowers.
Tarin Reserve is a great place to view wildflowers in season with hakeas, orchids, wattles and other species.
Our top picks of where to see wildflowers along the Pathways to Wave Rock self drive route (Central and Eastern Wheatbelt)
The Pathways to Wave Rock is a self-drive trail offering a range of unique Wheatbelt experiences and linking the Shires of Bruce Rock, Corrigin, Kondinin, Kulin, Lake Grace, Quairading and Narembeen. From massive granite outcrops to spectacular views, vibrant wildflowers and true county hospitality, easy trips can be made to many of the region’s unique and iconic sights, including Wave Rock.
At Bruce’s Rock you'll usually see orchids and sundews out along the reserve. Definitely check out Jura Wildflower Drive Starts at Quarry Road 2km north of town.
Kwolyin - Kwolyin Reserve take a walk around the campsite where orchids, flowering annuals and sandalwoods surround the camp. Kokerbin Rock 9km north of Kwolyin campsite is well worth a visit to during wildflower season.
At Hidden Hollow, Twine Reserve, Anderson Rock Reserves are great spots to explore Narembeen's wildflowers such as boria, boronia, verticordia, drosora are usually found along the Merredin-Narembeen Road in the large bush reserves.
Corrigin Wildflower Drive starts opposite the Dog Cemetery, 5km west on the Brookton Highway and takes you on a well maintained gravel track to the Scenic Lookout. At Corrigin Wildflower Reserve you might spot green-veined shell orchid, dark banded greenhood and dense pea shrubs. Please note: The Corrigin Rifle Range is part of the Corrigin Reserve and accessible to the public. Please avoid the area on Sundays when flags are up indicating members are shooting.
At Yeerakine Rock (located on Sloan Road 12km from Kondinin) is a lovely spot to view orchids and some of the species to look out for include the donkey orchid, pink candy orchid as well as the broom milkwort. Bendering and North Karlgarin Reserves are also great for acacia, hakeas, grevilleas, phebalium.
Follow the walk trails around Wave Rock where the bush is starting to bloom. The Hippo’s Yawn loop takes you through bushland where you will see wattle, hakea, grevillea, bottlebrush and numerous orchid species.
Hopkins Nature Reserve is an extremely important flora conservation area. North Jitarning Nature Reserve is perfect to walk through and experience many different vegetation areas. The macrocarpa walk located 1km west of Kulin and you can you can view the macrocarpa along the trail.
The reserves around Lake Grace, Lake King and Newdegate Known for its western mallee, noted biologically for its diverse range of flora and high number of indigenous plant groups, including grevillea, hakea, eucalypts and acacia. Within the reserves and roadsides of the shire you will find these and many other beautiful flowering plants and trees. At the 'Jam Patch', you can usually spy donkey and spider orchids (you will just need to hunt for them!).
Our top picks of where to see wildflowers along the Pioneers' Pathway self drive route (Central Wheatbelt)
The Pioneers’ Pathway self drive route traverses Western Australia's eastern Wheatbelt following the well worn trail many prospectors once took on their way to Southern Cross, Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields. Wildflowers in these towns typically bloom from mid-late August right through to October.
At Tin Dog Creek Reserve you'll find an array of birdlife and flora. When travelling to Wyalkatchem, Namelcatchem Reserve on 3 corners of Minnivale-Cunderdin intersection is a great spot to explore, before heading to Historic Minnivale townsite and cemetery.
Walk-A-Wyal Trail, Wyalkatchem Reserve and Korrelocking Reserve come alive in springtime with wildflowers such as rare orchids, sundew, everlastings and fauna including echidnas, dunnarts, blue breasted and red-capped robins. Everlastings typically start appearing around mid-August. Mid to late August and early September are the best times to see wildflowers in full bloom in Wyalkatchem. Around this time you'll most likely see a range of everlastings, orchids and sundew, as well as dampiera and freesias, but check out this document 'Wyalkatchem Wildflowers' which gives a general overview on the types of species you will see around the shire.
Billycatting Reserve - explore the two marked walk trails. White flowered sundews (Drosera sp.) insect eating plants can usually be found at the damp base of the rocks. The gnamma holes located north of Trayning on Bencubbin Road have orchids including spiders, donkeys and fairy.
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. Visit Mangowine Homestead while in the area.
Oak Park Reserve comprises 149 hectares of remnant native vegetation. Oak Park is named for the swamp she-oaks (Casuarina obesa) which are prolific in the area.
Wongamine Reserve off Goomalling Rd is the place to spot spider orchids, Caladenia drummondii, crinkled leaf bunny orchid and green-veined shell orchid (Pterostylis scabra). You can also find similar wildflowers at Julimar Conservation Park and orchids at Dawn Atwell Nature Reserve.
Our top picks of where to see wildflowers in Esperance, Norseman and the Fitzgerald Coast
Esperance - In Esperance there is always a succession of flowers blooming; the peak being in September and October. Helms Arboretum (15km north of town) and along the Dempster Head walk trail along the Great Ocean Drive are great places to view wildflowers.
Explore the coastal walks in the Cape Le Grand National Park during springtime and you're likely to see the pink flowering hakea clavata, bright-white flowers of Taxandria marginata in full glory, the stunning, large pink blooms of the silver teatree, Leptospermum sericeum clinging to the granite hillsides. The granite moss gardens are sometimes dotted red with the flowers of the carnivorous plant Utricularia menziesii, redcaps and you might spot the rarer plants such as dainty wedding bush, Ricinocarpos pilifera, Banksia prolata, weeping, pollen-brown branch tips of Allocasuarina trichodon.
Esperance Wildflower Festival is running daily from 22-26 September 2020 (corner of Windich and Andrew Street), showcasing over 500 local species. For more information see www.esperancewildflowerfestival.com
The Fitzgerald Coast, located within the Shire of Ravensthorpe is the gateway to one of the largest and most botanically significant National Parks in Australia with over 1,800 varieties of wildflower species, ancient mountain ranges, rocky hills, rugged river valleys, estuaries and large inlets which provide the area with a wealth of natural beauty.
Visit The Fitzgerald Coast during the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show and Spring Festival, running from 7-19 September, 2020 where you can view over 600 specimens on display. For more information see #ravywildflowers and Facebook RavensthorpeWildflowerShow
The types of species you will encounter along the Fitzgerald Coast includes:
Cauliflower Hakea a most unusual and striking bush don’t go too close because it bites! With creamish flowers it covers the bush like a cauliflower. and can usually be seen along South Coast Highway Ravensthorpe to Jerramungup, Ravensthorpe Hopetoun Road and the Fitzgerald River National Park.
Donkey Orchids can be found hiding where ever they feel like, the hunt is on to find them!
Hibbertia bright yellow flowering shrub is just beginning to flower along the roadsides and in the Fitzgerald River National Park.
QUALUP Bell pimelia physodes is endemic to the Ravensthorpe Shire. A unique and beautiful flowering shrub, the flowers will last for a couple of months. It is flowering in the Fitzgerald River National Park can be seen at the Barrens Lookout, and on the East Mt Barren walk trail.
Royal Hakea can be seen all year round in the Fitzgerald River National Park a stunning unusual totem like plant to 2m tall. The variegated colour of the leaves is unmatched by any other Western Australian plant.
Acacia and Wattles can usually be seen along the roadsides and in the bush.
Hakea Wonderland - the area is renowned for its many species of Hakea.
Our top picks of where to see wildflowers in the Goldfields and Golden Quest Discovery Trail
Although the Goldfields missed out on much of the 2020 autumn and winter rains, some bushes and shrubs are starting to bloom around the Goldfields.
Karlkurla Park is a top choice to see species endemic to the Goldfields and Kalgoorlie. Some of the species you might see at Karlkurla Park include eremophilas, jam wattle (Acacia acuminata), tan wattle, kalgoorlie hop bush (Dodonea lobulata), thorny hovea (Hovea acanthoclada), lemon flowered gum (Eucalyptus woodwardii), goldfields daisy (Olearia mulleri), Westringa rigida. Along roadsides you'l' be guarateed to spot the bright yellow flowers of wattle and cassia.
Goongarrie, Lake Ballard and Niagara Dam are usually good spots to see bush flowers & wattles, but you might also spy native cornflowers & and eremophilas.
Mulla mulla is usually quite prolific along the roadside and The Terraces, along the Leonora Loops Trail are a good place to see smoke bush.
The types of flowers you might see around Laverton include wattles, eremophilas, sturt desert peas, mulla mulla, cassia, swainsona, mini daisy, billy buttons and quandongs.
Please note: During wildflower season (late July - mid October),wildflowers and exact varieties are subject to seasonal variations and weather conditions and we strongly suggest calling the relevant Visitor Centre before you depart on your journey to get latest updates.
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