2021 WILDFLOWER UPDATE
Updated 12 October 2021
The Gascoyne and Murchison is renowned for its unique station stays, vast outback landscapes and Mount Augustus, Australia’s largest rock twice the size of Uluru. The area is well-known for ‘carpets’ everlastings and early indications are it's going to be a BUMPER wildflower season, with mulla mulla, and acacias and other bush flowers already in bloom.
From mid-August, the flowers then start to bloom further south right across the Wheatbelt, with its beautiful orchids, everlastings and countless 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 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 their 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.
2021 Wildflower Tracker
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 Gascoyne and Murchison (updated 6 Sep '21)
Starting from late July to mid-September ‘carpets’ of everlastings burst into colour right across the region. This area is also famous for Mount Augustus, Australia’s largest rock, twice the size of Uluru. To travel this region get a copy of the Gascoyne-Murchison Outback Pathways with three magnificent self drive routes.
Mellenbye Station (updated 6 Sep '21)
Everlastings and orchids now blooming around the station, see photo provided by Shelly Bogdan from Mellenbye Station.
Melangata Station (updated 6 Sep '21)
Everlastings are starting to dray up, but there's plenty of other wildflower species to see at Melangata Station (approx. 70km north of Yalgoo, see photo below provided by Jo Clews from Melangata).
Nalbarra Station (updated 24 Aug)
Everlastings now appearing at Nalbarra Station (approx. 70km north of Paynes Find).
Wooleen Station (updated 6 Sep '21)
Paynes Find (updated 2 Aug)
Our local expert reports it's going to be a SUPER wildflower season from Wubin to Paynes Find. Everlastings of all colours and wattles are starting to appear and should look splendid in approx 1 weeks time. Make sure you call into the Paynes Find Gold Battery (Open daily 1 August - mid October).
Yalgoo (updated 24 Aug)
The wreath flowers and everlastings can be found on the Morawa/Yalgoo Road also on the Yalgoo/Ninghan Road.
Sandstone (updated 2 Aug)
Our local contact over at Sandstone Visitor Centre reports Everlastings are now starting to bloom around the shire.
Wheatbelt, Wildflower Way and Wildflower Country (updated 12 October '21)
Around Pindar (updated 20 Sep)
Lots of wreath flower plants both sides of road. Plants now in full flower. 30km east of Mullewa on the highway and turn into Pindar. Drive past the old Pindar pub (closed). Turn left onto the Pindar-Berringarra Road. Proceed 10kms. At the sign, bear left to park. Drive approx 100-200m and walk a short distance thru the bush to the flowers.
Around Perenjori (updated 20 Sep)
Our expert, Paddy from Perenjori Visitor Centre advises flower information available on board at Info Centre, so grab a photo for directions and distances. Wreath flowers, orchids, everlastings and bush flowers all looking good. Open 9am-4pm weekdays. Phone 9973 1105.
Around Mingenew (updated 20 Sep)
Mingenew Hill (updated 2 Aug). Head to Mingenew Hill for an amazing views and to see pom poms. At Drovers Rest there's usually purple fringe lilies making a lovely display amongst the trees.
Coalseam Conservation Park (updated 20 Sep). Early everlasting starting to fade, as the season moves on. Still lots of see and do. A range of walks and stunning geographic features. Camping available at Miners Camp and the Breakaways. Camp hosts onsite and National Park fees apply. No dogs sorry.
Depot Hill (updated 20 Sep). Park and walk short distance up the hill (past the weeds). There is a great range of native plants, including orchids. 15kms NW of Mingenew on the Allanooka Springs road to Geraldton.
Mingenew (updated 20 Sep) - Mingenew Hill has great views and pom poms. Yandy bells at Yandonooka South Rd intersection. Info at Visitor Centre, next to Bakery! Weekdays 9am-3pm. Good flowers at Mingenew South Rd and Arrowsmith East Rd.
Bateman Road Three Springs - (Aug-Sep). At the eastern end of Bateman road there's usually wreath flowers in different stages ranging from tiny to 30cm.
Wilson Nature reserve - (Aug-Sep). Corner of Bunney and Robinson Roads Three Springs. This reserve offers several different soil types therefore offering an array of different flowers.
Around Morawa (updated 20 Sep)
Good areas of pink and white everlastings throughout the area, as well as pom poms. Info centre for latest news, including directions to wreathflowers. Open with volunteers 9am-4pm (9971 1421). Lots of roadside colour. Mellenbye Station Stay has lovely self drives with lots of flowers. They also have great wreathflower patch – available through a tour.
At Rica Erickson Nature Reserve 27km east of New Norcia on the Calingari Road near Old Plain Road are renowned for spider orchids (Sep).
Around Wongan Hills (updated 12 October)
Call into the Wongan Hills Visitor Centre for a local map and the latest information on what is currently flowering.
At Gathercole Reserve, there’s smoke bush, yellow calytrix, kunzea and lots of fox glove around the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu.
Flat Rocks near Cadoux (48km from Wongan Hills), you’ll find Bee Orchids. Call into Cadoux Traders for a map.
Visit Wongan Hills for the Reynoldson Reserve Festival - 29 October - 31 October 2021
The annual Reynoldson Reserve Festival Weekend will be held at 'The Station' from 29 - 31 October. 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.
There are wreath leschenaulıa plants along Goodlands Road in flower 17km from the Great Northern Hwy turnoff. The wreaths on Wubin East Road are emerging but none are currently in flower.
Petrudor is looking beautiful with water running into the rock pools and a host of blooming and emerging flowers. There are pretty patches of pink & white everlastings on the track in, and the wattles are beautiful. The hibbertia, smoke bush and kerosene bushes are starting to put on a good display. The waitzias are starting to flower and there is the odd blue and white fairy orchid to be found. Suggested other places to look for orchids are in amongst the pincushion plants, to the right, rear and far left of the top pool. As with all of our reserves, all varieties orchids will be far more prolific in a couple of weeks.
Jibberding - looking spectacular, with everlastings as far as the eye can see. There are white everlastings, mixed with cream pom poms & a lovely covering of pink everlastings.
Xantippe Tank - Xanıppe is looking wonderful, with a liıttle patch of blue fairy orchids between the carpark and tank, and the blue boronia and yellow hibberıa is looking great. There are cowslip bases emerging. We suggest looking to the southeast of the tank, up on the rock and in the pincushion area. There is water running down the rock and the view from the top of the rock is stunning.
Buntine Rock - accessible for 4WD or AWD with decent clearance, as the track in is not in good condition. There are plentiful pink & white everlastings plus pops of yellow throughout the bush and the wattle is looking gorgeous. There are spider and ant orchids and blue fairy orchids to be found to the right of the rock and everlastings and bush flowers throughout the reserve. It is worth the 450 metre walk up to Buntine Rock for the view across the Shire, with green wheat paddocks and canola in flower it is quite spectacular.
Mia Moon Reserve - turn left at the Wubin-Gunyidi intersection and travel a few further km’s to the reserve. On the right hand side of the drive as you come in the entrance just off the track into the bush there are pink candy and blue fairy orchids, a few spider orchids and plenty of snail orchids, even the odd bee orchid if you look closely.
Further west from Mia Moon on the Wubin- Gunyidi Rd (few hundred metres) and opposite the old Mia Moon school site is another granite outcrop. Opposite the old school site there are some spider orchids and more to come, plentiful snail orchids, some blue fairy and bee orchids and the start of cowslips. Be warned– the mosquitos are the size of helicopters so don’t forget your insect repellent.
Call into the Dalwallinu Discovery Centre for further updates and see here for a Dalwallinu Wildlfower Report as of 16 September 2021.
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, updated 6 Sep '21)
Around Cunderdin (updated 6 Sep '21)
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 (Sep)
Around Tammin (updated 6 Sep '21)
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.
Around Merredin (updated 6 Sep '21)
Merredin Peak green-veined shell orchids, sundews in bloom along bush walk. Totadgin Conservation Park, 14km south on the Road to Bruce Rock, has winter orchids in bloom. The Merredin Chandler Road 25km north of Merredin beautiful site in season. Tamma Parkland explore the walk around the park.
Around Kellerberrin (updated 6 Sep '21)
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 (Aug-Sep).
Around Westonia (updated 6 Sep '21)
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 (Aug-Sep). At Boodalin Soak (off Stoneman Rd) on entry has Spider, Ant Orchids.
Around Southern Cross (updated 6 Sep '21)
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.
Our top picks of where to see wildflowers along the Pathways to Wave Rock self drive route (Eastern Wheatbelt updated 18 Aug '21)
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.
Around Quairading (updated 18 Aug 2021)
Quairading Nature Reserve located 5km west of town is a lovely spot to explore.
Around Bruce Rock (updated 18 Aug 2021)
Bruce’s Rock there are orchids and sundews out along the reserve. 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.
Around Narembeen (updated 18 Aug 2021)
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.
Around Corrigin (updated 18 Aug 2021)
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.
In the town visit Corrigin Rock and the cemetery bushland otherwise wander in bushland reserves: Caladenia Orchids range from tall Stark White Spiders, Green Mantis, Clowns, a myriad of wispy spiders, Pink Fairies to Cowslips. Strongly scented white Custard Powder Grevilleas, spiky yellow Dryanda purdieana, climbing white and yellow Drosera sun-dews, massed yellow stars on Phebalium filiferum bushes in bloom.
Around Kondinin (updated 18 Aug 2021)
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.
Around Hyden/Wave Rock (updated 18 Aug 2021)
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.
Around Kulin (updated 18 Aug 2021)
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.
Around Lake Grace, Newdegate and Lake King (updated 18 Aug 2021)
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, updated 6 Sep '21)
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.
Around Dowerin (updated 6 Sep '21)
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.
Around Wyalkatchem (updated 6 Sep '21)
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.
Around Trayning (updated 6 Sep '21)
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.
Around Nungarin (updated 6 Sep '21)
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.
Around Goomalling (updated 6 Sep '21)
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.
Around Toodyay (updated 6 Sep '21)
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 the Southern Wheatbelt
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 in Esperance, Norseman and the Fitzgerald Coast (updated 6 Sep '21)
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 21-25 September 2021 (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 13-25 September, 2021 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 (updated 7 Sep '21)
Around Coolgardie (updated 9 Aug)
Mulla mullas are nearly blooming, plenty of bush tomatoes in flower and the Native Hop Bush is out and eremophilas will be starting soon.
Around Kalgoorlie-Boulder (updaed 7 Sep)
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.
Around the Shire of Menzies (updated 9 Aug)
Goongarrie, Lake Ballard and Niagara Dam are usually good spots to see bush flowers & wattles, but you might also spy native cornflowers & and eremophilas. The Menzies Cemetery is always a great place to see wildflowers in season. Our local expert reports there are paper daisies on the sides of the road between Menzies and Lake Ballard and a small patch near the Menzies Cemetery.
Around Leonora (updated 17 Aug)
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 and everlastings are appearing along the roadside from Leonora to Leinster and Billybuttons blooming around the Shire (see images below taken by Shire of Leonora). Lots of eremophila around at the moment which is blooming in full force everywhere. There is also a lot of purple flannel 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 the latest updates.
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