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 and with the best rains in over a decade the 2018 wildflower season is predicted to be extraordinary!
Please Note: During wildflower season which typically runs from mid/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 15 August 2018.
Wildflowers are seasonal and exact varieties are dependent on prevailing weather and climatic conditions.
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.
What's now blooming around the Gascoyne and Murchison
- Murchison Settlement - white everlastings are starting to bloom around the Settlement. Last updated 26 July 2018
- Wooleen Station - everlastings are now starting to flower (will be at their peak in about 1-2 weeks time). Also blooming at Wooleen are eremophilas, acacias, sidas, cassias and bachelor buttons, and you can find these along Wooleen's self drive routes and walking trails. Last updated 26 July 2018
Mount Augustus - wildflowers are in their early stages and should be perfect in around 2-3 weeks weeks with mulla mulla, everlastings and batchelor buttons on the Mount and surrounds. Last updated 20 July 2018.
Cue - eromophilia (several species are blooming early thanks to the rain a few weeks ago), bush tomatoes are flowering everywhere! The very rare flora eromophilia rostrata subs rostrata is also blooming and everlastings are in their infancy. While some flowers are now blooming, most of the wildflowers aren’t out yet, approximately 4 weeks away. Some of the best places to see wildflowers around Cue is just west of Cue (near Austin Downs) and along the roadside verge to Walga Rock. Last updated 2 August 2018.
Renowned for its majestic eucalypt woodlands, vast salt plains and gold rush history, traditionally from mid August wildflowers around the Goldfields start blooming but some are starting now.
What's now blooming around the Goldfields
Wiluna - Senna and wattles are now starting to bloom and mulla mulla, solanum and a few other flowers will start flowering in about 3-4 weeks time. If you are visiting Wiluna around mid-September, make sure you head to Red Hill Lookout (approx 1-2 kilometres south of town), a great spot to see the blooms. Sturt's desert pea are a little more rare, but can be found along Wongawol Road / Gunbarrel Highway and the Goldfields Highway from late September-October. You'll also be able to spot grevillea along the Wiluna-Sandstone Road (dirt track) come mid-October.
From mid August the flowers start to bloom further south in the Wheatbelt. Make sure you visit the northern towns of Morawa, Perenjori, Moora, Dalwallinu, Wubin and Wongan Hills for their great displays. The Central Wheatbelt, North East Wheatbelt and towns along the Pathways to Wave Rock trail and Southern Wheatbelt also have extensive wildflowers and self drive itineraries can be found here.
What's now blooming around the Wheatbelt
- Dowerin - The Dowerin CRC have reported that some flowers are starting to bloom, including banded green hood orchid, wattles, grevillea hookeriana black, Hakea Scoparia. Wildflowers should be at their peak early September. For information check out this blog, or visit Wheatbelt Way for local willdflower updates. Last updated 8 August 2018.
- Dalwallinu and Wubin – Our expert at Dalwallinu Visitor Centre anticipate flowering will advance quite a bit in the next fortnight and quite a few reserves in the area have orchids already starting to bloom. A good wildflower viewing location is Mia Moon Reserve approx. 17km’s west of Wubin on Wubin-Gunyidi Road where you can now see Snail, blue fairy, pink candy & spider orchids, plus yellow & white pom pom everlastings and will improve with more varieties to come in about 1-2 weeks time. Last updated 14 August 2018.
- Wyalkatchem - Wyalkatchem has some great reserves where you can see wildflowers, including Walk- A-Wyal Trail, Wyalkatchem Reserve and Korrelocking Reserve. Orchirds are now flowering at Korrelocking Reserve. The buds of many wildflowers are just about to bloom, and the locals say many of them will be flowering by the weekend of 18/19 August. Over the coming weeks you'll be able to see other rare orchids, sundew, everlastings and fauna including echidnas, dunnarts, blue breasted and red-capped robins. Along Wyalkatchem North Road to Cowcowing Reserve see the endangered Wyalkatchem foxglove. Call into Wyalkatchem CRC (Monday-Friday) for more info and directions. Last updated 14 August 2018.
Esperance & Fitzgerald Coast
From September through October it’s peak season for the southern outback coast. Areas such as the Fitzgerald River National Park with its royal hakea and the national parks around Esperance will bloom.
What's now blooming around Esperance & Fitzgerald Coast
Fitzgerald Coast - Donkey Orchids are now appearing