What's blooming now around the towns along the Wheatbelt Way
(Last updated 6 August 2019)
Take a road trip through the fascinating northern Wheatbelt via the Wheatbelt Way, boasting rich pioneering history, amazing vistas and friendly locals. Wildflowers around the towns and reserves of the north-east Wheatbelt typically bloom from mid/late August through to mid-October.
2019 Wildflower predictions and sightings
Dowerin - at Tin Dog Creek Reserve there’s 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.
Wyalkatchem - has some great flowering reserves, including Walk-A-Wyal Trail, Wyalkatchem Reserve and Korrelocking Reserve. Find rare orchids, sundew, everlastings and fauna including Echidnas, Dunnarts, Blue Breasted and Red-Capped Robins.
Our local contact Decima over at Wyalkatchem CRC reports that it's still a little early in the season, but generally speaking everlastings will 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.
Wyalkatchem CRC (open Mon - Fri 9.30am - 4pm) are selling small packets of everlasting seeds for $6, a perfect take home gift. 🌸 Last updated 1 August 2019.
Trayning - Billycatting Reserve - explore the two marked walk trails. White flowered sundews (Drosera sp.) insect eating plants at the damp base of the rocks. The gnamma holes located north of Trayning on Bencubbin Road have orchids including spiders, donkeys and fairy.
Nungarin - 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.
Westonia to Elachbutting Rock - see the spectacular ‘wave rock’ formation and Monty’s Pass. Our local contact over at Shire of Westonia reports:
Along the Woodlands and Wildflowers Heritage Walk Trail there are plenty of orchids around at the moment (Spider, Fairy, Snail and Ant), but no Donkeys just yet. The Everlastings are only just starting to poke their heads up in small patches, but will start blooming in a few more weeks. Heaps of Bridal creeper. See photo of Spider Orchid taken on 6 August. Last updated 6 August 2019.
Bencubbin - plenty of wattles (Acacia) bursting out in brilliant yellow blooms. The Shire of Mt Marshall has some pityrodias (native foxgloves) on Mukinbudin-Bencubbin Road. At Marshall Rock wander the walk trails with spectacular views.
Mukinbudin to Bonnie Rock - see wattle, senna, hakea, quandongs and some purple dampiera. On and around the rocks at Wattoning, Beringbooding and Weira, purple calytrix, yellow hibbertia and red flowering kunzea.
Beringbooding Rock - located 72km north east of Mukinbudin finds the pink tea tree, Acacia’s, Grevillea’s Hakea’s, Calothamnus, Eromophila, Cassia, Quandongs, Sandalwood and the native orchids.
Beacon and Billiburning - Orchids including spider and fairy can be found around the granites. Rare and endangered Sand paper wattle can be seen in the Beacon Botanical Park and at Billiburning. A 600 species Herbarium can be studied at the Beacon Visitor Centre (Mon-Fri).
Koorda - very colourful tall dark mauve Verticordia sp. on roadsides close to Koorda. Call into the Koorda Community Resource Centre (Mon-Fri) for locations and view the wildflower interpretation display. Wander the walk trails of Koorda Native Flora Reserve or Mollerin Reserve. At Newcarlbeon Rocks enjoy a picnic or camp out amongst Wheatbelt bushland.
Please note: During wildflower season (late July - mid October), this page is regularly updated with current wildflower information.