What's blooming now around the Central Wheatbelt
(Last updated 6 August 2019)
The Central Wheatbelt takes in the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail and the Pioneers’ Pathway self drive route. Wildflowers around the towns and reserves of the Central Wheatbelt typically bloom from late July to mid-October.
2019 Wildflower predictions and sightings
So far the area has received good winter rains, so the 2019 wildflower season is looking very promising.
Merredin - Merredin Peak green-veined shell orchids out in bloom. Totadgin Conservation Park, located 14km south on the Road to Bruce Rock, has Dark Banded Greenhood Orchids in bloom. The Merredin Chandler Road 25km north of Merredin is a great spot to explore. Our local contact Carina over at Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre reports:
25km north of Merredin on the corner of Merredin Chandler and Talgomine Reserve Road there are lots of Spider and Blue Fairy orchids flowering. Carina also spotted a lone Donkey Orchid (see images below). Carina also spied some Everlastings in bud, and these will start blooming in a few weeks time, so be sure to check back here soon. Last updated 6 August 2019.
Kellerberrin - 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.
Tammin - 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.
Quairading - Quairading Nature Reserve located 5km west of town is a lovely spot to explore.
Cunderdin - 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.
Westonia - Follow the woodlands and wildflowers heritage walk trail starting outside the entrance to the Caravan Park, along Wolfram Street towards the cemetery. Starting from Westonia townsite, wander the walk trail through tall Red Morrell Eucalyptus Woodland of the Westonia Common. Sandford Rocks has a variety of flora & fauna in bloom.
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.
Southern Cross - Grab a copy of the Yilgarn wildflower brochure and follow the wildflower drive throughout the Yilgarn shire. The Great Eastern Highway between Southern Cross and Coolgardie has a number of reserves to explore.
For more info on the key orchid areas contact the Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre email@example.com or (08) 9041 1666.
Please note: During wildflower season (late July - mid October), this page is regularly updated with current wildflower information.