What's blooming now around Esperance, Norseman and the Fitzgerald Coast
(Last updated 27 August 2019)
2019 Wildflower predictions and sightings
Around Esperance and Cape Le Grand National Park
Esperance - In Esperance there is always a succession of flowers blooming; the peak being in September and October. Wildflowers are now out at Helms Arboretum (15kms north of town) and along the Dempster Head walk trail along the Great Ocean Drive (see some photos below). Last updated 27 August 2019.
Our local contact Mary Hoggart reports:
During a recent coastal walk in Cape Le Grand National Park, the trail was dotted with a variety of flowering shrubs; the pink flowering Hakea clavata towards the end of its flowering time, 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 were dotted red with the flowers of the carnivorous plant Utricularia menziesii, Redcaps and a few of the parks rarer plants were flowering; the dainty wedding bush, Ricinocarpos pilifera, Banksia prolata, weeping, pollen-brown branch tips of Allocasuarina trichodon.
Down on the heathland Hakea trifurcata & H.varia were ladened with heavy-scented cream flowers and Acacia myrtifolia was in full pale yellow bloom with shy Acacia aemula showing yellow flower-heads in the undergrowth.
Each of the many coastal walks in the Esperance region will have its own range of plants flowering along the way to complement the stunning ocean views and maybe a whale sighting. Last updated 27 August 2019.
Esperance Wildflower Festival is running daily from 24-28 September (corner of Windich and Andrew Street), showcasing over 500 local species. For more information see www.esperancewildflowerfestival.com
Donkey orchids are so called because of their big erect "ears". I think this is Diuris littoralis. The name Diuris refers to the two "tails" below the flower. Another trickster, donkey orchids offer no nectar, but mimic the pea flowers of other species and the insects pollinates them in their search for nectar. : : : #westernwildflowers #westernaustralianorchids #esperancewildflowerfestival #esperancecommunityarts #esperancewildflowers #diuris #diurislittoralis #kwongan #biodiversity #biodiversityhotspot #visitwesternaustralia #visitesperance #justanotherdayinwa #australiasgoldenoutback #wildflowercountry #bugsandthebush #megaflora #condinguppeak #winterdownsouth
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Around Ravensthorpe, Hopetoun, Munglinup and the Fitzgerald River National Park
Our local contact Jenny Biddulph reports:
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. It will be flowering for a month can 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 it’s the golden stage of the wildflower viewing acacia and the wattles are just beginning to flower and will continue flowering for a month or 2 along the roadsides and in the bush, they will be everywhere!
Hakea Wonderland - the area is renowned for its many species of Hakea. See image below by Sue Leighton taken at the Fitzgerald River National Park showcasing a panorama of hakeas. Last updated 2 August 2019
Ravensthorpe - Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show and Spring Festival - The Fitzgerald Coast comes alive during the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show and Spring Festival, running from 9-21 September where you can view over 600 specimens on display. For more information see #ravywildflowers and Facebook RavensthorpeWildflowerShow
Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show - celebrate the Fitzgerald Coast's unique flora
Held annually in September, the town of Ravensthorpe along Western Australia’s Southern Coast hosts the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show, regarded as one of the biggest wildflowers displays in the world, with over 600 labelled specimens.
Follow the video links below to view more.
The Great South West Edge
Drive one of Australia’s most fascinating landscapes between Perth and Esperance, known as the Great South West Edge. This unique region comprises many contrasting landscapes; from ancient mountain ranges and rugged granite headlands along the south coast, to the towering karri trees in the Southern Forests and pristine national parks harbouring some of the world’s most unique flora and fauna and leading to Australia's whitest beaches at Esperance.
Follow the video links below to view some of the amazing attractions you'll encounter along the Great South West Edge