There are more than 12,000 species of wildflowers in Western Australia, of which more than 60 percent are found nowhere else in the world.
Western Australia’s Golden Outback is in bloom and it’s never been easier for visitors to see the rare and natural phenomenon with tours on offer and three wildflower shows confirmed. Wildflowers are springing to life and the season will run until November in the southern parts of WA’s Golden Outback.
The Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show, held in September, is the world’s largest show of its kind and includes a packed program of more than 20 workshops, events, talks, and tours plus up to 700 wildflowers on display, all picked within the local shire by licensed and trained volunteers.
Continuously run by volunteers since its inception in 1982, the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show is a tribute to the rugged and natural beauty of the region that includes the nearby Fitzgerald River National Park and Ravensthorpe Range, collectively home to about 20 percent of WA’s floral species including some that are, as yet, undocumented.
The Ravensthorpe region has the most amount of Eucalypts in a given area and associate researcher and honorary curator of Eucalypts at the WA Herbarium, Malcolm French OAM, has stated it as "the Eucalypt Epicentre of the Universe with over 100 species and around fifty hybrids”.
Situated about 500 kilometres southeast of Perth, the Fitzgerald River National Park is a UNESCO listed World Biosphere Reserve, internationally recognised as being on par with the Galapagos and the Amazon, as quoted by Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson.
The Fitzgerald Biosphere includes 1.5 million hectares of conservation estate, waters, farmland, industrial and urban areas and is considered to be one of the most diverse botanical regions on the planet with about 2,500 species and 175 endemic flowering plants that include Royal Hakea, Qualup Bell, Eucalyptus Sepulcralis, Weeping Gum, Pincushion Hakea, Woolly Banksia and Bottlebrush.
Another nearby wildflower hot spot, about 200 kilometres east further along the coast is Esperance. The Esperance Wildflower Festival, held in September, showcases about 500 wildflower specimens, art exhibitions from over 400 school students, cultural presentations by Nyungar Elders, keynote presentations from internationally renowned Australian botanists, displays from local organisations, an interactive community sculpture project, and more.
This year’s theme is ‘celebrating carnivorous plants’.
The Reynoldson Reserve Wildflower Festival will be held in late October in Wongan Hills, about 185 kilometres northeast of Perth. The two-day program includes bus tours to spot wildflowers, horticulture talks, wildflower displays, a welcome sundowner, big breakfast, market stalls, Devonshire teas, art displays, vintage car show, and demonstrations.