Where the Wildflowers Are
Spot wildflowers in WA parks this spring
In Western Australia a signature hallmark of spring are the thousands of wildflowers that blossom across the state, blanketing our national parks and reserves in a sea of colour and scents.
In fact, WA is where you’ll find the largest range of wildflowers in the world with some 12,000 species blooming across the state. Even more impressive is the fact that 60% of our wildflowers can’t be found anywhere else on Earth, making the species in our own backyard truly unique.
So where can you see these bouquets of blooms? We’ve put together a list of just some of WA’s wildflower hotspots, perfect for a day-trip or holiday excursion this spring.
Overlooking the city of Perth, Kings Park is nothing if not scenic. Complementing the park’s extraordinary views is its Botanic Garden, which comes to life with wildflowers between July and October each year. Showcasing species from around the state, Kings Park boasts native plants including kangaroo paws, eucalypts, coppercups, smokebush and many more. Take a peaceful walk or a guided tour along the park’s trails and be immersed in the brilliant sights and sounds of nature.
Located in Banyowla Regional Park, about a 45-minute drive from Perth, Ellis Brook Valley Reserve boasts an amazing wildflower experience that’s close to home. Here you’ll find more than 550 varieties of spring wildflowers, which can be seen from the reserve’s four walking trails during September and October. While you’re in the area, check out Sixty Foot Falls and rugged red cliffs of Barrington Quarry.
John Forrest National Park, in the Darling Ranges, is WA’s first national park and one of Australia’s oldest conservation areas. About 30 minutes’ drive east of Perth, there’s lots to do in this peaceful park including bushwalking, bike riding and, of course, admiring wildflowers in the spring.
Coalseam Conservation Park sits about 100km east of Geraldton in WA’s Midwest region. The park is known its stunning display of everlastings and vibrant pops of pink, white and yellow flowers each spring.
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WA’s beautiful South West region is where you’ll find the Boranup Karri Forest. Just south of Margaret River, the forest is part of Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park and is renowned as a place to see wildflowers in the spring. Plus, when your eyes aren’t fixed on the flowers covering the forest floor, you can look up at the majestic karri trees towering some 60 metres above.
Famous for being the location of one of WA’s highest peaks, Bluff Knoll, Stirling Range National Park is about an hour’s drive northeast of Albany. While mountains like Bluff Knoll and Ellen Peak attract climbers whose sights are set on the summit, there’s much to explore on the ground below too. With more than 1,000 species of wildflowers, there are lots to discover along the walking trails including mountain bells, orchids, and banksias.
Don’t forget to share your wildflower photos with us on Instagram @ourwaparks using the hashtag #springintoparks