En route to the Everlastings Trail
Western Australia is home to more than 12,000 species of wildflowers with more than 60 per cent of these found nowhere else in the world! Visitors come from all over Australia and overseas to see this spectacle of colour and scent. When Western Australia gets a lot of rain in winter, the display offered by the wildflowers can also be seen from space! The best time to see the wildflowers is between August and late November. Some of those wildflowers can be located along dirt roads, so in those cases a 4WD hire will be the right option for you.
Our recommendations for your wildflower tour with a 4WD hire:
Why not start with Perth’s wildflowers? Kings Park is located right in the Perth CBD and covers more than 400 hectares of natural bushland. Over 1,700 native wildflower species can be seen there. With amazing views over the Swan River, this place should be on everyone’s bucket list!
Yanchep National Park
Yanchep is a very popular spot, only one hour away from Perth. The park offers wildflowers and wildlife in abundance. Explore one of the nine walk trails, go birdwatching, discover one of the park’s caves and meet some koalas!
Lesueur National Park
This park with its 27,000 hectares ranks as one of the important reserves for flora and conservation in Western Australia. There are many beautiful orchids and kangaroo paws which can be seen along one of the many walk trails available in the park. Entry is from Cockleshell Gully Road which is unsealed.
Depot Hill Reserve
This reserve display colourful wildflowers in spring. Take your wildflower guide with you and go for a wander!
Coalseam Conservation Park
This park comes alive with its cover of Everlasting wildflowers after good rains. Coalseam Conservation Park should not be missed if you also have an interest for geology. A lot of fossils can be seen embedded in the riverbanks.
Geraldton and Mullewa
The Chapman River Regional Park is a must do with wildflowers that do not grow anywhere else. There are also over 120 bird species and 22 reptile species. See if you can spot kangaroos or echidnas during your trip! After your visit to Chapman River Regional Park, why not head out to Mullewa for a wildflower walk?
Mills Point Lookout also offers amazing views across the Chapman Valley and a huge abundance of wildflowers can be seen there as well.
Every year the town of Bindoon hosts its wildflower festival with a huge display of wildflowers at the town hall. There is a great range of local products for sale and a large exhibition of a vintage car on the oval. The rare and endangered Sun Star Orchid can also be spotted at the festival. On your way back from Bindoon, do not miss the beautiful Blackboy Ridge trail located on Chittering Road. This 1.5km trail, abundant in wildflowers, will take you to a lookout with amazing views across the valley.
Images courtesy of Tourism Western Australia