Western Australia is famous for many things, its vast wilderness, amazing beaches, incredible marine life, and of course, its captivating wildflowers! What is so special about WA’s wildflowers is that 60 percent of the 12,000 wildflower species are not found anywhere else in the world. It’s no wonder visitors, flower enthusiasts, and photographers flock to WA’s many wildflowers trails every year.
Wildflower season usually falls between June and November but that can vary depending on environmental conditions. Generally, the wildflowers appear earlier, around June and July in the north with its warmer climate. In the south, the wildflowers start to bloom between August and September. It’s impossible to list all the wildflower areas of WA, so here are some of the most popular spots.
Western Australia’s wildflowers can be found anywhere from suburban backyards to botanic gardens, coastal hillsides to outback plains, lining forest floors, and sprouting up over craggy rocks. Wildflower season typically starts around the Pilbara region in June, moving across the Goldfields and west along the Coral Coast.
During the winter months, the landscape around the mining town of Port Hedland comes to life with the distinctive blood-red leaf-like flowers of Sturt’s desert peas and other wildflower species. Further south in Karijini National Park, there are over 500 species of native flora. During wildflower season the park becomes a feast for the senses with northern bluebells, yellow-flowering cassias, and purple mulla mullas.
The Coalseam Conservation Park in the Northern Wheatbelt region is one of WA’s most impressive wildflower trails, with its blanket of yellow and pink everlastings. Just south of the monastic town of New Norcia you can see the pretty pink blossoms of the pincushion cone.
By the time September arrives, so too have the blossoms of wildflowers in Perth’s city and suburban parks. The always magnificent Kings Park and Botanic Gardens is home to over 3000 wildflower species and come September is bursting with colour. The annual Kings Park Festival is held in September to coincide with WA’s wildflower season.
In the Wheatbelt town of Hyden, home of the famous Wave Rock there are numerous wildflower trails including the curiously named Hippo’s Yawn loop. This trail winds through bush filled with bottlebrush, hakeas, and many orchid species.
There are many wildflower trails in the Swan Valley region, where wildflowers and wine tastings go hand in hand! The Margaret River region boasts over 2,500 species of radiant wildflowers from the northern end of the capes near Busselton, moving south towards Augusta as spring continues. In the Ludlow Tuart Forest National Park wildflowers trails flourish with rare orchids including the Cape Spider orchid.
Wildflower season varies each year depending on rainfall and other climatic conditions. It can last up to six months and usually runs from June to November. Dozens of wildflower trails start in the state’s warmer northwest in June, spreading south to the Coral Coast and Golden Outback Wheatbelt region from August as the season progresses. The peak of WA’s wildflower season is usually September in Perth, followed by the southwest and Esperance areas closing out the season around October to November.
The sheer number of species of wildflowers in WA is what sets it apart as a wildflower hotspot! More than 12,000 different types of wildflowers are listed in the flora catalogue for the state with many more yet to be discovered and others that are yet to be named. Add to that impressive figure, that 60 percent of the wildflowers are endemic to the area, and that makes WA’s wildflowers pretty special.
The simple answer is no. Picking wildflowers in WA is illegal and can land you a $2,000 fine. Respect the flowers and the lands on which they bloom and take nothing home but memories and photographs.
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