Western Australia is home to one of the largest collections of wildflowers on earth, with more than 12,000 species – 60 per cent of these can’t be found anywhere else. Beginning in June in the north and sweeping south through to November the opportunities to see these extraordinary wildflowers are endless. Read on for the top 5 locations to find the best Western Australia wildflowers.
This year was touted to be one of the best seasons due to the July rains. And after a visit to the golden outback last week we’d have to agree. It’s a great time to wander out yonder and see nature at its finest.
Our top locations for finding the best wildflowers:
1. Sutherland Road, Mullewa
Here, you’ll see carpets of Western Australia wildflowers along the edges of the road. Stop and go bush trekking to see gorgeous pink, yellow and cream everlastings.
2. Perkins #2 Well, Mullewa
If you don’t want to walk, this location has the most amazing display that you can literally drive right through. You’ll see pink star everlasting, pom-pom everlastings in white and yellow, splendid everlastings, purple daisies, and pink sunrays. The colours are incredible, and it’s a lovely spot to stop for a picnic lunch.
3. Pindar-Berringarra Road
On the Pindar-Berringarra Road about 30km east of Mullewa there are stunning wreath flowers (Lechenaultia Macrantha) on both sides of the road. Follow the road signs to the Wreath Flowers and then bear left at the v-intersection then drive a few hundred metres. You will see a few flowers on this left-hand side of the road, but for the masses of wreaths like in my photo above, park and walk through the bush to the road on the right.
4. Coalseam Conservation Park
Showcasing Australia’s spectacular bushland, this park has free entry. You will see carpets of pink and yellow everlastings – named for their papery petals. These Western Australia wildflowers close at dusk and open again a dawn and avoid the harsh summer conditions by growing only in winter. It is an explosion of colour to delight your senses.
5. Mingenew Hill
Mingenew is the heart and soul of WA’s Wildflower Country, and a great spot to stop for lunch! (The Mingenew Bakery has great coffee and snacks). On the road to Coalseam Conservation Park, turn off to Mingenew Hill for incredible endless views across the beautiful yellows and greens of the countryside. ‘The Hill’ is the perfect spot for a picnic lunch or a champagne sunset finish to a lovely mid-west day.
The hillside is covered in golden yellow pom-poms and walking to the top gives a great view over the wheatfields and plains.
Exploring Western Australia’s Wildflower Country is a true country experience! Wildflowers are seasonal and the number and variety of blooms vary from year to year depending on rainfall and other climatic factors.