With the largest collection of wildflowers in the world, Western Australia is famous for holding an abundance of 12,000 species, 60% of which aren’t found anywhere else in the world. From June to November, 2.5 million square kilometres colourful wildflowers begin blooming up North before spreading their way down South later in the season. Here are our Top 6 places to see wildflowers around Perth.
Kings Park Botanic Gardens
The first stop on our wildflower tour is one of the largest inner city parks in the world, Kings Park Botanic Gardens is home to 1,700 species of native plant species from across the state, you can navigate your own way with a map from the Information centre or join a free guided walk to explore the 400 hectares of park strewn with wildflowers. From the famous Kangaroo Paw to Australian Everlastings, if you make it in Spring you can see a spectacle of 30,000 everlastings in full bloom for their annual festival.
Boyagin Rock and Dryandra Woodland
Just a one and a half hour drive down the Tonkin Highway, the diversity of wildflowers that can be found at Boyagin Rock is just a 10 kilometre drive away. Explore the loop trail to find some of the last remaining native flora that once dominated the region; Dryandra, Grevillea, Kunzea, Hakea, Isopogon, Leucopogon and Hibertia. Nearby, Dryandra Woodland is home to 850 varieties of wildflowers and the largest remnant of original woodland in the wheat belt, decorating the many trails available with a rainbow of wildflowers.
Serpentine National Park Wildflower Trail
The hills of Serpentine become a blaze of colour during wildflower season with Spider Orchids, Greenhoods and Trigger Plants to be found in abundance. Shaded by two very rare tree species, the Ghost Gum and Salmon White Gum provide the canopy for lower level wildflower species including Sundew, Dryandras and Grevilleas. Head down with a daypack and hike through this beautiful trail in search of the perfect picnic spot surrounded by wildflowers.
Whiteman Park, Swan Valley
With a different landscape of wildflowers on show all throughout the year, Whiteman Park has three walking trails decorated with over 400 species of native flowers and many declared rare flora. Pop into the information centre before your walk to grab their free interpretive notes to help you identify fields of Paper Daisies, Orchids, Trigger Plants and Delicate Fungi along the way.
Wadjemup Bidi, Rottnest
Coastal headlands and inland lakes provide the path from which to explore the 1,500 species of wildflowers that flourish on Rottnest Island. Wadjemup Bidi is 45 kilometers of walking trail split into five sections, each traversing a different part of the island and its bays, cliffs, lighthouses and wildflowers both near the coast and inland. Believed the Rottnest Island was separated from the mainland 7,000 years ago, exposure to salt and wind leaves flora that is well adapted to nutrient poor soils and life close to the sea. You’ll find unique species like Prickle Lily, Feather Speargrass and the Summer Scented Wattle, as beautiful as their names suggest.
Just an hour north from Perth, the Avon valley National Park is best known for its white water rapids, home to WA’s famous Avon descent an annual boat race spanning over two days and 124km. During Spring though, the rapids trace the Bilya walking trail, providing peaceful trickling streams that follow the river for 7.2km from Duigee Park to Nardie Cemetery. The diverse range of habitats attracts a huge kaleidoscope of wildflowers to this area that you’ll come across along the trail from Orange Immortelle, Morning Iris, Pincushion Coneflowers and fields of Everlastings.