I always have my eyes open for wildflowers. I get a little rush of excitement when I see a burst of colour ahead of me. Even the common ones excite me. There are over 12000 species of Wildflowers in Western Australia and flowers bloom through the state for most of the year.
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There is a particular time of year though, that flowers stain whole landscapes pink, yellow or purple. People head out on bushwalks hunting for delicate rare hidden orchids. The grey nomads fill the free camps. There is a buzz in town when the flowers bloom.
If you are interested in seeing the incredible wildflowers of Western Australia for yourself, you have lots of options to choose from. I have compiled all the information that you need in this post to get a flower fix.
Kambarang is the Wildflower Season of Western Australia
Kambarang is one of the Noongar people’s Six Seasons. According to the local Aboriginal people, Kambarang is the height of the Wildflower season. The Noongar Seasons do not follow a ‘scheduled pattern’, rather the start of each new season takes it’s cue from what is happening in Nature. Kambarang is my favourite time of year.
Western Australia Wildflower Season Dates
Flowers bloom through the state almost the whole year through but the best months to find wildflowers are August, September and October. If the rains have been heavy and started early, the season can begin as early as late June. If you are further South in the state there is still a profusion of wildflowers in November.
Perth Wildflower Festival
If you are in Perth, Kings park is the best way to see the enormous variety of wildflowers that we have in Western Australia as wildflowers from all over the state can be found there. The month of September is given over to The Kings Park festival which features many events and free guided walks, including one that is wildflower specific.
Wildflowers Near Perth
There are plenty of options for viewing wildflowers that are close to Perth. Here are three of the best.
John Forrest National Park
You are sure to spot wildflowers on any walk through John Forrest National Park. There is a 4.5km loop wildflower walk which is recommended to spot a variety of wildflowers. John Forrest NP is also famous for its variety of orchids so keep your eyes peeled for these beautiful flowers on the walk. There is an entrance fee of $13 per vehicle for this National Park.
Lesmurdie Falls has a huge variety of shrub like wildflowers situated near to the waterfall. There are a few different walk trail options and plenty of opportunities for a picnic while you are at it. This is my pick if you have young children with you as the trails are short and easy to navigate.
Lake Leschenaultia in Chidlow has a variety of wildflowers to be seen in season, however it is probably most famous for the blue leschenaultia wildflower. If you take the 3km walking trail around the lake you are sure to see many growing alongside the path.
The Best Wildflowers in Western Australia
There are a few locations that are particularly outstanding for wildflowers in Western Australia. If you want to travel to see something different, but are not sure which direction to head in. Use this list to help you narrow it down.
About three hours north of Perth, in Eneabba, is Western Flora Caravan Park. There is not much in Eneabba, besides wildflowers at the right time of year. In fact, the whole area is known as Wildflower country. Western Flora Caravan Park offers free wildflower guided tours every day during September and they have a variety of accommodation. When we stayed in one of their villas it was decorated with beautiful photos of their incredible wildflowers. There is also free camping nearby which fills out at the right time of year.
Kalbarri National Park
The six hour drive north to get to Kalbarri National Park is worth every minute. Being that little bit further north means that there are different varieties of wildflowers to be seen. An entry fee of $13 per vehicle also applies to this National Park. The entrance to the National Park is close to the highway so you can stop in on your way into town. The National Park boundary goes right up to the Great Northern Highway so countless wildflowers can be seen from your car as you drive past.
Fitzgerald River National Park
Located on the southern coast of WA, Fitzgerald River National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is recognised as one of the most botanically significant places in the world. This biodiversity hotspot has 75 plants that are found nowhere else in the world and 250 more that are considered rare. It will take you just over 5 hours to get there from Perth and is best from mid September through to November. National Park entry fees apply.
If you love wildflowers, Western Australia will not disappoint – no matter which part of the state you end up in. So many of the flowers are unique due to the vast desert that separates the West from the rest of the country.
I hope you take the time to explore and enjoy every single burst of colour. If you can, hunt for the small and rare orchids. Even the common Cowslip Orchids are a sight to see. Seek out the vast fields of Everlastings and marvel at their papery flowers. Look for wildflowers in trees, shrubs, grasses and hidden among rocks. At the very least, keep your eyes peeled as you drive down the highways and freeways and see how many different varieties you can spot.
Enjoy Kambarang – The Big Flowering – my favourite time of year!