With a mind-boggling 12,000 species of wildflower blanketing the hills, valleys, and coastal cliffs, Western Australia boasts the world’s largest collection of wildflowers—many of which are native species that you won’t find anywhere else on earth. Here are the best ways to experience Australia’s spectacular wildflower displays.
When to Go
Western Australia’s wildflower season begins as early as June in the north of the state, and moves south as the season progresses, with the final blooms dying out along the southwest coast in December. From Perth, the best time for wildflower tours are between July and November, with August and early September offering the most magnificent photo opportunities.
Where to Go
In the north, wildflower hotspots include the Cape Range National Park, Millstream Chichester National Park, the Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Kalbarri National Park, and along the northwest Coral Coast. Around Perth, the wildflower trails of the Swan Valley, the Darling Ranges, Rottnest Island, and Nambung National Park are the most popular choices for a day trip viewing, while the Perth Botanic Gardens in Kings Park are in full bloom throughout September. Farther south, add the Warren National Park, Peaceful Bay, and the Stirling Range National Park to your list of viewing options.
How to Go
Unless you have your own transportation, the easiest way to admire WA’s wildflower plains is on a day trip from Perth. Most full-day tours make a number of stops to see and photograph the wildflowers, and to visit natural wonders such as the Pinnacles Desert, Wave Rock, and Mulka’s Cave. Generally tours are run by a botanist guide who can point out wildflower species such as orchids, red and green kangaroo paws, banksias, and bottlebrushes.