Australia’s Coral Coast running from Cervantes to Ningaloo and east to Wildflower Country, is blooming with wildflowers every year! The Coral Coast is known internationally for our carpets of everlastings, unique flowers such as the popular Wreath Leschenaultia, various orchids and native bush flowers.
Between July to October our rural sandplains and bushlands burst into colour. Witness one of the world’s true natural wonders now, found right on your doorstep just north of Perth.
The Western Australian Visitor Centre has designed the Wildflower Tracker to help you find wildflowers that are blooming around the state. It is updated as reports of new flowers come in, to give you an accurate guide of where the flowers are this year.
Here's some tips on planning your wildflower escape:
Get on our website. With suggested accommodation options, easy to follow maps & routes and insider tips on where to find the best blooms, the Australia’s Coral Coast website has driving guides and itineraries so you can find the wildflowers. Got no Wi-Fi? Ask at the local visitor centres for best location advice.
Any camera will do. Expensive camera or camera on your phone, think big and think small. Breeze, angle and light are most important tips. Take multiple shots from different angles and use the Macro setting. It is certainly worth spending some time looking for the ‘perfect’ flower. Look closely at the flowers, especially those in your foreground, to ensure the plants are in good condition and facing your camera.
Take nothing but Photos. Picking wildflowers is illegal and can attract a $2000 fine.
Pick your light. Low light is best for close ups especially with shiny flowers. Orchids are photographed best in the morning or afternoon light on a sunny day. Bright light will wash out white and pale coloured flowers, unless shooting into the blue sky to pick up its contrasting colour.
Take it slow and get down to ground level. A lot of flowers are tiny and are at ground level in amongst other plants; slow down so you don’t miss them.
Watch your feet. Stick to the paths where possible. If venturing off-track then be wary of your feet when searching, you might be treading on a precious wildflower.
Protect the biodiversity. Help prevent the spread of disease by respecting private property. Please do not enter private farmland, no matter how pretty!
Sleep amongst flowers. There are several camp sites available at a small nightly fee, but find one early (especially on the weekend) and pay with the Ranger. For more information and to book your camping experience online please visit here.
Park safe. Remember to please use pull over/stopping bays or park away/off the road/highway if you would like to take photos
Look to the Sky. Many towns found in Wildflower country are also Astro-towns! Little light pollution and population build up makes for dark night skies to experience stars at their very best.