Great news for wildflower season, Australia’s Coral Coast is in full bloom and it's not too late to dust off those hikers and get out to explore nature.
Here’s an update on what’s blooming across the region, along with a few other see and do's to compliment your wildflower adventure.
Lesueur National Park - National Biodiversity Hotspot
Getting there? Located 3 hours north of Perth, near Greenhead, this park is a must see for all wildflower lovers and botanists with over 900 species of flora identified within the park. There are two options to get there from Perth, Brand Highway or the Indian Ocean Drive.
What’s blooming? On the Brand Highway you will find Bush flowers on both sides between Badgingarra to Eneabba including Acacia blakelyi wattle and Woolly grevillea out in profusion, Hakea anadenia (Wavy leaf hakea) as you head to Lesueur National Park on the Coorow-Greenhead Road. The pink Hakea neurophylla (veined hakea) is on display on the northern end of Cockleshell Gully Road, where you will find the entry to the park. Lesueur itself is blooming with Everlastings.
Don’t miss? Base yourself at Western Flora Caravan Park, near Eneabba, which is a hotspot for wildflowers and place to stay, with guided walks every day.
Mingenew - Everlastings and Orchids
What’s blooming? Stunning yellow pom pom Everlastings are now around Mingenew Hill, along with Blue Fairy Orchids, Pink Fairy Orchids and Fringe-lillies. Head to Depot Hill which is just a short 12kms drive northwest of Mingenew for carpets of pink Everlastings, Spider Orchids, Purple Tassels and Cowslips. The orchids can be found near the river and up around the first benches on the track. Mingenew Recreation Centre has carpets of pink Everlastings, Fringe Lillies and Blue Fairy Orchids.
Coalseam Conservation Park - Wildflower Hotspot
Getting there? Coalseam is a small reserve north of Mingenew, about four hours’ drive north of Perth, either Brand Highway and inland from Dongara, or take the Midlands Road.
What’s blooming? This park ticks all the boxes for variety with pink, yellow and white carpets of Everlastings, Snail Orchids, Pink and Blue Fairy Orchids, Spider Orchids and Fringe-lillies, and a huge variety of flowering shrubs and bushes from the Acacia, Eucalyptus, Hakea, Grevillea and Melaleuca families.
Did you know? You can camp among the Everlastings on the banks of the Irwin River in this wildflower hotspot with the Parks and Wildlife camp hosts now onsite at Coalseam’s Miners Campground.
Mullewa - Everlastings galore
Getting there? Inland from Geraldton, about five hours drive from Perth.
What’s blooming? Known for the carpets of Everlastings, you can currently see these majestic displays north of Mullewa at Bowtell Park and on the Northern Loop Drive out of Mullewa, especially around Perkins Well. The Town walk has great displays of Everlastings and Orchids, and there is biodegradable tape in the trees to guide you on your walk. Take a picnic, or plan a bike ride through Chapman Valley just 20 mins north east from Geraldton for Everlasting carpets.
Don’t miss? Take a look around and consider an overnight stay in the thriving city of Geraldton to explore all its maritime history including the Houtmann Abrolhos Islands, HMAS Sydney II Memorial, and the Museum of Geraldton.
Pindar - Home of the Wreath Flower
Getting there? Inland from Geraldton, east of Mullewa, about five hours drive from Perth
What’s blooming? Home of the famous Wreath Flower, and you can spot these by heading east 30kms from Mullewa on the highway and turn in at Pindar. Still a bit early for flowers, but they will look even better by early September. Turn left on the Pindar-Beringarra road and proceed 10kms north on dirt road. There are signs along the way. Please park thoughtfully and exercise caution as trucks use the road.
Don’t miss? Head back to Perth via some interesting tiny towns steeped in history and of course, wildflowers. Yandanooka, Canna and Tenindewa all have seriously good carpets of Everlastings. Canna is an Orchid hotspot with several types now flowering.
Kalbarri National Park – Wildflower hotspot
Getting there? Six and a half hours drive north of Perth, you will find the seaside town of Kalbarri.
What’s blooming? The Kalbarri National Park is a short drive out of town offering superb walking trails and boasts over 800 species of wildflowers which create an awe-inspiring display from July to October each year. Endemic to the region is the Kalbarri Spider Orchid. Blooming now are Bush flowers such as Banksias, Hakea, Pink Pokers and Flannel Bush and orchids such as Pink Fairies and Snail orchids as well as native flowers like Grevillea, Wattle, Murchison Rose and Thryptomene.
Don’t miss? Check out Nature's Window in the national park, along with a number of easy walk trails in and around Ross Graham Lookout and Hawk's Head Lookout. Up for a challenge, try out the more adventurous hiking trails of The Loop and Z Bend.
Shark Bay World Heritage Area - Tamala Rose
Getting there? Up to nine hours drive from Perth or fly with Regional Express Airlines (REX) from Perth to Monkey Mia.
What’s blooming? Currently in bloom on Dirk Hartog Island is Shark Bay's most prolific flower, the Tamala Rose, at Surf Point. In Francois Peron National Park, Tamala Rose and Shark Bay daisies are currently in bloom and at Tamala Station, yellow everlasting carpets are in bloom. For tour options and exact locations within the Park, visit the Shark Bay Discovery Centre.
Don’t miss? Meet the wild bottlenose Monkey Mia dolphins who visit the Marine Park three times per day, see the ancient Hamelin Pool stromatolites, only one of three stromatolite sites in the world, marvel at Shell Beach, 70km long and 10metres deep of white cockle shells, and explore where the red-dirt desert meets the ocean at Francois Peron National Park.
Ningaloo World Heritage Area - Green Bird Flower
What’s blooming? In Carnarvon, look out for patches of wildflowers between Carnarvon and Miaboolya Beach, on the Blowholes Road and on the main highway between Carnarvon and Exmouth. There are both white and yellow Everlastings, and some Mulla Mulla at Red Bluff. On the North West Highway between Billabong Roadhouse and Carnarvon there are a variety of species including Tribulus suberosa, Ptilotus obovatus, and Paper Daisy Everlastings.
Further north in and around Exmouth and in the Cape Range National Park, you will find the popular Crotalaria cunninghamii Green Bird Flower, Mulla Mulla in the Cape Range National Park, and Sturt Red Desert Pea found on the east coast of the Cape (nearer to Exmouth Gulf) and in Exmouth.
Don’t miss? Two of nature’s most spectacular events are happening now in the Coral Coast - wildflower season and Humpback whale season where approximately 40,000 whales migrate along the Western Australian coast.
Need help planning your trip?
Download and use our itineraries, wildflower map, suggested places to stay and flower sightings - all ready for you to read. When you are travelling don't forget there are an abundance of visitor centres in the region for more information.