Wildflowers of the Coral Coast

WA wildflowers bloom on Australia's Coral Coast all year round, but between June and October you’ll see some of the most stunning displays in the State, when blankets of brilliant wildflowers colour the outback landscape.

No matter where you go along Western Australia's Coral Coast, the diverse range of wildflowers will dazzle you - and you don't even need to go off the beaten track. Many species delight simply by growing along the roadside.

Discover extraordinary wildflowers on display in Australia’s Coral Coast.

Plan your own wildflower adventure

To help you plan your very own wildflower road trip, we’ve got two, four, six and ten-day self-guided wildflower trails to fit your schedule.

THE Wildflower Hotspot

Coalseam Conservation Park
Located between Mingenew and Mullewa, the Coalseam Conservation Park is one of WA’s top wildflower hotspots. Many varieties of wildflowers are found in abundance here, with the everlasting carpets transforming the usually sparse understorey of wattle scrub during the wildflower season. Magnificent views are offered from the lookout with marine fossils embedded in the banks of the Irwin River. Picnic and toilet facilities are provided. Join a tour from Geraldton, collect a wildflower map from the Visitor Centre or visit our website for the latest flower sightings & locations.

 

Want to camp amongst the flowers like the video (above)?

Camping for both caravans and tents is permitted at Coalseam’s Miners site with overflow camping at Breakaway for tents only. Be prepared for crowds during weekends in the wildflower season. Three night stay limit applies between late July and October - fees apply and camp rangers on hand.

 

Other great Wildflower Hotspots to explore

Nambung National Park
Made up of 17,000 hectares of coastal heathland, the Nambung National Park is home to a variety of native plants and animals. Wildflowers commonly found in the Nambung National Park during late winter and spring include wattles, quandong, yellow tail flower, think-leaved fan flower, white clematis, cockies tongues, parrotbush and banksia species.

The Rare Wreath Flower
The inland towns of Pindar and  Mullewa are renowned for stunning wildflowers, including the rare Wreath Leschenaultia flower that blooms along the road and in parklands between August and October. Exquisite rings laid neatly over the gravelled surface of the roadside, each made up of dozens of flowers with frilled petals of red, white and pink. These flowers only grow where the soil has been disturbed, such as gravel roads. Ask for sightings and wildflower maps during season at a local Visitor Centre.

Lesueur National Park
Lesueur National Park situated near Green Head, is one of the most diverse and rich floral areas in the world. The park is home to over 900 species, including many plants found nowhere else in the world. This biodiverse hotspot represents approximately 10% of the state’s known flora. Hiking trails and walking tours are offered year round.

Kalbarri National Park From July until November, approximately 800 species of native flora progressively burst into bloom around Kalbarri and within the National Park. Many of these are endemic to the region, including the Kalbarri Spider Orchid. Look out for wildflowers on the coastal cliff tops and in the gorge country and ask for sightings at the local Visitor Centre

Shark Bay World Heritage Area
Shark Bay has the longest wildflower season in Western Australia with over 700 species of flowering plants. Of these, more than 150 species are of special scientific interest - several are exclusive to the area. The aromatic Tamala rose is one of the region’s most well-known and showy species. The Shark Bay daisy, Royce’s Gum, Rogerson’s grevillea and golden lamb’s tail are also confined to the Shark Bay region. The sceptre banksia features large flower-spikes in summer and, after good winter rains, everlastings often grow in massive drifts of colour.

The Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area
The Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area runs from Carnarvon in the south to Exmouth in the north and these areas see the first of the wildflowers in bloom, usually from late May onwards. The Cape Range National Park is home to 630 species of flowering plants and the Quobba coastline out of Carnarvon is home to some unusual looking flowers. The brilliant red sturt desert pea, which flowers in late winter (June to August) is a particularly popular flora species in the Cape Range. The brilliant red sturt desert pea and the even rarer white sturt desert pea populate the area. The green bird flower, shaped just like a hummingbird, is found within the Cape Range National Park and in Carnarvon town.

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