Where to see wildflowers

Find out where the wildflowers are currently blooming at their best on the Coral Coast and which species you're likely to spot.

Australia’s Coral Coast features wildflowers all year round, however floral displays are at their best from July to October when inland areas explode into brilliant carpets of colour.

Plan your own wildflower adventure

If you're keen to hit the road and explore the wildflowers this year, be sure to have a look at our wildflower self-drive itineraries.

Where are THE key places to see them?

Read more information on wildflowers hotspots in Western Australia here.

I need an expert flower finding tour!

Join one of the escorted tours offered by Geraldton Bus Tours (Coalseam Everlastings and Wreath Flowers of Pindar) or take a Wildflower day tours from Perth with ADAMS Pinnacle Tours.

Please note: this page is regularly updated with current wildflower information so be sure to check back regularly. Last updated: 14 September 2017. 

2017 Wildflower Sightings


Wildflower Country

    • Indian Ocean Drive - Head north from Perth and look out just before Cervantes to find "Grass Tree Valley" which is currently in flower.
    • Mount Lesueur National Park - Head inland from Jurien Bay to access this great park with a large variety of bush flowers. Driving along Cockleshell Gully Road, be careful of kangaroos which can be found actively inhabiting the gravel roads. Dense Smoke Bush, Cats Claw, Prickly Moses, Menzies Banksia, Propeller Banksia, Calectasia / Blue tinsel Lily/ Star of Bethlehem, Hibbertia species, Hakia species, Hovea species, Isopogon species, Thyptomine, Grevillea and many, many more. Looking spectacular. At Lesueur Walk Trail, Grass Trees are also in flower.
    • Badgingarra - The area between Eneabba and Badgingarra has been receiving enough rain for all the usual species to be coming out, notably the One Sided bottlebrush (Calothamnus quadrifidus) is out now at Hi Vallee Farm.
    • Western Flora Caravan Park on the Brand Highway - A hot spot for orchids which have started to flower with Greenhead, Slender Snail and Arrowsmith orchids out now. Wattles, Kangaroo Paw, Myrtles and the Hakia honey bush now flowering. The caravan park offers a free walk for people staying at the park from 4:30pm. Call Sandra +61 8 9955 2030 to book the walking tour.
    • Eneabba - This seems to be the year for Orchids in Enabba - the following have started to appear with Crinkle-leafed Bunny orchid, Arrowsmith orchid, Blue-Fairy orchid, some Greenhead orchid and Snail orchid.  See the sandplains of Eneabba turning into bush flowers due to the recent rains. There's lots of different species of birds to be sighted. Keep an eye out for Kangaroo paw, various Hakea, Yellow Myrtle bush, Droseras, budding Verticordia.

    Mid-West Wildflowers

      • Coalseam Conservation Park: Coalseam is THE wildflower hotspot for carpets of colour. At River Bend and Miners Rest picnic areas, the Everlasting carpets are flowering - yellow and a few purples. Basic camping is available at the Miners Rest area.
      • Geraldton: Take a walk along the Chapman River to view flowers, birds and reptiles. Join a volunteer either Saturday or Sunday on a guided walk. Ask Visitor Centre staff for time and departure point.
      • Mullewa: View this year's ArtDrive sculptures on the road to Mullewa. Download the Drive Map and Download the Art Brochure (3MB) explaining each art piece and its maker.
      • Pindar: The wreath flowers are looking great, in flower now and joining up with nearby plants to pave the roadside with wreath leschenaultia flowers. Head 30km east of Mullewa on the highway until Pindar. 10 kms north of Pindar on the unsealed Pindar-Beringarra Road.
      • Kalbarri Coastal Cliffs - Natural Bridge to Red Bluff: With great rainfall over the past few weeks beautiful blooms have occurred along the coast with Murchison Rose, Flannel Bush, Pink Thryptomene, Sandhill Grevillea, Large-flowered Guichenotia, Guinea Flower, Large & Mat Cottonheads, Tailflower, Milk Maids, Guinea Flower all being sighted.
      • Kalbarri National Park Inland Gorges: Kalbarri has a fairly long wildflower season with great variety, meaning that different plants flower at different times. The National Park is starting to come alive, currently in flower are various types of Banksia as well as Smoke Bush, Bird Beak Hakea, Kondrung, White Candles, Showy Scholtzia, Claw flower, Showy Dryandra, Grass Trees, Purple Flag. With late (winter) and heavy rain at the beginning of July, wildflowers have started to appeared in Kalbarri.
      • Z-Bend River Loop trail: Take the leisurely River Loop trail (within the National Park) at the recently re-opened Z-Bend site to views an array of orchids and bush flowers including Pink Fairy, Snail & Shell orchids, Spiders, Cowslips, Flying Duck and Hybrid orchids.
      • Canna: It's all about orchids - Small donkey, snail and pink candy. Camping welcome behind the fire station. 
      • Chapman Valley and Yuna:  No sightings
      • Mingenew: Many orchids in the area - cowslip, spiders, blue china, vanilla, donkey, arrowsmith and purple enamel.
      • Northampton: No sightings

      Shark Bay World Heritage Area

      • Dirk Hartog Island: Shark Bay's famous Tamala Rose is in full bloom on the island. The aromatic Tamala rose is one of the region’s most showy species.
      • Denham: Red Sturt Desert Pea otherwise known as Marlu Guru in Malgana (Kanngaroo Eye) is currently flowering at Yadgalah Aboriginal Corporation on Francis Rd.

      Carnarvon

      • Town Centre: The fluffy Mulla Mulla wildflowers have been sighted along with carpets of white and yellow Everlastings. For details of exact locations, drop in to the Carnarvon Visitor Centre.

          Exmouth

          • Cape Range National Park: Access the National Park via Exmouth to find some striking and unique flowers including Mulla Mulla, Red Sturt Desert Pea, Dampier Pea and Green Bird Flower.

          Which Wildflower is that?

          Identify the flower with WildflowersWA
          WildflowersWA is a project designed to promote the beautiful colours and variations of wildflowers in Western Australia and provide a resource of information to improve the knowledge of our unique flora. Create an account to help you identify on the go in the flower fields.

          How to Travel the Wildflowers

          Self-drive to the region then be guided to the flowers
          Join one of the escorted tours offered by Jurien Bay Adventure Tours (Lesueur National Park) or Geraldton Bus Tours (Mid-West Flowers) when you arrive in the region.

          Jump on a day-trip Coach from Perth
          ADAMS Pinnacle Tours has escorted tours departing from Perth to the Pinnacles and Perth to Monkey Mia (extended stay). The company is now offering Wildflower day tours from Perth.

          Hire a camper and follow our wildflower trails
          RedSands Campers offer the highest quality 4WD campers to allow you to journey through all the very best spots that Australia's Coral Coast has to offer. With a depot in Perth and the two World Heritage listed areas of Shark Bay and Ningaloo Coast, wildflower travel has never been more approachable.

          What's Blooming now?

            • Wreath leschenaultia (wreath flowers)
            • Murchison Rose (Kalbarri Rose)
            • Tamala Rose (Shark Bay Rose)
            • Smoke Bush
            • Donkey orchids and Green orchids
            • Golden wattles
            • various Banksia
            • Pom-pom
            • Pickly Moses
            • Calectasia / Blue tinsel Lily/ Star of Bethlehem
            • One-sided Bottlebrush
            •  Murchison Rose (Diplolaena grandiflora
            • Flannel Bush, (Solanum lasiophyllum)
            • Pink Thryptomene, (Thryptomene strongylophylla)
            • Sandhill Grevillea, (Grevillea commuata)
            • Large & Mat Cottonheads (Conostylis robusta & prolifera)
            • Tailflower (Anthocercis)
            • Milk Maids (Burchardia rosea)
            • Guinea Flower (Hibbertia scandens)
            • Bird Beak Hakea, (Hakea orthorrhyncha)
            • Kondrung (Astroloma serratifolium)
            • White Candles (Stackhousia monogyna)
            • Showy Scholtzia, (Scholtzia uberiflora)
            • Claw flower (Calothamus homalophyllus)
            • Showy Dryandra (Dryandra polycephala)
            • Grass Trees (Xanthorrhoea)
            • Purple Flag (Patersonia accidentalis)

            Talk to a Local:

            Jurien Bay Visitors Centre
            Phone: 08 9652 0870

            Geraldton Visitor Centre
            Phone: 08 9956 6670

            Kalbarri Visitor Centre
            Phone: 1800 639 468

            Shark Bay World Heritage and Discovery Centre

            Phone: 08 9948 1590

            Carnarvon Visitor Centre
            Phone: 08 9941 1146

            Exmouth Visitor Centre

            Phone: 08 9949 1176

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