Everlastings wildflower trail

The Everlastings Trail makes its way through areas ablaze with colour, often stretching lazily as far as the horizon.

Depart Perth via the Brand Highway towards Geraldton. Detour off the main highway to wander along the two kilometre Badgingarra Nature Trail on the eastern side of the Badgingarra National Park. Look out for the black and yellow kangaroo paws, purple starflower and mottlecash - the largest eucalypt flower.

Further north of Badgingarra lies Coomallo Creek. The Coomallo area offers more than 200 wildflower species. Travel along Tootbardi Road and loop back along Coorow - Green Head Road to reach Coorow. Coorow will delight with spectacular displays of Dryandra.

Cockleshell Gully Road provides great views of Lesueur National Park, known for its wildflower diversity, however the National Park is only suitable for four wheel drive vehicles. Inland, some of the best wildflowers can be seen alongside the Brand Highway between Eneabba and Dongara.

Eneabba offers many varieties of Banksia including the unusual propeller banksia and large magenta starflower.

Between Mingenew and Mullewa is the Coalseam Conservation Park, where you'll find wildflowers of all varieties are in abundance, and wattle shrubs shade everlastings that include the brilliant pink Schoenia. Look out for the wreath flower (Lechenaultia Macrantha) as you travel through Mullewa, Mingenew, Three Springs and Carnamah on your way to Moora.

Along the way you'll find a rich diversity of migratory bird life as well as enchanting masses of native foxglove and sprawling carpets of everlastings.

Enjoy the picturesque rural drive back to Perth along the Great Northern Highway.

Coalseam Conservation Park

Coalseam Conservation Park between Mingenew and Mullewa is in the heart of wildflower country. It lies between the northern sand plain to the west - where a remarkable variety of woody heath plants flower profusely during the wildflower season - and the arid lands of the Murchison - where rains can trigger a late flowering of winter annuals.

Aptly named 'Coal Seam' this well known geological site is where the first coal deposits in Western Australia were discovered by the Gregory Brothers in 1846. Wildflowers of all varieties are in abundance with carpets of pink, gold, cream and white everlastings transforming the usually sparse understorey of wattle scrub during the wildflower season.

Lesueur National Park

Lesueur National Park is one of the most diverse and rich flora areas in Western Australia, quoted by some as being 'the richest for plant diversity in the world!' Home to over 820 species of native flora and dramatic landforms created by the Lesueur fault and the Cockleshell Gully formation. Grevillea, hakea, leschenaultia, orchids, dryandra and pearl flower create a spectacle during wildflower season.

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