BASE YOURSELF: In/around Shark Bay and Carnarvon
DURATION: 3 days minimum
WHEN: June – September
HIGHLIGHTS: Shark Bay Daisy, Tamala Rose, Everlastings, Dampier Pea and Mulla Mulla
Heading north to Shark Bay, keep an eye out along North-West Coastal for everlasting fields near Billabong Roadhouse. On your way out to Monkey Mia, home of the bottlenose dolphins, follow Stella Rowley Drive to find scarlet runner and wild rose.
Visit Francois Peron National Park, where the contrasting colours of the scenery range from deep reds to brilliant blues and are as vivid as the wildflowers. Those travelling north of the Peron Homestead will require a four-wheel drive vehicle. The Shark Bay daisy, wattles, dampiera and purple peas are commonly found in this area.
Overnight: Denham or Monkey Mia
Carnarvon will reward you with outstanding wildflower displays of parakeelya, purple vetch, northern bluebells and seasonal everlastings. Try Miabooyla Beach to find green birdflower, tassel top and dampier pea; talk to the Visitor Centre about the best spots.
If you have a four-wheel drive vehicle, consider heading west to the Blowholes and Quobba coastline where you will find mulla mulla, native hibiscus and various peas.
Overnight: Carnarvon or Quobba Station
Consider heading east to the Kennedy Range National Park. Along the drive you’ll find roadside displays of wildflowers. The Kennedy Range National Park is home to more than 80 species of wildflowers and is only accessible by four wheel drive vehicles.