Take a journey along the north-west trail to experience a sensational show of wildflowers that cling to the vast landscape, adding brilliantly vivid colour to a unique environment.
Head north on the Indian Ocean Drive or Brand Highway past Dongara and make a stop at the Central Greenough Historic Settlement and the Greenough Visitor and Interpretive Centre. Continue your journey north to
Geraldton - known as the capital of Australia's Coral Coast. Colourful wildflowers of many varieties can be seen on roadside areas on this drive.Yerina Springs Road has a profuse display of orchids such as the Donkey, Bee, Cowslip and the rare sighting of the endangered Northampton Midget Greenhood Orchid.
North of Geraldton is the coastal town of Kalbarri located at the mouth of the Murchison River. Close by is the Kalbarri National Park which covers over 180,000 hectares and includes breathtaking coastal cliffs and dazzling wildflower viewing. Deep gorges on the Murchison River contrast with endless sand plains. River gums, gold and orange banksias, kangaroo paws and eucalypts are widespread.
At Monkey Mia, wade into the warm ocean to experience the unmatched thrill of interacting with visiting dolphins. A mere four kilometres from Denham is the Francois Peron National Park, full of vivid wildflowers. Those travelling north of the Peron Homestead will require a four-wheel drive vehicle. The Shark Bay daisy, Wattles and Dampiera are commonly found. A drive further north on the Great Northern Highway to Carnarvon will reward you with outstanding wildflower displays and seasonal everlastings.
East to Gascoyne Junction you'll discover the Kennedy Range National Park. Adventurous visitors to the park will enjoy the challenge of climbing the craggy cliffs. Travel northeast for approx. 90 kilometres to Mount Augustus - two and half times the size of Uluru (Ayers Rock). Mount Augustus rises impressively over its National Park featuring walking trails and a climb to the top. Purple mulla mulla carpet the surrounding area in spring and early summer. After good winter rains, the wildflowers are prolific and spread for hundreds of kilometres in the semi-arid Murchison region. Abundant white, pink and yellow everlastings appear from July in this area, as well as a vivid spread of golden billy buttons, Mauve Velleia, Magenta Parakeelya and Blue Pincushions.
Travel further along the Great Northern Highway through Cue, Mt Magnet and Paynes Find and enjoy the mass displays of everlastings along the roadside. Southwest at the Murchison Settlement, visit the Murchison Museum Herbarium and Botanical Walk where you can pick up information on local flora and farming. Further south at Wooleen Station (35 kilometres on the Meerberrie Road) daily wildflower tours and walks are conducted. Accommodation is available at Wooleen Station.
From here continue south to Mullewa, New Norcia and Perth.
Kalbarri National Park
Kalbarri National Park is famous for its wildflowers, most of which bloom from late July through spring and into early summer. The species-rich heartlands provide a spectacular floral display. There are vivid gold and orange banksias, grevilleas in white, yellow and red, green and red kangaroo paws, feather flowers in many colourful shades, smoke bushes, star flowers and much more.
21 plant species are found only here, mainly in the coastal cliff tops and gorge country. One of the best known is the Kalbarri catspaw, a small yellow or red plant that is usually seen on the recently burnt country from August to September.