Wildflower Viewing + Photography Tips
1. Take nothing but photos
The picking of wildflowers is illegal and can attract a $2,000AUD fine. Remember: look, but don't touch.
2. Stick to the paths
Please watch where you walk and follow defined paths wherever possible. If you do venture off track, be careful of where you place your feet to avoid trampling and damaging our precious wildflowers.
3. Stick to public property
It may be tempting to enter private fields, but please remember that this is trespassing. In particular, canola crops create stunning fields of yellow but it's important for tourists to stick to public areas to avoid causing damage.
4. Any camera will do!
You can capture great wildflower photos no matter what type of camera you're using - a mobile phone, small digital camera or professional camera. Breeze, angle and lighting are the most important factors when photographing wildflowers. Here are some other tips:
- Take multiple shots from different angles.
- Use your camera's macro setting (if applicable).
- Look closely at the flowers, especially those in the foreground, to ensure they are in good condition and facing your camera.
- Low light is best for close-ups, especially with shiny flowers.
- Orchids are best photographed in the morning or afternoon light on a sunny day.
- Bright light will wash out white and pale coloured flowers, unless you're shooting into the blue sky as the background to pick up the contrasting colour.
5. Plan and book ahead
The region is busy during wildflower season, so make sure you plan and book your accommodation ahead of time. There are several campsites in Wildflower Country, and whilst bookings aren't available for many of them, they are popular and do tend to fill up. Arrive early, especially if travelling on a weekend. Small nightly fees are payable for Wildflower Country campgrounds, usually directly to the Ranger on site. For more information, refer to Parks & Wildlife's campsite checker.
6. Be road safe
If you are stopping on a roadside to view wildflowers please use dedicated pull-off areas and stopping bays wherever possible, or ensure to safely pull over and park well off the road.
Please take care not to trample wildflowers - stick to paths wherever possible and if you do wander off the path, be careful where you stop to avoid treading on wildflowers.