Between July and October each year, the countryside throughout the Coral Coast bursts into colour. In particular, areas around our Wildflower Country (from Dandaragan north to Mullewa along the Brand Highway and Midlands Road), become home to some of the greatest wildflower shows on earth. Witness one of the world's true natural wonders and colourful carpets of wildflowers and rare flora take over the landscape.
Start planning your 2021 Wildflower Escape with the below resources and helpful tips on how to get the most out of wildflower season:
The Western Australia Visitor Centre has designed a Wildflower Tracker, to help you find wildflowers blooming around the state. It is updated as new reports of wildflowers come in, to provide an accurate guide of where the flowers are each year.
We also update this webpage as regularly as possible with the latest sightings.
Ask the locals
Our Visitor Centres are one of the best resources to help you plan your wildflower trip; they can provide up-to-date information on sightings and locations.
Search our website
We have a range of accommodation suggestions, maps and self-drive itineraries to help you plan your wildflower journey. Our Holiday Planner is a great resource providing information on the Coral Coast region overall.
Wildflower Viewing and Photography Tips:
Take nothing but photos
Picking wildflowers is illegal and can attract a $2,000 fine. Remember to look but don't touch.
Stick to the paths
Please be careful of where you walk and follow defined paths where possible. If you do venture off the track, be careful of where you place your feet to avoid trampling previous wildflowers.
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 any damage.
Any camera will do
You can capture great wildflower photos no matter what type of camera you're using - mobile phone camera or expensive camera, big or small.
- Breeze, angle and lighting are the most important tips when it comes to photographing wildflowers.
- Take multiple shots from different angles, and use the macro setting (if applicable).
- It certainly helps spending time looking for the 'perfect' flower; look closely at the flowers, especially those in the foreground, to ensure the plants are in good condition and are 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 with the blue sky as the background to pick up its contrasting colour.
Sleep amongst the flowers
There are several campsites available in Wildflower Country, however these are popular and can fill up so it's recommended you arrive early (especially if travelling on a weekend). Small nightly fees are payable, usually directly to the Ranger. For more information, click here.
Be road safe
If you are stopping to take photos of wildflowers, please use dedicated pull-off areas and stopping bays or ensure to park well off the road.