Coalseam Conservation Park, near Mingenew, is one of Western Australia's top wildflower hotspots, renowned for its brilliant wildflowers that bloom annually during wildflower season.
Brilliant carpets of colourful everlastings are an iconic sight in Coalseam Conservation Park, as the landscape bursts into bloom in late winter and spring. Other wildflower species commonly seen here include banksias, hakeas and grevilleas.
Coalseam Conservation Park is the site of the first mined coal deposit in Western Australia, and exposed bands of coal seams (which give the park its name) can be seen, along with siltstones, claystones and sandstones that stripe cliff faces and reveal 250 million years of geological history. Marine fossils can be seen embedded in the banks of the Irwin River, evidence of a time when Coalseam Conservation Park was covered by a Permian sea. Fossils are best seen in the cliff face upstrea mof the Riverbend Picnic Area, and visitors are reminded to 'look but don't touch', leaving the fossils in place for others to enjoy.
The Yamaji people are the traditional land owners of the area, historically using the land for food and mediciine. Indigenous artefacts have been found in the park.
Year-round, Coalseam is a popular destination for bushwalking, camping and wildlife spotting with kangaroos, emus, echidnas, eagles and cockatoos often seen.
The Plateau Loop Trail is a 3.2km return walk trail that is a great way to explore the flora, fauna and geology of the park. The trail meanders through a rare eucalypt woodland and to a plateau ridge, where walkers can enjoy sweeping views across the valley.The Plateau Loop Trail is an iconic wildflower walk during season.
Miners Campground has unpowered sites suitable for both caravans and tents. Facilities here include picnic tables and toilets, however no drinking water is available.
An overflow campground is located at Breakaway (3km away). Camping fees apply. Please note that campsites can not be pre-booked and a limit of three nights' stay applies between late July and October.