The 2020 Wildflower Season may have drawn to a close, but the good news is there are always native wildflowers and incredible flora and fauna to discover throughout the Coral Coast - and Wildflower Country has something to offer all year with incredible heritage, National Parks and Conservation Parks, out-of-this-world stargazing opportunities and friendly locals.
For those seeking a Wildflower Adventure, you've come to the right place. Australia's Coral Coast is home to over 12,000 species of wildflowers, 50% of which can't be seen anywhere else on earth. Our Wildflower Season typically runs from late-July through to early-October, depending on the winter rains. Start planning for next year's season with the below information:
- Visit our Wildflowers of the Coral Coast page for information on the region's flowers and hotspots.
- Use these tips to plan your wildflower escape!
- Download our Holiday Planner for more on what's to see and do in the Coral Coast.
- Check out our Instagram feed for wildflower sightings.
To give you an indication of what you can experience, here's some insight into what we experienced during this year's season:
Lesueur National Park is 30 minutes drive from Green Head, this park is a treasure for a variety of bush flowers. This park never disappoints. Amongst those flowering now are Hibbertia, hakeas, Dryandra, blue Lechenaultia, Calyrix, Conostylis, as well as orchids and catspaw. Early days as yet and the season will continue to improve for several weeks.
A number of different walks are available within Lesueur National Park to suit a range of fitness levels. Take a short, easy walk from Drummond Recreation Area to the Iain Wilson lookout or for the more fit, continue on to enjoy the stunning scenery along the Gairdner Loop Trail (2.5km) or head along the spur trail to the summit of Mt Lesueur (4km) taking in the spectacular views along the way. At Cockleshell Gully Picnic Area, you can enjoy a family picnic underneath tall, shady trees– equipped with tables and toilets. The more adventurous can walk the 7km (Class 3) Yued Ponar trail leading you through a stunning variety of heathland wildflowers.
Chapman Valley is a 30 minute drive north-east from Geraldton on Chapman Valley Road. The first half of the drive is heavily agricultural with patches of everlasting flowers starting from Naraling hall, onto Yuna townsite and through to Tenindewa. There is diverse range of bush flowers along the way. View the ancient landscape from Mills Lookout and Wokatherra Hill. Explore wildflowers near Naraling Hall, Old Nolba Stock Route and Wandana Reserve including Dampiera, Grevillea, Hibbertia and Melalueca.
There is a basic camp area beside the Yuna hall. Chapman River Friends is a group of volunteers who help in the rehabilitation and promote the Chapman River Regional Park. They offer a guided walk each weekend to view the wildflowers, wildlife and provide general and specific information about the park. Check their Facebook page for departure times and point. They also have a great app for flower identification. Wildflower tours.
Kalbarri National Park offers a large variety of bush flowers to be found in both inland gorges as well as the coastal strip. The Kalbarri Visitor Centre can help point you in the right direction. Don’t forget to add a visit to the new Skywalk on your list to things to do. It is stunning! Bushwalk or hike the gorges to see native orchids including the Banded Green Hood, Snail, Spider and Cowslip in addition to 150 bird species including Australia's largest bird of prey, the endangered Wedge-tailed Eagle.
Tenindewa is 20 km west of Mullewa and known for everlastings. Head north on the Tenindewa – Yuna Road for 500kms and look for the Pioneer Well sign. Turn in and drive the short wildflower loop. The everlastings are just starting to put on a good show.
Mullewa is a great town to base yourself while chasing the wildflowers. The town walk departs opposite the caravan park. Head up to the Scenic lookout for magic views and the bush walk. Visit the Mullewa Information Centre for updates.
Pindar and Mullewa are renowned for stunning wildflowers, including the rare Wreath Leschenaultia flower that blooms along the road and in park lands between August and October. Lots of wreath flower plants are now flowering. The Mullewa Information Centre has a map for directions.
To get to Pindar, travel 30km east of Mullewa on the highway and turn into Pindar. Drive past the old Pindar pub (now a café offering accommodation) and turn left onto the Pindar-Berringarra Road. Proceed 10kms north on dirt road with flowers on the shoulders of the road. Signs along the way. Please park thoughtfully and exercise caution as trucks use the road.
Canna is where the orchids are starting to come to a close but there are still Cowslips, Vanilla orchids, with a late variety of Donkey orchid in bud and starting to flower. Mud maps are available from the old Store. An overnight camp area is situated behind the fire brigade shed. A donation is appreciated to maintain upkeep.
Morawa blooms with Orchids and Everlastings along the Morawa Widimia walk trail, north of the townsite. Check out Gutha Bilya rock, Koolanooka Springs and Pintharuka War Rock/Dam for Everlastings and pom poms. Morawa info centre is now open so get some advice from the locals. Several early wreath flowers are on the Morawa-Yalgoo Road, at Mellenbye.
Perenjori is in bloom with plenty of wreath flowers, orchids and bush flowers in the area. Taylor Road is looking good for pink everlastings. Call in to the Information Centre for current best locations and a map.
Coalseam Conservation Park is an area famous for its Everlastings but also has great walks with orchids and bush flowers. The pink Everlastings are just starting to seed. Yellow pom poms and bachelor buttons looking good. Waitzia just starting to flower.
You can camp amongst the flowers with a camp host now onsite. Camping is available at two designated sites within the park, Breakaway or Miners. However, it is important to note that drinking water is not available so bring plenty with you. For more information and to book your camping experience online please visit here.
Mingenew has two great lookouts, Mingenew Hill and Depot Hill. Located close to Coalseam Conservation Park, the town abounds with natural scenery with panoramic views from both these locations. Head to the Depot Hill Reserve to discover one of Western Australia’s true wildflower hotspots. There is a great range of flowers from pink Everlastings, catspaw, orchids, and many bush flowers in flower. Pull up in the carpark and walk up the hill. Depot Hill is 15 kms north of Mingenew on the road to Geraldton.
Eneabba follow the Brand Highway to Eneabba and along the road to Badgingarra which is lined with golden wattles and early colourful bush flowers. Where safe, pull over and walk in. Western Flora Caravan Park is a wildflower hotspot and in bloom now, offering free wildflower walking tours daily.
Tathra National Park lies 25 kilometres west of Carnamah on the Carnamah-Eneabba Road, it is most spectacular during the wildflower season. Tathra is the Nyungar word for a beautiful place and is a fitting name for this beautiful National Park. Located approximately 20km north of Eneabba, to the west of the Brand Highway, Beekeepers Reserve is a small area with a great variety of wildflowers in bloom during the season.
Just a reminder! There a number of hotspots in the region such as…
- Lesueur and Badgingarra National Parks
- Eneabba to Dongara (specifically the tiny town of Arrowsmith)
- Coalseam Conservation Park, Three Springs, Mullewa and Mingenew
- Kalbarri National Park
- The greater Carnarvon area including the Blowholes
Stay tuned for more information on seasonal wildflower sightings ...