Wildflower Trails Western Australia. Why Now is the Prettiest Time to Head North

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It’s absolutely no surprise why Western Australia is renowned for its stretch of beautiful coastline. The soft white sand, crystal clear water and beautiful marine life make it a spectacular swimming and snorkelling State for any beach and water lover.

Many families, travellers and backpackers migrate to Western Australia to explore this stunning scenery and take in that fresh, sea breeze – but all of that is better enjoyed in summer, let’s be honest.

In late winter and early spring, however, Western Australia displays another kind of beauty altogether, and today we feature a guest post by Jayde Ferguson and stunning photos from Jill Harrison, who take us on a journey of discovery and give 6 reasons why now is the prettiest time to head for the wildflower trails of Western Australia .

You can find out more about Jayde and Jill in the footnote to this post.

Wildflower Trails Western Australia

In the wildflower country of Western Australia, we really have won jackpot in the natural beauty lotto. Better yet, it’s an experience you can treat yourself to in the cooler months. In Western Australia, there are more than 12,000 species of wildflowers and around 60% of these can’t be seen anywhere else on Earth – that’s saying something! In the north of the state, the season blossoms in June and can stretch out the warmer months to November. This is the perfect lead-up to beach season that scorches in at the end of November to March. Get on board the wildflower trails in winter and discover why now is the best time to experience its wonders.

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Eucalyptus Macrocarp

1. A Colour Temptation

One of the most spectacular perks about a wildflower winter trail is the intense range of colours you’ll be a part of. The natural display of bold colours tends to be what draws tourists and visitors to the trails bearing witness to the vivid reds of the kangaroo paw and bottle brush, bright pinks from the verticrodia, the orange flowering from WA’s famous Christmas tree and so much more.

Although Western Australia is already packed with lush greenery, red deserts, endless white sands and undulating countryside – the state really comes alive during the wildflower season. Flowers with great bursts of deep colour and fields of multi-coloured everlastings are what captivatetravellers suiting a variety of tastes and interests.

2. The Smell will leave you Breathless

There’s nothing quite like a little bit of fresh air to boost your wellbeing and leave you feeling refreshed and revived. The health benefits of a winter wildflower trail are definitely encouraging, but combined with the arrangement of different flower aromas, the WA outback will really leave you breathless.

Not only will you get to see the best wildflowers in WA but you’ll also get to smell them which will ensure all your senses are working. A mix of overpowering honey scents, infused with burnt candles, pine, mixed floral and distinctive sweet smells that can almost make your mouth water.

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Mulla Mulla

3. Diversity and Sheer Wackiness

One of the greatest advantages to WA’s winter wildflower trails is the diversity and sheer wackiness of the flowers. Heading north will give you insight into blooms resembling insects and coral, orchids that live and die underground, wildflowers whose petals stay intact even when they die and flowers with graphic stripes and unique characteristics.

Given WA’s immense variances and possibilities, a good starting point would be Kings Park. From here you can venture along the Indian Ocean Drive or inland along Brand highway. By this stage, your wildflower tastebuds will definitely be tempted so be sure to head further north on the Sothern Explorer Train which winds past Geraldton and up further to the Kalbarri National Park. Despite the WA outback being a harsh place, the wildflowers are some of the most delicate, distinctive and eye-popping.

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Wildflowers – Everlastings

4. Amazing Photo Opportunities

Exploring the WA wildflower extravaganza at your own leisure or as part of an organised tour gives you some of the best photo opportunities. You don’t have to be a professional photographer, but taking advantage of the stunning scenery can be the perfect backdrop for any photo.

If you’re looking to capture WA’s wildflower beauty through the camera lens, make sure you come prepared. Slow shutter speed is ideal and be sure to bring a tripod for stability and careful focus. This will also help you and your family to take pictures of yourselves if you’re exploring at your own leisure. Australian wildflowers have a strong appeal to the senses – some are fragile, some are bold and brightly coloured while others are pale and shy, all providing fantastic photo opportunities. Make sure you shoot a good mix of different species, structure, colour and texture to show their diversity.

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Goodenia

5. Escorted Wildflower Tours

If you’d rather explore the winter wildflower trails as an organised tour, there are oodles of options to consider. Most tours combine the wildflower trails with other great attractions so it’ll give you the chance to see more of WA’s beauty. Some tours offer a more casual walk through the trails whilst others are much adventurous and get you right out in Australia’s outback. Regardless of your style there will be one that’ll suit you.

6. An Absolute Mood Booster of an Adventure

Above anything – a journey into WA’s outback beauty will give you a mood-booster of a time. From dramatic views, easy walking trails, natural lookouts or impressive adventures, WA’s wildflower trails offer an impressive journey like no other. Surrounded by one of the most unique landscapes, heading north to experience the beauty will enable you to experience a sensational show of wildflowers and build up a string of endless exquisite memories.

Contributors

This article is written by Jayde Ferguson, who writes for A Touch of Class – Perth based florists with a difference, sourcing only the freshest flower arrangements daily with delivery 6 days a week. You can catch her on Google+.

Photos were kindly supplied by Jill Harrison from Life Images by Jill. You can also find her images on Flickr. Jill is a contributor to Getty Images. She is happiest when out travelling or bushwalking with her camera.

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Comments

  1. Thanks Jo for showcasing some of my wildflower images in your post. Wildflower time is my favourite time of year. We have recently returned from the Pilbara where the wildflowers were just starting to bloom. The everlastings between Murchison and Mullewa were spectacular – spreading across the red dirt and through the bush as far as you can see. You can check them out in my blog post this week.
    Thanks again Jo.

  2. Mike says:

    Oh my gosh, hi Johanna!!! We’ve missed you!! This is a great guest post by Jayde and Jill. The flowers are absolutely amazing. I read the recommendation of the slow shutter speed and using a tripod and laughed. As just recently while making photo attempts of a full moon I someone broke my tripod. I wanted to blame Phoenix but I can’t. I ended up getting an accidental double exposure of the full moon which was kinda cool. Anyhoo, yes, yes on Western Australia! Great post :)
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  3. Great pictures… so colorful…
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  4. Thanks Muza-chan – Jill takes the most amazing photos :)

  5. Hi Jo
    I love how you have used Jills photo’s, they are magic, how lucky are we to have you two to spread the word of our beautiful state xxx

  6. Wildflowers are forever etched into my W.A. brain and I never even saw many of them in the wild, but I used to buy them at the florists there 35 years ago. I have tried growing them in Townsville but they don’t seem to like our clay soils and humidity. I did have success growing kangaroo paws from seed in a specially raised sandy bed. The pink everlastings are my favourites. I love little posies of them in different shades of pink.
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  7. So beautiful! I’m in Sydney so will miss the wildflowers up north this year, so it’s really lovely to see photos of everlastings and mulla mulla.

    Looking forward to seeing the wildflowers in Kings Park and the South West at their best in a couple of months!!
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  8. Thanks Jo for featuring some of my wildflower pics on your blog. Photographing them really is a passion of mine. The wildflowers, especially the everlastings, were amazing coming down from Murchison to Mullewa a couple of weeks ago. Flowing like a river over the red dirt and through the scrub as far as you could see. We are so lucky to have such an abundance and variety of wildflowers here in WA.
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  9. Oh such a wonderful tour. . .and a good reminder of just how much there is to see and do Down Under! You are tweaking my travel bug. . .
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  10. I had no idea Western Australia was so beautiful and had so many flowers. I think of it as just desert (never and know nothing, it’s showing). I would expect awesome rock formations, not so many different types of flowers.
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  11. So beautiful! The wildflowers of the Southern Hemisphere are unfamiliar to me, so I think I’d be especially engaged exploring here since everything would be so new. That Eucalyptus Macrocarp is so unique.
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  12. How I wish I was still in WA to see the spectacle of these gorgeous wild flowers. Thanks for bringing them to me!

  13. S’pleasure Kathy! Hope the Outback is treating you nicely :)

  14. We’re lucky to live in such a bio-diverse environment in WA. I think it’s time you did a trip Michele :)

  15. Hi Zoe, yes I think a lot of people have the perception that WA is all flat and lots of desert, so you’re certainly not alone. I had all my perceptions altered when we came here to live 5 years ago – it’s a really diverse State. We’re very lucky.

  16. So glad that I’m ‘tweaking your travel bug’, Jackie :)

  17. Ahh, shame that you’ll miss the display this year Bonny. Glad you’ll be back for the southerly wildflower ‘shows’.

  18. The pink everlastings are so lovely, aren’t they Jan. The carpets of them are just beautiful but I also love little posies of them. Unlike you, I’ve never had much luck growing kangaroo paws, perhaps I try to alter our sand-dune type garden soil too much for their liking.

  19. Thanks Rae, I’m so lucky to have Jill taking such wonderful photos and being allowed to share them. She will be a renowned photographer one of these days and I won’t be able to afford them!

  20. Thanks Mike – Jayde and Jill made a wonderful duo, didn’t they – so very talented. Tickled me to think that you got a cool shot from an accidental ‘bloop’ – and I’m glad Phoenix didn’t get the blame ;) I hope he’s better :)

  21. I consider myself so very lucky to be able to feature your photos every now and then Jill. It’s a passion of yours but you are really talented and soon I won’t be able to afford you ;) What a wonderful trip you must have had, and so great that there are lots of wildflowers – guess we’ve had a good lot of winter rain to help them along?

  22. Thanks for giving us a heads up on where to go to find them Jill :) and thank you again. Yes, folks pop over to Jill’s blog for the tale of her trip and more images – the link is in the Comment Luv section below.

  23. thanks everyone for your wonderful comments. I can only live in hope that someone will want me to make a wildflower image book one day. I feel so lucky to live here in Western Australia where there are so many thousands of wildflowers. Truly stunning.
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  24. Thanks to you, Jayde and Jill I now have another thing to remember about Australia – wildflowers. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such variety. That Macrocarp is stunning!
    I used to go out each morning in Jamaica just to snap photos of the wildflowers. Unfortunately, I have no idea what their names are but each was absolutely beautiful. Some were so tiny, they were easy to miss. Thanks for brightening my day!
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  25. Hi Jo, between your post and Jill’s, I’m dreaming of going on a flower photo expedition to Australia. The wealth of beautiful wild flowers are incredible. Just looking at them in the photos is already a mood booster.
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  26. Happy to hear your mood’s been boosted Marisol – and yes, the flower road trip would be something I reckon you’d enjoy ;)

  27. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Jo. We have just returned from a four day trip around the North East Wheatbelt using the ‘Wheatbelt Way Drive ‘ map. We’re from Dowerin and this area is sort of our !territory’. We’ve never seen such a wonderful array if wildflower. Absolutely magnificent !
    http://Www.wheatbeltway.com.au. There is a map and a booklet that goes with it explaining the highlights shown on the map. At Billyacatting Rock I photographed 17 different wildflowers in a matter of minutes. Combine that with beautiful granite outcrops – amazing and well worth the trip. Anyone wanting the map and booklet, please email details and I’ll post out,
    elizabethm@westnet.com.au

  28. Wow, thank Elizabeth! That’s wonderful information. I’d love to get north to see the wildflowers this year. Thanks for your insights today :)

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