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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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