From July to December each year, Western Australia’s Wheatbelt region is lit up with one of nature’s most beautiful displays – wildflowers bloom in all varieties and colours. This part of Australia is home to more than 12,000 species, 60 per cent of which are endemic to the state. Here are some wildflower spots to add to your dream itinerary.
Dryandra National Park
Sitting 22 kilometres from Narrogin, this national park is the largest remaining area of virgin forest in the western Wheatbelt. It’s a great representation of the area before it was cleared, and comes to life with wandoo, powderbark, pockets of jarrah and marri, mallee and rock sheoak. Keep an eye out for the malleefowl building mounds or the numbat, which can sometimes be seen in the undergrowth.
This region is encircled by glittering salt lakes, which truly is a sight to see! Known for western mallee, as well as a large number of indigenous plant groups, such as hakea, eucalypts, acacia and grevillea, Lake Grace is one of the Wheatbelt’s prime wildflower spots, and is listed as one of 34 plant biodiversity hotspots. Wander down the walking trails to see these blooms up close and personal.
Wave Rock and Buckley’s Breakaway
Kulin is known for its annual Bush Races event and the Tin Horse Highway. Aside from the colourful tin horse statues, it’s also a great region for seeing wildflowers in their full glory. Located 70 kilometres east of Kulin, on the way to Wave Rock, is Buckley’s Breakaway. It’s a beautiful landscape, with white and orange cliffs rising and falling to emulate a wave. Come here to see golden prickly dryandras, pink petrophiles, blue dampiera and delicate orchids.
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