The biggest wildflower collection in the world is now blooming in Perth and this stunning array can be easily enjoyed across many locations throughout Perth and surrounds from September – November.
There are more than 12,000 species of wildflowers in Western Australia, making it the world’s largest collection. In the heart of the city, Kings Park offers a Floral Fantasy Festival with the world’s biggest display of WA’s famous wildflowers from every region of the state with the ‘Black Kangaroo Paw’ being this year’s Feature Flower. Kings Park also offers free guided walks and Perth’s best native plant sale along with exhibitions, fun family activities, music and art.
Just a short drive from the city in the Swan Valley wine region, wildflowers can be combined with wine tasting and a beautiful lunch. Visitors can also enjoy a range of trails at Whiteman Park displaying the prickly bark banksia, hibberias and grass trees or at Noble Falls Walk Trail which showcases orchids, haekas, grevilleas, isopogons, petrophiles, trigger plants and verticordias.
Further afield in the beautiful Perth Hills – a 40 minute drive away – a range of wildflowers and bush tracks can be explored which include the Eagles’s View Walk, Wandoo Heights Wildflower Trail, Bibbulmun Track and the Mount Dale Walk Trail. These tracks all boast spectacular wildflowers such as the banksia, wattle, hakeas, grevilleas, dryandras, pimelea, myrtles, trigger plants, kangaroo paw, everlastings, sundews and blue Leschenaultia.
The Blue Rottnest Daisy is a sight to behold and can only be found on Rottnest Island, a scenic 30 minute ferry ride from the coast. Rottnest Island is also home to more than 1,500 native species of wildflower that can be seen along the 50km Wadjemup Bidi trail.
Less than an hour’s drive north at Yanchep National Park, the rare Yanchep Rose can be found along with scenic walk trails and a stunning array of wildflowers such as the one-sided bottle brush, yellow buttercups, parrot bush and honey myrtle. The park is also home to an impressive limestone cave network, a wildlife sanctuary and an authentic Aboriginal culture tour.
Beyond the metropolitan area, regional locations such as the historic hill country ofAvon Valley, the northern region of Chittering Valley or south in the Peelregion provide an exquisite range of wildflowers with some unique species. All of these locations have walking trails and some offer guided walking tours and wildflower guides.
Experience Perth CEO Noeleen Pearson said; “this is one of my favourite times of the year. The weather is warming up and the wildflowers are beautiful. Perth offers so many locations for locals and visitors to see these spectacular wildflowers whether it’s in the heart of the city or only a short drive away. This is truly a unique nature experience that no other city in Australia can offer with such ease and diversity.”
Guided wildflower tours are offered at Kings Park or with local operators ADAMS Pinnacle Tours, Explore Tours Perth, Perth Luxury Tours and Luxury Outback Tours. For more information visit www.experienceperth.com/things-to-see-and-do/nature-and-wildlife/natures-calendar/wildflower-season