Take a weekend wildflower drive from the city to flora-filled pastures, orchards and woodlands.
Mother Nature’s biggest and most dazzling wildflower collection carpets Western Australia with the blooms of more than 12,000 species. When her show reaches Perth in August, take this leisurely two-day drive from the city to gaze on some of the region’s rarest and most breathtaking floral gems.
Best time for wildflowers: September and October
- Spring wildflowers
- Swan Valley wineries
Discover stunning wildflowers, like this Grevillea, near Gidgegannup
Morning: Perth to Swan Valley
Your wildflower wander begins in the natural bushlands of Perth’s oldest wine region, the Swan Valley.
Take the 40-minute drive from Guildford Road to the Great Northern Highway and Cathedral Avenue, passing flower-filled pastures to Bells Rapids.
Here, beside the white water rapids of the Swan River, you can stroll among wandoo woodland, paperbarks and fucshia grevillea.
Spend the rest of the morning hopping from cellar doors to fresh produce stalls to gourmet stores to a café or restaurant, sampling and feasting on the region’s finest flavours.
Free maps of the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail – a 32-kilometre loop taking in over 200 attractions – are available at most wineries, or the Swan Valley Visitor Centre in Guildford. An in depth perspective
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Afternoon: Swan Valley to Gidgegannup
Head north-east on Toodyay Road, taking a detour on Reen Road to the flora and fauna hotspot of FR Berry Reserve.
Walking the 2.7-kilometre trail, you may encounter some wildflowers that occur nowhere else in Western Australia, or the world for that matter, not to mention the electric blue splendid fairy wren and the endangered Carnaby’s cockatoo.
From here, you’re just a 17-minute drive from Gidgegannup. There are a few options for dinner nearby, many only open on weekends.
For those who have an appetite for more encounters with the natural world, head out to Karakamia Wildlife Sanctuary for a torch-lit dusk walk.
The sanctuary is just 9.5 kilometres from Gidgegannup, and your guide will help you get a glimpse of some of Western Australia’s lesser-spotted and rare mammals, such as woylies, and quendas, Tammar wallabies and western ringtail possums.
Lancaster Winery, Swan Valley
Grab some fresh treats from the bakery and produce stores in Gidgegannup and head out to Noble Falls for a picnic breakfast among the yellow buttercups, jarrah, marri and blackbutt trees.
The 3.5-kilometre walk trail meanders beside Wooroloo Brook and passes the falls, which are stunning after good winter rains.
Afternoon: Swan Valley to Perth
For lunch, follow Toodyay Road back to the Swan Valley and take your pick from more than 70 restaurants and cafes, many with sweeping views of the vineyards.
Save a little room for some of the region’s fine chocolates, nougats, ice creams and cream teas.
Spend the rest of your afternoon browsing the galleries of the Swan Valley, or the charming boutiques and antique stores of historic Guildford.
From Guildford, you’re just a 20-minute drive from Perth city.
Important Travel Information
- Be aware that drivers are subject to alcohol limits that are strictly enforced. Moderation is always advised.
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Perth to Bells Rapids
Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail
Swan Valley to FR Berry Reserve
FR Berry Reserve to Gidgegannup
Gidgegannup to Karakamia
9.5 km (one way)
Gidgegannup to Noble Falls
Gidgegannup to Noble Falls
Gidgegannup to Swan Valley
Swan Valley to Perth
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Head to the Experience Perth website for more itineraries and further information on things to see and do in the region.Experience Perth
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