The biggest wildflower collection on earth calls Western Australia home. More than 12,000 species of flora burst into brilliant bloom across the state each season, delivering a botanical display like no other. It’s a diverse and unique show, with 60 percent of the flowering species found nowhere else on the planet. In inner-city parks, amid forest and bushlands, and across coastal and outback plains, carpets of radiant wildflowers are a feast for the senses.
Wildflower season typically has a six-month window, starting in the Pilbara in June and moving across the atmospheric towns of the Goldfields and along the Coral Coast. By September, Perth’s urban parks – including floral haven Kings Park / Kaarta Koomba, home to more than 3,000 wildflower species – and the rolling hills of the Swan Valley are bursting with colour. Free guided walks of Kings Park and Botanic Garden are offered by Kings Park Volunteer Guides twice daily throughout the year and during wildflower season. The season comes to a vivid close in October in the biodiversity hotspot of the Margaret River Region, where wildflowers mingle with the world-class vines that makes this location so special.
Western Australia’s botanical gardens, national parks, coastal plains and towering forests provide the backdrop for even more wildflower hotspots. Spot lemon-yellow donkey orchids, or the rare Queen of Sheba orchid, fiery-red grevilleas, hot-pink hakeas, golden wattle and more. Seasonal walks and guided tours are an ideal way to identify and admire the startling beauty of the blooms.