Did you know there are more wildflowers in Western Australia than anywhere else in the world? WA is home to more than 12,000 species of wildflowers, with more than 60% of these found nowhere else.
If you’re travelling along The South West Edge between August and September, you will be able to spot these incredible displays along the way. Here are some of the best places to find them.
Margaret River – September to November
If you’re planning on doing a section of or all of the Cape to Cape Track, keep an eye out for wildflowers as you hike. This famous track has spectacular coastal scenery, fascinating geology and sensational wildflowers such as Vanilla Orchids, Wisteria,Clematis, Coastal Pimelea and Fan flowers. Often tucked away behind other foliage, you’ll need to be looking for these little beauties! If you prefer to forage for wildflowers in the forest, head to the beautiful karri-packed Boranup Forest in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park. Keep an eye out for deep blue Karri Hovea, trailing Clematis, yellow Cone bush and Patersonia.
Porongurup National Park – September to November
Porongurup National Park is rugged and stunningly beautiful. As you walk the trails through marri, jarrah and karri forest to reach the summits of weathered granite domes, you’ll find hundreds of wildflowers dotting the paths. When you reach the summit of the Porongurups, you’ll get panoramic views of the coastline, the nearby Stirling Range, surrounding farmland and vineyards. Amongst the granite and the scenic views, you’ll discover a diversity of native flora and fauna including the yellow Acacias and purple Hovea.