Australia has some of the most unique flora in the world and is a
magnet for many visitors both locally and from overseas. One of the memorable
spectacular events are the natural wildflower displays throughout Australia,
such as those in
Western Australia and Central Australia - the seasons, especially
spring and summer, bringing the flowers out throughout the country. Following
information and links will give you an insight into the wild flowers
and flora displays of Australia.
There are many ways to get to see
the wildflower display, from tour groups, including 4WD and coach
tours, and self-drive tours. Some information is provided here and in the
Wildflower Links section, but
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• Commonwealth Park
• Annual from September to November
Springtime in the Australian Capital Territory brings one of Canberra’s major yearly festivals,
and although not technically wildflowers it is definitely worth checking out
this celebrating of the coming of spring. Over 1 million bulbs are planted each
year, and each year often celebrates a different theme.
The Canberra Floriade
Festival is inspired by the Dutch Keukenhof flower display and the Netherlands’
Flower Exposition (Holland’s Floriade), the latter being held every 10 years.
You can be sure that this wonderful floral display will be a kaleidoscope of
colours, offering some fantastic photo opportunities, as well a month of
entertainment, daily workshops and performances.
is a good time to visit New South Wales National Parks and Reserves,
to witness the new growth and floral displays. Scenic places extend through
the Blue Mountains, across to the NSW many parks and reserves extending to and
along the coastal regions. Contact
the National Parks and Wildlife
Service or any of the local tourism visitor centre for more information.
For those looking to see the New South Wales state floral emblem, the Waratah,
these beautiful flowers occur in forested areas, more commonly seen growing in
the Blue Mountains region, along forested slopes and ridges. Can also be seen
cultivated in a number of botanic gardens.
from the Bass Strait in the south and the beautiful wilderness of the Kangaroo
Island, from coastlines through limestone and wine country, the mighty Murray
River and Riverland, into the encompassing environment of the Flinders Ranges,
through arid landscape up to Central Australia and the border of the Northern
Territory, South Australia provides a backdrop to some wonderful plants and wild
emblem of the Sturt's Desert Pea, seen growing along highways and outback
roads as you travel north, South Australia provides access to some wonderful
national parks and botanic gardens from which to experience the beauty of their
wildflowers. A great place to view some of the plants to be found in the region
is the Arid Lands Botanic Garden, showcasing a range of arid zone environments
across more than 200 hectares.
Tasmanian waratah (Telopea truncata) is a spring flower
(November-January) and common throughout the state. Christmas bells (Blandfordia
punicea) are found December-February, from the coast to the mountain slopes.
Tasmania is also renown for it’s multi-million dollar poppy industry, grown for
pharmaceutical purposes. Often seen in the north west, north east, midlands,
east coast, Derwent Valley and south east regions due to the better soil
conditions, visitors can see the fields of light pink flowers when they are in
full bloom. Please note that entering the poppy fields is against the law, and
possession of poppy material is an offence with fines of $3,000, two years
imprisonment, or both.
Spring is the best time to see the coastal heaths in full bloom. Things to see
Arthur River — drive south of the in late October and early November for
the display of coastal flowers. Flowers include the purple Melaleuca and
Tetratheca and the pink Bauera rubioides.
Asbestos Range National Park - abundant display of wildlife and wild
Cradle Mountain — above Dove Lake is a World Heritage Area. A must visit,
all year round, it is a vast alpine region with summer wildflowers. Waratahs can
also be seen.
Dial Range at Penguin — mass of spring flowers, particularly at the
northern end (starting at Ferndene).
Dove Lake — discover the alpine rainforest.
Rocky Cape National Park — the Banksia forest overlooks the sea and
heathland, variety of spring and summer flowers (September-January). Late spring
to see the Christmas Bells (Blandfordia punicea).
Waldheim — visit in late November to see a great display of red Waratah
on the roadsides leading to Waldheim. Myrtle trees also liven the bush with
coppery foliage and Mountain Rockets put up their candle flowers. Christmas time
there are scented pink boronias and yellow ground-hugging Golden Guinea,
Christmas Bells and pink Trigger plants.
The north coast lights up in spring with the wildflowers, with flowering wattles
Ben Lomond National Park — spectacular views over northern Tasmania from
this high dolerite plateau. Tasmanian waratah (telopea truncata) can also
be seen (November-January) on the Ben Lomond Road. There are fine display of
summer wild flowers.
Granite Point Coastal Reserve, Bridport — on Anderson Bay, north-east of
Launceston, has a scenic coastline bursting with spring wildflowers. The
Bridport Wildflower Reserve also offers scenic views and wildflowers. The
Waterhouse Protected Area extends along the coast east of Bridport.
Launceston to George Town, Greens Beach or Badger Head on the West Tamar
— spring flowers line the way, with orchids nearer the coast.
Liffey Falls Reserve — beautiful waterfalls set in a small fern-filled
The Trevallyn State Recreation Area, includes Lake Trevallyn and the South
— a pleasant bushland area with spring flowers.
Mount Barrow Reserve — nice walking tracks for spring.
Mount William — coastal heathlands are also flowering August-October,
with Wattle (acacia dealbata and acacia melanoxylon) also during
Waterhouse Reserve — spectacular Grass Tree with cream-coloured flower
spikes up to 3 m high.
Douglas/Apsley National Park — drive to the southern entrance for both
spring and summer flowers in a dry eucalypt woodland.
Freycinet National Park - a must in spring time, from September, with
huge varieties of pinks, purples, yellows and whites. Coastal heathlands are
also flowering August-October, with Wattle (Acacia dealbata and Acacia
melanoxylon) also during spring. Summer is for purple Melaleuca and
Tetratheca pilosa, yellow Hibbertia riparia and the yellow rock
Mount Field National Park - a year-round display of mountain berries,
scarlet Climbing Heath, lemon-scented
Boronia citriodora and the red fruit of Mountain Rocket. Late spring for
the display of massed waratahs (Telopea truncata) and from July-November
to see wattles in bloom. March-September for the Tasmania snow gum (Eucalyptus
coccifera), especially around Lake Fenton.
Mount Wellington — Snow gums, Pineapple Grass, Tasmanian Waratahs, Snow
Daisies and Gentians are all in bloom. Late spring for the Mountain Lilac or
Christmas Bush, especially along Pinnacle Road. White needle leaf Hakea, unusual
Dragon Heath with its long terminal flower spikes above palm-like leaves and
Golden Rosemary, are also in bloom.
Blue gums (Eucalyptus globulus) are spring flowering
(September-December) and found widespread in the south-eastern region:
Lime Bay — spring and early summer for orchids and coastal flowers,
including the Native Indigo and many yellow and yellow-brown pea flowers.
Labillardiere Peninsula — in South Bruny National Park, is carpeted with
flowering heath during spring and early summer. The spotted sun orchid is one of
many spectacular orchids found here.
Maria Island — flowering blue gums in the spring.
Remarkable Cave — the centre for coastal heath.
South Bruny National Parks — spring flowering blue gums.
The south-west is home to tall wet eucalypt rainforests, with massed displays of
Silver Wattle in early spring. Amongst the buttongrass plains, flowers are at
their best during summer, and of special interest is the double Trigger Plant.
Hartz Mountains National Park — November-January to see displays of
waratahs (Telopea truncata), snow gums and alpine heath.
Derwent Bridge — mid-November has a great flowering purple
longifolia amidst the last of the yellow
Richea procera, white heath and golden Everlasting Daisies.
The Lyell Highway to Queenstown — traverses some of Tasmania’s best
scenery, including tall forests of white stringy bark gums. The famed
Leatherwood (Eucryphia lucida), flowering in the spring (January-March),
can be seen in the Wild Rivers National Park (Franklin River Nature Trail).
Lake St Clair — a drive to the lake for the start of the famous Overland
Track through swamps of Green Bottlebrush and tall forest with summer flowers
and summer-autumn berries.
Murchison Highway north of Tullah — offers fantastic display of waratah
and the famous Leatherwood (Eucryphia lucida), from mid November to
Zeehan — on the drive to Zeehan are flowering tea trees and heath
decorate, early Summer.
Information on plants can be found on the Department of Primary Industries,
Water and Environment
Parks and Wildlife
Common Health (Epacris impressa)
One of the more popular and unique attractions in Western Australia is
the wildflowers. Found throughout the south-west of WA, there are
several botanical zones where they appear, based on the climate and
the type of woodland. Most of the “everlastings” wildflowers are
found in the semi-arid zone, with visitors flocking to the areas
north-east of Perth, between Wubin, Mullewa and Mount Magnet. With many local varieties yet to be
named, the wildflowers seasons vary depending on the areas visited
and the time of year. There are coach tours, safari tours, as well
as self-drive holidays, that can take you through massive expanses
of carpeted coloured landscapes.
This is not to say that the rest
of WA is lacking in plants, as Western Australia is world
renowned as one of the botanical ‘hotspots’, rivalling that of South
Africa’s Cape and Namaqualand regions. The region around Lesueur
National Park has lateritic uplands, the Stirlings and parts of the
Fitzgerald River National Park have quartzite hills. Within these
regions there are areas of sandy heathland, that
have a large variety of flowering plants. You can be sure that every spring, this remote
corner of Australia bursts into magnificent blooms, with wild
flowers carpeting the landscape. The wildflower show moves slowly
southwards with the warming weather of spring. The peak periods for
the everlastings and the flowers of the Lesueur region, usually
begin from mid-August to mid-September, although the Stirling and
Fitzgerald River displays in the south, can last up to six weeks
Remember, when travelling to this region, that there is a great
distance between destinations. Mullewa is 450 km and Mount Magnet is
570 kms north of Perth. The Stirling Range is 400 kms south, with
the Fitzgerald National Park a further 100 km south. Not all roads
are sealed and there is limited accommodation, so book ahead.
What can you expect to see? Depending on the time of year, and
region you can be sure to see any of the papery everlastings; the
yellow balls and catkins of the mimosa; spear blossoms of the grass
trees (Xanthorrhoea); sprays of white blossom of the
smokebush; the many cones and cylinders in colours ranging from
creams, yellows, reds and burgundy browns of the banksia and
bottlebrush; southern cross; the combs, spikes and sprays of
grevilleas; hakea; the many unique orchids such as the ‘Queen of
Sheba’ and the variety of spider orchids; the massed ‘egg and bacon’
colours of the pea family creepers; the lechenaultia in vivid red or
pastels of yellow and pink; miniature purple blossoms of the
melaleucas. Make sure you pick up some information from anyone of
the local tourist information centres.
- Perth — a tour can start from the capital of Western
Australia, where you can visit King’s Park, a reserve of native
forest and bushland, that enjoys great views, and Botanical Gardens.
It offers to those unfamiliar with Australian flora a perfect
introduction to the many families of plants and trees endemic to
Australia — acacias, banksias, eucalypts, grass trees, grevilleas,
and hakeas. There are also wildflower displays at Bold Park, Hepburn
Heights, Star Swamp, Brixton St, Wireless Hill, John Forrest NP,
Yanchep, and The Scarp. Check out the
Wildflower Society of WA, and follow the
Where to see link for more info, including how to get the best
out of your wildflower tour. If you like what you see,
join the society or
donate some money to the Save Our Bushland Campaign.
- Dryandra State Forest — protects many eucalypt species and
associated flora. It also is home to many important birds and
mammals, including the striped Numbat.
- Fitzgerald River National Park — famous for a bewildering
diversity of plants, over 1,300 species. You can explore the heaths,
wetlands and mountains, as well at the spectacularly coloured Royal
Hakea (Hakea victoria), the region’s best known plant.
- Kalbarri National Park — herein lies the dramatic red
Murchison Gorge, rolling sand plains and sea cliffs, a geologic
formation dating back 400 million years and now home to over 500
species of plants. The tall flowering stems of Grevillea
leucopteris and G. annulifora amongst the grey flowers of
the smoke bush (Conospermum) make an unforgettable picture.
- Moresby Ranges and Mullewa — home to the Leschenaultia
macrantha. Much of this vast region has been cleared for farm
crops, but enough natural habitat remains for a full colourful
production of the everlastings (Helichrysum spp).
- Nambung National Park — the magnificent Pinnacles Desert,
is a strange region in which
thousands of limestone pinnacles rise, forest-like, from the
- Northern Kwongon — a sand plain heath, supporting sweeping
vista of brightly coloured flowers.
- Stirling Range National Park — rises to 1,000 metres from
the coastal lowlands, and is part of an isolated mountain system
formed over 1,000 million years ago. There is a range of plants not
found elsewhere, including many orchid species.
- The forested south-west region of Western Australia’s
home to the towering, pale-barked Karri Trees (Eucalyptus
diversicolor), one of the world’s tallest trees.
Poached Egg Daisy (Polycalymma stuartii)