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ESPERANCE AND THE
COASTAL NATIONAL PARKS
In Western Australia’s Golden Outback, Esperance
and the Coastal region is one of the best places to
see wildflowers. Between September and November
this area is home to the most abundant and prolific
displays of wildflowers found anywhere in Australia.
Just drive slowly, stop often and go for a wander
- you will be amazed.
Starflower (Calytrix leschenaultia)
Esperance & Coastal Parks
• Cape Le Grand National Park: drive from Esperance along
Merivale Road where Red Kangaroo Paws and Showy Banksia
abound, as do the local Xanthorrhoea or Grass Tree.
• Orleans Bay and Wharton Beach: beautiful coastal country and
beaches - on Duke of Orleans Bay Road there are spectacular plants
to be seen in normal years, but following fires in recent years there
may be Red Beaks, Leek Orchids and Beard Heath.
• Helms Arboretum: on Coolgardie / Esperance Highway 17km
north of Esperance. Huge reserve with expanses of natural bushland
accessible on gravel roads. Hundreds of named plantations
with W.A . trees plus other Australian species, including exotic
pines. These flower at specific times of year. In Spring see the
Showy Banksia. Royal Hakea on display all year. Opportunities for
photography, bird watching, bring a picnic lunch.
• Great Ocean Drive and Observatory Point: a 38km round trip
from Esperance town centre to Pink Lake and through a variety of
vegetation types from deep sand to elevated limestone coastal
headlands. Sheltered dunes and exposed heaths provide wonderful
vistas of seasonal natural flora both large and small, passing the
Wind Farm and returning to the townsite via Wireless Hill.
• Rotary Lookout at Wireless Hill: spectacular 360o views.
Several species of flowering eucalypts, dryandras, twining clematis,
Australian bluebell, fringe lily in early summer, pimelea, agonis, hakea
can be enjoyed throughout the seasons.
Ravensthorpe & Coastal Parks
• Archer Drive Lookout, Floater Road, Ravensthorpe: see
bottlebrush, nodding banksia, blue lechenaultia, one sided
bottlebrush, verticordia grandiflora, claw featherflower, qualup bell
pimelea physodes, pink boronia.
• Ethel Daw Lookout, Elverton Road, Ravensthorpe: find
bottlebrushes, dryandras and banksia nutans (its flower hangs
downwards), qualup bells (search for these), blue lechenaultia, pink
kunzia, tennis ball banksia, chittick.
• Hamersley Scenic Drive West of Hopetoun or South off
Highway 1, just 45 kms West of Ravensthorpe: see the
magnificent royal hakea, qualup bell, sepulcralis weeping gum in
the stunning Fitzgerald River National Park. Stop for a breathtaking
view at East Mt Barren and Sepulcralis Hill lookouts. Along
Hamersley Drive also see oaked leafed dryandra, barrens regalia,
ground banksias, coastal pimelia, starflower, rose coneflower,
isopogon, pouched dampiera, fringed lily, tinsel lily and smokebush.
• Hopetoun East to Munglinup Beach: along Springdale Road see
kangaroo paws, bell fruited mallee, red centred hibiscus, tinsel lily,
large waxflower, chittick, and showy banksia.
Grand N.P .
For more information or for a free copy of the 104 page Australia’s Golden Outback holiday
planner visit www.australiasgoldenoutback.com or call WA Visitor Centre 1800 812 808.
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