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WILDFLOWER LOVERS The best time to go
north, if you are a wildflower lover, is August-
September, with blooms starting to make their
appearance from July – if there is rain – all the
way to November.
KITE + WINDSURFERS Perfect windsurfing
conditions pick up again from August along
the whole coastline here, but especially in
Geraldton, which is regarded as the kite and
windsurfing capital of Australia.
MARINE ENTHUSIASTS The big-game fishing
off the continental shelf kicks off from September.
The season for whale sharks finishes mid-July,
so if swimming with mega-marine fauna is your
thing, then you’ll have to book in quick!
The Zuytdorp Cliffs
In the Nambung National Park, get there early
or late to see this in its best light.
A seaside with a difference – there’s no sand in sight.
A graveyard for shells, it’s a beautiful tragedy.
A rarely visited length of cliffs that at its highest point
extends 250m above the sea. See p66 for diving here.
The Coral Coast wildflower season runs July
through to November, but the best time to go
is August-September after good rain. The most
popular viewing locations are at Nambung,
Kalbarri and Lesueur national parks, and at
Coalseam Conservation Reserve. If you are
heading north from Perth to check them out,
you’ll see colourful wildflowers on the roadside
just past Dongara. Look for Yerina Springs Road
where there are orchids such as the Donkey, Bee,
Cowslip and the rare endangered Northampton
Midget Greenhood Orchid. In Kalbarri National
Park, there are over 180,000ha of dazzling river
gums, gold and orange banksias, kangaroo paws
and eucalypts. At Monkey Mia, visit the Francois
Peron National Park, which is full of vivid
wildflowers – the Shark Bay daisy, wattles and
Dampiera are common here. (For those travelling
north of the Peron Homestead, please take note
that it’s 4WD only.) Further north to Carnarvon,
and outstanding wildflower displays await the
traveller, including seasonal everlastings. Head
east from here to the Kennedy Range National
Park and travel north-east about 90km to Mount
Augustus where you will find purple mulla mulla
in spring and early summer.
Click away – our top photo-opportunity sights in the Coral Coast region.
Beautiful native blooms seen
on the Mullewa Wildflower Walk.
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