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national, marine and regional parks
A new book from DEC, Exploring Western Australia’s
Natural Wonders: National, Marine and Regional Parks,
details everything you need to know about our national
parks. We take a sneak peek at what the book has to say
about WA’s wildflower season
Journey to national parks such as Cape
Range, Kennedy Range, Mount Augustus
and Francois Peron in late winter to see
vibrantly coloured flowers in stark contrast
to their semi-arid surrounds. Look out for
prominent species including the vivid red
Sturt desert pea at Cape Range, and purple
mulla mullas at Kennedy Range.
By early spring the flowers are usually
starting to show further south at places such
as Kalbarri National Park and Coalseam
Conservation Park. Kalbarri offers a big
diversity of flower types, while Coalseam is
renowned for carpets of everlasting daisies
which transform whole landscapes into
fields of yellows, whites and pinks.
As spring progresses, the flowering
usually reaches its peak around places such
as Lesueur National Park and its surrounds.
You’ll not find the carpets of flowers here
but rather some of the State’s most diverse
flower types. By mid spring the parks and
reserves around Perth are in full flower. Set
off on a stroll at Beelu or Walyunga.
In late spring and early summer, the
forests and heathlands of parks come into
bloom. So rich is the plant life at Fitzgerald
River National Park, the area has been rated
a World Biosphere Reserve. Some 20 per cent
of the State’s total plant species occur here.
Be sure to contact local visitor centres for
local knowledge on how each wildflower
season is progressing and ask what is
flowering and where.
TOP 5 PARKS
Samille Mitchell, author of Exploring Western
Australia’s Natural Wonders, picks her top five parks
for the July to December period.
1 Perth and surrounds | Yanchep National Park
Yanchep comes alive with colour as wildflowers
bloom. There’s heaps to do – descend to explore the
caves, take part in an Indigenous tour, set out on a
walk trail, see the koalas and visit the tea rooms.
2 South West | Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park
Visit in spring and early summer to see the forest
wildflowers and watch whales cruising by the coast.
Spectacular coastline and towering forests are
attractions at any time of year.
3 Golden Outback | Cape Le Grande National Park
The rugged coastline is simply stunning, whether
you’re watching winter swells pound the coast or the
sun turn the ocean dazzling shades of turquoise.
4 Coral Coast | Francois Peron National Park
The striking contrast of azure seas, white beach
and rust-red sand dunes make this park particularly
beautiful. Its waters also harbour an amazing array of
marine life – dolphins, turtles, sharks, manta rays and
dugongs to name a few. Visit in winter or spring to
avoid the summer winds and heat.
5 North West | Karijini National Park
Ancient gorges, gushing waterfalls, swimming holes
and trails make this national park one of WA’s most
beautiful. Visit in winter for the best temperatures.
Exploring Western Australia’s Natural Wonders:
National, Marine and Regional Parks (RRP $39.95) is
available from good bookshops, tourist centres and
from WA Naturally Publications at dec.wa.gov.au/
shop, or call (08) 9219 8000.
Fern Pool (Photography Danelle Jackson).
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