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Now’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy WA’s wildflowers – here are the
best ways to see our magnificent flora, from a day trip to a long weekend
WORDS Cynthia Dix
ith more than 12,000
varieties of wildflowers
in WA, our State’s flora is
unique, thanks largely
to thousands of years
without outside interference.
“It’s a very ancient landscape where the
plants have evolved over a very long time, and
where there hasn’t been any other event, like
an ice age, to clear it all out and start again,”
says Grady Brand, senior curator at Kings Park
and Botanic Garden. “It’s become this isolated
location, after Australia split off from other
countries, and then, of course, the Nullarbor
Plain divides us from the influences of eastern
Australia. It’s ancient but also very fragile.”
The right quantities of sun and rain create
the magic formula dictating when and where
wildflowers will appear.
The wildflower season begins in the north
of the State around July: torrential rains early
in the year are a good sign that it will be a
fantastic wildflower season in the Kimberley,
Pilbara and Gascoyne.
Week by week, the season moves south.
Each region has its own unique combination of
soil and weather conditions, creating a variety
of different shows. Good early rain will mean a
great year for the orchids and everlastings in
the sunny mid-west, and a blaze of wildflower
colour may blanket the southern regions as late
in the year as November.
Some years the season will be a little earlier,
others a little later... so how do you know
where and when to go?
The Wildflowers WA website from Tourism
Western Australia, with its wildflower
itineraries, is a great place to start planning
your trip. Or ask the experts on the ground: all
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