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TRIPS wildflower discovery experiences
Two days | One night
After work on a Friday, drive the three hours
or so to Pemberton and stay in one of the lovely
cottages or luxury resorts for the weekend
(reserve one in advance). Next morning, head
south to Northcliffe and call into the Visitor
Centre where they can tell you about the
wildflowers around the town. They can also
fill you in on D’Entrecasteaux National Park,
where many parts are only accessible by 4WD
or boat. Wander through the Southern Forest
Sculpture Walk in town before you head to the
park to experience the vast Yeagerup Dune and
the wildflowers in the surrounding heathland.
There aren’t any shops in the park, so take a
picnic and plenty of drinking water with you.
If you don’t know the area, consider a
tour and let a local do the driving, or join a
tag-along tour with a guide who can tell you
about the flowers and where to see them.
Some orchids can be as small as a fingernail,
so it helps to know where to look. “September
and October is when we traditionally start
wildflower tours, but lately it’s been October
and November,” explains a local guide, who
says that Pemberton’s everlastings bloom a
month or two later than in other areas.
The next day, check out the wineries,
restaurants or perhaps the famous Manjimup
truffles before you head back to Perth.
Less than 100km from Perth (about an hour
and a half away), historic York makes a great
weekend getaway, with fascinating old
architecture, cafes and hotels. Those in the
know at the Visitor Centre recommend a walk
up to Mount Brown for a spectacular show of
everlastings, while the 4km Golf Link Reserve
Walk usually has a good show of flowers. St
Ronan’s Reserve and Mokine Reserve are
also terrific spots.
At Wallaby Hills Reserve you might see
grass trees, climbing fringed lily, red and blue
calytrix, yellow hibbertia, rosy-cheeked donkey
orchids, pea bush, cowslip orchids, dampiera,
dryandra, mouse ears and pigmy sundew.
Along Wambyn Road, you might see silky
blue orchids, white spider orchids, donkey
orchids, green spider orchids, milkmaids,
fringed lily, blue leschenaultia, blue/purple
dampiera, yellow/orange pea flowers, cowslip
orchids, everlastings, white candle flowers,
kangaroo paws and running postman creepers.
Various plants in the South-West (Photography David Blumer).
Everlastings (Photography Andrea Gray)
Blue china orchid (Photography Andrea Gray)
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