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Two to three days
A trip to see the Goldfields wildflowers is
do-able in a weekend – just pick and choose
where you’d like to stop from these options.
From Perth, head towards the Goldfields
on Great Eastern Highway through Merredin,
where you can stop for lunch and call in to the
Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre for the latest
wildflower information before driving on to
Kalgoorlie. Book into one of the old gold town’s
historic hotels for the weekend and explore.
Call into the Kalgoorlie Visitor Centre and
pick up the Green Trail brochure, the map to a
fascinating circle through wildflower country.
Pack a picnic lunch and do the circuit in a day,
or choose to camp at one of the designated
camping grounds and take your time.
Your first stop is just 4km north-west of
Hannan Street, at Karlkurla Bushland Park.
There, you can discover a variety of plants and
animals before heading south to Kambalda. At
the Red Hill Lookout you’ll get a spectacular
view of Lake Lefroy, which forms part of
an ancient river system. At Cave Hill Nature
Reserve pitch your swag in the camp grounds
before discovering one of the largest and
highest granite outcrops in the region and
gaining fascinating insights into bush tucker.
You’re also welcome to camp at Burra Rock
Conservation Park where the Indigenous
traditional owners of this area welcome
you to their country, and where the rock
has important cultural significance. From
the summit, there’s a great view over
regenerated woodlands of salmon gum,
gimlet and redwood, which were once cut
to construct the bush railways.
At Victoria Rock Nature Reserve, learn about
Aboriginal rock holes or gnammas and their
cultural significance in the region. Rowles
Lagoon Conservation Park is a popular camping
area, where the semi-permanent freshwater
wetland provides a wonderful environment
for birdwatching and wildflower spotting.
Look out for cotton bush, purple mulla mulla,
limestone bindii, everlastings, ruby saltbush,
fuchsia, emu bush, water bush, salmon gum,
Goldfield’s blackbutt and yorrell.
On the drive back to Kalgoorlie you can
quench your thirst at the historic hotel at Ora
Banda, or at the iconic corrugated iron Broad
Arrow pub just a little further on.
After resting up for the night in Kalgoorlie,
head back to Perth. Stop for lunch at Southern
Cross and pick up a leaflet showing the walking
trails and wildflowers of Yilgarn Shire.
Then a bit further along the road, you can
take a detour at Carrabin to Sandford Rocks
Nature Reserve. Situated 10km north-east of
Westonia town, it has a spectacular show of
wildflowers, granite outcrops and pools set in
scrub and bushland, which you can take in
before winding your way back to Perth.
Mulla mulla (Photography Tourism WA)
Pink and white roadside everlastings (Photography Tourism WA)
Wandoo (Photography Andrea Gray)
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