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Tourism Western Australia wildflowerswa.com.
Pemberton Discovery Tours (08) 9776 0484,
Geraldton-Greenough Visitor Centre
(08) 9921 3999, geraldtontourist.com.au .
The Goldfields Green Trail goldenquesttrail.
Shire of Gingin (Lancelin tourist information)
Mullewa Community Resource Centre
(08) 9961 1500, mullewatourism.com.au.
Northcliffe Visitor Office (08) 9776 7203,
Western Wildflower Farm (08) 9651 8010,
Western Australia Department of Environment
and Conservation, Information dec.wa.gov.au .
Wildflowers Society of WA members.ozemail.
Western Flora Caravan and Tourist Park
Wildflower Events in WA wildflowerswa.com/en/
Wildflower Country Western Australia
Coral Coast and Avon
Three days | Two nights
This loop takes you through some of WA’s
best wildflower country. You mightn’t be able
to do it all in a weekend as there’s so much to
see, so pick the spots that take your fancy.
Get an early start and head north on
the Great Northern Highway through the
lovely Chittering Valley to New Norcia for
morning tea. Situated 132km ouside Perth,
it’s Australia’s only monastic town. Continue
north for about 32km before turning left onto
the Midlands Road. Another 25km takes you to
Moora and the Western Wildflower Farm and
Wil d flower Interpretative Education Centre. The
passionate staff will happily share knowledge
about the wildflowers they grow and export
around Australia and the world, and you can
buy wildflowers, and have lunch in the cafe.
Next, it’s on to Three Springs, 140km north
on the Midlands Road where the volunteers
at the Wildflower Country Visitor Centre will
tell you where the flowers are blooming. Just
half an hour’s drive further on takes you to
Mingenew, where the Visitor Centre carries
information about the flowers in the Coalseam
Conservation Park. Just a few kilometres away,
campers might like to spend the night there.
But if you’re longing for a comfortable bed
and a good restaurant meal, head west to the
coast and Dongara, or a little further north to
Geraldton, which has plenty of options.
After a good night’s rest, pick up supplies for
a picnic lunch and head for Mullewa, 99km east
of Geraldton. Call into the Mullewa Community
Resource Centre where manager Elsie Park
makes it her business to know where the
wreath flowers and everlastings are blooming.
“Come in the first or second week of August,
a failsafe month for seeing everlastings,” she
suggests. “You won’t be disappointed.”
From Mullewa, head south to the Coalseam
Conservation Park – if you didn’t camp there
overnight. Named for the coal seams seen in the
riverbed, the park’s acacia shrubland comes
alive with everlastings after good winter rains.
Enjoy your lunch in the park at the Miners or
River Bend picnic sites, which have toilets and
barbecues. Then take the Coalseam Road to
Mingenew before heading east to Dongara then
62km south along the Brand Highway.
About 22km north of Eneabba is the 65ha
Western Flora Caravan and Tourist Park. It
offers a range of overnight accommodation
from camp sites to chalets, but you need to
book. Aim to get there before 4.30pm when
the owner, renowned amateur botanist Allan
Tinker, takes guided wildflower walks that
finish with a slide show and the opportunity to
see wildflowers under the microscope.
In the morning, head south on the Brand
Highway to Lesueur National Park where recent
big bushfires mean that, after winter rain, it
should be a fabulous wildflower season. Turn
right at Coorow Green Head Road and travel
about 20km to turn left into Cockleshell Gully
Road. This takes you to a one-way 18km loop
road through the park’s picnic areas, Mount
Lesueur and the lookout with views to the
ocean. Lesueur is one of the most significant
reserves for flora conservation in the State,
with more than 900 species of flora identified,
including unique and endangered plants. The
park erupts into colour from late winter to early
spring as acacias, hibbertias, leschenaultias,
melaleucas, gastrolobiums and orchids flower.
As you leave the loop, turn left and head
south again on Cockleshell Gully Road to Jurien
Road, then west to the coast and south onto the
Indian Ocean Drive. It’s not far to Jurien Bay
for lunch or travel another 25km south to
Cervantes, which has several eating options.
Then it’s just a couple of hours’ drive south
back to Perth on the Indian Ocean Drive...
unless you linger and watch the sun go down
over the Pinnacles. There’s just so much to see,
if you’ve only got the time... ST
Sundew (Photography Andrea Gray)
Boronia (Photography Andrea Gray)
Honey myrtle (Photography Andrea Gray)
Pom pom head (Photography Andrea Gray)
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