Wildflowers

Stirling Range by Timothy Sargent Photography

Australia's South West makes up part of Australia's only biodiversity hotspot - and one of just 34 biodiversity hotspots around the world. Almost 80 percent of the plant species in the South West Australia bio diverse province are found no where else on earth. The diverse range of wild flowers, forests and native animals found in Australia's South West all contribute to the rare and unique nature of the region.

Great Southern Wildflowers


Wildflowers

Australia’s South West’s wildflowers are ecologically significant, with over 8000 species of wildflowers blooming in the region between August and November, many of which can be found nowhere else in the world. 300 species of delicate orchids also grow in the south west, with many species being endemic to the region. Come and witness the explosion of colour set against the stunning natural scenery of Australia's South West. Spring (August to November in the southern hemisphere) is the time to see the wildflowers at their dazzling best, but different species can be found throughout the year, especially along the southern coastline. Image wildflowers in the Stirling Range, Great Southern.

Stirling Range during wildflower season

What is a Biodiversity Hot Spot?

A biodiversity hotspot acknowledges some of the richest and most threatened reservoirs of plant and animal life on Earth. To qualify as a hotspot, a region must contain at least 1,500 species of endemic vascular plants, and it has to have lost at least 70 percent of its original habitat. The South West of Australia meets these two criteria. Separated from the rest of the continent by desert, the plants and animals in the hotspot have evolved in isolation for millions of years.

Wildflowers surround scenic coastline

Wildflowers surround much of the scenic south west coastline.

Iconic Kangaroo Paw

The iconic Kangaroo Paw is commonly found through the region.

Cycling along Collie River. Wellington National Park.

Cycling along Collie River. Wellington National Park.


Further information

Visit the Wildflowers Western Australia site for comprehensive information about viewing wildflowers in the South West.  The website includes:

Visit Trails WA - for information about walking trails in Western Australia

Visit Bibbulmun Track - has information and advice for walking the best known track in Western Australia.  The Bibbulmun track winds through the forests of the South West, from Perth to Albany.

Help protect our wildflower species for the future

Please do not pick the wildflowers. The potential impact of this can be quite devastating to populations of some species that require the setting of seed for regeneration. Please help conserve our unique and wonderful wildflowers for future generations.

2284 of the 5710 native plant species in the south-west are susceptible to a soil borne plant disease known colloquially as dieback. Visitors are can prevent the spread of dieback by following some simple precautions.

  • Clean your shoes between sites
  • Avoid exploring for wildflowers for up to two days after heavy rain
  • Avoid wet soil and muddy areas by sticking to roads and tracks while on foot and in vehicles
  • Observe signs, do not venture into closed tracks and generally promote good, hygienic practices to reduce the risk of spreading dieback

While dieback affects many wildflowers directly, it also impacts on vegetation that other native flowers and animals were reliant on, so it could devastate entire ecosystems into the future. Please help us prevent the spread of dieback.

Discover the wildflowers of Australia's South West and start planning your Wildflower and Forests Journey

Fringed Mantis Orchid in Ongerup

Fringed Mantis Orchid in Ongerup by Wendy Eiby.

White spider on a white Spider Ordchid in Busselton

Friendly spider on a Spider Orchid by Aly Mollica.

South West Eco Discoveries Wildflower Walk

Wildflower walk with South West Eco Discoveries.


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