September to November is the time to be out and about exploring the Great Southern’s wildflowers and be bedazzled by the kaleidoscope of colour.
In Kojonup the Donkey, White Spider and Club Orchids are magnificent and feature early on in the season. The White Candle flowers, big patches of blue quill, blue leschenaultia and red leschenaultia (Kojonup’s floral emblem) are the first to flower and the pea family varieties are abundant with a range of colours, purple to white and also a few pink.
Myrtle Benn Sanctuary
Located north of Kojonup this Sanctuary which offers nine wonderful walking trails, where you can catch a glimpse of the various birds and small animals to be seen.
Flora: A rich diversity of orchid species, including the red-tongued spider, mantis, clubbed spider, white spider and pink enamel. Other floral species that abound here are myrtle, cat’s paws, Dampiera, Lechenaultia, everlastings and parrot bush.
Features The Old Railway Dam which is home to numerous water birds, frogs and the long necked tortoise. Outcrops of granite offer interesting collections of mosses, lichens, flowers and many orchids.
Flora: Look out for Kojonup’s floral emblem - the red Lechenaultia.
Gravel areas of the Reserve are home to displays of the bright blue Lechenaultia, the white candle flowers of the Stackhousia, numerous orchids as well as four species of the brilliant orange Gastrolobium peas.
The area around Woodanilling/Katanning Road is abound in rich vegetation including heath, sheoak thickets and York gum woodland.
Flora: Yellow wattles, pink and yellow Verticordia, parrot bush, ground level honeypot Dryandra.
Martup Pool and Boscabel
Featuring shady picnic areas, Martup Pool offers a short walk where you can discover several varieties of ducks and water birds sheltering in the reeds. Lookout for several species of honeyeaters that can be seen gathering nectar from Dryandra flowers at the Boscabel turn-off area.
Flora: The Boscabel turn-off picnic spot boasts jarrah trees, gravel-loving plants such as yellow Hibbertias, kangaroo paws, Verticordias, white starbush and pea plants.
Australian Bush Heritage Reserve
Bird lovers who visit this Reserve should keep their eyes peeled for some 80 species of native birds, including the rare crested shrike-tit, the peregrine falcon and Carnaby’s black cockatoo.
Flora: Mostly wandoo woodland with open scrubland, Melaleuca thickets, herbs, heaths, sedges and orchids.
Stirling Range National Park
South of Cranbrook along Stirling Range Drive, Stirling Range National Park is an ideal spot to discover wildflowers of the Great Southern.
Formby South Road towards Mount Trio is a favourite spot for wildflowers, as is the trail around Bluff Knoll. The Park is home to more than 1,500 species of native plants, 87 of which aren’t found anywhere else in the world.
Flora: Magnificent wildflower displays proliferate through the Park and include the Queen of Sheba orchid, mountain bells, Banksias and Dryandras.
Porongurup National Park
View the majestic granite domes and sweeping views of the Porongurup Range, which is covered in giant karri trees. Numerous signed walk trails lead to spectacular lookouts. Animals found here include wallabies, the yellow-footed antechinus, the southern brown bandicoot (quenda) and grey kangaroos, while more than 70 species of birds can be seen including the rare red-eared firetail finch.
Flora: Look out for the vibrant colours of the yellow Acacias and purple Hoveas that are visible under the tall karri trees in the National Park.
Twin Creeks Conservation Reserve
This new 511ha reserve offers visitors magnificent views of the Porongurup and Stirling Ranges, hundreds of wildflowers - some flowering all year round, eighty bird species and a diverse range of other fauna. Look out for the many orchid species proliferating in the spring, and the resident wedge-tailed eagle family. Visit the wetlands in winter for another unforgettable surprise.
Albany and the Torndirrup National Park
Offers a well signposted circular walk at Stony Hill meanders past granite outcrops. For great photo opportunities, stroll through wildflowers on the well-established paths and boardwalks at the Wind Farm Lookout at Sandpatch.
Flora: Wildflowers are abundant on the heathlands in spring, and you can find pink Pimelea ferruginea and Pimilea rosea, blue Scaevola nitida, as well as the striking white, five-petalled flower of the sticky tailflower with its distinctive perfume.
West Cape Howe National Park
Shelley Beach is a popular spot and can be reached by a scenic gravel road. North of Denmark along the Scotsdale Road is Mount Lindsay. A spectacular 4km walking track climbs through profuse wildflowers into granite domes to give you sweeping views across to the Stirling Ranges.
Flora: The rich and abundant coastal heath of this area is home to Banksia, Dryandra, Hakea and plants from the Myrtaceae family. The area is also a habitat for the insect- trapping Albany pitcher plant. You’ll also find many varieties of orchids at Ocean Beach, south of Denmark.
William Bay National Park
The white blossoms of the sticky tailflower can be found on the rugged and rocky coastline of this scenic southern area.
Flora: Dense scrub dominates the vegetation here, with a thick covering of Dryandra and peppermints.
Valley of the Giants
The breath-taking Tree Top Walk, a man-made 420m long, 40m high walkway that provides an unforgettable experience as it winds its way through giant tingle trees, way above the forest floor. Take other drives through the Walpole-Nornalup National Park.
Flora: In season, the forest is ablaze with Crowea, orchids, purple native wisteria and green kangaroo paw.
Fitzgerald River National Park
Fitzgerald River National Park, set on the southern coast near Bremer Bay is one the largest and most botanically significant national parks in Australia. Within the park are found nearly 20 per cent of Western Australia’s flora species, featuring more than 1800 species of plants, 75 of these found nowhere else in the world.
Wildflowers you will discover:
• Yellow Wattles
• Parrot Bush
• Honeypot Dryandra
• Yellow Hibbertias
• Kangaroo Paws
• White Starbush
• Pea Plants
• Red-tongued Spider
• Clubbed Spider Orchid
• White Spider Orchid
• Pink Enamel
• Cats Paws
• Red Lechenaultia
• Blue Lechenaultia
• White Candle flowers
• Queen of Sheba Orchid
• Mountain Bells
• Yellow Acacias
• Purple Hoveas
• Pimelea Ferruginea
• Pimilea Rosea
• Blue Scaevola Nitida
• Sticky Tailflower
• Banksia, Dryandra
• Purple Native Wisteria