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 endemic to the region.
Come and witness the explosion of colour set against the stunning natural scenery of the South West in Spring (August to November in the southern hemisphere), when the dazzling displays are at their best.
The South West Biodiversity Hotspot
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 nowhere else on earth. The diverse range of wildflowers, forests and native animals found in Australia's South West all contribute to the rare and unique nature of the region.
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 must 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.
Top spots for viewing wildflowers
While exact locations of species change every year, there’s some spots that are usually guaranteed for dazzling displays during wildflower season. Check with local visitor centres or touring companies for up-to-date wildflower information.
The Bibbulmun Track winds through the forests of the South West, from Perth to Albany and is particularly beautiful in Spring. Visit their website for information and advice for walking
Cape to Cape Track
135 kilometres from Cape Naturaliste to Cape Leeuwin in the Margaret River region, offers stunning coastal views and many coastal wildflower species.
Kondil Recreation Park, Nannup - offers an easy walking trail through wildflowers, located in town
Mount Chudalup, near Northcliffe
A pretty walk trail through wildflowers will lead you to the granite outcrop of Mount Chudalup, with expansive views
Stirling Range National Park
Mount Trio is a favourite spot for wildflower viewing, as is the trail to 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
Porongurup National Park
On the walk up to the Castle Rock viewing platform, 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.
Fitzgerald River National Park
A biosphere reserve, set on the southern coast near Bremer Bay, this park 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.
Plan your trip to spot wildflowers
Discover the wildflowers of Australia's South West and start planning your Wildflower and Forests Journey. Visit the Wildflowers Western Australia site for comprehensive information about viewing wildflowers in the South West. The website includes prominent species and trails to help you plan your trip. Visit Trails WA - for information about walking trails in Western Australia
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.