Our beautiful desert oasis will be rich with life and colour this month from late August to October, as it is almost time for the local wildflowers to bloom!
The collection of wildflowers here in WA is one of the biggest on Earth, with over 12,000 species inhabiting, found nowhere else on the planet! The variety of Western Australian wildflowers carpeting the Goldfields this spring includes everlastings, deep purple mulla mulla, eucalyptus trees and more.
Credit: Janette Kavanagh – near Comet Vale, approx 100km north of Kalgoorlie-Boulder
Flowers colour the landscape from the outback to the coastline, and we are blessed with the opportunity to take the Goldfields Wildflower Drive this springtime, to relax and enjoy the beauty of our native flora!
Merredin to Kalgoorlie (3 hour drive, 334km)
Head to Sandford Rock Nature Reserve, 10kms from Westonia, where you will find gorgeous silver mallee. On your way to Kal, stop by Boorabbin Rock, home to the rare granite rock poison plant. Also on your journey, pull in at Caenyia Rock to discover the swordfish banksia.
Kalgoorlie to Leonora (2.5 hour drive, 235km)
Journey over to Comet Vale where you’ll see the beautiful mulga woodlands, unique granite rock vegetation and prolific spring wildflower displays. Head further north towards Menzies via the Gormley sculptures along the salt lake. Kookynie, Leonora, Gwalia and the Malcolm Dam will be abundant with its variety of wildflowers.
Credit: Dr Karl Brennan – Samphire plant local to Lake Ballard
There are a range of accommodation options available such as motels, hotels, outback pubs, backpackers, caravan parks and more!
- DON’T pick wildflowers – take only photographs and leave only footprints! (Unless you want to pay a $2000 fine!)
- Contact the local visitors centre for updated info on seasonal variations and weather conditions before heading out.
- Respect private property and avoid trespassing!
- Prevent the spread of disease to crops by staying out of the canola fields.
- Enjoy being submersed in the beauty of the outback!
Credit: Annette Fagan
We hope to see our local community take advantage of this wildflower season, get out and enjoy the beauty of Western Australia, especially at a time where appreciating the natural beauty of our world is crucial. So…what are you waiting for?!
Credit: Andries Venter
If you get the chance for your own floral adventure, tag us in your pictures at @welovekb on Instagram or Facebook! For more information on wildflower variations, visit the Goldfields Wildflower Trail page at Australia’s Golden Outback.
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