Experience wildflowers on the South Coast

An astounding 60 per cent of WA's wildflowers are found nowhere else on earth. The South Coast displays a rich diversity of many of those species, making it something of a nature gallery for rare and unusual floral species.

Each year, the region blooms with spectacular wildflower displays between late August and December, ranging from rare orchids and carnivorous plants to vivid ground covers and delicate mountain bells.

The South Coast region boasts over half of Western Australia's 13,000 plant species, with some so rare that they are only found in a few places in the world. This includes the endangered Granite Spider Orchid and the Queen of Sheba.

Finding Wildflowers on the South Coast

Finding wildflowers on the South Coast is accessible to everyone, whether you are searching for the rare and exotic or just looking to enjoy being outdoors while looking for these seasonal blooms.

Remember to follow these simple rules, and you are sure to enjoy your time spotting wildflowers in Albany, Denmark and Mount Barker:

  1. Contact the Albany Visitor Centre on 6820 3700 for the latest information on Wildflower blooms and pick up a copy of the wildflower guide. 
  2. The guide can also be downloaded here, or visit The WA Wildflower Guide for information on a local self-drive trail to help you plan your trip.
  3. Once you're onsite and ready to start searching, begin by walking slowly and keeping your eyes peeled.
  4. Make sure you take your camera! We love to see what's blooming across the Amazing South Coast, so don't forget to share your best images with us using the hashtag #theamazingsouthcoast  
  5. Stick to paths to avoid damaging basal leaves that have not yet developed into an orchid.
  6. Remember that you must not pick wildflowers or remove seeds or pods.  There are penalties for people caught picking wildflowers.
  7. Please observe signs in Dieback-prone areas. For more information on Dieback, visit the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Site.

To help you enjoy Spring on the South Coast, we have compiled some of our favourite places around the region to spot wildflowers.

Finding Wildflowers in Albany 

Visit the Albany Heritage Park and hunt for flowering trees and shrubs along with the trails of  Mt. Adelaide and Mt. Clarence. Maps of the trails can be found here.

The Regional Wildflower Garden at Discovery Bay has species from across the region in its purpose-built wildflower garden.  Entry to the garden is included in the cost of entry to Albany's Historic Whaling  Station and as part of the Amazing South Coast Pass.

To the West of Albany, take a stroll along the Bibulmun Track from Cosy Corner and see what you can spot or head to West Cape Howe National Park, Western  Australia's most southerly point.

To the East of Albany, a visit to Gull Rock National Park and Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve may reward you with some of our rarer wildflowers.

Finding Wildflowers in Bremer Bay

The Fitzgerald River National Park is one of the regions most significant biodiversity hotspots, with nearly 20% of Western Australia's floral species found inside the park's boundaries. 

Finding Wildflowers In Denmark

To the West of Denmark is William Bay National Park, home of greens pool, Elephant rocks and wildflowers; take one of the bush trails and see what is blooming. 

Starting at the Denmark River mouth, the Wilson Inlet Heritage Trail is a 12km walk easy walk along the Denmark River and Wilson Inlet, with stunning views; this is a beautiful way to spend half a day.  After working up an appetite, why not stop in Denmark for lunch at one of the many Cafes or Wineries

To the North of Denmark sits Mount Lindsay National Park, dominated by a granite outcrop; some of the plant species found here are found nowhere else in the world.

Finding Wildflowers in the Porongurups & Stirling Ranges

Some of the best shows of flowers in the region can be found in the Porongurups & Stirling Ranges.  The Porongurups are home to some spectacular wildflower walks to the north of Albany.

Castle Rock & the Granite Skywalk is a challenging 4.4km walk with spectacular views.  The 1km  Walitj Meil Walk Trail is for those feeling less energetic.

With over 1500 species of plants with over 100 that are unique to the area, the Stirling Range National Park is a must-do for wildflower lovers.  You don't have to venture too far off the track to find orchids and wildflowers, and orchids grow along the side of the road and along with fire breaks.   

One of the best ways to see Orchids and Wildflowers is to join a tour.   To join a wildflower tour in the Stirling Range, search availability here