The wildflowers of the South West are one of the best kept secrets of the region.
The South West is an area with an incredibly rich flora. It is home to some of the rarest orchids & carnivorous plants, tress & mountain bells.
Over half of Western Australia’s 13 000 plant species grow in the South West region, & some cannot be found anywhere else in the world!
Spring is the main flowering period for our wildflowers, between late August & December. However, there is something in flower every month in the South West.
Wildflowers are easy to discover on your tour in the South West. You will find them when you take the time to walk about in our beautiful region!
Wildflower Hot Spots
Ellen Cove Boardwalk
3km one way. Coastal heath & open scrub dominated by peppermint woodland interspersed with jarrah forest and coastal banksia species. Spectacular views of Middleton Bay, King George Sound and the Ataturk Entrance.
A moderately strenuous walk & cycle path from Middleton Beach to east Princess Royal Drive. Wheelchair accessible.
Middleton Beach to Emu Point
3km one way. Predominantly peppermint and sheoak low woodland graduating to open coastal scrub and dune vegetation.
An easy walk & cycle path amongst the coastal dunes. Wheelchair accessible.
Mount Adelaide, Mount Clarence & Mount Melville Nature Trails
Each mount has a 3km circuit. Jarrah and Banksia woodland interspersed by granite outcrops harbouring a range of herbaceous species.
Coastal Heath – predominantly peppermint forest and Albany Woollybush (Adenanthos sericeus) with colourful sprays of hibbertia, pimelia and hakea. This walk is a part of the Bibbulmun track or there are short walking tracks amongst the turbines.
Torndirrup National Park
A twenty minute drive along Frenchman Bay Road will take you to this diverse floral habitat. The heath lands put on a colourful display of wildflowers in spring, including Albany Woollybush, the carnivorous Albany Pitcher Plant (Cephalotus follicularis) & the pungent Sticky Tailflower (Anthocercis viscosa). Peppermint woodlands (Agonis flexuosa) grow throughout the park & the south of Vancouver Peninsula is home to a Karri forest (Eucalyptus diversicolor) of medium height. Wildflower walks include:
Stony Hill Heritage Trail (Within Torndirrup National Park)
400m circuit. An easy loop around the highest point in the park, beginning at the car park. Spectacular views.
Point Possession Heritage Trail – Vancouver Peninsula
4km return. A moderate walk with uneven & slippery stretches that commemorates the historic landing of Captain Vancouver in Albany in 1791. Walk along Quarantine Hill, Bramble Beach, Point Possession & Barker Bay. Walk begins at the Whaling Cove car park on Quaranup Road.
WEST OF ALBANY
Walk one of Australia’s longest bushwalks! Stretching 1,003km from Perth to Albany, the southern section is a must for wildflowers. Walk any distance you like, following the Waugul (Rainbow serpent) track markers.
Car access points for walks are:
Albany Wind Farm – Sand Patch Rd, Torndirrup
Mutton Bird Island – Mutton Bird Road, Elleker
Cosy Corner – Cosy Corner Road, Torbay
Shelley Beach Lookout – Shelley Beach Road, West Cape Howe National Park
EAST OF ALBANY
Kalgan River – Luke Pen River Walk
A long walk following the east bank of Kalgan River, commemorating the conservation work of Dr Luke Pen. Walking the southern section, you can see Basket Flower (Adenanthos obovata), Purple Flag (Patersonia occidentalis), Curry Flower (Lysinema ciliatum), Devil’s Pins (Hovea pungens), Parrot Bush or Pudjak in Nyoongar (Dryandra sessilis) & numerous other species.
Walk begins from the car park at the end of East Bank Road, left off Nanarup Road after Kalgan River Bridge, 16km from Albany.
Mount Martin Regional Botanic Park- Mount Martin Walk Trail
11km return. There are various walks around the park where many unique species of wildflowers can be found. You can watch for whales across King George Sound in winter, look for White Spider Orchids (Caladenia longicauda) and be dwarfed by huge stands of Grasstrees (Kingia australis).
Walk begins at the car park at the end of Ledge Beach Road, right off Gull Rock Road from Nanarup Road. 25km from Albany.
Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve – Baie des Deux Peuples Heritage Trail
Positioned between the granite massifs of Mt Gardener & Mt Manypeaks, Two Peoples Bay Nature Reserve offers a diversity of flora & is home to WA‘s most endangered marsupial the Gilbert’s Potoroo (Potorous gilbertii).
NORTH OF ALBANY
Porongurup National Park
The Porongurup National Park has over 750 plant species including 55 different species of orchid, together with an abundance of different birds & wildlife. A unique stand of Karri Forest (Eucalyptus diversicolour) Located 42km from Albany, via Chester Pass Road. Wildflower walks include:
Castle Rock Walk
A steep walk past the Balancing Rock, with superb views from the glass sky walkway at the summit. Walk begins at car park at end of Castle Rock Road, off Porongurup Road.
Stirling Range National Park
Stirling Range National Park is one of the world’s most important flora areas. It has 1500 species, 82 of which are found nowhere else on earth. The craggy peaks stretch for 65km, rising abruptly from surrounding farmland & creating a climate that supports a great many wildflowers. There are 123 orchid species alone in the park – over a third of all of Western Australia’s orchids.
Chester Pass Road takes you to the highest mountain in the Great Southern, Bluff Knoll (1095m above sea level). Stirling Range Drive traverses the ranges & is a scenic unsealed road that will provide you with many opportunities for unparalleled wildflower viewing & bushwalking. Located 82km from Albany, via Chester Pass Road.