The state is adorned with sporadic colour 6 months of the year with the wildflower season starting north in June in then painting its way down to the South around September. To help see WA’s amazing wildflowers, check out our wildflower hub with trails, maps and tours.
To better help you find these beautiful displays see RAC’s top 10 tips below.
- The internet is your friend. Websites such as Tourism WA, Department of Parks and Wildlife and local shire sites offer a wealth of information, especially when you are looking for local advice and up to date sightings.
- Explore wild places near you. Some of the most impressive wildflower spots are barely 45min away from your local area. Perth boasts great wildflower spots within the Perth Hills to the east, Chittering Valley to the north and Roleystone in the south. Plus you can’t miss Kings Park; centrally located and the best way to see the state's most beautiful flora flowering all at once in spring.
- Find someone with local knowledge of wildflowers. Nothing can beat local knowledge; many locals have a unique passion about the wildflowers in their area and are happy to reveal their hidden wildflower spots. Plus many work for their local visitor centre which is a bonus.
- Join an expert-led wildflower tour. There are many tours around that will take you to some of the state’s best wildflower hotspots. Either join a day tour or take a 4-5 day wildflower extended tour.
- Confirm the best times of year to visit with local visitor centres. Wildflowers generally begin to bloom as early as June or July north of WA, while those in the south may not bud until September or October. WA has numerous wildflower trails so it is best to research and confirm with local visitor centres what has currently been sighted. It is important to stay on the trail too, so flowers can continue to flourish off-trail.
- Wildflower blooms are more plentiful after good rains in the area. This is especially important if you are in a usually-dry area. Drought can decrease the number and diversity of wildflowers, so you may need to scour if that is the case. So once you hear of some good downpours, wait a week or two and head to that region!
- Be sun smart and protective. When finding wildflowers, it may be a good idea to wear insect repellent as where there is a large array of flowers, there is sure to be insects nestled between them. Also, we recommend you wear sunscreen, a hat and long-sleeve, loose fitted clothing.
- Become familiar with the common blooms of the area you are travelling. The northern trails often showcase blankets of soft pink & white Everlastings. In the south, Orchids and Red Kangaroo paw are often-sighted.
- Bring a wildflower guide and other relevant gear. In addition to your camera, you may want to pick up a copy of an Experience Extraordinary Wildflower guide at one of our RAC Travel branches. Enthusiastic wildflower seekers should also pack a magnifying glass for closer inspection of petals, leaves and other tiny flowers.
- Wildflowers are unique and protected. Always observe, leave nothing but footprints and take nothing but photos. Please resist the urge to pick wildflowers – you actually need a permit to do so. Any unlawful taking of wildflowers from a national park or reserve will result in heavy fines by local rangers.
We can help
If you are planning on visiting some of WA’s best wildflower spots, pop into, or ring (9436 4840) our West Perth branch to speak to our tourism experts. We are located at 832 Wellington St West Perth (8:30am- 5pm). Alternatively visit our wildflower hub for a great planning tool and information that will ensure you see the most spectacular of what WA can offer in spring.