Flurries of orchids, kangaroo paw and coral vines often blossom across the South West region during wildflower season, which usually starts towards the end of September.
The diverse range of wildflowers , forests and native animals found in the Australia's South West all contribute to the rare and unique nature of this beautiful region.
Here are some of the locations to visit and flowers to keep an eye out for on your South West travels - all of these were spotted during last year's season:
Ludlow Tuart Forest, Busselton
The 2000 hectare Ludlow tuart forest national park is the largest remaining area of pure tuart forest in the world.
- Tuart Trees
- Yellow flowering hibbertia
- Cape Spider orchid
This stunning reserve contains at least 326 species of native flowering plants.
- Spider, Donkey, Enamel, Jug, Rattle Beak, Pink Fairy, White Bunny, Hare, Flying Duck and Blue Lady orchids
- Swan River Myrtle
- Trigger Plants
- Coral Vine
- Grass Trees
Captain Baudin Reserve, Busselton
Squeezed between the ocean and the Vasse Estuary, this is a good spot for coastal wildflowers.
- Carbunup King Spider Orchid (Caladenia procera)
- Rattle Beak
- Enamel, Flying Duck, King-in-carriage, Donkey and Jug orchids
- Kangaroo Paws
- Buttercups (Hibbertia)
- Blue Grass Lily
Big Rock Reserve, Dunsborough
Located on the Leeuwin Naturaliste Ridge, the Reserve represents a rich diversity of vegetation, with rocky valleys and sandy rises.
- Chapman's Spider, Cowslip, Common Donkey and Purple Enamel Orchid
- Forest Mantis
Meelup Regional Park covers an impressive 11.5 kilometres of coastline from Dunsborough to Bunker Bay.
- Spider, Mustard, Jug and Donkey Orchid
- Pea Bushes
- Buttercup (Hibbertia)
The Cape Naturalise area comes alive with carpets of coastal wildflowers.
- Dunsborough and Spider orchid
- Naturaliste Nancy
- One-sided Bottlebrush
Margaret River Walk Trails
A visit to Margaret River wouldn’t be complete without exploring the township’s easily accessible, pleasant walk trails.
- Yellow Peas
- Flying Duck orchid
- Rattle Beaks
Boranup Forest, Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park
Journey through the majestic Boranup Karri Forest to see the slender, pale-barked beauties towering above your head, and wildflowers around your feet.
- Deep Blue Karri Hovea
- Trailing Clematis
- Yellow Cone Bush
- Forest Mantis
- Cowslip, Common Donkey and Pink Fairy orchid
Take in the spectacular coastal scenery at Cape Leeuwin, where the Southern and Indian Oceans meet to crash fiercely against the cape.
- Augusta Bee
- Funnel Web Spider and Vanilla orchids
- Coastal Pimelea
- Fan Flowers