Outback Wildflower Trails: Where the Magic Happens

Every ray of sun means a perfect opportunity to explore the wonders of the Land Down Under. Australia’s Outback wildflower trails will lead you to some of the most breathtaking displays of Western Australian flowers, about 12,000 flower species, to be more precise. So, if your inner adventurer has awakened, here is a comprehensive travel guide that should help you get the most out of this travel.

Australia’s Magic Outback Wildflower Trails Guide

Outback Wildflower Trails. Calothamnus Quadrifidus (One Sided Bottlebrush)
Calothamnus Quadrifidus (One Sided Bottlebrush): Photo on Flickr by Mike Russell / CC BY 2.0

First: Be Safe and Prepared

Before you head out to this adventure, you should make sure you have all the essentials that will make your travel pleasant and safe. This includes having emergency contacts written down both in digital and paper form and following local health and safety guidelines. You should also bring enough food and water. The stops for food are usually found at ever 100 – 300 km. Acquire all the necessary permits and passes and obey the laws concerning the transport of plants and foods. Choose one of the two trips according to your needs and make necessary inquiries about its length, difficulty and other things you need to know.

Wildflowers Bindoon Western Australia. Outback Wildflower Trails
Wildflowers at Bindoon: Photo on Flickr by Bev Sykes / CC BY 2.0

Trip 1: Coastal Wildflower Trail

This adventure takes up to five days, so you should follow this trail only if you are certain that you have enough time, food and energy to do so. The blossoming season is between August and November, and besides the flowers, you’ll also get to see spectacular wildlife. The route has five stages.

  1. The first stage is the distance between Perth and Hyden, which requires about 4 hours of drive. The areas of different flower species will surely motivate you to move forward, where you’ll discover kunzeas, dryandras, grevilleas, hibbertias, isopogons and many other wildflower species. The Dryandra Woodlands will take you to the incredible sight of lemon and pink orchids.
  2. Be sure to take a break to see the picturesque Wave Rock, a huge granite cliff shaped into a wave-like structure. The break will do you good, since you’ll have about 7 hours of drive until you get from Hyden to Esperance. Make another break and rest in Norseman, where you can eat and recuperate.
  3. Once you arrive to Esperance, explore the Cape Le Grand National Park, observe the captivating Lucky Bay and visit some of the local festivals. Other than flowers, you’ll be able to see a lot of marsupials.
  4. After the stage three, you should visit Monjingup Lake Reserve, Ravensthorpe’s nickel mine and Stokes Inlet National Park where you can see peas, wattles, royal hakea and mallees.
  5. The last and one of the most impressive parts of the trip is Wheatbelt wildflower area near salt lakes Wagin, Grace, Williams and Dumbleyung.
Dryandra Formosa (Showy Dryandra). Outback Wildflower Trails
Dryandra Formosa (Showy Dryandra): Photo by Forest & Kim Starr / CC BY 2.0

Trip 2: Granite Path

Granite path is a great option for families with kids, businessmen or any tourists that can’t afford to spend more than a weekend on this adventure. The best time to explore this path is between late August and October, since the countryside is packed with lush vegetation. The historic town of York is almost at the beginning of this path and it is well worth the visit. Some other great stops are the shire of Narembeen and Bruce Rock. You’ll find the most amazing colours and perfect landscape in Billyacatting and Talgomine Rock. The one-sided bottlebrush and yellow-spotted donkey orchids are the most beautiful flower species in this region. For the end, visit Koorda and Wongan Hills.

A Touch of Wilderness in Your Home

Once you visit the Outback wildflower trails, your garden will look dull and disappointing. So, give it a wild punch by planting wildflowers. To make it work, you should plant only resistant native plants. Make sure they’re placed in a sunny spot and that the soil is well-prepared. The area where the plants are placed should be moist for 4 to 6 weeks during the establishment period, but when the flowers start to germinate, be careful not to go overboard with watering. As for the organic pesticide treatment, you’d be best advised to use a handy boom sprayer.

Outback Wildflower Trails. Wildflowers between Perth and Geraldton
Wildflowers between Perth and Geraldton: Photo on Flickr by Murray Foubister / CC BY-SA 2.0

Australia’s Outback wildflower trails are perfect for adventurers and admirers who appreciate the beauty of nature. They are also a great opportunity to see some of the country’s most popular cultural and historical landmarks.

About Lillian Connors

Lillian is an avid traveler and a passionate writer within this niche. She enjoys sharing her insights with others sharing a travel bug.

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