Midwest Wildflower Report

Published on Tuesday, 29 September 2020 at 11:53:00 AM

BRAND HIGHWAY – ENEABBA TO BADGINARRA: The highway is lined with golden wattles and colourful bush flowers.  Where safe, pull over and walk in.  Along this stretch of highway is Western Flora caravan park, a wildflower hotspot (9955 2030).  For excellent tours, contact Hi Vallee farm (9652 3035).  Don and Joy have a remnant bush area on their farm that contains many unique plant species.  Don and Joy advise the Haemodorum spicatum (Mardja or Bloodwood) with unusual black flowers are now blooming.  Another specialist species currently flowering is Darwinia speciosa in the white sand.

CANNA: Paul from the old Store advises that just the donkey orchids remain at Canna. There is still colour with late-flowering everlastings.  A camp area is situated behind the fire brigade shed.  A donation is appreciated to maintain upkeep.  

CHAPMAN RIVER WALK: Chapman River Friends have just ceased their guided walks. Situated on the northern edge of Geraldton, the park offers a range of wildflowers. They also have a great app for flower identification.

CHAPMAN VALLEY: The first half of the drive is heavily agricultural with patches of everlasting flowers from Yuna through to Tenindewa. Early everlastings starting to seed and lose their vibrant colour. A range of bush flowers roadside. A basic camp area beside the Yuna Hall.

COALSEAM CONSERVATION PARK: The yellow everlastings remain. A range of walks and stunning geographic features. Camping available.. 

DEPOT HILL: A great spot for a range of flora. Park and take the track up the hill. A range of bush flowers and the last of the cowslip orchids. The white milk maids are blooming.  15kms northwest of Mingenew on the road to Geraldton.

KALBARRI: The National Park contains a wide range of bush flowers – both the inland gorges and the coastal strip. Take one of the several walks offered in the park for spectacular views and flowers. Check in with the visitor centre for current info. The Skywalk is receiving rave reviews, so don’t forget to add to bucket list.

MORAWA: Everlastings along the Morawa Widimia walk trail, north of townsite. Check out Gutha Bilya rock, Koolanooka Springs and Pintharuka War Rock/Dam for everlastings and pom poms. Morawa info centre is now open. Several wreath flowers on the Morawa-Yalgoo Road, at Mellenbye. 

MINGENEW AREA: A great area for flowers.  Visit the Mingenew Hill for great views and yellow pom poms. Call at the Visitor Centre for a map of the best locations to see their wildflowers. Recommended is Wilson Nature reserve and Nanekine Road.

MULLEWA:  A great town to base yourself while chasing the wildflowers. The town walk departs opposite the Caravan Park. Head up to the Scenic lookout for magic views and the bush walk.  Visit the Mullewa Information Centre for updates and your map for the Pindar Wreath flowers.  Helen Ansell pop up art shop available until Wednesday, 30th September.

LESUEUR NATIONAL PARK: Inland from Jurien Bay, this park is a treasure for a variety of bush flowers. This park never disappoints. A great walk is offered up the hill. Amongst those flowering is Hibbertia, hakeas, Dryandra, blue Lechenaultia, Calyrix, Conostylis, as well as smokebush and catspaw. An excellent diverse display.

PINDAR: Lots of wreath flower plants in full flower. 30km east of Mullewa on highway and turn into Pindar. Drive past the old Pindar Pub (now closed) and turn left onto the Pindar-Berringarra Road. Proceed 10kms. At the sign, bear left to park.  Drive approx 100-200m and then walk short distance through the bush to the flowers. Please collect map at Mullewa info centre for directions.

PERENJORI: Paddy advises that the orchids have now finished but they still have pink everlastings in the area.  They also have 3 great areas for wreath flowers and suggest you call into the info centre for the current best locations and a map.

TENINDEWA: This area is 20 km west of Mullewa and known for everlastings. Head north on the Tenindewa – Yuna Road for 500 m and look for the Pioneer Well sign. Turn in and drive the short wildflower loop. Some everlastings still remaining.

To have your wildflower information included please contact Glenda at glenda53@westnet.com.au 

Information is updated each Sunday.

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