Midwest Wildflower Report

Published: Friday, 13 September 2019 at 4:12:00 PM

Welcome to the 2019 Wildflower Report.

The warm weather with little or no rain is pushing the season forward rapidly with everlastings and orchids heading to the end of their flowering. Information centres in our regional towns are now open and the best place to get local information on flowers. A lot of our flowers are quite delicate, so we suggest (where safe) pull over and have a walk through the area. The wildflower display upstairs at the Geraldton Visitor Centre is in place and there is wildflower discussions Monday to Friday 10am and 10.30am

Chapman River Walk: Guided walks along the river on the northern edge of Geraldton either Saturday or Sunday.  Ask the Visitor Centre Staff for details or go onto the facebook page of the Chapman River Friends.   They have a great app for flower identification.

Chapman Valley: The first half of the drive is heavily agricultural with patches of everlasting flowers starting from Naraling hall, onto Yuna townsite and through to Tendindewa.  They are now fading as their season comes to an end.  There are bush flowers along the way and they looking colourful.  There is a free camp beside the Yuna Hall.

Kalbarri: A large variety of bush flowers can be found in the Kalbarri National Park – inland gorges as well as the coastal strip. The Kalbarri Visitor Centre publish a wildflower report on the local wildflowers, so pop in and see the team there.

Tenindewa: This area is known for flowers and history. Head north on the Tenindewa – Yuna Road for 400m and look for the Pioneer Well sign. The flowers have started to fade with a dry end to the season.

Mullewa: Usually everlasting central but the dry season has faded them off and they are starting to seed. Head up to the Scenic lookout for magic views and the bush walk. Visit the Mullewa Information Centre for updates. The Mullewa Caravan Park is a great place to base yourself. For bookings ring caretakers direct on 0439 898 762. 

Pindar: Lots of wreath flower plants and they are flowering.  More rain is badly needed to maintain flowering.  Head 30kms of east of Mullewa on highway and turn into Pindar. Drive past the old Pindar pub (now a café and art centre) and turn left onto the Pindar-Berringarra Road.  Proceed 10kms north on dirt road with flowers on the shoulders of the road. Signs along the way. Please park thoughtfully and exercise caution as trucks use the road.

Geraldton-Mt Magnet Road: Travellers are telling us of big areas of everlastings roadside from Mullewa to Mt Magnet. 

Canna: Has been great for orchids this season but now coming back to just donkey orchids as the hot weather impacts them. Mud maps available at old Canna store for flower locations. A great overnight area to camp behind the fire brigade shed. Please show your respect when camping here and appreciation with a donation.

Perenjori: Wreath flowers in full flower. Everlastings and orchids starting to fade as their season ends. Bush flowers pretty. Call at info centre for best locations.

Coalseam Conservation Park: Great geological features and flowers. A range of everlastings but dry finish to season starting to impact on them. Pinks now faded. Late flowering yellow waitzia everlasting now out. Purple fringe lilies, along with gums, hakea, grevillea and melaleuca. You can camp amongst the flowers in the park or in the overflow site at the Breakaways. DBAC camp hosts onsite.

Leseur National Park: Inland from Jurien Bay, this National Park has an amazing variety of bush flowers. Flowers just starting to show their colours. Great walk up the hill for special views.

Brand Highway: Bush flowers both sides of the highway around Eneabba to Badgingarra. Acacia blakelyi wattle are out along the highway and Woolly grevillea out in profusion. The first of the beautiful blue Lechenaultia biloba is out on Tootbardi Rd, northeast end and Hi Vallee farm. The pink hakea neurophylla (veined hakea) on northern end of Cockleshell Gully Road.  Western Flora Caravan Park is a hotspot and place to stay (9955 2030). Hi Vallee Farm tours are exceptionally good (9652 3035)                                         

Mingenew area: Check out Mingenew Hill for great views and yellow pom pom everlastings. Depot Hill on Allanooka Springs Road has everlastings and orchids up the track. Pink everlastings roadside south of town.

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