Wildflower Report 2022

Published on Friday, 5 August 2022 at 2:51:28 PM

Last updated 8 August 2022

Welcome to our 2022 Wildflower Report. The wildflower season is starting in the Midwest. Early flowering bush varieties, everlastings and orchids are starting to appear and will continue to improve with time, sun and rain! Information centres in our Midwest towns are now opening - the best places to get local information. A lot of our flowers are quite delicate, so we suggest (where safe) to pull over and have a walk through the area. 

KALBARRI: The National Park contains a wide range of bush flowers – both the inland gorges and the coastal strip. Lots of bushflowers along the roadsides. Several walks offered in the park for spectacular views and flowers. Visit Kalbarri Visitor Centre.  Include the Skywalk while in the park.

CHAPMAN RIVER WALK: Chapman River Friends offer guided walks.  Situated on the northern edge of Geraldton, the park offers a little touch of magic with a range of wildflowers. They also have a great app for flower identification. Check with the Geraldton Visitor centre or their Facebook page Chapman River Friends for times and departure details.

CHAPMAN VALLEY: The first half of the drive is heavily agricultural with patches of everlasting flowers from the Naraling Hall to Yuna, through to Tenindewa. Early everlastings are starting to flower. There is a basic camp area beside the Yuna hall.

TENINDEWA:  This area is 20km 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 to find the everlastings just starting.

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. The Outback Bloom festival is 25-28 August. Find out more by taking a look at the Mullewa Visitor Centre on Facebook. 

PINDAR: Lots of wreath flower plants both sides of road. A few advanced plants are just starting to flower. 30km east of Mullewa on highway and turn into Pindar. Drive past the old Pindar Pub building and turn left onto the Pindar-Berringarra Road.  Proceed 10kms. At the sign, bear left to park. Drive approx 100-200m and then walk a short distance through the bush to the flowers. Look for the tape to indicate the tracks. Please collect map at Mullewa Information Centre for directions.

CANNA: Paul from Canna advises a range of flowers are appearing. Everlastings, along with upside down pea, damperia, white & yellow pimelea, pop flower, hibbertia, native foxglove. Orchids include blue fairy, green veined shell, ant, spider, cowslip and pink candy. You will find a camp area behind fire brigade shed, with amenities (Donations required). Learn more by taking a look at Canna WA - Wildflower Country on Facebook.  

MORAWA: A sprinkling of everlastings and orchids. Wreath flowers in the area starting to show flowers. Roadside colour includes wattle, hakea, grevillea, hibbertia, damperia and thryptomene. Pop into info centre on main street for best information, open with volunteers (9971 1421). More information on Facebook at Widlflowers Morawa 2022, Widimia Trail and beyond, WA.

PERENJORI: Paddy advises small areas of everlastings and a few orchids.  Speak to the volunteers at info centre (9am-2pm this week). Ask about Orchid Ridge (Wanarra Road) which has wreath flowers, upside down pea and native fox gloves.  Get updates on Mellenbye Station Stay and their wildflowers on Facebook at Station stay at mellenbye. 

COALSEAM: Early wildflowers, mainly yellow batchalor buttons. A few pink everlastings and pom poms showing. About 2-3 weeks before a full range out. A range of walks and stunning geographic features. Camping is available, book at parkstay.dbca.gov.au

MINGENEW: A great area for flowers. Call in at the Visitor Centre for a map of the best locations to see their wildflowers. Ask for directions to the rec centre drive and Yandanooka South Road to see orchids. Visit the Mingenew Visitors Centre on Facebook.

DEPOT HILL: A great spot for a range of flora. Park and walk up the hill. Early signs of pink everlastings, a few blue fairy, snail and spiders orchids flowering. Many bush flowers out. 15kms northwest of Mingenew on the road to Geraldton.

BRAND HIGHWAY – ENEABBA TO BADGINARRA: The highway has a range of bushflowers starting to show colour including dryandra, kingia australis, hakeas, grevilleas, blue lechenaultia and hibbertia. 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.  

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, calyrixm. 

Compiled by Glenda glenda53@westnet.com.au with grateful assistance to Paul from Canna, Paddy from Perenjori and Don from Badgingarra.

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