Protect the Petals

Published on Thursday, 27 July 2023 at 3:42:26 PM

Follow the five Ps (Prior, Preparation, Protects, People and Petals)

Although wildflower season takes place in the cooler months there is still the risk of getting sunburnt, and not drinking enough fluids can lead to dehydration. If you plan to hit trails and experience the blooms by foot, make sure you have the right footwear, hat, water, map and sunscreen. Covering your arms and legs will also prevent you from receiving scrub scratches.

Five Ps

Pictured: 4 Ways Trail - Kalbarri

Avoid those FOMO feels by calling into a Visitor Centre

It always pays to ask the experts, and dropping into one of the many Visitor Centres in the Midwest for up-to-date information on where to find the most enchanting blooms is the best way to avoid missing out. You can also check out the Wildflower Report on the Visit Geraldton website.

 Visitor Centre

Pictured: Geraldton Visitor Centre

Wildflowers wilt under wheels

Many of the most impressive wildflower varieties (including the world-famous Wreath Flowers) grow on the roadside meaning you can view them without having to stray too far from your vehicle. It may seem obvious but parking on top of wildflowers is not good for them.

Wildflowers wilt under wheels

Pictured: Mingenew to Mullewa Roadside

Trails prevent fails

Most localities have an awesome array of wildflower trails for you to choose from so that you can see all the floral highlights without disturbing the blooms or getting lost. So, stick to the trails for your own safety and to preserve the natural beauty you came to enjoy!

Pictured: Mullewa Waterfalls 

Photos are cool, pickings for fools

Picking or removing wildflowers is against the law and can result in a hefty fine. Leave them in the ground and then everyone can appreciate them where they belong.

Photos are cool picks for fools

Pictured: Mullewa Bushland Trail

Respect the fences

Stunning fields of gold occur when the canola is in bloom that are both spectacular and an essential source of income for our agricultural community. So be a friend to the farmers by resisting the urge to climb fences or open gates and take your photos from the roadside.  

Respect the fences

Pictured: Chapman Valley

Take your time 

Many wildflowers are tiny, so taking your time as you walk along the trails will give you a greater opportunity to enjoy the blooms and not miss out on the delightful details of Wildflower Country in bloom. 

Pictured: Mill Point Lookout

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