Within an hour’s drive of Perth, you’ll find the world’s largest collection of wildflowers with over 12,000 species surrounding the beautiful Western Australian capital.
“This is one of my favourite times of the year,” said Experience Perth CEO Noeleen Pearson. “The weather is warming up and the wildflowers are beautiful. Perth offers so many locations for locals and visitors to see these spectacular wildflowers whether it’s in the heart of the city or only a short drive away. This is a truly unique nature experience that no other city in Australia can offer with such ease and diversity.”
Guided wildflower tours can be found in the heart of the city, at the popular gardens inside Kings Park. Spanning more than four square-kilometres, Kings Park is a favourite day spot for tourists and locals alike.
Offering scenic views up the Swan River and perched high above the city, the parkland has various recreational areas and bush walks on offer.
Kings Park is also host to the annual Floral Fantasy Festival, with the country’s largest display of wildflowers representing each region and State along with a native plant sale, family activities, music and art throughout the festival period.
This year, the Black Kangaroo Paw, pictured below, is the feature flower.
Free guided walks are available daily throughout the park with a local ranger.
Just a short, 30-minute drive, North-East of Perth city is Swan Valley, best known for its wineries, restaurants and popular cellar doors. The valley also has walking trails at Whiteman Park where Prickly Bark Banksia, hibberias and grass trees are common.
At Noble Falls Walk Trail, you’ll find orchids, Hakeas, Grevilleas, Isopogons, Petrophiles, Trigger plants and Verticordias.
Within 40-minutes East of the city, the scenic hills surrounding Perth are a nature lover’s playground. A range of bushwalking tracks can be explored such as Eagles’ View Walk, Wandoo Heights Wildflower Trail, Bibbulmun Track and the Mount Dale Walk Trail.
These tracks offer an abundance of wildflowers to enjoy.
One of Western Australia’s popular playgrounds is Rottnest Island. This small island is a scenic 30-minute ferry ride West of Fremantle (one-hour from Perth city) and is famed for its adorable Quokkas – the tiny marsupial only found on Rottnest Island, know as ‘Rotto’ to the locals, that is also a protected species.
Type ‘quokka selfies’ into Google for some of the cutest photos you’ll find on the net.
Whilst you’ll find approximately 1,500 native species of wildflower, keen horticulturalists seek out the rare and beautiful Blue Rottnest Daisy that is native to the island.
Yanchep National Park
On the outskirts of the city fringe, Yanchep National Park is host to scenic walking trails where you will find One-sided Bottle Brush, Yellow Buttercups, Parrot Bush and Honey Myrtle. But also keep an eye out for the rare Yanchep Rose as you stroll the network of trails.
The park is also home to an impressive limestone cave network, a wildlife sanctuary and an authentic Aboriginal culture tour.
In areas beyond Perth’s metropolitan reach such as Avon Valley, the northern region of Chittering Valley and the Peel region to the south, you will find many more wildflower species.
All of these locations offer walking trails, some with free guided walks and wildflower guides.
How to get there
Flights: Perth is serviced by all major airlines, with multiple flights daily Australia-wide.
Car Hire: Car hire can be found at domestic and international airports, plus select locations throughout the city by all major car hire companies.
Hotels: Perth city is home to 245 hotels across all star ratings. Perth city hotels are centrally located, with public transport to Kings Park and surrounding areas.
While you’re there…
Western Australia is home to a stunning coastline of white sandy beaches. Don’t miss Cottesloe Beach, where sand meets green grass, for a great family picnic spot surrounded by restaurants and entertainment venues. Come for the beach, but stay for the sunset over the ocean for a truly spectacular show by Mother Nature.