BEST places to see wildflowers in Western Australia – when to go and where to camp!

Coalseam Conservation Park - image Sue Newham
Coalseam Conservation Park - image Sue Newham

We feature lovely photos from our Facebook Group, like Sue Newham’s Coalseam Conservation Park (pictured above) and reveal where to go in WA for wildflowers, plus where to camp! Bring your camera and pick up a wildflower booklet from visitor centres to help you identify these colourful blooms!

When do you see wildflowers in Western Australia? 

Wildflowers blossom between June and November in Western Australia. It is amazing when the rest of the year the land appears barren. September is reported as the time when most of the state is in bloom! 

Visit the Pilbara in June, also along the Coral Coast and Goldfields. By Spring, blooms are prominent near Perth, and the south west blossoming carpets continue over October and November. 

My Uncle and Aunt spent three months, from north to south from September: “Dianne had the camera and I had the steering wheel ! Drove me mad having to pull up all the time at very short notice for the photos but at the end of the trip it proved very worthwhile as the album now shows.” Thanks Jim – also members of our Facebook Group, I Love Camping Australia Wide

Where to see wildflowers in Western Australia?

1. Karratha

This Sturt Desert Pea was spotted at 40 Mile Beach, south of Karratha, early August by Kevin McKersey. White desert peas were also photographed near Karratha by Julie Matthews – but she says they are a rarity. 

Where to camp? Karratha has four caravan parks and an overnight free camp

Sturt Desert Pea
Sturt Desert Pea

2. Kalbarri National Park

This was photographed near the new Kalbarri Skywalk looking out over Murchison Gorge. We ventured on the Park entry fees apply. You can buy a WA Park Pass, we saved a lot with it. We enjoyed the exploring the coast. Nature’s Window walk was closed when we visited, so we’ll have to time our return for the spring and early summer wildflower season!

Where to camp? There is a campground at Lucky Bay – 50 metres to the beach! It is budget priced 4WD only site, pet friendly, fires are allowed and there are toilets.

Spotted in Lucky Bay by Julie Holt
Spotted in Lucky Bay by Julie Holt

3. Mullewa

Look out for everlasting carpets around Mullewa and at Pindar to the east, and Tardun and Canna are well known for wreath flower, August to October. It is amazing that colours change each year!

Where to camp? There is a caravan park in Mullewa and rest areas in the district. Pindar has rest areas and Tallering Station for self contained vehicles.

Wreath Flowers in the Mullewa Area by Sandra Smith
Wreath Flowers in the Mullewa Area by Sandra Smith
Pindar, east of Mullewa are well known for wreath flowers - image by Janne Mudgway
Pindar, east of Mullewa are well known for wreath flowers - image by Janne Mudgway

4. Coalseam Conservation Park

A magnificent national park with free entry, walking tracks and lookouts – and it reputed to have some of the Northern Wheatbelt’s best wildflower displays. Look for carpets of everlastings in yellow or pink.

Where to camp? Miners Camp and Breakaway Campground are both budget camps in the conservation park, no pets allowed – with toilets at Miners Camp. There is a three night limit during wildflower season late July to October.

Coalseam Conservation Park by Kylie Bessen

5. Mingenew

Depot Hill Reserve is five minutes north west of town and as well as WWII history, riverside picnic areas and wildlife, you’ll find stunning wildflowers – especially orchids.

Where to stay? Mingenew Spring Caravan Park. There is an overnighter rest area for self contained vehicles at Enanty Barn.

Depot Hill, Mingenew Peter & Katrina Coker

6. Morawa

Visit Canna Reserve (60 km south east) and Koolanooka Springs (30 km east) in late winter to early October for pink and yellow blankets of everlastings, native foxgloves, grevillea and orchid species. The Morawa Yalgoo Road is where wreath flowers are found. Take a self guided wildflower drive or the Widimia Walk Trail from town.

Where to camp? Morawa Caravan Park, Koolanooka Springs (free site with toilets), Canna Hall (budget with toilets and showers) and the Old Canna Camp Site (donation for self contained RVs).

(Image from the CAMPS App)

7. Wongan Hills

These hills have the Northern Wheatbelt’s largest natural vegetation area. No wonder our community members shared it – with 1400 species of flowering plants, 24 unique to the Wongan Hills! You can take it in on the 5km Wildflower Trail, or tackle other local walks whilst you are there.

Where to camp? Not only is there a caravan park in town, Wongan Hills also have a donation camp next to a pool, for self contained vehicles.

Wildflowers by Ann Babbe
By Ann Babbe
Pink Pokers are Wongan-Ballidu Shire emblem, Ann Babbe

Check into local Visitor Centres as you travel, they’ll share the best displays. Remember all the sites are in the CAMPS AUSTRALIA App and guides. Have fun and remember the camera!

Here’s Dianne’s photos, she says the black kangaroo paw is very rare.

Wildflowers by Dianne O'Mara
Wildflowers by Dianne O'Mara

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