Wildflower season is here again, and Perth is bursting with gorgeous, vibrant and colourful wildflowers at every turn!
WA boasts the world's most diverse (and we reckon most spectacular) wildflower display, with over 12,000 species of wildflowers across the state. These stunning natural treasures can be seen at many sights in Perth and the surrounding areas and are best enjoyed from September until November: in fact, one of the best things about Perth in Spring is heading to a top wildflower hotspot along one of the many wildflower tracks and trails, and admiring the wonders of nature!
You can even bring your smartphone and load up a visual recognition app to identify flower species at a tap, record your sightings, and see what everyone else has been sighting on the WA Visitor Centre’s Wildflower Tracker map (and their upcoming app!).
Or better yet, switch off your devices completely and just enjoy the serenity: make like-minded friends and benefit from the knowledge of passionate wildflower enthusiasts on a guided wildflower walking or coach tour. Ready to start your Springtime wildflower spotting adventure? Here's our top tips!
Wildflower Hotspots and Trails
You'll find one of Perth’s most spectacular wildflower hotspots right in the heart of Perth City! One of the world’s largest inner-city parks, Kings Park and Botanic Garden is home to thousands of wildflower species right at our urban doorstep. Discover beautiful flowers on The Law Walk, Botanic Garden Discovery Walk and Bushland Nature Trail, or join one of the daily free guided walking tours through the park.
Rottnest Island's 140 species of native plants are well adapted to the predominantly nutrient poor soils, along with the salty and often windy conditions. The most well-know native flower is the Rottnest Island daisy - actually a member of the carrot family, although it resembles a true daisy in its form. Fields of these bright purple flowers appear in spring and areas of Rottnest are transformed into carpets of purple. Although the daisy can be seen in most areas of the island, the dune areas behind Henrietta Rocks and Parker Point are especially attractive. The Rottnest Island Authority have more information about their native flora here.
The lush green Perth Hills is the starting point of one of the world’s great long distance walk trails, The Bibbulmun Track, which stretches nearly 1,000 kms from Kalamunda in the Perth Hills to Albany. It winds through some of the most beautiful natural areas of the State’s south west and is easily accessible, passing through seven rural communities and popular tourist destinations. Getting deep into the bush, you’ll find unspoiled wilderness at its best - the Track is home to a wide range of rare, unique wildflowers including more than 150 species of orchids, and colourful flowers like milkmaids, honeypots, green kangaroo paws and mountain bells. Some more top spots include the spectacular Lesmurdie Falls, Noble Falls Walk Trail, and Eagle's View Walk; check out our full list of our favourite Perth Hills Wildflower Trails and the wildflower highlights to keep an eye out for!
Nestled in the northern hills of the Darling Range, you'll find Chittering - home to farm-fresh produce, delish food and wine trails, and gorgeous wildflowers. Visit Chittering has a brochure of Chittering wildflower hotspots (PDF) to keep an eye out for - and don’t miss the A Taste of Chittering festival on 20 & 21 November, showcasing the produce, wine and country lifestyle of the greater Chittering region. Experience all that country life has to offer with local wine and produce tastings, interactive demonstrations, countryside market stalls and community festivities.
The Swan Valley - where wildflowers and wine tastings go hand in hand for a day out! You’ll find walking trails at Whiteman Park and in nearby national parks, with a range of species from the prickly bark Banksia to a bounty of Orchids, Kangaroo Paw and Verticordias. You’ll find wildflower trails galore at our Swan Valley Wildflower Trails feature, including the Gidgegannup Wildflower Trail (with rare varieties that you'll find nowhere else on Earth), and the 45-min Wandoo Heights Wildflower Trail.
It's a countryside paradise, just a comfortable drive from the hustle and bustle of Perth! You'll find an exquisite range of wildflowers in the Avon Valley in Spring. Visit the region's visitor centres in Northam, Toodyay, York and Beverley for information about the wildflowers, where to find them and detailed maps; and for a fantastic overview, download the Avon Valley Wildflower Trail (PDF) brochure. Two top hotspots worth checking out in Toodyay include the Bilya (River) Walk Track and the Toodyay Reserve trails; in particular, the Bilya Walk Track follows the Avon River for 7.2km from Duigee Park to Nardie Cemetery, with a grand array of birdlife and scenic river vistas, and a diverse range of habitats that provide an exquisite range of wildflowers with some unique species. For more info and wildflower highlights, visit our Avon Valley Wildflower Trails feature.
Mandurah and Peel
Mandurah and Peel provide an exquisite range of unique wildflowers; in particular, the Yalgorup National Park near the coast has several easy 2-hour walks, with wildflower highlights including swamp banksia, the rare limestone mallee and the Fremantle mallee; or head inland to Serpentine National Park where you’ll find spectacular wildflowers along the Serpentine River, such as Wattle, Kangaroo Paws, Hakea, Hardenbergia, Chorizema, Verticordia and Orchids. Find out more at our Mandurah and Peel Wildflower Trails feature; and Visit Mandurah also has a fantastic, very detailed list here!
Find the best wildflower spots from the people in the know, with expert guided wildflower tours!
We love the comprehensive full-day Wildflower Tour from ADAMS Pinnacle Tours, taking you across locations throughout the Perth region where they expect to find the finest wildflowers for you to see and smell. Perth Birds and Bush offer 4, 5 and 8-hour small-group wildflower tours (maximum of 4 people) including morning or afternoon tea, departing Perth or Fremantle; and as you can see from their wildflower tours info page, they really know their stuff! If you’re keen on enjoying the best of wildflower season without leaving the CBD, The Hike Collective has your back with their Spring Into Parks group tour of Kings Park; or experience Kings Park in unique style on a Segway with Segway Tours’ Kings Park Tour!
Or if you’re keen to head further afield, the Perth Hills provide the ultimate wildflower experience - along The Bibbulmun Track. The Bibbulmun Track Foundation offer a range of walking events year round - check out what's on here. Or combine wildflower spotting with astrophotography in Toodyay’s clear night skies, by joining Capture the Light Photographic Tours for their Toodyay Wildflower Special. Finally, get some serious Instagram fodder while experiencing the best wildflowers of the Peel Region (and ancient thrombolites, to boot!) with a 2-hour Salt and Bush Wildflower Guided Tour (available until 22 October 2021): your expert guide introduce you to a nature reserve with over 50 species of orchids, as you wander through intact woodlands that are filled with colour at this most beautiful time of the year.
Looking for more great ways to enjoy the best of Perth this Spring? You’ve come to the right place! Check out our ultimate guide to what’s on in Perth in Spring, our teaser on what to look forward to this Spring, and the best exercise spots in Perth to help you make the most of warm-weather outdoor fitness.