Wildflower season is upon us, and thankfully, you don't have to travel too far to see a state in bloom.

Perth's wildflower season usually peaks from September until November, and there are plenty of places to experience and smell the wildflowers. From bushlands and reserves to a dedicated wildflower festival at Kings Park and carpets of colour fringing the city, you'll soon discover just how bright and beautiful Perth can be.

Time to appreciate the small things in life with our guide on how to experience Perth's wildflower season.

Kings Park Festival Flowers
Kings Park Festival Flowers

1.     Everlastings Kings Park Festival

Celebrate Western Australia's flora diversity and wildflowers at the annual Everlastings Kings Park Festival throughout September.

Take part in various activities in Perth's most colourful playground: tour magnificent wildflower displays, workshops, guided walks, outdoor photography exhibitions, plant sales, meet-the-artist events, wellness activities and more.

After your activity, have a bloomin' beautiful walk in the Botanic Garden, home to over 3000 plant species of the state's 12,000 species of flora. Enjoy a picnic along grassed parklands overlooking the stunning city skyline and Swan River or treat yourself to a gourmet feast with a view at Fraser's restaurant.

Want to see the wildflowers in a fun and unique way? Local operator GoGo Active Tours offers a Pedals & Petals bike tour discovering wildflowers around Kings Park all year round. The tour combines fitness and fun without sweat, cycling along flat paths and visiting Kings Park's lesser-known bushland and wildflower hotspots. Tours are suited to all ages and skill levels, making it an enjoyable day out for all. Now that's flower power!

2.     A wildflower-themed staycation

Have a staycation with a colourful twist at Quest Kings Park or Quest Mounts Bay Road. Both offer apartment-style accommodation moments from Kings Park and the city's most colourful botanical garden. It's the perfect stepping stone to Kings Park Festival, held 1 - 30 September.

Local tip: Guests of Quest Kings Park and Quest Mounts Bay Road receive a special discount to GoGo Active Tour's, Pedals & Petals tour during the month of September!

Quest Mounts Bay Road
Quest Mounts Bay Road

Couple your wildflower-themed staycation by exploring the next-door neighbourhood, Subiaco. The inner-city suburb is renowned for its heritage streets, local patisseries, upmarket eateries, hidden bars, and street art, making it one vibrant place for an urban walkabout.

Locals tip: Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings at Subiaco's floral-decorated patisserie La Maison Des Eclairs. Then head to Cottage Garden to grab a bouquet of wildflowers as a take-home memento of your colourful weekend.

3.     Visit the Swan Valley

As if you need further enticing to go to the Swan Valley, aka land of wineries, epicurean eats, wildlife parks and chocolate factories, there's experiencing its beautiful natural side too.

The Swan Valley has many wildflower walking trails, and when in season, you can be guaranteed a beautiful walk in the park. Mix wildflowers and waterfalls along the Bells Rapids walk. There are two walks to choose from that will provide scenic views of the countryside and coastal plains: a 2.5km River walk and a more challenging 3km Goat walk. If doing the later walk, wear appropriate footwear to better navigate steep rocky sections along the trail.

Discover more of the Swan Valley on foot by discovering Swan Valley’s other walking trails.

4.     Go on a walkabout in the Perth Hills

Another great place to wander with wildflowers is along Wandoo Heights Walk Trail in the Perth Hills. The moderate bushland trail provides excellent opportunities to see a diverse collection of flora with views of the Swan Coastal Plain. Expect to see kangaroo paw, bull banksia, cat's paw, everlastings, sundews, and various orchids along the trail during mid-Autumn to late spring.

Kangaroo Paw
Kangaroo Paw

5.     Explore Whiteman Park

Wildflower enthusiasts will be delighted at the sight of nature's colourful confetti strewn across conservation reserve Whiteman Park. The 3,732-hectare park has over 400 plant species, making it a vivid spectacle during wildflower season.

One of the best places to spot wildflowers is along the Wunanga Bush Trail – one of three walking trails within the park. Wunanga Bush Trail is a 4.3km figure-eight-shaped track – making it easier to go on a short walk if facing time restraints. Keep an eye out for tiny orchid varieties such as the bee, snail and banded greenhoods.

The little ones can stretch their legs and connect with nature along the Children's Forest path and Mussel Pool. These areas are populated with eye-catching orchids, fringe lilies, wattle and more, making it an enchanting place to stroll.

Top tip: Grab a copy of Whiteman Park's wildflower pocket guide to help you spot 60 of the most prolific wildflowers in the park. With some species flowering all year round, it makes every visit a different encounter.

Whiteman Park
Whiteman Park

6.     Salt and Bush Eco Tours – Wildflower half-day to multi-day tours

Mandurah-based Salt and Bush Eco Tour offers wildflower enthusiasts specialised half and full-day private tours to discover our backyard in bloom. Led by naturalist guides, tours are conducted in different locations throughout the Peel region and include comfortable transport, picnic lunch with a glass of wine and snacks throughout the day. Can't get enough of wildflowers? They also offer multi-day wildflower spotting in lesser-known hotspots in the Peel Region and South West.

7.     Perth Birds and Bush - Wildflowers, Waterfalls and Wildlife Tour

Reconnect with nature by exploring the best of Perth's natural assets with Perth Bird and Bush. On a Wildflowers, Waterfalls and Wildlife tour, you'll visit Lesmurdie Falls, Sixty Foot Falls and explore one of Perth's best wildflower spots. Along the way, expect to see some of Peel region's famous furry and featured residents, including the western grey kangaroos, fairy wrens and cockatoos in their natural habitat. 

The tour also includes morning or afternoon tea at Bickley Brook Reservoir. Tours can be booked as half-day or full-day adventures.

Bibbulmun Track Kalamunda
Bibbulmun Track Kalamunda

8.     Wildflower Wander Trek

Mix exertion with excursion trailblazing the most scenic sections of the legendary Bibbulmun Track. The multi-day Wildflower Wander Trek is from 23 – 25 September. Each day you’ll be exposed to stunning scenery – from enormous boulders to micro pops of colour in bushlands.

Tours include return transport ex Murdoch Train Station/park’n’ride, comprehensive planning night, trip preparation manual, map and equipment hire. Tour participants must supply own food.

Please note: Tours are suitable for experienced hikers with previous overnight experience carrying full packs. 

 

Article by Julia D’Orazio

Julia D'Orazio is a travel writer based in Perth. Besides happily earring her way in over 70 countries, she counts Eurovision and scuba diving as her two greatest loves. Julia has been featured in publications worldwide, including New York Post, SBS, Sydney Morning Herald, News.com.au, Virgin Australia, Rough Guides, and more.