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!
Or better yet, meet 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 along one of the trails including 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! See more Perth Hills wildflower trails.
Nestled in the northern hills of the Darling Range, you'll find Chittering - home to farm-fresh produce, stunning scenery and gorgeous wildflowers. Visit Chittering has a brochure of Chittering wildflower hotspots (PDF) to keep an eye out for.
The Swan Valley - where wildflowers and wine tastings go hand in hand for a day out! Head to Whiteman Park, where you'll find wildflowers along the Wunanga Bush Trail. Keen eyes will spot tiny orchids, such as the bee orchid, banded greenhoods, snail orchids and even the occasional leaping spider orchids. the Children's Forest path and damplands around Mussel Pool are awash with pink fairy orchids, as well as the more common, cowslip orchids. Other Swan Valley wildflower trails include the Gidgegannup Wildflower Trail (with rare varieties that you'll find nowhere else on Earth) and the 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 page.
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!
Beeliar and Jandakot Regional Parks in the City of Cockburn, contain hundreds of hectares of bushland providing many species of flora and fauna - including wildflowers in spring. Visitors can enjoy their environmental values as well as walk and cycle trails, BBQs and picnic facilities and playgrounds. The Banksia Eucalypt Woodland Reserve is situated in the suburb of Aubin Grove and is a Bush Forever site and part of the Jandakot Regional Park. This large reserve is biologically diverse and contains a variety of native flora and fauna. The reserve is enjoyed by wildflower enthusiasts during spring when an amazing array of native wildflowers is on show.
Find the best wildflower spots from the people in the know, with expert guided wildflower tours!
- Australian Pinnacle Tours - full day Perth Wildflower Tour
- Perth Birds and Bush - 4, 5 and 8-hour small-group Perth Wildflower Tours
- The Hike Collective - a range of Perth Walking Tours highlighting our stunning wildflowers
- The Bibbulmun Track - Bibbulmun Blossoms and Wildflower Wander Trek
- Capture the Light Photographic Tours - 3 hour Toodyay Wildflower Special
- Off the Beaten Track - Waterfalls, Wildflowers and Wandoo Hiking Experience
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.