Australia is renowned as being one of the world’s botanical ‘hotspots’ and the Mid West is no exception. Following the winter rains WA wildflowers burst into bloom and transform the rugged golden outback landscape into a brightly-coloured wonderland.
The reason for this unique storehouse of biological diversity is the great age of the West Australian landmass. It is one of the most ancient and undisturbed geographic locations in the world. This has resulted in the survival of primitive forms of plants and the evolution of more specialised species.
This tour has been designed to show you the magnificent diversity and abundance of flowering plants north of Perth when they should be at their colourful best.
The trip covers a diverse array of landscapes, from the farm lands of the wheat belt, to the gorges of Kalbarri National Park, to the northern sand plains around Eneabba, Badgingarra and the Lesueur National Park.
Our naturalist guides have conducted many WA wildflower tours and will ensure you are guided and educated throughout the whole trip.
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Extended Trip Details
|Day 1||Perth to Dalwallinu||Today we leave Perth at 7.30 am. Traveling via Toodyay, Goomalling and Wongan Hills we will head through the wheat belt to Dalwallinu, which is the first town on WA’s world famous wildflower route. Accommodation: Motel Dalwallinu LD|
|Day 2||Dalwallinu||Today we will explore the wildflowers in the Dalwallinu area, also renowned for having the largest variety of wattles (acacias) in the world. There are about 185 varieties within 100 kms of Dalwallinu. Accommodation: Motel Dalwallinu BLD|
|Day 3||Dalwallinu to Morawa||This morning we will continue our drive north, heading for Morawa. During the day we’ll spend time looking at and photographing the wildflowers that grow along the side of the road. Accommodation: Morawa Hotel BLD|
|Day 4||Morawa - Coalseam Reserve - Morawa||Today we will explore Coalseam Nature Reserve, well known for its annual display of wildflowers. The abundance and diversity of both annuals and perennials here is due to the park’s location, encompassing multiple habitat types as it goes from sand plains to arid country. Accommodation: Morawa Hotel BLD|
|Day 5||Morawa - Three Springs - Eneabba - Geraldton||Today we’ll leave Morawa and head to Geraldton. Our travels will take us via Three Springs and Eneabba. There will also be time to visit and explore the wildflowers at Western Flora. Accommodation: Hotel Geraldton BLD|
|Day 6||Geraldton to Kalbarri||This morning we’ll travel to Kalbarri via the coast road. There will be plenty of time today to visit some of the coastal gorges and walk amongst the coastal wildflowers. Accommodation: Motel Kalbarri BLD|
|Day 7||Kalbarri||We’ll rise early this morning so that we can maximise our time in Kalbarri National Park, which is famous for its wildflowers. The species-rich heath-lands provide spectacular colourful floral displays. Vivid gold and orange banksias, red white and yellow grevilleas, red kangaroo paws, many coloured feather flowers and grey smoke bushes make an unforgettable picture. There are also 21 plant species unique to this area. We hope to find the Kalbarri catspaw, a small yellow and red plant usually found on recently burnt areas and confined to the Kalbarri area. We also hope to find several orchids including the Kalbarri spider orchid and the Murchison hammer orchid. Accommodation: Motel Kalbarri BLD|
|Day 8||Kalbarri to Cervantes||Next we start heading south. As we travel through farm lands, road side verges should offer a diverse range of plants and colour. South of Dongara we enter the Northern Kwongan, a sand plain heath supporting sweeping carpets of brightly coloured flowers. During our drive to Cervantes, there will be time to stretch your legs and look around for wildflowers and wildlife. Some of the wildflower displays will include Dryandra, Propeller Banksia, Painted and Scarlet Feather-flowers, Blue Smoke bush and Black and Yellow Kangaroo Paws. Accommodation: Motel Cervantes BLD|
|Day 9||Cervantes - Lesueur National Park - Cervantes||Today we will continue to explore this magnificent area. The Lesueur National Park contains expanses of the northern sand plains region, with a wide range of geological formations, landscapes and soil types. These vary from salt lakes in the west to laterite ridges in the east. This is one of the richest sites for plant species in the world; over 800 plant species have been recorded here, nine of which are found nowhere else in the world. There is always something flowering in the park but in the months of September and October Lesueur erupts into colour with a range of species from Lechenaultias to Melaleucas. Accommodation: Motel Cervantes BLD|
|Day 10||Cervantes to Perth||This morning we’ll visit the Nambung National Park and travel through the spectacular Pinnacles Desert. This is a bizarre region where thousands of limestone pinnacles rise, forest-like, from the shifting yellow sands. After lunch we’ll continue our journey down the coast to Perth, arriving by late afternoon. BL|
NOTE: the above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.
Places available on 17 September 2022 DEPARTURE
๏ Coates tour leader/driver
๏ Coates Naturalist leader
๏ Accommodation – twin share with private facilities in hotels and motels
๏ Meals as per itinerary
๏ Morning tea each day
๏ Fresh fruit on board daily
๏ All national park entrance fees
๏ Kalbarri Wildflower Display entrance fee
“The wildflowers were amazing!!! Fields of pink, yellow and white everlastings and the wreath flowers were beautiful. The whole countryside was a mass of colour.”
“Having just received your newsletter which I very much enjoyed reading, I am prompted to let you know how much Julie and I enjoyed our recent wildflower trip with your company. This was our first trip with you and our expectations were well and truly met.
I can’t think of any aspect of the trip where we were disappointed – the flowers were a treasure, the accommodation and meals were very good, and Chris and Joe were both excellent and ideally suited for their roles. You are to be congratulated on this outcome and I hope we will make another trip with you before too long.”
“Seeing such a vast selection of Wildflowers, particularly the Wreath Leschenaulters and orchid specimens, it is difficult to pinpoint one highlight. The tour was wonderful. Both Kevin and Mike were extremely helpful, patient and obliging and I would not hesitate to book another tour with Coates knowing that they would be leading it.”
“The tour was excellent and very well organized so the weather was good and the flowers blooming! But most of all Kevin and Mike were such good leaders and made sure everything went smoothly. They work well together and their skills compliment each other.”