South West Wildflowers

Hi all

Planning on taking a trip through the South West in the middle of next month to check out the wildflowers. Probable destinations are Leeuwin-Naturaliste NP,Shannon NP, William Bay NP, Porongorup NP and Stirling Range NP ending up at Kojonup for the rose gardens and maze.

Any other suggestions for good wildflower spots within this rough semi-circle?

Many thanks.

John & Helen
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Reply By: Neil & Pauline - Monday, Sep 12, 2011 at 17:24

Monday, Sep 12, 2011 at 17:24
I would be going to Kojonup as early in October as you can. Cranbrook is also on the way (to the Stirlings) for wild flower displays. As you go west the season gets later. A lot will depend on whether it rains or gets hot this months.

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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Monday, Sep 12, 2011 at 17:42

Monday, Sep 12, 2011 at 17:42
Hi John and Helen,

We travelled through that area in September 2009 (have a look at our blogs). In the wet forested areas there were a few wildflowers at that time, but the heathland and dry woodland areas were excellent especially in the Stirling Ranges NP where the western section was spectacular, and along the roadsides out on the peninsula south of Albany. But probably the best wildflower displays that we saw were on the road south from Jerramungup to Bremer Bay and in the Fitzgerald River NP - well worth the few extra kms.

In saying that I assume that you are prepared to stop every so often and get out of the vehicle for a close look. That way you will see, among other things, lots of ground orchids - quite small but amazingly intricate and beautiful.

That area is an amazing part of the world and one that we hope to be able to visit again before too long.


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Reply By: briggzee (WA) - Tuesday, Sep 13, 2011 at 17:20

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2011 at 17:20
Hi John and Helen, We live in Busselton 20 k's or so from cape Naturaliste and the first of our Wildflowers have started to flower. Cowslips and Pink Fairy orchids are have started blooming in the last week. i presume that the areas further south, or further east would later flowering than our area. Happy travels
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