W.A. Spring flower trip

Hi Everyone, My wife & I are doing a trip in our 4wd & Goldstream off road camper from Sydney to W.A. leaving 20th Aug 2012 via the great Central road hoping to catch the most of the flower season in this region before heading south from Perth to cover the lower part of W.A.

We leave Syd 20th Aug arriving Perth approx 13th Sept also taking in the Pinnacles area.

Our aim is to to see as much of the flower season as well as taking in the other wonderful sights.

Can anyone make some suggestions of special places to see, do & camp in the lower part of the State as we plan on spending about 6 weeks in this area before heading back east.

Look forward to any suggestions.

Regards Cooby
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Reply By: Member - Rod N (QLD) - Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 14:21

Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 14:21
Go to Western Flora at Eneabba Western Flora. There is a van park there and an excellent tagalong wildflower tour.
The wreath flowers around Three Spring are speccy. Call in at the info centre to find out where the best ones are.
All the roads around this area have nice displays of flowers.
Google WA wild flowers. There are a few sites with itineraries for seeing the flowers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Min (NSW) - Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 14:49

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 14:49
An enthusiastic second for Western Flora. After the afternoon walk you can even have dinner if you don't feel like cooking. The tagalong was also excellent - try to be fairly close to the leader or you'll find that Alan has started talking before you park and walk to the front.

We camped at the Stirling Range Retreat which ran a half-day wildflower bus trip in the region, mostly looking at orchids, and there are lovely walks within the property with named plants along the way. While stadying there we made a trip down to the Banksia Farm at Mt Barker where they grow every Banksia variety (that is until Dryandras were absorbed into Banksia genus).

Speaking of Dryandras, the Dryandra Woodland is also a wonderful place to visit, with Dryandras as large as trees and lots of other lovely plants as well.

Enjoy!
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Reply By: Member - John and Val - Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 14:58

Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 14:58
Hi Cooby,

We did a similar trip in 2009 following the wildflowers south so you can have a look at our blogsstarting here. South from Perth the Stirling Ranges, Fitzgerald River and Cape le Grand National Parks are all magnificent with wonderful displays, but it is also amazing what you can find along many roadsides as well.

Cheers,

Val
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Reply By: RodnSue - Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 16:38

Saturday, Jul 28, 2012 at 16:38
Hi Cooby
You should be able to pick up a booklet of WA’s Wildflower Trails from an info centre somewhere along your trip into WA. The book lists many trails you can traverse, meandering through the country. The dirt roads were in great condition Sept/ Oct 2011.
The trails are broken up into sections & list some of the many flowers you should be able to see. Unfortunately we were many weeks too late to see many of the Orchids listed in the book.

Will you have time to head a few hundred kms further north of Cervantes?
Wreath flowers are in abundance beside the road 10 kms north of Pindar – about 110 kms east of Geraldton. We free camped at Wilroy Nature Reserve – camps 5 spot 378, 19 kms south of Mullewa. This area was like staying in a lush flower garden.

As Rod suggested take a visit to Eneabba Western Flora if you can. Besides taking in a tagalong tour with them, they do wildflower talks with a leisurely walk each afternoon. You will look at flowers very differently after this free tour.

Driving through the areas East & NE of Jurien Bay is really pretty with many nature reserves, conservation parks & numerous National Parks, with wildflowers unique to some NP’s.
I especially visited numerous NP all over WA & walked dozens of trails.
Stirling Range NP in the south north of Albany have wildflower walks until end of October (I think ?) & will show you many orchids.

Cape Naturalist & Cape Leeuwin NP’s were also spectacular. Some of that area west of Margaret River may have been destroyed by fire in Nov 2011, so I’m not sure how much has been affected. You should see whales off the coast there, heading south from their northern winter migration.

We also visited the smaller NP’s along southern WA besides the NP’s around Walpole. Near Albany, I loved Torndirrup, Two Peoples Bay, Waychinicup & Porongurup NP’s & Cape le Grand near Esperance.
Fitzgerald River NP, east of Albany, had restrictions in 2011 in getting in to it with DEC’s efforts in trying to control dieback, but another flower Royal Hakea is unique to this NP. We fortunately called ahead to stay in the Quaalup Retreat & were given a code no* to get through the padlocked gates. The other camping areas near Pt Ann may now be open which looked like a great spot to stay. (long story, but we were escorted to these areas last year in groups from Quaalup. There was no other camping in Fitzgerald NP at the time)

There are many, many other great spots to see & stay at, but hopefully a wildflower trail booklet will guide you in where you could camp for the night.

You’ll have a great time as I did. (my husband Rod was over the wildflowers within days, but in his generous nature took me to the areas I wanted to see)

I have blogs on wildflowers of WA – broken up into 5 sections.
Visit www.ournomadicways.blogspot.com

Hope this is of some help to you
Cheers Sue

Whilst I have been writing this John & Val have made great like minded suggestions.


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Reply By: Member - Noldi (WA) - Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 14:04

Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 14:04
Cooby, changes year by year but last year Coalseam national park was great

http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/component/option,com_hotproperty/task,view/id,60/Itemid,755/
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Reply By: get outmore - Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 14:37

Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 14:37
if it doesnt rain there will be no flowers. shaping up as the driest winter ever
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Follow Up By: cooby - Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 08:31

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 08:31
Thanks for the optimism Just hope your wrong but that has been on my mind
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 10:00

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 10:00
last year was sensational as good as 2008

lots of places to go but out from perenjoris good
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Reply By: get outmore - Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 14:38

Monday, Jul 30, 2012 at 14:38
if it doesnt rain there will be no flowers. shaping up as the driest winter ever
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