Holiday in Western Australia’s wildflower wonderland

The thought of touring Western Australia normally conjures up images of vast ancient landscapes and boundless ocean playgrounds, but there is just as much fascination to be found on a much smaller scale with the state’s profusion of wildflowers.

Each region of the state offers an opportunity sure to satisfy the ardent flora lover, but if you want convenience and ease of travel, then a Perth-based wildflower trail is the ideal option.

A stunning variety within easy reach

Perth is Australia’s sunniest capital and it makes a great base to sample the wildflower delights via several trails that fan out from the city in all directions. A great place to start is within the city itself. Kings Park and Botanic Garden offer a surprisingly large and diverse expanse that will overwhelm the senses with 1,700 native wildflower species from across the state, all set on the picturesque backdrop of the Swan River.

The Lotterywest Federation Walkway is a real feature of the gardens, as it wends through the tree tops with spectacular river and city views. Ambient cafes and galleries complete the experience.

Whiteman Park and Ellis Brook Valley

Just a short drive out of Perth is a selection of national parks where the plant life can be observed in a more natural setting. To the North West, Whiteman Park has 4,200 hectares ready to be explored on foot or on bicycle with a network of trails.

To the South West, Ellis Brook Valley offers 550 species of flowering plants, as well as being a haven for a host of native animals. August to October provides the most rewarding vistas for the flower lover and the spectacular falls and stunning city views are a real bonus.

Add some variety offshore

For a change of scene, a pleasant ferry ride can take you to nearby Rottnest island; home of the famous quokka and some unique flora. It’s all surrounded by glorious beaches and bays and easily accessible by bike, boot or shuttle bus.

Add a sprinkle of taste sensations from the wineries and restaurants of the Swan Valley, and you have a stimulating yet compact getaway with minimal travel required.

Get more information on the wildflower season in Perth.

Did you know
The island earned its curious name in 1696 when Dutch explorer, William de Vlamingh, mistook the island's unusual marsupial population for common rats and named it Rottnest - literally translating to 'rats nest'. Today, having a photo taken alongside the 'rats' - known as Quokkas - is one of the main highlights for visitors to the island.