Like many wildflower enthusiasts, there is a general rule that the best time to see wildflowers in Western Australia, would be in August and September. Waiting to see which flowers will be on display is a challenge. Therefore, when you hear about wildflowers that will bloom at the end of October, it tends to make one just a little curious.
Admittedly, I was in a little disbelief when I heard that Reynoldson Reserve was only just about to bloom and the best time would be at the end of October. Of course, curiosity got the best of me, and I decided to drive up well ahead of schedule to ensure I did not miss anything.
Awesome Staff at Wongan Hills Visitors Center (Photo Courtesy of SocialHummingBird)
When I arrived at the Wongan Hills Visitors Centre, I was informed by the amazing staff that the blooms were just beginning to show and the best time is still the end of October. With very little rain this year, there have not been as many wildflowers on display as the year before.
A seat with a view (Photo Courtesy of SocialHummingBird)
I travelled another 15 km to reach Reynoldson Reserve. Little blooms were beginning to show, and foolishly I had to admit: "The experts had it right!" Had I waited just a couple more weeks, I probably would have seen a carpet of white and pink flowers. Instead, I saw a couple of early blooms, and was happy I did not make the trip a couple of weeks earlier, as I had originally planned.
I would rate the Reynoldson Reserve Wildflower Festival as something that should be on many 'bucket lists'. It comprises 3 days of exhibits, talks and one of the most spectacular shows of colour you may ever see.
Starting on Friday, 27 October, you can enjoy a Sundowner at "The Station" listening to guitarist Laurie Forbes.
Saturday hosts a range of activities which include:
7am to 9am - Big Breakfast $10.00 9am to 2pm - Apex Expo Market Stalls, Food and Drinking Stalls 9am to 4 pm - Wildflower Display & Exhibition in the Arts Society 11am & 4pm - WA Camera Club talk on how to photograph wildflowers 1pm to 2 pm - ABC's Sabrina Hahn Book Signing 3pm - ABC's Sabrina Hahn, the 'Gardening Guru' will be in the Fuction Centre
Apart from this, there will be activities for kids, a vintage car display and Devonshire teas in the visitors centre.
Sunday winds down with a Big Breakfast, a Seniors morning tea and the last day of the Wildflower Display & Exhibition. Of course, if you plan to make this a weekend event, accommodation is booked out quickly, so I would advise contacting the Wongan Hills Visitor Center for accommodation details.
Bus Tours to Reynoldson Reserve, for viewing the flowering Verticordia, depart hourly from 9 am. Bookings are essential and can be done through the Visitors Center.