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Explore Western Australia's Rich Botanical Heritage
Here in Western Australia, whenever I think of spring-time one of the first images that comes up in my mind is the beautiful wildflowers for which the state is so well-known. From the northern Pilbara and Kimberley regions down to the tall jarrah forests of the far south, Western Australia possesses a vast assortment of exquisite native flowers, many which aren't found anywhere else in the world. While most locals are familiar with Perth's Kings Park Festival, held each year in September, many aren't aware that quite a few regional centres also hold special exhibitions and other events, celebrating the advent of the colourful blooms that appear for a few brief weeks during Western Australia's late winter and early spring. One of the first of these annual festivals is the Three Springs Wildflower Show and Art Exhibition, taking place in the small wheatbelt town of Three Springs, about three hours north of Perth.
Image courtesy of Three Springs Wildflower Show and Art Exhibition
Three Springs is located right in the heart of wildflower country, and visitors can see a wonderful assortment of local wildflowers when driving to the town from Perth, along the Midlands Road. Of the hundreds of beautiful blooms that are found around Three Springs, the region is best known for the Rose Mallee, a low-spreading mallee with silvery-grey leaves and bright pinkish red flowers. This rare and endangered species has a very limited distribution, being found only in Western Australia's northern wheatbelt.
Taking place over four days, from Thursday 25th until Sunday 28th August, the Three Springs Wildflower Show and Art Exhibition will be a great opportunity for visitors to see some of the breathtakingly lovely wildflowers that are endemic to the wheatbelt region, while sampling some classic Western Australian country hospitality. The wildflower show will take place in the Three Springs Community Hall and will feature a walk-through diorama where guests can see many of the local wildflowers species. Most of these will be labelled, giving visitors a deeper understanding of each specimen and its distribution. For the convenience of those who want to learn more, an experienced botanist will be on hand to answer any questions, as well as to give talks about the area's rich botanical heritage.
Apart from the Wildflower Show, an exhibition of paintings and photography by some of the area's talented local artists will also be a popular draw-card - both for locals and visitors from further afield. These art-works will all be for sale, providing you with the opportunity to purchase a beautiful souvenir of your visit. Other highlights will include an exhibition of Indigenous Australian artifacts, model train display, wool-spinning demonstration, tourist information and a variety of other stalls, manned by various local community groups. Avid gardeners may appreciate the opportunity to purchase native plants, and there will also be wildflower cards, local arts and crafts, delicious Devonshire teas (a fundraiser for the North Midlands Health Service) and other refreshments. Energetic visitors with an interest in local history might also enjoy walking along the town's heritage trail, which introduces its various heritage buildings and other attractions. For those who would like to explore the surrounding area and see the wildflowers in their natural environment, be sure to ask the friendly locals about the best scenic drives and nearby nature reserves.
The end of winter is a magical time in Western Australia, with so many beautiful flowers bursting into colour, and a country road-trip is definitely the best way to appreciate their natural beauty. If you're hankering to escape the city rat-race and are looking for a friendly community event to visit this August, why not head north to Three Springs for their annual Wildflower Show and Art Exhibition. Taking place from 9.00am until 4.00pm, from Thursday August 25th until Sunday August 28th, it promises to be a lovely community festival with something for people of all ages. Admission will be by gold coin donation, so it will also be very affordable.
Three Springs Wildflower Show and Art Exhibition will take place at Three Springs Community Hall at 132 Railway Road. To find out more, contact Anne Marie on 08 9954 7007, or Morris and Dianna on 08 9954 5043.
Why? Just over three hours north of Perth, Three Springs is a great destination for a weekend road-trip, and this wonderful community event provides an extra impetus to escape the city for a day or two.
When:9.00am - 4.00pm, Thursday August 25 to Sunday August 28
Phone:08 9954 7007
Where:Three Springs Community Hall, 132 Railway Rd, Three Springs