Life is about the journey - some roads are not always what they seem but you sure learn a great deal from them!
When I was a little girl, my parents drove into Nammaqualand (pronounced Na - Muck - kwa - lunt) to see wildflowers. I remember seeing a wave of different coloured flowers covering the desert ground like a magic carpet. I have always wanted to see that again, however Nammaqualand is very far away and just a little outside the budget.
This is not Namaqualand, but this is just a taste of what you can see driving up to the Wild Flower Region in South Africa
Imagine my sheer joy to find out that Western Australia offers the same type of magic. I am not sure if it will be exactly the same, however what a perfect way to start spring.
To see these magnificent flowers in bloom you can choose one of 11 trails designed for Western Australia. However, I will start with the trails you will find in and around Perth. Of course I will kick start this Spring adventure with a trail that starts in the heart of Perth.
The Perth Trail
The Perth Trails includes 10 locations from Kings Park to Rottnest Island. Choose one, or all 10, for a wildflower experience like no other.
1. Starting at Kings Park, you can spend the time walking around the 400 hectares of natural bushland. And because everything is so close, you can take a coffee break while still enjoying the spring air.
Wild flowers to be seen at Kings Park (photo courtesy of pacificbliss.com)
2. The Perth Trail continues through to the Yanchep National Park. Yanchep is also known for its Koala Sanctuary, limestone caves, and Aboriginal art. Yanchep national park does charge an entry fee which ranges from $5.00 to $11.00.
3.Whiteman Park spans over 4200 hectares. Trails loop all the way through the park, so you can either walk or cycle through the Park. There are loads of activities within the park such as WA Birds of Prey Flight Displays, café, and many more interesting things that can keep the family entertained for the whole day. Whiteman Park also has a range of picnic locations, so you can enjoy real outdoor adventure.
While on the hunt for wildflowers, you could stop in and see the WA Birds of Prey in Action
4. Walyunga can be found just a little north of the Vines. The Walyunga National Park is known for blossoming orchids, Hakeas, Grevilleas, Isopogons, Petrophiles, Triggerplants and Verticordias. It also has a range of trails to suit all ages and fitness levels. Don't forget your picnic hamper, because the Walyunga National Park also offers visitors a selection of picnic benches. Walyunga National Park entry fee for a car with less than 12 passengers is $11.00.
5.F.R. Berry Drive Reserve is located off Toodyay Road on the way to Gidgegannup. It is part of the City of Swan. There is a 2.3 km walk trail which has information panels plus a complimentary demonstration of wildflowers presented by Mother Nature herself.
6.John Forrest National Park is located in the Darling Ranges, and spans over 1,500 hectares. It is best accessed from Great Eastern Highway. They have a wide range of trails, picnic areas and camping areas. A range of wildflowers can be seen through this park which can either be viewed by walking or on a bike. Entry fee is $11.00 per car.
The Kangroo's Paw - just one of the wild flowers you will see on your travels (photo courtesy of: experienceperth.com)
7.Perth Hills are often forgotten about when it comes to a wildflower hunt. However, it is widely known for its abundance of fauna and flora. The Perth Hills area encompasses 4 National Parks: John forrest National Park, Kalamunda National Park and Lesmurdie falls National Park. You can also find Mundaring Weir (one of the world's greatest engineer projects) and Lake Leschenaultia (a manmade lake). You are sure to capture the magic of wildflowers in this area seeing that there are 4 huge parks to hike through.
Wildflowers seen at the Bibbulmun Track which is part of the Perth Hills. (photo courtesy of experienceperth.com)
8.Ellis Brook Valley is a huge natural bushland and is part of the Banyowla Regional Park. It also showcases a 60 foot fall which can be viewed after winter rains. Of course, you can expect to find a diverse range of wildflowers. Be sure to take a few snacks along, so you can stop and have a picnic while enjoying the view.
9.Wireless Hill Park encompasses 40 hectares of natural bushlands. You will find a range of wildflowers in this habitat, and it can be found in Ardross. With a range of trails running through this, this park will offer those on a time budget a great opportunity to see wildflowers and have time to stay to schedule.
10.Rottnest Island is known for its abundance of fauna and flora. One will need to take the ferry to the island, however once there can either walk, ride or take the bus to see the sights around the island. With the Rottofest kick starting Spring, you can experience two adventures for the price of one.
Whatever your choices, I hope you have a very enjoyable time. I am looking forward to seeing a number of them, and who knows, I may just do all 10. Phew.
However if you want to know more and download some maps you can visit the WA tourism site.