Midwest Wildflower Report

Published: Friday, 23 August 2019 at 4:12:00 PM

Welcome to the 2019 Wildflower Report.

We have lovely areas of everlastings currently looking great. The plants are very short because of our dry winter and a good soaking rain is needed all over the Midwest. Information centres in our regional towns are now open and the best place to get their best areas for flowers. A lot of our flowers are quite delicate, so we suggest (where safe) pull over and have a walk through the area. The wildflower display upstairs at the Geraldton Visitor Centre is in place and there will be wildflower talks Monday to Friday 10am and 10.30am.

Chapman River Walk: Guided walks along the river on the northern edge of Geraldton either Saturday or Sunday. Ask the Geraldton Visitor Centre staff for details. Alternatively, you can search for Chapman River Friends Flower app on the iTunes store.

Chapman Valley: The first half of the drive is heavily agricultural with good patches of everlasting flowers starting from Naraling hall, onto Yuna townsite and through to Tendindewa. There are bush flowers along the way and they are starting to show colour. There is a free camp beside the Yuna Hall.

Kalbarri: A variety of bush flowers now appearing in the Kalbarri National Park – inland gorges as well as the coastal strip. The Kalbarri Visitor Centre publish a wildflower report on the local wildflowers, so pop in and see the team there.

Tenindewa: This area is great for everlastings and history. Check out the drive into the Pioneer Well and old School site for a great range of everlastings. 

Mullewa: A great area to view the flowers. Everlastings currently north of town at Bowtell Park and on the Northern Loop drive out of Mullewa – especially around Perkins Well. The Town walk (leaves opposite caravan park) has great shows of everlastings and orchids (watch the trees for the biodegradable tape). Head up to the scenic lookout for magic views and the bush walk. Visit the Mullewa Information Centre for updates. The Mullewa Caravan Park is a great place to base yourself. Bookings options include Geraldton Visitor Centre or ringing caretakers direct on 0439 898 762. 

Pindar: Lots of wreath flower plants but very few have started flowering. About two weeks before we start to see the circles of flowers. Area very dry and needs a rain. Head 30kms of east of Mullewa on highway and turn into Pindar. Drive past the old Pindar Pub (now a café) and turn left onto the Pindar-Berringarra Road and proceed 10kms north on dirt road. Signs along the way. Please park thoughtfully and exercise caution as trucks use the road.

Geraldton-Mt Magnet Road: Travellers are telling us of big areas of everlastings beside the road around the Mullewa to Mt Magnet area. 

Canna: Upwards of eight different types of orchids now on show in the Canna area. The pink everlastings are flowering around the dam area. A great overnight area to camp behind the fire brigade shed. Toilets and shower. Donations essential to the local fire brigade. 

Coalseam Conservation Park: Great geological features and flowers. The pink, yellow and white everlastings are looking fabulous. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of orchids. Purple fringe lilies are appearing, along with gums, hakea, grevillea and melaleuca. You can camp amongst the flowers in the park or in the overflow site at the Breakaways. DBAC camp hosts onsite.

Leseur National Park: Inland from Jurien Bay, this National Park has an amazing variety of bush flowers. Flowers just starting to show their colours. Great walk up the hill for special views.

Brand Highway: Bush flowers both sides of the highway around Eneabba to Badgingarra. Acacia blakelyi wattle is in full bloom along the highway and Woolly grevillea out in profusion. The pink hakea neurophylla (veined hakea) on the northern end of Cockleshell Gully Road. Western Flora Caravan Park is a great hotspot and place to stay (9955 2030). Hi Vallee Farm tours are exceptionally good (9652 3035).                        

Mingenew area: Check out Mingenew Hill for great views and yellow pom pom everlastings. Depot Hill on Allanooka Springs Road has everlastings and orchids up the track. Pink everlastings roadside south of town.

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