Where to see Australian Plants - Western Australia

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Cultivated Plants

Predominantly Natural Areas (not National Parks)

In compiling this list, National Parks have been omitted. As all National Parks exist for the preservation of flora and fauna, it is obvious that any of the Parks throughout Australia are worth a visit by the plant enthusiast. Further details of National Parks can be found from the appropriate Parks Authority.

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Cultivated Plants

  • Banksia Farm, Mount Barker

    The Banksia Farm is an interpretative retreat for tourists, wildflower enthusiasts, botanists, Banksia lovers and students alike. It boasts the world's only full collection of all Banksia species. Most of these are well established specimens and many have flowered. Banksia Farm's facilities, products and services include a gallery, nursery and accommodation.

    Further information from the Banksia Farm web site.

    Mount Barker, is located about 350 km south of Perth on the Albany Highway.

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  • Kings Park and Botanic Garden, West Perth

    Kings Park and Botanic Garden is the most important recreational parkland and urban bushland in Western Australia. It is unique because of its size, its remnant bushland and significant cultural heritage, its far ranging vistas, and its proximity to the centre of the city of Perth. The Gardens feature displays of many of Western Australia's unique native plants.

    Visit the web site for further details on activities at the Gardens and to take a look at the many on-line images.

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  • Wireless Hill Park, Booragoon

    Wireless Hill Park is located about 10km south west of Perth and access can be gained via Almondbury Road or McCallum Crescent, Ardross. The Park comprises 40ha and has historical significance being the site of Perth's first radio antenna. A small museum gives all the details as well as a list of flora to be found on site.

    The Hill was mostly denuded for its original telecommunication purpose and then left to fall to natural (weed) growth. Since 1985, extensive replanting of mostly original species has resulted in a stunning collection of 20,000 - 30,000 plants The reserve is absolutely stunning in late winter and spring. The eagle-eyed gardener can even find a few orchids amongst the spread of "the usual" - Geraldton wax, wattles, grevilleas, callistemon, kangaroos paws, etc etc.

    The park is open to visitors 24 hours a day, and has many paths and a Heritage trail. It is a good family picnic spot, with some lawned and shaded areas, barbecues and playground equipment.The Telecommunications Museum is open Saturday and Sunday from 2pm to 5pm (small admission charge). The three viewing towers are the original aerial anchor blocks.

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Predominantly Natural Areas

  • Brand Highway. Badgingarra - Eneabba

    200-300 km north of Perth, the roadside reserves in these areas are particularly well preserved and contain hundreds of species of flowering natives. From August to September this region comes alive with a great variety of colours. Among the most spectacular plants here are the verticordias. V.grandis, V.chrysantha, V.nitens (orange and yellow forms), V.plumosa, V.monadelpha, V.nobilis and many more put on a spectacular show in a good season, many flowering into early summer.

    This area is also home to the black kangaroo paw (Macropidia fuliginosa). You will also see Eremea, various kangaroo paws, Thryptomene, Leschenaultia, Banksia - the list goes on. Again it is advisable to find a suitable place to park the car and get out and walk.

    Heading west toward Jurien Bay you drive through the Mt Lesueur region, renowned for the diverse range of species growing there.

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  • Kalbarri to Carnarvon

    590 km noth of Perth, Kalbarri represents the southern most extent of many northwest species and the northern most limit of many southwest species. This means a trip through Kalbarri National Park in spring can give the best of both worlds. However, follow the highway north, particularly in early spring and you will be treated with a colourful drive all the way to Carnarvon, 900km north of Perth.

    Early spring is without doubt the most delightful time of year to make this journey as for most of the year the scenery on the last half of the 12 hour trip is typically dry, outback scrub! As with most wildflower trips, the best discoveries are usually found when you park the car in one of the many large rest areas and go for a wander. Remember the sunscreen and hat and don't forget the Aerogard! And definitely carry drinking water as it is in very short supply north of Geraldton.

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  • Mt Martin Regional Botanic Park, Albany

    Situated on the City of Albany's eastern boundary, directly opposite the Emu Point Town site, Mt Martin Reserve covers 403 hectares of elevated bushland. The reserve is representative of the flora recorded around Albany by the early botanists, much of which has disappeared through cultivation.

    The Park's web site provides details of the flora as well as maps of walking trails.

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  • Perenjori to Paynes Find District

    350-450 km northeast of Perth, this is the real wildflower district that attracts thousands of tourists to WA every year. This region is the home of a wide range of everlasting daisies which transform the scrub into a massive carpet of colours each spring following good winter rains. It is not unusual for the lanscape to change from red to yellow to pink as you drive over hills.

    However, daisies are not the sole attraction. There is a huge variety of native species growing in the roadside reserves. One unique attraction that should not be missed is the wreath leschenaultia (L.macrantha). Take a drive along some of the gravel roads (these may be closed in the wet) and stop occasionally to get out and walk along some of the station fences. Here you will stumble across various native ground orchids particularly caladenias. A lot of flowers can often be found around the numerous rest stops along the way.

    While late August to mid September is the main season most years (particularly for daisies) there are many plants in flower right through to December and even into summer.

    Don't forget the camera!

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