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Destinations: WILDFLOWERS

State by State guide to some of the best places to view Australia's wildflowers

Granite Belt wildflowers

On the Stanthorpe Plateau, spectacular wildflowers displays emerge from among granite rocks and boulders in spring.  The Granite Belt alone has over 800 different flowering plant species.  Many are endemic to the area, meaning they are confined to a certain location or region and do not occur naturally anywhere else. 

South Australia:
Head for The Hills

The Adelaide Hills is one of the best locations around Adelaide to see wildflowers. The area has long been settled with small towns, orchards, vineyards, market gardens and general farming but still retains, particularly in National Parks and forestry land, some of the sclerophyll forest from before white settlement. Walks are undertaken in National Parks, forests, minor roads and undeveloped road reserves passing through a considerable variety of vegetation, valleys and hills from which are extensive views of the surrounding plains and Gulf St Vincent.
The walking season is usually between April and October, but the best time to see wildflowers is in late winter and during spring. Adelaide's winter is usually sufficiently mild to allow walking at any time in this season if equipped with waterproof clothing. There are many marked walking trails in the parks and reserves, ranging from an easy stroll along a forest track to an exhilarating climb following a rough bush track.

Grampians Wildflower Show

Spring is a great time to visit the Grampians and every October the Grampians Wildflower Show takes place at Halls Gap showcasing the wildflowers of the area. Held every October, the Halls Gap Wildflower Show is a renowned showcase of indigenous flowers of the Grampians. Displays demonstrate and explain the native flora found in the region.
The Grampians region is one of Australia's richest and most diverse flora areas, from subalpine forest, shrub woodland, heathlands and swamps to riverine. It is home to more than one third of the State's flora. Spring is the best time to see wildflowers throughout the region, but there are many plants in flower all year round.

Alpine wildflowers

For me, the best time to visit Tasmania is spring mainly because of the mild weather, however the profusion of wildflowers is an added bonus. There's no single spot that stands out as the place to go to see Tasmania's wildflowers, you'll find them practically anywhere where there's a walking path through untouched countryside.
The wildflowers of the alpine regions are in full bloom in summer, which is perhaps the best season to walk the tracks of the high country. The Overland Track, for example, passes through open fields of wildflowers as it wends its way through the most scenic mountry country in Australia. The Track holds a legendary status as one of the finest bushwalks in Australia.

Western Australia:
Outback wildflower trails

Of all the states, none compare to Western Australia for its magnificent array of wildflowers. Australia’s Golden Outback wildflower trails lead you on a self-drive trip through some of the State’s most breathtaking displays of Western Australian wildflowers. Among the 12,000-plus wildflower species scattered across the outback, you’ll find carpets of pink, yellow and white everlastings stretching as far as the eye can see, as well as the unusual wreath leschenaultia.
The season commences in the north of the region in August and finishes in the south during December. But before you begin one of the many outback wildflower trails, call the local visitor centre for information about the variety and location of wildflowers in bloom. Although Western Australian wildflowers can often be seen from the roadside, many interesting species can be found a short distance off the road and the local visitor centres will be happy to point you in the right direction.
Whether you’re planning a day trip or extended outback driving holiday, download a copy of the Western Australian Wildflowers Holiday Guide, visit the Wildflowers WA website

Australian Outback:
Bursting into life after the rains

Whilst some plants appear to flower at the same time each year, many of the desert wildflowers have adapted to flowering after periods of rain. When rain hits, outback regions of Australia like the Flinders Ranges and Central Australia come to life, boasting stunning native plants indigenous to their area. To see the Outback desert explode into life after rain is a truly magical experience. A carpet of wildflowers appears over night and frantically breeding animals often make the most out of the precious moisture and abundance of food while it lasts. The big rains come to the outback in winter, however there are unpredictable. But once they have come, you know there is a good chance the wildflowers will stay around until spring.

New South Wales:
State of the Watatah

Spring is a good time to visit New South Wales National Parks and Reserves, to witness the new growth and floral displays. Scenic places extend through the Blue Mountains, across to the NSW many parks and reserves extending to and along the coastal regions. Contact the National Parks and Wildlife Service or any of the local tourism visitor centre for more information. The state's floral emblem, the Waratah, occur in forested areas, more commonly seen growing in the Blue Mountains region, along forested slopes and ridges.

Australian's Floral Emblem

Golden Wattle

State and Territory Floral Emblems

NSW: Waratah

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