Australia is covered with the glorious and varied colors of an abundance of wildflowers. Each state and territory has its own flower, and Australia has its own national flower, The Golden Wattle. As you drive through the Australian countryside, you are sure to spot many of these native flowers.
When it comes to wildflowers Western Australia certainly needs to be top of your list of places to visit. There are over 12,000 species, all blooming like a floral wave across the state between June to November, with the peak flower season between August to October.
Coalseam Conservation Park, about a 4.5-hour drive north of Perth, delivers an eye-popping feast of everlastings, banksias, hakeas and grevilleas, as well as stellar wildlife watching opportunities. Keep a camera at the ready to snap the resident kangaroos, emus and echidnas.
South East of Perth is the Wheatbelt region of WA and there is no better time to visit here than springtime, with its great network of self-drive trails. From mid-August flowers start to bloom in the Northern Wheatbelt, renowned for everlastings, orchids, verticordias and the wreath flower. For more information on Western Australia's wildflower's click here
If you’re looking for a short, sharp frolic past native orchids, creamy candles and puffy yellow billy buttons, you can spot them in the Adelaide Hills. Stop first at the Mount Lofty Botanic Gardens, just a 25-minute drive from Adelaide, to wander the rose garden, magnolia gully and rhododendron gully.
In Belair National Park, take the Wildflower Wander trail through Anstey Hill Recreation Park, and visit Black Hill Conservation Park with eyes peeled for flower species like greenhoods, sun orchids and donkey orchids.
Spring in the Flinders Ranges offers a spectacular time in with wattles, native hopbush, mintbush and Sturt desert peas enhancing the amazing landscape.
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 from September to November.
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. Tasmanian waratah can be seen (November-January) on the Ben Lomond Road in addition to a fine display of summer wild flowers.
Canberra's annual Floriade is a flower and entertainment festival held in Canberra's Commonwealth Park featuring extensive displays of flowering bulbs with integrated sculptures and other artistic features. The festival attracts visitors from around the world and runs in spring from mid September to mid October each year. It is also called "Australia's Celebration of Spring".
The town of Miles located west of Brisbane is the center of a native wildflower region for Queensland extending north to the Great Divide. In the heart of the Western Downs, the beautiful Balonne River highlights the beauty of Miles, particularly in August and September with the wildflowers bloom in abundance.
The Grampians accounts for approximately one-third of all of Victoria’s flora including soft bunches of pink common heath, the floral emblem of the state. The traditional owners of this region divide the year into six distinct weather periods, one of which is Petyan, the season of wildlife and wildflowers. Head for Grampians National Park in Petyan between August and November to find delicate blooms peppering the rugged, sandstone landscape.
New South Wales
Kosciuszko National Park is located approximately 5.5 hours’ drive from Sydney and is renowned for bright colours blanketing the alpine fields. You can easily spot flowers by car or on foot. Driving the Alpine Way from Canberra to Thredbo, you will wind through prime wildflower territory on the Kosciuszko Summit Walk. Best time is just after the snow has melted between late September and November.
Tilba Tilba on the New South Wales South Coast offers the ultimate photo opportunities where fields of paper daisies stretch to the foothills of Mount Gulaga. They generally bloom from late August to early October.