By Leah Worthington
Where has this year gone…can you believe it’s October? Which means it’s SPRING! Goodbye winter and hello sunshine!
Now that the weather is warming up, what better way to spend your weekend than enjoying the great outdoors? Also, what better way to enjoy nature than to embrace spring and see some of Perth’s wildflowers that are making their appearance? Western Australia is actually home to more than 12,000 species of wildflowers, and more than 60% of these are found nowhere else in the world!
To help you plan your wildflower wanderings, Perth Happenings has done some scouting around the city and beyond, and found the best spots to see wildflowers in Perth this spring!
I have talked about this park before, it’s one of my fave places to go bushwalking because it’s dog friendly! But it is also an amazing place to see some beautiful Perth wildflowers. It’s located in Kalamunda and is an old gold course, surround by gorgeous natural bushland. It’s a 2.7km loop with only slight slopes so it’s a nice easy walk for you and Fido, plus there is a kid’s playground and BBQ facilities at the entry so you can really make a day of it!
Find it at the end of Crescent Road, Kalamunda.
For the south-siders, Serpentine Falls is where you want to go to get your flower-fix. Located in the Serpentine Nation Park, South East of Perth, and East of Baldivis, this place is the perfect place to go for some hiking and wild-flower spotting. There are two hiking trails you can take, Baldwin’s Bluff is a moderate 6km return hike or for the more adventurous, try and tackle Kitty’s Gorge Trail, a 14km return hike. Either of these trails will give you heaps of opportunity to see some gorgeous wildflowers while you soak in the scenery.
To get to Serpentine Falls, enter the national park via Falls Rd Serpentine between 8:30am and 5pm and remember that an entry fee of $13 per vehicle or $7 per vehicle concession. Try to get there before 10am on weekends as this place gets packed!
If you are from the Northern suburbs, then your best bet is to head to Whiteman Park, located about 30 minutes north of Perth CBD. The park’s Wunanga Bushwalk Trail is a 4.3km return walk that wanders through stunning bush and parkland. You can even take part in a park tour, where your volunteer tour guide will point out things of ineptest along the way and show you the best Perth wildflower spots!
You can get to Whiteman Park via Lord Street in Whiteman.
Of course, I couldn’t write an article about Perth wildflowers without mentioning Kings Park! The ultimate wildflowers hotspot, Kings Park features wildflowers from all over WA, all helpfully signed so you can remember which kind is your favourite!
You can get to Kings Park via many different entrances, but for easy parking, I’d recommend entering via Fraser Avenue.
When it’s the best time to view Perth Wildflowers?
Did you know that wildflowers season in WA actually begins in June in the far North, but sweeps down the coast as it starts to get warmer? The best time to view wildflowers in Perth is between the months of September October, and going into November the further south you get!
So why not check out one of our recommendations this weekend? Don’t forget to slip slop slap and for the allergy sufferers like me, remember your antihistamines! And of course don’t forget to tag #perthhappenings in your flower pics!