Western Australia has the world's largest collection of wildflowers with over 12,000 species, many found nowhere else on Earth.
The Wildflower season for the Great Southern Region, with its varied forests and coastal heaths, begins in early August and lasts until late November, depending on winter rainfall.
While native wildflowers can be found in many areas, even along roadsides, the many National Parks provide the best protected collections.
Consider visiting Stirling Range National Park for undulating hills and rugged cliff faces. Many walking trails can be found there to view the 87 unique species found only in this area.
The Porongorup National Park leads through a combination of forest areas and weathered granite peaks. Many well-marked walks take you through the various landscapes, with something to suit all fitness levels.
The Torndirrup National Park features windswept cliffs, sandy beaches and coastal heathlands, whose trails lead to many lookouts over the landscape.
Towards Denmark and Walpole are West Cape Howe, Mt Lindesay and William Bay National Parks, that combine stunning coastal scenery with a hectic mix of native flowers.
During September and October each year, the Great Southern Bloom Festival combines the celebration of nature with the charm of real country living, with displays and events in many hinterland Shires of the Great Southern Region.
National Parks with facilities require visitors to purchase a day pass on the day of entry. The cost is per vehicle and entitles you to visit several parks on the same day.
Please note that pets are not permitted in National Parks and picking wildflowers is prohibited by law in Western Australia. Keep to walking trails whenever possible and be aware that bushfires are a risk especially in summer months.
Article updated 13/09/2017.