Walk and see the wild­flow­ers in WA

Walking New Zealand - - Walk Talk -

There are 12,000 rea­sons to visit West Australia between June and Novem­ber. That’s the num­ber of wild­flower species that blan­ket the State in colour – the world’s largest col­lec­tion. It’s a phe­nom­e­non in it­self, even be­fore you con­sider that 60% of them are found nowhere else on Earth and around 50 new species are iden­ti­fied each year. In par­tic­u­larly daz­zling sea­sons, hints of the vivid colour can even be seen from space – but there’s no need to go that far. From vast car­pets to rare spec­i­mens, it’s easy to wit­ness the wild­flow­ers at their breath­tak­ing best with drives, hikes, tours, events and art­works through­out WA as each re­gion takes turns spring­ing to life, like a wave rolling from north to south. The 2017 sea­son is start­ing slightly later than usual with the most vi­brant blooms ex­pected to be seen from late June into Au­gust against rugged red land­scapes and turquoise wa­ters in the Pil­bara, Coral Coast and north­ern Golden Out­back. By Septem­ber, the paint­brush will have reached Perth’s bush­land and Kings Park’s botan­i­cal col­lec­tion, plus the Wheat­belt’s rolling hills and the his­toric Gold­fields. The flow­ers then fin­ish with a flour­ish between Oc­to­ber and early De­cem­ber in the forests and coastal heaths of the South West and south­ern Golden Out­back.

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