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Australia’s landscape is pretty intimidating whether you’re trekking through the red desert plains or battling the jungle with plants that could go head to head with a chainsaw. Although, among the tenacious landscapes this sunburnt country is known for, is a carpet of vibrant colours, brought out particularly in spring when wildflowers are in bloom.
Whether you’re road-tripping through New South Wales, Hiking in Tasmania, or stopping on the side of the road to stand tall to the sunflowers in Queensland, there’s a lot to see. Here’s a complete guide to the best places to find wildflowers in Australia.
New South Wales
Perhaps, the most famous spot for wildflowers in NSW is along the Riverina, which spans from the Southern Highlands to Junee. Visitors, travellers, and passers-by are overwhelmed with a sea of gold as canola flowers blossom, blanketing the countryside in a vibrant hue. Be sure to stop into the quaint towns for food and shopping.
Head to this protected nature reserve in spring to witness the transformation right before your eyes. You’ll see waratahs, majestic angophoras, old-man banksias, pink boronias, and delicate native orchids come to life.
Here, breathe in the sweet cream flowers of giant honey myrtle, enjoy the cool waters of Wonboyn Lake, and marvel at the bright sea of frangipani trees. You will feel like you’re walking through Thailand in this nature reserve.
Situated north of Newcastle, Barrington Tops is an open forest, with grasslands, swamps, and rainforests. It’s a popular area to spot several different wildflower species. On clear days, you can get a great view of the wildflowers across the Hunter Valley to the coast.
This northern Sydney hot spot is popular around spring. The main attraction is the Waratah flower, which blooms bright red and is a spectacle to see. It’s also packed with banksias, orchids, and several other wildflowers.
Travel along the scenic drive to Terrick Terrick National Park where you will find granite peaks, native grasslands, and a colourful display of wildflowers throughout. You will also find some historical farming sites worth a look at.
The Gippsland Lakes is a favourite holiday destination for Victorians. Surrounded by lagoons and coastal dunes, the lakes are a great place to visit in spring and summer. Although in spring, you’ll see the spectacular array of wildflowers on display including orchids, wattle, heathland, and other species.
The Grampians are a series of five spectacular sandstone ridges running north to south with steep and craggy slopes on the eastern side and gentler slopes to the west. You can hike, kayak, fish and rock climb, or simply enjoy the colourful spring wildflower views.
Dip your toes in shallow rock pools, float in calm lagoons, and chase waterfalls in the majestic Snowy River National Park. Everywhere you turn, there’s a wildflower to spot.
As the largest national park in Victoria, Alpine has its own scenic road trip called the great Alpine Road Touring Route which winds through the heart of the Victorian Alps on the highest altitude road in Victoria, and offers panoramic views as far as the eye can see, including of its wildflowers.
Known as The Prom, this 50,000-hectare reserve is a refuge for an array of native wildlife including kangaroos, emus, echidnas and rosellas. Visit in spring to experience spectacular displays of wildflowers including orchids, wattle, heathland and other species on your bushwalk.
Tower Hill is home to koalas, emus, and kangaroos, who love to get up and close to visitors. You can find them frolicking in a sea of vibrant wildflowers, making for a spectacular sight.
The Flinders Ranges is synonymous with wildlife and the outback. The 90,000-hectare semi-arid landscape is filled with ancient mountains, tree-lined gorges, and a seasonal wealth of wildlife. In spring, visitors will find a carnival of wildflowers carpeting the plains and foothills.
This area is quite remarkable and only a short drive from Adelaide. There are campgrounds and wildlife, with bushwalking trails for all levels. No matter which trail you take, you’re bound to run into a sea of wildflowers, as well as stunning views of the foothills and range.
Only 25 minutes from Adelaide, Belair National Park is a quick escape from the city centre, offering woodlands and lakes to explore, bound with trails, native vegetation, and animals.
In the Clare Valley, a gorgeous array of orchids, billy buttons, woodland creamy candles, and red parrot-peas await. Enjoy the colours from honey yellow to blood red, and much more.
This 223km trail is one of Australia’s most spectacular trekking experiences. Although its extreme climatic conditions including intense heat and freezing conditions makes it a tricky place to visit for novice trekkers. Throughout the region, you will find a rare selection of wildflowers and wildlife, among many other magical moments only found in Central Australia.
Kings Canyon is a bucket list for all hikers who are ready to lace up their boots for views of the high sandstone walls, palm-filled crevices, and views that stretch across the desert plains. Along the rim walk, you will find the Garden of Eden, home to a beautiful rock pool surrounded by rare plants.
Litchfield is where you’ll find those stunning waterfalls you see on Instagram. It’s home to crystal clear pools, weather sandstone pillars, towering waterfalls and a shady monsoon forest acting as a haven for wildflowers and wildlife.
West of Alice Springs, visitors will find waterholes, sculpted landscapes, and wildlife thriving in this rough terrain. More importantly, you will find wildflower species, tough enough to endure the intense heat and cold temperatures in winter. Any flower that can withstand those conditions is worth looking at.
This small reserve has a diverse habitat range hosting a sandplain and arid country, so its display of wildflowers includes a wide range of annuals and perennials. Awe at seas of yellow, as you walk through the 250 million-year-old geological marvel.
Nestled deep in the Perth Hills, Araluen Botanic Park sits on 59 hectares of West Australian native forest, where you can check out the thousands of plants that flourish extra bright in spring. The micro-climate provides an unmatched opportunity to cultivate exotic plants.
This is one of the most visited parks in the state, mostly for its natural wonders and stunning sights of the rugged coastline. Along the walk, you’ll find a plethora of wildflowers in season. There are plenty of trails to follow, so pick one and go.
Expect cavernous gorges, some of the oldest rocks on the planet, crystal-clear waterways, and cascading waterfalls. This national park is an adventure lover’s paradise. In spring, you’ll see its impressive flora blooming too.
In the North West of the state, you will find an abundant display of wildlife and wildflowers on all the trails in the park.
Above Dove Lake, there is a vast alpine region with summer wildflowers and a few waratahs scattered around. Cradle Mountain is also one of the best treks in Tasmania, and should definitely be a bucket list experience.
The prominent cliffs and peaks here make mountain biking, horse riding, and hiking popular. There are a few trails to take, but all lead to amazing views and if you head toward the northern end starting at Ferndene, there is a mass of spring flowers.
Bring a camera, because the banksia forest here overlooks the sea and heathland making for a postcard moment. You will find a variety of spring and summer flowers, and Christmas Bells in late spring.
Freycinet National Park comes alive in spring when it’s blanketed in pinks, purples, yellows and whites. Any hike here is worth the trek, especially for the views of Wine Glass Bay, and other coastal heathlands.
Situated in Springbrook National Park, the Warrie Circuit Walk takes travellers past several waterfalls, through a rainforest, and to multiple lookouts. There are plenty of beautiful places for a picnic, including the fields of wildflowers you’ll find along the way.
It’s a steep climb up the Northwestern ridge of Flinders Peak, but the top rewards you with expansive views of Brisbane and its surroundings. There are plenty of opportunities to spot wildflowers on the way up and an array of colours at the top.
This moderate track is an easy 10km trail, known for its local wildlife, views, and wildflowers throughout. The hike is family-friendly, so make it a fun family day out.
Girraween means ‘place of flowers’, so you know it’s going to be worth it. Among the parks massive granite outcrops, large angular tors and balanced boulders, you will find spectacular wildflower displays that add a splash of colour among the granite.
For the best wildflower spotting, join the wildflower tour, which leads to a bed of wildflowers of all colours and varieties. You can learn more about the species while on tour.
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