Visitors flock to Australia’s Coral Coast each year to enjoy the year-round sunshine, get closer to nature and escape crowds. The region begins just two hour’s drive north of Perth at the coastal town of Cervantes and stretches more than 1,000 kilometres north along pristine coastline to Exmouth.

 

Boasting a warm climate all year round, Australia’s Coral Coast offers perfect conditions to enjoy a range of water sports, including swimming, surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving, fishing and boating, while nature lovers also visit to watch humpback whales on their annual migration along the coast between July and October each year.



Coral Coast Wildflower Itineraries


Coral Coast Wildflower Itineraries

 

The Everlastings Trail

Duration:3 days minimum

When:July – October

Highlights:Kangaroo Paw varieties at Badgingarra National Park, orchids in Lesueur National Park, wreath flowers around Mullewa, fields of colourful everlastings in the Coalseam Conservation Park.

Base yourself: In and around Cervantes, Jurien Bay, Dongara–Denison and Geraldton

 


Coral Coast Wildflower ItinerariesDay 1

Depart Perth and head north along the Indian Ocean Drive and turn off to the Nambung National Park and the Pinnacles. Here, Tuart woodlands fill the valleys between vast areas of heath, acacia and myrtle, banksias and casuarinas. Head east from Cervantes towards Brand Highway and wander through the two-kilometre Badgingarra Nature Trail, promising to show off some of the season’s best wildflower displays including smoke bush, purple star flower, yellow buttercups, banksias, black, red and green kangaroo paws, one-sided bottlebrush, melaleucas and feather flowers in a rainbow of colours. Further north is Coomallo Nature Reserve, home to more than 200 wildflower species and just a short drive from Coorow, renowned for spectacular displays of dryandra.

 

Day 2

Just east of Green Head is the Lesueur National Park. Lesueur is known for its incredible floral diversity, featuring more than 900 species, many of which are not found anywhere else in the world. The National Park represents approximately ten per cent of the State’s known flora. Cockleshell Gully Road provides great views of the Lesueur National Park and is best suited to four-wheel drives. Alternatively, you can view many of the species along the highway between Eneabba and Dongara, in particular many varieties of banksias including the propeller banksias, magenta starflower, smoke bush, verticordias, hakeas, grevilleas and leschenaultias.

 

Day 3

Head inland to Mullewa and explore the eight surrounding Everlasting Cultural Trails, rich with blooming flora and history. On the Wildflower Walk, everlastings carpet the ground with pink, white and yellow flowers. Mullewa and nearby towns Mingenew, Three Springs and Carnamah also offer spectacular displays of the rare wreath flower. Nearby, the Coalseam Conservation Park is often carpeted in stunning white, pink and yellow everlastings as far as the eye can see during wildflower season. Enjoy the picturesque rural drive back to Perth along the Great Northern Highway.

 

The North West Trail

Duration:5 days minimum

When: June – October

Highlights:Kalbarri National Park, Shark Bay daisies in and around the Francois Peron National Park and the Kennedy Range National Park.

Base yourself: In and around Kalbarri, Shark Bay and Carnarvon.

 

Coral Coast Wildflower ItinerariesDay 1

Head north towards Geraldton. Colourful wildflowers of many varieties can be seen on roadside areas along this drive. Take a drive into the Chapman Valley where wildflowers abound on the roadside and gourmet delights will entice you to stay a while in the region. Travel along the coast to Kalbarri.

 

Day 2

Drive to the nearby Kalbarri National Park, home to breathtaking coastal cliffs and deep river gorges. The National Park has roughly 800 species of native flora, many of which are endemic species, including the coveted Kalbarri spider orchid.

 

Day 3

Head north to Shark Bay, home to the friendly dolphins of Monkey Mia. Visit Francois Peron National Park, where the contrasting colours of the scenery ranges from deep reds to brilliant blues and are as vivid as the wildflowers. Those travelling north of the Peron Homestead will require a four wheel drive vehicle. Alternatively, join a tour of the National Park from Denham or Monkey Mia. The Shark Bay daisy, wattles, dampiera and purple peas are commonly found in this area.

 

Day 4

The drive to Carnarvon will reward you with outstanding wildflower displays of parakeelya, purple vetch, northern bluebells and seasonal everlastings. Consider heading east to the Kennedy Range National Park. Along the drive you’ll find roadside displays of wildflowers. The Kennedy Range National Park is home to more than 80 species of wildflowers and is only accessible by four wheel drive vehicles.

 

Day 5

From Kennedy Range National Park head further east to Mount Augustus, the world’s largest rock. Alternatively head south through colourful displays of everlastings around Mullewa, before passing through Australia’s only monastic town, New Norcia on your way back to Perth.

 

Cape Range Trail

Duration:3 days minimum

When:June – September

Highlights:The grandiose Cape Range National Park, its unique brilliant red sturt desert pea and Australia’s largest fringing reef, the Ningaloo Marine Park.

Base yourself: In and around Carnarvon and the Ningaloo Reef region including Coral Bay, Exmouth and nearby station stays.

 

Coral Coast Wildflower ItinerariesDay 1

North of Carnarvon at Minilya, the riverbanks offer the shade of river gum and coolibah trees. On the sand dunes you’ll find grevilleas, hakeas and banksias while wattles cap the ridges. The 11-kilometre side trip to Coral Bay is well worth the journey to witness the unspoilt, natural beauty of the pristine Ningaloo Marine Park. Here the reef starts just metres from the shore, making it easily accessible. The flat plains area between Minilya and Lyndon River are good for spotting the Minilya lily. Off Burkett Road, station stays and tours make a great overnight stop. The autumn rains generally produce abundant colourful masses of wildflowers in the area’s fertile red soil.

 

Day 2

Continue your journey north towards Exmouth where the coastal plain of the Exmouth Gulf is a predominately wattle shrubland interspersed with occasional stands of mallee near dry creek beds. Bright red yulbah flowers are visible in summer while in winter there’s the golden hue of spring wattles, often infused with purple mulla mulla. You’ll find scenic wildflower viewing areas within the Cape Range National Park. Displays are generally best at Mandu Mandu Gorge, Shothole Canyon, Charles Knife Canyon and Yardie Creek Gorge. Head to the Milyering Visitor Centre for more wildflower information or take a scenic river cruise on Yardie Creek.

 

Day 3

The Cape Range National Park covers 50,581 hectares of stunning limestone ranges, deep rugged canyons and 50 kilometres of pristine beach. It features more than 100 species of land birds, native marsupials and around 630 species of flowering plants. Look out for the brilliant red sturt desert pea, which flowers in late winter. The red sturt desert pea is one of 12 endemic species that grow in the park. Other flowering plants include purple mulla mullas, wattles, everlastings, native fuschias, fanflowers, Minilya lily, Cape Range kurrajongs and dampier. Adjacent to the land is the Ningaloo Reef, featuring 500 species of fish and 300 species of coral.