|Recommended Time||3 nights, 4 days|
|Roads||Some unsealed roads in National Parks but all other roads sealed and suitable for caravans|
Start your wildflower adventure in Kojonup, 265 km south of Perth, at Kodja Place, Albany Highway to see the annual wildflower display of local species. Purchase a wildflower guide and grab a map from the Visitor Centre for Myrtle Benn & Farrar Reserves, which are both well known wildflower walks close to town. There are several spots in town for lunch
Continue your drive 40kms east to Katanning. For a spot of luxury stay the night at the Premier Hill Motel or any number of other accommodation options in town. A short walk down Austral Terrace will get you to the Katanning Visitors Centre where you can pick up information on local wildflower walks and other local attractions.
From Katanning head south for 87kms on Great Southern Highway to Cranbrook. Call into the Gillami Centre, located on the Highway as you enter town, where you can collect a local map and information on where to find the beautiful local wildflowers. From Saturday 26 September to Sunday 4 October view the local wildflower display and botanic artwork & sculpture by local artists Lesley Spencer, Jane Thomson and Trevor Woodward, The Cranbrook Regional Community Hub, 3 Dunn Street. A photographic exhibition by Genevieve Milnes, documenting the regeneration of the Stirling Range National Park and Camel Lake following the December bushfires will give you some great insight if you plan to head out to the Stirling Ranges.
If you want to stay longer check into The Traveller’s Rest B&B, Tenterden, where your hosts will help you find local orchid spots and help you plan the next leg of your journey.
The Stirling Range National Park, 76kms from Cranbrook, is one of the world’s most important areas for flora with 1500 species recorded, many of which grow nowhere else. There are a number of amazing walks and accommodation options to choose from as well as guided walks at Stirling Range Retreat and Mt Trio Bushcamp. https://greatsoutherntreasures.com.au/towns/borden/
72 kms east of the national park is Ongerup. From Monday 21 September to Sunday 4 October the Ongerup-Needilup District Museum Spring hosts its annual wildflower show with local botanically named wildflowers. Situated in middle of town, the museum also has railway, natural heritage, shearing & machinery displays. Call into the Yongergnow Malleefowl Centre where you can have the rare opportunity to view the Malleefowl in its natural environment. Open Tuesday to Saturday 9.00am to 4.00pm.
From Ongerup head back to the Porongurup National Park (118kms). Over 1 billion years old, this ancient forest island is home to towering granite peaks, majestic stands of Karri trees and has exceptional wildflowers. The Twin Peaks Reserve is a fantastic bush walk.
Mt Barker is 27kms west and has plenty of food and accommodation options. Visit https://www.facebook.com/mbvcwa/ to check out local events during spring and visitor centre opening hours.
From Mt Barker you can take Albany Highway 365kms north to Perth or 52kms south to Albany.