The abundance and diversity of flora in the Great Southern is truly unique, due largely to our isolation, evolution and age.
South-west WA has been named one of the world’s 34 global diversity hotspots. There are 8000 species across the region (in contrast, the UK has only 1500 plant species), half of which are found nowhere else on earth.
Along with our botanical beauty, the region is home to unique mammals such as the honey possum and the numbat (Western Australia’s fauna emblem); and endangered birds such as Carnaby’s cockatoo and the rare western ground parrot.
Every spring the Great Southern comes alive with wildflowers, peaking in September.
The National Parks are a great place to start your journey, but there are plenty of smaller reserves throughout the Great Southern where you can discover unique wildflowers and orchids.
Most towns have wildflower walks, maps and guides to help you plan your trip. Or, use one of our suggested itineraries for wildflowers.
Annual wildflower shows
Bloom Festival September – October
The Bloom Festival will be returning in 2022, the perfect time to discover your own hidden treasures in the Great Southern!
With the wildflower season flourishing, the festival celebrates the renewal of spring throughout the Great Southern, focusing on the wildflower tapestries and town cultures that make up this diverse region.
With a full month of things to do and see over 19 towns, the festival encompasses more than 30 events and displays. It is well worth taking the time to enjoy what nature and passionate people have to offer!
Ongerup Wildflower Display
A must for wildflower lovers, this annual botanical event is held during late September and early October at the Ongerup/Needilup District Museum. View up to 500 specimens of stunning local wildflowers and orchids. Photographers are welcome.
08 9828 2282
Albany Wildflower Show
Held in late September, this annual show displays over 500 wildflower specimens.
08 9841 9290
Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show
Held in early September, the annual Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show features walks, drives, exhibitions and a gala event.
For help with identification:
For Field Guides:
Bush Books, produced by the Department of Biodivertiy, Conservation and Attractions, are great little resources on the flora and fauna of Western Australia. Look for them at Visitor Centres or online at the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
Colour Guide to Spring Wildflowers of Western Australia: Perth and The Southwest by Eddy Wajon
For all things wildflowers in WA:
Visit the Wildflower Society in WA