Western Australia - wildflowers and natural history
The south west of Western Australia is a vast botanical garden – tall forest, woodlands, shrublands and heath are home to over 4,000 species, 80% of which grow nowhere else; a truly remarkable flora.
Mid-spring is the time when the flowers are at their best. Banksias, Grevilleas, Hakeas, Myrtles, Kangaroo Paws and a bewildering diversity of orchids, plus many more combine to create a colourful botanical extravaganza.
We start and finish in Perth, concentrating on discovering the magnificent array of wildflowers in the state, while also gaining a deeper appreciation and understanding of the wider natural heritage. The itinerary will give us plenty of opportunity to see some of the state’s many mammals, reptiles and the chance to catch up with a good number of Western Australia’s endemic birds.
The Perth hinterland is as diverse as it is fascinating. From the Darling Ranges we travel north through the Banksia Eucalypt woodlands and mallee shrub and heathlands to Pinnacles National Park. Further north lies Kalbarri NP, where a huge variety of wild flowers clothe the plains surrounding the Murchison River gorges.
Passing south through the coastal shrublands, many roads are lined with wildflowers, ablaze with colour. In the south west, we visit the famed Karri-Tingle and JarrahMarri forests, walking amidst the canopy of these magnificent tees on a canopy walkway. Heading east, coastal cliffs provide great viewing of breeding Southern Right Whales offshore of Fitzgerald River National Park, while in the Stirling Range we will climb onto the summit ridge, with flowers in abundance and lizards much in evidence.
Finally we visit the famous Dryandra woodlands, home to endangered marsupials and more wonderful wild flowers.
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