Western Australia is famous for its wildflowers. From the harsh red dust of the north to the cooler vineyards of the south, a wave of colour spreads down the state from June to November. In September, Kings Park explodes in a sea of colour as the wildflowers of the West put on their glorious show.
Follow any of the paths that wind their way through the natural bush of this four hundred hectare park on the edge of the city and see the wildflowers in their natural state. Australia’s national floral emblem, the wattle, adds colour to the bush at this time of the year.

Wattle Bushes in Kings Park
Wattle bushes in Kings Park

 
Flat leafed wattle flowers, Kings Park
The beautiful yellow flowers of the flat leafed wattle

 
Donkey orchids growing under wattle bushes and gum trees Kings Park
Donkey orchids growing under wattle bushes and gum trees

 
Donkey Orchids are often found in large clumps in the bush. With their yellow donkey ears and brown throats, they are quite beautiful.
Donkey Orchid, Kings Park
Donkey Orchids

 
The Kangaroo Paw is probably the best known wildflower. The red and green variety, known as the Mangles Kangaroo Paw is our state’s floral emblem.
Kangaroo Paws in Kings Park
Kangaroo paws in their natural habitat

 
The Red and Green Kangaroo Paw
The Red and Green Kangaroo Paw

 
Kangaroo Paws in Kings Park
Different varieties of Kangaroo Paws

 
The green and black Kangaroo Paw in Kings Park
The green and black Kangaroo Paw

 
There are many different areas of the park to explore but for a quick visit, the Botanical Gardens is the place to go. The garden beds surrounding the grassed area leading into the Botanical Gardens, have been planted with a mix of wildflowers. Most are named to make identification easier.
West Australian Wildflowers in Kings Park
Wildflowers in the Park

 
West Australian Wildflowers in Kings Park
Kangaroo paws and everlastings grow under the gums

 
Thread leaf everlastings and blue leschenaultia in Kings Park
Thread leaf everlastings and blue leschenaultia

 
 
Pink and yellow everlastings in Kings Park
Pink and yellow everlastings

 
The flowers of the Geraldton Wax vary in colour from white to a dark pink. Here they have their own garden where all the varying shades can be seen together with many the different varieties of the Kangaroo Paw. You’ll also see them growing wild along the bush paths.
Pink Geraldton Wax in Kings Park
Pink Geraldton Wax

 
The  Pink Fairy Orchid is one of the most common orchids to be found. Hard to find in the bush, but here in the Botanical Garden, they can easily be seen, especially in the Banksia Garden
Pink Fairy Orchid in Kings Park
Pink Fairy Orchid

 
The flowers of the banksia and gum tree are so different. Personally, my favourite  is the flowers of the Silver Princess Gum Tree. Eucalyptus trees such as the Jarrah and Tuart also have beautiful flowers as does the Marri tree.
Flowers of the Silver Princess Gum, Kings Park
The beautiful flowers of the Silver Princess Gum

 
Gum and banksia flowers, Kings Park
A few of the very different gum and banksia flowers

 
The most colourful wild flower is the everlasting. Pink, yellow and white everlastings can be seen in all corners of the park with the pink everlasting putting on a magnificent show where they have been planted en masse in the sunlight.
Pink Everlastings in Kings Park
Pink everlastings run through the bush

 
Pink and yellow everlastings in Kings Park
Pink and yellow everlastings

Pink everlastings in Kings Park
More pink everlastings!

 
Pink everlastings in Kings Park
Guess who likes everlastings!

 
 
There are over 12,000 wildflowers found in Western Australia of which over 60% are found nowhere else in the world!
These are but a few…..
 
West Australian Wildflowers
 
If you’d like to see more photos of Western Australia’s wildflowers, Red Nomad Oz has travelled from the north of the state to the south taking photos for the Wonderful World of West Australian Wildflowers
 
Wildflower Trails exist all over the state during flowering season.
Being five minutes from the city, Kings Park and the Botanical Gardens are the easiest to visit but you might also like to take a road trip into the country. WA Toursim has a comprehensive brochure available on these trails which you can download from www.westernaustralia.com
 
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