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Coral Coast rolls out its floral carpet

08/Sep/2010

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WILDFLOWERS are in full bloom on WA’s Coral Coast and that means it’s time to hit the road in search of the colourful hotspots.

Wildflower season on the Coral Coast usually runs from August to October.

In the lower parts of the State, between Shark Bay and Cervantes, the everlastings are springing up on road verges everywhere, and beautiful bush flowers and orchids are flowering for those willing to search a little deeper for unique species.

In recent years, the wildflower hotspot of Mullewa has created a series of mapped pathways surrounding the town, totalling 8.3km of the Everlastings Walking Trails to help visitors seek out the best cultural, heritage and natural attractions the region has to offer.

During wildflower season, the most colourful is the 2.8km wildflower walk starting at Lover’s Lane (opposite the caravan park), an easy 40-70 minute walk.

Coalseam Conservation Park offers the extraordinary carpets of everlastings that are symbolic of a WA wildflower season.

Rarely anywhere else in the world do species of wildflowers carpet the ground like the various colours of everlastings at Coalseam.

Nearby Lesueur National Park is another must for wildflower enthusiasts.

Lesueur is widely renowned for its incredible floral diversity, with some 820 species, many of which are not found anywhere else in the world.

Cockleshell Gully Road provides great views of Lesueur and is best suited for four-wheel drive vehicles.

Alternatively, people can view many of the species between Eneabba and Dongara and in particular, many varieties of banksias, including the propeller banksias, magenta starflower, smoke bush, verticordias, hakeas, grevilleas and leschenaultias.

Kalbarri National Park is another awe-inspiring attraction that explodes in colour during wildflower season.

The park covers more than 180,000 hectares and includes breathtaking coastal cliffs and dazzling wildflower displays.

Deep gorges on the Murchison River contrast with endless sand plains.

There is an array of flowers, mainly in the coastal clifftops and gorge country, of which 21 species are found only in this area.

These include the Kalbarri spider orchid and the Murchison hammer orchid.

Other flowers include river gums, gold and orange banksias, kangaroo paws, grevilleas, starflowers, and eucalypts.

For the latest wildflower hotspot information, suggested driving trails and accommodation and touring deals, visit australiascoral coast.com.

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