Call of the wildflowers
A wattle contrasted against the golden sands of the Pinnacles desert. Picture: Astrid Volzke / The West Australian

Some carpets may be a little tattered around the edges this year but wildflower magic is still here in abundance.

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Despite lower-than-average rainfall, Alan Tinker from Western Flora Caravan Park in Eneabba says it is a "great season for wildflowers". Orchids, wattles, banksia, scholtzia, guinea flower, milkmaids and catspaws are doing extremely well in the northern heathlands.

Further north in Kalbarri, a kaleidoscope of colours is fluttering in the breeze. You cannot escape the wattles and smoke bush as they form a guard of honour down the Ajana Road into Kalbarri.

Walking the gorges you'll find the starflowers, fringed lilies, pea flowers and cowslip orchids will have your back sore from bending. Nature's Window is particularly spectacular with the carpark surrounded by wattles and the cliff path lined with a variety of flowers.

Alan Tinker, owner of Western Flora Caravan Park in Eneabba. Picture: Astrid Volzke / The West Australian

The coastal paths near Green Head are a patchwork of yellow and purple. The roadsides near Yuna in the Chapman Valley are fairy floss pink with everlastings. Tardun has had a colourful sprinkle of yellow, white and pink and the North West Coastal highway is looking a little snowy near the Galena Bridge.

The hills are alive in Lesueur National Park, with hibbertia, catspaws and a huge selection of other species vying for your attention.

Approaching the Pinnacles on the Indian Ocean Drive will take your breath away as both sides of the road resemble undulating hills of gold wattle as far as the eye can see.

This year nature has really shown how clever she is. While some flowers have toned down their displays, others have gone into mass production. Donkey orchids are here in the thousands. For all the orchid hunters out there, you are in for a treat. So load up your vehicle; pack your sunglasses, cameras and a little time up your sleeve.

The West Australian

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