Bloom time along Wildflower Way
Wildflower Way: A climbing fringe lily at Mullewa Astrid Volzke / The West Australian

The new Wildflower Way drive trail from Dalwallinu to Geraldton has 21 interpretive signs along the way. The first is at Dalwallinu Discovery Centre, telling the story of wheat and wattle - how agriculture and the natural environment sit together.

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From there, it is 20.3km to Wubin, where the story of storing and transporting wheat is told.

Another 18.6km and there is walk-in access to Buntine Rocks, before driving on 15.9km to Maya. There's a sculpture of a Mr Fix-It bush mechanic.

From there, the drive distances are similar to Latham, Caron Dam, Perenjori, Bowgada Nature Reserve, Morawa, War Rock, Gutha Hall and Bilya Rock, where explorers such as John Forrest came seeking land for farming, mineral wealth and glory.

It is 9.2km on to Canna, then the Wildflower Way takes travellers to Tardun, Wilroy Nature Reserve, Mullewa Tenindewa, Erangy Springs Road, Eradu Nature Reserve, Kojarena Chapel and Geraldton Visitor Centre.

I have the excellent Wildflower Way map on the car seat beside me, and I am off to drive the Wildflower Way - and see the story unfold through the signage.


FACT FILE

• Dalwallinu Discovery Centre: 9661 1805 dalwallinu.wa.gov.au
• Perenjori Visitor Centre: 9973 1105 perenjori.wa.gov.au
• Morawa Visitor Information: 9971 1421 morawa.wa.gov.au
• Mullewa Visitor Centre: 9961 1500 mullewatourism.com.au
• Geraldton Visitor Centre: 9921 3999 geraldtontourist.com.au

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