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Wildflowers spring up
Last year Coalseam National Park was carpeted with wildflowers. Picture: Astrid Volzke/The West Australian

The wave of wildflowers which sweeps north to south through WA from about each August has started tongues wagging as colourful blooms appear in the Australia's Coral Coast region.

Yellow pompoms and wattle are already out at Hamelin Station at Shark Bay while numerous species are blooming in the Kalbarri area.

Pink pokers, Blakely's wattle, hairy-stemmed snail orchids and blue-beard orchids have been spotted in Kalbarri National Park near Nature's Window and at The Loop and Z Bend Gorges while wild roses and guinea flowers are growing along the coastal cliffs.

Along the unsealed River Road, there are bird-beak hakea, boot- leaved daviesia, dense smokebush, yellow plum grevillea, and cactus jacksonia.

Visitors to Kalbarri can also enjoy the sight of another of the Coral Coast's seasonal attractions where thousands of humpback whales are making a splash in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean as they continue their migration south. Groups such as Reefwalker Adventure Tours offer whale- watching cruises.

North of Northampton, hooker banksia and wattle are blooming on the sides of the North West Coastal Highway, there is a variety of shrubs in flower on the Chapman River walk trail near Geraldton, and just north of Eneabba, donkey, greenhood and blue fairy orchids are on show.

That area also has Geraldton wax, grevillea, conostylis, pea flowers, blue tinsel lily and at least five hakea species.

On the bushwalks around Mullewa, there are already patches of everlastings and orchids are beginning to open. This augurs well for the town's Annual Wildflower Show which is on at the Mullewa Town Hall from August 26 to September 2 between 9am and 4.30pm.

The next few weeks should see carpets of everlastings flowering further south in the Coalseam Conservation Park.

Contact visitor centres and log on to to get the latest on the wildflowers and the whales. We'd love to see what you find on your travels this season. Email your favourite wildflower photography to and let us know when and where you took the picture.

The West Australian

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