If you missed the spring flower seasons in March and April in Europe, Japan or South Korea, don’t worry. You still have a chance to catch those blossoms in Australia, particularly in Western Australia and Victoria.
Cherry Hill Blossom Festival
From Sept 26-Oct 6, visitors can get a taste of Japan in Victoria. Wander through rows of cherry blossoms, sip on cherry-based drinks, enjoy live entertainment, and feast on different cuisines from food trucks offering endless cherry treats, including the famous cherry ice cream. The orchard’s signature Cherish Spritzer is recommended for a delicious and refreshing sip, while soaking up the views of the Yarra Valley.
Tesselaar Tulip Festival
From Sept 14-Oct 13, savour more than a million flowering bulbs on show, including more than half a million tulips over themed weekends. You will feel like you’re in Holland as you stroll through historic gardens, indulge in some traditional Dutch cuisine, and pose for the perfect photo amid the backdrop of windmills.
Bendigo Annual Tulip Display
From late September to mid October, when warmer days and clearer skies emerge, over 45,000 of Bendigo’s famed tulips will bloom to brighten the heritage streets. The tulip display along Pall Mall and Conservatory Garden is put up annually by the City of Greater Bendigo’s Park and Natural Reserves team. Tulips in an assortment of colours, size and flowering times with varieties such as Antarctica, Attilla Graffiti, Strong Gold and Silentia, will be featured.
Golden canola fields
Fields of golden canola flowers will bring out the glow in Geelong and The Bellarine Peninsula. This beautiful sight is best enjoyed with a view of the magnificent You Yangs granite ridges in the distance.
A dazzling display of flowers native to the Grampians awaits you in what was once known as the “garden of Victoria”. This region is home to more than one third of the state’s flora. Wander through a diverse landscape, savouring vivid-coloured wildflowers, taking in everything from sub-alpine forest and woodlands, to heathlands, swamps and riverine territory.
Head to the North West for beautiful blooms contrasted with red earth and Spinifex grass. The Pilbara Trail at Karijini National Park offers wildflowers like sturt’s desert pea, mulla mulla, ashburton pea and some of the 65 species of acacia found here.
You can also enjoy the glorious sunsets and sunrises on top of Mount Nameless, “Spiderwalk” across Hancock Gorge or cool down at the cascading waterfalls and massive emerald pools, in the Karijini National Park.
In September, the outback is transformed into a kaleidoscope of colour. Species like the scarlet red sturt’s desert pea and royal purple mulla mulla bloom across the countryside in Western Australia. Pack a picnic basket and relax among pink, yellow and white everlastings.
You can also explore Walga Rock (Australia’s second largest granite monolith after Uluru) and Kennedy Range National Park (plateau on the edge of the Gascoyne River catchment).
Ningaloo Coast World
The Ningaloo Coast World heritage area is said to be one of the last great ocean paradises. Coalseam Conservation Park offers fields of everlastings with purple Dampier Pea in the red Pindan soil. The Cape Range National Park near Exmouth is home to 630 species of flowering plants that transform the landscapes into brilliant hues from August.
Other attractions in Ningaloo include swimming with whale sharks, flying above migrating whales in an Exmouth microlight flight, and staying in luxury campsites near the coral reef.
Drive through the farming towns in Wildflower Country in Western Australia to enjoy everlastings, purple tassels and a huge variety of orchids. You can view these wildflowers from the 2.4km Mullewa Bushland Trail loop. From Mullewa, drive 20 minutes north to Pindar to see the rare and exquisite Wreath Leschenaultia, predicted to be in full bloom from mid September.
You can also bike or walk around the Chapman River Park inland from Geraldton for a wide range of orchids. There are great free camping spots here as well as secluded bays such as Dynamite Bay.
Margaret River is one of the only 34 biodiversity hotspots in the world, and rated by the World Wildlife Fund as one of the world’s most important areas for biodiversity and conversation. There are over 2,500 species of wildflowers with vivid colour combinations in blue, lime green, yellow, red, pink, orange, white and mauve. The best time to visit is from now till November.
There are also 150 species of orchids, many rare and endangered. Some rare finds include the spider orchid and giant donkey orchid. The best time for orchids is from September to November.