Midwest, Gascoyne in for a spectacular wildflower season following good rainfall, say experts
Get the camera ready because experts are predicting the Mid West, Gascoyne and Wheatbelt regions are in for a bumper wildflower season thanks to abundant autumn rains.
Central Wheatbelt Visitor’s Centre manager Robyn McCarthy said she had seen extensive annual growth on the ground following cyclone Seroja and good rains in March, April and May.
“With the upper stories of trees destroyed or severely damaged from cyclone Seroja there is an increase of perennial regrowth like the dianella or flax plants, flannel bush and mulla mulla,” she said.
“It could also be of benefit for an increase in annual wildflower growth in these affected roadside vegetation areas.
“I’ve been sent a photo of some wattle in flower at Merredin Peak — considering August is usually wattle month, it could be opportunistic flowering following good rains.”
Wooleen Station’s Frances Pollock said the Gascoyne Murchison was set for a stunning wildflower season.
“Early indications are for a great wildflower season, and with the rain over the last couple of weeks, it will guarantee the best wildflower season we’ve seen in the Gascoyne Murchison for a few years,” she said.
Tourists eager to enjoy the blooming flora should make their holiday plans fast, as just a handful of dates remain open for bookings at Wooleen Station.
Accommodation is also available at other Mid West stations such as Melangata near Yalgoo, Kirkalocka near Mount Magnet and Mellenbye near Morowa.
The WA Visitor Centre plans to launch a wildflower tracking app in early July to make it easier for tourists to locate species.
There are more than 12,000 species of wildflower in WA, with 60 per cent of those found nowhere else in the world.
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