Western Australia’s spring flower season is a natural spectacle like no other. Whether you’re an avid botanist or simply looking to inject some colour into your day, we have just the spots for you.
From the rugged coastlines to the arid outback and lush forests, the state comes alive with a breathtaking display of native flora.
So, grab your camera, don your hiking boots, and embark on a floral adventure that will leave you in awe of Perth’s best spring flower spotting.
Where to See Jacarandas in Perth
Hyde Park, Highgate
Hyde Park is popular throughout the year, but its charm is particularly enchanting during the jacaranda blossoming season. Take a leisurely stroll around the park or throw down a blanket and bask in the sun with a cheeseboard, preferably. There’s a cafe across the road where you can get some goodies, including coffee.
Old Jacaranda Way, Subiaco
If a street is named after the tree for which it’s known, you know it’s going to be a beautiful spot. The pocket-sized street is lined with a sea of purple, as are the neighbouring streets. Look around; there’s plenty to see.
Leake Street, North Perth
This particular spot is special. Not only does it have the iconic purple Jacarandas, but the skyline is in the background, making it a hot spot for photographers and anyone who wants an impressive photo.
Marlborough Street, East Perth
Another Instagram gold mine, Marlborough Street, is small, but the purple blanketing the street is undeniable. This is where you will find that iconic Instagram shot you’ve seen on your feed.
Where to See Cherry Blossoms in Perth
The Perth Hills region, nestled within the Darling Range, lies just a 30-minute drive from Perth, yet it feels like a world apart from the bustling city life. Filled with tree-cloaked valleys, striking granite outcrops, tumbling waterfalls, dazzling spring wildflowers, vibrant country villages, blossoming orchards and foodie delights, the Hills are also home to one of Australia’s oldest conservation areas and some of Perth’s best-emerging wineries. Those in search of dusty pink cherry blossoms are in luck, as from September 2-25, S&R Orchard throws its annual Blossom Festival. Bring a picnic basket or try one of the food trucks. It’s a fun day out for the family.
Where to See Tulips in Perth
Another spring flower hotspot in Perth Hills is the Araluen Botanic Park. Here, you can wade through a park bursting with vibrant tulips. The Park’s most iconic event is the Yates Springtime Tulip Festival, which draws visitors from all over the world to marvel at a kaleidoscope of over 150,000 tulips in bloom in August and September.
Where to See Canola Fields in Perth
Want to witness rolling hills carpeted in yellow? Venture out to York. The Avon Valley is one of the best places to witness the yellow splendour of WA’s canola season from mid-August to mid-September. Some crops in full flower along Morris Edward Drive are worth checking out while you’re there. But remember not to walk through the fields. Here’s why. There is a section dedicated to tourism, where visitors can walk through canola and take photos. This year, it’s a Pet Teet Park, which has a small entry fee.
Spring Festivals in Western Australia
With more than 400 hectares of unique bushland, parkland, and botanic garden, there’s no better time to visit one of the world’s largest inner-city parks and Perth’s (Boorloo) green heart than in September during the Everlasting Kings Park Festival. Since 1964, Kings Park (Karrgatup) has come alive with a stunning show of fabulous flora, outdoor walks, photography displays, wellness events, and more, marking the diamond anniversary of one of Australia’s longest-running festivals. Spot the pink field of everlastings as the centrepiece.
The Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show displays more than 700 unique specimens in the Town Hall alongside the biggest regional Herbarium in Australia to celebrate and showcase the abundance of floral diversity in the region. Scheduled to run across 13 days, experts will guide visitors through the magnificent landscapes and flora in the Ravensthorpe Shire. The region is a biodiversity hotspot and home to approximately 20% of WA’s floral species, making it the perfect base to enjoy the tranquillity and discover flora and fauna not seen elsewhere.
Launching on September 23 in Katanning is this year’s Great Southern Treasures Bloom Festival, a free family fun festival that celebrates spring renewal throughout the Great Southern region. The Festival sees more than 40 events and activities taking place across the Great Southern over six weeks, focusing on the exotic wildflower tapestries and town cultures that make up this amazingly diverse region.
This multi-sensory festival celebrating WA’s rich Aboriginal culture and breathtaking biodiversity is set to light up Perth (Boorloo) this spring with five nights of sound, light and fire. EverNow will ignite the senses during the Noongar season of Kambarang, when an abundance of colours and flowers explode across the land. The series of free evening events will be held at unique locations across Perth, including the Supreme Court Gardens, Perth’s Government House Gardens and Kings Park (Kaarta Koomba).