Wildflowers / Wildflower Tours

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Blue Sun OrchidSome of the best areas to see wildflowers in our area are the Winnejup Reserve, Hester Forest, Greenbushes, and Maslin Reserve.  Come into the Visitor Centre in Bridgetown and pick up a free copy of our Walk Trails booklet which has maps of the Hester Forest and Greenbushes walks trails or pick up your free copy of the Wildflower Holiday Guide.

These wildflowers can usually be seen from the road - Hovea, Honeybush, Hibertia (buttercups), Hardenbergia (native wisteria), Heath (both white & pink), Holly Flame Pea, Coral Creeper and Clematis.

You will have noticed a bush with white flowers all along the stems, this is Tagasaste (tree lucerne) and is not a native plant.  The other plants considered a pest are bridal creeper, lavender, watsonia and freesia.

PLEASE TAKE EXTRA CARE AS THE WEATHER WARMS UP AS SNAKES WILL BE EMERGING FROM THEIR HIBERNATION.  YOU SHOULD WEAR CLOSED IN SHOES IF YOU ARE WALKING IN THE BUSH

The following wildflowers were sighted last spring:

BROCKMAN HIGHWAY - Hardenbergia (native wisteria), hovea, wattles, beard heath, yellow flags, karri hazel and hakea 

MASLIN RESERVE (Peninsula Rd, park your car on the side of the road just before the Maslin Reserve sign and walk into the bush area)  hardenbergia, clematis, donkey orchids, hibertia, cotton heads, yellow buttons, banjine, purple tassel, beard heath, red ink sundew, lechenaultia, dampiera, telratheca (small pink bell shaped flower). Drive along Peninsula Road to Maslin Street  for a magnificant display of coral creeper (left hand side). Take care when walking in this reserve as there is a lot of broken glass in some areas (it was a former rubbish dump). 

HESTER FOREST Walk Trail No. 2 - reports of sightings of quite a few wildflowers including hardenbergia (native wisteria)

RIVER WALK -  Hardenbergia

HESTER FOREST Walk Trail No.1 -  Cowslips & donkey orchids                                                                                              

Southern Flora Tours offers private tours in a comfortable 4WD vehicle for one to three adult guests, or two adults and two children. Explore these fascinating habitats with botanist Erica Shedley, photograph tiny trigger plants or magnificent Karri trees. Experience the delight in connecting with the colourful Parrots, Robins, Fairy-wrens and Honeyeaters. Ponder the daily lives of the original inhabitants, the Noongar aboriginals, as you encounter ancient Grasstrees, Banksias and Zamias. Learn about wildlife ecology and the landscapes as you wander in these diverse habitats.  Botanist and bird guide Erica Shedley will take you through a variety of landscapes and habitats to experience the wide diversity of wildflowers abounding in the tall karri and jarrah forests, wandoo woodlands, wet and dryland heaths and ancient granite outcrops. These nature-based tours will connect you with the unique flora, endemic birds and iconic wildlife in this part of the South-West Global Biodiversity Hotspot.