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Wildflowers of the Rainbow Coast

Albany, Denmark & Walpole, Western Australia
Wildflowers of the South Coast of Western Australia

Wildflowers along the Rainbow Coast usually appear in the months of Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec

The wildflower seasons is outlined below as a guide. Below you will find the LOCATIONS OF WILDFLOWERS along the Coast as well as photographs of our favourite Wildflowers. You can also find a calendar for specific wildflowers and the time they blossom, below.

The Rainbow Coast, the South West Coast of Australia is home to one of the richest floras in the world.

Native Wisteria

Native Wisteria: Hardenbergia comptoniana, September to November

Starting late in August and stretching into the summer months wildflowers can be seen throughout the region.

The colours spring forth from the undergrowth like waterfalls of colour. From oceanside to far within the forest canopy wildflowers are captivating. Come and visit during the spring to experience the beauty and diversity of these amazing colourful creations.

International Biodiversity

"The Walpole Wilderness Reserve is a International Bio diversity area as within its 846,000 hectares it contains hundreds of flora and fauna otherwise extinct.

There are more than 4000 species of flowering plants, of which 80% grow nowhere else. This proliferation occurred after the isolation of the region from Eastern Australia in the early Cretaceous age some 100 million years ago."

*Wildflowers of Southern Australia, Margaret G Corrick & Bruce A. Fuhrer.

Vanilla Lilly

Vanilla Lilly /Purple Tassel: Sowerbaea laxiflora
September to November

When to see Wildflowers

Wildflower Seasons, South Coast

Jan – April:
Albany Bottlebrush - Callistemon speciosus
Swamp Bottlebrush – Beaufortia sparsa

Feb – April:
Lanoline Bush – Franklandia fucifolia

May – October:
Qualup Bell – Pimelea physodes

May – Jan:
Scarlet Banksia – Banksia coccinea

June – July:
Royal Hakea – Hakea victoria

June – October:
Coral Vine - Kennedia coccinea
Blue Tinsel Lily – Calectasia grandiflora

June – Nov:
Rose Cornflower – Isopogan formosus
Red Leschenaultia – Lechenaultia Formosa

July – Nov:
Winged Bornia – Boronia alata

July – December:
Scallops – Hakea cucullate
Large Waxflower – Chamelaucium megalopetalum

August – November:
Corky Honeymyrtle – Melaleuca suberosa

August – December:
Black Kennedia – Kennedia nigricans

Sept – Dec:
Hooded Lily – Johnsonia lupulina
Red Kangaroo Paw – Anigozanthos rufus

Sept – Jan:
Sticky Tailflower – Anthocercis viscosa

Nov – April:
Albany Pitcher Plant – Cephalotus follicularis

All year round:
Chittick – Lambertia inermis

Common Location of Wildflowers on the South Coast:

Walpole-Nornalup National Park Walpole-Nornalup National Park
Expansive covering over twenty thousand hectares of the Walpole Wilderness Area. Visit Walpole-Nornalup National Park
Walpole-Nornalup National Park Map Walpole-Nornalup National Park Map
Map of the Walpole-Nornalup National Park Visit Walpole-Nornalup National Park Map
Mount Frankland Mount Frankland
Starting in the karri trees you wind up and through towards the summit of Mt Frankland way above the tree top canopy. Visit Mount Frankland
Torndirrup National Park Torndirrup National Park
Including The Gap, Natural Bridge, The Blowholes, Jimmy Newells Harbour, Stony Hill, Cable Beach & Stony Hill. Visit Torndirrup National Park
Two Peoples Bay NP Two Peoples Bay NP
Located approximately 25 kilometres north-east of Albany. Rediscovery of the presumed extinct noisy scrub-bird. Visit Two Peoples Bay NP
West Cape Howe National Park West Cape Howe National Park
Containing the southernmost point of Western Australia this national park is astounding. Visit West Cape Howe National Park
Gull Rock National Park Gull Rock National Park
25k east of Albany, Gull Rock National Park is a reserve for many endangered animals, trees and birds. Visit Gull Rock National Park
Valley of the Giants Valley of the Giants
The Valley of the Giants Wilderness Discovery Centre at the Treetop Walk is the most visited place on the Rainbow Coast. Visit Valley of the Giants

Photographs of South Coast Wildflowers:

Enjoy the wildflowers photo gallery:

Southern Cross

Southern Cross: Xanthosia rotundifolia
August to December

Coral Vine

Coral Vine: Kennedia coccinea
September to December

Sticky Tail Flower

Sticky Tail Flower: Anthoceris viscosa
September to December

Eutaxia myrtifolia

Eutaxia myrtifolia
October to November

Pixie Mops

Pixie Mops: Petrophile linearis
August to October

Swamp bottlebrush

Swamp bottlebrush: Beaufortia sparsa
October to December

South Coast Walking & Sightseeing Holidays:

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Additional resources for visiting the Rainbow Coast:

Rainbows Rainbows
The coast is perfectly placed to see Rainbows! And perfectly named. Green trees, mountains, forests beaches, and winter rainbows. Visit Rainbows
Seasons of the Coast Seasons of the Coast
You will find a Seasons Calendar with Wildflower and a Whales to help you plan your visit to the South Coast - The Rainbow Coast! Visit Seasons of the Coast
South Coast Beaches Map South Coast Beaches Map
South Coast Beaches from west of Walpole to East of Albany all on one map! Visit South Coast Beaches Map
South Coast Weather South Coast Weather
The climate of the Rainbow Coast is considered to be "the best in the world," according to those who live here. Visit South Coast Weather

Rainbow Coast Regions:

Albany Region Albany Region
The Albany Region of Western Australia is a land of mountains and waterways. An amazing region to explore. Visit Albany Region
Denmark Region Denmark Region
The Denmark Region is gorgeous. Trees, hills, beaches, rocks, wildlife around the river and the inlet. Visit Denmark Region
Walpole Region Walpole Region
Walpole is the western end of the Rainbow Coast and is surrounded by National Park and forested wilderness. Visit Walpole Region

Main Attractions on the Coast:

Albany Wind Farm Albany Wind Farm
Beautiful and productive green energy from the wind of the Torndirrup, just outside Albany City towards Frenchman Bay. Visit Albany Wind Farm
Ancient Empires Walk Ancient Empires Walk
The Ancient Empires Walk takes you through the forest at the base of the Giant Tingle Trees at the Treetop Walk. Visit Ancient Empires Walk
Bibbulmun Track Bibbulmun Track
The Bibbulmun Track stretches from Kalamunda in the Perth hills to Albany, through many locations in the heart of the Rainbow Coast. Visit Bibbulmun Track
Brig Amity Replica Brig Amity Replica
Experience the first settlers arrival in Albany, the first settlement in Western Australia, from onboard a replica of the Amity. Visit Brig Amity Replica
Denmark Wineries Denmark Wineries
Denmark Wineries and Vineyards to visit while on holiday along the Rainbow Coast. Wineries with restaurants, music, cellar doors and more! Visit Denmark Wineries
Elephant Rocks Elephant Rocks
Giant rocks shaped like elephants stand together facing into the waves of the Great Southern Ocean Visit Elephant Rocks
Ellen Cove Ellen Cove
Ellen Cove, Ellen Cove Boardwalk and Ellen Cove Pier are at the far southern end of Middleton Beach, Albany. Visit Ellen Cove
Frenchman Bay Frenchman Bay
Located on the southern side of the King George Sound this is a beautiful setting with picnic area and barbecues and a boat launch. Ideal for relaxing, eating, and having quiet day out. Visit Frenchman Bay
Giant Tingle Tree Giant Tingle Tree
This Giant Tingle Tree is special because it the oldest living eucalypt in the world. It is an 800 metre walk from the car park to the Giant Tingle and back. Visit Giant Tingle Tree
Greens Pool Greens Pool
Almost completely sheltered from the waves of the Great Southern Ocean, Greens Pool is a paradise. Visit Greens Pool
Lights Beach Lights Beach
Inspiring lookout and beach offering spectacular views of William Bay from the east. A favourite local beach. Visit Lights Beach
Little Beach Little Beach
This gorgeous beach is approximately 25 kilometres north east of Albany in Two Peoples Bay National Park. Visit Little Beach
Mandalay Beach Mandalay Beach
Spectacular views to Chatham Island, gorgeous white sandy beach it is a must-see... sometimes the shipwreck is visible too. Visit Mandalay Beach
Middleton Beach Middleton Beach
The most popular beach in Albany. Swim or relax under the trees. Cafes and amenities. Visit Middleton Beach
Monkey Rock Monkey Rock
Spectacular elevated views over William Bay Nat. Park, Ratcliffe Bay, Ocean Beach and the Nullaki Peninsula. Visit Monkey Rock
Mount Frankland Mount Frankland
Starting in the karri trees you wind up and through towards the summit of Mt Frankland way above the tree top canopy. Visit Mount Frankland
Natural Bridge Natural Bridge
The Natural Bridge is a granite formation caused by the gradual wearing away of the rock by the Great Southern Ocean. Visit Natural Bridge
Ocean Beach Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach is set between the Wilson Inlet and the Great Southern Ocean, and is the closest beach to Denmark Town. A popular surfing spot and lookout.. Visit Ocean Beach
Princess Royal Fortress Princess Royal Fortress
One of the best outdoor military museums in Australia. The Fortress is within the Albany Heritage Park, atop Mount Adelaide. Visit Princess Royal Fortress
Rainbows Rainbows
The coast is perfectly placed to see Rainbows! And perfectly named. Green trees, mountains, forests beaches, and winter rainbows. Visit Rainbows
Shelley Beach Shelley Beach
Turquoise waters, verdant surrounds and ocean breeze make this beach a popular yet remote destination. Visit Shelley Beach
South Coast Beaches Map South Coast Beaches Map
South Coast Beaches from west of Walpole to East of Albany all on one map! Visit South Coast Beaches Map
The Gap The Gap
An impressive rugged granite channel carved by the waves of the Great Southern Ocean crashing against the granite coastline forming a spectacular sheer drop of almost twenty five metres. Visit The Gap
Two Peoples Bay NP Two Peoples Bay NP
Located approximately 25 kilometres north-east of Albany. Rediscovery of the presumed extinct noisy scrub-bird. Visit Two Peoples Bay NP
Valley of the Giants Valley of the Giants
The Valley of the Giants Wilderness Discovery Centre at the Treetop Walk is the most visited place on the Rainbow Coast. Visit Valley of the Giants
West Cape Howe National Park West Cape Howe National Park
Containing the southernmost point of Western Australia this national park is astounding. Visit West Cape Howe National Park