Everlastings Trail

Episode: 1
Title: Everlastings Trail
Broadcast: 5th September 2015
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane

Arguably the most unique aspect of WA’s wildflowers is the carpets of everlastings. While there are literally thousands of species, it is the carpets that attract the most visitation. This story will highlight the spectacular nature of the everlasting landscapes while showcasing the unique and vast range of wildflowers on display in the Coral Coast.

  • When you think of WA, you would probably think of Broome, or Margaret River or the spectacular Kimberley landscape, but few know of the incredible area known as Australia’s Coral Coast, just a couple of hours drive north of Perth – it’s one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots with thousands of species you will not find anywhere else on the planet.
  • Coorow is a community with a population of 250 and they manage a wildflower farm 1km east from the town that bursts into life mid-winter and is aflame with gorgeous blooms of every colour and shade into the early summer.
  • Whilst the Coorow township is a great spot to drop into, the destination you must look out for is the Alexander Morrison National Park about 50km’s west of the townsite as it’s landscape is stunning with a sea of wildflowers but also mallee thickets and Eucalypts growing along stream beds which are often flowing at this time of the year.
  • A drive further north through the mid-west towns of Carnamah, Three Springs and Mingenew which are literally a sea of colour flooded with wildflowers. Here you can find some plants that have been selected for home garden growth, like the gorgeous thryptomene saxicola which is a stunning show of colour and once established in a home garden, it requires no supplementary water to survive summer.
  • The Coalseam National Park is an absolute wildflower hotspot. A landscape carved 225 million years ago by glaciers that left huge smooth boulders and full of plants that evolved in isolation creating an exhilarating colour display. Flowers to keep an eye out for include terrestrial orchids with their huge ear-like petals and the hundreds of acres of flowers.
  • A drive up north of Perth through the gorgeous towns of the wildflower country along Australia’s Coral Coast is just an uniquely West Australian way to enjoy the beautiful spring colour.

Coorow Wildflowers: Website - http://wildflowercountry.com.au/coorow.aspx
Coalseam Conservation Park: Website -  http://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/coalseam