Australia is one of seventeen countries described as being ‘megadiverse’. This group of countries has less than 10% of the global surface, but support more than 70% of the biological diversity on earth. The Wheatbelt Way is located within one of Australia’s 15 biodiversity hotspots and contains many of Western Australia’s threatened and endangered flora and fauna.
The best times to view wildflowers along the Wheatbelt Way are from mid July through to late October with different species putting on their displays over the season (depending on rainfall received). Some orchid and wattle species flower as early as April and May. In normal seasons opening rains set the district up for a brilliant display of wildflowers including masses of white, pink and yellow everlastings, up to 20 varieties of orchids and many bigger trees and shrubs such as wattles, melaleuca, hakea, grevillea, and climbing clematis vines. Acacias are a feature around the granite rocks. Calothamnus quadrifidus provides a great display of red one-sided flowers and as does Leptospermum erubescens with its show of pink and white. If you keep your eyes open you may see the upside down pea bush with red flowers.
Stop in and ask at the local Visitor Information Centres along the Wheatbelt Way where to find the best wildflowers in each shire.