My favourite wildflower reserves

Here is a list and brief description of bushland reserves I have either worked in or have visited recreationally.


1. Kings park

Kings park located near the city is a show of wildflowers from around western Australia. From the Kimberly to Albany and the inner deserts this park allows people the pleasure of seeing wildflowers from around the state. And the endangered species In those regions.


2. John forrest NP

John Forrest Np is a very large reserve of good quality jarrah forest located in Mundaring just on the Great Eastern Highway. Featuring several walk trails for  varying fitness levels, including A historic railway walk, a six hour trek and last but not least a scenic wildflower walk.


3.  Ellis brook reserve

Otherwise known as sixty foot falls, Ellis brook reserve is also located in the Perth hills. Here jarrah intersects with wandoo and salmon gum. Around the waterfall it becomes wet enough to allow native ferns to grow in the granite crevices


4. Wireless hill reserve

Wireless hill is a large reserve located in the middle of suburban Ardross. Featuring plenty of orchids and other wildflowers close to the very well made tracks, perfect for photo opportunities. The reserve is maintained by the very passionate Friends of Wireless Hill. So why don’t you go and help them out, enjoy wildflowers and make friends at the same time.


5. Lesmurdie falls

Very similar to Ellis brook reserve, with wandoo trees and featuring a waterfall. Lesmurdie falls also has a nice display of low shrub flowers on the higher ridges.


6. Mary street 212

Mary street 212 isn’t the actual name of the reserve in fact I don’t think it has any official name. mary street is an out of the way, not very prominent wildflower reserve located in Wanneroo . A small reserve it is actually in extremely good condition and is an excellent place for wildflower photography.


7. Kensington bushland

Kensington bushland located within walking distance of the West Australian Herbarium is an example of Banksia woodland on Perth’s Bassendean soils. Here you will see abundant stands of Banksia and a thick shrub layer.


8. Shenton park

Formerly used as a rubbish tip, Shenton park bushland  is a very nice patch of remnant bushland located a few kilometres from the coast. In addition to the untouched bush areas, extensive revegetation works have been made to rehabilitate the bushland area.


You should also check out the wildflower reserve lists on the wildflower society website for maps and more information.

–          Mathew Woods