Over half a million square kilometres of mangroves, off shore islands, deep gorges, mountain ranges, desert sand dunes and river pools ensure the Pilbara’s flora is as diverse as the landscape. Vibrant floral shades contrast with the dusty red earth and golden spinifex grass. The Pilbara’s flora is yours to explore.
Plants and flowers in the Pilbara have evolved unique adaptations to survive in an arid climate that receives most of its rainfall during summer by way of tropical cyclones.
Watercourses are lined with river red gums, coolibah, silver cadjeput and desert bloodwood trees. Gorges contain permanent water supplies to support moisture loving plants like the common rock fig and rock kurrajong.
From July to September wildflowers of all colours, sizes and shapes, like the unmistakeable Sturt’s desert pea, fluffy mulla mulla, the tall majestic Ashburton pea or any number of the 65 species of Acacia (wattle) can be seen throughout the region.
For the local Indigenous people the plants and flowers of the Pilbara provided much more than just aesthetic qualities, and are still used today for food, medicine and ceremonial use.
Pilbara Trail - Must see and do
- Explore the colourful marine wonderland of the Mackerel Islands.
- Witness turtle nesting on pristine beaches.
- Drive to the top of Mount Nameless for the view of a lifetime, Tom Price.
- Take a day tour to marvel at the Pilbara Iron Ore Mine, Tom Price.
- Explore the dramatic gorges, secret canyons and enticing rock pools of Karijini National Park.
- Have a swim and explore the natural beauty of Newman’s waterholes.
- Check out local indigenous artists at work in Cossack.
- Wander along the Onslow Boardwalk for spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
- Catch the breathtaking views from Koombana Lookout, Port Hedland.
For a map of the Pilbara Wildflowers Trail and further details, visit the Wildflowers WA website.