The South West corner of Western Australia, is home to a sensational group of native Australian wildflowers and shrubs, the largest collection in the world. The sandy soil and low humidity are perfect growing conditions and the isolation from the Eastern States has created a unique diversity.
Being avid gardeners, we appreciated the flowers and shrubs of this beautiful region as we travelled around the Margaret River area, and took a day trip from Augusta to Yallingup, through the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park, Hamelin Bay, Gracetown, Witchcliffe, Boranup and Karridale.
Our wicked sense of humour, couldn’t help but notice how a lot of the towns in Western Australia have an “up” on the end of their spelling. According to Wickipedia it originated in a dialect of Noongar, an Indigenous Australian language meaning “place of”
Our morning walk was along the walking track at Gnarabup Beach to Prevelly and Margaret River mouth beach. The sand dunes were burnt out in a serious bushfire in 2011, along with homes and property. The dunes have been replanted with native bushes and shrubs. Even though we were a couple of weeks late for the main spring show, there was still plenty of colour and flowers to make us stop and take a photo and enjoy the beauty of these unusual Western Australian natives