News / Featured / 2nd September 2021
Just blooming beautiful
There’s something in the Pilliga...and it’s not a yowie, it’s a sea of yellow!
An explosion of colour with stunning wildflowers have burst to life, providing a beautiful exclamation mark on the region and signalling the beginning of spring.
National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger, Nicola Brookhouse, said she could already tell this season would be one of the best wildflower displaysever seen in the Pilliga and surrounding areas.
“While we need everyone to be safe, observing current health orders, exercising near home and complying with National Park closures, with a bit of luck there will still be plenty to see when lockdowns lift - with this season kicking off a little bit later in the year than usual,” Ms Brookhouse said.
“Flowering seems to have been delayed due to the cold winter.
“We are only just starting to see the emergence of orchids now, when usually they’d be flowering abundantly by the first week of September.
“The purple hovea only flowers in abundance during favourable seasons and this year seems to be the best yet.
“Many plants, heavily laden with flower buds, are ready to burst into a native floriade.”
Wildflowers in the Pilliga usually hit their peak throughout September.
Ms Brookhouse said the Sandstone Caves carpark and walking track would have a great variety of flowering species in the first two to three weeks of September with bursts of blue, pink, yellow and white native flowers mixed together.
“The Salt Caves picnic and fire tower area is best for wildflowers towards the end of September, early October when masses of blue dampiera, white heath myrtle and yellow homoranthus are in full bloom.”
NOTE: Please comply with current health orders and exercise near home and comply with National Park closures.