Australia has a rich and exotic flora. Our wildflowers compete with our parrots for colour intensity, and with our weird and wonderful mammals for bizarre forms.

Echidna Walkabout is a wildlife tour operator, and though wildlife is often interpreted as wild animals, all life in the natural world interests us. On our walks we look for, photograph and identify wildflowers. They are fascinating, often colourful and beautiful and in Australia, wildly unusual.  Knowledge of plants is critical to understanding the animals that eat, live in and use them for breeding.

Read about our experienced Maximum Wildlife Guides here.

East Gippsland, part of our 21 day Maximum Wildlife tour, is famous for its spectacular September and October wildflower displays. Large trees hang with pink tassels, banksia trees intoxicate with pineapple-sized flowers and the ground is full of purple lilies.

Even a small selection of East Gippsland’s beautiful wildflowers would fill this page, so we’ve created a Pinterest board with more. 

pink wildflowers maximum wildlife

The state of Victoria is home to over 360 species of orchid, and 55% of them – over 200 species – are found in the forests, heathlands and jungles of East Gippsland.

greenhood orchids east gippsland

The amazing Flying Duck-orchid is a highlight of our 7 day Coast & Rainforest Maximum Wildlife tours in October.

orchid 7 day coast & rainforest wildlife tour

See some of the other wildflowers of Maximum Wildlife in this flickr album:

Maximum Wildlife wildflowers

native hibiscus wildlife and wildflowers australia

The Northern Territory Top End is also part of our 21 day Maximum Wildlife tour.  It is a tropical paradise, with 21 species of native hibiscus in pink, yellow and white, many with large showy flowers growing out of sandstone cliffs. Billabongs are spangled with blue, pink and white water lilies.

native hibiscus northern territory wildlife tour

Driving out of Darwin on the Arnhem Highway in August, the overwhelming colours are red ochre, olive green and the brilliant magenta of the Turkey Bush. This common shrub – of the endemic to Australia Calytrix genus – flowers in profusion most years.

pink purple wildflowers wildlife tour australia

Also visible from the highway is the striking yellow flower of Kapok Tree – Cochlospermum fraseri. The slender small tree is deciduous and often flowers when it has no leaves.

kapok tree flower northern territory wildflowers

Though tropical, the Top End has a long dry season. Epiphytic orchid species are few, but magnificent. We found this Tree Orchid – Dendrobium affine – flowering in Kakadu.

native orchids northern territory australia

 

large red wildflower outback australia

On our 7 day Desert & Coast Maximum Wildlife tour we visit the Mungo desert region.  Rains turns the Mungo Outback from desert into wildflower garden. Bluebushes flower yellow and rose and brilliant scarlet emu-bushes and desert peas reflect the red sand.

saltbushes and bluebushes of outback

From out of nowhere, fluffy mulla-mullas spring up from the loose red sand.

pink wildflower mungo outback

Springtime – September to November – offers the best opportunity to see Mungo wildflowers.

wildflowers of the outback after rain

Near Melbourne, the Western Plains and Great Ocean Road are part of our 15 day Desert, Coast & Rainforest Maximum Wildlife.  This region offers a diversity of land types. Heathlands near the coast flower with blue pincushions & flax-lilies, pink trigger plant and white tea-tree. River Red Gum forests, home to koalas, flower in fragrant cream posies.

Read about the wild animals we see on the Maximum Wildlife tour 

flowering eucalyptus gum tree

Eucalyptus is Australia’s dominant tree genus. The 900+ species extend their fragrant canopy over almost every ecosystem on the continent. Some, like the Red Ironbark, flower heavily and brightly – each tree providing nectar for hundreds of honeyeaters for days.

pink wildflowers southern australia

flower on great ocean road wildlife tour

Grass-trees are strange, slow-growing small trees with a whorl of grass-like leaves. Most only flower after fire. Their flower spike can be enormous, and covered in thousands of tiny cream flowers that drip with nectar. Lorikeets, honeyeaters, cockatoos and other birds flock to flowering grass-tree plains.

honeyeater bird flying at grass tree flower

Maximum Wildlife is a suite of tours that can be customised to suit your interests, timing and budget. Each component is designed to offer diversity, comfort and the most wildlife and wildflowers possible at the best season.

Maximum Wildlife offers great wildlife and flower photography opportunities – read more here. 

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