Wildflowers in the Cervantes district
The Cervantes region on the Coral Coast of Western Australia is renowned for its wildflowers, many of which bloom between August and October.
Closer to the Pinnacles there is a proliferation of parrotbush (Dryandra sessilis). Also common in the park are candle banksia (Banksia attenuata), firewood banksia (Banksia menziesii) and sawtooth banksia (Banksia prionotes).
Lesuer National Park covers 26,987 hectares and is managed by the Conservation and Land Management department of the West Australian government.
The park was first identified by German botanist Charles Gardner. Concerned by the impact of farming, Gardner recommended the cration of a reserve which was gazetted on January 24, 1992. Creation of the park took a long time because there are abundant coal deposits in the area.
Lesuer National Park boasts an exceptionally diverse range of flowers with more than 900 different species representing 10% of all native flora in Western Australia. The park erupts into colour during late winter and spring when acacias, hibbertias, leschenaultias, melalucas and gastrolobiums come to flower.
Many orchids can also be seen if you visit the Cervantes district to enjoy its spectacular wildflower displays. There are plenty of wonderful walks and you can even climb a mountain!