Whether you'd like to spot wildflowers with an expert, challenge yourself to learn a crafty new skill or enjoy a spring day out with the family, there's plenty of seasonal fun on offer in Perth and beyond.
Spring has sprung in WA's south-western corner, and communities throughout the region are making the most of the warmer weather and the wildflowers coming into bloom with festivals and other events.
Kings Park Festival
In Perth, the Kings Park Festival is in full swing, running until the end of September with free guided walks lead by park staff and volunteer guides alongside art and craft workshops, a festival florist selling native flowers and live music, all complemented by a spectacular wildflower display comprising blooms native to WA.
Upcoming highlights include a Feast among the Flowers picnic on September 10, a free Secrets of the Botanic Garden guided walk on September 12 and 19, the popular Friends of Kings Park native plant sale on September 16-17, and a chance to learn about the landmark Gija Jumulu boab from the Kimberley with the park's head arboriculturist.
There'll be a hay bale sculpture challenge, a costumed obstacle race, a craft market and more at this year’s York Festival, which kicks off in WA's oldest inland town on Saturday, September 16 and runs until October 15.
Highlights include a running and cycle race, a performance of Roald Dahl’s The Twits by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, an architecture tour of the York’s historic buildings, an art trail celebrating the work of WA painter David Gregson, a treasure hunt and workshops focused on everything from photography to painting and puppet making.
Hidden Treasures Bloom Festival
Heading south, the shires of Broomehill-Tambellup, Cranbrook, Gnowangerup, Jerramungup, Katanning, Kent, Kojonup, Plantagenet and Woodanilling are celebrating spring with the Hidden Treasures of the Great Southern 2017 Bloom Festival, which launches on Saturday, September 16, with a free Flowers Feathers Family Fun Fair in Katanning featuring art and crafts, live music, family entertainment, a farmers’ market and a chook auction.
The month-long festival includes about 80 events highlighting the hidden treasures of the region. On the program are wildflower walks, open gardens, long lunches, gardening and photography workshops, art exhibitions, bird watching and more.
Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show
Ravensthorpe is marking the blooming season with the opening of its annual wildflower show, which runs from Sunday, September 10 until September 23. Along with the floral display, there'll be a gala long-table lunch, a guided wildflower bush walk, tag-along 4WD tours, the official opening of the new Ravensthorpe Regional Herbarium and more.
And if you’re keen for some wildflower spotting in the region, access to the nearby Fitzgerald River National Park from Hopetoun has reopened with the completion of a temporary crossing at Culham Inlet.
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