Taking the High Ground 2

Although it is mid autumn here in Perth, there were still some interesting wildflowers along the Baldwin’s Bluff trail at Serpentine National Park. There was plenty of the large flowered Hibbertia species above and also these small daisies.

And a few spectacular flowers on the Lemon-scented Darwinia as well.

We were pleased to see that Lemon-scented Darwinia was featured on the large sign in the picnic area – because it featured one of our photos ( with our permission, of course). Oops, sorry for the shameless self promotion – but we did earn the bragging rights after all.

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Taking the High Ground

We recently walked the Baldwin’s Bluff trail at Serpentine National Park, south of Perth. It’s only 6km there and back, but moderately hard going, with steepish up and down grades covered in small loose rocks.

There are impressive views from the top (above), with Serpentine Falls in the distance. We had a picnic lunch nearby, where there was this balancing walker’s cairn. The tiny rock on top is ours!

Flowers that Bloom in the Spring

The waterfall isn’t the only attraction at Lesmurdie Falls Mundy Regional Park in the Perth Hills at present. The wildflowers beside the walking trails are putting on an impressive display.

As well as coneflowers (top) and many Hibbertia species (above), there is this pretty Blind Grass growing near the waterfall.

There are also plenty of carnivorous (insect eating) Drosera species, including this Bridal Rainbow. You can see more at our Perth Wildflowers blog.

Down the Falls

A few days back we went for a hike at Lesmurdie Falls, in the Perth Hills. The view from the top of the falls is great, with the Swan coastal plain stretching off into the distance. The waterfall doesn’t look very impressive from the top – the small creek just disappears over the edge. It looks much better from the hiking trails that descend the hill.

But for the best view of the falls, you have to go right down to the foot of the falls.

Floral Arrangement

The wildflowers at John Forrest National Park, 24kkm east of Perth, are looking spectacular at present. They are growing in profusion right beside the walking trails. On the weekend we saw lots of Granite Petrophile.

The Blue Leschenaultia was also in flower.

Lemon-scented Darwinia was covered in its small but quite striking flowers.

And there were even some small Orchids lurking in the undergrowth.