Australia’s landscape can be kinda intimidating. A lot of it’s full of nothing but deserted red earth and plants that could go head-to-head with a lawnmower. But given the chance (and the right season), NSW’s flora will blow you away. When those fresh, clear Spring days turn up, head out into nature and chances are you’ll catch an eyeful of spectacular scenery. Here’s where to go for the best wildflower walks.
1. Illawarra Escarpment State Conservation Area
You remember Blinky Bill, right? Well, that’s essentially what it’s like at Illawarra Escarpment, a 30-million-year old formation near Wollongong. Check out the orchids running up the sides of the trees while you make your way through lush rainforest.
2. Muogamarra Nature Reserve
You’d be inclined to think parks are always open, but this northern Sydney spot is a lot more exclusive.
It’s so packed with banksias, orchids and wildflowers which means that places in its opening window (Aug–Sept) sell out every season. You’ll be messaging your friends asking them to get you on the list.
Be sure to keep an eye out for the classic ’Strayan waratah (aka the Australian waratah flower)…