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Eneabba – where wildflowers grow

THIS year the wildflowers really are spectacular and you shouldn’t miss them.

Here’s a way you can really appreciate them: take a well-earned weekend rest, enjoy some time outdoors with the family, and spend absolute peanuts.

Western Flora Caravan Park is tucked away on the road to Geraldton – blink and you’ll miss the turn-off.

To wildflower lovers it’s a well-known WA tourist attraction, but if you don’t have a green thumb you’ve probably never heard of it.

Situated 300 km north of Perth on the Brand Highway, Western Flora is 160 acres of sheer floral heaven in the heart of the North Eneabba Sand Plains.

When you arrive you’ll drive down a sandy track for about a kilometre – it already feels like a remote area!

You spy the little shop, the bowsers, a few small cabins, a shady campground – and that’s it. Peace and serenity. You’re away from the city and surrounded by wildflowers.

You can sleep in furnished chalets with private bath and kitchen, in twin rooms, in caravans, or in your tent. Accommodation is modest, but clean and comfortable.

There’s a tiny shop but it sells only basics, so bring your own food and drinks. There’s no bar or disco, even your mobile phone won’t work up there. You’ll spend your time walking in the bush, reading, sleeping, and admiring those wonderful WA wildflowers.

Once you’re settled in, join owner-manager Alan Tinker for a guided walk through the wildflower farm.

Narrow tracks wind through the property taking you on a magical floral journey. Wattles blanket the harsh landscape like a golden fleece, and this is interspersed with furry white smoke bushes, colourful granny’s bonnets, banksias, fairy aprons, Geraldton wax, feather flowers, and a rainbow of wild orchids.

Tame kangaroos are likely to wander onto your campsite or verandah as the sun sets behind the gum trees at dusk; you might also see the resident “blue tongue lizard” (he loves watermelon!).

Enjoy a BBQ around the campfire. Nights are still and star-filled, and birds twitter in the bush at dawn.

On the way back to Perth, instead of driving straight back along the Brand Highway, why not head for the coast, stopping off at Lake Indoon for a picnic, or even an overnight stay?

Camping facilities are basic, there are no cabins and only cold water showers, but you’ll often find yourself the only visitors in this remote and picturesque spot.

Or drive on to Jurien or point south for a day at the beach. A good overnight stop just outside Lancelin is the Moore River Caravan Park.

There are cabins available or you can sleep in your tent, and there’s a restaurant and shop on-site. And if you’re up early in the morning there’s an eco-cruise along the river that’s quite special.

So this year, don’t miss out on those wildflowers.

You deserve a break, and Western Flora Wildflower Farm is waiting to welcome you. It is a better experience than taking the family to King’s Park for the Wildflower Festival.

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