Barbara Melville from Central Coast Group recently asked our Facebook for suggestions for walks to see spring wildflowers. Here are some of the responses. APS Groups also have walks in their local area, so check the Group activities and newsletters.
Royal National Park – Coast Track in particular. Walk in to RNP from Bundeena ferry or from Loftus, Engadine, Heathcote or Waterfall stations. Drive to access coastal tracks from Wattamolla or Garie.
Heathcote National Park
Lucas Heights – there’s usually some great winter and spring flowers. Rock orchids, wattle, Gymea lily and various peas go crazy, plus it’s a lovely easy walk. Also close to Heathcote National Park.
Muogamarra Nature Reserve. Only open for a few weekends each spring. Turn off Pacific Highway near Berowra (if heading north) or south of Brooklyn (if heading south).
Ku-ring-gai Wildflower Garden at St Ives (bushland and planted garden)
Stony Range Botanic Garden at Dee Why (planted garden)
Sylvan Grove at Picnic Point (planted garden)
Joseph Banks Native Plants Reserve at Kareela (planted garden)
North of Sydney
Bombi Moor Track near MacMasters Beach, Central Coast
On the edge of Bouddi National Park, access several tracks along the Coastal Walk from Beachview Esplanade at MacMasters Beach. Sandy trail, no steps.
Brisbane Water National Park between Pearl Beach and Patonga usually has a fabulous display of waratahs.
West of Sydney
Bells Line of Road. Last year in early November, the waratahs were spectacular. And the other flowers were beautiful too. Cathy said “Maybe others could talk to specific places to stop as we just parked on the side of the road to take photos. They were the most spectacular waratah photos ever”.
South of Sydney
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, on the top of Jamberoo Mountain inland from Kiama. Great for heathland and birds as well.
South Pacific Headland, Dowling Street, South Ulladulla