Explore the wonders of wildflowers on the Grampians Peaks Trail

Friday 9 September, 2022

As the spring days grow longer with more sunlight, vibrant wildflowers are lighting up parks across Victoria.

Grampians National Park, part of the Gariwerd bio-cultural landscape, has more than 1000 species of wildflowers, 20 of which are only found in the local area. The wide variety of rock and soil types in the Grampians National Park supports an incredible range of native plants and creates a unique floral wonderland for visitors. 

Grampians National Park Ranger Kristina Wadge says spring is the best time of year to see some of Victoria’s stunning native flowers along the Grampians Peaks Trail.  “The next few months are absolutely amazing for orchids and flowers in Gariwerd” says Ranger Kristina. “Across each section of the trail, you can spot many beautiful and different flowers. There is nothing more exciting than sighting some of the rare species which can only be found in Gariwerd.” 

Kristina has shared some of her favourite flowers and orchids found along the Grampians Peaks Trial. See some of her top picks below: 

North section 

A Grampians Boronia plant with several bright pink petals in full bloom

Grampians Boronia. Credit: Kristina Wadge

Grampians Boronia (Boronia latipinna) 

This stunning species is only found within the Grampians - meaning it is endemic to the region.  

Hikers can find the bright pink flower in bloom between August and December on the Briggs Bluff section of the trail, north of the Gar hike-in camp.  

A purple and green stemmed plant with six small flowers with dark coloured petals

Small Mosquito Orchid. Credit: Kristina Wadge

Small Mosquito Orchid (Acianthus exsertus) 

This orchid flowers from March to July and is commonly distinguished from others thanks to its large, dark coloured flowers. It can be found on the Briggs Bluff section of the trail.  

A long purple stemmed flower with two purple blooms with moon shaped petals

Purple Coral-pea. Credit: Kristina Wadge

Purple Coral-pea (Hardenbergia violacea)  

Located north of the Chatauqua Peak section, Purple Coral-Pea flowers from July to November. This long climbing flower provides an important food source for caterpillars. 

A tall green stemmed plant with a dark purple hood

Banded Greenhood. Credit: Kristina Wadge

Banded Greenhood (Pterostylis sanguinea) 

North of the Gariwerd landscape, this orchid can grow up to 40cm high and flower with dark reddish-brown petals. In bloom from April to October, it is located near the northern end of the Grampians Peaks Trail around Mount Stapylton.
 

Central section 

A Common Heath plant with a long stem, sharp leaves and hot pink bell shaped flowers cascading down the plant

Common Heath. Credit: Kristina Wadge

Common Heath (Epacris impressa) 

The Floral Emblem of Victoria, the Common Heath flowers from late autumn to late spring. Their stunning bright pink bell-shaped petals stand out as you walk along native shrubbery throughout the Mount Rosea track. 

Gorse Bitter-pea with thick stems and bulbs with maroon and orange colour

Gorse Bitter-pea. Credit: Kristina Wadge

Gorse Bitter-pea (Daviesia ulicifolia ssp. ruscifolia) 

Found on the Pinnacle track, this shrub can grow up to 2 metres tall and blooms between July and December. With small orange and yellow flowers, the flower attracts butterflies and, helps insects thrive in the Gariwerd landscape. 

A close up photo of a bright pink bulb with a green tip.

Native fuchisa. Credit: Kristina Wadge

Native fuchisa (Correa reflexa) 

Common throughout most of the National Park, this tubular flower lights up the surrounding trail with its bright pink petals with green tips. The plant attracts native bees and nectar eating birds and flowers between May and November. 

South section 

Two Nancy Petal flowers featuring white petals with a purple ring around the flower

Early Nancy. Credit: Kristina Wadge

Early Nancy (Wurmbea dioica)  

Early Nancy is one of the first to flower from winter to early spring. Visitors can find it near Yarram Gap camp in the southern section of trail. Beautifully honey scented, its unique white petal with a purple band brightens the surrounding bush. 

A long green stem with a green hooded flower

Nodding Greenhood. Credit: Kristina Wadge

Nodding Greenhood (Pterostylis nutans) 

This common orchard can be found in many places along the trail. It often produces large flowering colonies between May and December. 

Feeling inspired? Learn more about the Grampians Peaks Trail and Grampians (Gariwerd) National Park. 

Keen to take your own photos of wildflowers? Learn how with our top tips for taking wildflower photos.

 
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