Wildflowers blooming on Yorke Peninsula
Right now is a perfect time to head to Yorke Peninsula with spring coming early to Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, and bringing with it a spectacular display of wildflowers.
Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park Ranger Aaron Smith said the park has enjoyed good rainfall and cold temperatures over winter, providing ideal conditions for the developing native flowers.
“From the entrance of Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park, right across the bottom of Yorke Peninsula, we’re now seeing the most magnificent display of wildflowers,” Mr Smith said.
“Templetonias, also called Cocky’s Comb or Flame Bush, with their large, striking red flowers, are in full bloom.
“Coastal bearded heath, common fringe myrtle, pea flowers, strongly-scented leucopogons, rice flowers and melaleuca are also on display.
“The park has 333 species of native plants, and 115 of those are plant species of conservation significance many of which are not found anywhere else on Yorke Peninsula.
“Visitors may even be lucky enough to see some newly hatched Emu chicks which are also getting out and about in the park.”
Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park is located on the south-western tip of the Yorke Peninsula, and is around 300km by road from Adelaide via Port Wakefield, Ardrossan, Minlaton and Warooka.
At different times of the year visitors enjoy camping, fishing and surfing. Bushwalking is also a great way to discover the park, with trails ranging from 30-minute strolls to four-hour treks.
The park also has a rich and tumultuous maritime history, with lighthouses and the Ethel shipwreck popular places for visitors to explore.
The historic, abandoned township of Inneston with its restored heritage cottages is an accommodation option, and there are also several campsites within the park.
You can find out more about Dhilba Guuranda-Innes National Park online.