The farming town of Dalwallinu has a rich history and is renowned for its equally colourful carpets of spring wildflowers. Discover why Indigenous nomads, Benedictine monk graziers and European settlers chose to call this area home.
Take the three hour drive north of Perth on the Great Northern Highway to reach Dalwallinu, the first town on the Wildflower Way that stretches north to Mullewa.
Showcasing beautiful wildflowers that blanket the countryside between July and October, it’s a flora hotspot that attracts thousands of nature enthusiasts every year.
Marvel at some of the State’s 12,000 plus wildflower species, gaze in awe at the largest density of wattle (acacia) on Earth, and picnic on a blanket of pink, yellow and white everlastings. Time your trip to coincide with the Wattle Week Festival in early September and you’ll also be treated to an array of festivities, including a street parade, market day and cabaret.
There are a number of self-drive tours and walking trails that will enable you to explore the area’s flora-rich bushland, woodland and countryside, as well as Dalwallinu’s interesting history. You can download the tour brochures from the Shire of Dalwallinu’s website.
Prior to European settlement, the Indigenous Badima and Galamaia peoples were the first to occupy the region’s farming land, although they lived a nomadic life of hunting and gathering.
It wasn’t until the first graziers arrived in the district – Benedictine monks from New Norcia – that the land was used for farming sheep. Soon after, European settlers arrived and Dalwallinu came of age as a crop-growing region.
To explore the rolling countryside at your leisure, make Dalwallinu your base. There’s a range of accommodation available, including the hotel/motel, bed and breakfast and caravan park.