Blooming Invisible

It's nothing like the tourist brochures out here on the wildflower trail. The promised expanses of everlasting daisies are a riot of brown, the crippling drought postponing, if not canceling, their show. Here and there a scarlet burst of desert pea catches the eye, and the soft orange of the acorn banksia glows above creamy white smokebush along the road, but this season's wildflower hunt demands a little more effort.

The Kalbarri National Park, cut by the gorges of the Murchison River, borders the North West Coastal Highway. It contains more than 800 wildflower species, but they're...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!