WESTERN Australia will soon be awash with colour when more than 12,000 species of wildflowers begin to bloom during the wildflower season.
The six-month flowering season generally begins in the north in June on the vast outback plains of the Pilbara, Goldfields and Coral Coast - where vibrant blooms contrast with pindan earth, rugged canyons and turquoise sea.
By September, it will move south and reach Perth's botanical gardens, nature reserves and national parks, finishing with a flurry in October and November throughout the forests and coastal heaths of the South West.
More than 60 per cent of the state's wildflower species are found nowhere else, making it the world's largest flower show - colouring the landscapes from coast to forest and city to outback.
Visitors can take in the spectacle on the many wildflower scenic drives and walking trails throughout the state. to help visitors plan their trip, the WA Wildflower Guide tells where to see the best wildflowers and includes 11 self-drive trails.
For those looking for a guided option, hop on one of the specialist wildflower tours such as Luxury Outback Tours, ADAMS Pinnacle Tours, Casey Australia Tours, Australian Adventure Travel, Busaround Tours, Down Under Discoveries, Out of Sight Tours and Two Feet and a Heart Beat.
Various floral-themed events are also held across WA. Here are a few:
Chittering Spring Fest: Aug 24-Sept 15, Wheatbelt
Nannup Flower and Garden Festival: Aug 15-18, South West
Outback Bloom: Aug TBC, Mullewa, Mid West
Kings Park Festival: All of September, Perth
Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show & Spring Festival: Sept 10-22, Goldfields-Esperance
Dalwallinu Wattle Week Festival: Sept 7-13, Wheatbelt
Esperance Wildflower Festival: Sept 14-28, Goldfields-Esperance