If you’re sad that the Almond Blossom Festival is over, you’ll be happy to hear that it’s National Wattle Day on Sunday, 1 September (yes, it’s a thing).
With over 160 different species of wattle found in Victoria and 14 of those found nowhere else in the world, you’re almost guaranteed to see these fluffy yellow blossoms if you get outdoors during winter and spring. To make this easier for you, we’ve narrowed down the best spots to see wattle in Victoria next weekend, so head out and get ‘Gramming.
Pound Bend Reserve | Warrandyte State Park
Warrandyte State Park is the closest state park to Melbourne, so you’ve got no excuse. Enjoy walking or picnicking among brilliant golden wattles including at least 15 different species native to the area. People have been travelling here to see wattles in bloom for generations.
Yeerung River | Cape Conran Coastal Park
At Cape Conran Coastal Park, you’ll find several species of wattle alongside some gnarly serrated banksias, pretty melaleucas and paperbarks. Walk along the Estuary View Trail to experience a mix of different ecosystems, native plants and animals.
One Tree Hill | Greater Bendigo National Park
The regional city of Bendigo is surrounded by forest that comes alive with wattle and other flowers from August onwards. If you haven’t had your fill of wattle after visiting One Tree Hill, head closer to town and check out Solomon Gully Nature Conservation Reserve.
Lerderderg Campground Area | Lerderderg State Park
Just over an hour north-west of the Melbourne CBD is the remote Lerderderg State Park, which turns on a surprising display of colour. Check out wattles, peas, heath and orchids.
You can enjoy a blend of historic buildings, picnic grounds, walking tracks and natural bush spread over 55 hectares at Wattle Park. Towering gums, beautiful wattles and native grasses make it an easy metropolitan escape.
If you’re looking to escape the city more often, check out our Local Escapes section.
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