The early botanists described the Grampians Area as the "Garden of Victoria" with it's over 1000 species of plants, 100 of which are orchids, and 26 are endemic. The wide variations in topography, rainfall, temperature and soils fosters such a large diversity in vegetation that one can discover tall eucalypt forests, damp fern gullies, swampy heath lands, alpine communities, rocky woodlands and drier heath lands.
With such variety of climate there are some plants in flower at any time of the year, but the best time is in the early spring through to the early summer.
For more up to date information on the season and particular areas to visit, Royce & Jeanne will be able to assist with books, maps and advice.
Although the viewing of wildflowers will depend on the season, here are some areas that are usually well worth a visit.
The Northern Grampians usually has the first displays of flowers, and some of the better areas are the Heatherlie Quarry area, the Mt Zero, Mt Stapylton area, Roses Gap to Mt Zero Rd, and Pohlner's Road.
In the Wartook Valley great displays can usually be seen along the Roses Gap, Pohlner's Road, Asses Ears, Lodge Road and Rose Creek Roads, and along the walks to the Balconies, MacKenzie Falls Lookout and the Zumstein – MacKenzie River walk.
In and near Halls Gap, the road to Boroka Lookout and the walk to Boronia Peak are good for a range of wildflowers while the Delleys Dell – Silverband Falls area is great for ferns.
In the Southern part of the Grampians, there are often good displays along the Halls Gap –Dunkeld Road and don't forget the walk to the summit of Mt William. The Piccaninny near Dunkeld is also another area where you will see a good display.
More to the west, the heath lands of the Victoria Valley and along Syphon and Red Rock Road, and in the Billywing area along the Henty Highway near Glen Isla are some of the better areas.
For the more adventurous the Black Range to the west of the Wartook Valley has a great range of plants and here you find plants from both the Grampians and Little Desert communities.
Some of these areas may be still closed after the fires. Royce & Jeanne will be able to keep you up to date.
The burnt areas of the Grampians will be great areas to view many of the orchids, heaths, and shrubby wildflowers for the next 3- 4 years. This spring there are many of the very small wildflowers and orchids being seen and the grass trees (Xanthorrhoea australis) are flowering in great profusion.