In average seasons early October has a wonderful show of wildflowers. September flowering orchids and other wildflowers are finishing and being replaced by white banjine,blue leschenaultia, triggerplants, later flowering everlastings, and common popflowers. Orchids vary according to spring rain but include rattlebeak,dragon, scented sun, leopard, and Brookton variety cowslip orchids. Please do not pick the wildflowers?
October is the main month for triggerplants. Check out the lovely triggerplant on the Banksia walk and see how many other species you can find.
• The Claypit Have a great picnic there and do the claypit challenge if there is water.
• Check out the great new shady arboretum picnic spot and grab a selfie on morning tea rock.
• Trails on gravelly soils, have an exceptional range of flowers. Don't miss flame peas in early October and woolly-flowered Jacksonia epiphyllum in late October to early November on entry track gravels
• The Valley Loop is cool and beautiful with flowering pink holly-leaved mirbelia and triggerplants.
• In mid/late October the great view from the Breakaway Walk is complemented by purple woolly dampiera and yellow common popflowers.
•Scented sun orchids are scattered throughout Foxes Lair in early - mid October. If there has been a wet spring look for leopard orchids near the Claypit in mid - late October.
• Enjoy the wildflowers on a leisurely ride on cycle trails. Take care as these trails are also for walkers.
For pictures of wildflowers flowering in October download the booklet below
September flowering orchids and other wildflowers are finishing and being replaced by October wildflowers like triggerplants, Verticordias. Dragon, Beard and Sun orchids.
In late October many unusual and lovely wildflowers appear on gravels and kwongan sandplain. There are great examples at Candy Block, Yilliminning Rock, Newman Block, and Harrismith reserve
There are many great picnic areas in October, particularly at Railway Dam, Old Mill Dam, Contine Hill, Yornaning Dam, Dryandra Village, and Foxes Lair.
• Yilliminning Rock. After climbing the rock to enjoy the view, see the Smooth-lipped Spider Orchid on the north side of the rock. Look for special flowers in the low kwongan scrub adjoining Birdwhistle Road just past the turnoff to the rock.
• The Orchid Walk at Newman Block, has outstanding wildflowers. Also see the wildflower display on the Sandplain Walk
• Have a picnic at Yornaning Dam and see the special Custard Orchids on the wandoo flats.
• If there is water in Toolibin Lake go for a picnic, see waterbirds, learn about the lake and see Woolly Banksias at Toolibin Cemetery. You could go via Albert Facey House in Wickepin.
• Consider some half to full day excursions that include a number of stops. For examples Yilliminning Rock to Toolibin Lake (see orchid opposite entrance) then Facey House at Wickepin, or Narrogin town Foxes Lair and Railway Dam, or Yornaning Dam/Dryandra.
. See endangered marsupials at Barna Mia Nocturnal Animal Sanctuary : Friday, and Saturday (except for public holidays
• Go on a numbat, echidna and bird spotting drive through Dryandra Woodland National Park.