Mother Nature gives spring a brilliant introduction with vibrant colours splashed across the landscape. As the days grow warmer and longer with more sunlight, step outside and enjoy the physical and mental health benefits that come from being in nature. Unpack the camera and head to these top spots right across Victoria for wildflowers in pretty, dainty blooms.

Wildflowers at Pink Lakes, Murray-Sunset National ParkPink Lakes, Murray Sunset National Park

Located in Victoria’s Mallee region, two hours drive south of Mildura, are wide sweeping plains covered in flowers - iridescent pink pigface and the whites and yellows of many daisies and wattles, all offset by the backdrop of white and pink salt-encrusted lakes.

Best time for flowers: early September to mid-October



Man with child overlooking wildflowers at Scenic Gorge Drive, Beechworth Historic ParkGorge Scenic Drive, Beechworth Historic Park

On the outskirts of Beechworth in north east Victoria, purple, yellow and white wildflowers abound. Take a slow drive or walk around the historic Gorge Scenic Drive. Walking tracks meander through the area and the bush is transformed with spring colour. If you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, head to the nearby summit of Mt Pilot, 15 minutes drive away, for sweeping views and more flowers.

Best time for flowers: September to early October


Friends camping at Lerderderg Campground at Lerderderg State ParkLerderderg campground area, Lerderderg State Park

Just over an hour north west of the Melbourne CBD is this remote park, which turns on a surprising display of colour. Check out wattles, peas, heath and orchids. Enjoy a sea of orange and white flowers off Upper Chadwick near the new Lerderderg campground.

Best time for flowers: late September to October



Wildflowers at Wildflower Drive, Greater Bendigo National ParkWildflower Drive, Greater Bendigo National Park

The regional city of Bendigo is surrounded by forest that comes alive with wattle and other flowers from August onwards. In particular, check out Wildflower Drive just south east of Bendigo which is transformed with bright yellow wattle beneath the box and ironbark trees. Or in the middle of Bendigo, visit Salomon Gully Nature Conservation Area.

Best time for flowers: mid-September to October



Close up image of white flowers with a blurred backgroundAnglesea Heath, Great Otway National Park

Under two hours from the Melbourne CBD and home to about one-quarter of Victoria’s plant species, if you love orchids this is the place to visit. You’ll find flowers right throughout the Heath, but in particular try Bambra-Aireys Inlet Road and Bald Hills Road

Best time for flowers: mid to late Spring onwards



Wildflowers at Terrick Terrick National ParkFabians Block, Terrick Terrick National Park

In northern Victoria, 45 minutes west of Echuca, are colourful grasslands of daisies, peas and lilies. The best spot by far is Fabians block in the north western part of the main Davies grasslands. Access is via Ferris Road, off Mitiamo-Kow Swamp Road. Entry to the grasslands is by foot only as gates are locked.

Best time for flowers: September



For those who want to stay close to Melbourne there’s plenty of places to enjoy beautiful floral displays...

Flowers over lake at Dandenong Ranges Botanic GardenDandenong Ranges Botanic Garden, Olinda, Dandenong Ranges

Just a stone’s throw from the eastern suburbs of Melbourne lies an extensive display of spectacular flowers. Entry is free and you can walk around the gardens or catch a ride on the garden explorer before enjoying lunch at the cafe. Or to avoid the crowds, why not visit nearby George Tindale Memorial Garden, Pirianda Garden or Alfred Nicholas Memorial Garden.

Best time for flowers: throughout spring. See the daffodils, hellebores and camellias in September, and rhododendrons and azaleas later in spring.


Flowers and mansion at Werribee ParkWerribee Park, Werribee

For large scale formal floral displays you can’t go past the Victorian State Rose Garden and the grounds around Werribee Mansion. The parterre plantings near the Mansion will delight, and you’ll find every rose imaginable in the rose gardens.

Best time for flowers: roses from September to March, with the peak in November. Flowers around the Mansion from mid-September onwards.

If you don’t make it during spring, never fear, many areas are still flowering in summer, especially in the alpine region.


Hiker overlooking wildflowers at Falls Creek, Alpine National ParkFalls Creek area, Alpine National Park

Take a walk along any of the tracks on the Bogong High Plains, in particular to Fitzgeralds Hut or Wallaces Hut, to enjoy colourful panoramas that would make photographer Ken Duncan envious. Masses of delicate daisies, everlastings, peas and flowering shrubs stretch across the high plains throughout summer.

Best time for flowers: December to January

Stunning flower displays

Spring wildflowers are best viewed from early September to October.

Sunset over a pink lake in Murray Sunset National Park.

Murray-Sunset National Park

Murray-Sunset National Park is home to the famous Pink Lakes. This remote and unspoilt corner of northwestern Victoria draws photographers from all over the world. Explore the islands of the Murray River by four-wheel drive in dry weather or by canoe after rain – and camp under starry skies.
Man with child overlooking wildflowers at Scenic Gorge Drive, Beechworth Historic Park

Beechworth Historic Park

Take a slow drive or walk around the historic Gorge Scenic Drive at Beechworth Historic Park.
A couple sit around a campsite and welcome their friends to their campsite as they walk in.

Lerderderg State Park

The Lerderderg River has carved a deep and picturesque gorge through this rugged park located within easy reach of Melbourne, Bacchus Marsh and Ballarat. Picnic at Shaws Lake or O'Briens Crossing, follow an old water race and hike part of the Great Dividing Trail, or simply stroll along the river from Mackenzies Flat.
Campaspe River at Rocky Crossing in the Greater Bendigo National Park

Greater Bendigo National Park

The regional city of Bendigo is surrounded by forest that comes alive with wattle and other flowers from August onwards.
Three friends standing at the Erskine Falls lookout admiring the waterfall.

Great Otway National Park

The park features rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, rock platforms and windswept heathland. In the north, the park features tall forests, ferny gullies, magnificent waterfalls and tranquil lakes.
Wildflowers at Terrick Terrick National Park

Terrick Terrick National Park

The imposing views and contrasting landscapes of Terrick Terrick National Park are one of Central Victoria’s best-kept secrets.
People walk along a paved path surrounded by mature autumnal European trees.

Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

The Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden (formerly the National Rhododendron Garden) is host to brilliantly coloured blooms of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, cherries and daffodils. Seasonal changes ensure the gardens are a delight all year around.
The gardens of the historic Werribee Park Mansion.

Werribee Park

Visit Werribee Park and discover the story of an Australian pastoral empire. Explore the Victorian era in the Italianate-style architecture and interiors of Werribee Mansion. Stroll through 10 hectares of beautiful formal gardens and open space park land. Only 30 minutes from Melbourne, take a walk at Werribee Park, today.
A couple walk along the Bogong High Plains near Mt Nelse.

Alpine National Park

The Alpine National Park is an adventure-lover’s dream. Hike Victoria’s highest mountain ranges, explore wildflower draped landscapes on horseback or head out on world-class mountain bike trails

More nature escapes

Beauchamp Falls, Great Otway National Park.


See spectacular waterfalls flowing in the alpine mountain peaks and lush tall forests best viewed in winter or after heavy rainfall.
A couple stop on the side of the Great Ocean Road to take a picture.

Long drives

Venture out on a regional road trip with some of Australia's most scenic drives taking you to its most spectacular natural attractions.
A couple watch the sunset at a picnic table on the edge of Lake Catani at Mount Buffalo National Park.

Sunrises and sunsets

Spectacular sunsets from the summits and to west, and picturesque sunrises in the east , top-and-tail your day the perfect way.
Stargazing in the Murray Sunset National Park.


Escape the city lights to remote nature locations to see the spectacular starry southern night sky.
Two friends go for a swim in Lake Elusive in Croajingolong National Park.

Freshwater swimming

Take a cool, invigorating dip in fresh waterholes, streams and lakes. Be sure to observe safety signs and take caution when swimming in nature.
Two women follow the path through scrub up Mt Bogong with mountain views in the distance.


Whether you’re after a gentle stroll or something long-distance, there are walking trails to suit all levels of fitness and ability.
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