2019 Great Southern Bloom Festival
Saturday 21 September to Sunday 20 October 2019
Two of the best things about Spring (or the Noongar season Kambarang) in southern Western Australia are the long glorious days of sunshine and the vivid wildflowers that carpet half the State with yellow, white, pink and purples. Celebrating this special time of year, local organisation Great Southern Treasures once again hosts the annual Bloom Festival.
The Bloom Festival lures thousands of people to the Great Southern region to immerse themselves in the landscapes and colours of this extraordinarily bio-diverse part of Australia. The Festival connects over 60 events over 30 days throughout 19 towns across the region.
This year’s Festival is bigger than ever before, its coordinator Emily Hardie tells FORM. ‘The Festival was created to promote the whole Great Southern region as a place to find wildflowers, and to share the beauty of the region during Spring,’ explains Emily. ‘It combines wildflower events already happening at Ongerup and Kojonup, plus exhibitions, informative workshops, guided walks, food events and more.’
Asked for her top picks for the Festival, Emily says: ‘Our opening event will be really special. It takes place in Katanning, with elders bringing to life the Noongar story of Mulka man in a large scale puppetry performance. The Wildpaws Walk also promises to be very popular: a guided on-leash walk through 2km of wildflowers and orchids, followed by a picnic afternoon tea and talks about doggy first aid and behaviour.’
Why not add to the experience by taking one of WA’s most colourful road trips, along the PUBLIC Silo Trail , Pingrup (whose Store Café 6343 serves awesome food), Newdegate, Ravensthorpe all feature massive murals, including the world’s largest Banksia baxteri at 35 m high.
Download the Festival program here: https://bit.ly/2lGa8Tf