Coalseam Conservation Park; wildflower central

Every year, not long after winter, the wildflower season in WA kicks off and in a big way. There are a huge number of amazing places to check out, and Coalseam Conservation Park is up there with the best.

Whether you are chasing individual orchids, or the blooms of everlastings, Coalseam is a fantastic place that we’ll always look forward to going back to.

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay there last year for the first time, and I still feel the urge to go back again in the next WA Wildflower Season! Words do not do this place justice, but hopefully some of the photos below might.

Coalseam wildflowers
A huge variety of flowers can be found at Coalseam Conservation Park
Coalseam entrance
Yellow everlastings at the south entrance to Coalseam, as far as the eye can see

Where is Coalseam Conservation Park?

You’ll find Coalseam Conservation Park roughly 4 and a half hours drive north of Perth. Its 26 minutes from Mingenew, 34 minutes south of Mullewa, and an 78 minutes drive from Geraldton, directly East.

It’s quite centrally located on the Midlands Wildflower Route, and just off the Wildflower way. You can comfortably do a loop from Perth to Moora, Coorow, Three Springs, Mingenew, Coalseam Conservation Park, Mullewa, and back down through Canna, Morowa, Perenjori, Dalwallnu and back to Perth in 4 – 5 days, or longer if you want it to be more relaxed, or to see more places.

Sunset at Coalseam
Watching the sun go down from our camp at Coalseam

Getting there

Most people get to Coalseam Conservation Park from Mingenew, but you can enter from all sides. If you want the least amount of gravel driving, come from Mingenew. We came in from the south, went out via the north for a day, and came back in from the East.

Coalseam Conservation Park
There’s a short gravel section to get to both camp grounds from the south

About Coalseam Conservation Park

Asides from being hugely popular for seeing the annual wildflowers in WA, Coalseam has a long history and fascinating geology.

There’s a variety of fossils, and seams of Coal that run through the exposed rock (hence the name!). There’s a couple of old mining holes and information boards around the place that you can check out.

A pile of coal
Coalseam is aptly named
Views from Coalseam Lookout
Looking over the spectacular Coalseam Conservation Park
Heaps of flowers
More flowers than you can possibly comprehend
Coalseam Wildflowers
The scenery is nothing short of spectacular (Miners camp in the background)

Coalseam National Park Camping

There are two locations that you can camp at inside Coalseam National Park. Miners is the official, and main camp site. Breakaway is the overflow camp site, which is far less formal, on the other side of the park, but its probably only 5 minutes drive between the two camp sites. 

If you can get into Miners, do so, as its spectacular, but Breakaway is also decent, and certainly not somewhere to be scoffed at. Breakaway also has no toilets, so you must provide your own.

Both Miners and Breakaway camp sites have a restriction of 3 consecutive nights during peak season, which is August to October. Neither sites can be booked, so arrive early and cross your fingers and toes!

Camping amongst the flowers
Camping right amongst the wildflowers
Coalseam camping
Our camp site overlooking the river bed
Miners Camp Ground
Miners Camp Ground information board
Miners Camp Toilets
The toilets at Miners Camp, which were well maintained

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Entry fees and camping costs

Entry to Coalseam Conservation Park is free (woohoo!), and camping is $11 per adult per night, $7 concession and $3 for children between 5 and 16. Miners is $8, $6 and $3.

A lot of people visit for the day, and stay in nearby towns, and if you can’t get into the camp site this is a perfectly good solution. The benefit of camping is that you really get to soak it up, and its amazing to see things change from sunrise to sunset.

Coalseam cliffs
Exploring the river bed and big cliffs
Miners Picnic Area
Visit for the day and enjoy a picnic

Coalseam walks

There’s a heap of walks to do at Coalseam. Several are well signed and noted, and then you can wander around as you please (just avoid standing on the flowers!).

The three most well known start from the Miners Picnic area, the bottom of the cliffs and the lookout walk. All three are spectacular, with our favourite being around Miners Camp.

Coalseam Plateau walk
There’s quite a few walks at Coalseam to enjoy
Walking through Coalseam
Even with our little kids we found plenty to walk around and see

What’s nearby that is worth a look?

Most of the towns nearby will have a variety of wildflowers worth checking out. We really enjoyed the Mullewa Waterfalls, Pindar Wreath Flowers, Depot Hill and Canna Railway.

If you want to know exactly what we did on our trip, check out our post on Amazing WA Wildflowers under 5 hours from Perth.

Pink Wildflowers near Perth
Unbelievable pink flowers just East of Coalseam
Exploring Mullewa Waterfalls
The Mullewa Waterfalls were quite a surprise
Depot Hill Flowers
Depot Hill Wildflowers are absolutely worth a visit

What flowers are at Coalseam?

Coalseam is probably most well known for the huge carpets of yellow, white and pink everlastings. Ironically, these seem to flower at different times, and being able to see all three at once is not super common.

These carpets are by far and away the most impressive wildflowers, but if you have a keen eye, and a bit of patience, you’ll find a variety of other rarer flowers at Coalseam Conservation Park too, like the giant range of Orchids.

Coalseam flowers
The Pink Sticky Everlasting

Where can you see wreath flowers in WA?

The Wreath Flowers are super popular in season, and for good reason; they are absolutely stunning. If you want to see them, head to Perenjori or Pindar.

Be sure that you park well away and keep them in pristine condition for everyone else to enjoy

Wreath flowers near Peronji
Not far from Peronji are stunning Wreath Flowers in season

Should you visit Coalseam?

Absolutely. It’s such a stunning part of the world, and its beautiful even outside of wildflower season. Head up there, stay a few nights and soak up the incredible atmosphere. I can’t say the idea of wildflowers was hugely appealing originally, but they are nothing short of magnificent.

Coalseam Conservation Park camping
The lookout from our camp site at Coalseam Conservation Park

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