Winter wildflowers brighten Coral Coast

Natalie BrownThe West Australian

For the Falconer family, winter is a colourful time of year.

While at work at their wheat and canola farm 13km east of Coorow, the family is surrounded by the bright carpets of wildflowers that attract many cars full of visitors to the Coral Coast each year.

Despite lower than average rainfall that has hindered the growth of crops at his farm, David Falconer said the wildflowers appeared to be flourishing.

Everlastings, the occasional orchid and wattles have made an appearance on roadsides and in paddocks dotted along the tourist drives.

Drives from the coast are among the most popular ways to take in the pops of colour and for the Falconers, this year appeared to be no exception.

Mr Falconer and his son Alistair said the annual blooms seem to bring in more tourists each year, including many from the Eastern States, giving local businesses a boost.

"It's probably just got popular in the last two to three years . . . I guess it's because they're naturally occurring," Alistair said.

"The road is really busy with caravans and people having a look at the area. It's really good for the community."

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