Desert wildflowers bloom along side the Larapinta Trail |  <i>Graham Michael Freeman</i>
Stress Free Booking -enjoy flexible cancellation termslearn more

Wildflowers along the Larapinta Trail

One of the biggest surprises of a visit to the Larapinta Trail is how green it can be!

Did you know that in the Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park, there are over 767 species of flora, some of which can be found near the springs, waterholes and gorges that provide shelter and relief from the arid climate. Many plants and flowers have been used by the Aboriginal people for thousands of years for medicines, weapons, as well as food and clothing.

If you’re passionate about flowers fanatic or simply keen on seeing bursts of colour along the Larapinta Trail that deviate from the endless desert plain in a palette of ochre-tinted colour, you’ll be delighted to know that if you choose your season and timing right, you may be greeted with colourful pockets of yellows, purples, blues and much more long your trek.

Spring is the perfect period to enjoy the wildflower season in the northern territory, and the below are just a sample of what you can expect to see.

Curry Wattle
If you crush the leaves between your fingers you will notice the curry-like aroma, hence the name Curry Wattle. This can be found scattered in the southern and mid parts of the Northern Territory, and typically flowers around June, July and August
Emubush - Desert Fuschia
MacDonnell's Desert Fuchsia is small spreading shrub that as pink and purple flowers. The plant flowers mostly in winter, spring and summer. 
Sturt’s Desert Pea
The Sturt’s Desert Pea is an iconic flower that grows in all mainland states except Victoria, and can also be found in the southern regions of the NT. It is most often recognised for its scarlet red and black boss, however the Northern Territory form of the Sturt's Desert Pea is identifiable due to the paler boss.
Sturts Desert Rose
The Sturt’s Desert Rose flower around late winter, and is known as the floral emblem of the Northern Territory. Petals can grow to about 5cm long, ranging in colours from pinks to dark purples with a red centre.
Tall Mulla Mulla
Also known as Pussytails due to their recognisable flower heads, the Mulla Mullas are a group of flowering plants commonly found growing on rocky slopes, stony plains in gravel or clay, or sand dunes.
White Paper Daisy
Often referred to as Common White Sunray or White Everlasting, the White Paper Daisy can grow from 10-30cm high in clumps that can measure up to 1 metre across.
Solanum - Bush Tomato
The  Solanum - Bush Tomato can be found in the Northern Territory and Central Australia, and typically grows as a small shrub between 20cm to 1 metre in height. 
Join Newsletter
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ADS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Adventure South</div>
Adventure South NZ is unrivalled in their geographic coverage, originality and overall quality of adventures holidays in New Zealand. Choose from walking, cycling, winter or multi-activity holidays, on either the North or South Island.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/AWH.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Walking Holidays</div>
Australian Walking Holidays specialises in small group guided walking adventures. Since 1982 we have been guiding small groups of travellers on Australia's finest walks across our tropical, coastal or red centre landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GCT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Canadian Trails</div>
Great Canadian Trails specialises in active holidays in Canada. With both guided and supported self-guided options available, our unique itineraries draw upon some of Canada's most inspiring parks, trails and landscapes from coast to coast.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/HUM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Huma Charity Challenge</div>
Huma enables those with adventurous spirits to challenge themselves and make a difference for a cause close to their heart. Travel, fundraise and meet life-long friends on one of Huma's meaningful and unique challenges around the world.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/SHX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Sherpa Expeditions</div>
Sherpa Expeditions is a specialist in self guided and guided walking and cycling holidays in the United Kingdom and Europe. Detailed route notes provide a definite guide to places in Europe for active walkers and cyclists.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TAS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Tasmanian Expeditions</div>
Tasmanian Expeditions is the most experienced operator of treks and adventure travel holidays in Tasmania. We own and operate the most comprehensive range of adventure holidays available across Tasmania's varied landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/UTX-new.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>UTracks</div>
UTracks are the active European holiday specialists. Whether you prefer cycling or walking, 2-star or 4-star, small groups or self guided, land, river or sea – UTracks can help you to explore Europe exactly the way you want.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WYA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Youth Adventures</div>
World Youth Adventures is our specialist division dedicated to organising tailor made overseas school group adventures. Specialists in Service Learning projects, choose from more destinations than any other school group provider.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/YOM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Yomads</div>
Yomads offers adventures for the 20s and 30s on six continents. Designed as a way to bring young and likeminded travellers together, Yomads caters to those interested in lightly structured and active trips that allow freedom to roam and explore.