There are canola fields near Perth that bloom during wildflower season. They’re in the rustic town of York, and they’re calling your name.

 

We acknowledge that this adventure is located on Ballardong Nation, the traditional Country of the Ballardong Noongar people who have occupied and cared for this land and water for thousands of years. We pay our respects to them as the Traditional Custodians and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.

Highlights

  • The blinding colour of the canola fields
  • The scenic drive
  • Fields and hills of green in winter
  • Rustic town (York is the oldest town in WA)

 

Wildflower season in Western Australia kicks off in the north of the state in June, before moving down to the south coast by November. While wildflowers aren’t restricted, the canola fields are opened up on weekends for viewing. Hit up the York website for opening times and information about the blooms.

Canola Fields Near Perth

The weather had been treating Perth with grey skies and rain-filled days since the middle of the week. Wanting a slice of fresh air, I decided to check the weather forecast. Seeing that the sun would be greeting us with warm arms the next day, we quickly decided on a trip to the town of York to see the canola fields. So the next morning, we grabbed our coffee, cameras, and backpacks and embarked on the drive east from Perth.

The drive consisted of hills and green pastures on either side, views of faraway Perth from the Darling Ranges, and a chat about the things of life. As we started coming closer to our awaited destination, my body exalted with sheer elation at the sight of the canola fields.

Climbing Mt Brown

Upon arrival, the first move on our itinerary was Mt Brown, located just a short five-minute drive from York. After a couple of awe-inspired proclamations over the peak, we unpacked our bags and had our prepped lunch. I’d much rather have lunch at the top of a peak than a fine and fancy restaurant.

After a short hike in and around Mt Brown, our next move was toward the canola fields. Upon seeing the waves of canola and the green hills in the back, our excited selves couldn’t help but point toward the yellows strands that moved with the wind.

 

The Canola Fields

We found a place to stop, got out of the car and quickly galloped toward the seas of yellow, leaving behind my car window half-open (I don’t recommend leaving your windows open; I’ve heard there are some smart kangaroos in York that can supposedly drive cars).

At last… the Canola Fields of York. We’d found what we were looking for.

Note: The canola fields in the wheat belt are important crops for farmers. Look to your heart’s content, but please don’t touch or trample the fields.

 

york western australia, cedric tang

Essential Gear

  • Enclosed shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Pre-packed lunch and snacks for the road
  • Camera
  • Your excited self and mates!

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How To Get There

York is a one and a half-hour drive east of Perth.

Skill Level

Beginner

Distance Covered

A ~200km round trip, and a few kilometres of walking throughout the day.