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.

 

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.

 

Highlights

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

 

The Colours of York

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 was going to be greeting us with warm arms the next day, we quickly thought of the idea of a ‘tomorrow’ trip to the town of York. So the next morning, we grabbed our morning coffee, the camera, our backpacks and embarked on the drive east from Perth.

The drive consisted of hills and green pastures on either side; views of the far away Perth from the Darling ranges; and a talk about the things of life. As we started coming closer to our awaited-destination, my body exalted with sheer elation at the sight of some 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 statements and proclamations inspired by the peak, we unpacked our bags and had our prepped lunch. It’s quite fair to say that 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 these yellows strands that moved like the wind, and by the wind.

 

york western australia, cedric tang

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 highly 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 had found what we were looking for.

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

Essential Gear

  • Enclosed shoes
  • Water bottle
  • Pre-packed lunch and snacks for the road (good way to save money and time)
  • Camera
  • Your excited self

 

How To Get There

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

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Town exploring
  • Sightseeing
  • Photography

 

Skill Level

Beginner

Distance Covered

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