#ParksForPeople – Mia Moon, Shire of Dalwallinu

Image by Rachel Walmsley

Located 27kms from Dalwallinu and 17kms West of Wubin, the Mia Moon Reserve is one of the best spots for a bit of wildflower hunting and well worth a visit if you are planning a trip to this area during wildflower season (July to October).

At certain times of year this small reserve is covered in wildflowers. It is particularly noted for the array of orchids that can be found here, including pink candy orchids, blue fairy orchids, spider orchids, leek orchids, bee orchids, snail orchids, donkey orchids and sun orchids (you’ve got to love the names!).  You will also find drifts of white and yellow pom pom everlastings, Waitzia, beautiful blue Dampiera and much more besides. The reserve also provides habitat for numerous small birds.

There is a large granite outcrop with a gnamma hole at one end. Gnamma holes are natural cavities commonly found in hard rock, particularly granite outcrops, and as such act as natural water tanks, which are replenished from underground stores and rainwater run-off. They used to be one of the main sources of water for Aboriginal people.

There are walking tracks you can follow through the reserve, and a couple of hundred metres further west of the Mia Moon turn-off, on the Wubin-Gunyidi road and opposite the old Mia Moon school site is another granite outcrop –  which is also worth checking out for floral hidden treasures.

If you are travelling up this way, be sure to stop at the Wubin Tourist Information Centre. Here you will be able to find up to date information on what is flowering and where. Often brochures will give you a rough idea of where to look for particular plants, but other times the exact locations are kept a little more secret, so if you’re lucky you may get some invaluable advice from the locals.

Getting there

From Dalwallinu, turn left off the Great Northern Highway (Nugadong West Road). Turn left at T Junction and continue past Sanders Road. From Wubin take the Gunyidi-Wubin Road. Turn left at the wildflower sign.

Information sourced from the Shire of Dalwallinu, the Atlas of Living Australia and the Western Australian Museum website.  

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