Lying 3 hours North of Perth, Eneabba is a small town boasting one of the best wildflower displays in Western Australia! Although the town itself only contains the bare essentials, such as housing, shopping centre and a service station, the abundance of flora and fauna within the area is a spectacular sight!
The area of Eneabba was first explored by Europeans in 1839 by George Grey. The first settlement occurred in 1870, when 3000 acres of land was purchased by Horsely Rowland. However, it wasn’t until over 90 years later in 1961 that the town was gazzeted and named Eneabba. Although the origin of this name is unknown, it’s likely that it came from the local Amangu language, meaning, ‘small water’. The towns wealth come from the mining of mineral sand, with its biggest mine lasting from 1977 until 2013, when the mine closed down. To this day though, Eneabba is home to large reserves of titanium and zircon.
Eneabba is surrounded by not one, but nine national heritage reserves! This means that there’s an abundance of flora and fauna to see, however it’s the psychedelic wildflowers that draw the crowds! This spectacular sight is seen through numerous ways, whether you’re doing a walk in one of the reserves, a flight above the region or perhaps by car, accessed by the Carnamah-Eneabba Drive. The community in Eneabba are also passionate about these eye-catching displays, with beautiful pictures of the wildflowers often being sold and displayed online!
Stockyard Gully Reserve
One of the more notable and unique reserves surrounding Eneabba is the Stockyard Gully Reserve. Located 15km Southwest of the town centre and only accessed by 4WD vehicles, Stockyard Gully is worth the effort! The reserve contains a large cave network coupled with an underground river system. The largest cave can be explored by people of all ages, with it being a leisurely 1.3km loop. However, don’t forget to bring a torch to look out for them low hanging rocks! For the more adventurous, there are numerous smaller caves that can be explored containing large colonies of bats! Once you finished, the area is surrounded by a variety of fauna and flora, so it’s a great place to sit back and have a relaxing picnic!
Distance from Perth: 282km North
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