While they may be the headline act for many grey nomads, wildflowers are certainly not the only hyper-colourful show in town at the moment.
It looks like a bumper season for canola, and caravanners and motorhomers in many parts of the country are being treated to a blaze of vibrant yellow fields … and they’re loving it.
In the NSW Riverina region, spring has been marked in spectacular style with the arrival of a bumper crop. And local farmer Andrew Dumaresq says passing drivers often pull over to take photos of the fields of gold.
“It’s a bit quiet now due to the lockdown but, in the past, we had a lot of people stopping because we are so close to town and on the road here,” he told the Canberra Times. “Feel free to take a picture, but please don’t come onto private property or into the crops.”
Over in the west, it’s a similar story … but more travellers have been free to get out to enjoy the stunning sight.
Caravanner Maureen Allert captured this stunning image (above) on the York / Spencers Brook Rd, just out of Northam, WA.
The Australian Crop Report said It is set to be a particularly good year for canola, with the national crop forecast to be a record-breaking five million tonnes – an increase of 11%.
Excellent growing conditions were experienced in June and July, with average or above average rainfall in most cropping regions.
However, ABARES Executive Director Jared Greenville warned another good year provides the opportunity for the high mouse numbers of last year to return, and already there is a high prevalence of mice in some regions.
“At the moment, mouse numbers are highest in southern Queensland and northern and central New South Wales,” he said. “There are also high populations in central Queensland and around Geraldton in Western Australia.”