An early spring walk in the Pyrete range, starting from Antimony Mine Rd north of Bacchus Marsh, heading up the ridgetop and then down the creekbed to the old Antimony Mine.
As you walk north from the park entrance, the ridgetop understorey of mostly Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) grades into grass trees (Xanthorrea australis I would guess) and Bushy Needlewood (Hakea decurrens; ouch).
Stringybark and ironbark Eucalypts make up most of the trees, but they are small and stunted on the shallow, stony ridgetop soil. Occasionally, Eggs & Bacon (a bush pea) pops up in an explosion of colour among the subdued Silvertop Wallaby-grass (Rytidosperma pallidum).
The Banksia isn’t so exciting since it’s not currently flowering. Down near the dry creek-bed (a tributary of Coimadai Creek aka Pyrites Creek), Purple Coral-pea (Hardenbergia violacea) pops up, twining around a Dianella leaf in this photo.