The beautiful waratah is not only the New South Wales floral emblem, but it is also one of the best-known Australian native plants. The waratah is an Aboriginal word meaning beautiful

This iconic Australian bush flower can be found on sandstone ridges around Sydney, in nearby mountain ranges and on the NSW South Coast. The waratah has a vibrant crimson flowerhead, measuring up to 15cm across, and blossoms in spring.

We saw them blooming in the Blue Mountains Botanic Gardens.

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