Helms Arboretum. The vast reserve

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Welcome to this sprawling botanical wonderland - Helms Arboretum. This vast reserve, a true delight for any botanist, is divided into two sections: a pine plantation and an arboretum. The ambitious project was initiated in the 1970s with a noble aim - to study and identify which tree and plant species would thrive in this very region.

Helms information signage display that meets you at the location

One can explore the pine plantation area comfortably by cruising along the gravel road in their car. However, for a more immersive experience, parking your vehicle near the picnic area and embarking on foot or bicycle is highly recommended.

The arboretum boasts an incredible variety of flora and fauna, making it a haven for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike. Birdwatching opportunities abound, adding to the allure of this magical place. It's the perfect spot to savor a delightful picnic lunch or enjoy a serene afternoon tea.

Within Helms Arboretum, you'll encounter a breathtaking array of plant life. Among the many inhabitants, you'll find eucalyptus, melaleucas, casuarinas, acacias, and a host of exotic pines. Spring unveils an enchanting display of spider orchids, cowslips, leschenaultia, enamel, and donkey orchids, not to mention the vibrant banksia. Summer brings the red flowering gums into full bloom, while late winter boasts the silver princess. And for a year-round spectacle, the glorious royal hakea stands tall and proud.


This remarkable arboretum, proudly named after the esteemed forester Andy Helms, has a history that dates back to 1928. It was during this time that various tree species were carefully planted to assess their viability in the Esperance area.

A well-appointed picnic area awaits at the western end of the Arboretum, equipped with facilities such as restrooms, seating, tables, and shelters for visitors' comfort.

Situated north of Esperance on the road to Gibson, Helms Arboretum is just a part of a vast forestry reserve covering an expansive 4000 hectares. Its grandeur and ecological significance make it a must-visit destination for anyone seeking a deeper connection with nature's wonders.

While out that way , a stopover at the bird animal park is a great opportunity  for an all day breakfast and view the array of animals and birds, check their website link here : Bird Animal Park

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