Celebrate wattles (Acacias) and Wattle Day at Olive Pink Botanic Garden throughout August and September.

Central Australia has about 150 wattles (scientific name Acacia) that, depending on weather conditions, can be found flowering at various times throughout the year. Olive Pink Botanic Garden has many of these wattles, and while not all flowering due to drought conditions, they can still be studied and enjoyed year round. Some of the wattles in flower, or in bud, in the garden throughout August and September are: Acacia tetragonophylla (Dead Finish), Acacia desmondii (Des Nelson Wattle), Acacia inaequilatera (an unusual yellow and red wattle) and Acacia georginae (Georgina Gidgee). The garden also has growing the rare wattles Acacia undoolya (Undoolya Wattle), Acacia latzii (Latz’s Wattle) and Acacia peuce (Waddy Wood). Link to our Facts on wattles and come and enjoy our Wattle Walk.

Other places to see wattles are along our regional highways and roads and in our National Parks. Flowering from mid August and throughout September are for example: Acacia ligulata (Umbrella Bush) – South Stuart Highway; Acacia spondylophylla (Curry Wattle) – Trephina Gorge; Acacia strongylophylla (Round-leaf Wattle) – Standley Chasm; and, Acacia tetrgonophylla (Dead Finish) across the whole region.

The first celebration of Wattle Day was held on 1 September 1910 in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Plans in 1913 to proclaim the wattle a national emblem and celebrate Wattle Day nationally were interrupted by World War I, but wattle remained a strong symbol of patriotism during the war years and it still is today. Australia’s national colours of green and gold are based upon the colours of the wattle. Since 1992 National Wattle Day has been 1 September in all of Australia’s States and Territories. Before then, Wattle Day was celebrated on different days between July and September. Acacia pycnantha, most commonly known as the golden wattle, is the species used for the Wattle Day emblem and national flower. It is found in south-eastern Australia.