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Golden Wattle - Australia's national floral emblem

Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha)

 Wattles have long had special meanings for Australians and in 1988 the Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) was officially gazetted as Australia's national floral emblem.

Official Proclamation

The then Governor-General, the Rt Hon Sir Ninian M Stephen AK GCMG GCVO KBE, proclaimed the golden wattle as the national floral emblem on 19 August 1988.

Commonwealth Coat of Arms 1912

Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, No. S 259 Thursday 1 September 1988


By His Excellency the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia


I, SIR NINIAN MARTIN STEPHEN, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, hereby declare that the flowers of Acacia pycnantha, the plant known as Golden Wattle, however depicted, shall be the national floral emblem of Australia.

(L.S.) GIVEN under my hand and the Great Seal of Australia on 19 August 1988

By His Excellency's Command,


Minister of State for Home Affairs


Crest of the Governor-General of Australia

Wattle is part of the design for the crest for the Governor-General of Australia


Golden wattle - Closeup
Close-up of Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) - Australia's national floral emblem


Acacia pycnantha blossom South Australia 1 August 2009 S. Searle.JPG
Golden wattle, South Australia






Golden Wattle (Acacia pycnantha) is a small tree that grows to about 8 metres in height. Its native distribution is in south-east Australia from South Australia to Victoria NSW and the ACT.