The Wheatbelt W.A.
The Wheatbelt region of Western Australia is, as the name suggests, primarily devoted to the cropping of wheat and sheep farming.
However there is much more to the Wheatbelt than just endless fields of golden stalks.
The beaches are a favourite weekend getaway for Perth residents with clear blue water and white sands with plenty of fishing, four wheel driving and surfing opportunities.
The region begins at Guilderton north of Perth, bounded by the Indian Ocean the Wheatbelt reaches into the arid mining landscape of the Goldfields with Jarrah and Marri forests to the southern extremities.
The pioneer towns of Northam and York offer early architecture styles filled with museums and glimpses into the past while New Norcia has a unique history - settled by Benedictine monks and operated as a mission it boasts early Spanish architecture and a wealth of art and history.
The Wheatbelt is renowned for it's spring display of wildflowers and the region forms part of a circuit, that includes the Midwest, for many wildflower watchers.
The Avon Valley, an hour from Perth, has a variety of attractions including numerous self-drive trails through undulating country side with plenty of picnic spots, wineries, orchards and accommodation. Activities are plentiful - everything from sky-diving and hot air-ballooning, to pioneer museums and vintage car collections.
Facts about The Wheatbelt
Population: 70,000 approx.
Climate: Warm, Mediterranean-type climate, typified by hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Rainfall is winter-dominated.
Geography: Low woodlands to open woodlands of sand and salt plains, sand dunes, grass plains, Melaleuca shrublands, Jarrah and Marri woodlands, Proteaceous Scrub and Mallee heath.
Flora: Eucalyptus, Acacia, Callitris, Melaleuca, Jarrah, Mallee, Salmon Gum, abundant native wildflowers
Fauna: Malleefowl, endangered Red-Tailed Phascogale, endangered Western Spiny-tailed Skinks, Woylie, Bilby, Western Barred Bandicoot, Southern Brown Bandicoot and numerous native marsupials, large variety of Red and Western Grey Kangaroos, birds include Australian Bustard, Bush Stone-curlew, Hooded Plover, Western Rosella, Barking Owl, Shy Heathwren, Rufous Fieldwren, White-browed Babbler, Crested Shrike-tit, Western Whipbird, Crested Bellbird and many more common species.
- Historic, York and Northam, with museums, pioneer history, arts and festivals
- The original West Australian tourism icon - Wave Rock near Hyden
- 12,000 species of Wildflower
- The beaches of Cervantes, Lancelin, Yanchep, Jurien Bay, Lancelin, Wedge Island
- The 'Pinnacles' rock formations
- Wineries, Orchards and Cottage Foods
- Historic old building and pub accomodation, farmstays, "B & B's
- Art and history of New Norcia
- Old gold mining towns to the eastern region
- Yanchep Caves and Yanchep National Park
- Dryandra Woodland
- Dozens of walk trails, conservation areas, viewing platforms and wildlife sanctuaries
Badgingarra, Bakers Hill, Ballidu, Baandee, Bencubbin, Bendering, Beverley, Bindoon, Bodallin, Bolgart, Bonnie Rock, Booraan , Brookton, Bruce Rock, Bullaring, Bullfinch, Burracoppin, Cadoux, Calingiri, Carrabin, Cervantes, Chittering, Clackline, Corrigin, Cuballing, Cunderdin, Dandaragan, Dalwallinu, Darkan, Doodlakine, Dowerin, Dumbleyung, Gingin, Goomalling, Guilderton, Hyden, Jennacubbine, Jurien Bay, Karlgarin, Kalannie, Katanning, Kellerberrin, Kondinin, Kojanup, Koolyanobbing, Koorda, Kulin, Kunjin, Kukerin, Kununoppin, Lake Grace, Lancelin, Ledge Point, Marvel Loch, Meckering, Merredin, Miling, Moora, Moorumbine, Mount Marshall, Muchea, Mukinbudin, Muntadgin, Narembeen, Narrogin, Newdegate, New Norcia, Northam, North Bannister, Nungarin, Piawaning, Pingaring, Pingelly, Pithara, Quairading, Quindanning, Spencers Brook, Southern Cross, Tammin, Tarin Rock, Tincurrin, Toodyay, Trayning, Wagin, Wandering, West Arthur, Westonia, Wickepin, Williams, Wongan Hills, Wyalkatchem, Yealering, Yerecoin, Yilgarn, York, Youndegin, Walebing, Watheroo, Wubin, Wundowie,
Getting Around The Wheatbelt
There's plenty of bus and coach services out of Perth while the Prospector makes an interesting rail journey through much of the Wheatbelt.
By far the best way to see the region is by self driving in your own car or a cheap rental from Perth.
There are plenty of good back roads linking the many small Wheatbelt towns and easy access is available all year round.
Maps and sign postings are informative and abundant and with hundreds of minor attractions throughout the area, driving is the best way to make sure you get to spend time at the places that interest you the most.
Accommodation is everywhere and, apart from peak season, the Wheatbelt affords the luxury of pulling in for the night without a booking or a rigid schedule.
Best Time to Visit
The beaches are great in summer (December through March), miles of white sandy stretches and mostly calm, clear water.
Wildflower hunters enjoy the rolling fileds of colour from August through to September and these Spring months, including November, offer clear days and cool mornings.
June, July and August are the winter months and most tourists have headed to the warmer climes of the north, leaving the Wheatbelt a much quieter region.
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