Take a meandering drive through the Wheatbelt to see charming small towns, an unusual geological landmark, and some quirky horses along the highway. Every season shows up different colours, so take your pick.
|When to visit||All year round. August - November (wildflowers)|
|Itinerary||Perth - York - Quairading - Bruce Rock - Narembeen - Hyden - Kalgarin - Kondinin - Kulin - Corrigin - Perth|
|Tips for travel
||Before you drive, make sure you rest, have lots of breaks, share the drive, and allow enough travel time. Stay safe on your road trip.|
|Highlights||York Motor Museum - picnic at Roe Dam - Old Prospector's Trail starting in Narembeen - Wave Rock Wildlife Park - Wave Rock - Corrigin and Bruce Rock Pioneer Museums - Macrocarpa Trail - Tin Horse Highway|
Perth to York (99km)
Just over an hour's drive east of Perth on the Great Eastern and Southern Highways you'll reach the lovely country town of York. Nestled on the banks of the Avon River in the gently rolling farmlands of the beautiful Avon Valley, York is the perfect setting for a romantic weekend, family outing, or a day trip from Perth.
As Western Australia’s first inland settlement, York offers unique insights into the State's history both before and following European settlement in 1831. York is famous for its festivals including the Perth International Jazz Festival, Bloom! York, the York Festival, and the York Medieval Fayre.
York to Hyden (Wave Rock) via Quairading, Bruce Rock, and Narembeen (273km)
Your next stop, Quairading, is about 50 minutes from York on the Quairading-York Road. The town derived its name from the Aboriginal word ‘Kwirading’, meaning the home of a small bush kangaroo. Here you can see a re-creation of the Rabbit Proof Fence as well Quairading's Pink Lake.
On the way to Bruce Rock, check out the bank at Shackleton which is said to be Australia’s smallest bank.
Bruce Rock, less than an hour from Quairading on Bruce Rock-Quairading Road, produces crops of wheat, barley, lupin and peas. Sheep, pigs and goats are also farmed in the area. Stop here for a rest before continuing your drive to see Kokerbin Rock, an immense granite outcrop 45km west of the town.
The rock is accessible from a number of points and it is possible to drive to the top, from where you can enjoy spectacular views over the surrounding countryside.
Continue the journey and take Bruce Rock-Narembeen Road through historical Narembeen to reach Hyden via Mount Walker Road and Hyden-Mount Walker Road. More than 100,000 tourists visit the town every year on their way to the famous Wave Rock east of Hyden on a nature reserve of some 160 hectares.
The rock is a granite cliff, 15m high and 110m long, shaped remarkably like a huge wave. Geologists believe the original granite formation has been sculptured and coloured by weather, water and chemical erosion over 2.7 billion years to take on its wave-like character.
Other natural attractions in the area include Hippo’s Yawn and Mulka’s Cave. The Aboriginal art in Mulka’s Cave is some of the best in the region. From September to December dozens of wildflower varieties produce carpets of colour, and more than 40 different species of birds can be seen.
Hyden also features the largest collection of lace in the southern hemisphere at the Lace Place. Visit the pioneer museum, a miniature soldier museum, an observatory, or take a scenic flight. See koalas and rare white kangaroos at Wave Rock Wildlife Park. The picturesque 18-hole golf course is open during winter and spring.
Hyden to Perth via Karlgarin, Kondinin, Kulin and Corrigin (380km)
Drive west towards the coast along Kondinin-Hyden Road for 30 minutes, where you'll see your first stop. The tiny farming community of Karlgarin has a population of less than 50 people. First settled in the 1920s, many of the town’s buildings have retained their old world charm, including the primary school and shop. Take in the scenic vistas from McCann's Rock, Buckley’s Breakaway, and the Karlgarin Hills.
Another 30 minutes west is Kondinin, which was traversed in 1848 by Surveyor General JS Roe and settled in 1909. You can follow in his footsteps along the JS Roe Heritage Trail, which includes a mural, a replica well, and the picturesque Yeerakine Rock which provides a 360 degree view of the area.
See the spectacular wildflowers during September and October. Head out to Kondinin Lake, a salt lake that attracts waterbirds, water skiers and wind surfers.
Bid farewell to Kondinin and head south on Williams-Kondinin Road to Kulin, located in the heart of the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia’s Golden Outback. It offers a convenient stopover for those travelling between Perth and Esperance via the well-known Tin Horse Highway.
The area has a diverse history of sandalwood production, gold fossicking and pastoralism, which can be explored throughout the Shire of Kulin.
If you're in town for the Kulin Bush Races in October, it's a great weekend packed full of fun for the whole family.
Corrigin is a popular stopover when visiting Hyden’s Wave Rock and the seasonal wildflowers of the area. From Kulin, follow Corrigin-Kondinin Road north. Corrigin is just three and a half hours’ drive east of Perth.
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Last updated September 2018
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