1. History is a Mystery!
The Wheatbelt Way way has an amazing amount of history to uncover. It is showcased throughout the Wheatbelt Way either through town walk trails, heritage sites, and local museums. So make sure you plan a stop to check them out. Some key ones are:
At Dowerin, join Rusty the Tin Dog on an adventure throughout his home Tin Dog Creek along the Tin Dog Creek Walk Trail .
The Wyalkatchem CBH & Agricultural Museum is a must and is open from 10 am-4 pm on Good Friday, Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The main museum building is a 1936 “K” type wheat bin which is believed to be the oldest in preservation; alongside this is a series of purpose-built display buildings preserving the quickly fading agricultural heritage of the Central Wheatbelt Region.
The Koorda Motor & Military Museum houses an array of military collections and vintage cars to browse through. It is open by appointment, please call Tony on 0429 080 258.
Take a leisurely walk around the Bencubbin Heritage Trail, this 5km track meanders through the townsite, surrounding bushland, and golf course and tells stories at points of interest including the Powerhouse and Sandalwood Museum.
While you are in Beacon, why not learn a little more about the pioneer settlement of the town. Take a walk around the new historic walking trail and discover some of the history.
The Nungarin Heritage and Army Museum are open every day from 9 am to 4 pm. On Sundays the Museum Cafe does a great cooked breakfast from 8 am-10 am.
The amazing heritage-listed Mangowine Homestead (located 14 kilometers from Nungarin) is also open from 10 am to 4 pm Saturday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday but will be closed on Good Friday.
The Westonia Hood-Penn Museum features the Hood-Penn Collection which is a diverse collection of historical items. The museum has a number of scenes and also a “what’s your weight in gold” and a reproduction of an old Westonia Gold Mine. It will be open from 10am-12pm on Easter Saturday and Sunday.
The Yelbeni Museum is an informative collection of local history through photos, plaques, and vintage farm machinery. Key may be obtained from the Yelbeni Rural General Store on Yelbeni South Road or Coronation Street if you’re following google maps just opposite the Museum.
2. Early Morning Bushwalk
You cannot come out to the Wheatbelt Way without a visit to many of the Wheatbelt Way rocks and reserves. We recommend that you head out early in the morning as a great way to start your day! Take with you plenty of water, wear appropriate shoes and don’t forget to pack a fly net! If you are out exploring the Wheatbelt Way please tag us in your photos on your socials #wheatbeltway as we love to see the adventures of our visitors.
3. Stargazing under clear Wheatbelt Way night skies
Ever wondered why the Easter date changes each year? Sometimes the Easter date is in early April. Sometimes it’s in late April. There are other times the Easter date changes to late March. Believe it or not, the reason the Easter date changes every year has a lot to do with astronomy! It’s got nothing to do with a decision made by churches, public holidaymakers, or governments.
Quite simply, Easter Sunday is deemed to be the first Sunday after the full moon, following the March Equinox. Just so you know, the March Equinox is always on or around 22nd March each year.
Check out Astrotourism WA April 2023 Stargazing information on what to look for in the night skies!