The Wheatbelt Way region of Western Australia is a scenic and diverse area that is perfect for a road trip. Open roads stretch through wide open country, where far horizons reveal hidden surprises. Self-drive trails lead to spectacular granite outcrops with infinite views and unique ecosystems to explore. Look to the dark night skies for a boundless canopy of jewelled stars. Be amazed at the variety of winter orchids and spring wildflowers that light up the roadsides alongside grain crops turning from green to golden hues. With a variety of interesting destinations to choose from, here are some tips for planning the ultimate Wheatbelt road trip.
Plan Your Route
Start by planning your route, taking into account the distances between destinations and the amount of time you have available. You can drive along the main Wheatbelt Way 4-day road trip suggested itinerary or take the scenic route on smaller roads, whichever suits your interests. Some popular stops in the Wheatbelt Way include the historic town of Westonia, the history, and museums in Nungarin which include the Nungarin Army and Heritage Machinery Museum and the historic Mangowine Homestead, and the walk trails and wildflowers of Billyacatting Hill Nature Reserves. We have even made planning easy for you with our online Trip Builder or suggested weekend itineraries.
Pack for the Journey
Ensure you have everything you need for your road trip, including a map, sunscreen, water, and snacks. Don’t forget to pack a camera to capture the stunning scenery along the way. Make sure you tag us #wheatbeltway, @wheatbeltway in your photos with Rusty and Rosie the Tin Dogs when you stop in Dowerin.
Enjoy the Outdoors
The Wheatbelt is a great destination for outdoor activities, including bushwalking, birdwatching, and climbing granite rocks. Spend a day at Elachbutting and Beringbooding Rocks, two unique rock formations that have been shaped over thousands of years. Explore the rainbow wave, Monty’s pass, and vast horizons at Elachbutting Rock. At Beringbooding Rock the Kangaroo Gnamma and the enormous water tank are a must-see.
Visit Local Cafes and Pubs
Visiting local cafes and pubs can be a great way to experience the local culture and cuisine, as well as socialize and make new friends. You can sample the local coffee, tea, and cakes at the Bear Panty Cafe in Dowerin and KCs Cafe in Bencubbin. The Mukinbudin Cafe is open 7 days a week and is great to stop to and get a snack. Try homely dishes and traditional pub fare such as a parmi and a steak with a drop of the local Dandanning beer at the Mukinbudin Hotel Motel, and relax in a cozy and friendly atmosphere at many of the other Wheatbelt Way Pubs.
Take a Break
Don’t forget to take a break from driving and enjoy the scenic landscape. Stop at one of the many picnic areas and enjoy a bite to eat, take a walk, and admire the views.
A Wheatbelt road trip in Western Australia is an unforgettable experience. With its rich cultural heritage, scenic landscapes, and diverse activities, this region is a must-visit destination. Plan your trip, pack for the journey, and enjoy the ultimate road trip adventure.