Wheatbelt Weekend – Trayning
Sometimes you only have the weekend to getaway! So we have provided you with the local knowledge on how to best spend a weekend in each of the Wheatbelt Way towns!
The Shire of Trayning incorporates the three towns of Trayning, Kununoppin and Yelbeni and is approximately 236km East of Perth.
Just short of a 3hr drive East of Perth on the Toodyay Road, you will arrive at Yelbeni the smallest of the three towns. Call in and say hello at the Yelbeni General Store situated on the Yelbeni South East road for any breakfast or lunch supplies before heading into Trayning. Call into the Shire Administration office on Railway Street to book into the Caravan Park and to pick up brochures and information. The Office closes at 4:00 pm so if you miss us, there is a cash payment facility at the Caravan Park and plenty of brochures.
Once you have settled into your accommodation be sure to take a stroll along our Centenary Walk Trail which entwines through the town. Trail Maps can be obtained from the Shire Administration Office 8:30 am – 4:00 pm or in the Campers Kitchen at the Caravan Park. The walking trail will take a casual 1-hour stroll to complete and be sure to take a camera. Stop off and have a look at the Rance Vintage Caravan in the information bay.
The Trayning Hotel Cafe is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9.00 am – 1.00 pm. Only a stone’s throw from the Trayning Caravan Park (300mtrs), the Trayning and District Sporting Club on a Friday night between and 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm is the place to be. After a long day traveling, Lauren can prepare an easy takeaway dinner or dine in and have a few quiet drinks with some of the locals.
Take advantage of the Camp Fire facilities during open fire season (1st April – 19th September) toast marshmallows on the fire and check out many of the star constellations in our clear night sky’s before retiring for the night.
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With a full day ahead, you will want to start your morning early with your favourite hearty breakfast in the comfort of your accommodation or take advantage of the Camper Kitchen facilities.
Pack a picnic lunch, plenty of water and your camera and be sure to fuel up at the 24hr Card operated Fuel Station on Sutherland Street just left of the Park exit. Continuing East along the Nungarin/Wyalkatchem Road for 11kms you will arrive at the pioneer township of Kununoppin. The town—set in Salmon Gum woodland—features a series of tin sculptures. The sculptures are placed in various locations around the town.
Take a short tour around the townsite before heading to Billyacatting Hill Reserve, a nature lover’s paradise especially during wildflower season. Take the 2.4km walk trail that takes you up to the highest point with “meet the plants” signs along the way. Allow about two hours for the whole walk. Alternately, for a more leisurely stroll there is a 1.1km Woodland Walk Trail at the base of the Rock.
Back on the Billyacatting Road and continuing North for 1.7km turn left onto Sutton Road. Follow Sutton Road for 9.2 kms keep an eye for a pioneer Well on the left just past the elbow.
Turn left onto Kidd Road following it for 2.5kms until you reach the entry of Yarragin Rock. Walk to the top and place a rock on top of the Cairn. Take in the panoramic views and then enjoy a picnic lunch at the base of the rock.
Continuing West on Kidd Road 1.7km turn right onto the Kununoppin/ Mukinbudin Road and head North for 5.3km turn left onto Harrods Road. Travel 10.6km West on Harrods Road turning left onto the Bencubbin/Kellerberrin Road. Approximately 4.6kms on the left you will find the gnamma holes. Here are some of the largest gnamma’s in the District and also home of some Donkey Orchards in windflower season.
Continuing South along the Bencubbin/Kellerberrin Road 2.9kms and on right is the Trayning Historical Well. The Well was an important source of water on the road to the Goldfields for earlier settlers.
Continuing 6.5km South on the bitumen bringing you back into town after a day of exploring.
Head to the Trayning Hotel between 5:00pm -8:00pm for dinner , we recommend the Chicken Parmi it was voted the winner of the Best Parmi in the Central Wheatbelt and Avon Valley in 2018
After a lie in, enjoy breakfast in the Campers Kitchen.
On your way home be sure to stop and have a look at the Yelbeni Museum. Adjacent to the rail reserve the Yelbeni Centenary Museum specialises in old farming implements. A key may be obtained from the Yelbeni General Store between 8.30am and 10.00am.