A tourist route through the wheat fields and sheep paddocks of Western Australia’s Wheatbelt reveals a plethora of natural attractions.
Story By John Dunn
One of the best ways to take in the vast agricultural area to the east of Perth is via the Wheatbelt Way, through the north-east of this region, into the tiny towns and significant sites scattered over the plains and the low, rolling hills that showcase a century or more of proud farming progress. An added bonus is the wildflowers that typically bloom from July to October and present a picturesque panorama of pink, yellow and white everlastings interspersed with orchids, grevilleas and climbing clematis. This is against a background of uniquely formed granite outcrops, which have provided water wells and serve as impressive viewing points.
Dowerin, 170 kilometres north-east of Perth, is an ideal starting point. It’s the beginning of a more-or-less circular route that loops through interesting little places with names as unlikely as Wyalkatchem, Mukinbudin, Bencubbin and Kununoppin.
This story excerpt is from Issue #100
Outback Magazine: Apr/May 2015