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The Wheatbelt Way: an open-road adventure

The Wheatbelt Way: an open-road adventure

The Wheatbelt Way self-drive trail in Western Australia will lead visitors on an adventurous road trip to the regional communities of Dowerin, Wyalkatchem, Koorda, Bencubbin, Beacon, Westonia, Mukinbudin, Nungarin and Trayning. Experience the natural attractions, history and heritage of these towns, which offer unique opportunities to stay and experience friendly communities and open landscapes.

Duration: 3–5 days or more.

Distance: approximately 900–1000 kilometres.

Road conditions: sealed with stretches of good, unsealed road, to rock and bushland features.

The journey: Prepare yourself for a journey of discovery. 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.

Aboriginal and farming history is captured in museums and interpretive trails. Military and railway memorabilia abound, local sculptures, art deco buildings and a historical retro drive-in cinema – it’s one big collection of curiosities. Each country community offers its own quirky party piece. The people are unpretentious and intriguing, and the region is designed for lovers of the open road who carry with them the most important of travel essentials: an open mind.

Wondering where to stay? There are excellent caravan parks available in most towns, with cabin accommodation or camping under the stars at free camping sites – complete with toilets, barbecues, and picnic tables. For a more personalised service, try a country pub or any of the bed-and-breakfasts available (bookings advised).

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Features include:

• an offline map – no internet connection required

• real-time GPS – track your location on a map at all times

• trail notes that describe the road journey between each site

• stories that are relevant to each site and town.

• a range of services, including search tools for meals, accommodation, camp sites, RV dump points, fuel, or visitor centres near you

• audio files that complement the information at the stopping points along the trail.

For more information, visit the Wheatbelt Way website at www.wheatbeltway.com.au. For audios guides featuring authentic stories from real Wheatbelt people, go to the Story Town Podcasts at https://storytowns.com.au/.

Pictured: Baladjie Rock

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