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Wheatbelt is a region of Western Australia


Many visitors drive hastily through the Wheatbelt region from Perth to the Goldfields and the Nullarbor or vice versa, but this lesser-known region has a few highlights of its own.

The region covers almost 155,000 square kilometres and is bordered in the west by the Indian Ocean and Perth, in the Southwest by — unsurprisingly — the South West region, in the South by the Great Southern region, in the east by the Goldfields-Esperance region and in the north by the Mid West.

Cities[edit]

  • Hyden - a popular spot to stop on the way to visit the looming Wave Rock
  • Jurien Bay - A relaxed coastal town with some of the finest beach fishing
  • Northam - The regions largest town on the banks of the Avon River
  • York - The first established inland town boasting many well preserved buildings

Other destinations[edit]

  • Cervantes - A coastal town with the otherworldly Pinnacles desert as its backyard
  • Lancelin - The sheltered bay lined with pristine sand dunes draws many windsurfers, divers and sand boarders
  • New Norcia - Australia's only monastic town
  • Toodyay - Filled with historical buildings and surrounded by forest and granite outcrops
  • Wagin - A typical grain town dominated by a big sheep

Understand[edit]

Wildflowers are in full bloom during August to September

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Great Eastern Hwy connects Perth and Northam. Brand Hwy takes you past the turn off to Jurien Bay and Cervantes. Brookton Hwy will take you part of the way to Hyden but from Brookton you will have to navigate a series of country roads only found on a fairly detailed map.

By bus[edit]

TransWA coaches run on Monday and Friday between Perth and Mukinbudin, via Northam. Services between Perth and Esperance pass though York and Hyden.

By rail[edit]

TransWA Avonlink services run each weekday between Perth and Northam, via Toodyay. MerridinLink services run M, W and F between Perth and Merredin.

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Amid the seemingly endless expanses of cultivated land that typifies the Wheatbelt, are natural features unique to this part of the state. Inland, the arid and otherwise prosaic landscape is distinguished by granite outcrops hewn into wondrous shapes by natural forces, expansive dazzling salt lakes and beautiful but fleeting carpets of wild flowers. The coastal region is sand, surf and the Pinnacles.


  • Lake Campion, North east of Nungarin. A huge lake with an surface eternally crusted with salt. The outer fringe comes to life with a ring of pink everlastings during the wildflower season.  edit
  • New Norcia. Australias only monastic town. The Benedictine monks are famous not only for the Spanish architecture but also their bread and olive oil.  edit
  • The Pinnacles, Cervantes. Eerie limestone pillars in the dunes of Nambung National Park.  edit
  • Wave Rock, Hyden, [1]. Possibly the Wheatbelts most popular spot and definitely the best surf you will find inland. A 15m high smooth wave cut into the rock by erosion and striped by mineral run off is a monolithic sight to stand under.  edit

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