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Australia s Golden Outback Western Australia YOUR 2012 2013 HOLIDAY GUIDE TO THE OUTBACK 2 australiasgoldenoutback.com australiasgoldenoutback.com 3 Out of the way.Out of this world. Covering vast areas of Western Australia Australia s Golden Outback is a region of rich and stirring contrast from the rare beauty of the deep red earth and Mt Augustus to the snow-white beaches and turquoise waters of Esperance. Golden Outback sub-regions The Goldfields The Wheatbelt The Gascoyne-Murchison Esperance & The Coast Making up 54 per cent of Western Australia Australia s Golden Outback offers a surprising diversity of outstanding holiday experiences. Visitors can immerse themselves in a fascinating and memorable mix of nature history adventure and discovery - all against the dramatic backdrops of blue skies wide horizons or spectacular oceans. The natural landscape is an artistic display of outback plains lakes woodlands rocky outcrops and beautiful beaches. Late winter and early spring bring dazzling displays of wildflowers transforming the countryside into a picture postcard of colour and texture. The gold rush country of the 1800s has a deep sense of both history and legend woven into its towns and trails. Visitors can appreciate the evolution of modern mining that is so vital to the state. Many great pioneering innovations are still to be seen across the state as testimony to the forging of Western Australia. Vast farms and stations cover rolling hills and scrub regions underlining a determined spirit in the peoples strong connection to their land. Australia s Golden Outback is a region where driving is an adventure in itself and the area offers a large network of gazetted pathways and 4WD tracks. The southern coast provides numerous pristine white beaches aquamarine water and a variety of fascinating wildlife such as birds dolphins whales seals and other marine life. Other regional holiday experiences include memorable farmstays less than two hours from Perth as well as station stays on enormous remote properties. It s a region that loves to celebrate its rich diversity in many forms and a full calendar of events festivals and fairs means there is always something for every holidaymaker to enjoy. This comprehensive guide will assist you to plan your holiday to Australia s Golden Outback and help ensure that you discover its magic for yourself. So what are you waiting for Let the adventure begin For further information in planning your holiday contact Western Australian Visitor Centre 55 William Street corner Hay Street Perth WA 6000 Tel 1300 361 351 or (08) 9483 1111 Email travel westernaustralia.com www.westernaustralia.com 4 australiasgoldenoutback.com Contents Kennedy Range National Park Introduction Golden Outback Region Map Events Listing Self Drive Touring Routes from Perth Regional Self Drive Touring Routes Outback Self Drive Touring Routes Wildflower Self Drive Trails The Goldfields The Wheatbelt The Gascoyne-Murchison Esperance & the Coast Tips for the Holiday Maker Become a fan on Facebook Australia s Golden Outback Follow us on Twitter Golden_Outback 4 6 8 10 14 18 20 24 42 72 84 102 MOUNT MAGNET GERALDTON MEEKATHARRA CUE LAVERTON LEONORA GOLDFIELDS INDIAN OCEAN GASCOYNE-MURCHISON COOLGARDIE MERREDIN KALGOORLIE-BOULDER This symbol indicates an accredited tourism business committed to providing quality services. Once you have finished using your Australia s Golden Outback Holiday Planner please pass it on to another traveller by leaving at your accommodation camp ground or caravan park. PERTH WHEATBELT NORSEMAN ESPERANCE & COAST HYDEN RAVENSTHORPE NARROGIN ESPERANCE SOUTHERN OCEAN Australia s Golden Outback is proudly sponsored by Tourism Western Australia. australiasgoldenoutback.com 5 Exmouth Karijini Eco Retreat Auski Roadhouse Exmouth Gulf Nanutarra Roadhouse Tom Price Paraburdoo Karijini National Park rn Tropic of Caprico Capricorn Roadhouse NEWMAN Coral Bay Lyndon Homestead Minilya Roadhouse Mt. Augustus Tourist Park Mount Augustus Nat. Park Collier Range National Park Lake MacLeod Cobra Station Bangemall Inn Kumarina Kennedy Range National Park RO UT E G CARNARVON Lake Gregory ST Gascoyne Bidgemia Station Junction CAN NIN OC K Carnegie Lake Nabberu Shark Bay Qantas Mt. 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Park Watheroo Badgingarra Koolyanobbing Mukinbudin Bullfinch Southern Cross Westonia Marvel Loch Skywe tas st Qan Beacon Coolgardie Broad Arrow KALGOORLIEBOULDER Qantas To Adelaide Skywest To Melbourne Cervantes Moora New Norcia Lancelin Trayning Kununoppin Nungarin Wyalkatchem Merredin Tammin Kellerberrin Kokerbin Rock Wongan Hills Bencubbin Kambalda Lake Lefroy INDIAN Toodyay NORTHAM Cunderdin Bruce Rock Narembeen Corrigin Karlgarin Kondinin Hyden Skyw est 4 6 Widgiemooltha Eucla OCEAN Meckering Lake Cowan The Breakaways Lake Johnston OUTBACK WINERIES Quairading Wave Rock PERTH Midland Armadale 1 2 1 2 York Norseman Fraser Range Station 4 VINEYARD ONLY Lake Hope Lake Gilmore MANDURAH Wandering Pinjarra 3 4 Brookton Pingelly Kulin Yealering Lake Dundas 1. 2. 3. 4. Cuballing Wickepin Harrismith Williams Narrogin 5 Concotton Winery Dutarning Range Narrakine Wines Across the Lake Wines Skywest Frank Hann Lake Nat. Park Sharpe Peak Charles Nat. Park Salmon Gums Lake Grace Newdegate Lake King Ravensthorpe Grass Patch Quindanning 3 BUNBURY Duranillin Cape Naturaliste COLLIE Wagin Arthur River Darkan Nyabing Skywes t Munglinup 7 Busselton Sk Kojonup Nannup yw Katanning Gnowangerup Jerramungup Ongerup Fitzgerald River National Park Hopetoun Stokes Nat. Park Skywest ESPERANCE Cape Le Grand Nat. Park Bridgetown Manjimup Margaret River Augusta Cape Leeuwin Bremer Bay Sky Pemberton Mt. Barker wes t Cape Riche Walpole Denmark ALBANY 0 25 Sealed Major Road Sealed Minor Road Unsealed Road Track Four Wheel Drive Map suppliied b RACWA. For a more detailed map visit an Map supplied by R l li d supplied RAC Member Service Centre or order online at www.rac.com.au SOUTHERN OCEAN 50 75 Scale in Kilometres 100 C Copyright RACWA 2010 Cape Arid Nat. Park VINEYARD WITH 7 CELLAR DOOR SALES 1. Wandering Lane 2. Wandering Brook Estate 3. Hotham Ridge Winery 4. Tanglefoot Wines 5. Downderry Wines 6. Walker Wines 7. Dalyup River Wines 8. Binduli Wines Kukerin Dumbleyung es t Take part in fantastic Outback events The many towns communities and regions across Australia s Golden Outback support a rich diversity of events exhibitions concerts celebrations shows and festivals. Before you go on holidays make sure you visit www.australiasgoldenoutback.com for a detailed and up to date event calendar highlighting some of the shows festivals and other sporting events throughout the entire region. If you re planning an outback holiday check out the website as there may be several events that you can participate in along the way. Here s just some of the major events in Australia s Golden Outback. Just a sample of some of the events 26 January 4 Feb 3 Mar 4 Mar 9-10 Mar 6-8 Apr 25 Apr 2-4 Jun 4-5 Aug 10-17 Aug 8-15 Sep 8-23 Sep 15-23 Sep 21-29 Sep 5-7 Oct 6 Oct 9-11 Nov 10 Nov 1 Dec Australia Day celebrations in various towns across Australia s Golden Outback Cuballing 2012 Summer Festival Movie Night Williams Campdraft Narembeen Triathlon Wagin Woolorama Hyden 450 ANZAC services in various towns across Australia s Golden Outback Leonora Golden Gift King of the Cross Southern Cross Morawa Art Show & Exhibition Dalwallinu Wattle Week Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show Discover the Round Kalgoorlie-Boulder Australasian Safari Kulin Bush Races Cambinata Extravaganza Kukerin Reynoldson Reserve Festival Wongan Hills Moora Cup Races Saint Barbara s Festival Kalgoorlie-Boulder 8 australiasgoldenoutback.com Scheduled services to WA Northern Goldfields & Coral Coast Charter services Australia-wide Friendly professional service always. Skippers Aviation Pty Ltd Skippers Passenger Terminal Perth Domestic Airport Redcliffe WA 6105 Web www.skippers.com.au Reservations Hotline 1300 729 924 australiasgoldenoutback.com 9 Self Drive Touring Routes from Perth 2 Day Pioneers Pathway Follow the dream of early farming and gold mining pioneers who journeyed east into the Wheatbelt in search of fortunes from life on the land. DOWERIN GOOMALLING TOODYAY MERREDIN ARTHUR RIVER PERTH Australia s Golden Outback has a fascinating range of self drive touring routes. These routes offer vast horizons and clear blue skies. They give an insight into some of the region s historical and natural attractions. These self drive touring routes are easy to undertake and mostly on fully sealed roads. 2 Day Esperance Escape Escape to the pure white beaches of Esperance and experience some of the state s most picturesque farmland and historic towns. 2 Day Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail Hit the road to adventure and the wild west on a journey along the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail from Perth to Kalgoorlie. KALGOORLIE-BOULDER WYALKATCHEM PERTH LAKE GRACE WAGIN LAKE KING MUNGLINUP ESPERANCE MERREDIN NORTHAM CUNDERDIN PERTH (Mundaring Weir) SOUTHERN CROSS COOLGARDIE RAVENSTHORPE DUMBLEYUNG HOPETOUN Day 1 160km 2 hours Perth to Dowerin Day 1 350km 4 hours Perth to Lake Grace Day 1 260km 3 hours Perth to Merredin Leave the hustle of the city behind and escape through the hills to the pretty farming town of Toodyay. Valley views and a patchwork of farmland make this a scenic stop for lunch at one of the local pubs or riverside picnic spots. Continue north east to Goomalling crossing the Avon River tributary at Mortlock River a well known wildflower stop during spring. The Tin Dog sculpture welcomes you to Dowerin. Take the walk trail to see local wildlife before checking into one of the hotels and motels in town. Slicing through WA s southern regions take in the green fields and a patchwork of farmland as you head to Williams and on to Arthur River. Stop for lunch in this friendly town known for farming heritage and scenic riverside picnic spots. In the afternoon journey through the heart of sheep farming territory to Lake Grace. Along the way you ll see Wagin s Giant Ram and Museum Village Lake Dumbleyung and the town of Kukerin. Stay overnight at Lake Grace s hotel motel or caravan park. From Mundaring follow the route of the historic water pipeline built more than 100 years ago and still the longest fresh water pipeline on earth. Enjoy scenic farmscapes and nature walks and explore historic water pump stations and lookouts during the journey to Merredin. Stay overnight at a motel or hotel in this friendly farming community where you ll also find seasonal wildflowers and warm hospitality. Day 2 340km 3.5 hours Day 2 Lake Grace to Esperance 370km 4 hours Merredin to Kalgoorlie Day 2 155km 2 hours Dowerin to Merredin The drive from Dowerin to Merredin winds through farmland bush reserves and springtime wildflowers. Enjoy a pub lunch at Wyalkatchem and a visit to the local museum before heading through Nungarin and Trayning to the heart of the Wheatbelt Merredin. See the biggest grain storage facility in the country and learn more about the way of life on the land in this friendly community. For accommodation choose from hotels motels B&B s or caravan park. In the morning visit the Australian Inland Mission Hospital a museum showcasing the work of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Take in the views across massive Lake Grace before heading to Lake King. The drive is studded with salt lakes wildflowers and bushland. Visit the historic mining town of Ravensthorpe and stop for a swim at Munglinup before arriving in Esperance. There is plenty of accommodation to choose from here. Stay a while and explore superb national parks and secluded white sandy beaches. Head east to the Goldfields stopping at Southern Cross where gold was first discovered in the late 1800s. On the way to Coolgardie and KalgoorlieBoulder you ll see gold rush ruins interpretive displays and stunning springtime wildflowers. Spend the night or a few days in Kalgoorlie the hub of WA s gold mining industry with plenty of historic tales magnificent architecture and lively nightlife. 10 australiasgoldenoutback.com australiasgoldenoutback.com 11 3 Day Monsignor Hawes Trail Learn more about WA s religious architecture on this trail which takes in New Norcia and the eclectic designs of Monsignor Hawes - best known for the creation of stunning Catholic churches throughout the region. YALGOO MULLEWA GERALDTON MORAWA PERENJORI CARNAMAH Day 1 130km 2 hours Perth to New Norcia Head off through springtime wildflowers to New Norcia Australia s only monastic town. This peaceful place is home to a community of Benedictine monks and famous for its Spanish architecture and collection of religious art works not to mention gourmet breads and olive oil. Check out the Museum and Art Gallery take a walking tour and enjoy a cooling drink on the wide verandah of the New Norcia Hotel. Stay overnight in the hotel or check into the quiet retreat of Monastery Guesthouse. Continue to Morawa and visit the Church of the Holy Cross also designed by Monsignor Hawes. Accommodation is available at the local hotel motel caravan park and farm stays. Day 3 350km 4 hours Morawa to Geraldton Day 2 370km 4 hours New Norcia to Morawa MOORA NEW NORCIA PERTH This morning join the monks in prayer before heading north to Moora stopping to take in local heritage architecture on the Town Walk. Wildflowers colour the drive to Carnamah during spring. Enjoy lunch here before arriving in Perenjori to see the Monsignor Hawes-designed Church of Saint Joseph. This unusual building is typical of his style. Perenjori is also home to the famous and unique Wreath Leschenaultia which appears during September and October. Drive north to historic Yalgoo with its wellpreserved colonial architecture and rich gold mining heritage. Spend time exploring the museum Court House and Dominican Chapel of St Hyacinth designed by Monsignor Hawes. From Yalgoo head west towards the coast stopping at Mullewa s beautiful Monsignor Hawes church. Continue to Geraldton where Monsignor Hawes was a pioneer priest and architect in the diocese between the wars. One of his most important buildings is located in the port city the St Francis Xavier Cathedral which was built in a style known as California Mission. Overnight stopping locations are suggestions only please feel free to plan your own exciting itinerary. 3 Day Northern Wheatbelt Wonders Meander north of Perth for your perfect wildflower and nature getaway experience. WESTERN WILDFLOWER FARM Day 1 183 km 2 hours Perth to Wongan via Calingiri DALWALLINU Leave Perth and head for Wongan Hills. On the way why not check out the walks and abundance of local produce in Chittering or call in to Calingiri to explore Lake Ninan. Wongan Hills has various nature reserves with an abundance of wildflowers and fauna as well as walk trails a museum and other sites to be explored. Stay overnight in the local hotel guest house or caravan park. Day 2 165km 1.5 hours MOORA Wongan Hills to Moora via Dalwallinu WONGAN HILLS NEW NORCIA CALINGIRI Head north to Dalwallinu where Wreath Leschenaultia blooms in several sites just out of town. Visit Dalwallinu Discovery Centre for information on attractions and wildflowers in season. Head south to Moora where the town clock and splendid murals welcome you. Stay overnight in the local hotel motel B&B s or caravan park. Day 3 231km 2.5 hours BINDOON CHITTERING Moora to Perth via New Norcia PERTH Morning short walk along Carnaby Cockatoo Interpretive Walk Trail. Spot one of magnificent birds and discover the flora and fauna of area. Before heading back to Perth experience the Western Wildflower Farm at Coomberdale (20 km north) where you can take a tour to see touch and smell wildflowers or on the way back visit New Norcia Australia s own monastic town. The Abbey Church in New Norcia 12 australiasgoldenoutback.com 3 Day Pathways to Wave Rock Visit one of Australia s best known natural icons Wave Rock on this three-day journey exploring the changing landscape and charming farming communities. 3 Day Winery Woodlands and Wheatbelt Trail Drive through picturesque farmland to Wheatbelt wineries take superb nature walks and view local nocturnal wildlife and granite outcrops. This self drive is the perfect escape from the everyday. PERTH WANDERING PINGELLY WICKEPIN NARROGIN WAGIN YORK PERTH QUAIRADING BRUCE ROCK NAREMBEEN KONDININ Wave Rock HYDEN LAKE GRACE WILLIAMS ARTHUR RIVER BROOKTON CORRIGIN KULIN Day 1 340km 4 hours Perth to Hyden (Wave Rock) Day 1 Pingelly and Wickepin 267km 3 hours Perth to Narrogin via Wandering Explore Wave Rock near Hyden Head east from Perth travelling through picturesque farmland to Corrigin (famous for its Dog in a Ute and Dog Cemetery ). At Karlgarin visit Tressie s Museum & Caravan Park with its display of olden day memorabilia and gramophones. Enjoy lunch at one of the local restaurants or cafes before taking the short drive to Wave Rock. This 15 metre high 110 metre long granite cliff is shaped remarkably like a wave. Scientists believe it has taken more than 2.7 billion years of weather water and chemical erosion to create. In the afternoon visit other natural attractions including Hippo s Yawn and Mulka s Cave home to Aboriginal art. Stay overnight at one of the local motels cottages caravan park or backpacker hostel. Head south down Albany Highway then turn off to explore the surprising Wheatbelt wineries around Wandering. Perhaps take a leisurely lunch at Tanglefoot then cut across to historical Pingelly perhaps with a drive to Boyagin Rock or Tutanning Reserve one of the richest conservation areas in WA (not suitable for vans). Drive 57kms to Wickepin and explore Albert Facey s Homestead and wander the Yarling Brook heritage walk then make your way to Harrismith with its wide variety of wildflowers in season. Depart Harrismith and travel 68kms via Taarblin Nature Reserve to Narrogin. Overnight in a local hotel motel or caravan park but this evening be sure to head out to Barna Mia for a nocturnal tour bookings a must. Enjoy a picnic in the Dryandra Woodland DriveWA.com Day 2 305km 3.5 hours Hyden to Bruce Rock Day 2 Narrogin to Wagin 49km hour Head south to Lake Grace with its spectacular salt lakes and visit the only remaining Australian Inland Mission Hospital in WA. Travel west onto Kulin popular for its annual Bush Races. You can t miss the Tin Horse Highway a series of brightly coloured tin horses which welcome visitors to town. Travel north to the sheep and wheat farming o community of Kondinin. Take in 360 views of the surrounding land from Yeerakine Rock before continuing to Bruce Rock. Visit the local museum and Australia s smallest bank at nearby Shackleton. The 45 minute drive west to Kokerbin Rock offers spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. Stay overnight at the motel caravan park or hotel and enjoy a pub meal and warm hospitality. Today explore Narrogin with its heritage streetscapes and pretty gardens wander Narrogin s Railway Dam or Gnarojin Park then walk the wildflower trail at Foxes Lair or perhaps take in Lake Toolibin home to the endangered freckled duck. If you feel energetic climb Yilliminning or Birdwhistle Rock before driving some 50km south to the merino sheep farming centre of Wagin. The Giant Ram welcomes you to town the biggest in the southern hemisphere. Stay overnight in a local hotel motel or caravan park. Day 3 & Williams. 236km 2.5hours Wagin to Perth via Arthur River Plan your escape with DriveWA.com. All the tools you need to plan your holiday including information on what to see and do hot deals and interactive itinerary planner with driving directions. Visit the Driving Holidays WA Information Centre to discuss your self-drive plans with our expert staff. Purchase National Parks Passes collect your WA Pass guide books maps or hire a Tomtom. Tel (08) 9425 5550 INFORMATION CENTRE 206 Adelaide Tce Perth Email info drivewa.com Web www.driveWA.com Day 3 250km 2.5 hours Bruce Rock to Perth Take a leisurely drive through farm pastures to the historic town of York in time for lunch at one of the colonial-style hotels. This place oozes history enjoy a town walk before making the journey back to Perth. This morning take in the Wagin Historical Village for an up close view of the town s pioneering past then drive the 30km to Arthur River with its unique Rarebits on Burrowes shop. In season beautiful wildflowers bloom at Boronia Reserve. Drive north to Williams with its 1km Heritage Trail walk and The Williams Woolshed displaying a fine range of woolen garments local wines and have a coffee at the The Shed Caf . Explore the history of the wool industry in The Shearer s Yarn. Leaving Williams head towards Perth and take in the Williams Nature Reserve located 10km northwest of the town. Perhaps along the route deviate through Wandering to pick up some extra Wheatbelt wines to take back home before completing this itinerary back in the city . WA Pass Squeeze more into your holiday with fantastic discounts on accommodation attractions tours wineries and much more The perfect travel companion WA Pass is great value at only 19.95. 206 Adelaide Tce Perth WA 6000 Tel (08) 9425 5580 Email info wapass.com.au Web www.WApass.com.au australiasgoldenoutback.com 13 Regional Self Drive Touring Routes The region is criss-crossed by roads trails tracks and pathways that resonate with Western Australia s pioneering past its heady gold rush days its rich agricultural industry and the landmark innovations in the state s remarkable history. Visitors can take in the warm and welcoming country hospitality of farm and station stays character-filled country pubs hotels and holiday parks. Many drive trails can be undertaken with a conventional vehicle but if you feel the need for some 4WD adventure the Golden Outback is perfect with trails like the Gunbarrel Highway Canning Stock Route and Holland Track to name a few. Many trails also offer guide books to help you plan your itinerary and gain deeper insights into the areas you are visiting. 2 Day Coastal & Esperance Trail For superb fishing pristine nature and the whitest beaches you ve ever seen follow the coast from Esperance to Albany. RAVENSTHORPE MUNGLINUP ESPERANCE Cape Le Grand N.P HOPETOUN Fitzgerald N.P ALBANY Day 1 205km 2.5 hours Esperance to Hopetoun From Esperance take in island views of the Recherche Archipelago as you head west. Keep watch for humpback and southern right whales migrating along the Southern Ocean coastline. Stop in Munglinup for a swim before continuing to Hopetoun. Rocky headlands and unspoilt coves make this scenic driving at its best. Head west to pristine Fitzgerald River National Park one of the country s last great wilderness areas. Camp here overnight or head back to Hopetoun for unspoilt country hospitality. Day 2 340km 4 hours Beaches along the Outback Coast simply stunning Hopetoun to Albany North of Hopetoun is the historic settlement of Ravensthorpe where you ll find untouched bushland scenic lookouts historic mining relics and beautiful wildflowers. The drive west passes through rugged river valleys and national parks rich in wildlife. Stop for an exhilarating coastal leg stretch before continuing to the historic hub of Albany. Great Australian Bight cliffs Springtime wildflowers blooming marvellous 14 australiasgoldenoutback.com 2 Day Granite Woodlands & Discovery Trail Linking Hyden (Wave Rock) to Norseman explore pristine landscape home to one of the world s greatest untouched temperate woodlands with 16 designated stopping places. 2 Day Eyre Highway & The Nullarbor Links This is one of Australia s great road adventures Crossing the country from the east to west through the vast arid interior and along the Great Australian Bight the Nullarbor Plain is the ultimate outback adventure. MUNDRABILLA EUCLA To Adelaide 2 Day Golden Plains Run For a taste of life on the land take a two day trail through WA s northern Wheatbelt alive with rural history and springtime wildflowers. DALWALLINU Wave Rock HYDEN The Breakaways NORSEMAN FRASER RANGE BALLADONIA NORSEMAN COCKLEBIDDY CAIGUNA KALANNIE CLEARY MADURA BEACON BULLFINCH MUKINBUDIN SOUTHERN CROSS ESPERANCE ESPERANCE PERTH Day 1 137km 2-3 hours Hyden to the Breakaways Campsite Day 1 500km 5.5 hours Eucla to Balladonia Day 1 275km 3 hours Southern Cross to Beacon Spend time at Wave Rock this amazing feat of nature was millions of years in the making. Hit the dirt road east towards Norseman much of the trail is gravel but it is suitable for two-wheel drives and caravans. Take in the long views and springtime wildflowers as you pass across the Holland Track. Sandy heathland gives way to nickel and gold mining land around Forrestania Plots. You know you re in the outback if you spot a bush turkey dingo or some of the more elusive native animals like honey and pigmy possums which are sometimes seen around Grevillea Hill. From here the landscape changes to mallee woodland and eucalypts. Explore rocky outcrops and cliffs of The Breakaways. Roll out your swag at the campground here for a night spent under an amazing star-filled sky. The Nullarbor Plain is the world s biggest single piece of limestone at 200 000 km . Make your way west across this amazing feat of nature driving from Eucla near the border between South Australia and Western Australia along the Eyre Highway. West of Eucla is Mundrabilla take the 20 kilometre detour south to the Great Australian Bight where you ll be rewarded with views over white sandy beaches popular for fishing. Madura Roadhouse and its lookout over the surrounding tablelands make a great rest stop before the drive to Eyre Bird Observatory. This area is home to more than 240 species of birds many of which are rare and endangered. Stop for lunch at Cocklebiddy famous for its cave systems which are among the largest in the world. Here towering 70 metre cliffs make a detour to the Great Australian Bight well worth it. You ll find a roadhouse and fuel stop at Caiguna before hitting the longest straight stretch of road in the world all 146.6 kilometres of it Its common name is the 90 Mile Straight. After this spectacular drive you ve earned a restful night at the Balladonia Roadhouse. Explore gold mining history at Southern Cross named after the star constellation that guided the two prospectors who first discovered gold here in the late 1800s. Head north west to the mining town of Bullfinch where you ll see glorious seasonal wildflower displays. The landscape transforms to wheat and sheep farms as you make your way to Mukinbudin. Pack a picnic and visit Elachbutting Rock a massive granite outcrop that looks like a wave. Colourful wildflowers and bush walk trails make this a popular place for camping. Bunk down under the stars or continue to Beacon and check into the local caravan park. Day 2 150km 2 hours Beacon to Dalwallinu Day 2 165km 2-3 hours The Breakaways Campsite to Norseman Granite outcrops and seasonal wildflowers dot the farming landscape from Beacon to the small township of Cleary. Mulgas eucalyptus woodlands and rolling hills make the journey to Kalannie a scenic one. During the season dense wattle and wildflower displays colour the landscape around Dalwallinu. Check into the local hotel bed and breakfast or caravan park for a serve of country style hospitality. You ll see eucalypts sandy heathlands hakea and flame grevillea as you set off east towards Mermaid Rock. This is a great spot for a picnic rest break or a leg stretch along the walk trail. Take in the vista at Lake Johnson and Lake Viewpoint. A spectacular open woodland of salmon gum trees awaits. Continue to Disappointment Rock and walk the 2 kilometre trail around and over the outcrop. The next 40 kilometre stretch passes through an ever-changing landscape from mallee woodland to mallee scrub sandy shrub and stands of eucalypts. Rolling rocky hills and abandoned mine shafts dot the landscape to Lake Cowan. The Woodlands Walk in Norseman completes the trail. Spend some time soaking up the mining heritage and exploring the salt lakes of Norseman. Day 2 380km 4 hours Balladonia to Kalgoorlie This morning check out the local museum home to the remnants of Skylab a former space station that crashed to earth near Balladonia in 1979. The journey continues through low shrub and spinifex to Norseman the first major town on the WA side of the Nullarbor Plain and the end of the Eyre Highway. Stop for a picnic lunch at Beacon Hill Lookout which provides views of the town surrounding countryside and salt lakes. Drive either north to the gold mining hub of Kalgoorlie and then continue to Perth or head south to Esperance and return to Perth via the scenic southern coastline. Hippo s Yawn Cave near Hyden Play a round on the world s longest golf course History abounds on Goldfields headstones australiasgoldenoutback.com 15 3 Day The Holland Track & John Holland Way COOLGARDIE O NL 4W D Y 3 Day Golden Quest Discovery Trail LAVERTON LEONORA GWALIA KOOKYNIE Gormley Sculptures MENZIES 2 Day Steel River Run KALGOORLIE-BOULDER COOLGARDIE BULLABULLING NO. 7 NO. 8 PUMP STATION PUMP STATION WOOLGANGIE KARALEE ROCKS KALGOORLIE-BOULDER KOORA RETREAT JACK CARIN S CAMP PERTH John Holland Way BROOMEHILL COOLGARDIE Seize the spirit of adventure and head off along this 600 kilometre track connecting Broomehill and the Goldfields town of Coolgardie. Carved out through rugged bushland by pioneer John Holland and his party the track takes you deep into the Aussie outback. For a true Aussie outback adventure hit the road and discover ghost towns and rugged scenery meet the local characters and hear tales of fortunes made and lost. Day 1 350km 4 hours Coolgardie to Kookynie The Golden Pipeline which brings water to Kalgoorlie is one of the world s great engineering feats. Take the opportunity to spend 2 days exploring this part of CY O Connor s water scheme. (Some dirt road but suitable for 2WD. Check conditions for pipeline access route from No. 8 to Woolgangie). Day 1 200km 2.5 hours Broomehill to Newdegate For a dose of John Holland history visit the museum at Broomehill before hitting the road towards the town of Nyabing. You ll pass by Lake Grace a shallow salt lake with a superb lookout over the surrounding countryside and springtime wildflowers. Continue through rich farmland taking in Holland Soak and Silver Wattle Hill before arriving in the town of Newdegate known for its natural reserves and friendly hospitality. Stay overnight at the Holland Track Farm which offers guided and camping tours. The adventure begins in Coolgardie visit gold rush museums before heading north east along the trail passing through Ora Banda and Goongarrie to Menzies. Stop for lunch at the local hotel then drive to Lake Ballard and the remarkable Antony Gormley sculptures that rise from a remote salt lake at Snake Hill. Continue north stopping at Niagara Dam before arriving in Kookynie where you could try your hand at fossicking for gold. You ll find the local population of just 13 who you re likely to meet at the Grand Hotel have plenty of yarns to tell Stay at the hotel or there s also a caravan park. Day 1 155km 5-6 hours Kalgoorlie Coolgardie Koora Retreat Drive from Kalgoorlie via Jack Carins Camp to Coolgardie where a range of fascinating sites will keep you a while Warden Finnerty s the Coolgardie Museum and the cemetery to name a few. From here the Great Eastern Highway takes you through Bullabulling and on to No 8 steam pump station the last in line on CYO Connor s Golden Pipeline. Go along the pipeline access route from No 8 to Woolgangie and then on to Koora Retreat to overnight. (Bookings essential. Tel (08) 9024 2464). Day 2 67km 1 hour Kookynie to Leonora Day 2 Area or Sandalwood Camp Approx 220km 3-4 hours Newdegate to Breakaways Camping Explore Emu Rock before crossing the Rabbit Proof Fence. If you re in a two-wheel drive continue along the John Holland Way towards Coolgardie stay overnight at the Breakaways Camping area. For a real outback four-wheel adventure there s the option of the Holland Track beginning in Hyden. This route slices through natural bushland and past stunning rock formations. Camp out under the stars at Sandalwood Camp. For a real adventure immerse yourself in the outback and take the unsealed road to Leonora. Today s highlight is the ghost town of Gwalia. This rustic historic precinct oozes gold rush charm. Visit Gwalia Museum site of historic Hoover House once home to the former American President Herbert Hoover who managed the local mine. Visitors can stay overnight in this restored residence or continue to Leonora where there are hotels motels and backpacker accommodation. Day 2 175km 5-6 hours Koora Retreat via Karalee to Kalgoorlie In the morning visit the site of No 7 Pump Station and take the walk trails around Karalee Rocks a railway rock catchment before returning to Kalgoorlie to visit Mount Charlotte the end of the line for the water. Day 3 235km 2.5 hours Leonora to Kalgoorlie-Boulder Day 3 John Holland Way to Breakaways camping area to Coolgardie Approx 250km 4-5 hours or Holland Track to Sandalwood Camp to Coolgardie Approx 220km 5-6 hours Take the western trail through stunning outback landscapes and seasonal wildflowers to the mining hub of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Be sure to stock up on fuel and food supplies before setting off into the Aussie outback. After a day on the road you ve earned a cold drink on the wide verandah of one of the many hotels in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Accommodation-wise you re spoilt for choice hotels resorts motels backpacker lodges and caravan parks are on offer. Today we complete our epic journey through the remote outback enjoy vistas of virgin bush salt lakes nature reserves and granite outcrops. The John Holland Way and the Holland Track meet up near Pigeon Hole Rock for the final leg to Coolgardie. There s plenty of gold rush history and country style hospitality here spend a few days exploring Coolgardie s rich mining heritage. The Golden Pipeline s No 8 steam pump station Stroll amongst Coolgardie s living history 16 australiasgoldenoutback.com australiasgoldenoutback.com 17 EXMOUTH Ningaloo Reef Halls Creek 2 000km COBRA BANGEMALL INN MOUNT AUGUSTUS NATIONAL PARK BIDGEMIA STATION CARNARVON GASCOYNE JUNCTION KINGSFORD SMITH MAIL RUN CANNING STOCK ROUTE To Ayers Rock and Alice Springs CARNEGIE STATION WARBURTON GUNBARREL HIGHWAY WILUNA MEEKATHARRA MURCHISON SETTLEMENT WOOLEEN STATION WOOL WAGON PATHWAY NALLAN STATION CUE MOUNT MAGNET YALGOO WOGARNO STATION PINDAR GERALDTON THE MINERS PATHWAY PAYNES FIND MEELINE STATION KIRKALOCKA STATION LAVERTON ANNE BEADELL HIGHWAY OUTBACK WAY WONDINONG STATION SANDSTONE LEINSTER To Coober Pedy PERTH Mount Augustus. The world s largest rock Outback Self Drive Touring Routes 4 Day Outback Way One of Australia s great four-wheel drive odysseys From Kalgoorlie in the wild west across the desert to Uluru this test of driving skill and endurance offers a once in a lifetime adventure. Day 2 570km 7 hours Laverton to Warburton Take the Great Central Road and journey across the Great Victoria Desert. Along the way see the salt lakes nature reserves for wildflowers waterholes natural springs and caves. You ll need transit permits to pass through Warburton an Aboriginal community where you ll find stunning works of traditional indigenous art. Camp overnight in the outback under an amazing star filled sky. Stock up on food and fuel at Warakurna Roadhouse before continuing across the border to the Northern Territory. The journey takes you across a number of creek crossings and past Petermann Ranges. See page 22 for more details on the Outback Way. Check out historic Lasseter s Cave a popular place for a picnic. The cave provided shelter for a gold prospector who was stranded when his camels bolted in the heat of summer. There s plenty of accommodation in Yulara the gateway to Uluru. Day 1 470km 5 hours Kalgoorlie to Laverton Stock up on fuel and water supplies before hitting the road and heading to Menzies detouring to take in Lake Ballard and the remarkable Antony Gormley sculptures at Snake Hill. Visit the ghost town of Gwalia and see historic Hoover House once home to the former American President Herbert Hoover who managed the local mine. On the way to Laverton see colourful springtime wildflowers and remnants of mine shafts and try your hand at fossicking for gold. Stay overnight in Laverton at the local hotel motel or caravan park. Day 3 560km 7 hours Warburton to Yulara The drive across the Gibson Desert and over the border between Western Australia and the Northern Territory is outback adventure at its best The first 200 kilometres has tracks leading to Aboriginal communities. Here the epic Gunbarrel Highway joins the Great Central Road. Keep watch for wild camels and other wildlife. You ll be amazed by the rich desert terrain scenic ranges red soil spinifex mulga and desert oaks. Day 4 National Park Entry 25km 30 mins Yulara to Uluru-Kata Tjuta The massive figures of the Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Uluru rise over the horizon during the next 100 kilometres within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. Spend time bush walking around these amazing feats of nature. 18 australiasgoldenoutback.com 4 Day Miners Pathway Capture the prospecting spirit on this trail through the Murchison s gold rush days. In the late 1800s towns like Mount Magnet Cue Meekatharra and Sandstone rocketed to the forefront of WA s gold boom 3 Day Wool Wagon Pathway Offering the best of the Aussie outback and amazing marine adventures this trail travels through some of WA s legendary sheep and wool country before heading to the coast. Expect starfilled night skies vivid sunsets and lively country characters. 3 Day Kingsford Smith Mail Run For a slice of Aussie outback history jump into a four-wheel drive and trace the original overland mail run used in the 1920s from Carnarvon to Meekatharra and celebrate the pioneering spirit of Australia s most famous pilot Charles Kingsford Smith. Day 1 340km 4 hours Paynes Find to Meekatharra Enjoy the bright bloom of springtime wildflowers before setting off from Paynes Find towards Mount Magnet. Remnants of Mount Magnet s gold mining history are evident in discarded mine shafts museum and heritage walk trails but you ll find the mining industry is still alive and well. From here head north to Cue famous for its stunning colonial architecture. Many original buildings are classified by the National Trust and still used for their original purpose. Stay overnight in Meekatharra known for its friendly hospitality wildflowers rocky outcrops and native wildlife. Day 1 400km 4 hours Geraldton to Murchison Settlement Day 1 450km 5 hours Carnarvon to Mount Augustus Leave the bustling port city of Geraldton behind as you head east through the town of Pindar. Hit the red dirt road and journey through a timeless landscape to Murchison Settlement. This is the real Australian landscape open space historic homesteads and plenty of wildlife. Get a taste for life on the land by bunking down at a working sheep or cattle property or stay at the settlement s roadhouse caravan park or camp ground. From the historic port town of Carnarvon head east through pastoral land to Gascoyne Junction where massive sheep stations dot the landscape. Enjoy a picnic at Gascoyne Junction before setting off for Mount Augustus a massive monocline twice the size of Uluru. On the way stop by the original Kingsford Smith mail stops of Cobra Station and Bangemall Inn. Arrive at Mount Augustus in time to watch the sun sink over the granite formation thought to be 1 750 million years old. Don t miss a photo at sunset - Emu Hill Lookout is one of the best spots. Overnight accommodation at Mt Augustus Cobra Bangemall Inn or camp. Day 2 195km 2 hours Meekatharra to Sandstone Hit the dirt road south east to Sandstone keeping watch for local wildlife including kangaroos and emus. Natural rock formations contrast with the rust stained sandstone which gives the town its name. Stop at London Bridge an ancient rock formation that was once wide enough to allow a horse and sulky to cross. Stay overnight in the National Hotel built nearly 100 years ago or check into the local caravan park. Day 2 Gascoyne Junction 300km 3 hours Murchison Settlement to Head north stopping at the natural spring of Bilung Pool. Seashell fossils south of Gascoyne Junction point to the epic history of the natural landscape. Nestled on the banks of the Gascoyne River the town is a centre for local sheep and wheat stations. Picnic spots make this an ideal place to rest and fuel is available from the local Shire depot. Day 2 100km 1.5 hours Mount Augustus to Mount Gould Day 3 280km 3 hours Sandstone to Yalgoo This morning spend some time exploring the rock formations caves and aboriginal art scattered throughout the area. Wildflowers birds and wildlife swimming fishing and picnic spots make this a true outback adventure destination. Depart Mount Augustus and watch it slowly disappear from the landscape as you head south for Gascoyne River at Landor. Follow the current mail route via Mount Gould and the Mount Gould Lock Up. Find a spot along the way and pitch your tent for a night spent under a brilliant night sky. The journey weaves through the vast open landscape crossing back through Mount Magnet to the town of Yalgoo. Native wildlife including emus wedge-tailed eagles and kangaroos are plentiful around the town. Just south of Yalgoo is Joker s Tunnel carved through solid rock by early prospectors it s also a great spot to see wildflowers. Stay overnight at one of the nearby sheep stations offering accommodation or check into the hotel caravan park or campground in town. Day 3 Gascoyne Junction to Exmouth 611km 7 hours Take in the beauty of the Kennedy Ranges which run north from Gascoyne Junction and boast springs spectacular cliffs canyons and wildlife. Continue north deviating towards the coast and the town of Exmouth. Here coastal breezes and stunning white beaches contrast against the rugged red earth. Explore stunning Ningaloo Reef and spend a few days here relaxing on the beach - or from late April to June go swimming with the biggest fish in the world the whale shark. Day 3 160km 2 hours Mount Gould to Meekatharra Day 4 155km 2 hours Yalgoo to Paynes Find Head south east across a dirt road to your starting point of Paynes Find. Make time to visit the Gold Battery and Museum which showcases the region s mining pastoral and sandalwood industries. Journey south through the vast timeless landscape to the gold mining town of Meekatharra. Spend time learning more about the town s mining past as well as its indigenous heritage on the Meeka Rangelands Discovery Walk Trail. Rocky outcrops native wildlife and wildflowers bring the town to life. Stay overnight in one of the hotels or the caravan park. Try your luck prospecting on the Miners Pathway Visit Honeycomb Gorge in the Kennedy Ranges Gascoyne wildflowers in bloom australiasgoldenoutback.com 19 MT. AUGUSTUS NATIONAL PARK Outback Wildflowers The wildflower season is one of Western Australia s most fascinating and precious natural treasures. For several months of the year over 12 000 species of wildflowers are scattered across Australia s Golden Outback. Sun Orchid KENNEDY RANGE NATIONAL PARK CARPETS TRAIL CARNARVON Carpets Trail Wheatbelt Granites Loop MEEKATHARRA MONKEY MIA Everlastings Trail WOOLEEN STATION KALBARRI MOUNT MAGNET YALGOO MULLEWA Goldfields Trail Coastal Discovery EVERLASTING TRAIL LEONORA GERALDTON PERENJORI MORAWA PAYNES FIND MENZIES A journey out to see the beautiful array of colours as well as the delicate and unusual features of many of the species makes a wonderful day trip or extended holiday. Rains and sunshine greatly influence the timing of the wildflower season but normally it commences in the north of the region in late July and finishes in the south during December. Before departure it is a good idea to telephone the local visitor centre in the area you are visiting to check the variety of flowers that are blooming and their location. Although wildflowers can often be seen from the roadside many interesting species are located off the road and are not difficult to find with information from the visitor centre. Excellent hotels caravan parks camping sites bed and breakfasts station and farmstays allow visitors to easily travel through the region and find a place to stay. Western Australian Floral Emblem - The Kangaroo Paw GOLDFIELDS TRAIL WUBIN MOORA DALWALLINU BEACON TRAYNING MUKINBUDIN WONGAN HILLS DOWERIN COOLGARDIE KALGOORLIE-BOULDER NUNGARIN MERREDIN SOUTHERN CROSS YORK CUNDERDIN QUAIRADING WHEATBELT GRANITES LOOP NAREMBEEN HYDEN NORSEMAN PERTH BROOKTON WILLIAMS BRUCE ROCK CORRIGIN NARROGIN WAGIN DUMBLEYUNG KONDININ LAKE GRACE LAKE KING COASTAL DISCOVERY ARTHUR RIVER RAVENSTHORPE ESPERANCE HOPETOUN Wildflower Wheatbelt Granites Loop Everlastings Orchids Wattle Acacias Melaleucas Hakea Grevillea Native Foxglove Banksia Wreath Leschenaultia Verticordia Mulla-Mulla Goldfields Trail Coastal Discovery Everlastings Trail Carpets Trail 20 australiasgoldenoutback.com The Canning Stock RouteSelf DriveRoute Traversing the Gibson and Great Sandy Deserts the Canning Stock Route is known for being the longest stock route in the world and the most challenging 4WD journey in Australia. Stretching 2 013 kilometres (including side trips) the Canning Stock Route links Wiluna and Halls Creek and is an adventurer s delight as it takes you across a spectacular yet isolated landscape that is rich in pioneering history. Tips for Canning Stock Route Travellers Fuel & Other Supplies - Wiluna Kunawarritju Community (Well 33) Billiluna Community and Halls Creek. When to travel - April to September. Water - Take lots of water for drinking purposes and for your vehicle. Well water is of a poor quality therefore it is suggested that you carry additional water supplies with you. Take emergency medications equipment and communication devices and ensure that at least one person in your party is able to administer first-aid if necessary. Please note that there is an airstrip near the track at Well 33 with regular RFDS nurse support. There are also other airstrips located at each pastoral lease to the south at Cotton Creek (100 kilometres west of Well 23) and at the Billiluna community. Carry a sand flag for times when travelling across sand dune country to avoid colliding with other vehicles. Carry at minimum an auto-scanning UHF radio. The recommended station for communication is Channel 40. Travel only in small convoys as larger groups can be slower and too far spread for easy communication. The section between Wells 2 and 5 is closed to all vehicles towing trailers and oversize vehicles such as Okas or Akas. If travelling in a larger vehicle or towing a trailer you will need to take an alternative route via Glenayle or Granite Peak Stations. Permits are not required unless you are accessing or exiting via Glenayle and Granite Peak Stations. Permits are also required to access lands and Aboriginal sites adjacent to the Canning Stock route. Visit www.anfwdc.asn.au The Canning Stock Route is one of the most isolated 4WD tracks in the world and as such it is not recommended that you attempt to travel the track without extensive outback travel experience and a very safe and reliable vehicle with sufficient supplies. Along the Route you will encounter Aboriginal rock art and carvings waterholes gorges natural springs and soaks and an Aboriginal community. Important Contacts Shire of Wiluna PO Box 38 Wiluna WA 6646 Tel (08) 9981 8000 Shire of East Pilbara PMB Box 22 Newman WA 6753 Tel (08) 9175 1924 Shire of Halls Creek PO Box 21 Halls Creek WA 6770 Tel (08) 9168 6007 Department of Main Roads Tel 138 138 (24 hours) www.mainroads.wa.gov.au Royal Flying Doctor Service Meekatharra Tel (08) 9981 1107 Kunawarritji Aboriginal Community (Well 33) Tel (08) 9176 9040 Billiuna Aboriginal Community (Halls Creek) Tel (08) 9168 8076 Aboriginal Lands Trust PO Box 7770 Cloisters Square Perth WA 6850 Tel (08) 9235 8000 100 years of history The route was surveyed by Albert Canning in 1906 and 1907 to later develop the route between 1908 and 1910. A total of 51 wells were constructed along the 1 850 kilometre route marking a day s travel between each point. By 1929 a reconstruction team was contracted to make repairs to broken down wells and equipment however this was not completed and the route was subsequently claimed inapt for its original purpose. During World War 2 the Stock Route was reconstructed and repaired awaiting an expected attack on the northern areas of Western Australia. Today the route is frequented by 4WD enthusiasts travelling for the ultimate outback experience rather than the excitement of reaching the destination. Water well on the Canning Stock Route australiasgoldenoutback.com 21 TheOutback Way Self Drive Touring Route The Outback Way crosses central Outback Way Geocache Trail Aboriginal Land Permits Australia and is fast becoming one The Outback Way-Finder Geocache Trail has Secure Aboriginal Land Permits prior to of the must-see and must-do 34 hidden caches each branded with a departure. Please see the section on Tips for distinctive Way-Finder label. The location the Holiday Maker page 102. Permits are touring routes. The road links (coordinates) of each cache can be found at essential for travel on Aboriginal lands and Laverton in the Golden Outback s www.geocaching.com and the details can be application forms are available from any Dept Goldfields to Winton in printed before driving. At most cache sites of Indigenous Affairs office or on the internet visitors are encouraged to take short walks at www.dia.wa.gov.au en Entry-Permits Queensland via Uluru (Ayers focusing on local flora wildflowers woodlands Rock) and Alice Springs. Department of Indigenous Affairs geological features waterholes historical sites The 2 800 kilometre Outback Way offers an awe-inspiring journey through some of the most attractive and remote desert areas. Learn about ancient Aboriginal culture life in the Outback and the natural environment of Australia s central desert. The route itself is mostly gravel and it s advisable to travel in a high clearance 4WD vehicle as conditions can include sand drifts and corrugations. The Outback Way is graded regularly and is usually acceptable for towing offroad caravans and trailers. and vantage points. Essential items for geocaching include a handheld GPS spare batteries compass pen trinkets water hat sunscreen and cache notes. Way-finder Cache Kits are available for purchase at fuel stops along the Outback Way but you must bring a handheld GPS. Visit www.outbackway.org.au for further information and happy hunting Level 1 197 St Georges Terrace Perth Western Australia Tel (08) 9235 8000 Fax (08) 9235 8088 Tel 1300 651 077 (to regional DIA Office) Central Land Council PO Box 3321 Alice Springs NT 0871 Tel (08) 8951 6320 Fax (08) 8953 4345 www.clc.org.au Note This map is not intended for navigation purposes. It is recommended travellers purchase The Outback Way Atlas & Guide from where ever Hema Maps are sold. Visit www.outbackway.org.au for more information. 22 australiasgoldenoutback.com Places of interest - Perth to Alice Springs Laverton INTERPRETIVE PANEL Unleaded petrol diesel rooms & campsites general store discovery centre gallery post office police mechanical repairs. Bookings (08) 9031 1361. Open M-F 6am 6pm S S 8am 4pm. Deba Gnamma Hole INTERPRETIVE PANEL North side of the road in the Adam Ranges. Parking Bay South side of road shaded. Cosmo Newberry Unleaded (opal) petrol & diesel. M-F 10-12am & 3-5pm. Sat 10am-12am. Parking Bay The Pines INTERPRETIVE PANEL. Shaded area south of road no signs no facilities. Parking Bay South side of road. 2-3 shaded sites. No facilities. White Cross INTERPRETIVE PANEL Prominent marker south of road on ridge. Gnamma holes adjacent. Tjukayirla Roadhouse INTERPRETIVE PANEL Unleaded (opal) petrol diesel basic provisions rooms & campsites RFDS airstrip. Mechanical repairs. Bookings (08) 9037 1108. Open M-F 8am 6pm S S 9am 6pm. Kurrajong Sentinel INTERPRETIVE PANEL Distinctive tree on south side of road. Parking Bay & Paradise Camp Camping views & gnamma hole along ridge north of parking area. Parking bay north of road. Desert Breakaway & Gnamma Hole INTERPRETIVE PANEL South side of road. Warburton Roadhouse INTERPRETIVE PANEL Unleaded (opal) petrol diesel basic provisions rooms & campsites. Bookings (08) 8956 7656. Visit the Art Gallery. Open M-F 8am 6pm S S 9am 6pm. Yarla Kutjara Campground. Tjukurlapini Rock Hole INTERPRETIVE PANEL Warakurna Roadhouse Petrol (opal) diesel basic provisions mech. repairs rooms & campsites open M-F 8 30am-6pm S-S 9am-3pm. Bookings (08) 8956 7344. Giles Weather Station. INTERPRETIVE PANEL. Tours view weather balloons 9am and 4pm. Bookings (08) 8956 7358 Len Beadell Plaque INTERPRETIVE PANEL 65km east of Warrakurna 33km west of Docker River. Plaque is in a tall Ghost Gum on the road side. Kaltukatjara Campground 5 per person. Water toilets fire rings shade & viewing platform. A great campsite Docker River General Store Unleaded (opal) petrol diesel basic provisions. Enquiries (08) 8956 7373. Open M-F 9am 5pm S S 9am 2pm. Lasseter s Cave INTERPRETIVE PANEL Shade shelter & cave. Views to Kata Tjuta (from crests eastbound). No parking bays. Sealed road begins if east bound. Yulara Resort hotel caravan park petrol diesel post office supermarket police medical post visitor centre art-craft galleries. Parking Bay Shelter bench water bins & BBQ. Curtin Springs INTERPRETIVE PANEL Unleaded petrol diesel meals pub rooms caravan sites BBQ tours. Bookings (08) 8956 2906. Mt Conner Lookout Toilet shelter water parking. Parking Bay No overnight camping shade picnic benches water. Parking Bay No overnight camping shade picnic benches water. Mt Ebenezer INTERPRETIVE PANEL Unleaded petrol diesel rooms caravan-camping sites meals art gallery & food-provisions. Bookings (08) 8956 2904. Erldunda INTERPRETIVE PANEL Unleaded petrol diesel LPG restaurant tavern food-provisions rooms caravan-camping sites tours resort. Bookings (08) 8956 0984. Stuarts Well INTERPRETIVE PANEL petrol diesel repair service rooms caravan-camping sites food and provisions bar rest. Bookings (08) 8956 0808. Alice Springs INTERPRETIVE PANEL Tourism Information Centre for tours accommodation rest cafes hires walks sites & attractions. Enq 1800 645 199 or visinfo catia.asn.au The Outback Way Atlas and Guidebook is available from outlets along the route or wherever Hema maps are sold. For more information visit the Outback Way Development Council website at www.outbackway.org.au or for travel tips see page 102. australiasgoldenoutback.com 23 Gormley Sculptures Lake Ballard The Goldfields The discovery of gold in Western Australia in the 1890s heralded a population explosion as fortuneseekers from around the globe descended on the Goldfields region to cash in on its natural bounty. Life was rough and tough for these early gold diggers with disease rife and lawlessness commonplace. And while multi-million dollar mining corporations have replaced the early diggers the region retains the sense of adventure the character and the romance of the early gold rush. This is particularly true in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Although the twin city is now a bustling and expanding place that offers a contemporary and cosmopolitan lifestyle its collection of historical buildings pubs infamous Hay Street brothels and attractions provide a rich backdrop that spans more than a century of gold prospecting history. To gain a taste for this gold rush history start your journey in Kalgoorlie-Boulder by visiting the West Australian Museum at the top end of Hannan Street. For an appreciation of the sheer scale of modern day mining a visit to the Super Pit is a must. The Super Pit is one of the largest open-cut mines in the world and forms part of the Golden Mile - said to be the richest square mile of gold bearing earth in the world. Follow the Golden Quest Discovery Trail which includes highlights such as the eerie Antony Gormley Sculptures decorating the white sweeping salt plain at Lake Ballard near Menzies and the ghosts of the past at Leonora and Gwalia. Be sure to stop in at Ora Banda Historic Hotel and the Kookynie Grand Hotel for a cold beer in these traditional Aussie Outback pubs. Further along the trail is Laverton the gateway to the Outback Way. The gold rush story is evident in many small towns along the Discovery Trail each one retaining some of that pioneering spirit. This is perhaps most evident at Coolgardie which was founded in the late 1800s and offers character buildings that are reminiscent of its gold prospecting heyday. Relax in an Outback pub 24 The Goldfields MEEKATHARRA Sealed Major Road Sealed Minor Road Unsealed Road Cue Leinster Sandstone Mazza s Store Gwalia Cosmo Newbery AC Agnew Windarra Leonora Index and distance of towns Town Coolgardie Eucla Gwalia Kalgoorlie-Boulder Kambalda Kookynie Laverton Leinster Leonora Menzies Norseman Distance from Perth (km) 557 1 458 829 596 651 794 955 970 831 724 724 Page 38 101 39 28 38 37 40 39 39 37 100 Mt. Magnet Laverton Gwalia Lake Ballard Kookynie Niagara Dam Gormley Sculptures Paynes Find Menzies Ora Banda Beacon Broad Arrow Bonnie Rock Mukinbudin Bullfinch KALGOORLIE BOULDER Koolyanobbing Coolgardie Kambalda Widgiemooltha Marvel Loch To Fraser Range Station Eucla Climate Month Dec-Feb Mar-May Jun-Aug Sep-Nov Av temp (0C) 32 25 18 25 Ballidu Wongan Hills Koorda Nungarin Dowerin Cunderdin Merredin Kellerberrin Bruce Rock Southern Cross How to get there By Road Kalgoorlie is the transport hub of the Goldfields with a good network of sealed roads that link Kalgoorlie with Perth Esperance and the Northern Goldfields Murchison and Gascoyne. By Air Kalgoorlie-Boulder is serviced by Qantas and Skywest Airlines with multiple daily flights from Perth. Qantas also operates regular direct air services between Kalgoorlie and Adelaide. Skywest also flies Kalgoorlie to Melbourne and has a Geraldton to Kalgoorlie service. Skippers flies from Perth to Leonora Leinster Laverton Wiluna and Meekatharra. Reservations Qantas 13 13 13 Skywest 1300 660 088. Skippers 1300 729 924. By Rail TransWA operates The Prospector train with daily services between Perth and Kalgoorlie. Tel 1300 662 205. The coast to coast Indian Pacific rail service travelling between Sydney Adelaide and Perth stops at Kalgoorlie twice weekly with passengers being able to alight and catch the next scheduled departure at no additional cost. Tel 13 21 47. By Coach Goldrush Tours operates a service linking Kalgoorlie-Boulder Menzies Leonora and Laverton. Tel 1800 620 440. NORTHAM The Breakaways Norseman Wavesupplied by RAC WA. For a more detailed map visit an RAC Branch or order online at www.rac.com.au Map Rock e the Gohde Gormley Sculpt s house Wand l n Quest Discovures on ery er Have a ghost town in Gw Trail a a Re-liv beer in an Outback lia Play e history in many mu pub s th designee new Graham Ma eums d golf cou rse rsh The Goldfields 25 Must do s h the Gowdfen you visit l i Wande r historic elds Stre View & tour the a etscapes we Visit a n America some Super Pit n Preside Visit t nt OU TB K WA Y GoldenQuest DiscoveryTrail ....and the Leonora Loop and Green Trail self drive touring routes The Golden Quest Discovery Trail a 965 kilometre self drive adventure in one of the world s most famous gold-producing regions is an ideal break for all ages. This terrific trail runs from Coolgardie in the south to Laverton in the north and passes many sites that are worth taking the time to discover. The Golden Quest Discovery Trail is a popular tourist and four-wheel drive attraction for the WA Goldfields. The Golden Quest Discovery Trail can be enjoyed in parts or as a whole. Whether you use the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder as a base or plan to set out on a three to four day journey the experiences found along the trail are sure to be memorable. The www.goldenquesttrail.com website and Guidebook can help you plan your itinerary. You get the opportunity to trace the steps of some of Australia s greatest explorers. Visit the historical precinct of Gwalia near Leonora and the house commissioned by Herbert Hoover 31st President of the United States and spend some time in the extraordinary atmosphere at Lake Ballard near Menzies where renowned sculptor Antony Gormley has placed 51 sculptures in a remote salt lake setting. The recently opened Leonora Loop Trails are a great way to see the sights and soak up the stories of the Leonora Shire. These two self drive trails have two very different themes The Agnew Loop focuses on the social history of the area while the Darlot Loop will see you travel through the many and varied landscapes of the north east Goldfields. This trail is an excellent accompaniment to the Golden Quest Discovery Trail. If you like to go bush then the new Green Trail will link sites in the Coolgardie bioregion with outstanding environmental historical and cultural significance. For further information on The Green Trail visit www.goldenquesttrail.com greentrail.asp hts markable sig d discover re urist trails an ldfields to Drive the Go Golden Quest Discovery Trail Guidebook A definite advantage if considering the Trail At just 39.95 it provides a fascinating insight into one of the most exciting periods of Australia s development with full colour sections on each of the 25 sites plus times and distances between sites a detailed map and two CD s with dramatised stories of the gold rush era. The Guidebook can be purchased at WA Visitor Centre Visitor Centres along the trail or request online at www.goldenquesttrail.com ess PO Bo WA 26 The Goldfields The Goldfields 27 City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Kalgoorlie-Boulder 596km east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 30 000 explore the Town Hall including the original Council Chambers still used by Elected Members today. Kalgoorlie-Boulder offers wonderful parkland facilities including the magnificent Hammond Park and Kingsbury Park with recreational activities for all ages. All of the City s parks and reserves provide a perfect venue for picnics and family outings. Karlkurla Parkland located in the north of the City offers a wonderful bush-walking experience. A visit to the lookout tower at Karlkurla Park will provide a magnificent and unique view of Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Kalgoorlie-Boulder also boasts a world class aquatic facility the Goldfields Oasis which is open throughout the year and offers a heated indoor pool child-friendly swimming areas playgrounds a fully equipped gymnasium and indoor and outdoor playing fields. Oasis Stage 3 features Western Australia s only FlowRiderTM a 10 metre high waterslide and a rapid river. This unique new facility makes Kalgoorlie-Boulder an even better place to live work and play. Kalgoorlie-Boulder is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city with the largest population of any regional city in Western Australia - around 30 000 people living within 95 000 square kilometres. The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is also the largest city in the Australian Outback. The City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder is rich with heritage and history and complemented by thriving and modern city facilities and services. The magnificent Town Halls located in Kalgoorlie and Boulder offer visitors a rewarding cultural experience. The Boulder Town Hall is home to the world-renowned Phillip Goatcher stage curtain one of the few examples of his work left in the world. The Kalgoorlie Town Hall is home to the Kalgoorlie Boulder Pure Gold Visitor Centre which offers tourists a comprehensive range of information. It boasts a wide ranging display of art works memorabilia and historically significant pieces and visitors are invited to Explore Kalgoorlie-Boulder s historic streets Kalgoorlie-Boulder 28 The Goldfields The Kalgoorlie Golf Course is an 18 hole championship grass golf course. Designed by Graham Marsh and recently ranked as the number 27 public access golf course in Australia Kalgoorlie Golf Course is a challenging course against the stunning backdrop of the Golden Outback and hosts two holes of the Nullarbor Links course. Come and play on this spectacular course proudly owned by the City of KalgoorlieBoulder and operated by Prime Golf WA. For more information email admin kalgoorliegolfcourse.com or visit www.kalgoorliegolfcourse.com The City has outstanding retail opportunities cultural experiences a thriving nightlife and many quality tourist attractions. With more restaurants and hotels per capita than any other regional centre in WA as well as some of the region s largest social and community events residents and visitors are never short of somewhere to go or something to do. There is no end to the things you can do in Kalgoorlie-Boulder so don t just visit EXPLORE a bustling cosmopolitan town full of fascinating things to see and do. Kalgoorlie Boulder Pure Gold Visitor Centre 316 Hannan Street Kalgoorlie WA 6430 Tel (08) 9021 1966 Freecall 1800 004 653 Email visitors kalgoorlie.com www.kalgoorlietourism.com Play a round at the new Graham Marsh designed Kalgoorlie Golf Course The Goldfields 29 Out and About in Kalgoorlie-Boulder Kalgoorlie Town Hall Corner Hannan and Wilson Streets Kalgoorlie. Tel (08) 9021 1966 The historic Kalgoorlie Town Hall holds more than a century of Goldfields history and is home to the Kalgoorlie Boulder Pure Gold Visitor Centre the Goldfields Sporting Hall of Fame and the Claude Hotchin Art Bequest. Discover the Kalgoorlie of old at the beautiful Kalgoorlie Town Hall an impressive 1908 Edwardian-styled building with intricate pressed metal ceilings chandeliers sweeping staircase theatre and extensive collection of art and memorabilia. Boulder Town Hall Corner Burt and Lane Streets Boulder. Tel (08) 9021 1966 A beautifully preserved historic hall featuring pressed tin ceilings wrought iron balustrades and the priceless Phillip Goatcher stage curtain. Built in 1908 the hall has hosted celebrities including Dame Nellie Melba and Eileen Joyce. Although damaged during an earthquake in 2010 the Boulder Town Hall remains an icon of historic Burt Street. Karlkurla Bushland Park Entrance off Riverina Way Hannans 4km from central Kalgoorlie. This 200 hectare natural re-growth bushland park comprises four kilometres of walk trails a lookout picnic tables interpretive flora signage and a wide variety of native plant species including the sandalwood tree and wildflowers in season. The park is legacy of the 1970s Dust Abatement Policy established to revegetate land to reduce the dust storms that Kalgoorlie experienced. Hammond Park Memorial Drive Kalgoorlie. The picturesque Hammond Park with its pond and aviaries is a haven for a variety of birdlife including peacocks. Hammond Park also features the beautiful and historic rotunda which was originally located in Victoria Park and a miniature Bavarian Castle built entirely of local gemstones. School of Mines Mineral Museum Egan Street Kalgoorlie. Tel (08) 9088 6179 Housing some 3 000 mineral specimens this museum will appeal to those with a keen interest in geology and mineralogy. Goldfields Oasis Johnston Street Kalgoorlie. The Goldfields Oasis is Kalgoorlie-Boulder s premiere recreation facility and features a stadium health club aquatic centre and playing fields as well as the Stage 2 Toddler Splash Pool and Stage 3 featuring WA s only FlowRider Great fun for the whole family. The Little Boulder Sweet Shop 41 Burt Street Boulder. Take a journey down memory lane as you wander through an abundance of sweets and chocolates from years gone by. All the Aussie favourites and an extensive range from the UK New Zealand USA and Holland. Kalgoorlie Arboretum At the end of Hawkins Street along the Gribble Creek Cycle Way. Enjoy excellent walking trails through 26 hectares of this wonderful shady parkland that features a wide variety of local Eucalyptus. There are picnic tables under the shade of river gums and a small dam that attracts water birds. Goldfields War Museum Boulder Burt St Kalgoorlie. Tel (08) 9093 1083 Showcases a range of armoured vehicles weapons uniforms wartime relics and other memorabilia highlighting the experiences of Goldfields residents during war time. Although damaged during an earthquake in 2010 a limited display of artefacts can be viewed at the Kalgoorlie Town Hall. Western Australian Museum Kalgoorlie-Boulder 17 Hannan St Kalgoorlie. Tel (08) 9021 8533 Marked by a huge red head-frame the entrance to this fascinating museum is hard to miss. Enjoy amazing photographic displays replica miners cottages union tapestries and an array of memorabilia unique to the Kalgoorlie Goldfields. Australian Prospectors and Miner s Hall of Fame Kalgoorlie Goldfields Highway Kalgoorlie. Tel (08) 9026 2700 A visit to the Mining Hall of Fame provides the opportunity to explore the mining industry s past present and future. The Mining Hall has temporarily suspended operations for the summer but is expected to re-open autumn 2012. The Mining Hall allows you to travel underground into one of Kalgoorlie s oldest gold mines view a gold pour demonstration and try your hand at gold panning and be inspired by the many galleries in this awardwinning museum. Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitor Centre Located at Kalgoorlie - Boulder Airport come and see Australia s famous Flying Doctors Visitor Centre and Gift Shop. Open Mon to Fri 10am to 3pm closed pub hols. Guided tours 10.15am 12 noon and 2pm. Entry only 3 per person. For large group bookings or info call (08) 9093 7595. The Little Boulder Sweet Shop Sweet memories of days gone by Old Aussie favourites plus sweets from UK New Zealand USA Holland and more Specialising in Fremantle Chocolate. Don t miss seeing this unique shop Gift baskets available for all occasions Deliveries available. Open 7 Days Monday 10am - 4pm Tuesday to Friday 9am - 5pm Sat 9am - 3pm. Sunday 10pm - 4pm 41 Burt St Boulder. Tel (08) 9093 0011 City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Town Halls Boulder Town Hall - The Boulder Town Hall and Goatcher Theatre Curtain is closed to the public until further notice due to damage sustained to the building during the earthquake in 2010. Tel (08) 9093 1087 for further information. Kalgoorlie Town Hall - The historic Kalgoorlie Town Hall holds more than a century of Goldfields history and is home to the Kalgoorlie Boulder Pure Gold Visitor Centre Goldfields Sporting Hall of Fame the Claude Hotchin Art Bequest the Goldfields War Museum and the Local History Archives. Open Monday - Friday 9am - 4pm Local History Archives open times Tel (08) 9093 1087 Email mailbag ckb.wa.gov.au Web www.ckb.wa.gov.au Kalgoorlie Town Hall 316 Hannan St Kalgoorlie Goldfields War Museum A thought provoking and fascinating display of memorabilia showcasing the stories of Goldfielders in times of war. Rotating displays cover themes from the Boer War WWI WWII & Vietnam. Open Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm Tel (08) 9093 1083 Located upstairs Kalgoorlie Town Hall 316 Hannan St Kalgoorlie WA 6430 Email warmuseum ckb.wa.gov.au 30 The Goldfields Royal Flying Doctor Service Base Kalgoorlie-Boulder Airport. Tel (08) 9093 7595 This centre provides you with an extraordinary insight into one of regional Australia s truly legendary organisations. Join a tour of the base and learn more about the history of the Royal Flying Doctors. St Mary s Church Also known as Kalgoorlie s Church of Gold St Mary s Catholic Church is a heritage listed federation-gothic style church built in 1902. This fascinating church was constructed with Coolgardie pressed bricks many of which today are believed to contain real gold. Placer Dome - Kanowna Belle Mine Lookout View one of Australia s premium underground gold mines. The mine lookout is 20 kilometres north-east of Kalgoorlie-Boulder near the Kanowna ghost town. Heritage Buildings Take a stroll down Burt Street Boulder or Hannan Street Kalgoorlie to discover magnificent gold rush architecture including Town Halls and magnificent hotels. Hay Street Take a stroll or drive down Kalgoorlie s notorious red light district street and see the few remaining bordellos. Mt Charlotte Located off the Goldfields Highway. Mt Charlotte offers superb views of Kalgoorlie as well as a history about the C.Y. O Connor water pipeline that carries water from Mundaring Weir near Perth along 560 kilometres of pipeline to Mt Charlotte. The Super Pit Outram Street Kalgoorlie. The Super Pit previously known as the Golden Mile is one of the biggest open cut mines in the world and reputed to be the richest square mile of gold bearing earth in the world. It s currently 370 metres deep and measures 3.5 kilometres in length and 1.5 kilometres in width. FOR MORE INFO PLEASE CONTACT The Super Pit Shop 2 Burt St Boulder WA 6432 (08) 9022 1100 Open Monday - Friday 10 00am to 4 00pm & Boulder Market Days 8 30am 12.30pm Closed Public Holidays The Goldfields 31 Touring in the Goldfields The Goldfields is a fantastic place to explore and there are several coach companies to show you around. Goldrush Tours operates day and half day tours with Kalgoorlie Tours & Charters operating gold prospecting and the popular Super Pit tours. Travelling with a tour company brings the history of the Goldfields to life. Receive a full description as to what the area has to offer and the background that led to the establishment of the Goldfields as one of the richest mining areas in the world. Exploring the Goldfields Taking to the road in the Goldfields is an exhilarating experience. There s so much to discover that it can be difficult to decide where to start. If you ve arrived in Kalgoorlie-Boulder by train or plane an excellent way to experience the heart of this region is by hiring a car. Begin your self drive adventure in Kal itself and then journey on to the outback highways and tracks to explore ghost towns abandoned mines historical sites and nature reserves. If you prefer to let someone else do the driving you ll find a wide choice of guided tours on offer. These include half and full day tours or extended adventures into the outback. Experienced guides will show you the very best of the truly magical Goldfields and will keep you enthralled with fascinating tales of fortunes made and lost during the gold rush. 32 The Goldfields ns ric pump statio me and histo Visit Karalee Flu Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail Australia s Golden Outback is a traveller s paradise. Not only are there wonderful vistas fascinating historic sites the sniff of gold in the air and the pull of adventure at every turn but we have made it easy giving you carefully scripted packages to help you plan and enjoy your holiday. Australia s Golden Outback is the home of the drive trail and there is no better way to see this wide land than with an information packed guide book on your lap and a comprehensive map in your hand. The National Trust s Golden Pipeline is the perfect way to begin your journey from Perth or to take you there after you have explored Kalgoorlie and the eastern Goldfields. Based around CY O Connor s internationally acclaimed Goldfields Water Supply Scheme the 25 sites along the trail not only explore the triumphs and tragedies behind this scheme of madness but also reveal stories connected to the pipeline and its communities. Camp overnight at the beautiful Karalee Rocks and learn how water was captured for the thirsty steam trains walk over Totadgin Rock and marvel at the beautiful moss meadows and wave formation explore the fascinating history of the Wheatbelt and the role the Golden Pipeline played in its development at No 3 Pump Station Cunderdin explore an intact steam pump station at Dedari there is even the ruins of a military field hospital from WW2 to explore at Merredin And once you have made your way to the eastern goldfields continue your adventure by immersing yourself in the fascinating history of the gold rushes following the Golden Quest Discovery Trail from Coolgardie to Laverton and back to Kalgoorlie. Together these two trails transport you across land and time. All you need to bring is your spirit of adventure. Joining pipes with lead filler Laying pipes across the Darling Range Turning on the water at Kalgoorlie A comprehensive 120 page Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail Guidebook available from the National Trust Visitor Centres and selected bookshops or visit www.goldenpipeline.com.au The Goldfields 33 Goldfields National Parks and Nature Reserves Visitors to Western Australia s Goldfields find themselves astounded by the diversity and beauty of the region s landscape flora and fauna. Discover this for yourself by visiting the impressive Goldfields national parks and nature reserves. Goldfields Woodlands National Park The Goldfields Woodlands National Park straddles the Great Eastern Highway 60 kilometres west of Coolgardie running for another 40 kilometres beside the road. Travelling time One hour from Coolgardie. Facilities Visitor and camping areas at Victoria Rock and Boondi Rock. Information shelter tables toilets camping sites freshwater dam at Boondi heritage trail Holland Track picnic sites. What to do Sightseeing walking photography nature observation birdwatching swimming yabbying picnics camping 4WD trips. Cave Hill s Cave and Wave Formation Cave Hill is an excellent camping spot and is one of several large granite rock conservation reserves managed by DEC. Where is it 90 kilometres south of Coolgardie. Facilities Information shelters tables barbecues toilets camping areas. What to do Sightseeing walking photography nature observation yabbying picnics camping 4WD trips along the old woodlines (if conditions are wet remain on formed roads only). Goongarrie Conservation Reserve and National Park Goongarrie is in the transition zone between the Coolgardie and Murchison biogeographical regions. Where is it 90 kilometres north of Kalgoorlie. Facilities Goongarrie homestead complex has accommodation in buildings and full facilities. All the buildings have tables wood BBQs water supply rainwater showers some furniture and provisions for electricity (BYO generator). Camping fees apply and bookings can be made through the DEC Kalgoorlie Office. What to do 4WD trips touring history bushwalking along a marked 5 kilometres trail birdwatching cycling camping and nature study. Jaurdi Conservation Reserve Once a sheep station today Jaurdi is a conservation reserve boasting a number of flora and fauna species including birds native mammals reptiles and frogs. Where is it 175 kilometres west of Kalgoorlie via the Great Eastern Highway and Ryan s Find on Mt Walton Road. Facilities The homestead just north of the railway has basic accommodation running water a shower toilet pot belly stove cooking facilities tables barbecue rain and dam water tanks shearers quarters and a shearing shed. Camping fees apply and bookings can be made through the DEC Kalgoorlie Office. What to do Sightseeing walking photography nature study camping environmental education 4WD trips yabbies in the dams. Rowles Lagoon Conservation Park Where is it 73 kilometres north of Coolgardie along the Bonnie Vale and Carbine Roads or alternatively from Kalgoorlie via Ora Banda. Facilities Information shelter tables toilets camping sites freshwater lake boat-launching site gazetted water ski area heritage trail. What to do Sightseeing walking photography nature observation (especially bird watching) swimming water-skiing canoeing picnics camping. St Barbara s Festival Events in Kalgoorlie-Boulder Kalgoorlie is the home of major events in the region. The Kalgoorlie Racing Round is a highlight of the social calendar and the Diggers and Dealers conference is the biggest mining get together in the Southern Hemisphere. For family fun don t forget the St Barbara s Festival street parade. Where to stay in Kalgoorlie-Boulder Short and long stay visitors on all budgets have an excellent choice of accommodation in this thriving twin city. It ranges from a five star luxury resort hotel and first-class motels through to self-catering units caravan parks bed and breakfasts and backpackers lodges. The wide variety of places to stay in this cosmopolitan community reflects its unique history and its vibrant contemporary character. Ora Banda Historical Inn Palace Hotel Discover the Goldfields - old world charm and service with your hosts Mike and Rhonda Lucas. Hotel motel caravan park and history to discover. Cnr Johnson and Gimlet St Ora Banda 6431 Tel (08) 9024 2444 Fax (08) 9024 2226 Email info orabanda.com.au Web www.orabanda.com.au Paddy Hannan Statue NB Conditions apply to pets Historic Accommodation Balcony Bar Licensed Restaurant Night Club Corporate & Private Functions Lobby Lounge & Cafe View the antique mirror in the foyer donated by former US President Hoover in the 1920 s. Cnr Maritana & Hannan Sts Kalgoorlie Tel (08) 9021 2788 Fax (08) 9021 1813 Email bookings palacehotel.com.au Web www.palacehotel.com.au 34 The Goldfields Comfort Inn Midas The View on Hannans Kalgoorlie Central location just minutes from the town centre Self-catering apartments executive rooms & spa suites Award winning Blue Monkey Restaurant Guest BBQ area High speed internet FREE access to Oasis Health Club & Gym FREE Foxtel & FREE Box-Office Movies Experience the Midas Touch Centrally located to the CBD offering a selection of room styles most ground floor with all amenities. Facilities include restaurant swimming pool BBQ laundry parking outside most rooms. 409 Hannan Street Kalgoorlie. Tel (08) 9021 3088 Fax (08) 9021 3125 Email enquiries midasmotel.com.au Web www.midasmotel.com.au 430 Hannan Street Kalgoorlie WA Tel (08) 9091 3333 Email reservations theviewonhannans.com.au Web www.theviewonhannans.com.au Kalgoorlie Overland Motel Best Western Hospitality Inn Kalgoorlie A special brand of Goldfields hospitality Well appointed affordable air conditioned motel rooms with popular new on-site restaurant Katherine Station plus cocktail bar room service and outdoor swimming pool with BBQ facilities. Swimming Pool Restaurant & Lounge Bar Ensuite Bathroom Foxtel & In-house Movies Wireless Internet Access FREE in-house movies & Foxtel FREE wireless internet FREE tea coffee & biscuits in room 560 Hannan Street 6430 Tel (08) 9021 2888 Fax (08) 9021 1237 Email kalgoorlie hospitalityinns.com.au Web www.hospitalityinnkalgoorlie.com.au 566 Hannan Street Kalgoorlie Tel (08) 9021 1433 Fax 9021 1121 Email info overlandmotel.com.au Rydges Kalgoorlie Resort & Spa would like to introduce a holistic touch of beauty treatments unique to Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields. Massage Facial Manicure Pedicure Spray Tan Tinting Waxing Our selection of products are Li tya and Omveda - both ranges offer a touch of balance. Come and experience this journey by booking a complementary skin consultation. Call 9080 0800 and present this advertisement to book your free consultation today. Kalgoorlie s only 4.5 Star Hotel Prime West Bar & Grill Resort style swimming pool & spa Couples spa in all except for disabled rooms High speed broadband in room movies & Free Foxtel 24 hour room service and minibar Business facilities and wireless internet Private function room www.alleyadayspa.com The Goldfields 35 Kalgoorlie-Boulder Holiday Parks A visit to the heart of the Goldfields is made even more pleasant with the excellent choice of holiday park accommodation in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Conveniently located for experiencing the many fascinating attractions in and around the city holiday parks offer self-catering accommodation and both grassed and shady caravan and camping sites. Some include a refreshing swimming pool and are dog friendly. 4WD motorhome ideal for Goldfields exploring The freedom of caravanning 36 The Goldfields Shire of Menzies Menzies 724km north-east of Perth 130km north of Kalgoorlie MOBILE COVERAGE Kookynie Population 216 events and activities. Facilities in the Town Hall precinct include free gas BBQ picnic tables children s playground multipurpose courts public toilets and town oval. Menzies Cemetery Site 7 Golden Quest Discovery Trail. Discover the graves of pioneers and children and learn of their lives as you wander through this amazing site. Menzies Cemetery is distinctive for the number of galvanized iron monuments which are skillfully shaped and scrolled by the early tinsmiths making use of available material. Historic Buildings The railway station built in 1898 is a substantial brick federation building and the last railway station remaining on the Northern Goldfields railway line. Other historic buildings include the Old Menzies Hotel Post Office Tearooms & Butcher s Shop Pioneer Store and the current Menzies Hotel which is a friendly outback pub and a place to enjoy a drink have a meal and stay the night. Tjuntjuntjara Community in the Great Victoria Desert 700km east of Menzies near the South Australian border the Spinifex people through their art present the traditional culture of Spinifex lands and lore. The Spinifex Arts Project is a collective or community based initiative which has produced both major collaborative and singular works which show the complexities of knowledge and relationship to country. A core group of artists exhibit nationally and internationally and a dedicated Spinifex Art gallery at the Menzies Visitor Centre. Lake Ballard The iconic Inside Australia exhibition is located 51 kilometres west of Menzies. See the 51 sculptures by internationally renowned artist Antony Gormley which are mostly derived from laser scans of the residents of Menzies. Free camping toilets and picnic facilities available and a black water dump station. 70km north-east of Menzies NO COVERAGE Site 6 Golden Quest Discovery Trail. Named after early prospector Leslie Robert Menzies Menzies is not a large town but this was not always the case. Like many towns in Western Australia it boomed during the gold rush days of the 1890s. Then like many gold mining towns resources were exhausted and the people drifted away and the area declined. Despite these changing fortunes Menzies has had its ups and downs but is again beginning to prosper. At its peak Menzies boasted a population of 5 000 with 13 hotels three banks its own breweries and cordial factories a post office with a staff of 25 a school with 205 pupils a public library and four churches. The main industries of Menzies today are tourism prospecting pastoral and some larger mining activities. Site 9 Golden Quest Discovery Trail. In 1903 Kookynie was a thriving township of more than 400 buildings 2 500 people. It had seven hotels two newspapers and a range of stores. Now a Living Ghost Town Kookynie s stories are interpreted at the Visitor Information Bay. From here visit many historical sites such as the ruins of the Cosmopolitan Hotel the Cosmopolitan mine site the cemetery and the Grand Hotel - a real outback pub with cold beer and comfortable accommodation. Niagara Ghost Town Little is left of the town but a few relics and a historic cemetery. Niagara was a prosperous town before Kookynie was established and declined when richer gold was found close by. Niagara Dam Site 8 Golden Quest Discovery Trail. Completed in 1898 by WA Railways Dept. to provide water for the steam loco s operating on the Kalgoorlie-Menzies line. Niagara Dam has spent the last 100 years serving as a picnic and swimming spot. Free camping facilities including shady sites gas BBQ picnic tables toilets and a black water dump point. There are cement fire rings own wood required. Two walk trails one Round-theDam Trail and the Breakaway Trail show the contrast of the man-made and natural attractions at this scenic site. Menzies Visitor Centre Former Lady Shenton Hotel Corner of Shenton & Brown Streets Menzies WA 6436 Tel (08) 9024 2702 Email visitorcentre menzies.wa.gov.au www.menzies.wa.gov.au www.menzies.crc.net.au Places of interest Former Lady Shenton Hotel It operated as a hotel from 1902 to 1922 and has served various functions over the years. This recently restored building now houses the Menzies Visitor Centre Public Library Telecentre Spinifex (Aboriginal) Art Gallery and Community Post Agency. Adjacent to the Lady Shenton Hotel is the conveniently located Menzies Caravan Park. Town Hall and Clock Tower The first section was built in 1896. In 1900 01 the building was extended to include council chambers administration offices public library and reading room with a Town Hall located at the rear of the building. Menzies waited a hundred years before a clock was installed in the clock tower in 2001. It is still the administration centre for the Shire of Menzies and the Town Hall regularly hosts community Menzies Caravan Park This newly appointed Park is centrally located in town and adjacent to the Menzies Visitor Centre. Facilities include new modern amenities with a separate dedicated disabled amenity with wheelchair access. There are twenty nine powered sites with concrete slabs six unpowered tent sites and a campers kitchen. Entry via Brown St Menzies. Bookings Menzies Visitor Centre Tel (08) 9024 2702 Mob 0448 242 041 Web www.menzies.crc.net.au Other Shire Information Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku 1 542km north-east of Perth Ngaanyatjarraku Tourist Information Tel (08) 8956 7966 www.tjulyuru.com Historic Menzies Town Hall Visit the 51 Gormley Sculptures on Lake Ballard The Goldfields 37 Shire of Coolgardie Coolgardie 557km east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 6 000 The name Coolgardie is said to be derived from the Aboriginal word Coolcaby which refers to the area s mulga vegetation and gnamma waterholes. Over the years Coolgardie has been known by various names such as Bayley s Find Fly Flat The Old Camp and The Old Diggings. Goldfields Exhibition Museum Housed in the historical Wardens Court Building (built 1898). Each room features fascinating displays telling the dramatic and tragic story of life in and around Coolgardie during the gold rush of the 1890s. Also housed in this museum is the Modesto Varischetti mine rescue story and the famous Waghorn collection. Warden Finnerty s Residence A beautiful old house built in 1895 of local stone for the first Mining Warden and Resident Magistrate John Michael Finnerty. Coolgardie Visitor Centre Bayley Street Coolgardie WA 6429 Tel (08) 9026 6090 Email visitors.centre coolgardie.wa.gov.au www.coolgardie.wa.gov.au Places of interest Lions Lookout The view Bayley and Ford first saw in 1892 as they rode in from Gnarlbine Soak looking over to where they first struck gold the area they soon called Fly Flat. A picnic and BBQ area is available. Ben Prior s Park An intriguing open air museum featuring interesting items of days gone by. Historic Cemeteries Much of Coolgardie s history can be read on the headstones of the Pioneer Cemetery and the Coolgardie Cemetery. As typhoid hit the town in the early gold rush days many people died without their identity being recorded. Interior view of the Goldfields Exhibition Museum Kambalda 651km east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Visit Australia s first nickel town founded in 1897 as a gold mining town during the gold rush frenzy but was deserted by 1908. The town came alive again during the 1960s with the discovery of one of the world s largest nickel sulphide deposits and the opening of Australia s Golden Outback s first nickel mine known as St Ives Kambalda was reborn. Warden Finnerty s residence in Coolgardie Places of interest Kambalda Memorial Garden A memorial to all the men accidentally killed in the mining industry as well as a memorial to the hundreds of men who died from illnesses as a result of working in mining. Red Hill Lookout Visit Red Hill which overlooks Lake Lefroy and active mining operations. The bush trails take you around the hill showcasing some mining history and rare flora and fauna. Nullarbor Links Play the par 4 Silver Lake hole of the world s longest golf course. The hole is named after Lake Lefroy and the tee box is dedicated to Kevin Higgins. Shire of Coolgardie (Kambalda Office) Cnr Irish Mulga Drive Salmon Gum Road Kambalda WA 6442 Tel (08) 9080 2111 Email kamcounter coolgardie.wa.gov.au www.coolgardie.wa.gov.au Coolgardie Community Resource Centre Coolgardie Gold Rush Motels & Licensed Restaurant On the road Away from home Visit us for a chat & coffee. Skype your family use our wireless hotspot to check emails. Trade in books you ve read at our free book exchange and there s much more. Come visit us soon 76 Bayley St Coolgardie Tel (08) 9026 7077 Web www.coolgardie.crc.net.au Open 7 days - Breakfast to Dinner. Refurbished ensuite rooms Genuine country hospitality Freshly ground coffee Fabulous food 49-53 Bayley St Coolgardie WA 6429 Tel (08) 9026 6080 Email info coolgardiemotels.com.au Widgiemooltha Motel Caravan Park Tavern & Roadhouse Home of the Golden Eagle Nugget. Licenced tavern restaurant meals available take away 18 motel units caravan park with powered & unpowered sites Satellite TV fuel general groceries newspapers books & magazines Public phone tourist information souvenirs rock display daily postal service EFPTOS BP Fleet & Motor Charge cards welcome. Open 7am 9pm 7 days a week. Ring Bell for A Hours service. Tel Fax (08) 9020 8030 Esperance Highway Widgiemooltha WA 6443 Kambalda Memorial Garden 38 The Goldfields Shire of Leonora Leonora 831km north-east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 1 860 Places of interest Old Heritage Buildings Leonora has a good collection of gold rush era buildings displaying the area s heritage and character. Smoodgers Hill A panoramic view of the town and surrounds can be obtained from the top of Smoodgers Hill (Tank Hill). Malcolm Dam Located 12 kilometres from Leonora Malcolm Dam was built in 1902 to provide water for the railway. Today this fresh water dam is a haven for birds. The Terraces A large breakaway formation about 40 kilometres north to north-east of Leonora provides good bushwalking and some magnificent views. The Leonora Loop Trails A great way to see the sights and soak up the stories of the Leonora Shire The Leonora Loop Trails are two self drive trails with two very different themes the Agnew Loop takes you through the social history of an area that was hot harsh and unforgiving while the Darlot Loop sees you travel through the many and varied landscapes of the northeastern Goldfields. Leonora with its wide main street and numerous old buildings is a main regional centre in the Northern Goldfields. Leonora s history dates back to 1869 when explorer John Forrest and his party in search of the lost Leichhardt Expedition made camp near a hill and named it Mount Leonora. Twenty five years on prospectors moved through the area and by 1896 mining claims were pegged and gold discovered leading to the establishment of the twin towns of Leonora and Gwalia along with the smaller town of Malcolm. Leonora become the largest centre on the north-eastern Goldfields and by 1908 boasted seven hotels general stores chemists tailors and bakeries. Mining has continued through to the present day with gold and now nickel being produced in large quantities. Today Leonora features quality services and facilities for travellers including a supermarket and general stores service stations dining facilities recreation and aquatic centre caravan park motel hotel and village style accommodation. Each trail has 15 sites with an interpretive panel found at each site along with a rusty steel storyteller from the past or from the present waiting to share a story with you. To complement your journey a comprehensive and entertaining 90-page guidebook is available from a range of Visitor Centres around the Goldfields. Gwalia MOBILE COVERAGE Gwalia only 3 kilometres from Leonora is by any measure a truly fascinating ghost town. Established in 1896 as the Sons of Gwalia mine the first mine manager was Herbert Hoover later to become the 31st President of the United States. The town can also claim to have once been the second largest gold mine in Western Australia to have the first state hotel and tramway and the state s second public swimming pool. The dining room in Hoover House Leinster 970km north-east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Leinster is often described as an oasis in the desert. Residents refer to Leinster as either the home of the wedge tailed eagle or the jewel of the Northern Goldfields . Leinster was first established in 1976 as a company town supporting the nickel mine of the Agnew Gold Mining Company. It takes its name from the nearby Leinster Downs Station. Prior to mining activities the land was pastoral. Leonora Visitor Centre Tower Street Leonora WA 6438 Tel (08) 9037 7016 www.leonora.wa.gov.au The Goldfields 39 Shire of Laverton Laverton 955km north-east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 2 069 The Great Beyond Visitor Centre Augusta Street Laverton WA 6440 Tel (08) 9031 1361 Fax (08) 9031 1665 Email greatbeyond westnet.com.au www.visit-laverton.com.au Named after Dr Charles Laver a keen prospector who rode his bicycle from Coolgardie to this area and backed many prospectors who went to him with likely propositions. From the very beginning Laverton developed as the centre for commercial and social activity in this area. Laverton is at the western end of the Great Central Road which forms part of the Outback Way - Australia s third strategic link. Laverton features a range of accommodation options including a caravan park and hotel. Laverton also has a well-stocked supermarket service station and sports club. Lonely Bush Graves Situated approximately 20km from Laverton all that remains of the infamous Burtville townsite is the resting place of some of our early prospectors and miners. All except one of the deceased laid to rest at the cemetery were victims of the harsh and volatile conditions in the Goldfields early gold rush and mining period. Site 12 of the Golden Quest Discovery Trail takes you to the grave of John Aspinall a young New Zealand prospector whose quest to find gold came to a tragic and lonely end when he was struck by lightning in March 1896. A little further down the road at Mt Morgans the picturesque cemetery is well worth the visit. Disease accident suicide and murder were common causes of death in the town as can be seen on numerous headstones. The Mt Morgans Cemetery is approximately 50km from Laverton. Golden Quest Discovery Trail (Site 13) Laverton is the northernmost site on the Golden Quest Discovery Trail. Other sites close to Laverton include Mt Morgans Hawks Nest and Murrin Murrin. Laverton Outback Gallery The Gallery is located in the LLCCA building next to the Hotel. There is a wide range of indigenous art on display and for sale. Billy Goat Hill Lookout Situated at the top of Hawks Place near the water tank. Panoramic views over the township and beyond. Old Police Precinct Within the Precinct are the original Police Sergeant s house the Police office and the gaol all of which have been extensively refurbished in recent years. The buildings are open from 11am 1pm daily or by appointment. Contact the Caretaker on 0459 707 032. Laverton Motel Places of interest The Great Beyond Explorers Hall of Fame Complementing the rich visual history of the Northern Goldfields the Great Beyond Explorers Hall of Fame utilises cutting edge technology to bring to life the characters and stories of the past. Step back in time with several notable explorers who led challenging expeditions through Central Australia during the mid to late 19th century as they recount their stories of hardship and bravery. Discover what it was like for women and pioneers living and working on the Goldfields during the pioneer days and learn about the valuable industries that sustain our inland. The Great Beyond Hall of Fame also houses a gift shop caf and the local Visitor Centre. Windarra Mine Site Lookout Located 28 kilometres from Laverton this is the site of the Windarra Nickel Mine made famous during the Poseidon Nickel Boom. The lookout provides panoramic views over the famous site and its main mining structures that remain standing. Apartment style air conditioned self contained 2 and 3 bedroom units TV cooking facilities & laundry. Spacious clean friendly secure. Walking distance to hotel & shops. Located opposite police station. 29 Augusta St (Main St) Laverton WA 6440 Tel (08) 9031 1130 Fax (08) 9031 1130 Email samtomarchio1 bigpond.com Charles Laverton statue A must see - The Great Beyond Explorers Hall of Fame Spectacular view of Lake Carey 40 The Goldfields The Goldfields 41 The Wheatbelt The Wheatbelt is a patchwork of golden fields character townships pioneering history fun farm stays festivals and self drive experiences. It is also home to Wave Rock - the most recognisable tourist attraction in the region. The rock near Hyden stretches 100 metres and stands 15 metres high in the shape of a giant wave about to crash over the surrounding bush. There are a number of other unique granite rock outcrops that feature in the Wheatbelt including Elachbutting and Chiddarcooping near Mukinbudin Kokerbin Rock at Bruce Rock and Buckley s Breakaway at Kulin. Animal lovers will adore the Wheatbelt s Dryandra Woodland. This is one of the most important areas in the state for wildlife preservation harbouring numbats tammar wallabies brushtail possums tawny frogmouth owls and kangaroos. For animals of a different kind be sure to visit a farmstay. Children in particular delight in finding friends among the cute and cuddly farmyard animals. While farm animals may keep the children entertained the grown-ups will revel in the fantastic fresh produce. Olive oil wines preserves yabbies and lavender products are on offer in the Wheatbelt. The Wheatbelt is also the scene of one of nature s most dazzling shows. From July to early November the landscape explodes into colour as wildflowers burst into bloom. Along with the wildflowers the Wheatbelt offers a rich pioneering history with stories of early day explorers and settlers and of fortunes made and lost in the Wheatbelt s gold rush. Be sure to time your Wheatbelt adventure to coincide with one of the many spectacular events or festivals. Wave Rock Hyden Wildflowers From July to early November the Wheatbelt comes alive with Everlastings Acacia Hakea Grevillea Leschenaultia Wreath Flowers and Orchids. As wildflowers are dependent on seasonal rain it is advisable to secure wildflower touring information from Visitor Centres prior to departure. Blue Leschenaultia 42 The Wheatbelt Yalgoo Yuna Mullewa Nabawa Morawa Perenjori Paynes Find Menzies Kookynie Niagara Dam Leonora Mingenew Dongara Three Springs Leeman Carnamah Coorow Eneabba Index and distance of towns Town Ballidu Beacon Bencubbin Bruce Rock Cadoux Cunderdin Dalwallinu Hyden Karlgarin Kellerberrin Kondinin Koorda Kulin Lake Grace Lake King Meckering Merredin Miling Moora Mukinbudin Narembeen Narrogin Newdegate Perenjori Pingelly Quairading Southern Cross Trayning Wagin Watheroo Williams Wongan Hills Wubin Varley Distance from Perth (km) 214 300 270 240 231 158 250 342 326 202 282 264 285 345 460 132 260 204 172 300 286 192 397 355 158 167 368 250 227 214 160 184 270 345 Page 68 65 65 50 68 58 70 53 53 59 53 66 55 56 56 58 60 71 71 64 52 45 56 67 48 51 61 63 47 71 47 68 70 56 Jurien Bay Cervantes Wubin Dalwallinu Watheroo Pithara Badgingarra Ballidu Moora Walebing New Norcia Wongan Hills Sealed Major Road Sealed Minor Road Unsealed Road Beacon Bencubbin Koorda Trayning Dowerin Kellerberrin Bonnie Rock Mukinbudin Nungarin Bullfinch Koolyanobbing Boorabbin Nat. Pk. KALGOORLIE BOULDER Coolgardie Kambalda Southern Cross Marvel Loch Lancelin Gingin Muchea Yanchep Toodyay Merredin Bruce Rock Norseman Narembeen Hyden Kondinin Karlgarin Frank Hann National Park ser To Fra ge Ran on Stati a Eucl Meckering York NORTHAM Cunderdin Quairading Brookton Pingelly Wandering PERTH FREMANTLE MANDURAH Midland Armadale Pinjarra Corrigin Kulin Wickepin Grass Patch Salmon Gums INDIAN OCEAN BUNBURY Narrogin Williams Darkan Dumbleyung Arthur River Wagin Lake Grace Nyabing Newdegate Lake King Ravensthorpe COLLIE Kojonup BUSSELTON Margaret River Bridgetown Katanning Jerramungup Gnowangerup Ongerup Fitzgerald River National Park Hopetoun Stokes National Park ESPERANCE SOUTHERN Bremer Bay OCEAN Map supplied by RAC WA. For a more detailed map visit an RAC Branch or order online at www.rac.com.au Climate Month Dec-Feb Mar-May Jun-Aug Sep-Nov Av temp (0C) 33 25 17 24 How to get there By Road The Wheatbelt has a good network of sealed roads and gazetted drive trails that make for an enjoyable self drive holiday. Should you wish to leave the driving to someone else there are a number of tour companies offering one day and extended holidays from Perth throughout the Wheatbelt. By Coach Train TransWA operates coaches to many of the Wheatbelt towns and the Avonlink and Prospector trains stop in towns including Cunderdin Kellerberrin Merredin Southern Cross and Kalgoorlie. Tel 1300 662 205 y th wildflowe ramazing Wheatbe Kulin Stay e s each springtimlt See in a B&B or Farmst e ay an stencilsciient Aboriginal ha n Mulka s n Sit Cave d in E Cunderdiarthquake House at Follo n Museum w the Gol den Pipeli ne Must do s the Whwhaen you visit Marv e el at Wave tbelt Ro Catc h a yabby ck Explo in re the Tin Kukerin See Horse Hw The Wheatbelt 43 Stay in a Wheatbelt B&B The Wheatbelt abounds with history but it s the wide open expanses with full 360o vistas that will be one of the things you will remember most. Driving along watching the picturesque scenery unfold removes the pressures of dense city living. A relaxing stay at a Wheatbelt B&B or farm will rejuvenate your spirit even further and you will be rewarded with warm country hospitality unique accommodation and local home cooked meals. 5 1 Southern Cross B&B Hampton View Homestead Farmstay 2 Chuckem Farmstay and B&B MUKINBUDIN DOWERIN 3 4 SOUTHERN CROSS 1 Step back into yesteryear in either our Workers Cottage decorated in 1920s style or the Farmhouse in 1950s style. Enjoy peace & surrounds of the birds & discover the wildflowers. Leave refreshed with great memories Farmhouse 4 b rms Worker s cottage 2 b rms Private facilities & BBQ Farmstyle cooked b kfast other meals if req. Luxurious beds Feed chooks cattle & sheep Farm and machinery tour available. B&B in delightful country home with beautiful views on sheep and grain farm. Rooms include luxurious king size beds and ensuite or private bathroom delicious meals by arrangement. A comfortable 3 bedroom self-contained cottage is also available. Exquisite wildflowers in Sep & Oct Abundant birdlife Interesting walks Fish for yabbies Picnic at picturesque sites Complimentary farm tour by arrangement MERREDIN PERTH MT. HAMPTON 2 NARROGIN Cost from 130 dbl p.n. inc. full b fast 70 sgl. p.n. inc. full b fast Phone (08) 9040 4034 Email goodhillp aussiebroadband.com.au Address Loc 541 McKenzie Rd Mt Hampton 6425. Situated 62km south west of Southern Cross approx 100km north of Hyden Wave Rock Cost from Homestead B&B 220 dbl p.n. S.C. Cottage 160 dbl p.n. Phone (08) 9881 1188 0409 379 353 Fax (08) 9881 1199 Email rwiese westnet.com.au Address 1481 Tarwonga Rd Narrogin 6312 3 Dowerin Bed & Breakfast 4 Merredin Bed & Breakfast 5 Watson s Way Country Stay On the Pioneers Pathway 2km west of Dowerin in sweeping Wheatbelt farmlands. Homestead rooms or separate garden units with private facilities. Purpose-built garden units own entry & deck Spacious queen size rooms with facilities Fully cooked country breakfast Air con fridge TV DVD Dinner by arrangement BBQ avail. Wildflowers and bird life Feed the chooks or sheep 132 dbl p.n. inc. full b fast (08) 9631 1008 elizabethm westnet.com.au www.dowerinbandb.com 1799 Goomalling Rd 2km west of Dowerin 6461 1930s former bank residence decorated to the period. Centrally located opposite Cummins Theatre. Unique B&B a must-stay in the Wheatbelt Beautifully decorated with antiques homely ambience beautiful garden areas Home cooked b fast included 1 queen 2 double 2 twin. 3 bathrooms (1 shower under the stars) 2 new self contained apartments available Cost from Double 160 p.n. Twin 170 p.n. inc. full b fast Apartments short & long term rates Phone (08) 9041 4358 0417 221 909 Email avrileparker westnet.com.au Address 30 Bates St Merredin 6415 One of the Wheatbelt s most popular B&B s located on the Granite Loop wildflower trail close the massive scenic granite outcrops of Beringbooding & Elachbutting. On the north eastern edge of the Wheatbelt 4 fully self-contained cottages with priv. facilities kitchen TV heater fans elec blankets books patio BBQ area Tasty home cooked b fast other meals avail. Rock and farm tours avail. Quandong products a specialty. Cost from Phone Email Address 65 per adult p.n. inc. full b fast (08) 9047 0014 watsonsway4 bigpond.com 1487 Cunderin Rd Mukinbudin 6479 Cost from Phone Email Web Address 44 The Wheatbelt Enjoy the Southern Wheatbelt Town of Narrogin Narrogin 192km south-east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 5 000 Events in Narrogin Narrogin is host to many thrilling events which are well worth checking out. Narrogin RevHeads Weekend held annually in November attracts some 4 000 people and is one of Narrogin s biggest events of the year. Other events include the Narrogin Spring Festival the Narrogin Agricultural Show with trotting turf race meetings and speedway events held regularly. Shopping Get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy stress free shopping in Narrogin s many retail outlets including Target Coles IGA and specialty shops perfect for the traveller to stock up on supplies and gifts before exploring the Dryandra region and the Golden Outback. Facilities Narrogin has a state of the art heated leisure pool indoor sports stadium wet synthetic hockey pitch turf cricket wickets and is home to many local sporting clubs making it an ideal destination for clubs to take the team for a weekend getaway of sport and fun. Dryandra Country Visitor Centre Cnr Park and Fairway Streets Narrogin WA 6312 Tel (08) 9881 2064 Email narrogin.tourist westnet.com.au www.dryandratourism.org.au Woodland views from a breakaway Narrogin is the commercial centre of the Dryandra Country area and an ideal base from which to explore the Southern Wheatbelt. The town offers modern facilities for travellers including a variety of cafes restaurants heritage buildings walk trails art galleries pubs clubs and a vibrant art and music scene. Experience life on a working farm in one of the region s farmstays explore the Dryandra Woodland and the many nature reserves found throughout the area. As well as farmstays visitors have a choice of motels hotels guesthouses B&B s caravan park or self-contained accommodation. Spot a Numbat within the Dryandra Woodland Places of interest Dryandra Woodland This natural wonderland is located 22 kilometres from Narrogin. With over 100 bird species and 24 mammals Dryandra Woodland offers one of the best opportunities to view native animals in their natural habitat. Take a nocturnal guided tour of Barna Mia an animal sanctuary that is home to some of Western Australia s endangered animals including bilbies wallabies western barred bandicoots and woylies. Self-contained cottages or camping is available for overnight visitors. Share in the fun of the Narrogin Show Cowslip Orchid See roadside wildflowers The Wheatbelt 45 Dryandra Woodland about 160km south-east of Perth is an outstanding area for conservation and recreation. An extensive walk and drive trail system enables visitors to fully appreciate Dryandra s abundant wildlife and flora. Located in the heart of the Dryandra Woodland Lions Dryandra Woodland Village offers self-contained cottages that sleep up to 12 people. Each cottage has wood fires plus the modern convenience of gas stoves and hot water systems water and electricity. Other onsite facilities include a public telephone barbeques playing field playground and tennis court. Bookings for accommodation can be made by telephoning (08) 9881 5231. After exploring the woodlands take a nocturnal tour in the tranquil Barna Mia Animal Sanctuary and see some of Western Australia s native animals in their natural setting including the bilby boodie and woylie. Barna Mia tours begin after sunset on Mondays Wednesdays Friday and Saturdays. Bookings are essential and can be made by telephoning (08) 9881 9200 (Mon Fri) or (08) 9881 2064 (Sat). 46 The Wheatbelt Shire of Wagin Population 1 953 Wagin s wool industry is celebrated by its giant ram replica - the biggest in the southern hemisphere. Wagin also offers attractive walking trails an emu farm birdwatching and spectacular wildflowers during the season. There is a good choice of accommodation available including a caravan park hotel and motel properties. Wagin Tourist Information Kitchener Street Wagin WA 6315 Tel (08) 9861 1232 www.wagin.wa.gov.au Wagin Woolorama Wagin 227km south-east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE The town is the centre of a thriving Merino stud industry and proud home to the Wagin Woolorama WA s largest rural show held in March. The Wagin Historical Village depicts a real pioneering village as it was 100 years ago complete with bank one-room school mud brick settler s cottage blacksmith general store and historic stone church. ATING CELEBR 9th & 10th March 2012. WA s largest regional agricultural show. Showcasing and celebrating regional WA. Food wine equestrian livestock rodeo entertainment & trade fair. Tel Secretary (08) 9861 1611 Email secretary woolorama.com.au Web www.woolorama.com.au S YEAR 40 W AGIN HISTORICAL VILLAGE A wonderful social history museum that is definitely worth a visit. 25 original and replica buildings from the region s past. Wander down memory lane and visit The Schoolhouse Stone Church Bank and Quarantine Cottage. Picture the smithy working in the Blacksmiths listen for the sound of sheep in the Shearing Shed. See the artefacts of years gone by in The General Store Barbers Bootmakers Shop and Dressmakers Shop. Browse through two large sheds full of vintage machinery. Tourism and Volunteer Award Winner. Open daily 10am to 4pm. Closed Good Fri Easter Sun Christmas & Boxing Days. School and group bookings catered for. Devonshire tea served weekends. Telephone (08) 9861 1232 Web www.waginhistoricalvillage.com WAGIN Home of Woolorama Giant Ram & Historical Village Museum Take time to visit Giant Ram Park Old Well Historic Village Museum Woolorama (annually in March) Historic walk and buildings Bird Park Natural attractions and wildflowers in season Wait-Jen Trail Accommodation and usual services. Tourist Information Centre at Historical Village Museum. Open 10am-4pm daily - except Christmas Boxing Day Good Friday & Easter Sunday Tel (08) 9861 1232 AH (08) 9861 1811 Shire of Williams Williams 160km south-east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 1 006 Williams Lions Park Picturesque park and play area on Albany Highway located in centre of town. This area is an ideal place to stop and stretch the legs while admiring the Williams River Weir a perfect place to enjoy your next picnic. Cycleway A relaxing walk or cycle begins at the Shell Roadhouse near the Lions Park and runs alongside the Williams River and continues around town. Williams Recreation Precinct Ideally located on the corner of Albany Highway and the Quindanning Road (main entrance) it contains a play area swimming pool and all major sporting facilities for the community. Williams Nature Reserve The Williams Nature Reserve is located 10km north-west of the Williams townsite. It is set aside for the conservation of flora and fauna and has long been visited by locals and wildflower enthusiasts. Following development of the site it now provides visitors with suitable access and day-use facilities such as parking information and a lookout and picnic table. Turn off the Albany Highway into McKenzie Road which is well signposted. Plans are in place for a longer walk trail to be established at the site in the near future. Williams is notable for its magnificent display of 500 roses in 400m in the main street over the summer and well into the cooler months. Much more than a pit stop for visitors this friendly farming community has much to offer. Williams is a great place to stop stretch your legs smell the roses and stay awhile. Centrally located it is considered the Gateway to the Great Southern . Dryandra Woodland Dryandra Woodland is located approximately 25km north of Williams. This 22 000 hectare forest is well known for its bird and animal life including woylies numbats wallabies kangaroos and possums and for its varied plants and trees. In springtime the forest abounds in wildflowers accommodation available. For further information contact DEC. Tel (08) 9881 1113 or (08) 9334 0333. For information on accommodation cafes and restaurants in the area visit www.williams.wa.gov.au Williams Community Resource Centre Situated on Brooking Street the Resource Centre houses the Shire Library Telecentre community meeting space and the local paper The Williams . Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm. For information Tel (08) 9885 1378 or email williamscrc westnet.com.au Williams Visitor Centre Williams Woolshed Lot 101 Albany Highway Williams WA 6391 Phone (08) 9885 1300 www.williamswoolshed.com.au Places of interest Williams Heritage Trail This trail explores the early settlement of the town with a 1km walk or a 35km scenic drive to Quindanning. Brochures available at the Shire Office. Williams Shire Office Spectacular views in Williams The Wheatbelt 47 Shire of Pingelly Pingelly 158km south-east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 1 200 Pioneer Park Perfect rest stop for the traveller to stretch your legs with free BBQ facilities picnic area and playground offering disability friendly public conveniences. Apex Lookout Offers panoramic views of the town and countryside. Access off Balfour Street. Cross on the Hill This 15m tall cross was erected by a local farmer and is illuminated by night symbolising peace and hope (private property access by permission telephone 0429 600 290). Tianco Emu Farm Located 1.6 kilometres east of town on Harper Street. Observe emus and kangaroos from the roadside. For information telephone 0429 600 290. Moorumbine Heritage Townsite and St Patrick s Anglican Church Located 8 kilometres east of Pingelly this picturesque site was originally settled in 1864. St Patrick was consecrated in 1873 is still in use today. Boyagin Nature Reserve Located 26 kilometres north-west of Pingelly. Boyagin Nature Reserve is a designated flora and fauna reserve with picnic bushwalking activities and wildflowers in season. Boyagin Rock rises 50 metres above the surrounding countryside. Tutanning Flora and Fauna Reserve Located 22.5 kilometres east of Pingelly impressive displays of wildflowers in springtime. Bunk accommodation available at the Percy Marshall Study Centre. Enquiries through DEC Narrogin Tel (08) 9881 9200. Dryandra Woodland Located approximately 50 kilometres from Pingelly with over 100 bird species and 24 mammals Dryandra Woodland offers one of the best chances to view native animals in their natural habitat. Pingelly Heights Observatory Pingelly s clear night skies makes it an ideal place to star-gaze from January to April bookings essential. Tel (08) 9887 0088 Mob 0407 380 922. Pingelly gazetted as a town in 1898 is a rich and diverse cropping and grazing agricultural area with reliable rainfall and contributes significantly to the state s wool and grain exports. Located in the heart of the Central Great Southern Wheatbelt on the Great Southern Highway Pingelly is a pleasant 90 minute drive from Perth and is conveniently situated for visitors to take in a variety of local attraction and diverse day trips Visit Hyden (2 hours) Wagin s Historical Village (1 hour) and 45 minutes from Wandering s Wineries Wickepin s Albert Facey Homestead and Dryandra Woodland are some of the places to see. The townsite is picturesque with a historical flavour of the 1900s. There are many parks BBQ and picnic areas playgrounds and gardens. Facilities include two supermarkets a butcher chemist TAB community crafts and giftware dine-in and takeaway food. Accommodation options comprise of two hotels motel and a caravan park with BBQ area and facilities located in Sharow Street. Pingelly is a RV Friendly Town with plenty of parking. Upcoming events 25 April 2012 Residents and visitors will honour the ANZAC s at a Dawn Service and march with mid morning service in the Town Hall. Pingelly Spring and Autumn Markets Further information available from the Community Resource Centre Tel (08) 9887 1409. Pingelly Community Craft Centre & Tourist Information 3 Parade Street Pingelly WA 6308 Tel (08) 9887 1351 www.pingelly.wa.gov.au Places of interest Pingelly Community Craft Centre Call into the Pingelly Community Craft Centre for a chat and a cup of tea. While here you can purchase local art and crafts gift lines and other goodies. Pingelly Community Resource Centre Pingelly CRC offers a wide range of services including Pingelly Public Library public access internet facilities printing desktop publishing fax and email services to name a few. Drop in and see friendly staff Other Shire Information Shire of Cuballing 192km south-east of Perth Shire of Cuballing Tourist Information Tel (08) 9883 6031 www.cuballing.wa.gov.au Shire of Wickepin 210km south-east of Perth Shire of Wickepin Tourist Information Tel (08) 9888 1500 www.wickepin.wa.gov.au Shire of Dumbleyung 267km south-east of Perth Shire of Dumbleyung Tourist Information Tel (08) 9863 4012 www.dumbleyung.wa.gov.au Shire of West Arthur 197km south-east of Perth Shire of West Arthur Tourist Information Tel (08) 9736 2222 www.westarthur.wa.gov.au The Numbat in its natural Dryandra Woodland habitat 48 The Wheatbelt Explore the Pathways to Wave Rock YORK PERTH BROOKTON CORRIGIN KULIN QUAIRADING BRUCE ROCK NAREMBEEN KONDININ Wave Rock HYDEN LAKE GRACE Duration 3 days Distance 760km Road Conditions Sealed Your Wheatbelt experience begins as you leave Perth on the Great Eastern Highway travelling to W.A s first inland town - York. Enjoy the Motor Museum historic buildings cafes and restaurants. Travel 68km eastwards to Quairading (bushwalking in conservation area) then on to Kokerbin Rock a massive monolith with great views and picnic area in the Bruce Rock Shire. Bruce Rock 77km from Quairading has a fabulous aquatic centre for summer fun and an amphitheatre with sculpture park to rest for lunch. Travel 38km southeastwards to Narembeen and learn about farming at the interactive Grain Discovery Centre then continue on the Mt Walker Road with its colourful wildflowers southwards 87km to Hyden which has excellent accommodation and dining opportunities. Spend the next day exploring Hyden and the Wave Rock attractions before returning to Perth through Kondinin 59km to the west or through Kulin 82km southwest and the home of the Tin Horse Highway continuing on to visit Corrigin the Dog in the Ute town before travelling the final 235km back to Perth. Extend your journey and travel 72km south to view the mighty salt lake at Lake Grace. Take in the atmosphere of an early 20th century hospital when you visit the only remaining Australian Inland Mission Hospital in the state. Wildflowers in spring and a friendly welcome at all times awaits. To make your visit memorable collect a Pathways to Wave Rock brochure map from a Visitor Centre or visit www.wheatbelttourism.com to time your visit with a special event agricultural season or attraction. Wave Rock erlasting wave Come surf an ev Make your journey to Wave Rock an experience to remember. Enjoy country hospitality natural bushland with wildflowers in season spectacular night skies and an agricultural experience. Explore Kokerbin Rock near Bruce Rock Kulin and its Tin Horse Highway The Wheatbelt 49 Shire of Bruce Rock Bruce Rock 240km east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 1 200 Bruce Rock Museum Located on Johnson Street the museum contains a comprehensive collection of memorabilia. To the rear of the museum you will find an original one room school house and a replica mud brick settlers cottage from pioneering farm days. Machinery Museum Opposite the Bruce Rock Museum the Machinery and Motor Museum houses working farm machinery a vintage car and a steam traction engine - all from local historical times. Bruce Rock Visitor Information Telecentre Johnson Street Bruce Rock WA 6418 Tel (08) 9061 1687 Email roctel wn.com.au www.brucerock.wa.gov.au Places of interest Kokerbin Rock Covering 9 hectares and rising 122 metres above the ground Kokerbin Rock is Australia s 3rd largest monolith. Situated 40 kilometres north-west of Bruce Rock it is a great place for a picnic with BBQ facilities and toilets. Bruce s Rock Named after Sandalwooder John Rufus Bruce who used the outcrop as his depot in 1869. There are two old wells located at the picnic site at the foot of the rock good walks are to be enjoyed over the rock outcrop. BBQ and picnic facilities are available. Old Railway Dam and Granite Outcrop Built during the early days of railway in the Shire the Railway Dam is situated 2 kilometres east of Bruce Rock. The dam draws water from a series of channels built on a large granite outcrop nearby. The railway dam now provides an interesting walk through bushland on the main natural stone-lined channel up to a granite outcrop providing views of the town and surrounding farmland. Federation Amphitheatre and Sculpture Park Officially opened in October 2001 this outdoor theatre seats up to 800 people. Designed and built entirely by the people of Bruce Rock it has been host to many events concerts and private functions. Bruce Rock has a number of interesting places to visit including Bruce s Rock Kokerbin Rock Shackleton Lakes and the Ardath Hotel. Bruce Rock provides an excellent base with ample parking and rest areas running the length of the main street making it easy to explore the surrounding regions both within the Shire and further throughout the Central Wheatbelt region. Sweeping Wheatbelt views Bruce Rock Museum Welcome... to the wonders of the Open Wheatbelt. Enjoy open spaces wildflowers and interesting rock outcrops. Delight in our fabulous skies and friendly country folk. Quairading Bruce Rock Narembeen Hyden Lake Grace Kulin Kondinin Corrigin www.wheatbelttourism.com 50 The Wheatbelt Call 1300 736 283 for your FREE Pathways to Wave Rock Map. Shire of Quairading Quairading 167km east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 1 134 25 kilometres south of Quairading on the Corrigin Road. Toapin Weir This is a fine example of an early reticulated water system from a rock catchment for servicing the township of Dangin and later Quairading. Completed in 1912 the area is a picturesque picnic area. Pink Lake Situated 11 kilometres east of town on the Quairading - Bruce Rock Road the Pink Lake is regarded locally as unique natural phenomena. At certain times of the year the south side of the lake has a distinctive pink colour whereas the north side remains blue. Accommodation Quairading is a RV friendly town with sites for vans and tents available at the caravan park nestled between the upgraded bowling club and the Memorial Swimming Pool or opt for disabled family friendly accommodation in the newly renovated 2 bedroom cottage. For groups you may wish to try out the Backpacker accommodation at the Old Railway Barracks. Bookings through the Shire of Quairading. Quairading Tourist Information Centre Shire Office 10 Jennaberring Road Quairading WA 6383 Tel (08) 9645 1001 Email qshire wn.com.au www.quairading.wa.gov.au Places of interest Quairading Nature Reserve Situated immediately to the west of the Quairading townsite this 527 hectare reserve has been set aside for flora and fauna conservation and environmental studies. The reserve is an ideal location to amble along its walk trails to observe the myriad of wildflowers and the occasional sighting of kangaroos echidnas and other native animals. Don t miss the perfect view of the area from the top of Nookaminnie Rock. Vintage Club Situated in the heart of Quairading the Vintage Club displays beautifully restored vintage working farm machinery. Inspections made by appointment. Quairading Playground and BBQ Located at the Town Oval a new family safe area has been developed with a Microspida playground lawn area and BBQ for visitors and locals to enjoy. Another great location is the park at the Memorial Swimming Pool where there are shelters BBQ and young children s play equipment. Rabbit Proof Fence No. 2 The Rabbit Proof Fence is the longest fence in the world totalling 3 237 kilometres. It runs north-south through the Shire along the Badjaling North and South Roads and crosses the Bruce Rock Road about 10 kilometres east of the Quairading townsite. Now a part of our agricultural fencing a tourist stop is located Quairading is centrally located in a strong rural sector 167 kilometres east of Perth on the York - Merredin Road. The Quairading economy is predominantly broadacre agriculture with dominant business activities being grain growing and sheep production for meat and wool. A beautiful small country town in the heart of the Wheatbelt that offers a safe country lifestyle whether you choose to visit or stay a lifetime. The town derived its name from the Aboriginal Kwirading meaning the home of a small bush kangaroo. We invite you to take in the magnificent scenery on the drive through our agricultural area marvel at the glow of Salmon Gums and look out for the many species of native flora including Quairading s own rare Banksia Cuneata flowering from September to October. Toapin Weir See Pink Lake s very unique colours Enjoy our country lifestyle Roses in the main street of Quairading The Wheatbelt 51 Shire of Narembeen Narembeen 286km east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 906 In 1860 Charles Smith took up a pastoral lease in the area and named his property Narimbeen the Aboriginal name for Emu Hill the original townsite named by John Septimus Roe when his exploration party disturbed a family of emus ascending the hill. In 1865 the explorer Charles Cooke Hunt recorded the townsite as Narembeen and this is the spelling which became widely accepted. Narembeen offers visitors real country hospitality and scenery that reflects Australia s true farming lifestyle. Located in close proximity to Wave Rock and the Great Eastern Highway Narembeen is only three hours east of Perth. Enjoy yourself on nature trails as you take in tall Salmon Gums native animals and during spring splendid wildflowers. Climb majestic granite outcrops or camp in one of the numerous reserves. Nature enthusiasts adore the undisturbed beauty of Narembeen. Narembeen is a small country town that offers you convenient amenities and an opportunity to mingle with the locals. Roe Dam 20 million gallon storage dam completed in 1971 which supplies Mt Walker s community water. A bird watchers paradise Majestic eucalyptus with an under-story of bracken fern (furthest growth inland). Picnic area toilets and BBQ are located in this tranquil setting. Hidden Hollow 40km east of Narembeen is a great place to have a picnic. A scenic walk trail leads you to a natural amphitheatre rock and many wildflowers in springtime. Gate 54 - Rabbit Proof Fence First proposed in 1859 the Rabbit Proof Fence was not surveyed until 1901. Stretching from Port Hedland to Ravensthorpe the fence was designed to keep rabbits and other animals from entering the grain growing region. 100 years later the fence is still standing. Picnic facilities available. Coming Events 26th January 2012 Australia Day Celebrations 4th March 2012 Narembeen Triathlon October 2012 Narembeen Ladies Long Lunch Narembeen Community Resource Centre 2 19 Churchill Street Narembeen WA 6369 Tel (08) 9064 7055 or contact Shire of Narembeen 1 Longhurst Street Narembeen WA 6369 Tel (08) 9064 7308 www.narembeen.wa.gov.au Places of interest Narembeen Grains Discovery Centre The Narembeen Grains Discovery Centre is a modern interactive agricultural centre. It provides visitors with an opportunity to see touch and learn about farming with the latest technology and interactive displays. Open everyday. Wadderin Wildlife Sanctuary 8km north of Narembeen. 520 hectares of undisturbed bush this is a safe haven for many native animal and plant species. For tours through Wadderin Sanctuary please contact local guides on mobile number 0428 647 409. Roe Lookout Named after John Septimus Roe SurveyorGeneral this scenic drive takes you to the top of this granite formation with magnificent panoramic views of the district. Avoca Farm Picnic Area Narembeen cross roads of the Wheatbelt Narembeen Aquatic Centre Wadderin Reserve 52 The Wheatbelt Shire of Kondinin Kondinin 282km south-east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 1 100 Karlgarin 326km south-east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Hyden 342km south-east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Kondinin was first settled in 1909 and surveyed in 1910 for selection for the early pioneer farmers. At this time the red fertile loam soils were highly sought after by the pioneers for growing crops. Today Kondinin is the main centre for the Shire and plays a significant role in the state s agricultural industry. Interesting places to visit are the Kondinin Lake JS Roe Heritage Trail Woorkakanin Rock enjoy a stroll through natural woodlands on the Kondinin Bush Walk or head out to Yeerakine Rock for a picnic or to walk the trails through the beautiful bushland. This town of less than 50 people was first settled in the early 1920s. View the Catholic Church with its unique stone frontage built in the 1960s. See a mosaic featuring the area s flora and fauna also make sure you call in at Tressie s Museum. Scenic vistas can be seen at McCanns and the Karlgarin Hills. Although best known for Wave Rock there is so much more for travellers to do in and around the well-equipped and thriving community of Hyden including amazing rock formations dazzling wildflowers in season and clear starry nights. Be sure to visit Wave Rock Mulka s Cave Hippos Yawn Lake Magic and the State Barrier Fence - all of great geological and historical interest. From Hyden you can easily travel to Norseman through some of Australia s most pristine woodlands the Granite and Woodlands Discovery Trail with 16 designated places of interest. Hyden Tourist Information Centre Wave Rock Wildflower Shop Wave Rock Hyden WA 6359 Tel (08) 9880 5182 www.waverock.com.au Tressie s Museum & Caravan Park Places of interest Kondinin Bush Walk Natural woodland covering over 50 hectares. Kondinin Lake A salt lake situated 5 kilometres west of Kondinin. Great for water skiing and windsurfing and attracts waterbirds when full. JS Roe Heritage Trail Includes a mural of the JS Roe Expedition of 1848-49 Kondinin Well and Yeerakine Rock. Woorkakanin Rock Once used as a water supply for steam trains at Kondinin Railway Station. Granite and Woodlands Discovery Trail Runs between Hyden and Norseman and offers 16 designated places of interest including natural and cultural history. See page 15. Yeerakine Rock Located 12 kilometres east of Kondinin offering shady picnic areas two walk trails with interpretive signage and 360-degree views from the summit of the rock. Modern Park (21kms west of Wave Rock) Adjoining townsite quiet location (opp. wheat bin). Modern ablutions camper s kitchen drive thru bays powered (from 25) & non-powered sites lawn tent areas budget accom TV reception sullage dump. Visit museum to view our links with the past & a working display of gramophones. CMCA friendly. 4313 Kondinin-Hyden Rd Karlgarin Contact Laurel Trestrail PO Box 19 Karlgarin 6358 Email laurelt activ8.net.au Tel (08) 9889 5043 A H (08) 9889 5024 Hippos Yawn Spectacular views from Yeerakine Rock Kondinin Centenary Walk Located in the centre of Kondinin next to the Caravan Park stroll along the mosaic pathway and marvel at the ever expanding collection of Ironman sculptures all built in 2010 to celebrate the town s centenary. Kondinin Tourist Information Shire Office Gordon Street Kondinin WA 6367 Tel (08) 9889 1006 www.kondinin.wa.gov.au Aboriginal art Mulka s Cave Wave Rock The Wheatbelt 53 only part of the experience Wave Rock &&& Spa rooms cold beer top local steaks Stay at the comfortable and popular Wave Rock Motel with pool guest lounge open fire and grand piano Group bookings welcome Stay at one of 14 modern luxurious cottages at Wave Rock Resort near Lake Magic Group bookings welcome Wave Rock Caravan Park offers new facilities including private ensuites and pool internet access also available. Visit the Wildlife Park daily to see native and exotic animals. or visit www.waverock.com.au x3 x3 Phone (08) 9880 5052 Fax (08) 9880 5041 The Wheatbelt See the second largest antique lace collection on display in the world at the Lace Place. Browse at the Wildflower Shoppe Pioneer Town and Toy Soldier Museum enjoy a meal overlooking the wildlife park s lake at the Country Kitchen Caf Wildflowers spectacular in season. Tours available. 54 THE WORLD IS ACQUIRING A TASTE FOR C AMBINATA YABBIES Come and visit the Yabby Centre of the World. Tour the state of the art live processing establishment Export kitchen and unique shearing shed complete with grand piano Purchase live and cooked yabbies - jars of gourmet yabby tails and abalone gourmet foods and aboriginal art. Williams Cambinata Yabbies Dumbleyung Wagin Kukerin Lake Grace DINING BY APPOINTMENT. Ph (08) 98646054 www.cambinatayabbies.com.au 4208-10 Dumbleyung Lake Grace Road Kukerin 6352 Shire of Kulin Population 900 Butler s Garage - Kulin Museum Built in the mid 1920s Butlers Garage operated in Kulin until 1994. Today it has been restored and houses the Kulin Museum. Kulin 285km south-east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE The Kulin region has everything to really make you tick Located in the heart of the Wheatbelt the vibrant town of Kulin offers a fantastic array of visitor experiences and a convenient stopover for those travelling to Wave Rock or between Perth and Esperance. Kulin Caravan Park and Hostel Park up and relax in our brand new caravan park or enjoy our modern well equipped hostel which caters for short term stays larger groups and schools. For those on the move Kulin is an RV Friendly Location providing free overnight stays for fully self-contained recreation vehicles and caravans (only applies to fully self-contained RV s and caravans. Other vehicles book into the Kulin Caravan Park). For information or bookings visit www.kulin.wa.gov.au or Tel (08) 9880 1000. Kulin Visitor Information Johnston Street Kulin WA 6365 Tel (08) 9880 1021 Email resourcecentre kulin.wa.gov.au www.kulin.wa.gov.au Butler s Garage Museum Places of interest The hilarious Tin Horse Highway The Tin Horse Highway is definitely a laughing matter Made from bits and pieces of scrap found lying around the farm this collection of clever community art provides a seriously entertaining drive. Stretching for 15 kilometres the Tin Horse Highway is a fun alternative route to Wave Rock. Jilakin Rock and Lake 15 kilometres east of Kulin you will find a shady picnic spot at the base of Jilakin Rock. An easy climb to the top of the rock provides spectacular views of Jilakin Lake and the surrounding Wheatbelt. The biggest water slide in regional WA 182 metres long and 18 metres high the Kulin Water Slide provides hours of endless summer fun and excitement for people of all ages. For a more relaxing experience cool off in our newly re-developed swimming pool. The Kulin Aquatic Centre and Water Slide are open in the summer months. Buckley s Breakaway 70 kilometres east of Kulin Buckley s Breakaway is a picturesque landform where erosion has cut through the orange laterite forming spectacular white cliffs and gullies from the underlying clay. The gully has an array of different plants with something always in flower throughout the year. The hilarious Tin Horse Highway Kulin Water Slide Buckley s Breakaway The Wheatbelt 55 Shire of Lake Grace The Shire of Lake Grace is a photographer s dream with vast skies and horizons and a wonderful array of springtime wildflowers which bloom right through to summer. Experience the magnificent sunsets and the bright starlit night skies and take the time to enjoy the native wildlife in our large nature reserves perfect for picnics and hikers. Enjoy the Lakes Self Drive experience travel the open roads and appreciate the picturesque farming lands with paddocks of wheat and canola. Discover the natural beauty of distinctive eucalypts and vast salt lake environments along ancient river systems. Stop at any of the town caravan parks and enjoy a warm country welcome. The John Holland Way traverses the Shire from north to south. This route stretches some 600 kilometres with stunning outback scenery connecting the regional townsites of Broomehill and Coolgardie encompassing a variety of interesting farming and native bush landscapes. To check out the local attractions wildflower hotspots and to pick up a self drive guide or a Holland Track brochure visit the Shire Visitor Centre located in the Lake Grace town centre. Newdegate Population 1 456 397km south east of Perth on the Esperance to Perth Route. MOBILE COVERAGE Lake Grace is located in a low flat valley linked to Chinocup Lake and Lake Pingrup to the south. In wet years the lakes (part of an ancient drainage system) flow north and join other lake chains forming the Avon River. The lakes are home to a diverse range of plants and animals which have evolved with the saline environment. Flora ranges from low open shrub land to open woodlands. For heritage Lake Grace is unique with the only remaining Australian Inland Mission Hospital building in Western Australia. Restored as a museum it is located at the western end of the town and provides a realistic insight into challenges faced by pioneers and the medical needs of an isolated inland region. Gateway to the Holland Track - follow the traces of John Holland s 1893 epic journey when he and his partners cut the now famous Holland Track. Along the Track explore the ancient river system salt lakes and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Dragon Rock Reserve resplendent in springtime wildflowers. Home of the Newdegate Machinery Field Days held on the first Wednesday and Thursday in September. This is one of WA s premier agricultural and family events with the town population swelling by thousands in the week leading up to the event. Whilst in the town centre view the satellite photo located at Pioneer Park for an overview of the ancient river system. Lake King 460km south east of Perth on Esperance - Perth - Brookton Hwy junction. MOBILE COVERAGE Australian Inland Mission Hospital building A small rural town on the fringe of the Wheatbelt s sheep and wheat farming country. The area comes alive in spring boasting some of the district s best wildflowers. Town bushland walk trails are perfect for short self guided walks to enjoy wildflowers native vegetation birdlife and local history. Trail maps are available from local retail outlets and accommodation providers. South of the town the Roe Heritage Trail retraces part of Surveyor General Roe s historical journey in 1848 and features flora and fauna reserves historical sites and panoramic views of the countryside. Travel 30 kilometres east on the Lake King Norseman Road to the Rabbit Proof Fence the area boasts a truly magnificent display of wildflowers in season. Lake Grace offers fascinating public artworks in the town centre follow the main street storytrail and see the large mural of pioneering women. In the hospital precinct walk the Penny Pathway to the AIM and enjoy the Mosaic Garden Gallery. Visit the restored Stationmaster s House now operating as the Visitor Centre with local produce art and crafts on sale. Catch one of the many art exhibitions throughout the year at the Lake Grace Multi-Artspace located right next door. Sample local wines and don t miss a visit to Rifle Range Hill 5 kilometres east of town on the main road ideal for viewing wildflowers between August and November. Lake Grace Visitor Centre Stubbs Street Lake Grace WA 6353 Tel (08) 9865 2140 Email lgvisitorscentre westnet.com.au www.lakegrace.wa.gov.au Varley 40km south of Hyden on the Brookton Highway. MOBILE COVERAGE Historic Lake Grace architecture Lake Grace Located 345km south east of Perth on the Esperance to Perth and Albany to Hyden crossroads. MOBILE COVERAGE Lake Grace a thriving rural town and the major centre in the region was named after the large shallow lake 10 kilometres west of the townsite. Lake Grace itself is one of Western Australia s largest inland salt lakes and a nationally significant wetland comprising two separate water bodies Lake Grace North and Lake Grace South. Lake Grace is 25.75 kilometres long and 7.24 kilometres at its widest point. The flat bottomed lake holds little water the centre being the shallowest. Over one day prevailing winds will often move existing water from one end of the lake to the other. A small community with the motto Great Place Small Crowd. Travel from Varley to Hatters Hill or to the historic Rabbit Proof Fence that skirts the eastern end of the Shire. Gold was discovered at Hatters Hill in the early twentieth century. The small settlement is now uninhabited and an interesting spot for fossickers. Varley has a comprehensive museum with interesting displays of memorabilia and historic town records. For a free copy of the Ocean to Outback Lakes self-drive brochure email lgvisitorscentre westnet.com.au 56 The Wheatbelt Self Drives through the Central Wheatbelt Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail Duration 3 to 5 days Distance One way to Kalgoorlie 650km Road Conditions Sealed road with short stretches of maintained unsealed road. Accommodation Bed and breakfast camp sites motels and caravan parks. KALGOORLIE-BOULDER COOLGARDIE MERREDIN NORTHAM KELLERBERRIN PERTH (Mundaring Weir) SOUTHERN CROSS An International Civil Engineering Landmark Hit the road to adventure as you follow the route of a really impressive engineering feat C.Y O Connor s pipeline to Kalgoorlie constructed over 100 years ago. Pass the old pump stations one with machinery one a museum and others beautiful stabilised ruins. Marvel at the story of the earthquake at Meckering and the change in the landscape described at the Hydrology Station at Tammin. Don t miss the view from Kellerberrin Hill as the route takes you past rock catchments and springtime wildflowers to Merredin with its intriguing World War 2 Hospital site and 1890s water harvesting rock channel. Cross the Rabbit Proof Fence and mining appears along the route at the townships of Westonia and Southern Cross. Take in the bushland rock outcrops and history as you travel through to Coolgardie and on to Kalgoorlie. Vary your experience by travelling to Merredin and returning either via Bruce Rock Quairading and York to Perth or via the Pioneers Pathway (see below). Pioneers Pathway Duration 2 to 4 days Distance One way Perth to Merredin 292km Return via Bruce Rock York 271km or Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail 260km Road Conditions Sealed road. Some unsealed to nature reserves. Accommodation Bed and breakfast caravan parks camp sites motels. Take this delightful scenic route to enjoy bushland trails at Goomalling and Dowerin and a picnic at Oak Park Lake. Choose to visit a school museum a 1930s house museum and at Wyalkatchem a 1930s wheatbin museum where bulk handling of grain began. From April through to October explore the magnificent trees and wildflowers in a variety of reserves include Billyacatting at Trayning Eaglestone Peak and Talgomine at Nungarin and Totadgin at Merredin. A visit to the National Trust Homestead of Mangowine will take you back to the early days while World War 2 history comes alive at the Nungarin and Merredin Military Museums. Return to Perth via Bruce Rock and Shackleton with its tiny bank. Visit the huge monolith of Kokerbin Rock prior to exploring the nature trail at Quairading. Wander the Central Wheatbelt. FOR YOUR FREE MAP & GUIDE CALL 1300 736 283 www.wheatbelttourism.com DOWERIN GOOMALLING TOODYAY NORTHAM QUAIRADING PERTH YORK BRUCE ROCK WYALKATCHEM TRAYNING NUNGARIN MERREDIN The Wheatbelt 57 Shire of Cunderdin Cunderdin 158km east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Meckering Population 1 490 132km east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Located a two hour drive east of Perth on the Great Eastern Highway is the town of Cunderdin. Cunderdin was first settled with the arrival of the railway in 1894. In 1901 the Goldfields Water Scheme reached the town bringing with it an increase in population. Ettamogah Pub There s one landmark you certainly won t miss when you visit Cunderdin the brightly coloured and rather distinctive Ettamogah Pub. Based on the well known comics of Ken Maynard made famous by the Australian Post magazine - the pub is not only a novelty for tourists but an important central hub for residents in the Shire. Bulgin Rock Reserve Bulgin Rock located on Collins Road is the perfect place to absorb the rolling landscape and it s easy to see why it s been a popular picnic spot for more than a century. Sitting amongst the she oak woodland you ll glimpse a variety of birdlife and wildflowers during season. Youndegin Immerse yourself in our fascinating past by taking a trip to Youndegin (19km south of Cunderdin along the Cunderdin-Quairading Road then left on the Goldfields Road) here you ll find the original police outpost. Built from stone and mud with a thatched roof the outpost s answer to the modern day lock-up was a nearby York Gum. Meckering was made famous on October 14 1968 when one of the worst earthquakes to hit Australia devastated the town. Today Meckering is still a vibrant and thriving country community although with its relatively small population the town is resilient and achieves more than many areas twice its size. Places of interest Meckering Earthquake Gazebo and Memorial Rose Garden Experience the devastation of the 1968 Meckering Earthquake firsthand at this impressive display which includes a section of the damaged railway line a mangled piece of the Golden Pipeline photographs statistics and information. Take a stroll across the road to the beautiful memorial rose garden - a tribute to the dedication and hard work of many local volunteers. Meckering Earthquake Farm Ruins The Meckering Earthquake registered 6.9 on the Richter Scale crushing many of the town s buildings and residential properties. Salisbury an old stone homestead built in 1904 was flattened during the quake and the ruins give an eerie insight into the scale of the devastation experienced by the town (2km north of Meckering turn off Meckering to Goomalling Road). Meckering Earthquake Fault Line While only lasting 40 seconds the Meckering Earthquake had a lifetime impact on this small Wheatbelt town. Leaving a scar 32km long and in some parts up to 2m high the earthquake literally tore open the earth. Today you can still see 1km of the fault line that s been preserved for viewing (12km south of Meckering on YorkMeckering Road). Cunderdin Tourist Centre 100 Forrest Street Cunderdin WA 6407 Tel (08) 9635 1291 www.cunderdin.wa.gov.au Places of interest Cunderdin Museum Arguably the central attraction in the Shire you shouldn t leave without visiting the Cunderdin Museum. Even if museums aren t usually on your to do list make this an exception you won t be disappointed Cunderdin Hill Lookout It appears quite inconspicuous but it s definitely worth taking the time to venture to the top of Cunderdin Hill (1km south of the main street). You ll be greeted by 360-degree panoramic views of the town and surrounding farmland a view that gives a real sense of the wide open spaces and big blue sky. Make sure you call in and see the fascinating earthquake display in Meckering Learn about local history at the Cunderdin Museum No.3 pump station Wheatbelt history Youndegin Homestead Cunderdin 58 The Wheatbelt Shire of Kellerberrin Population 1 324 Kellerberrin 202km east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Kellerberrin is situated in the hub of the historically rich Wheatbelt region. A comfortable 2 hours drive from Perth along the Goldfields Trail makes Kellerberrin the perfect town to set up base for self drive discoveries in the surrounding area. The town offers all the modern facilities for visitors who are passing through or stopping over including a supermarket accommodation caravan park chemist doctor s surgery hospital and much more. The countryside around Kellerberrin just beckons to be explored. Sweeping golden plains lead to stunning natural attractions rocky outcrops and scenic hills to give a panoramic perspective of the region. In springtime the countryside blooms as a parade of wildflowers adorn the roadside hills and plains. Discover a bygone era along the heritage walking trial. Start at the historical museum then take a leisurely hour-long walk through the town past charming historic buildings and churches concluding at the stunning Kellerberrin Hill Lookout. Kellerberrin Hill Lookout Walk or drive to take in the breathtaking views from the lookout. This is a special treat in spring as the hill supports a mass of native wildflowers. Kokerbin Rock 30 kilometres from Kellerberrin Kokerbin Rock is the third largest monolith in WA. The area contains a mini Wave Rock Dog Rock Devils Marbles and a historic well. A walk to the top of the rock provides panoramic views of the countryside. Wildflowers From August to November follow the flowers along the Kellerberrin Bencubbin Road to Durokoppin Reserve. This 1 500 acre reserve of woodland heath and mallee supports a wide variety of flora and fauna. Discover tea trees wattle and grevillea amongst a colourful array of species. Free information maps are available from the Kellerberrin Community Resource Centre. Milligan Homestead While taking the Kellerberrin Bencubbin Road look out for the homestead some 10 kilometres north of the town. Built from local field stone in 1871 it can be viewed from the roadside. Mt Stirling Mt Caroline Head 25 kilometres south of Kellerberrin to capture the magnificent views of these giant granite outcrops. These formations hold great importance to the Njaki Njaki people through their association to the Dreamtime sacred snake the Moulack. Today these rocks are inhabited by a rare species the black footed rock wallaby. Doodlakine Well Site The well was the reason for the existence of this once bustling town. Today follow a heritage walk trail to the well. Baandee Ski Lake Depending on the time of year and the rainfall the lakes may be full of water or nothing more than a layer of salt. When full enjoy the excitement of water skiing. Kellerberrin Community Resource Centre 94 Massingham Street Kellerberrin WA 6410 Tel (08) 9045 4991 Email coordinator kecrc.org.au www.kellerberrin.wa.gov.au Places of interest Museum The Agricultural Hall was the first building to be built in Kellerberrin in 1897. The Hall itself has had a colourful life also serving as a school courthouse and Road Board Offices. Don t miss the surrounding Pioneer Park it sets the scene displaying farming machinery through the ages. Centenary Park Relax in the centre of town in this shady park featuring children s playground heritage walkway and barbecue facilities. See the formations of Kokerbin Rock Other Shire Information Shire of Corrigin 197km south-east of Perth Corrigin Community Resource Centre Tel (08) 9063 2778 www.corrigin.wa.gov.au Shire of Tammin 178km east of Perth Shire of Tammin Tourist Information Tel (08) 9637 1101 www.tammin.wa.gov.au Shire of Westonia 310km east of Perth Shire of Westonia Tourist Information Tel (08) 9046 7063 www.westonia.wa.gov.au Enjoy great views of Mount Stirling The Wheatbelt 59 Shire of Merredin Merredin 260km east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 3 246 Tamma Parkland Enjoy the 1.2 kilometre easy interpretive walk through delightful bushland and learn some secrets of the local flora and fauna. Tours A daily evening snapshot tour of the town provides a great introduction to the Wheatbelt and includes the interior of the grain handling facility. During the wildflower season August to October half day wildflower coach tours are available. Routes A variety of self drive tour routes are available to explore granite outcrops the Rabbit Proof Fence and military and heritage sites. Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre Barrack Street Merredin WA 6415 PO Box 42 Tel (08) 9041 1666 or 1300 736 283 Email visitor merredin.wa.gov.au www.wheatbelttourism.com Places of interest Merredin Peak Take an interpretive walk trail to the top of the Peak for views over the town. Admire the engineering techniques of 1898 used to harvest the water from the rock to supply the Railway Dam. Explore the site of the former World War 2 Army Hospital adjacent to the Peak. Merredin Railway & Military Museums These museums have fascinating displays of railway memorabilia and social history. You can pretend to drive a steam train and climb the signal tower or view displays of memorabilia and equipment relating to all conflicts from World War 1 onwards. Explore the World War 2 sites around Merredin. Cummins Theatre This heritage listed theatre was designed in 1898 and transported from Coolgardie in 1928. Tours of the pressed tin interior and fly tower are available weekdays. A comfortable 3 hour drive or rail trip from Perth or Kalgoorlie Merredin is the perfect place from which to explore the Central Wheatbelt. Caf s accommodation playgrounds great shopping and all the services provided by a regional centre are available. A late afternoon town tour runs daily and there are half day wildflower tours in season. A variety of attractions invite you to stay a few days to explore further. Transport and the harvesting of grain give the major impetus to the town s economy. The CBH grain handling terminal is capable of storing up to 460 000 tonnes of grain. The region supplies up to 40 per cent of the state s grain harvest. This complex is visited on the town tour. Merredin Peak adjacent to the town is a massive granite rock that provided water for Aboriginal people sandalwood cutters prospectors explorers and pastoralists. The district has over 980 species of wildflowers which are stunning during winter and spring. A variety of Conservation Parks in the district offer interpretative walks. Heritage sites museums and sites relating to the town s role in World War 2 take you back in time. Visit by Train Enjoy travelling to Merredin by the comfortable daily Prospector or the Merredin Link train service. Stay overnight to enjoy the local town tour visit the museums and enjoy the ambience of a country town. In springtime join a half day wildflower tour. See www.wheatbelttourism.com and click on How to get here and then By coach train for further information. Visit the heritage listed Cummins Theatre Totadgin Conservation Park 14 kilometres south of Merredin. Walk the interpretive trail to learn about the age of the granite rocks. View the mini wave in the rock and the unique plants and animals of a Wheatbelt woodland. Springtime wildflowers make it a great spot for a picnic. The Railway Museum Merredin Tourist Park Located in the heart of the Wheatbelt just 260km from Perth this caravan park offers everything from camping through to luxury villas. Swimming Pool Wireless Internet Barbeques Tel (08) 9041 1535 Fax (08) 9041 3155 Email info merredintouristpark.com.au Web www.merredintouristpark.com.au Travel to Merredin by train 60 The Wheatbelt Shire of Yilgarn Southern Cross 368km east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 3 000 Special Events King of the Cross The King of the Cross is an annual event held by the Southern Cross Motorcycle Club drawing competitors from all over the country and overseas for the richest motocross prize pool in Australia 45 000. Held just a few kilometres from Southern Cross on a world-class motocross track that includes excellent camping facilities it is an event that keeps growing every year attracting thousands of spectators. A two day event that includes a Kid of the Cross and Queen of the Cross as well as a King of the Cross it is a weekend enjoyed by all. Places of interest (Along your journey out of Southern Cross) Karalee Dam Collecting water running off the rocks the construction of this significant aqueduct was made to provide water to the dam for slow steam trains en route to Kalgoorlie. It has excellent picnic and camping facilities and is located 56 kilometres east along the Great Eastern Highway. The town of Southern Cross was founded in 1888 by Tom Risley and Mick Twoomey who named the locality after the stars that guided them to the place. Today all the streets and the salt lake in the area are named after stars and constellations. If you are sightseeing or just taking a break from driving there are many interesting sites within the town. Located in the main street you can rest a while under the shade of a gum tree in the Rotary Park with well appointed BBQ and toilet facilities. Visit the Shire Office for all tourist information reminisce at the Yilgarn Historical Museum or even visit some of the other towns located within the Shire such as Bodallin Moorine Rock Bullfinch and Marvel Loch. Southern Cross Visitor Information Shire Office Antares Street Southern Cross WA 6426 Tel (08) 9049 1001 www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au Karalee Flume Frog Rock A miniature wave-like formation dam and picnic area located 30 kilometres southwest of Southern Cross. Marvel Loch This town is located 35 kilometres south of Southern Cross and was named after the horse that won the Caulfield Cup in 1905. Gold was discovered in the area in 1906 and mining operations are ongoing today. King of the Cross Yilgarn Agricultural Show Held annually since 1957 the Yilgarn Agricultural Show is a fun-filled day enjoyed by all ages. With many exhibitions showcasing agriculture mining and local talents there is something for everyone. Starting with a parade and concluding with fireworks there is so much more in between. Rides sideshow alley and showbags are just the beginning A great family day not to be missed. Rotary Park Upcoming Events Marvel Loch Mine activity Places of interest (In Southern Cross) Yilgarn History Museum The building was the state s first Registrar s Office & Courtroom where Arthur Bayley registered his claim for the fields at Coolgardie and where Paddy Hannan took out his Miner s Right. Open hours 9.30am-4pm Mon-Sat (closed 12pm-1.30pm) Sun Open 1.30pm-4pm. Mount Palmer This bustling town and gold mine operated from 1934-1944. See the remains of the once most pretentious pub in WA and abandoned mining operations. With informative signage it is located 46 kilometres south-east from Southern Cross. Road conditions vary seasonally check with Shire for updates. 25 April 2012 ANZAC Day at Southern Cross War Memorial. 6am Dawn Service and 11am main service 4-5 August 2012 King of the Cross motocross competition 1 September 2012 Yilgarn Agricultural Show 15-16 September 2012 Motocross 2 day Enduro Event Sandalwood Motor Lodge & Southern Cross Caravan Park You can sleep-over at our place. Run away to country freedom and stay where the Southern Cross shines. We have plenty of room for you to lie back and chill out. If you feel the need for a little more excitement then we will rock you. Become a gold-digger you may get lucky. Go bush for a day to experience life on the edge where civilization ends and wilderness begins. Whatever you choose to do we have a warm comfy bed and a hot shower waiting when you return. Wimmera Hill Lookout This lookout allows visitors to view the townsite of Southern Cross the surrounding farmland and gold mines. Yilgarn History Museum Great Eastern Highway Southern Cross Tel (08) 9049 1212 Email bookings.sandalwoodmotorlodge.net.au Web www.sandalwoodmotorlodge.net.au The Wheatbelt 61 Travel the North East Wheatbelt Granite Loop Discovery Trail Duration 3 - 5 days or more Distance Approximately 800km - 1 000km Road Conditions Sealed road with stretches of good unsealed road to rock and bushland features. Wondering where to stay There are excellent caravan parks available in most towns with cabin accommodation. There are also two Bed & Breakfasts. This journey offers a memorable contrast of open farmlands large rocky outcrops surrounded by fascinating bushland roadside floral displays in winter and spring with a profusion of bird and animal life. You will marvel at the fascinating ways water was collected in the area from the Aboriginal gnamma holes to the water harvesting from the rocks in more recent times. Travel to Goomalling and take the turn to Wongan Hills you are now on the Granite Loop Discovery Trail. Call in at the Visitor Centre for instructions on what to do and see around Wongan. Head east to Koorda enjoying the nature reserves on the way. During spring ask at the BEACON BENCUBBIN KOORDA WONGAN HILLS TRAYNING DOWERIN GOOMALLING WYALKATCHEM Beringbooding Rock Elachbutting Hill MUKINBUDIN Wheels Wheat Wagons Wells Wildflowers & Rocks Shire where to find the Koorda rose . Visit the Koorda Hospital Museum then travel on to Bencubbin take a peak at the Sandalwood Wood-cutters wagon. Pergandes Sheep Yard and Marshall Rock are only a few kilometres out of town and well worth a look. Travel north to Beacon check out their Men s Shed and Sandalwood Dray call into Beacon Central Visitor Centre for wildflower locations and regional information or use their computers to contact home. There is a good picnic spot 30 kilometres north of Beacon at Billiburning Rock. East of Beacon a selection of magnificent granite outcrops awaits exploration. Beringbooding has the largest water catchment in the Southern Hemisphere. It has a free camping area with a toilet barbeque and picnic table. The rock has many interesting features. Elachbutting offers magnificent views from the top a large wave a 40m tunnel a cave a prospectors well and wildflowers in season. An excellent place to camp with barbeques picnic tables and toilet. Head south call into Yanneymooning Hill where you will find the Caesia Silver Princess growing. Further south is Chiddarcooping Nature Reserve with its laterite breakaway continuing west will take you on to Mukinbudin where the Rare Species Garden should interest wildflower lovers. For the blokes a visit to the Men s Shed with its old operating tractors is a highlight. Travelling to Nungarin take the route past Eaglestone Rock and its salt lake views. Talgomine becomes a carpet of colourful everlastings in a good season. Visit the Military Museum and Mangowine Homestead 14 kilometres north town and close to the Billyacatting Nature Reserve in the Shire of Trayning. Mukinbudin Silo KUNUNOPPIN WEIRA NUNGARIN WESTONIA TOODYAY PERTH Kununoppin drop into the numerous nature reserves explore the history of the bulk handling of wheat at the Wyalkatchem Museum and Visitor Centre. At Dowerin home of the largest agriculture field days in the State enjoy the Tin Dog Creek walk and check out the 1930s house museum. Call 1300 736 283 for your North East Wheatbelt Map & Visitor Guide and Pioneers Pathway brochure. Beringbooding Rock As you head back along the Pioneers Pathway admire the beautiful Salmon Gums at Elachbutting Rock 62 The Wheatbelt Shire of Trayning Trayning 250km east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 463 Trayning lies 250 kilometres east of Perth on the Goomalling Merredin Road and is mostly a wheat farming community with coarse grains and various livestock. There are three townships in the Shire Trayning Kununoppin and Yelbeni. Trayning has many natural granite outcrops native birds insects reptiles woodlands and stunning panoramas of wildflowers in season all easily accessible. Yarragin Rock 24 kilometres north-east of Trayning Yarragin Rock consists of twin monoliths rising from a flat granite outcrop and is visible from a great distance. Gnamma Holes Gnamma holes are located 18 kilometres north of Trayning. Birds and other wildlife frequent area and the perimeters near the gnamma holes are also good places to search for orchids and other wildflowers during springtime. Whiteman s Rock This massive finger-like projection of white quartz is located at Moujakine a few kilometres north-east of Trayning where gold was discovered in 1887. There is also a stone lined pioneer well at Whiteman s Rock. Yelbeni Heritage Museum The township of Yelbeni has its own Heritage Museum situated 14 kilometres west of Trayning. The Museum provides an insight into the region s pioneering days. Trayning Well Situated on the old road from Goomalling to the Goldfields. The name first appeared on surveyor John Forrest s map in 1869. 4.5km north of the present townsite on the Bencubbin Kellerberrin Road (Lot 10541) the well was gazetted on 20 December 1906. It is believed the well was constructed by Charles Adams who was responsible for the stone lining of a number of wells on the Goldfields route. Trayning Visitor Centre Information Railway Street Trayning WA 6488 Tel (08) 9683 1001 Email admin trayning.wa.gov.au www.trayning.wa.gov.au Places of interest Billyacatting Hill On the Shire s eastern boundary 27 kilometres east of Trayning this 2 500 hectare flora and fauna reserve is a nature lover s delight especially during wildflower season. Other Shire Information Shire of Dowerin 156km north-east of Perth Shire of Dowerin Tourist Information Tel (08) 9631 1202 www.dowerin.wa.gov.au Shire of Nungarin Billyacatting Hill Climb Billyacatting Hill for superb views 298km north-east of Perth Shire of Nungarin Tourist Information Tel (08) 9046 5006 www.nungarin.com Shire of Wyalkatchem 186km north-east of Perth Shire of Wyalkatchem Tourist Information Tel (08) 9681 1027 www.wyalkatchem.wa.gov.au Shire of Morawa 398km north of Perth Shire of Morawa Tourist Information Tel (08) 9971 1204 www.morawa.wa.gov.au Easy drive country roads The Wheatbelt 63 Shire of Mukinbudin Mukinbudin 300km north-east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Mukinbudin Caravan Park Population 700 Come and explore the massive granite outcrops of Mukinbudin and the Central Wheatbelt situated along the Granite Loop including Berringbooding Rock which has one of the largest rock water catchment tank in Australia built in 1937 and holding two and a quarter million gallons. Beringbooding has an amazing balancing boulder a huge gnamma hole and some of the Kalamaia tribe s paintings of hands in a cave at the rear of the rock. Pioneer Botanical Walk There are also numerous attractions close to town to see including Pioneer Botanical Walk - Mukinbudin. Located in town the walk recognises the contributions of pioneer and Aboriginal women. Extending around the golf course it allows walkers to take a leisurely stroll and find many local species of flora as well as the feature - a rare and useful species section. Unique Grain Storage Silo Wattoning Historical Site Goodchild s Gateway are all worth a visit. Mukinbudin Spring Festival and Art Exhibition - Wednesday 12th September Saturday 15th September 2012. An Annual Art Festival starting with wine and cheese opening on Wednesday evening days packed with workshops displays 50s farm machinery demonstration culminating with a market day on Saturday full of stalls children s entertainment Muka Mile foot race and car exhibition. A live band completes the festival on the Saturday night complete with fireworks - a fun filled family event For information contact Tel (08) 9047 1102. Mukinbudin Visitor Information Shire Office Maddock Street Mukinbudin WA 6479 Tel (08) 9047 1102 Email admin mukinbudin.wa.gov.au www.mukinbudin.wa.gov.au 2001 Winner Heartlands Region Tourism Awards Caravan & Camping Category - Ideally located adjacent to swimming pool free access in season recreation oval golf course short walk to main shops. 11 powered sites 3 fully self-cont air-con park homes 4 comfortably refurbished barracks cabins (twin share) available for rent. Linen provided. TV in every room. Clean ablutions & BBQ facilities. Broadband internet access. RV friendly town. Dumpsite available in caravan park. For bookings please contact Caretaker Bookings (08) 9047 1103 Shire of Mukinbudin (08) 9047 1102 Beringbooding Rock Places of interest Elachbutting Rock Nearby is Elachbutting Rock explore this massive granite outcrop with its spectacular waves tunnel and cavern prospector s well and superb wildflowers during the season. Reserves and Wildflowers There are numerous reserves throughout Mukinbudin and surrounding areas that will fascinate and amaze with the natural beauty of the native flora and fauna and are great places to explore or picnic including Weira Reserve Quanta Cutting Reserve Yanneymooning Hill Reserve and Chiddarcooping Reserve where you will find numerous types of wildlife and flora as well as granite breakaway areas with gnamma holes outcrops and pools. When flowering the Kunzea pulchella can be found in both the red and white varieties as well as native orchids such as Cowslip Patricia s Spider and Donkey Orchids the Silver Princess (Eucalyptus caesia) and onesided bottlebrush flower profusely. Mukinbudin Main Street Spring Festival Art Exhibition Weira Reserve 64 The Wheatbelt Shire of Mt Marshall Bencubbin 270km north-east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 656 The name Bencubbin comes from an Aboriginal word for Mt Marshall. The town of Bencubbin is the main centre of the Shire. There are many original buildings in the town including the Hotel Sandalwood Shops Bank of NSW Old Police Station and Bencubbin School that were all built between 1911 and 1929. Pioneer Wells A trip back in time helps you imagine how families carted water from these wells for their livestock and for personal use before the establishment of the water pipelines. Museum Located on Hammond Street in the historical Police building. Browse through the historical information collected from the Mt Marshall Region. Contact the Shire for access on (08) 9685 1202. Fuel Available at Bencubbin Hardware and Agencies Padbury Street 24 hour BP and Eftpos card facility. Opening hours Mon-Fri 9am to 5pm. Tel (08) 9685 1219. Wildflowers When good winter rains are received the district blooms with wildflowers. Between July and October experience the diverse range of flowers. Bencubbin Visitor Centre Shire Office 80 Monger Street Bencubbin WA 6477 Tel (08) 9685 1202 Email admin mtmarshall.wa.gov.au www.mtmarshall.wa.gov.au Beacon 300km north-east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Beacon has the great feature of being the farthest north-easterly town in the Wheatbelt. As such it is not a typical Wheatbelt location adjacent to extensive native bushland and pastoral country. Within the Shire there are numerous granite and other rock formations many of which have been harnessed for the collection of rainwater. Places of interest Marshall Rock Discovered in 1836 Marshall Rock provides 360o views of the surrounding productive cropping land Lake McDermott Bencubbin Welbungin and Wiacubbing Hill. Pergandes Sheep Yards and Homestead 2 kilometres south of Marshall Rock the Pergandes family sheep yard and Homestead were constructed almost entirely from granite taken from nearby outcrops. Places of interest Datjoin Rock A unique rock formation located east of Beacon. Also see Datjoin Well and picnic area at the location. Billiburning Rock This reserve provides excellent views of farmland and pastoral country. View a pioneer well and gnamma hole. Pioneer Wells Tampu and Datjoin wells provide beautiful picnic spots in wildflower season. Bird Watching Granite outcrops and remnant bushland provide excellent bird watching sites. www.birdingwa.iinet.com.au sites beacon.htm Beacon Museum Display of historic photographs and memorabilia - by appointment only. Tel (08) 9686 1045. Fuel Available at Ninghan Spraying and Hardware Lindsay Street during the hours of 7.30am 5.30pm Mon to Fri and 7.30am - 12 noon on Sat. Cash only. Beagleys Breakaway An interesting rock formation dating back millions of years adjoining the Tampu Well Reserve. Pergandes Sheep Yards Bencubbin Kitchen Kunzea Pulchella Bencubbin Caravan Park Situated on the edge of town the Bencubbin Caravan Park is within walking distance of local businesses and town facilities. Powered and unpowered sites available as well as two new on-site self-contained cabins. Ablution block and laundry on premises. Disabled facilities. Bencubbin Caravan Park Tel (08) 9685 1202 during office hours. Beacon Visitor Centre Beacon Telecentre 11 Rowlands Street Beacon WA 6472 Tel (08) 9686 1014 Email beacon crc.net.au www.beaconwa.com.au Beacon Cabin Beacon Caravan Park Located opposite the information board and within walking distance of local businesses and town facilities. The Beacon Caravan Park provides powered and unpowered sites as well as on-site self-contained cabins. Modern ablution block laundry BBQ gazebo and grassed area. Disabled facilities. Beacon Caravan Park Tel 0488 025 853 Dinosaur Head Breakaway The Wheatbelt 65 Shire of Koorda Koorda 264km north-east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 596 Places of interest Granite Outcrops Mollerin Rock Newcarlbeon Badgerin Rock and Moningarin all fairly close to town are picturesque outcrops of granite each with its own peculiar mini-environment of wildflowers birds and small animals. Most have picnic or barbecue facilities. Moningarin has the extra bonus of native gnamma holes. Museum Koorda s Museum takes its theme from the building s origin as a hospital in the years before World War 2 with an interesting display of old surgical equipment featured in one of the former wards. There is also a large display of early farming machinery and pioneer homestead artefacts. Koorda Wildflower Park Located 16 kilometres from town on the Mulji Road features hundreds of species of wildflowers to be found in the Koorda district. There is a spectacular display between July and November when patches of red pink lavender gold and blue add bright contrast to the greens of bush and farmland. Koorda is dedicated to wheat coarse grain and sheep farming. There are a number of beautiful old buildings including the Koorda Museum and the post office which first opened in 1937. Take a stroll along the 2 kilometre long Koorda Heritage Trail which includes the Pioneer Hall and Avenue of Trees. Koorda Agricultural Show The local district agricultural show is held each year in September. This is an event with competitions of various events including craft and produce on display as well as side shows stalls and display areas then finish the day with a fireworks display. This is a great community event more information is available from www.koordashow.com Koorda Information Centre Railway Street Koorda WA 6475 Tel (08) 9684 1081 Email shire koorda.wa.gov.au www.koorda.wa.gov.au Koorda Caravan Park Run by the Shire of Koorda. Enjoy a relaxing stay at Koorda Caravan Park with natural bush surrounds. Powered and unpowered sites available with shared ablution block campers kitchen disabled ablutions. Washing machines available. Shire Office Allenby St Koorda Tel (08) 9684 1219 Fax (08) 9684 1379 Email shire koorda.wa.gov.au Gungurru (Eucalyptus caesia) in flower The magnificent Koorda Hotel at sunset 66 The Wheatbelt Shire of Perenjori Perenjori 355km north of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 600 Places of interest Church of St Joseph The Church of St Joseph is one of a significant collection of church buildings including the St Francis Xavier Cathedral in Geraldton designed and built by Monsignor John Hawes throughout the Midwest and Murchison. He is also responsible for several other buildings in the UK USA and the Bahamas. Keys are available from the Tourist Centre. Rothsay Heritage Trail and John Forrest Lookout A short drive east of Perenjori takes you through pastoral and mining country to the John Forrest Lookout with impressive views across the countryside. A little further out is Rothsay townsite and abandoned mine as well as historical grave sites. Perenjori Tourist Centre and Pioneer Museum Located in the heritage listed Bank of NSW building the Centre offers great information about the best wildflower and orchid locations tasty homemade Devonshire teas and an impressive collection of historical memorabilia and is a great place to chat with one of the friendly local volunteers. Tel (08) 9973 1105 or email perenjorimuseum westnet.com.au Caron Rail Trail Rail enthusiasts will not want to miss the heritage listed Caron Coal Stage bringing reminders of the golden age of steam locomotives. Follow the rail trail to the railway dam. Train lovers will be impressed by the 90 wagon 3 loco iron ore trains. Wreath Leschenaultia Other attractions Perenjori is famous for its wide selection of native birds. Apart from the many species of parrots cockatoos and water birds look out for honeyeaters thornbills babblers and fairywrens. Have a relaxing picnic at the impressive man-made lake. Take a stroll along the Perenjori Heritage walk throw a steak on the free gas BBQ and while away the afternoon in the park and gazebo. Perenjori Caravan Park With friendly and helpful Park Managers to assist in all aspects of your visit enjoy a relaxing stay in Perenjori surrounded by shady slab sites dump point and with five luxury chalets available. Short Stay Smart House Accommodation with a difference the architecturally designed environment house is available for both single night and short stay visits. Relax in comfort and experience Perenjori s green getaway. Perenjori Aquatic Centre Need a place to cool down while travelling through the Midwest region. Recently opened the Perenjori Aquatic Centre provides state-ofthe-art facilities a welcome relief for travellers on a hot summer s day. 24 hour fuel available Shire of Perenjori Fowler Street Perenjori WA 6620 Tel (08) 9973 1002 Email admin perenjori.wa.gov.au www.perenjori.wa.gov.au Perenjori is in the heart of wildflower country and every spring the countryside is ablaze in colour. Perenjori is surrounded by a rich wheat and sheep area and is only a short distance from mining and station country. Perenjori is home to the 2 billion Karara Iron Ore Project as well as several smaller mining projects. View endless vistas of pink yellow and white everlastings from July to October and be in awe of the unique Wreath Leschenaultia in September and October. Perenjori is also renowned for its wide variety of rare native spring orchids. Perenjori offers a relaxed stop-over for travellers whether at a powered site under shady trees self contained chalet at the caravan park short stay smart house or a comfortable room at the historical hotel. Bookings are recommended. Scenic rural landscapes Perenjori Aquatic Centre The Wheatbelt 67 Shire of Wongan-Ballidu Wongan Hills 184km north-east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 1 446 The fastest-developing tourist destination in the Wheatbelt Wongan Hills is proud of numerous visitor attractions and its community ethos - being of service . One of the best wildflower locations in the world 1 300 varieties and still counting the walk trails of Mt Matilda Christmas Rock and Reynoldson Reserve combine with roadside gardens of Eden. Australia s first RV-Friendly Town with outstanding shops sport culture mechanical and medical facilities plus RV sites backpackers and caravan parks. Fly in and land at the award-winning airfield walking distance from town and book a flying lesson to boot. Reynoldson Reserve Festival 9-11 November 2012 Reynoldson Reserve comes alive in November with the annual Reynoldson Reserve Festival 29 kilometres from Wongan Hills with its many types of Verticordia in bloom and a weekend full of guided walks and entertainment. Don t forget to bring your camera. Ballidu 214km north-east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Still sporting the verandahs and posts on the original main street shops this cultural hamlet town of 100 people is as famous for its bike race and sheep-dog trials as for its world-class aviation company and art exhibitions. RVs love the caravan park. Cadoux MOBILE COVERAGE 231km north-east of Perth The core of the hamlet-town are its general store 3-roomed school outstanding Recreation Centre and wheatbins. It was demolished during the 1979 earthquake and the fault lines and geological phenomena are well signed and interpreted. Springtime flowers are stunning. See the wildflowers at Reynoldson Reserve Places of interest Rock Outcrops Dingo Christmas Gathercole and Flat Rocks tadpoler s delight in wetter months. Picnicker s haven and photographer s mecca any time. Visitor Centre at the Railway Precinct A memorable treat the team here can organise a day weekend week or month of activities (for all 1 or 100 of you). It is open 7 days a week for information products guides and tours and in the short off-season a phone call brings a welcoming attendant. Wongan Hills Visitor Centre Cnr Wongan Road & Patterson Street Wongan Hills WA 6603 Tel (08) 9671 1973 Email wongantourism westnet.com.au www.wongantourism.com.au Exploring the rock outcrops The Hills Mounts and Lakes Wongan Hills translates from Aboriginal Wongan Katta or whispering hills an unmissable landscape feature rising just west of the town. Up there Mt O Brien hosts many a BBQ under the Milky Way stars. And Mt Matilda is a delight for nature lovers seeking real life close encounters with eagles echidnas roos thorny lizards and the wondrous nests of the curtain and pebble spiders plus the gorge breakaway and tree top views. Lakes Ninan and Hinds join up in the very wet years flushed by waters from Kondut Flats fed by creeks from the Hills. Pioneer Museum at the Old Hospital One of 23 sites on the Heritage Walk Trail there s nothing like this Museum a kids delight. Take 30 and walk the rest of the Trail starts and finishes at the Visitor Centre following the blue footprints taking in the two-storey Art Deco pub. Bottlebrush Grevillea The many colours of Verticordia Wongan Hills picturesque country beautiful sights 68 The Wheatbelt W ongan Hills Tracks Trails & Tractors Wongan Hills Visitor Centre Cnr Wongan Road & Patterson Street Wongan Hills WA 6603 P F (08) 9671 1973 E wongantourism westnet.com.au W wongantourism.com.au Open March December 7 Days Shire of Wongan Ballidu Australia s First RV Town Cnr Quinlan Street and Elphin Crescent PO Box 84 Wongan Hills P (08) 9671 1011 F (08) 9671 1230 E shire wongan.wa.gov.au W wongan.wa.gov.au Open Mon-Fri 8am 4.30pm Licencing Mon-Fri 8am 4pm Wongan Hills Biennial Arts Exhibition 20-23 September 2012 Presented by Wongan Arts Society Civic Centre Cnr Quinlan Street & Parker Place Wongan Hills Thurs 20th Sept 12 noon 6pm Fri 21st 10am 5pm 7pm 10pm Sat 22nd 9am 6pm Sun 23rd Sept 10am 4pm IGA Plus Liquor 39 Fenton Place Wongan Hills P (08) 9671 1110 Sun - Wed 8am 6pm Thurs Sat 8am 7.30pm Public Holiday 10am 4pm Wongan Hills Hotel 10 Motel Units 25 Hotel Rooms Full range of meals air-conditioned throughout. Group bookings welcome. 5 Fenton Place Wongan Hills P (08) 9671 1022 F (08) 9671 1186 E info wonganhillshotel.com.au W wonganhillshotel.com Wongan Hills Guest House Your home away from home. 12 Rooms Reasonable Rates. Home cooked meals. T.V. Air-con BBQ Area. 1 Moore Street Wongan Hills P F (08) 9671 1015 W wonganhillsguesthouse.com.au Wongan Hills Caravan Park 4-star chalets group lodge budget cabins and on site vans. Shady powered sites. BBQ Facilities. A quiet shady base to explore our abundant wildflowers on walk and drive trails. 65 Wongan Road Wongan Hills P (08) 9671 1009 F (08) 9671 1798 Wongan Hills Post Office Wongan Mail Service 9 Elphin Crescent Wongan Hills 6603 P (08) 9671 1301 F (08) 9671 1502 Open Mon Fri 9am 5pm Wongan Hills Pioneer Museum Corner of Camm and Mitchell Street Open Sunday 1pm 4.30pm Open by Appointment P (08) 9672 1025 Or call to the Wongan Hills Visitor Centre to arrange opening. Wongan Hills Pharmacy & Gifts Cosmetics Photo Processing Cookware Skincare Babycare & Gifts. Open Mon Fri 9am 5.30pm Sat 9am 12pm Shop 3 39 41 Fenton Place Wongan Hills 6603 P (08) 9671 1157 F (08) 9671 1957 The Wongan Hills Bakery 23 Fenton Place Wongan Hills P (08) 9671 1247 Mon Fri 6am 3pm Sat 9am-12pm Morning tea light lunch afternoon tea Dunning s Caltex 24 Hour Fuel Card Service 7 Days Drive Way Service Available 7am 6pm Mon Fri P (08) 9671 1494 F (08) 9671 1294 E wongan dunningsfuel.com.au Wongan Hills Newsagency Call in for your newspaper magazines or a novel. Try your luck with a lotto ticket. Enjoy your stay in Wongan Hills. 7 Fenton Place Wongan Hills P (08) 9671 1310 Ah Wong s Roadhouse Chinese Meals Thurs & Fri Only. Daily lunches and takeaways. Open Mon Sat 7am 8pm Sun 8am 8pm P F (08) 9671 1224 E ahwongs primus.com.au Bridgestone Tyre Centre Wongan Hills. All brands passenger truck & tractor tyres. 24 Hour Service. P (08) 9671 1644 F (08) 9671 1634 E wbtwongan bigpond.com Wheatbelt Veterinary Service 24 Elphin Crescent Wongan Hills P F (08) 9671 1108 Tues & Thurs 8.30am 3pm 8 Harris Street Dalwallinu P (08) 9661 1290 Mon Wed & Fri 8.30am 1.30pm DSACTO Mulch Lupin Mulch can be delivered to your address city or country or from 8 Jensen Street Wongan Hills P (08) 9671 1500 F (08) 9671 1585 E office dsatco.com W dsatco.com Open Mon Fri 8.30am 6pm Sat & Sun P 0427 550 542 Doctor Wongan Hills Medical Centre Mitchell Street Wongan Hills P (08) 9671 1000 Hospital Ackland Street Wongan Hills P (08) 9691 1222 Police Fenton Place Wongan Hills P (08) 9691 1333 The Wheatbelt 69 Shire of Dalwallinu Dalwallinu 250km north of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Wubin Population 1 497 270km north of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE First settled in the early 1900s and a world acclaimed location for wattles (Acacias). The Shire consists of five towns Buntine Dalwallinu Kalannie Pithara and Wubin. Within 100 kilometres of Dalwallinu are more than 186 species of wattles flowering most prolifically in the spring together with a vast array of other wildflowers including the unusual Wreath Leschenaultia. For information visit www.dalwallinu.wa.gov.au Rabbit Proof Fence and Boundary Rider s Waterhole Situated on the Rabbit Proof Fence Road the No. 2 Rabbit-Proof Fence is still visible as well as one of the original water holes blasted for the sole use of the Boundary Rider who maintained the fence. Buntine Rocks This site is 3 kilometres from the town of Buntine. A large rock in a vast nature reserve it offers a magnificent view of the farming countryside from the top. An inviting picnic site with wildflowers in spring. Jibberding Reserve On the Great Northern Highway 25 kilometres from Wubin displays of pink white and yellow everlastings in spring. Cailbro Mudbrick School The preserved one roomed school from the 1940s featuring an historical photo display is 33 kilometres from Wubin. Miamoon Reserve A great wildflower area 17 kilometres west of Wubin with a gnamma hole in the granite flat rocks and everlastings and orchids in season. Dalwallinu Discovery Centre 54 Johnston Street Dalwallinu WA 6609 Tel (08) 9661 1805 www.dalwallinu.wa.gov.au Wubin as part of the Wheat and Wattle Shire is the gateway to the pastoral country and to the magnificent seasonal display of everlastings in the area. Places of interest Wheatbin Museum and Rock Collection A heritage Wheatbin Museum depicting the history of bags to bulk grain handling. It also tells the story of Gus Liebe who after distinguishing himself as a master builder in Perth (His Majesty s Theatre and many others) successfully turned his hand to farming with his partner Wilhelm Klein. The Museum s new Machinery Annexe houses a magnificent display of vintage motor vehicles and machinery the collection of one local farmer. Also tells the story of the No. 2 Rabbit Proof Fence and Richard Anketell Superintendent of the Rabbit Proof Fence. Rock & Mineral Collection is situated in the Old Railway Station. Wubin Rocks In reserve bushland is a rock outcrop an attractive picnic area in spring amongst the everlastings and bush flowers. Wreath Leschenaultia This unusual wreath flower can be found in the Shire of Dalwallinu east of Wubin during September-October. Wubin Tourist Centre PO Box 38 Wubin WA 6612 Mob 0427 553 622 wheatbinmuseum bigpond.com Places of interest Dalwallinu Discovery Centre The newly constructed visitor information environmental and community centre showcases the Dalwallinu area. Sit and relax in the amphitheatre take a walk through the Visitor Centre for brochures maps and souvenirs or discover the area through interactive learning. Located on Johnston Street Dalwallinu. McIntosh Park Site of the first fatal plane crash in WA and now the Pithara Speedway situated just off Great Northern Hwy at Pithara. Xantippe Tank A natural catchment area for water from off granite rocks flowing into a 1920s built concrete tank. This site is on the KalannieDalwallinu Road. Call into the multi-million dollar Dalwallinu Discovery Centre Wreath Leschenaultia Dalwallinu District Tourism Wattle Week Festival 8-15 September 2012. Places of historical & natural attractions wildflowers special bush cuisine tastings luncheon bush breakfasts. For brochures and all enquiries contact Trish at plaxon bigpond.com or phone (08) 9661 1253 or Helen phone fax (08) 9668 1010. Shire of Dalwallinu Caravan Park Located at the northern entrance to the town. Apply to the Caretaker on site. Powered and non-powered sites. On-site vans self contained units. Shady trees campers kitchen. Tel (08) 9661 1253 Kalannie Caravan Park Apply to caretaker on site. Powered & non-powered sites. Tel (08) 9666 2068 Craft Centre Souvenirs and locally made craft. Open February to December 10am to 3 30pm Located Johnston Street Dalwallinu 70 The Wheatbelt Shire of Moora Moora 172km north of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 2 500 Moora Wildflower Drive Moora is the official start of Wildflower Country. The Shire stands on the junction of two important and very different botanical districts where the underlying geology has produced soil types and so very different plant communities. There are many other attractive routes around Moora for you to discover. Carnaby Cockatoo Interpretive Walk Trail This interpretive walk trail is a staged project. Once completed the trail will play a major role in educating the local community about the conservation of the Carnaby s Cockatoo. Koojan Salmon Gum Reserve Walk Trail The trail is located 18km south of the Moora townsite on the Moora-Bindoon Road. It is a designated rest stop and offers the traveller a perfect leg stretch opportunity. The trail depicts the significance of the local history agriculture flora and fauna of Koojan. Clinch House Clinch House is home to the Moora Historical Society. If you are looking to view the heritage of the district arrange a visit to view the displays. Viewings can be arranged by telephoning the President Diana Adams (08) 9651 1644. Berkshire Valley Founded in 1847 by James Clinch the Colonial homestead and brick arched bridge (considered to be the first in WA) can be seen from the road. No public access. Watheroo Station Tavern This 100 year old Station Tavern is the local hotel which serves excellent meals. The Tavern also has a unique display of historical artefacts. Watheroo National Park and Jingemia Cave The National Park was created in 1955 with an area covering 1634 hectares. The park is very rich in many different kinds of wildflowers. Nearby Jingamia Cave is a shady picnic site. The cave is formed in chert an unsealed rock that leads to a vegetation community in the hill that is very different from the surrounding areas. Moora is situated on the banks of the Moore River. In its virgin state this area was a large Salmon Gum forest and many of the attractive trees still remain. Moora has many parks gardens heritage buildings and icons. Moora has several B&B s hotels and motel the Shire of Moora operates the popular Moora Shire Caravan and Chalet Park. The park is nestled amongst Salmon Gums on the banks of the Moore River and just a 400m walk from the town centre. It s the perfect base for those wanting to explore the region. The park features shady sites 6 s c chalets RV parking dump point disabled access camp kitchen and BBQ free laundry for guests dogs allowed on leash but not in chalets. Western Wildflower Farm A unique collection of hundreds of Western Australian wildflowers. See them growing in the ground or drying in the shed and enjoy the novel displays and interpretive signage. Morning afternoon teas and lunches available for purchase free admission. Visit www.wildflowerswa.com.au for wildflower information specific to the region. . Everlastings Miling 42km east of Moora MOBILE COVERAGE Miling is the first true Wheatbelt town that the traveller encounters on the Great Northern Highway as they venture north of Perth. It is a small but friendly community whose focus is predominantly wheat and sheep farming in the surrounding area. Miling is the terminus of one of WA s most scenic railway lines. The most obvious landmark within the town is the grain receival complex (CBH). This facility handles in excess of one hundred thousand tones of wheat barley and lupins per year making Miling one of the larger inland receival points in the state. Watheroo 36km north of Moora MOBILE COVERAGE Moora Shire Caravan and Chalet Park Places of interest Army Campsites Moora played host to a large number of soldiers during World War 2. An operational unit was based at Berkshire Valley and numerous other units were stationed around the district. Central Midlands Bread and Wine Trail This trail runs through Moora with the Wheatbelt Picture Framing Gallery and Caf an essential stopping point for a bite to eat. Moora Town Walk This fascinating walk trail leads to Moora s historic buildings and points of interest including the Moora Town Clock. This stunning clock was designed by local school students with the design then translated and constructed into a magnificent stained glass feature by local artists. Murals Moora is on the Painted Road . There are several murals in Moora relating to specific historic regional and future events. Moora Arts & Crafts A variety of locally made and crafted gifts are available from pottery to jams and pickles. The name Watheroo is derived from the Aboriginal word Wardo meaning little bird the Willy Wagtail or Wardoro meaning water. This name was given to the spring of water which made this spot centre for man bird and beast. The Watheroo Wildflower Drive is well worth a look as it features one of the only patches of Rose Mallee in the world. Moora Community Resource and Visitor Centre 65 Padbury Street Moora WA 6510 Tel (08) 9653 1053 www.moora.wa.gov.au Watheroo National Park The Wheatbelt 71 Mount Augustus National Park Australia s largest rock Gascoyne-Murchison If you dream of a real Australian outback adventure look no further than the extraordinary GascoyneMurchison region with Mount Augustus - Australia s largest rock rich red earth rugged ranges ancient rock features vast sheep and cattle stations Aboriginal culture and awesome drive trails. Everything is big here. The giant Mount Augustus looms above its surrounding landscape twice the size of Uluru (Ayers Rock) and stands majestically as the largest rock in the world. The monolith red rock is shrouded in Aboriginal mythology and echoed in carvings believed to be pre-Dreamtime. Similarly spectacular landscape is evident at the Kennedy Range National Park. This huge elevation of breathtaking cliff face gorge and rock is between 10 kilometres and 25 kilometres wide and covers 75 kilometres in a north-south direction. The Gascoyne-Murchison region is also home to vast cattle and sheep stations established with pioneering spirit that refused to give in to some of the most unforgiving land on earth where water is scarce and survival is a challenge. A network of these cattle and sheep stations welcomes guests to stay and a chance to experience the unique lifestyle. They offer a range of accommodation including homesteads self-contained cottages shearers quarters caravan and camp sites and even sleeping in a swag under the brilliant star-filled sky. In this extensive region the night skies are clear bright and endless. This outback area is dotted with dozens of tiny character-filled towns each showing a distinctive personality that has contributed to their survival. In the wildflower season the region is a riot of colour as the rains bring forth a blanket of wildflowers that stretch as far as the eye can see. The Murchison is particularly well-known for its stunning carpets of everlastings that cover entire fields in pinks whites and yellows. One of the best ways to explore the Gascoyne-Murchison is by following one or more of the Outback Pathways. These self drive pathways criss-cross the region and showcase the many natural wonders of this magical landscape. Wildflowers Wildflowers The Gascoyne-Murchison is renowned for its carpets of everlastings that colour the region from mid July to mid late September each year. As wildflowers are dependent on seasonal rains it is advisable to secure wildflower touring information prior to departure. Carpets of colour every spring 72 The Gascoyne-Murchison Paraburdoo NEWMAN Capricorn Roadhouse Coral Bay Minilya Roadhouse Kennedy Range Nat. Pk. M Augus u Mt. Augustus g gus us T Tourist Park Bangemall Inn emal m - Cobra Station Mt. Augustus Collier Range Nat. Pk. Kumarina National Park CARNARVON Francois Peron Nat. Pk. Shark Bay B Bidgemia Station Gascoyne Junction Monkey Mia Wooramel Roadhouse Wiluna Denham Overlander Roadhouse Murchison Settlement Billabong Roadhouse MEEKATHARRA Wooleen Station N Nallan Station One of Cue s heritage buildings the Masonic Lodge Cue Wondinong Station Leinster Sandstone Agnew Index and distance of towns Town Cue Gascoyne Junction Meekatharra Mount Magnet Murchison Settlement Paynes Find Sandstone Wiluna Yalgoo Distance from Perth (km) 649 1 069 764 560 738 424 725 966 527 Page 82 78 83 80 76 75 81 82 75 INDIAN OCEAN Kalbarri Nat. Pk. Kalbarri Gregory Horrocks C Copyright RACWA 2008 Mt. Magnet Wandina Station Yalgoo Northampton Nabawa Mullewa Wogarno Station on M Meeline Station Kirkalocka S K k Station Sealed Major Road Sealed Minor Road Unsealed Road GERALDTON Mingenew Morawa Paynes Find Perenjori N Ninghan Station Dongara Map supplied by RAC WA. For a more detailed map visit an RAC Branch or order online at www.rac.com.au Climate Month Dec-Feb Mar-May Jun-Aug Sep-Nov Av temp (0C) 37 29 20 29 How to get there By Road The Gascoyne-Murchison has a good network of sealed and all-weather roads. There are also the gazetted Outback Pathway trails that make for an enjoyable self drive adventure. By Air Skippers files regular air services from Perth to Mount Magnet Meekatharra Wiluna and Leinster. Reservations 1300 729 924. By Coach TransWA operates coaches to a number of the Gascoyne-Murchison towns - including Yalgoo Mount Magnet Cue and Meekatharra. Tel 1300 662 205. a true Outtba station stay fo Expe ack hospitality r ri everlaseinnce carpets of Explo t g wildflowers in re s Pathways the exciting Out eason Disco self drive routeback s v KennederRthe awesome Visit y ange National P Wi un a Stock Rlou a start of the rk te & Gun Cn barrel Hagning i hway Explore Kennedy Range National Park Must do s the Gasco when you visi yne-Murch t Visit iso ex the worltraordinary Mt Au n Stay d s largest rock gustus The Gascoyne-Murchison 73 Outback Pathways Self Drive Touring Routes Welcome to the real outback adventure Vast rugged beautiful and timeless this region epitomises the real Outback Australia . Home to the Yamatji people for at least 30 000 years and Europeans for more than 150 years the Gascoyne and Murchison is rich in fascinating natural and cultural experiences. EXMOUTH The Outback Pathways provide ready access into the heart of this unique region and invite travellers and adventurers to experience the wonders of this sweeping landscape as they come face to face with its history and its challenges. On each pathway selected interpretive sites offer information panels and photographs to enrich your travel experience as you gain a deeper understanding of the natural cultural and pioneering history of this land. Fascinating stories and secrets abound in this ancient land that is brimming with a kaleidoscope of colours and characters come on out and explore it for yourself NINGALOO REEF CORAL BAY COBRA BANGEMALL INN MOUNT AUGUSTUS NATIONAL PARK BIDGEMIA STATION GASCOYNE JUNCTION KINGSFORD SMITH MAIL RUN DENHAM Kirkalocka Homestead KENNEDY RANGE NATIONAL PARK CARNARVON WOOL WAGON PATHWAY MURCHISON SETTLEMENT SHARK BAY WORLD HERITAGE MARINE PARK KALBARRI MEEKATHARRA NALLAN STATION CUE WOGARNO STATION WONDINONG STATION SANDSTONE MOUNT MAGNET MEELINE STATION KIRKALOCKA STATION THE MINERS PATHWAY PAYNES FIND WOOLEEN STATION YALGOO PINDAR GERALDTON Embark on your self drive adventure by buying the Gascoyne Murchison Outback Pathways Guidebook and CD. The guidebook brings to life the historical and natural wonders of the region through stunning photographs and text while the CD tells stories of the region through the colourful characters who call it home. For more information or purchasing the guidebook and CD visit www.outbackpathways.com or contact the outlets below. Western Australian Visitor Centre Geraldton Visitor Centre Carnarvon Visitor Centre Exmouth Visitor Centre Tom Price Visitor Centre Mid West Dev Commis. 1300 361 351 1800 818 881 (08) 9941 1146 (08) 9949 1176 (08) 9188 1112 (08) 9921 0702 See page 19 for detailed Outback Pathways Self Drive itineraries THE MINERS PATHWAY WOOL WAGON PATHWAY KINGSFORD SMITH MAIL RUN Unsealed Road Sealed Road PERTH For road condition information contact local Shires Visitor Centres or Main Roads WA on 1800 013 314. 74 The Gascoyne-Murchison Shire of Yalgoo Yalgoo 527km north of Perth NO COVERAGE Paynes Find Population 120 424km north-east of Perth NO COVERAGE Places of interest Jokers Tunnel Located 10 kilometres south of Yalgoo the tunnel was carved through solid rock by early gold prospectors and is a great place to view native flora and fauna. Court House Museum Once located in the Day Dawn townsite near Cue the Court House was transported in 1921 to Yalgoo and is now a museum with displays of old photographs gold rush history memorabilia and artefacts. Situated along the historic Miners Pathway Yalgoo offers true outback adventure and unique attractions including prolific seasonal wildflowers and the Courthouse Museum showcasing over 80 Years of Yalgoo history. Be sure to view the Railway Station historical Yalgoo cemetery Monsignor Hawes convent chapel and the fascinating Jokers Tunnel. Accommodation is available at the Yalgoo Caravan Park or the historic Yalgoo Hotel Motel. A general store is open 7 days a week and self service credit card diesel petrol bowsers are available 24 7. Renowned for its glorious carpets of wildflowers during the season Paynes Find is also recognised for its Gold Battery. Established in 1911 the Paynes Find Gold Battery is the only working battery in the state. Take a tour and enjoy the museum and displays. You can commence your Miners Pathway adventure from the Gold Battery in Paynes Find after which you will travel north through Mount Magnet and Cue to Meekatharra south-east to Sandstone west to Yalgoo via Mt Magnet and finally south-east again to finish at Payne s Find viewing Joker s Tunnel and historic Field s Find cemetery on the way. For information on the Miners Pathway self drive see page 19. The Paynes Find Roadhouse Tavern offers travellers a welcome break with fuel snacks meals and accommodation available. Places of interest Visit Paynes Find to see the only working Gold Battery left in Western Australia. Established in 1911 the Battery guides you to the town s Museum filled with relics of the mining pastoral and sandalwood industries. Paynes Find Gold Battery & Information Centre Paynes Find WA 6612 Tel (08) 9963 6513 Email paynesfindgoldbattery bigpond.com Court House Museum Yalgoo Monsignor Hawes Dominican Chapel of St Hyacinth Designed in 1920 by the famous priest and architect Monsignor Hawes for the Dominican Sisters who were based in Yalgoo. Wildflowers White cream yellow and pink everlastings are prolific in the Yalgoo shire from late July to early September. Yalgoo Visitor Information Shire Office Gibbons Street Yalgoo WA 6635 Tel (08) 9962 8042 www.yalgoo.wa.gov.au Walk amongst the wildflowers in Paynes Find Paynes Find Gold Battery Tourist Centre Situated on the Great Northern Highway 420kms north of Perth along the historic Miners Pathway. Museum of mining pastoral and sandalwood industry. Guided tours of the gold battery wildflowers and rock display. Crafts and souvenirs. Open daily 1st August mid October. Private Mail Bag Paynes Find WA 6612 Tel (08) 9963 6513 Fax (08) 9963 6513 Email paynesfindgoldbattery bigpond.com Monsignor Hawes Dominican Chapel of St Hyacinth The Gascoyne-Murchison 75 Shire of Murchison Murchison Settlement 738km north of Perth NO COVERAGE Population 110 Where the outback begins. It doesn t get any more outback than the Shire of Murchison. The Shire with no town is home to sprawling pastoral stations abundant wildlife and plentiful wildflower displays yet very few people. The new roadhouse is now open for business as are the three new motel rooms. Consider staying in one of the new caravan park bays and enjoy a BBQ meal in the new gazebo. It s an oasis in the desert with so much to see and do. Travelling through the Murchison expect breathtaking breakaways and shimmering river pools and crossings. Wildlife and Wildflowers Be inspired by the flora and fauna found in the Murchison. See kangaroos emus majestic eagles red-tail black cockatoos and interesting reptile species. Seasonal rain brings fields of everlastings however be sure to check the location of wildflowers prior to departure. Station Stays Experience true station life discover indigenous rock art or soak in the outback atmosphere at the various station stays throughout the Shire. Enjoy the homestead or self-contained guesthouses or camp out under an illuminated night sky. Murchison Visitor Information Murchison Shire Office Murchison WA 6630 Tel (08) 9963 7999 www.murchison.wa.gov.au Carpets of everlastings in season Places of interest Murchison Settlement Be at one with nature in the rangeland botanical walk or view the many artefacts of pastoral and indigenous life at the Murchison Museum. Errabiddy Bluff and Outcamp Located 12 kilometres west of the settlement these large rock formations make a significant mark on the landscape. Ideal for climbing and picnics. Bilung Pool and Wooramel River Gorges On the Carnarvon-Mullewa Road discover the tranquil waters and enjoy a picnic at Bilung Pool. Permanent water pools are also found at this river crossing. Old Stock Well Located 53 kilometres south of Murchison Settlement on the Carnarvon-Mullewa Road this recently restored well was once used by drovers moving stock. A picnic area with barbeque is available for visitors. Ballinyoo Bridge Further south Ballinyoo Bridge is the oldest concrete bridge in WA. Refreshments and 24 hour swipe card fuel new Murchison Settlement Roadhouse AUSTRALIA TOURS CASEY With a range of fantastic holiday experiences Casey Australia Tours lead the way in fully inclusive coach travel specialising in Remote Outback Australia. 8 Day Mount Augustus Exmouth & Coral Coast. 14 Day Great Central Road Central Australia & Lake Eyre. 5 Day Mount Augustus & Walga Rock 14 Day Esperance Nullarbor & South Australia. 5 Day Historic Goldfields 5 Day Albany & Esperance 1 Day Wave Rock Tours Casey Tours operate tours all over Australia from 1 to 20 day itineraries in 48 seat coaches and 26 seat 4WD coaches motel or camping. Family run company with 39 years experience. TOURING AUSTRALIA S GOLDEN OUTBACK SINCE 1973 FREECALL 1800 999 677 76 The Gascoyne-Murchison Email res caseytours.com.au Web www.caseytours.com.au WOOLEEN S T A T I O N It doesn t get any more Australian than this. The Australian Outback At Its Best Wooleen Station is one of the finest working cattle stations in the heart of outback Western Australia situated on the Murchison River and covering half a million acres of picturesque rangelands. Your Wooleen hosts make the outback come alive ensuring your station experience is comfortable enlightening and enjoyable. Creature Comforts Offering various forms of accommodation ranging from camping to self-contained rammed earth guesthouses and the gracious National Trust listed homestead. Including luxury accommodation delicious home style cooking cellar of Western Australian wines magnificent formal dining room full sized billiard table extensive library and swimming pool all amidst an oasis of spectacular award winning gardens. Rich in History Delight in the beauty and serenity of the oldest lands in the world. Stretch your legs after the drive into Murchison by taking a Wooleen Walk Trail and learn about conservation the environment bush tucker and white settlement in the early 1900 s. Come along on a guided tour of the station encompassing such things as the listed wetlands of Wooleen Lake seasonal wildflowers Aboriginal heritage colonial history and spectacular granite outcrops. Learn how the Pollock family are now working towards making Wooleen an ecologically sustainable enterprise. At One With Nature Wooleen is a place to relax and enjoy your getaway. Guests can join in with Station activities or simply unwind and take in the Australian outback at its best. Tariffs Camping 25 per vehicle per night. Unpowered sites 170 per night twin share. Additional person 30 per night. Self-contained sleeps up to 5. Can add trundle bed. 190 per person per night. All meals included. Guesthouses Homestead Open for tourism each year from 1st of April - 31st October. Bookings are essential. Wildflowers are seasonal. Please call or email to enquire. Murchison Western Australia 6630 Tel (08) 9963 7973 Fax (08) 9963 7684 Email wooleen bigpond.com Web www.wooleen.com.au The Gascoyne-Murchison 77 Shire of Upper Gascoyne Gascoyne Junction 1 069km north of Perth NO COVERAGE Population 300 Kennedy Range National Park This is a truly awesome place to visit with many places to walk to and explore. Mt Augustus National Park Mt Augustus is the largest monocline in the world bigger that Uluru. However the vegetation on the Mount is deceptive. Colours and hues change throughout the day and make this a spectacular sight. A walk to the top is achievable and very rewarding. Nature humanity and time meet at the intersection that is the Gascoyne Junction it s where the ancient Lyons and Gascoyne Rivers join up and where the stock routes of the past overlapped. As well it is a place where the land still gives a clear view of life on earth millions of years ago. The abundant fossil beds and unmistakable evidence of vast oceans of the distant past paint a fascinating picture. A Mighty River The Gascoyne River flows for 760 kilometres from the Western Desert to the Indian Ocean at Carnarvon. The Mighty Gascoyne is known as the upsidedown river because most of its water is beneath the surface. Along its path the river surfaces keeping people and animals alive during the scorching summer heat. The river also provides a wonderful habitat for the many species of birds that flock here all year round. Respecting People and Country Visitors are advised to leave all rocks stones water holes hills and ranges exactly as you found them. You should be mindful that there are places here that are powerful and sacred to the original occupiers and may not be visible to the casual observer. Roads Less-Travelled With around 1 800 kilometres of unsealed road there is plenty of opportunity to explore the country. Amongst the wildlife you ll encounter are cattle goats sheep horses kangaroos emus wild turkeys bungarras dingoes a vast variety of birds and the occasional vehicle as well. The roads are generally in very good condition but it s always wise to bring a couple of spare tyres and plenty of water. Geology 200-300 million years ago most of the area was underwater and sea-life fossils are common. A fault zone 10 kilometres wide is just north of the Errabiddy homestead. What takes the eye most is the types and colours of precious and semi-precious stones which are so attractive. See the changing colours of Mt Augustus Events The Junction Races A bush race meeting held each September where there are as many genuine characters as there are racehorses. The Racecourse is 10 kilometres west of the Junction bring your caravan tent or swag and camp out. The Landor Races A picnic race weekend held over 4 days and is a great opportunity to stay over and look around the local country at the same time. The Gassy Dash Run on Bidgemia Station. A world-famous event for off-road enthusiasts there s plenty of action and speed. Camp out over the weekend in October. Gascoyne Junction Visitor Centre 4 Scott Street Gascoyne Junction WA 6705 Tel (08) 9943 0988 Email admin uppergascoyne.wa.gov.au www.uppergascoyne.wa.gov.au Places of interest Station Stay On the banks of the Gascoyne Bidgemia Homestead offers a variety of accommodation and the taste of a very different lifestyle. Cobra Station closer to Mount Augustus offers a variety of opportunities for the fossicker. Bettys Landing and Freds Landing Cattle Pool The Landings are on the north of the Gascoyne River at the Junction and Cattle Pool is on the Lyons River near Cobra. The prolific and everchanging bird life congregate here. Ornithologists have counted over 128 species of bird-life in the Gascoyne and the sights and sounds of these birds are truly wonderful. Honeycombe Gorge Kennedy Range Cobra Bangemall Inn If you re heading to Mt Augustus Cobra Bangemall Inn is the place to stay. This historic Inn is only 37 kilometres from Mt Augustus which can be seen from the front of the property. Accommodation is available for all types of visitors. Four twin rooms with single beds and two doubles with queen beds original design features fully airconditioned with your own private facilities. For those on a budget there are air-conditioned Inn rooms with shared ablution facilities or campsites in caravan park. All meals are available at the Cobra Bangemall Inn and tours of the area are run by Jim Millar a local identity and owner of the Inn. Cobra Station Mailbag 28 c - Carnarvon WA 6701 Tel Fax (08) 9943 0565 Email cobrastation bigpond.com Web www.cobrastation.com Mt Augustus Tourist Park Situated at the base of the world s largest rock. Two fully self-contained units Twin share accommodation Powered & unpowered sites Clean ablution blocks Laundry Disabled facilities Shop Licensed tavern Mt Augustus Tourist Park via Meekatharra WA 6642 Tel (08) 9943 0527 Fax (08) 9943 0589 Web www.mtaugustustp.com.au 78 The Gascoyne-Murchison World Renowned National Parks Kennedy Range and Mount Augustus National Parks are some of the most ancient landforms in Australia. These are a must see detour when driving along the coastal route or via Karijini. Kennedy Range 250 million years ago was a shallow ocean basin off the edge of the Australian continent. It filled with sediment which compressed to form layers of sandstone and shale. Movements in the earth s crust brought these above sea level and today marine fossils can be found in the range s sandstone strata. Mount Augustus is an asymmetrical anticline consisting of sand and gravel folded in an arch-like structure deposited by an ancient river system that drained the region 1 600 million years ago. Sunrise View Wildflowers on Cobra Station Kennedy Range National Park Kennedy Range National Park offers spectacular scenery of gorges and precipitous faces with a vast plateau of ancient dunefields on top of the range. Lying roughly 150 kilometres east of Carnarvon the area retains a wilderness feeling and camping beneath the stark sandstone cliffs is an experience not to be missed. The Aboriginal Inggarda name for the range is Mundoo Thuda. Artefacts found in the park provide evidence of the long history Aboriginal people have with the area. Best time to visit is August through September when wildflowers are in full bloom transforming the landscape into a mass of colour. The developed visitor sites lie on the eastern side of the range and can be accessed by the Ullawarra Road north of Gascoyne Junction. Water should be taken and vehicles should be in sound condition. Avoid walking in this area in the hottest part of the day. RANGE Honeycomb Gorge 12km to Ullawarr a Rd 60km to Gascoyne Junction The Temple Temple Gorge KENNEDY Drapers Gorge Fig Tree Kennedy Range National Park Mt Augustus National Park At about twice the size of Ayers Rock it is the biggest rock in the world. Known by the local Wajjari Aboriginal people as Burringurrah it rises spectacularly over the surrounding plain and at 750 metres is visible for more than 160 kilometres. Interesting rock formations caves and Aboriginal engravings are found on many parts of the rock that have been untouched for thousands of years. Emu Hill Lookout is a good location from which to take wonderful photographs of the Mount with sunset usually the most colourful. There are many things to see and do around Mount Augustus. Burringurrah Drive is a 49 kilometre circuit providing views of the changing faces of the rock and on this drive you have access to all feature sites. The drive is suitable for conventional two wheel drive vehicles. To Cobra Bangemall Inn 25km Emu Hill Lookout Mount Augustus springtime flowers Goolinee Cobra Mt Au The Pound Goordgeela Lookout gustu s Rd Mount Augustus Outback Tourist Resort Mount Augustus (1105m) Kotka Gorge Gum Grove-Warrarla Flintstone-Beedoboondu (Aboriginal Engravings) Mt Au gu stu oo sW dla nd sR d Edney s Lookout Orramboo Mundee (Aboriginal Engravings) (Aboriginal Engravings) DR Bowgada The Gascoyne-Murchison 79 Shire of Mount Magnet Mount Magnet 560km north-east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 580 Mount Magnet is situated at the cross-roads of the Miners Pathway and lives up to its historic role as the Hub of the Murchison. The perfect base to explore the region Mount Magnet offers stunning landscapes wildflowers sunsets and clear night skies perfect for star-gazing. It is the longest continuous gold mining settlement in Western Australia offering rich land for gold prospecting. Services in Mount Magnet include three hotels accommodation caravan park supermarket butcher bakery two service stations mechanic post office museum swimming pool tourist centre library internet and much more. Tourist Trail A 37 kilometre drive trail that takes you from the centre of town through gold mines old and new to spectacular countryside and granite breakaways. The tourist trail is a perfect half day activity in Mount Magnet. Some of the many sites include Heritage Walk A 1.4km walk through town taking the visitor back through history to the early gold rush era. It also introduces the visitor to the modern townscape of Mount Magnet. Granites Just 9 kilometres north of Mount Magnet is this magnificent area of granite breakaways. The site holds great significance to the local indigenous people the Badimia people containing ceremonial sites and art. It is expected that this significance and the land is treated with due respect. The Granites offer driving and walking trails picnic and rest spots. Rock Formations The Tourist Trail drive takes you past some amazing rock formations including a natural amphitheatre and cave - both great places to stop for photos and explore Warramboo Hill Lookout The lookout gives spectacular views of the townsite and open-cut mines. A great place to enjoy sunset just minutes from the town. Mining and Pastoral Museum The museum is nearly completed and situated on the southern end of the main street next to the town entry statement - the Eclipse headframe. The museum will contain an extensive collection of mining and farming relics plus photos and articles from the early 20th century township. This will be an amazing insight into the ways of life of a once booming community. The Mining and Pastoral Museum is planned to be completed by autumn 2012. Events 2012 will be an exciting year in Mount Magnet with plenty to do for all visitors. Events planned include Australia Day celebrations Anzac Day services The Mount Magnet Festival the Mount Magnet Race Club hosts two meets each year usually each April and October and the Mount Magnet Gymkhana Club hosts an annual Gymkhana. Shire of Mount Magnet Lot 163 Hepburn Street Mount Magnet WA 6638 Tel (08) 9963 3000 Fax (08) 9963 4133 Email shire mtmagnet.wa.gov.au www.mtmagnet.wa.gov.au Places of interest Outdoor Cinema The outdoor cinema is one of only three originals still operating in Western Australia. A movie under the stars is one of Australia s great experiences and the warm Mount Magnet evenings provide the perfect atmosphere. Recently transformed with state of the art cinematic equipment it offers entertainment for all tastes Mount Magnet Tourist Information Centre Mount Magnet Caravan Park We offer information on the Local Heritage Walk the Tourist Trail Drive Prospecting Museum Tours Events Accommodation Station Stays Wildflowers Services and more. We also stock postcards books jewellery gifts a unique rock collection and historical displays. Looking forward to seeing you in Mount Magnet Hepburn St Mount Magnet 6638 Tel (08) 9963 4172 Fax (08) 9963 4133 Email mmtic westnet.com.au Stay at the Mount Magnet Caravan Park. Enjoy the clean and tidy facilities and friendly staff. Powered sites. Grassed tent sites powered and un-powered. On site accommodation cabins all linen provided. Campers kitchen electric BBQ s and full kitchen facilities with outdoor setting. Situated close to shops. Lot 397 Hepburn St Mount Magnet 6638 Tel (08) 9963 4198 Fax (08) 9963 4961 Email caravanpark mtmagnet.wa.gov.au The Granites Mount Magnet Mt Magnet Miners Rest Units Fully self-contained serviced units. Motel style accommodation. The quietest most comfortable accom in town. See for yourself. Continental breakfast supplied. Coin operated laundry fully equipped special weekly rate. Thurkle Cove Mt Magnet. PO Box 155. Tel (08) 9963 4380 Mobile 0408 996 346 Fax (08) 9963 4390 Kirkalocka Station Stopovers Meeline Station - Edge of the Desert Gallery Wondinong Pastoral Company Welcome to Wondinong - a working sheep & cattle station centrally located to historic towns of Mount Magnet Cue & Sandstone. Rooms available with meals & linen provided. Caravans & campers welcome. PO Box 118 Mount Magnet 6638 Tel (08) 9963 5823 Fax (08) 9963 5865 Email gregandtarnyia activ8.net.au History Hospitality and Nature all within 500m of Great Northern Highway. Kirkalocka provides a full range of caravan & camping facilities as well as a choice of accommodation in the Shearers Quarters or Homestead. Both have fully equipped kitchens & BBQ facilities although meals can be provided on request. PO Box 218 Mount Magnet 6638 Tel (08) 9963 5827 Email kirkalocka bigpond.com Web www.kirkalocka.com Making Tracks Meeline - Edge of the Desert. Station Stay for the adventurous. Independent self contained groups. Outback venue. EDG and Astro Pad. Self contained no pets no smoking. Outback Cottage private garden. Sleeps 4 from 200 pn. Station open Aug & Sep. Meeline Station PO Box 462 Mt Magnet 6638 Tel (08) 99635 828 Email contact preferred meeline reachnet.com.au Web www.meelinestation.com 80 The Gascoyne-Murchison Shire of Sandstone Sandstone 725km north-east of Perth NO COVERAGE Population 119 Lying in the heart of the spectacular lower Murchison district Sandstone s bronzed landscape contains many unique and picturesque locations. Throughout the area natural rock formations or breakaways contrast dramatically with the rust stained landscape. Gold was first discovered in the immediate Sandstone area as early as 1894. From 1907 Sandstone grew to a small city of some 6 000 to 8 000 people. By 1919 only 200 people remained. Fortunately Sandstone has survived and today makes an ideal stopover at the centre of some of Western Australia s great tourist routes. Sandstone offers the traveller a range of accommodation facilities with a hotel accommodation units and caravan park. The 30 bay Alice Atkinson Caravan Park is centrally located in the town and takes bookings all year around. For enquiries telephone (08) 9963 5859 or stay sandstone.wa.gov.au Places of interest London Bridge and breakaway country Photograph the natural London Bridge - over 350 million years old or visit the Peter Denny Lookout complete with barbecues and picnic tables 30 kilometres from town. Evening and Night Sky Sandstone is one of the best places on earth to experience the glory of the night sky. In the evening you can witness some truly spectacular sunsets. At night the darkness of the outback sky and clear atmosphere make it a brilliant location to stargaze. Golf Course Visitors can play a round on the town s rather unique 18-hole golf course. Clubs available from the Sandstone Information Centre. Visit Sandstone from 8-9 September 2012 for the Golf Open Weekend. Golfers come from near and far to hit the course. Pack your swag and enjoy a BBQ under the stars. For more information Tel (08) 9963 5831. The National Hotel The National Hotel was the last and smallest of four hotels built during the gold rush years and the only one still standing. As the township shrank in the 1920s The National became the hub of activity in Sandstone and is still today a great place to meet some of the locals. Sandstone Heritage Trail This drive trail is 18 kilometres in length and features sites of historical and natural significance. Don t miss the Brewery built into a breakaway. London Bridge Sandstone Wildflowers Subject to seasonal rain Sandstone is transformed from red earth to a carpet of colour from late July to mid September. Be sure to contact the Visitor Information Centre to check on availability of wildflowers and best viewing locations. Sandstone Heritage Museum & Visitor Information Centre 18 Hack Street Sandstone WA 6639 Tel (08) 9963 5061 Email visitus sandstone.wa.gov.au www.sandstone.wa.gov.au The historic National Hotel Sandstone The Gascoyne-Murchison 81 Shire of Cue Population 375 into a favoured picnic spot. Milly Soak is 16 kilometres north of Cue and was a popular picnic spot in Cue s early history. Amateur prospectors and keen fossickers are welcome to try their luck at the Big Bell ruins and the old fire station. Remember to keep an eye out after it has been raining you may just find gold Government Buildings The government buildings are situated in the main street and were built between 1895 and 1897 from locally quarried limestone. The buildings were and remain among the most impressive in the region. The Cue Shire offices were built in 1895 and were once home to the London and Western Australian Investment Company offices and then the Gentlemen s Club. The Old Municipal Chambers building in Robinson Street was opened in 1896 and the Shire conducted its first meeting in this building. The Masonic Lodge built in 1899 from timber and galvanised iron is subject to many a ghost story. The original hospital was rebuilt from local stone in 1895. Today several walls from this building remain as does the ruins of the chimney from the hospital s crematorium. The old gaol in the Cue Tourist Park was built in 1896 and was a temporary home to prisoners being transported from outback lock ups in the north until its official closure in 1914. The most popular time to visit Cue is April to August when the weather is mildest and the winter rains turn the sweeping red landscape into a lively palette of wildflowers. It is a popular destination for seniors heading north and escaping the chills of winter. You can view more at www.cue.wa.gov.au. Walga Rock photo courtesy of Gary Passmore. Cue Tourist Centre Shire Office 2 Austin Street Cue WA 6640 Tel (08) 9963 8600 Email shire cue.wa.gov.au www.cue.wa.gov.au Cue 649km north of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Cue located on the Great Northern Highway is known as the Queen of the Murchison . Being central to the district Cue hosts many meetings including the Murchison Zone of the WA Local Government Association colloquially known as Cue Parliament. Places of interest Aboriginal Art Walga Rock A huge granite monolith known as Walga Rock situated 48 kilometres west of Cue is a site of deep Aboriginal cultural and spiritual significance. The most unusual art depicts a sailing ship in white ochre with masts rigging and portholes. The Cue historical photograph collection is a fascinating and popular collection of historical photographs from the late 1800s and early 1900s. Nallan Lake is a nature reserve and during periods of heavy winter rains transforms Walga Rock with extensive Aboriginal art Shire of Wiluna Population 400 Wiluna 966km north-east of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Tjukurba Art Gallery The Tjukurba Art Gallery and council chamber offers visitors a sample of historic photos and unique affordable paintings by Wiluna artists some of whom were exhibited at the Beijing Olympics. Clay Pans These fill with water at different times of year and are great for windsurfing canoeing bird watching and picnics. Lake Violet Located near the township of Wiluna this lake can host hundreds of black swans over the winter months. Pioneer Cemetery 19 grave sites identified from Shire records dating from 1893 to 1903 when the cemetery was moved because of periodic flooding in the area first chosen. Gunbarrel Highway A popular four wheel drive which takes you across the ranges and central desert to Warburton and Alice Springs. Lorna Glen Reserve 90 kilometres east of Wiluna an historic cattle station where fauna and flora are returning to the natural state in the care of DEC. Canning Stock Route Well numbers 1 and 2 close to the town as are the original cattle loading yards. Trekking to various parts of the track between Wiluna and Hall s Creek is popular in the cooler months of the year. North Pool Located on the Canning Stock Route. Both North Pool and Lake Violet are pleasant spots for a picnic and are fantastic for bird watching. Like many other features these are within 20 kilometres of town. The Shire of Wiluna covers an area of 184 000 square kilometres and is predominantly mining and pastoral land. The town of Wiluna is on the edge of the Little Sandy Desert and is the gateway to the Canning Stock Route which runs north to Halls Creek and the Gunbarrel Highway that runs east to Alice Springs west to Meekatharra and north to Newman. Fuel is available from the Gunbarrel Groceries The store is open between 7.30am - 5.30pm 7 days a week. Jan-May Sat-Sun only - 8am - 1pm. Places of interest Historical Buildings The Wiluna Shire Offices were formerly the town hospital where the retired Governor General Sir Michael Jeffrey was born. Statues of Warri and Yatungka Be sure to visit the town s statue Last of the Nomads and read the plaque to learn of the beautiful love story behind their culturally frowned-upon relationship. Their deaths marked the end of a tribal lifestyle that has stretched back more than 40 000 years. Not to be missed North Pool Accommodation Enjoy friendly outback hospitality. Accommodation in and close to the town includes caravan park accommodation Club Hotel and Gunbarrel Laager Rest. Shire of Wiluna Scotia Street Wiluna WA 6646 Tel (08) 9981 8000 Email to wiluna.wa.gov.au www.wiluna.wa.gov.au Last of the Nomads sculpture 82 The Gascoyne-Murchison Shire of Meekatharra Meekatharra 764km north of Perth MOBILE COVERAGE Population 1 296 Events Meekatharra has two main exciting cultural events during the year. The Battle of the Bands is an alcohol free predominately indigenous weekend music festival drawing musicians from all over WA. A guest band gives a community concert on the Saturday night. The Meeka Outback Festival and Rodeo is another annual event falling on the Queen s Birthday long weekend scheduled for September October 2012. Commencing with a Family Fun Night with fireworks the weekend continues with a Float Parade and Races on the Saturday. The cowboys and cowgirls arrive from out of town on Sunday to compete in the Rodeo then everyone slicks up for the Outback Ball. The Festival then culminates with the Monday Races. A great weekend not to miss For information contact (08) 9981 1002. Meekatharra Visitor Information Shire Office Corner Main & Savage Streets Meekatharra WA 6642 Tel (08) 9981 1002 www.meekashire.wa.gov.au to the Creek Trail interpretive panels tell the story of the landmark buildings of the town and those who lived or worked in them. The first of three Heritage Drive Trails Eastern Loop is now open and enables visitors to discover the European and indigenous history of the region with a true outback experience. The Eastern Loop tours the town common with sites such as stockyards State Battery remains and the Royal Flying Doctor Base. Meekatharra Museum Located in the library in the Shire building the museum contains more than 100 photographs and interesting items of memorabilia of life through the ages in Meekatharra. State Battery The State Battery on Main Street acknowledges the early prospectors and miners who followed them. It stands proudly along Meekatharra Creek with other interesting relics from Meekatharra s gold mining past. Picture Garden Recapture the excitement of the outdoor movie theatre. The Picture Garden regularly screens the best of Hollywood Gold Mining Pits and Prospecting Meekatharra echoes with the district s rich gold mining heritage. There are many pits providing a fascinating insight into the region s mining heritage. Peak Hill to the north is a particular favourite. Peace Gorge Just 3 kilometres from the town this fascinating area of granite rock formations is an ideal picnic spot. Its reputation for picnics dates back to World War 1 when Meekatharra s servicemen were welcomed home with a gala picnic and sports day at the granites. Since that day the area has been known as Peace Gorge. Meekatharra is a golden prospect for visitors on their Golden Outback adventure. Situated on the Great Northern Highway Meekatharra is the largest centre in the Murchison. In town you ll find excellent three star motel accommodation a choice of hotels for accommodation meals or a cold drink shady caravan park and all the services and facilities you need. The gold mining treasures of yesteryear have left a rich legacy for the town and the region. Relics of those long since past are dotted throughout the countryside large mining pits can be viewed close to town while visitors can still try their hand at prospecting many with surprisingly good results With rocky outcrops and plenty of native animals Meekatharra offers many natural attractions too. Places of interest Meeka Rangelands Discovery Trail Do you know the difference between a kangaroo and a bigurda Or the names of the Aboriginal groups who call Meekatharra home Find the answers to these questions and many more along the Meeka Rangelands Discovery Trail. The trail provides a fascinating insight into the history and natural and cultural heritage of Meekatharra along an easy 3 kilometre walk around Meekatharra Creek. The trail also includes the Meeka Lookout an opportunity to take in the vast red rangelands and appreciate the beauty of the outback landscape. The Meeka Town Heritage Walk is a 2 kilometre walk around the townsite of Meekatharra that explores the history and heritage of Meekatharra and its people. Similar Meekatharra Creek Peace Gorge The Gascoyne-Murchison 83 No wonder it s called lucky Bay Esperance&TheCoast In stark contrast to the red earth of the Outback the brilliant blue water and snow-white beaches of Esperance and the southern coast provide a spectacular coastal backdrop to a region of magnificent national parks and unspoilt marine playgrounds. In this pristine and almost magical wilderness lies a profusion of plant and animal life as well as a stunning necklace - a string of close to 110 islands in crystal clear water just off the shoreline. Esperance is the main township - a coastal jewel nestled along a stretch of magnificent largely untouched coastline. It forms an ideal base from which to explore the natural wonders of this region in the Golden Outback. Begin by cruising the paradise that is the Recherche Archipelago. Around the islands you ll come face to face with dolphins whales seals and seabirds. Visitors can stay over on the Archipelago s Woody Island where they ll experience safari hut accommodation and be able to enjoy the excellent walking trails. Back on the mainland the region s stunning national parks are not to be missed. Cape Le Grand National Park is perhaps the most popular thanks to breathtaking coastal scenery rugged granite peaks and sweeping heathlands. The Fitzgerald River National Park is similarly impressive especially for its incredible assortment of plant and animal life. The Park is known as one of the most bio-diverse flora regions in the world harbouring 1 900 beautiful and bizarre species of flowering plants. The numbers represent nearly twenty per cent of Western Australia s total plant species. Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun are both gateways to this National Park. The Golden Outback s coastal strip is also a gateway to the Nullarbor Plain. The plain includes one of the country s most important road arteries linking east and west. From Norseman you commence an amazing journey eastward experiencing attractions including caves blowholes the Eyre Bird Observatory and the old Eucla telegraph station ruins. Esperance 721km south-east of Perth Population 14 500 MOBILE COVERAGE With early history traced to a Dutch sailing vessel passing through the archipelago in 1627 actual European discovery is credited to two French ships L Esperance and Recherche that were forced to seek shelter from a storm in 1792. In 1802 explorer Matthew Flinders and his crew sailed through the area while mapping the south coast at which time he named Lucky Bay and Thistle Cove. The discovery of gold in Western Australia contributed to Esperance s incredible growth and transformation around 1895 as fortuneseekers flooded into this little port on their way to the Goldfields. By 1897 there were two newspapers one brewery and four hotels as well as a tent city. The less fortunate slept on seaweed on the beach. Esperance has been voted number 1 Holiday Town in WA with its temperate climate beautiful beaches and surrounding National Parks adding to its unique appeal. Esperance Visitor Centre Museum Park Village Dempster Street Esperance WA 6450 Tel (08) 9083 1555 or 1300 664 455 Email info visitesperance.com www.visitesperance.com Lucky Bay also Australia s whitest beach 84 Esperance & The Coast Index Town Esperance Hopetoun Munglinup Norseman Ravensthorpe Page 84 98 97 100 97 Boorabbin Nat. Pk. Kalgoorlie - Boulder Coolgardie Southern Cross Kambalda Distance of towns To Esperance From Perth From Albany From Kalgoorlie From Norseman From Ravensthorpe From Munglinup To Ravensthorpe From Perth From Norseman From Albany From Kalgoorlie From Esperance From Munglinup From Hopetoun To Norseman From Albany From Balladonia From Caiguna From Esperance From Eucla From Fraser Range Station From Kalgoorlie From Mundrabilla Distance (km) 721 476 394 207 187 105 The Breakaways Fraser Range Station Norseman Balladonia Wave Rock Hyden Frank Hann Nat. Pk. Peak Charles Nat. Pk. Salmon Gums Grass Patch Distance (km) Newdegate 546 394 289 578 187 85 50 Jerramungup Distance (km) 683 191 374 207 698 108 187 636 Lake King Scaddan Ravensthorpe Munglinup Stokes Nat. Pk. Condingup Gibson Soak Store Cape Arid Nat. Pk. Point Malcolm Cape Pasley Seal Creek Fitzgerald River Nat. Pk Hopetoun Sealed Major Road Sealed Minor Road Unsealed Road Tagon Orleans Harbour Bay Lucky Cape Le Grand Bay Cape Le Grand Nat. Pk. he Archipe echerc lago of the R ESPERANCE SOUTHERN Bremer Bay Map supplied by RAC WA. For a more detailed map visit an RAC Branch or order online at www.rac.com.au OCEAN C Copyright RACWA 2008 Climate Month Dec-Feb Mar-May Jun-Aug Sep-Nov Av temp (0C) 25 23 17 21 How to get there By Road Road conditions are excellent with sealed main roads heading in and out of Esperance. Esperance is accessible from many of the drive routes from Perth and the Nullarbor. By Air Esperance is serviced daily by Skywest airlines with flights to and from Perth Skywest also flies regularly to Ravensthorpe from Perth. Tel 1300 660 088. By Coach TransWA operates regular coach services from Perth to Esperance. On Mon Wed & Fri this travels via Ravensthorpe with feeder bus to Hopetoun. Tel 1300 662 205. r t Nationae Phe numerous co l arks astal Take a Visit 4WD Tour to Lucky Bay the brand new Ston Visit ehenge th with itseSEsperance Mus e kylab exh Visit ibit um af Say h ish skin tannery e Tanker lJlo to Sammy the s etty eal at Must see Esperan& do s when you See A ce & The Coast visit beach usutralia s whitest L Explo cky Bay Wildflowers abound in the Fitzgerald River National Park Munglinup Beach located east of Hopetoun Esperance & The Coast 85 Lucky Bay whitest beach in Australia Esperance&Coastal National Parks Few areas of Australia are blessed with the number and variety of national parks located in the coastal region. All six parks offer magnificent scenery and are some of the largest remaining wilderness areas in this part of the country. The coastal parks with towering granite peaks and brilliant blue waters contrast sharply with the sandplains and distinctive vegetation of those further inland and each exhibits a special beauty in its fauna flora and tranquillity. Visitor fees apply to some Western Australian National Parks. These fees do not include your camping cost. See page 103 for information on National Park passes. Cape Le Grand National Park Wild coastal scenery rugged granite peaks and sweeping heathlands characterise one of Western Australia s most spectacular national parks. Wide sandy beaches and bays give way to the inland of heath-covered sandplain interspersed with swamps and freshwater pools. Massive rock outcrops form an impressive chain of peaks the result of erosion and movements in the Earth s crust over the past 600 million years. The sandplains support a variety of plant and animal life. Location and travel time 50 kilometres south-east of Esperance. 45 minute drive. Activities Walking camping boating picnicking sightseeing swimming fishing. Walk Trails The Coastal Trail is 15 kilometres one way around 6 - 8 hours walking. This walk may be broken into 4 shorter sections Le Grand Beach - Hellfire Bay. Allow 2 - 3 hours hard going. Hellfire Bay - Thistle Cove. Allow 2 hours hard going. Thistle Cove - Lucky Bay. Allow 40 minutes easy. Lucky Bay - Rossiter Bay. Allow 2 - 3 hours medium. Frenchman s Peak - 3 kilometres return. Allow 2 hours hard walk. Le Grand Heritage Trail - 1 kilometre circuit. Allow 40 minutes easy. Facilities BBQs toilets campsite picnic areas shade shelters water. Two camping grounds. Frank Hann National Park This park protects 60 000 hectares of sandplain habitat and heath flora. The area is home to numerous wildflower species. Location and travel time 40 kilometres east of Lake King. 2.5 hour drive from Esperance. Activities Walks. Wildflowers can be viewed in spring. Facilities No facilities or supplies. Visitors must be self-sufficient. Walk the Cape Le Grand Trail 86 Esperance & The Coast Fitzgerald River National Park One of the last great wilderness areas of the South it contains nearly 20 per cent of Western Australia s plant species. Lying between Hopetoun and Bremer Bay surrounding the inlets of the Fitzgerald Gairdner Phillips and Hamersley Rivers the park has some 209 species of birds and over 1 900 species of flowering plants. Migrating and breeding whales can be seen from vantage points within the park from June to October. The amazing variety of vegetation also provides a haven for native animals. Location and travel time 255 kilometres west of Esperance. 3 hour drive. Please check road conditions first. Activities Sightseeing walking camping canoeing fishing. In winter southern right whales may be spotted from the cliffs at Point Ann. Walk Trails East Mount Barren 3 hours medium to hard. No Tree Hill 3 kilometres easy. Twertup Horrie and Dorri 1-2 hours. Point Ann Heritage Trail 1 hour. West Mount Barren 1-2 hours moderate easy. West Beach Point 1 hour. Facilities BBQs picnic areas toilets campsites. NO drinking water available. Cape Arid National Park This large and particularly scenic park is home to more than 160 bird species and is involved in their conservation. The park s walking trails are an excellent place to look for birds. The park overlaps the boundary of the Eremaean botanical province and includes beaches and the Thomas River and estuary. Location and travel time Approximately 120 kilometres east of Esperance. 1.5 hour drive. Activities Bushwalking camping birdwatching whale spotting picnicking fishing. Walk Trails Len Otte Nature Trail 1 kilometre return around 1 hour. Features views over the park and a close look at the varied plant and animal life. Tagon Coastal Walk 7 kilometres return allow 4 hours. Views over the coastline southern right whales in season. Boolenup Walk 4 kilometres return 2 hours. Easy walk to brackish Lake Boolenup. Mt Ragged Walk 3 kilometres return 3 hours. A stiff walk to the top of Tower Peak. Facilities Campgrounds bush toilets gas BBQs. NO drinking water available. Camp fees apply. Peak Charles National Park This ancient granite peak and its companion Peak Eleanora provide sweeping views over dry and distant sandplain heath and salt lake systems. Location and travel time 100 kilometres inland from Esperance. 1.5 hour drive. Activities Follow the walking trail. Climb Peak Charles. Facilities Apart from toilets at the designated camping areas no facilities are provided in this remote area so visitors should be prepared and carry water. Stokes National Park Beautiful coastal and inlet scenery characterise this picturesque and interesting estuarine national park. Stokes Inlet lies in a relatively deep valley with high dunes on either side. The plant and animal life of Stokes Inlet is typical of an estuarine environment. Location and travel time Approximately 80 kilometres west of Esperance. 1 hour drive. Activities Birdwatching camping fishing canoeing walking. Walk Trails Heritage Trail 4.3 kilometres return easy. Facilities Two camping areas near the inlet with toilets and gas BBQs. NO water or power. Kangaroos love the beach at Lucky Bay Esperance & The Coast 87 Out and about in Esperance Exploring Esperance and its surrounds provides a fascinating mix of local history and heritage contemporary technical innovation and breathtaking natural beauty. Cannery Arts Centre - In this premier exhibition space in central town area you ll see touring exhibitions studios and art and craft shops featuring local works for sale. Tanker Jetty - This is a great place to get out and have a walk do a spot of fishing see the seals snorkel or dive the artificial reef at the end of the jetty. Municipal Museum - As one of Western Australia s outstanding regional museums this one exhibits the world s largest and most comprehensive displays of Skylab (the first American space station) and the Sanko Harvest (the largest diveable wreck off the Australian coast). Museum Park Village - Enjoy a fascinating trip through history with this collection of historical buildings that house art craft and design shops an Aboriginal art gallery and restaurant. A heritage walk booklet is available at the Esperance Visitor Centre. Don t miss the markets regularly held in the village. Adventureland Park - A great spot to bring your kids to enjoy the various playgrounds the mini golf the skate park feed the ducks or just have a ride on the mini steam train. Located adjacent to Taylor Street Jetty Caf . Mermaid Leather - See the process that transforms fish skins into unique leather products. Factory tours and showroom items for sale. Open Tue to Sun 2 00pm-5 00pm. The Section Glass Gallery - Located a 5 minute drive from Esperance view the extensive function and decorative glass artworks by awarded local artisan Cindy Poole. Enjoy the varied applications of art glass and see how sheets of glass are transformed through the diverse techniques of both warm and cold worked glass. Open most days ring to check daily hours (08) 9071 4059. Dempster Homestead - Built in 1867 this was the home of Esperance s most famous pioneer family. It is privately owned but can be viewed from the road at 155 Dempster Street. Tommy Windich s Grave - Visit the final resting place of the faithful friend and companion of early explorer John Forrest. The grave is located in the Port Authority Park on the Esplanade. The Great Ocean Drive - This 40 kilometre drive is an excellent start for visitors highlighting the Rotary Lookout Twilight Beach and boardwalks. Make a stop for photographs at the amazing Pink Lake along the way and the drive is not complete without a visit to the Nine Mile Beach Wind Farm. The Great Country Drive - This 92 kilometre drive takes in tourist attractions produce providers countryside and natural hotspots. Such settings offer a more subtle beauty than the dramatic coastal scenery for which Esperance is renowned. A great alternative for weekends. Nine Mile Beach Wind Farm - 15 kilometres west of Esperance this is one of Australia s most advanced wind gas power systems. Opened in 2003 it sits alongside the Ten Mile Lagoon Wind Farm and together these two wind farms generate more than 25 per cent of the local community s electricity. View the nine wind turbines each mounted on a 46 metre tower and carrying three 22 metre blades. Helms Arboretum - Acres of a diverse range of botanical species. Wildflowers prolific in season picnic areas and walking trails. Recherche Archipelago - This natural treasure is a haven for a variety of wildlife as well as a playground for holidaymakers. The 110 islands offer perfect spots for fishing diving snorkelling and sailing. Fishing charters and island cruises are available. Bandy Creek Boat Harbour - The hub of the region s commercial fishing industry and a great place to drop a line in the water. Monjingup Lake Reserve - Get a sense of Esperance s natural heritage with a visit to the beautiful bushland and lakes at this reserve. Visitors will find walking trails barbecue and picnic areas birdwatching and wildflowers in season. Kepwari Wetland Walk Trail - Located a 5 minute drive from Esperance this one-way interpretive trail is 3.6 kilometres in length and offers interpretive panels and information displays to educate visitors about the importance of the wetlands. Dalyup River Wines - Most isolated winery in WA. Range of red and white wines available for tasting. Open 10 00am-4 00pm weekends and public holidays closed during winter months. Patroni Olive Farm - See a real olive farm On Fisheries Road (ask the Visitor Centre for a map of the Great Country Drive). Recommended to call on (08) 9076 1101 to confirm opening times. Mount Ridley - 75 kilometres north of Esperance (4WD access). If you don t want to drive all the way to Hyden visit Mount Ridley to see another beautiful wave rock or climb to the top and enjoy amazing views Gibson Soak Pub - Just 20 kilometres north of Esperance it s the place to go for a good feed. No one leaves the Soak hungry Yabby Farm - Discover the yabby a uniquely Australian freshwater crustacean on a tour of this family operated farm (free with any purchase). Contact Steve or Jackie on (08) 9071 3675 to arrange a visit. Port Tours - Saturday at 1 30pm this bus tour run by APEX leaves from port viewing area at 1 30pm cost 4 adult 2 child. Esperance Mechanical Restoration Group Come and see restored and being restored stationary engines tractors motor bikes vehicles etc. Open day at the shed on Mclean Road off Monjingup Road every 4th Sunday of the month from 10 00am to 4 00pm (entry by donation). Acacia Gardens & Games - Just a short detour off the Great Ocean Drive on Keenans Road Acacia offers 2 acres of gardens and games (giant chess puzzle boards shady picnic spots). Ring to check opening hours (08) 9071 3002. Esperance Art Trail - This trail has been designed to showcase the work of the many artists residing in Esperance and provide an opportunity for a guided tour around their private and public galleries. Brochure available from the Esperance Visitor Centre. Esperance Bird & Animal Park - Ten mins from town on the way to the airport. A great animal exhibit with cafe. Open Thu-Mon 10 00am-4 00pm. Daily over school hols. Stephanie s Studio - Working studio gallery set in peaceful gardens on outskirts of town. Stephanie works in oils pastel watercolour and digital imaging. She creates vibrant silks wall-hanging and murals. Open Wed - Sun 10 00am-4 00pm (closed part of winter Tel (08) 9071 5562). Esperance Stonehenge - Come see Esperance s latest attraction a full scale replica of UK s Stonehenge set on a hill with vistas of the bay and farmland. East and West of Esperance Duke of Orleans Bay and Condingup 80km east of Esperance This area is located between Cape Le Grand and Cape Arid National Parks and is often described as having the best beaches in the world. The contrast of the snowy white beach sands washed by turquoise blue waters and framed with a backdrop of rugged granite peaks is truly unforgettable. Wharton Beach in particular is a sight to behold. A fishing charter operator and caravan park is located in the sheltered Duke of Orleans Bay and close by the Condingup Tavern offers a cold beer counter meals and fuel. Munglinup Beach and Oldfield Estuary 120km west of Esperance Munglinup Beach Road has picturesque views of the winding inlet which is both scenic and also offers small boat access for fishing. The Oldfield Estuary is a perfect place for canoeing or you can take a stroll along the walking trail. The Munglinup Beach Holiday Park is three kilometres from Munglinup Beach. 88 Esperance & The Coast Touring Esperance and the coast For those who love a leisurely drive with plenty of interesting stops along the way and superb views in all directions Esperance and its coastline is the perfect region to explore. Follow the coast where the unspoilt white beaches are great picnic and photographic stops. Travel through the region s National Parks that hug the coastline offering beautiful vantage points (many accessible to 2WD vehicles) shady picnic spots and a chance to see unique wildlife. Take a drive along the spectacular Great Ocean Drive Esperance & The Coast 89 Dine out take a cruise or a 4WD tour Esperance has dining options to suit all tastes and budgets. With delicious bakeries takeaways tearooms cafes and fine dining restaurants visitors have a wide choice. Esperance is famous for its tours one of the most popular is a wildlife cruise a half day showing unique and unspoilt marine life in the Archipelago and visiting Woody Island. Come and experience a multi award winning 4WD tour with Kepa Kurl learn about Aboriginal culture and bush foods of the area. If you like more adventure take an Eco Disvovery 4WD tour which can include sandboarding. Also make time to visit Museum Park Period Village and the Esperance Museum with its Skylab exhibit. A definite must visit is Mermaid Leather you ll be fascinated how they turn fish skin into leather. For something totally new make sure you call in to the new Stonehenge. Dining with a view Taylor Street Jetty Restaurant Cruise to Woody Island 50% OFF 50% OFF ANY BREAD or BREAD ROLLS. Valid only at Brumby s Esperance Store Shop 6 The Boulevard Esperance. Up to 5.00 deduction on any bread or bread rolls. Not valid with any other offer. Fixed price a la carte menu Extensive local produce (seafood beef pork and kangaroo) Tues. - Sat. (cooler months) 7 days week (warmer months) Check us out at www.loosegooseesperance.com.au Present this advertisement to obtain your 50% discount 9a Andrew St Esperance. Tel 9071 2320 Little Creatures on tap come check out our back deck beer garden Something exciting & New the Jetty Cafe Opening Hours for Summer 7 Days Breaky 7am-11am Lunch 11.30am 4pm Dinner 5pm 9pm Sunday Beach Buffet 7-11am Sorry we don t take bookings for Sunday Breaky so get down early for your seat by the sea Please come down and visit the only Cafe Restaurant on the beach front... boardies beach towels and bathers most welcome Phone (08) 9071 4317 Email info tearooms.com.au 90 Esperance & The Coast Family fun at Esperance s new Stonehenge attraction Esperance Stonehenge Visit our Studio to view our complete range of finished products. Gain insight into the unique world of fish shark & stingray leather. Open 2 - 5pm Tuesday - Sunday 6 Woods St Esperance WA 6450 Tel Fax (08) 9071 5248 Email mermaid comswest.net.au Web www.mermaidleather.com.au A MUST SEE full scale replica of UK s Stonehenge aligned to the summer solstice & located on a hill over looking the Bay & farmland a photographers dream Coffee cool drinks & toilet facilities. Open Thu - Mon Public & School Hols closed Aug Xmas Boxing & New Years Day Times 8 30 5 Oct-Mar 9.30 4 Apr-Sep (or by appoint) Cost Adult 10 Senior 8 Child 5 (6-16yrs) Family Pass 2A 2C 25 2A 3C 30 Located 15kms east of Esperance on Merivale Rd towards Cape Le Grand. Tel 9075 9003 Web www.esperancestonehenge.com.au Email info esperancestonehenge.com.au NEW ONLINE SHOPPING Learn how to find fresh water on a Kepa Kurl tour Esperance & The Coast 91 Be driven along Australia s best beaches in total comfort by the most recommended tour company in Esperance. As voted by Tourism Australia 2006 To u rs om fr s t a rt w as as lo 40 Tours include 2hr Great Ocean Drive Tour Half Day Cape LeGrand Tour Full Day Duke of Orleans Tour Tag-a-long Tours Departs Daily Bookings 7 days 0407 737 261 Email info esperancetours.com.au Web www.esperancetours.com.au 92 Esperance & The Coast Fantastic accommodation options in Esperance Esperance has a fantastic range of holiday accommodation everything from beachside hotels and motels right in the heart of town through to holiday units apartments eco island accommodation and B&Bs some with the most stunning ocean views in Australia. The Esperance and the coastal region is also a campers and caravanners paradise. You can stay in caravan parks in and around Esperance or perhaps camp out in one of the many national parks all within an hour s drive of the town centre. Boasting Australia s whitest beaches camping in these coastal national parks is a holiday experience found no where else as kangaroos will come up to you on the beach in Lucky Bay. Esperance truly has accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets and the motels in Esperance are very comfortable or all located on or near the beachfront within easy walk of town or that sunset stroll. Staying in Esperance couldn t easier just select your accommodation and you are guaranteed of having a great holiday experience. Comfort Inn Bay of Isles 62 modern motel units & 4 self contained apartments. Premier motel and function centre located on the beachfront and a short stroll to town. Eljays Public Bar & Restaurant solar heated pool and spa. Free in-house movies Fox Sports hi-speed internet & air-con. Luxury 2 & 3 bedroom apartments all with ocean views. Tel (08) 9071 9000 Fax (08) 9071 3800 Email admin comfortinnbayofisles.com.au Web www.comfortinnbayofisles.com.au Best Western Hospitality Inn Esperance Well appointed affordable a c rooms in the town centre overlooking Esperance Bay Renowned a-la-carte Seasons restaurant room service and swimming pool. FREE wireless internet FREE in-house movies Foxtel and tea coffee facilities. Enquire about our special rates and treat yourself to our special brand of hospitality 44 The Esplanade Esperance. Tel (08) 9071 1999 Fax (08) 9071 3915 Email esperance hospitalityinns.com.au Web www.hospitalityinnesperance.com.au Stay in an Esperance B&B Esperance Tranquil Retreat B&B Esperance has a range of luxury B&B accommodation that is second to none. Beautiful houses in the some of the most stunning locations with ocean views. Staying in a B&B is more than just accommodation it is an entire experience. The Esperance B&B operators are without doubt some of the best in Western Australia and they look forward to welcoming every guest into their home. Esperance B&B By The Sea Bay of Islands B&B Tranquil retreat B&B offers indulgent accommodation in a luxury home surrounded by a beautiful garden setting set amidst 16 acres of bushland with lots of birdlife just 5 minutes from the town centre. Three queen size bedrooms with ensuites reverse air con tea & coffee with free cakes and chocs. Relax in one of two lounge areas with TV DVD. Upstairs lounge area has 360o views port and chocs available. Outdoor wrap around deck bird watching and BBQ available. Continental or cooked breakfast included in tariff. Cost from 150p.n. double inc. cont. or full b fast 115p.n. single inc. cont. or full b fast Tel (08) 9071 5392 Mobile 0412 053 732 or 0427 448 608 Email tranquilretreat westnet.com.au Web www.tranquilretreat.com.au Address Lot 111 Tranquil Drive Esperance. Wake up to the uninterrupted panoramic island views from every room. Enjoy a continental & cooked breakfast on the sundeck (a prime location to spot dolphins seals or even a whale.) This Award Winning B&B has 2 spacious queen bedrooms & 1 twin room all with private bathrooms. Guest lounge with TV DVD books & magazines tea & coffee making facilities guest refrigerator microwave & BBQ. Come and relax in this idylic peaceful location overlooking the pristine waters of Blue Haven Bay. Cost from Tel Email Web Address 160 p.n. double inc. full b fast (08) 9071 5640 esperancebb bigpond.com www.esperancebb.com 72 Stewart St West Beach Esperance. Directly opposite West Beach wake up to the sound of ocean waves enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Recherche Archipelago from your personal retreat or verandah. From your room spot dolphins surfing or whales. Enjoy friendly and quality service as you relax and nurture yourself in heaven by the sea. Absolute beachfront - all rooms ocean views 2 spacious dbl rooms 1 twin room in stylish home Wholesome home cooked breakfast inc. Aircon fridge TV DVD tea & coffee facilities BBQ in garden Swimming surfing wildflower walks. Cost from Tel Email Web Address 160 p.n. double inc. full b fast (08) 9072 1995 helen bayofislandsbb.com www.bayofislandsbb.com 73 Twilight Beach Rd West Beach Esperance. Esperance & The Coast 93 Why not stay in an apartment house or caravan park The great thing when you travel to Esperance is that there is a range of accommodation to suit every type of holidaymaker. For the long stay visitors needing accommodation Esperance has a fantastic range of holiday apartments giving more space and the ability to cook for yourself. These apartments range from luxury beachside units right in town through to budget apartments still close to the beach. You can even rent a holiday home in Esperance. For the caravanners and those with motorhomes there is a wide range of conveniently located holiday park accommodation again making it easy for travellers on all budgets to enjoy this breathtaking holiday destination. Choose from coastal or in-town holiday parks that offer self-catering chalets units and cabins. You ll also find grassed and shady caravan and tent sites available in all parks. Esperance Chalet Village Driftwood Apartments For an ideal family holiday at affordable prices Fully self contained A chalets & 2 bedroom cottages Mini golf half court tennis gas BBQs and pergolas 5 kms from CBD. Water frontage to Bandy Creek. Quiet and tranquil with no passing road traffic Long stay discounts Frank Freeman Drive (PO Box 108) Esperance 6450 Tel (08) 9071 1861 Email espchaletvill westnet.com.au Web esperancechaletvillage.com.au Four ground floor self-contained 2 bedroom apartments private covered decks & BBQ s. Three two storey luxury self-contained 2 bedroom apartments with spas & BBQ balconies. Reverse cycle air-con full cooking & laundry facilities. A short stroll to CBD restaurants parks & island cruises. 69 The Esplanade Esperance WA 6450 Tel 0428 716 677 Email info driftwoodapartments.com.au Web www.driftwoodapartments.com.au Esperance Beachfront Resort Esperance All Seasons AAAT Fully s contained units situated on beachfront overlooking Esperance Bay BBQ playground & restaurant on site reverse cycle air con central to town courtesy to from bus. AAAT Luxury 1 2 & 3 bedroom villas. 19 The Esplanade Esperance WA 6450 Tel (08) 9071 2513 Fax (08) 9071 5442 Email info esperancebeachfrontresort.com.au Web www.esperancebeachfrontresort.com.au Across the road from beachfront parks playground island cruises & fishing tours. Short stroll to town centre & restaurants. Ground floor with front door parking. Clean & tastefully appointed fully self contained apartments A C well equipt kitchenette private laundry DVD patio & BBQ. 73 The Esplanade Esperance Tel (08) 9071 2257 Email contact esperanceallseasons.com.au Web www.esperanceallseasons.com.au Bushlands Holiday Village Experience the privacy offered by our natural bush setting. 6kms from town centre. Other features include powered sites tent sites camper s kitchen ensuites. Lot 225 Collier Rd Esperance Tel Fax (08) 9071 1346 Beachfront Cottage Esperance Ocean views and the beach at your doorstep. 3 bedrooms 2 bathrooms. Sleeps 2 - 6 people. From 120 per night. Tel Fax John and Anne Petersen (08) 9071 2206 Email beach allestree-estate.com.au Web http beach.allestree-estate.com.au JJ s Holiday Cottages Orleans Bay Caravan Park On the beach. 6 chalets & 6 Park Homes. Plenty of powered & unpowered sites. Lot 1 & 5 Wharton Road. Via Condingup WA 6450. PO Box 277 Esperance WA 6450. Tel (08) 9075 0033 Fax (08) 9076 6006 Email orleansbay bigpond.com The Jetty Resort Winner 2011 Esperance Business Award for Tourism & 2011 WA Regional Business Award. Luxury waterfront units opp jetty. Two storey apartments with spa spa suites pool view suites motel units std s c units. Heated pool playground BBQ. 1 The Esplanade Esperance. Tel (08) 9071 3333 Fax (08) 9071 5540 Email reservations thejettyresort.com.au Relax in your own private patio and enjoy the sound of the rolling waves or take a leisurely stroll on the beach nearby. Close to shopping and children s playground. TV DVD reverse-cycle air-conditioning and ALL LINEN SUPPLIED. Pet friendly. Tel 0402 459 915 Web www.jjsholidaycottages.com.au ISLAND VIEW APARTMENTS Perfectly private and ideally located between the jetty and town centre these stunning multi-award winning apartments are yours to enjoy for either business or pleasure. Luxuriously spacious with magnificent ocean views these fully self-contained one and two storey apartments suit couples families or friends holidaying together. Equipped with every comfort including CD stereo system LCD TV DVD phone wireless internet access fully equipped kitchen private laundry and BBQ on your own spacious balcony or courtyard. Spa apartments and facilities for disabled are also available. Facing north-east Island View Apartments are perfect in any season attracting the winter sun and cool sea breezes in summer. Directly opposite a good swimming beach on site bike & kayak hire available. Complimentary use of board games and DVDs. Breakfast & arrival snack options available. Please see website for details. 14-15 The Esplanade (PO Box 716) Esperance WA 6450 Tel (08) 9072 0044 Fax (08) 9071 5313 Email admin esperanceapartments.com.au Web www.esperanceapartments.com.au Tanker Jetty the ideal spot for some family fishing 94 Esperance & The Coast Esperance Yacht Club ESPERANCE BAY HOLIDAY PARK The closest park to town Phone Fax 9071 2237 k C pk & Meet Sammy the seal at Tanker Jetty 329 999 0081 LLACEERF 162 Dempster Street Esperance info esperancebayholidaypark.com.au www.esperancebayholiday.com.au RATING Esperance & The Coast 95 Fitzgerald Coast The Fitzgerald Coast is situated between Albany and Esperance. Come and enjoy a temperate Mediterranean climate with beautiful sunny winter days and cool summer nights. Explore ancient mountain ranges rocky hills rugged river valleys vast sand plains estuaries and large inlets. The region encompasses the Ravensthorpe Shire and is approximately two-thirds natural bushland. This includes the Fitzgerald River and Frank Hann National Parks Ravensthorpe Range reserves and vacant crown land. The many different landforms provide a variation of rocks and soil nutrients to promote a wide variety of plants. Internationally recognised as a UNESCO listed Biosphere the region is reputed to have more plants for its size than any other similar area in the world. Wildflowers are in evidence all year round and spring is best. After exploring the natural surrounds visitors can enjoy the relaxed pace of Ravensthorpe Munglinup and Hopetoun. E RD LAKE RD CUSACK RD RD Hopetoun Munglinup & Ravensthorpe Things to see and do 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 It is a good road trip from Perth or if you want convenience Skywest fly three times a week from Perth. Hire cars are available in Ravensthorpe and should be pre-booked to avoid disappointment. A recommended route is a Fitzgerald Coast loop. Start in Ravensthorpe travel down to Hopetoun and then to Munglinup via the sealed Jerdacuttup Road. Travelling from Hopetoun to Esperance is 188km via Jerdacuttup Road a good day trip option. Events Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show 8-22 September 2012 Hopetoun Summer Festival Every January Hopetoun Fishing Competition Every Easter Regular arts events www.raveaboutarts.org.au Ravy Rat Run Mortorbike Enduro October weekend MA LL EE R 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Take a tinny out on the estuary at Bremer Bay Watch the whales at Point Ann Spot the rare Wallabies at dawn or dusk Visit historic Quaalup Homestead See the soldier settlement of Jerramungup Discover fossils millions of years old Have a kiss at the Meridian Time Line Visit historic Ravensthorpe town Visit Ravensthorpe Ranges in wildflower season Take a kayak out on Hamersley Inlet Swim snorkel or surf at Bremer Bay Hopetoun Munglinup Fish off Hopetoun Jetty and enjoy an ice cream in town Feel the exhilaration of climbing East Mt Barren Spectacular coastal scenery Stroll on pristine beaches See Royal Hakea in the Fitzgerald River National Park The beginning of the Rabbit Proof Fence Bathe in the sparkling waters of Munglinup Beach Lagoon RIVER RD NO NG JENKINS RD RO AD 40 WO O RD CA AD RO RD FLOATER EE WE CR RD ST AERODROME RD Mt Benson tho rpe CAR L IN GU THOMAS NG POINT HATFIELD 7 RIV RD OL RD Pro RD LO 8 RD Lookout Mt Desmond of RD CK RTH ER NO FIT D MO IR DUNNART RD E R D JERAMUNGUP RD NTH RD BOWRA RD RD BOWRA RD TAIDIA JA CU P NO RD HWY ONG ERU RD A IDD RD LEE ROAD YATES RD NTH EXC RON RD NORTH JERAMUNGUP NYERILUP MOIR RD BROWN RD NTH CA RD DIA GO N ME BO RD KE LU RD P SOU TH 67 DR Eyr e R ange er JOHN JONES RD TAMARINE r E Riv AIRPORT BUEGGE RD FUSS NC BR ird THROUGH RD TR AC K OO R K .P. 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STANDARD TIME AL D MA r INL ET Mid Mt Barren TRACK Red Island RIN MERIDIAN STO CK CARLAWILLUP RD STH CARLAWILLUP RD TUP TWER K TRAC Hamersley Edwards Pt Quoin Head Inlet 14 Hopetoun i 11 12 ile Two M h Beac Beacon Hill Lookout LAKES RD Jerramungup RD RD River Sepulcralis Hill Lookout 13 FORREST RD STE RD ERED A 20 ROAD SPRINGDALE SPRINGDALE r ST Fit ED H 17 Powell Point Lake Shaster R QU S IS Y A RO D N VATIO STAR OUR HARB zge RD rald SOUTHERN OCEAN Five Mile Beach EAST Twelve Mile Bea B RD OAT Starvation Boat Harbour Munglinup Beach RD ch 11 15 18 15 Mason Bay RD Point Charles 1 W CO Br em AL er EL LU Mt Maxwell Lookout 16 UP AN 2 N RD N LEGEND Highway Major Road Sealed Road Unsealed Road Track Four Wheel Drive Railway Heritage Walk Trail 0 10 20 30 MARINGARUP STH RD Ga ird ne RD COAST RD DEVILS DEVILS CREEK RD ME EC HI RD EL PAB GA IR WHALE WATCHING PLATFORM West Mt Barren Point Ann SOU TH SOUTH GAIRDNER GORDONIN Boxwood Hill Roadhouse RBAR K RD MILLERS LE T P r 51 RD ER DN MURRAY 29 SWAMP QUAALUP RD HOMESTEAD 4 Gordon Inlet Ri r ve DILLON BAY RD Albany PAPE nu POINT RD Pa lli BORDEN - BREMER BAY CREEK R iv er RD SOUTH DOUB TFU Doubtful Island Bay L ISL AN D RD SOUTHERN OCEAN SW AM P RD 61 AM RD UR R U RD Whalebone Point Doubtful Islands Scale in Kilometres RD ROAD P Bremer Bay p R Warramurrup Hill WA RR i Bremer Bay to Albany 183km Tooreburrup Hill Lookout Bay Mt Remarkable Dillon Bremer Boat Harbour Bay For more detailed information on this area see RAC Bremer Bay - Hopetoun Map To order online visit rac.com.au travel travel shop 1 11 15 Produced for the Ravensthorpe Visitor Centre by Cartography Section RACWA C Copyright RACWA 2010 96 Esperance & The Coast Ravensthorpe MOBILE COVERAGE The scenic drives in Ravensthorpe will be a highlight of your trip and should start with a visit to the Museum. Ravensthorpe is encircled by the Ravensthorpe Range and sits amid stately Salmon Gums. The rugged range stretches for 50kms from Mt Short 453m above sea level north of town east to Bandalup Hill and then southerly direction to Kundip. With geological complexity an abundance of plants wildflowers and fauna it is one of 34 recognised global biodiversity hot spots the only one in Australia. First stop should be the Visitor Centre that is run by passionate volunteers. Collect information on the scenic self-drives and walks that are all well documented with maps and distances. The Ravensthorpe Museum is located within the Visitor Centre and has excellent displays on the early pioneers. Once known as the Phillips River Goldfields Ravensthorpe has a rich history. Elverdton Road wildflowers line the south side of the road and 15 km south of Ravensthorpe the Ethel Daw lookout is breathtaking. Mt Short Scenic Drive 40kms return allow 2hrs. Highest point in Ravensthorpe Range 453m picnicking wildflowers scenery old gold mine climb Mt Short. Mt Madden Scenic Drive 160kms return allow 5-6hrs. Pallarup Rocks picnic spot large granite rock covering 20ha to explore panoramic views and wildflowers. Hamersley Drive Full Day drive into the picturesque Fitzgerald River National Park wildflowers in season all year see the endemic Royal Hakea and Sepulcralis Weeping Gums with ancient mountain range views. A truly breathtaking drive refer to the Fitzgerald River National park section for access information. Railway Heritage Walk Trail. A four-section walk track through natural bush. The original railway track was built to connect Ravensthorpe mines to the Hopetoun Port and operated from 1909 to 1935. Camel Museum open by appointment phone (08) 9838 1092. Ravensthorpe Range 4WD fascinating 28km drive across Ravensthorpe Range see new mining activity wildflowers mallee fowl and kangaroos. Wave Rock (Hyden) day trip from Ravensthorpe to granite rock wave formation and take in all the wildflowers along the way. 193km one way. Munglinup NO COVERAGE Munglinup Beach and the Oldfield Estuary area are secluded hideaways. The Oldfield Estuary area offers visitors plenty of activities including canoeing small boating kayaking nature bush walks wildflower viewing and fishing. Munglinup Beach forms a lagoon that is protected by a reef and here you can swim or snorkel enjoy the underwater world or just relax on the beach. If you are looking for a secluded beach you needn t go any further you ll find it here or just around the corner. Lake Shaster and the Oldfield Estuary are renowned havens for rare and unusual birds. Munglinup Beach Park WA Highlights to see and do Ceramic Pioneer mural at Jubilee Park on the main street with playground and BBQ. Archer Drive Lookout 20kms return. Wildflowers picturesque sweeping farmland views from the Ravensthorpe Range. Fully self contained accommodation Park cabins shared facilities Powered sites Campers kitchen Tel (08) 9075 1155 Email enquiries munglinupbeach.com.au Web www.munglinupbeach.com.au Ravensthorpe Motel Comfortable units single double and family rooms. Well presented surrounded by flowering eucalypts trees and neat gardens. Jamieson St Ravensthorpe WA 6346 Tel (08) 9838 1053 Fax (08) 9838 1366 Ravensthorpe Caravan Park Ravensthorpe Palace Motel Hotel FE Daw & Sons - Ravensthorpe OPEN 7 DAYS 77-80 Morgans St. PO Box 65 Ravensthorpe 6346 Tel (08) 9838 1008 Fax (08) 9838 1218 Email fedaw wn.com.au Pat and Jane welcome you to The Bush Haven . Powered sites ensuite cabins and onsite vans. Grassy campsites campers kitchen clean facilities. Great base for discovering Wildflower Country Fitzgerald River N.P. and Wave Rock. Friendly pets welcome. Present this advert between 1 & 5pm for 15% discount for cash. South Coast Hwy Ravensthorpe WA 6346 Tel (08) 9838 1050 Fax (08) 9838 1465 Email rcp westnet.com.au Web ravensthorpecaravanpark.com.au Located on the South Coast Highway. 30 motel units with ensuite and air conditioning. Meals served 7 days a week. Takeaways available. Bottle shop Good Food Laundry Facilities 68 Morgans St Ravensthorpe WA 6346 Tel (08) 9838 1005 Fax (08) 9838 1200 Email ravypalacehotel hotmail.com Esperance & The Coast 97 Sunset fishing on Hopetoun Jetty Hopetoun Highlights to see and do MOBILE COVERAGE Take a Fitzgerald FF Safari into the National Park prior arrangements necessary. Join the locals for a Groynie . Sit on the Groyne with a glass of wine and enjoy the sun setting over the ocean and East Mt Barren. Make the most of a clear night with a walk on West Beach and admire the Southern Cross shining brilliantly over the Southern Ocean. Take a day trip to Esperance via the sealed Jerdacuttup Road. 188km one way. Southern Ocean Road a well kept West Australian secret. East of Hopetoun travel 93km along beautiful coastal scenery and stop at one of the many secluded beaches. From June to October keep a look out for whales. Hopetoun is surrounded by unspoilt wilderness abundant pristine white beaches and is the perfect setting for a relaxed all year round holiday. The small township of Hopetoun is nestled on the tranquil shores of Mary Anne Haven and was once a thriving port for the Phillips River Goldfields. Many visitors come in September to April and the locals recommend March to May for the best weather. Like many coastal towns seasonality can adjust some opening hours. All year round in Hopetoun you will enjoy friendly people and the opportunity to relax and take it slow. Hopetoun offers a spectacular and scenic coastline interspersed with rocky headlands inlets and mountain ranges. Two hundred kilometres of the most magnificent and accessible white sandy beaches in Australia are great for boating windsurfing swimming snorkeling fishing and whale watching. Inland there is excellent bush walking and wildflowers. Hopetoun is the eastern gateway to the world-renowned Fitzgerald River National Park. The Hamersley Drive offers stunning coastal and inland scenery. Refer to the Fitzgerald River National Park section for access information. Spend a lazy afternoon swimming snorkelling playing cricket or fishing at the 2 Mile Beach. Springdale Courtyard Caf just out of town is always delicious and interesting. See advert for opening hours or call Mary. Experience Hamersley Drive & Sepulcralis Hill Lookout you will be amazed by the abundant wildflowers all year round and the endemic Royal Hakea and Qualup Bell. Refer to the Fitzgerald River National Park section alongside for access information. Visit the Southern Ocean Discovery Centre at The Deck and maybe try a well-deserved ice cream. Seasonal opening hours. An Experience to Treasure Enjoy the Deck Ice Cream Coffee Internet Maps Books Gallery Gifts Tours Book your national park tours here Email thedeckhopetoun bigpond.com www.gotothedeck.com.au Tel (08) 9838 3303 Flora Fauna Freedom Friendly Fantastic Fun Favourite For me SPECIAL OFFER Buy one ice cream or coffee and get one free Wireless internet FREE with any purchase. Conditions apply More Fitzgerald Coast information Ravensthorpe Visitor Centre Visit Morgans Street Ravensthorpe Phone Fax 08 9838 1277 Email rhaps westnet.com.au www.fitzgeraldcoast.com.au www.facebook.com FitzgeraldCoast www.ravensthorpe.wa.gov.au www.railtrails.org.au www.wildflowersravensthorpe.org.au www.dec.wa.gov.au www.ravyenduro.com.au Hopetoun s beach side cafe with glorious ocean views. Breakfast Lunch Dinner Dine In Take-Aways Fish & Chips Catering Functions Souvenirs 19 Veal St Hopetoun WA 6348 9838 3222 - 0447 600 602 98 Esperance & The Coast Fitzgerald River National Park Covering an area of approximately 330 000 hectares it is one the largest and most botanically significant National Parks in Australia. It boasts a magnificent coastline of rocky headlands white sandy beaches inlets and striking mountain ranges. Situated between Hopetoun and Bremer Bay it surrounds the Fitzgerald Gordon Hamersley and Culham inlets. Part of the Fitzgerald Biosphere it is recognised for its rich and unique biodiversity as the most important Mediterranean ecosystem reserve in the world. Hamersley Drive in spring offers a magnificent show of wildflowers and the variety of textures and colours will amaze you. Flowers are evidenced all year round and spring is best. Endemic flora species include the spectacular Royal Hakea Qualup Bell Barens regalia and Sepulcralis Weeping gum. Migrating and breeding whales can be seen from vantage points within the park from June till October. Point Ann has a whale viewing platform. Access to all park roads should be checked before entering the park. Generally many coastal park roads are accessible by 2WD and the park interior is rugged with mountainous terrain requires 4WD or walking. Walking visitors should ensure footwear is clean to prevent dieback preferably sprayed with 70% mentholated spirits. Please note The Park is currently undergoing an Improvement Project that will enhance tourist access and facilities in the park. Funded by the State and Federal Government the project incorporates major road works and a section of Hamersley Drive will often be closed between the Hopetoun park entrance and the Hamersley Inlet. Access is available via John Forest Road Moir track 4WD or Hamersley Drive 2WD via South Coast Highway 43km west Ravensthorpe. Moir Track and Hamersley Drive will often be closed after rain. For Information contact the Ranger phone (08) 9838 3060 or the Visitor Centre phone (08) 9838 1277 www.dec.wa.gov.au It s an ideal time for visitors who appreciate reduced traffic to drive in and out via the above routes you will be rewarded with wildflowers and the scenery is stunning Spectacular views East Mount Barren Fitzgerald River National Park Springdale Courtyard Cafe Morning & Afternoon Tea - Platter Lunches. Open Friday Saturday & Sunday 10am - 3 30pm. Functions by arrangement. Wildflower season & summer open 6 days (closed Tues). Gental morning wildflower walking tours available. Bookings Tel (08) 9838 3257 Email em.richardson bigpond.com Hopetoun Caravan Park Gateway to Fitzgerald River National Park. Amidst natural bushland adjoining beautiful safe beach. Shady powered sites modern self-contained units onsite caravans camping campers kitchen BBQ s. 30 Esplanade Hopetoun WA 6348 Tel (08) 9838 3096 Fax (08) 9838 3124 Port Hotel Hopetoun Beautifully located near the Southern Ocean in the idyllic seaside town of Hopetoun. This 1901 historic character outback hotel is the perfect base to explore the spectacular Fitzgerald River National Park or stay a few nights and visit other attractions in the area. The hotel is truly the social centre of Hopetoun everything within walking distance and hotel accommodation is also available with access to a first storey front verandah giving spectacular ocean views. The ideal place to rub shoulders with the locals and enjoy a range of cold beers and great wines you ll love the traditional pub counter meals or for a bit of style dine in the onsite restaurant The Port Caf . 1 Veal Street Hopetoun WA 6348 Tel (08) 9838 3053 Fax (08) 9838 3036 Email nrg.corporation westnet.com.au Hopetoun Motel & Chalet Village Explore Hopetoun & the Fitzgerald National Park from a comfortable base. Motel units and self contained units. Luxury 2 storey 2 bathroom 3 bedroom townhouse with 180 degree ocean views 2 bedroom fully self contained chalets 458 Veal St (cnr Veal & Canning) PO Box 14 Hopetoun WA 6348 Tel (08) 9838 3219 Email hopeymotel bigpond.com Web www.hopetounmotel.com.au Esperance & The Coast 99 The cliffs of the Great Australian Bight Dundas Rocks Norseman &The Nullarbor Norseman Population 1 050 MOBILE COVERAGE Situated at the crossroads of Highway s 1 and 94 in the Southern Goldfields Norseman is the major centre in the Shire of Dundas that covers approximately 93 000 square kilometres and reaches as far as the WA SA border. This makes Norseman the gateway to Western Australia and the Nullarbor. Gold was discovered in 1894 by prospector Laurie Sinclair when his horse Norseman went lame and Laurie discovered that the piece of rock lodged in Norseman s hoof was gold bearing. Excited by this Laurie continued his prospecting resulting in a major find that sparked a gold rush and established a town that was named in honour of the horse. Gold has been mined ever since creating a long history of boom and bust people from many cultures coming and going tough times good times and endurance that has led to the modern mining operations of today and a stable successful community. Various venues in town have interesting historical displays to visit as well as a fascinating heritage drive trail all telling stories of bygone social and mining history. Aside from gold Norseman is also blessed with non precious gemstone fields ideal for fossicking great fun for individuals or families. Norseman is fortunate to be located in the Great Western Woodlands that contains the largest temperate woodland left in the world. It is surrounded by these beautiful woodlands with many unique tree species perfect for outdoor enthusiasts providing the opportunity for camping bush walking visiting stunning granite rock formations enjoying the many species of wildlife and wildflowers and just embracing nature at its best. Phoenix Tailings Dump A majestic backdrop to the town resembling a topless pyramid that has been shaped by the weather. Today it still contains gold worth a considerable amount of money. Granite Woodlands Discovery Trail The trail from Norseman to Hyden features 16 interpretive sites that invite camping and bushwalking viewing granite rock formations and a wildflower wonderland in spring. Heritage Trail A 28 kilometre drive with many interesting features culminating at Dundas Rocks. Dundas Rocks Huge ancient boulders and rock formations are scattered through the bush that invite exploration. Add to this a picnic and BBQ area set amongst the trees and it creates the perfect family outing. Approximately 22 kilometres south of town. Norseman Visitor Centre 68 Roberts Street Norseman WA 6443 Tel (08) 9039 1071 Email tourism norseman.info Nearby vast ancient salt lakes the remnants of huge river systems from the ice age are quite intriguing. These offer excellent photo opportunities with the salt crusts forming odd shapes shimmering mirages in the summer heat and eye catching sunsets or sunrises with the lakes as the foreground. As you leave Norseman you embark on the magical Nullarbor journey with its timeless beauty breathtaking scenery and the newest activity the Nullarbor Links the world s longest golf course. Nine holes are located within the Shire of Dundas. With so much to see and do we encourage you to stop stay and explore. Places of interest Historical Collection This fascinating display of items includes a large piece of Skylab. The Tin Camels Unique corrugated iron camels that stand in the Prinsep Street roundabout are a tribute to the camel trains that carried mail and freight in the early days. Beacon Hill Lookout and Walk Trail A 2 kilometre drive from the main street brings you to Beacon Hill and a panoramic 360o view over the town and surrounding countryside. Obtain a Nullarbor Map Grab your copy of The Nullarbor map and holiday planner from the Western Australia Visitor Centre in Perth. Or call 1300 361 351. 12 Sunset on Lake Cowan 2 Quarantine Check Point 11 1 8 7 6 5 4 3 100 Esperance & The Coast The Nullarbor The Nullarbor Plain is a harsh and unique landscape home to a variety wildlife including wombats wedge-tailed eagles and whales. Crossing the Plain is one of the world s great road adventures with plenty to see. Fraser Range Station One of WA s most enjoyable station stays with scenic granite hills surrounded by the world s largest hardwood forest. NO COVERAGE Cocklebiddy Eyre Bird Observatory in the Historic Eyre Telegraph Station worth a stop - advance bookings are preferred on (08) 9039 3450. NO COVERAGE Fraser Range Station Madura Spectacular views from Madura Pass. NO COVERAGE Mundrabilla Picturesque location along the escarpment. Site of Australia s biggest meteorite. NO COVERAGE Balladonia Visit the Cultural Heritage Museum with Skylab debris and interactive displays. NO COVERAGE Eucla Beautiful location with ocean views on top of escarpment. Visit the old telegraph station ruins stop at the museum and Bureau of Meteorology. MOBILE COVERAGE Oasis in the Outback. After a long days drive relax and enjoy our parkland surrounds. Facilities include - Powered & unpowered caravan camping sites. - Luxurious stone accommodation rooms - Self-contained cottage - Pristine ablutions & much more Eyre Highway 100kms from Norseman Tel (08) 9039 3210 Fax (08) 9039 3273 Email enquiries fraserrangestation.com.au Web www.fraserrangestation.com.au Caiguna Take a photo of Australia s longest straight road 146kms in length. 5kms west of the town stop at the Caiguna Blowhole. NO COVERAGE Play the award winning Nullarbor Links Golf Course Opened in October 2009 Nullarbor Links is the world s longest 18 hole golf course 1 365 kms between the first and last hole Kalgoorlie in WA and Ceduna in SA. At the 2010 WA Tourism Awards the Nullarbor Links won Gold as the best new attraction. Playing this unique course is a must. Nullarbor Links score cards can be purchased from the Kalgoorlie Norseman and Ceduna Visitor Centres with a limited set of clubs available at small rental in each location. For further information visit www.nullarborlinks.com 10 9 8 Quarantine Check Point 7 Esperance & The Coast 101 Tips and travel information For a safe and enjoyable trip please consider the following travel tips and information. Driving Tips Self driving through Australia s Golden Outback may take you into some remote areas where forward planning is extremely important to ensure your experience is safe enjoyable and memorable. The following is a list of safety tips to assist you Always tell someone where you are going your return dates and your itinerary. Make sure your vehicle is in top mechanical condition. Check road conditions before departure. Rain can make some tracks and roads impassable. When travelling on unsealed roads exercise caution and read the road well ahead of the vehicle. Carry extra food water fuel and vehicle spares if you are travelling on remote tracks. In event of a breakdown in a remote location remain with your vehicle. The outback can be very hot in summer so if you are travelling at this time of the year make sure you are carrying plenty of drinking water. Roads and tracks on private property should not be used without the landholder s permission. Leave gates as you found them. Take care at all railway crossings. Train movements can be irregular and not all crossings have flashing lights. Large slow-moving agricultural machinery may be encountered on highways and local roads so take care when overtaking. Dust can obscure vision when travelling or passing on dirt roads. Beware of wandering livestock and wildlife especially at dusk and dawn when visibility may be poor and they become more active. Be prepared Pack a first-aid kit. Slow down on corrugated dirt roads and always drive at a speed suited to the prevailing conditions. In remote locations Visitor Centres petrol stations and food outlets are open limited hours. Please ring Visitor Centres in advance for further information. Plan your trip in advance and make sure you Get a good night s sleep before departing. Stay somewhere overnight if you are on a long journey. Share the driving if you can. Plan to travel for no longer than eight or ten hours a day. Take a break every two hours. Take a ten minute power nap when drowsy. Stop at a roadhouse for a coffee break and to stretch. Don t drive during hours when you are normally asleep. National Park nnedy Range Drive in the Ke advisable you contact local Shires or Visitor Centres shown in this planner for fuel availability. In some very remote locations the fuel available is Opal Fuel. This operates normally in all engines but is designed to stop substance abuse. Aboriginal Lands Permits are essential for travel on Aboriginal Lands. The Outback Way between Laverton and Uluru is patrolled and fines will be issued if visitors have not obtained a permit. Permits are also required to traverse some sections of the Canning Stock Route. Permit application forms are available from any Department of Indigenous Affairs office or www.dia.wa.gov.au. There are two application forms that must be forwarded one to the Central Land Council and the other to the Aboriginal Lands Trust. Allow two to three weeks for your application to be processed. It is the right of the traditional owners to refuse an entry permit. When travelling through Aboriginal Lands drivers are prohibited to divert off the main road and alcohol is not allowed to be carried through Aboriginal communities. Road Trains Road trains are common along many regional Western Australian highways and in particular the mining and agricultural areas. Road trains can often have up to four trailers and on the open road can travel at speeds up to 100kph. You should always leave approximately 200m between vehicles in a convoy to allow road train drivers to pass. Only overtake a road train if the road is clear and visible for a long distance ahead (more than 1km) and once you have made the decision to pass do it as quickly efficiently and safely as possible. Aboriginal Permit Applications Department of Indigenous Affairs Level 1 197 St Georges Terrace Perth Western Australia Tel (08) 9235 8000 Fax (08) 9235 8088 Tel 1300 651 077 (to regional DIA Office) Central Land Council PO Box 3321 Alice Springs NT 0871 Tel (08) 8951 6211 Fax (08) 8953 4343 Aboriginal Lands Trust PO Box 7770 Cloisters Square Perth WA 6850 Tel (08) 9235 8000 Fax (08) 9235 8093 Mobile Phone Coverage Mobile phone coverage in remote parts of the region is limited. Where some coverage might be available in a town is indicated with If no coverage available is indicated MOBILE COVERAGE NO COVERAGE Please be aware Telstra Bigpond 3G is the main service provider in the very remote locations other providers have almost no coverage. Fuel and Food Food and fuel are generally available every 100 - 300 kilometres. When travelling in very remote regions such as along the Outback Way it is recommended that you plan ahead. Some service stations have restricted opening hours and limited bank credit facilities. LPG Autogas is not available in all regional areas. It is Travelling with Pets Please note that dogs and cats cannot be taken into any Western Australian national parks and nature reserves. Some caravan parks do not accept pets. Be sure to contact caravan parks in advance to identify those that are pet friendly. 102 australiasgoldenoutback.com Caring for the Golden Outback Important Contacts By learning to tread softly while visiting the Golden Outback we can minimise damage to the natural environment. You can help by using visitor facilities provided and by keeping to existing tracks. Consider these additional ways to help care for the Golden Outback When visiting national parks and nature reserves remember to leave your pets at home and don t disturb any animals plants Aboriginal relics or landscape features. Please dispose of your rubbish properly. During the warmer months make sure you obtain fire danger information and only light fires when permitted and in the designated areas. Advice is available from the local Visitor Centre or the DEC ranger office. Water is provided at some visitor sites but always carry adequate drinking water to ensure you have sufficient in case of emergency. Vehicles must keep to formed tracks and avoid driving on unsealed roads in wet conditions. Automobile Association of Australia National Emergency Breakdown service Phone 13 11 11 Drive Safe WA Phone (08) 9525 2252 www.drivesafewa.com.au Drive WA www.drivewa.com For more information on drive trails GPS co-ordinates and trip distance calculator. Main Roads Phone 13 81 38 www.mainroads.wa.gov.au Emergency (Police Ambulance Fire) Phone 000 Royal Flying Doctor Service Phone 1800 625 800 (emergencies only) Annual All Parks Pass - This pass entitles you to visit any park throughout Western Australia as many times as you wish for a period of 12 months. Fees 80 vehicle (up to 8 people) For further information regarding national park passes please call DEC on (08) 9334 0333. Or visit www.dec.wa.gov.au 2012 Public Holiday Dates New Year s Day Australia Day Labour Day Good Friday Easter Monday Anzac Day Foundation Day Queens Birthday Christmas Day Boxing Day 2 January 26 January 5 March 6 April 9 April 25 April 4 June 1 October 25 December 26 December National Parks Passes WA Quarantine and Inspection Service Western Australia is free of many pests weeds and diseases found elsewhere in Australia. Please help to protect the flora and livestock industries by not bringing fresh fruit and vegetables plants flowers seeds nuts honey used fruit and produce containers soil hay and livestock into the state. Checkpoints operate at the Border Village for vehicles travelling west and at Ceduna travelling East. If in doubt please contact the Western Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service on (08) 9334 1800 or visit www.agric.wa.gov.au quarantine Day Pass - This pass covers entry into one or more parks on any one day. Passes are available from rangers within the parks. In some parks a system of self-registration applies. Fees 11 car (up to eight legally seated people) 5 motorcycle 5 passenger on commercial tour vehicles and buses. 5 passenger or 1.50 concession card holder if more than 8 occupants but not a commercial tour. Holiday Park Pass - If you are on holiday and want to visit a number of national parks this pass entitles you to as many visits to as many parks as you wish for any four-week period. Fees 40 vehicle (up to eight people) WA School Holidays 2012 15 December 2011 31 January 2012 6 April 25 April 2012 7 July 23 July 2012 29 September 15 October 2012 19 December 2012 1 February 2013 Gold Prospecting and Fossicking in WA The Golden Outback is renowned for prospecting and fossicking. To prospect in Western Australia each person requires a Miner s Right. This authorises the holder to prospect on Unoccupied crown land that is not covered by a granted mining tenement. A pastoral lease that is not covered by a granted mining tenement - provided prior notice is given to the pastoralist. A mining tenement - providing you have permission from the tenement holder. A granted exploration licence after having been granted a three month section 20A permit. Prospecting cannot be carried out in national parks nature reserves on Aboriginal and heritage sites and within townsites or other classified areas such as cemeteries. Permission is required from the landowner to enter private property (such as farmland). For further information contact the Department of Industry & Resources on (08) 9222 3333 or visit www.doir.wa.gov.au 4WD on The Golden Quest Discovery Trail Holiday Planner Facilities Symbols Symbols used in advertising representing services and facilities Room Facilities Air Conditioning Disabled Facilities Minibar in Room Tea Coffee Making Facilities Non Smoking Self-Contained Linen Provided Private Bathroom Private Fridge Private Phone Private Television Room Service Spa in Room Other Facilities Cooking Facilities Laundry Facilities Bathroom (communal) Heated Pool Fridge (communal) Pay Phone Parking Available Alternative Heating Farm Animals Powered Sites Rental Television Television (communal) Restaurant Meals Available Bar Cocktail Lounge Shop Kiosk Wood Fires Outdoor Spa Swimming Pool Games Room Tennis Courts Playground Pets Allowed No Pets Allowed Gymnasium Internet The information contained in this holiday planner has been provided as a guide only. 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