Australia's Golden Outback Holiday Planner 2022/23


Christmas Rock Walk This trail is easily accessible and will take approximately an hour to walk at a leisurely stroll. Filled with natural attractions and cultural history of the town.

Mount O’Brien

Gathercole Nature Reserve and Walk Trail

This granite outcrop is home to many species of native plants and animals. The walk trail is suitable for people with moderate levels of fitness.

Dingo Rock This large granite outcrop has a

‘Gnamma’ hole on the rock face, which is a water collection site. During late winter and spring, the reserve develops a picturesque covering of wildflowers. Reynoldson Reserve The Reserve is renowned for its spectacular displays of Verticordia. Flowering seasons vary with most blooming between October and January, with November being the peak season.

WONGAN HILLS 184km north-east of Perth

the local pub for a sense country hospitality. The town’s arts scene can also be enjoyed at the award-winning Art Gallery. Ballidu Town dam and the Balli-Balli Rocks offer nature enthusiasts great scenery, fauna, and flora. CADOUX 231km north-east of Perth At the core of Cadoux is its general store, 3-roomed school, outstanding recreation centre and wheat-bins. The town suffered major destruction during the 1979 earthquake and the fault lines and geological phenomena are clearly marked with interpretive signage. Just north of the town will take you to the Flat Rocks Nature Reserve, a water catchment area built during WW2. During winter and spring this is a great place to enjoy the wildflowers and Gnamma hole. Places of Interest Mt Matilda Walk Trail Located within the Wongan Hills nature reserve, this walk trail boasts spectacular views, fauna, and flora. Two trails are available for people with a moderate fitness level. Mt O’Brien Lookout Mt O’Brien is the second highest point in Wongan Hills and has a variety of wildflowers, some of which are only found in these hills. BBQ and lighting facilities are provided.

A short, scenic drive from Perth brings you to Wongan Hills, the largest town within the Shire of Wongan-Ballidu. Translated from the Aboriginal Wongan Katta, or Talking Hills, the area falls within WA’s rich and diverse floral region and is home to over 1300 varieties of wildflowers including 24 species found only in Wongan Hills. A haven for tourists looking for a unique experience, this friendly Wheatbelt town offers a wide range of attractions. The area is particularly scenic during the wildflower season which lasts from July to December each year. Noted as one of WA’s first Astrotourism towns, offering Lake Ninan and the Airport to enjoy stargazing. The town offers outstanding cycling paths, sporting facilities, museum and cultural festivals and activities – such as the Reynoldson Reserve Wildflower Festival. A range of accommodation is available including a caravan park, chalets, hotel, and RV sites. BALLIDU 214km north-east of Perth Still sporting the verandas and posts on the original main street shops, this cultural hamlet town is famous for its annual Bike-it-to Ballidu race, sheep- dog trials and art exhibitions. The old Ballidu Hall has been repurposed to house a charming history collection and is well worth a visit. Be sure to visit

Wongan Hills Visitor Centre The Station 1 Wongan Road Wongan Hills WA 6603 T: (08) 9671 1973 E:

Mount Matilta walk trail

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