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custodians — stretches over 100 metres and stands 15 metres high, appearing like a giant wave about to crash over the surrounding bush. There are other fascinating granite rock outcrops in the Wheatbelt such as Elachbutting and Chiddarcooping near Mukinbudin, Kokerbin Rock at Bruce Rock and Buckley’s Breakaway at Kulin. Nature lovers and bushwalkers will enjoy the Dryandra Woodland National Park. This is one of the most important sites in our state for wildlife preservation harbouring numbats, tammar wallabies, brushtail possums and tawny frogmouth owls. With many events hosted in the Wheatbelt, time your adventure and spend an Anzac Day dawn service in a woodland town, join a country triathlon or watch a classic agricultural show. By Road: The Wheatbelt has a good network of sealed roads and gazetted drive trails. There are a number of tour companies offering one day and extended holidays from Perth throughout the Wheatbelt, if you’d like to leave the driving to someone else. By Coach/Train: Transwa operates coaches to many of the Wheatbelt towns and The Prospector train stops in Cunderdin, Kellerberrin, Merredin, Southern Cross and Kalgoorlie. Tel: 1300 662 205.

F resh produce, friendly and hills and pastural fields to places less hurried, are the experiences you’ll find all around in the Wheatbelt. Book an overnight stay at secluded camp sites, guesthouses, charming B&Bs, rural cottages or visit an authentic farmstay – there are many that will welcome you to experience real country life and meet the range of cuddly animals roaming the fields. Make a point to pause, look up at dark, country skies at night to a boundless canopy of bejewelled stars; and be sure to meet the makers of the area’s fantastic farm-gate produce. Olive oil, preserves, yabbies, emu oil and lavender products are all found here, as are award-winning boutique wineries created by passionate producers. The countryside provides one of nature’s most dazzling shows from July to early November when the landscape explodes into colour as grain crops ripen, wildflowers bloom and winter orchids light up the land. As wildflowers are dependent on seasonal rain, check information with local visitor centres. Sweeping roads stretch through this rustic country, revealing a patchwork of golden fields, character towns, pioneering history, festivals and self drive trails leading to spectacular granite outcrops with infinite views and unique ecosystems. Journey the Holland Way and authentic farm life, and great open roads taking you through rolling

John Holland Track , the Pathways to Wave Rock , and the Wheatbelt Way to discover some of the area’s best natural attractions, adventurous 4WD trails and towns that will teach you of outback history worth remembering. The Wheatbelt is rich with stories of early day explorers and settlers, and of fortunes made and lost in the gold rush of the late 1800s. Both Aboriginal and pastoral history is captured along interpretive trails through towns and in museums of military and railway memorabilia. Tin horse sculptures, an art deco theatre and a historical retro drive-in cinema form part of a huge collection of curiosities and legends. This region is the traditional land of the Njaki Njaki – Ballardong – Gubrun people, and its features hold great cultural significance to them. Understand what it means to tread in the footsteps of their ancestors by taking a locally owned Aboriginal tour and listen to Dreamtime creation stories to learn how landscapes were formed. For an experience full of modern, artistic splendour, journey the Public Silo Art Trail — an open-air gallery stretching from Northam to Albany. This trail, along with several others, will also take you through the town Hyden, a five-minute drive from Wave Rock , one of our state’s most recognisable tourist attractions worth adding to the agenda. The unique granite cliff — also known as Katter Kich to the land’s original | The Wheatbelt | 33

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