Australia's Golden Outback 2023 Holiday Planner

WHEATBELT WAY 4 days | Sealed roads

Shires on your journey: Dowerin, Trayning, Koorda, Mt Marshall, Mukinbudin, Westonia, Wyalkatchem Follow the bright skies and big horizons along the Northern Wheatbelt on a star-gazing, bird watching road trip that delivers all the history and charm of this laidback region. Be sure to check on upcoming events and weave these cultural gems into your plans, too. The Wheatbelt Way takes you from cute country towns like Dowerin, Koorda and Beacon through to the Hood-Penn museum at historic Westonia and onto charming places like Bencubbin, Mukinbudin and Westonia where you’ll find towering granite outcrops perfect for exploring. Highlights include Wyalkatchem CBH Museum, Nungarin Markets and Mangowine Homestead. Throughout this self-drive route you’ll be treated to stunning natural surrounds, sites of historical significance, and the laidback country atmosphere of the Wheatbelt. There are lots of campsites along the trail as well as walk trails and pretty picnic spots.

Newdegate where Perth muralist Brenton See has painted the area’s local wildlife on an epic scale. The Western Bearded Lizard, Mallee Fowl, Thigh Spotted Tree Frog and a Redtailed Phascogale are depicted across four silos. As you leave the countryside behind, you’ll head towards the beautiful and expansive coastline of South West WA. Enjoy some time in quaint Hopetoun and be sure to explore the Fitzgerald River National Park, a stunningly beautiful yet rugged area with many walk trails, camping spots and picnic places. Continue along the coast to Albany, home to the ANZAC Centre and amazing whale watching opportunities in season. On the return, head back inland towards the charming farming towns of Katanning and Pingrup, taking in those wide landscapes and open skies. At each site, read about the artists and the stories of the silo towns they’ve shared in their stunning works of art.

PUBLIC SILO TRAIL 5 days | Sealed roads

Shires on your journey: Northam, Merredin, Narembeen, Lake Grace, Ravensthorpe, Esperance, Gnowangerup, Kent, Plantagenet, Cranbrook, Broomehill-Tambellup, Katanning, Wagin, West Arthur, Williams Discover stunning outdoor artworks — visible for miles — on silos, street walls and transformer boxes celebrating the people and stories of the Wheatbelt and Great Southern regions. The PUBLIC Silo Trail is an open-air art gallery stretching from Northam to Albany. Wind your way through gorgeous Wheatbelt country towns like Merredin, bright with yellow canola fields and wildflowers in spring. Pause at pretty picnic spots and discover nature walks as you travel. Go via Hyden and see the famous Wave Rock before heading south to

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