You can experience the striking beauty of massive granite outcrops
rising impressively across the landscape of the rolling farmlands in a
little visited part of Western Australia - the Wheatbelt. An abundance
of natural vegetation around these unique rock formations includes
wandoo, salmon gum, dense honey-myrtle and tea tree thickets giving way
to flowering granite Kunzea, with their gnarled shapes.
spots and a profusion of bird and animal life. This drive is a loop that starts and finishes in Perth.
Location: Eastern Wheatbelt, Western Australia
Length: 831 km. Minimum duration: 2 days
Perth to Muckinbudin (280 km): Proceed to Goomalling via Toodyay. At
Goomalling, travel cross country through Dowerin, Wyalkatchem, Traying,
Kununoppin, Nungarin to Mukinbudin. Uberin Rock is a huge granite
monolith offering scenic views and easy bushwalks and a natural picnic
area. In season, dark green paddocks of wheat, barley and yellow canola
can be seen from the top of the rock.
Explore the Tin Dog Creek Walk and Bird Hide near Dowerin. Still
visible at Namelcatchem Reserve, 17 kilometres east of the town of
Dowerin, are wagon wheel tracks made by travellers on their journey to
the goldfields in the late 1800's. Korrelocking Reserve, near
Wyalkatchem, is a sanctuary for kangaroos and other forms of animal and
bird life indigenous to this part of the wheatbelt. It is a very
popular picnicking place for local people especially during spring when
it abounds with wildflowers.
Wildflowers and fauna are plentiful at Billyacatting Hill, north of
Kununoppin. An interpretive walk trail enriches your visit to this
Park. A reasonable level of fitness is needed as a rock climb is
involved. Allow about two hrs for the whole walk.
Talgomine Rock, east of Nungarin, has a variety of wildflowers and
orchids on its eastern border. Climbing Mt Moore will reward you with
an extensive view to the north with Lake Campion in the distance.
Mukinbudin to Beacon (114 km): Quanta Cutting, east of Mukinbudin,
is a granite outcrop with an interesting large circular gnamma hole.
When flowering, the Kunzea pulchella can be found in both the red and
white varieties. Access to Chiddarcooping Nature Reserve, a grantie
outcrop near Westionia is difficult and is best tackled by 4WD vehicle
only. 75kms north of Westonia, Yanneymooning Hill offers spectacular
views with a wonderful variety of bird life and flowers. The abundant,
ornate dragon lizard (Ctenophurus Ornatus) is an entertaining feature
of the Yanneymooning Rock.
Elachbutting Rock is a spectacular natural rock formation with
similar features to Wave Rock. Elachbutting and Beringbooding are by
far the most spectacular granite outcrops in the Wheatbelt.
Elachbutting Rock has a number of large cavern areas and is surrounded
by natural bushland. The rock is around 100km north of Westonia and is
easily accessed via well maintained gravel roads.
Beringbooding Rock, north east of Mukinbudin, has the largest rock
water catchment tank in Australia. It was built in 1937 by sustenance
labour during the Great Depression. Beringbooding has an amazing
balancing boulder, a huge gnamma hole and some of the Kalamaia Tribes
paintings of hands in a cave at the rear of the rock. Two early pioneer
wells are nearby.
From Beringbooding Rock, head towards the town of Bonnie Rock, named
after the rock formation that is situated close to the town, then
Beacon. The Tampu and Datjion Pioneer Wells near Beacon make for
beautiful picnic spots during the wildflower season. The Beacon
Botanical Park contains several species of native flora that were
propagated from local areas. It is great for a quiet leisurely walk or
an opportunity to select native plants that would suit your own garden.
Beacon to Perth (437 km): Billiburning Rock near Beacon is a
favourite picnic spot. A good season results in white everlasting
carpeting the ground as far as the eye can see. This Outcrop in Beacon
provides excellent views of both cropping and pastoral country. The
Outcrop is also the location of a pioneer well and Gnamma Hole.
Travelling west from Beacon via the Bonnie Rock Burakin Road is
Mollerin Rock. Wildflowers of many varieties proliferate in the Koorda
district, with dazzling colour displays on roadside verges around
Return to Perth via Koorda, Wongan Hills, Goomalling and Toodyay.
Wongan Hills flora is extremely diverse with more than 1400 species of
flowering plants. Of greater importance is that 24 of these species are
unique to the Wongan Hills.
Off the designated route are other granite outcrops:
Eaglestone Hill: Situated in the Nungarin Shire along Brown South Road,
the Hill abuts Lake Brown. Patches of York Gum woodland abut the rock
which has stands of red Kunzea pulchella adding patches of colour in
late spring. Wedgetail eagles are often seen perched on the Rock.