The Golden Plains Run provides a real taste of life on the land, exploring the rural history, gold rush heritage and breathtaking landscapes of the northern Wheatbelt.
Day 1: Southern Cross to Beacon
(275 kilometres/3 hours)
Explore gold mining history along the Golden Plains Run, starting in Southern Cross, named after the star constellation that guided the prospectors who first discovered gold here in the late 1800s. Head north-west to the mining town of Bullfinch, where you’ll see glorious wildflower displays in spring. 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 spring wildflowers and bush walk trails make this a popular place for camping.
Accommodation options: Camp under the stars at Elachbutting Rock, or continue to Beacon and check into the local caravan park.
Day 2: Beacon to Dalwallinu
(150 kilometres/2 hours)
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 spring, dense wattle and wildflower displays colour the landscape around Dalwallinu.
Accommodation options: Check into the local hotel, bed and breakfast or caravan park for a serve of country-style hospitality.
To ensure you enjoy a safe and well-planned journey, take a look at Travel times and distances, Road safety and Important travel tips. If you have your camping gear or caravan in tow, check out the range of caravan parks and camping sites available in Australia’s Golden Outback. For additional information about the Golden Plains Run, contact the local visitor centres.