Westonia is located just over four hours' drive east of Perth in Western Australia, where the Wheatbelt meets the Goldfields. The town owes its origin to gold mining, although it now relies on wheat and sheep farming. In 1915 Westonia had two mines in operation and by 1917 there was a population in excess of 2000. This quickly diminished when mining operations ceased in 1948.
The Westonia Hood Penn Museum contains a large historical collection from the Hood-Penn family and also houses a vibrating mine tunnel that aims to replicate life in an early Westonian gold mine.
Visit Elachbutting Rock, a giant wave shaped formation and 40 metre rock tunnel you can walk through, situated 100kms from Westonia.
Chiddarcooping Reserve covers 5,262 hectares, just 50kms north of Westonia with abundant and unique flora and flora.
Sandford Rocks Nature Reserve is 10kms north-east of Westonia with amazing granite outcrop, and seasonal wildflowers.
Silver Mallee and Purple Peacock Beetles are thought to exist only on the granite outcrops in this reserve. Try your luck at locating many species of birds from the newly constructed bird hide located on the walk trail, on the edge of the ephemeral
Accommodation and food are available from the local motel and tavern.
Things to see and do in and around Westonia
The Wheatbelt Way
Take a road trip through the fascinating Northern Wheatbelt, along the Wheatbelt Way. An area that boasts a rich and extensive history, charming and friendly people, and all located in a diverse and truly Australian landscape.
Follow the video links below and discover the unique attractions of Western Australia's North-East Wheatbelt along the Wheatbelt Way.