• Suggested Time: 5 days -
  • Central Wheatbelt

Escape the ordinary and lose yourself in the jaw-dropping glory of nature on this unique journey across the Golden Outback.

From August to October, a colourful sea of spring wildflowers – more than 12,000 species in total – will enliven your senses as you make your way along this 749-kilometre, five-day trail to the awe-inspiring wonder that is Wave Rock.

Step back in time at the grand old town of York, a 100-kilometre drive from Perth. Early settlers decided this quaint location was the perfect spot for Western Australia’s first inland town. Stroll historical streetscapes and museums, cosy up in one of the cafes, or look for treasures in the antique shops.

Pygmy sundews, donkey orchids, climbing fringed lily, everlastings and purple-blue dampiera – discover a rainbow of wildflowers in the gently rolling hills and nature reserves around York. Picnic at Australia’s third-largest monolith, Kokerbin Rock. Walk the trails for stunning vistas at the summit and a glimpse of orchids among the tea trees.

Hunt for rare underground orchids in Babakin, a one-and-half-hour hop from Bruce Rock. Among Mount Walker’s walking trails, pops of lemon-yellow donkey orchids and cowslips dazzle in the chorus line – but the real star is the rare Queen of Sheba orchid, a holy grail for wildflower-lovers.

Whizz past the Wheatbelt’s picturesque fields of golden grain to Hyden, the gateway to Wave Rock. A towering 15 metres high and 110 metres long, this land-locked monster swell is absolutely mind-blowing. Roam the granite formations harking back millions of years.

An eclectic collection of tin-horse sculptures line the highway starting at quirky Kulin, where wildflowers own the landscape and create a colour-filled path to Corrigin. Tiptoe among toothbrush grevilleas, one-sided bottlebrushes and wild foxgloves for a final foray into wildflower country.

Itinerary content originally published on westernaustralia.com

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