The Pioneers Pathway is a historic self drive trail that follows in the footsteps of the early farming pioneers who journeyed east into the Western Australian Wheatbelt to find their fortunes living on the land. It's best done over 3 days from Perth, so you've just sorted your next long weekend getaway! Think cute countryside towns, colourful, super-sized art and heaps of gorgeous landscapes.
Day 1: Perth – Dowerin (160 kilometres/2 hours)
Leave the hustle and bustle of the city behind and follow Pioneers Pathway Self Drive through the hills to the pretty farming town of Toodyay. Valley views and a patchwork of farmland make this a scenic stop for lunch at a local pub or riverside picnic spot. Continue north east to Goomalling, crossing the Avon River tributary at Mortlock River - a well known wildflower stop during spring. The Tin Dog sculpture welcomes you to Dowerin. Take the walk trail to see local wildlife.
Accommodation options: Hotel, B&B, caravan park, camping
Day 2: Dowerin – Merredin (155 kilometres/2 hours)
The drive from Dowerin winds through farmland, bush reserves and spring time wildflowers. Enjoy a pub lunch at Wyalkatchem and a visit to the local museum before heading through Nungarin and Trayning to Merredin in the heart of the Wheatbelt. See the biggest grain storage facility in the country and learn more about the daily life of this friendly farming community.
Accommodation options: Motel, outback pub, caravan parks
Day 3: Merredin – Perth (260 kilometres/3 hours)
Return to Perth along the Great Eastern Highway, or perhaps take a detour south via Hyden and Wave Rock, one of Australia's best known natural icons.
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