Fancy a long weekend away from the City to Central Western Australia Wine Country? Then a weekend escape to the Southern Wheatbelt is the perfect antidote! Drive through picturesque farmland to boutique wineries, take superb nature walks and view local nocturnal wildlife and granite outcrops.
This self-drive is the perfect escape from the everyday.
Day 1: Perth – Narrogin via Wandering, Pingelly & Wickpein
(267 kilometres/3 hours)
Wave the City goodbye and head south down Albany Highway. Get ready to turn off to explore the surprising Wheatbelt wineries around Wandering and Narrogin. Perhaps take a leisurely lunch at Tanglefoot Winery, then cut across to historical Pingelly perhaps with a drive to Boyagin Rock or Tutanning Reserve one of the richest conservation areas in WA (not suitable for vans).
Drive 57 kilometres to Wickepin and explore Albert Facey’s Homestead and wander the Yarling Brook heritage walk then make your way to Harrismith with its wide variety of wildflowers in season.
You can overnight in a local hotel, motel or caravan park and self-contained caravanners/campers are welcome to stay for up to 3 days at the Dowderry Winery camping area. This evening be sure to head out to Barna Mia for a nocturnal tour, bookings a must.
Accommodation options: Motel, outback pubs, B&B’s, caravan park, camping
Day 2: Narrogin – Wagin
49 kilometres/30 minutes)
Today explore Narrogin with its heritage streetscapes and pretty gardens, wander Narrogin’s Railway Dam or Gnarojin Park then walk the wildflower trail at Foxes Lair or perhaps take in Lake Toolibin home to the endangered freckled duck.
If you feel energetic climb Yilliminning or Birdwhistle Rock before driving some 50km south to the merino sheep farming centre of Wagin. The Giant Ram welcomes you to town – the biggest in the southern hemisphere. Stay overnight in a local hotel, motel or caravan park.
Accommodation options: Outback pub, caravan park, camping
Day 3: Wagin – Perth via Arthur River and Williams
(236 kilometres/2.5 hours)
This morning take in the Wagin Historical Village for an up-close view of the town’s pioneering past then drive the 30km to Arthur River with its unique ‘Rarebits on Burrowes’ shop. In season beautiful wildflowers bloom at Boronia Reserve.
Drive north to Williams with its 1km Heritage Trail walk and The Williams Woolshed, displaying a fine range of woollen garments, local wines and have a coffee at The Shed Café. Explore the history of the wool industry in The Shearer’s Yarn.
Leaving Williams, head towards Perth and take in the Williams Nature Reserve located 10km northwest of the town. Perhaps along the route deviate through Wandering to pick up some extra Wheatbelt wines to take back home, before completing this itinerary back in ‘the city’.
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.
Driving times and distances intended as a guide only and may vary depending on exact route taken. Accommodation options are indicative as to what is available in the area.
Above map not to scale and intended as a guide only. It is highly recommended before heading out on your journey, you purchase a detailed Western Australian road and track map available from the RAC, petrol stations or where good maps of Western Australia are sold.