Autumn is a perfect time to travel the Wheatbelt of Western Australia.
From classic country towns to local walks and life round “the granites”, there’s plenty to see and explore — and we know our readers will get a warm, country welcome.
Because it is a vast area, extending across more than 200,000sqkm, it would be impossible to describe all of the regions and each of the towns, of course.
But this Wheatbelt Guide has a strong theme — picking up the recognisable essence of the country towns of the Wheatbelt, and the surprises these areas have to offer.
For almost a third — more than 60,000sqkm — of the Wheatbelt is classified as conservation and natural environments.
There are particular sounds — a particular sort of late light in the Wheatbelt. And in our country towns I’m looking out for ...
- Town bakeries for bread and treats.
- Hotels with classic roasts.
- Pubs with banter.
- History walks and heritage museums.
- Nice chat at information centres.
- Town parks.
- Good op shops.
- Local honey and produce.
- Weekend markets.
- Nature reserves.
- Picnic spots in sheoaks around granites.
- Listen for white-cheeked honeyeaters singing at dawn.
- Watch for red-tailed black cockatoos overhead.
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