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About Wheatbelt

Characterised by a host of farming communities, pastoral lands & rolling hills, the region known as the Wheatbelt creates a picturesque vista of classic Australian farming country. The areas to the East are rich in minerals, including, gold, nickel and iron ore, while the remainder of the region is mostly agricultural. One of the main highlights of the region is the Avon Valley. Only a short distance from Perth, the Avon Valley has a fantastic relaxing atmosphere with self-drive trails that wind through charming country side with picnic spots, wineries, orchards, farmstays and B&B’s. If adventure is what you seek, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained from walking trails to white water rafting, sky diving and hot air ballooning. The region is scattered with colonial homesteads among undulating farmland, where farmstays and guesthouses extend a warm welcome. Also while you’re in the region, be sure not to miss the famed Wave Rock situated just four kilometres east of Hyden.

When to Visit Wheatbelt

The Wheatbelt has a Mediterranean-type climate, typified by hot, dry summers and cool, wet winters. Rainfall is winter-dominated. The climate is highly predicable, but there is considerable variability in the start of the opening rains for the season. Arguably the best time of year to visit is during the spring when the wild flowers fill the countryside.

Getting Around Wheatbelt

The best way to get around the Wheatbelt is by car. The area has a good network of primary and secondary sealed roads to and from most towns. There is also a network of unsealed well maintained roads. These can be slippery when wet and dusty when dry. The road conditions should be taken into consideration when driving on these roads.  Exercise caution at cross roads and rail crossings as there are many trains and large trucks that cross through the region. Trans WA offers daily rail services to some central Wheatbelt towns while a coach service is available to other towns in the region.
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