Listed in alphabetical order are various different granite outcrops worth visiting in the Wheatbelt.
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When exploring the outcrops ensure that you wear suitable footwear. In summer it can be hot on the rocks so take plenty of water, a hat and sun screen. In winter the rocks can be slippery and it can be windy on top. So rug up and enjoy!.
Baladjie Rock is a popular picnic and camping spot for locals and visitors to the Westonia Shire. No facilities are available. It is located on the sealed Koorda-Bullfinch road, 42 kilometres north of Westonia and 55 kilometres north west of Southern Cross. The extensive rock outcrops are situated in an attractive woodland adjacent to the Baladjie Lake Nature Reserve. A climb up the main rock affords a spectacular view over the lake system and surrounding landscape. Ornate Dragon Lizard (Ctenophorus ornatus) is a popular resident at Baladjie Rock.
This Outcrop in Beacon provides excellent views of both cropping and pastoral country. Billiburning Reserve displays it’s beauty in Spring with the masses of wildflowers. The Outcrop is also the location of a pioneer well and Gnamma hole.
Beringbooding Rock, located on the corners of Beringbooding Rd and Cunderdin Rd north east of Mukinbudin, has the largest rock water catchment tank in Australia. It was built in 1937 and holds two and a quarter million gallons. “Sustenance Labour” was used to build the tank at a cost of 10,000 pounds. Beringbooding has an amazing balancing boulder, a huge gnamma hole and some of the Kalamaia Tribes paintings of hands in a cave at the rear of the rock. Two early pioneer wells are nearby. Spring finds the Pink Ti-tree, Heartshaped Leaf Eucalyptus, melaleuca, acacia, grevillea, hakea, calothamnus, eremophilia, cassia, Quandongs Sandalwood, and the native orchids flowering. Later into October and November the Kunzia pulchella and One-sided Bottlebrush flower profusely. Many birds inhabit the area.
Situated two kilometres from town in a nature reserve on the Bruce Rock East Road. There are two old wells located at the picnic site at the foot of the rock and good walks are to be enjoyed over the rock outcrop. Barbecue and picnic facilities are available.
Situated in the Nungarin Shire along Brown South Road, the Hill abuts Lake Brown. Patches of York Gum woodland abut the rock which has stands of red Kunzea pulchella adding patches of colour in late spring. Wedgetail eagles are often seen perched on the Rock. No facilities available.
Elachbutting Rock is a spectacular natural rock formation similar in shape to Wave Rock. It has numerous large cavern areas. The name Elachbutting is thought to mean ‘that thing standing’ which is quite feasible as Elachbutting is a prominent landmark standing out from the surrounding countryside. Elachbutting is located north east of Mukinbudin on the Elachbutting Rd and Echo Valley Rd or via Beringbooding Rd and Masfield Rd, if continuing on from Beringbooding rock.
Elachbutting Well is a feature of this area. The well can be found to the rear of the rock and quite a distance between the well and the base of the granite rock. The well is circular and extremely deep there is approximately three to four rows of dry wall stones then either clay or stone that looks if it has been drilled. The water seeps in about a meter from the top through the rocks. This well is typical of wells that were built within this area and provided a natural water supply to the settlers. Parking facilities and a walk trail have been developed jointly by the Westonia Shire and The Department of Environment and Conservation. Toilet facilities are now available at Elachbutting thanks to the Shire of Westonia.
Situated in the Yilgarn Shire south of the Great Eastern Highway from Parker Rd out from Moorine Rock, Frog Rock is a popular picnic spot. A small dam is located beneath a wave rock formation. There is a fine stand of gimlet on the road into the site and wildflowers abound in the spring.
Located 20 kilometres towards Kondinin, from Corrigin, Gorge Rock is a natural pool which was once the swimming hole, before a pool was constructed in the townsite. Although no swimming is allowed today, the area is still worth visiting, and a good rest stop with natural bushlands making pleasant surroundings.
Located at Hyden’s Wave Rock. Erosion sculptured the rock into the shape of a huge yawning hippo.
Located at Lake Koorkoordine, eight kilometres north of Southern Cross on the Bullfinch Road, in the Golf Club Common. Hunts Soak is one more of the remarkable daisy-chain of wells and soaks which provided the Goldfields Track with water until O’Connor built his pipeline. These wells were always built adjacent to granite rocks because of the water soakage from the rock.
20 kilometres east of Kulin on Holt Rock Road (follow the Tin Horse Highway), a shady picnic spot at the base of Jilakin Rock. An easy climb to the top provides spectacular views of Jilakin Lake and the surrounding Wheatbelt. Wildflowers form a wonderful display during August and September. Jilakin Rock also boasts the most isolated known stand of jarrah (150 kilometres from the main jarrah belt), surviving on the water run off and quarry soils at the base of the rock.
The Karalee reservoir, rock catchment and aqueduct. A natural rock formation adapted to maximise the catchment, delivery and storage of rainwater that was essential in railway development to the Goldfields region. It is now a popular picnic spot and camping spot on the Golden Pipeline heritage Trail. Karalee is located seven kilometres off the Great Eastern Highway east of Southern Cross.
Located 25 kilometres north of Bodallin on the Bodallin North Rd, Keokanie Rock is a stop off place on the way to Baladjie Rock further north. An easy climb to the summit is rewarded by great views. In the patch of tall sheoak on the east side look out for the family of Grey Fantails who will come and check you out. No facilities.
Outcrops of granite with wonderful views form the top of the surrounding country side. Located east of Hyden following Hyden East Rd then King Rocks Rd.
Situated 40 kilometres west of Bruce Rock. An unspoilt area where a visitor can explore features such as the Wave Wall, Dog Rock, Devil’s Marbles, panoramic views and a fascinating well at least 20 metres deep, three metres in diameter constructed by hand in the early 1920-30’s. Rocks were levered into the soil to line well walls. An amazing engineering feat similar to others built by pioneering drovers to water stock. Area currently being rennovated by DEC and the Shire of bruce Rock.
Mt Walker Rock, Anderson Reserve, Twine Reserve and Roe Dam
Abundant flora and fauna, ideal for picnics and bush walking. Located along the Mt Walker Rd east of Narembeen.
Located around 30 kilometres from Hyden’s Wave Rock, the name Mulka comes from an aboriginal legend believed to be associated with the cave, telling of the sad life of Mulka who was eventually speared to death. Excellent walking trails with interprepation. Toilets available.
Is situated approximately 10 kilometres north east of the Westonia townsite, along the Boodarockin Road. It protects 806 hectares of granite outcrop, pools, wildflowers, scrub and woodland. It has many diverse species of flora and fauna. Silver Mallee and Purple Peacock Beetles are found only on these granite outcrops. The trig point (HK 148) is set on the highest point of the rock.Towards the rear of the outcrop you will find the cairn of stones depicting the highest point. Picnic area.
20 kilometres north of Hyden along the Lovering Road, is a large granite rock formation using the Humps as a water catchment.
Wave Rock, a granite cliff, is 15 metres high and 110 metres long. Its rounded like shape has been caused by weathering and water erosion which has undercut the base and left a rounded overhang. Water from the springs running down the rock during wetter months dissolve minerals adding to the colouring of the wave. In 1960, crystals from Hyden Rock were dated as being 2700 million years old, amongst the oldest in Australia.
Westonia Common and Boodalin Soak
Westonia townsite is significant in that it has the unique charm of being nestled inside a common of approximately 5,600 hectares of remnant bushland. Boodalin soak is situated in a natural setting of tranquil beauty inside the common approximately six kilometres west from the Westonia townsite. It has great historical significance and was a resting place for travellers from York to Kalgoorlie. There is an outcrop of granite rocks in close proximity. The well is fenced in a cleared area surrounded by newly planted trees. The stonework is an example of a dry stone wall construction in a circular fashion.
Situated 12 kilometres from Kondinin. Surveyor general John Septimus Roe was the first European to have visited Yeerakine Rock, camping there on September 22nd 1848. From the top of the rock outcrop he could plan his route ahead, and his party was grateful for the good water they found there.
Today, you can enjoy the expansive views from the summit – and you can appreciate the workmanship in the rock catchment scheme establiched in 1927 to provide water for Kondinin.
Situated 25 kilometres north of Tammin the granite outcrop is 341 metres high and covers 160 hectares. The flora strip at its base is an important haven for flora and fauna. A great picnic spot with toilet facilities.