Take this delightful scenic route traversed by the early pioneers in search of farmland and the lure of the eastern goldfields. Starting in picturesque Toodyay nestled along the Avon River and travelling through to the regional hub town of Merredin.
Duration: 2 to 4 days
Distance: One way Perth to Merredin 292km
Road Conditions: Sealed road. Some unsealed to nature reserves.
Discover the people who have helped make the Wheatbelt the place it is today. Learn the stories of the men from bushrangers to farmers and pastoralists and how the company that is Australia’s largest exporter of grain was started right here in the Wheatbelt of Western Australia. Hear the accounts of the women who were lawyers, nurses, teachers, wives and mothers who conquered, survived and thrived in the harsh conditions of these towns that remain today. Come, take the time, learn the stories and explore the Pioneers’ Pathway.
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.
Step back in time at the heritage listed Slaters Homestead 2.5km east of Goomalling. Visit one of the earliest bulk handling wheat bins now housing the Wyalkatchem CBH Museum with heritage machinery and rare tractor displays. Camp at the National Trust’s Mangowine Homestead 14kms north of Nungarin. An impressive 1897 steam locomotive, rolling stock and railway history is on display at the Merredin Railway Museum or take in a live show at historic Cummins Theatre.
World War II history comes alive at the Nungarin Heritage Machinery and Army Museum, the Merredin Military Museum and the 2/1st Army General Field Hospital site at Merredin Peak Reserve. Walk the many nature reserves protecting large areas of natural bushland and granite outcrops where magnificent eucalypt trees dominate the landscape and seasonal wildflowers carpet the forest floor. Meet Rusty the Tin Dog and explore the Tin Dog Creek Walk Trail at Dowerin or other town reserves such as Korrelocking at Wyalkatchem, Eaglestone Rock and Talgomine Reserve at Nungarin and Tamma Parkland and Totadgin Conservation Park near Merredin.
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There are numerous options for RV’s with most towns having caravan parks and RV friendly camp sites, some with facilities. If you are looking for a bed, there are B & B’s, selfcontained
units, farm stays, motels & hotels