Australia's Golden Outback region provides diverse outback tourism opportunities and holiday destinations. The natural landscape is a dazzling display of outback plains, huge deserts and salt lakes, rugged rocky outcrops, wild woodland and some of the whitest beaches in the world. Spring time transforms the region with a rainbow of blooming Western Australian wildflowers.
Wheatbelt and Wave Rock
The Western Australian Wheatbelt is home to the world-famous Wave Rock, as well as character townships, miles of golden fields, charming rural farms and great outback self-drive adventures. Being only a short drive of Perth, it’s no wonder this is such a popular family holiday destination.
Experience the very best of the region’s country charm and rich pioneering history by visiting the character outback pubs, exploring the quaint main streets and meeting the friendly locals of the towns. And to make your Western Australian Wheatbelt holiday complete, stay at one of the many farm stays, where your children can cuddle the cute farmyard animals and you will enjoy good home-cooked food and deliciously fresh local produce, from wines and preserves to olive oil and yabbies.
Wave Rock, near Hyden is the most recognised tourist attraction in the region – an amazing rock formation stretching 100 metres and standing 15 metres high in the shape of a giant wave about to crash over the surrounding bush. Beautiful granite rock formations can also be found in the northern Wheatbelt. In fact Westonia features its own giant wave rock – Elachbutting. You’ll also find the white hidden valley of Chiddarcooping also at Westonia, Uberin Rock at Dowerin and Buckley’s Breakaway at Kulin.
Nature-lovers will also enjoy the West Australian Wheatbelt’s Dryandra Woodland. One of Western Australia’s most important areas for wildlife preservation, it is home to numbats, tammar wallabies, brushtail possums, kangaroos and tawny frogmouth owls. And from June to early November the Wheatbelt offers another great natural attraction with a dazzling display of Western Australian wildflowers, from carpets of everlastings to unique wreath flowers.
Esperence, Fitzgerald Coast & Nullabor
Esperance and the Fitzgerald Coast, located the south coast of Western Australia boast some of the State’s most pristine and untouched coastal scenery, national parks and marine playgrounds.
The brilliant blue waters, snow-white beaches and over 100 islands create a dazzling contrast to the red earth of the surrounding outback. It’s the perfect place to indulge your love of nature and energise the soul with fresh clean air swept from the southern oceans.
The township of Esperance is an ideal base from which to explore a string of stunning beaches and the natural wonders on the south coast of Western Australia, including Cape Le Grand National Park, Cape Arid National Park and the paradise islands of the Recherche Archipelago.
Hopetoun and Ravensthorpe are the gateways to the impressive Fitzgerald River National Park, home to an incredible array of animal life and 1,900 species of beautiful and bizarre flowering plants. The small town of Munglinup provides a good base from which to discover the natural wonders of Stokes National Park.
Heading east, via Norseman, you can take the amazing journey east to discover the attractions and breathtaking rugged beauty of the Nullarbor Plain, from cave systems to the ruins of the old Eucla Telegraph Station.
Gascoyne & Murchison
The Gascoyne Murchison region in Australia’s Golden Outback is characterised by miles of rich red earth, rugged rock formations, vast cattle stations and towns built on the dreams of the wild gold rush era.
Fields of vibrant spring wildflowers are also a huge attraction of the Gascoyne Murchison region in Western Australia’s Golden Outback, not to mention the towering hulk of Mount Augustus and awesome drive trails, including the Outback Pathways. This series of three self-drive trails opens your eyes to the wonders of the landscape and its history and includes the Miners Pathway, Wool Wagon Pathway and Kingsford Smith Mail Run.
On these incredible journeys you’ll learn about the drovers who first opened up the pastoral lands and the gold prospectors who triggered a population explosion. You’ll also discover the history of transport, the wonderful tales of the original Indigenous inhabitants and the region’s ancient rock formations.
Why not complete the experience with a station stay? Many hospitable cattle station owners have opened their doors to visitors, offering accommodation as varied as camping and shearers’ quarters to luxurious homestead bedrooms. You’ll find these charming stations dotted throughout the Gascoyne-Murchison region of Western Australia’s Golden Outback.
Kalgoorlie and Goldfields
Kalgoorlie Boulder and the Goldfields offer a real Australian outback adventure and a fascinating insight into the region’s colourful gold rush history.
The towns and small communities of the Goldfields were built on the hopes and dreams of fortune-seekers who flocked to Western Australia following the discovery of gold in the 1890s. Life was tough for these early gold diggers, with disease and lawlessness widespread. But while multimillion-dollar mining corporations have replaced the smaller gold prospecting operators, and Kalgoorlie-Boulder has been transformed into a modern cosmopolitan town, reminders of the wild and vibrant early days are everywhere you look.
Historic buildings, character pubs and even the brothels of Kalgoorlie-Boulder are remnants of more than a century of gold rush history. While across the Western Australian outback, the ghost towns of Leonora and Gwalia tell the story of early gold prospecting dreams that have long been abandoned.
You can still try your luck at gold prospecting and fossicking here, or you can discover the region’s diverse natural riches found in the tranquil eucalyptus forests, wide sweeping plains, dry lake beds, low lying scrub land and spinifex fields. As well as being home to a huge number and wide variety of bird species, the threatened bilby, chuditch, mallee fowl and dunnart thrive here.
This natural bounty, combined with its striking landscapes, gold rush heritage and Indigenous history, make the Goldfields a truly unique Australian outback getaway.
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