After a disappointing visit to Esperance, we retraced our route along the South Coast Highway to Ravensthorpe and then we started to head inland to discover some of WA’s Wheatbelt. Our first stop was the famous Wave Rock, a spectacular granite formation over 15m high and thought to be in excess of 2,700 million years old. On arrival, we were really pleased to find out that the whole area around the rock is dog friendly. We paid a small fee for park entry and parking and then were able to walk the various trails around the rock with Bobby. It is a beautiful spot, the Wave Rock is very impressive and you can understand why it is such a well photographed attraction.
From Wave Rock, we made our way to the tiny town of Karlgarin, where we spent two nights at the beautiful and peaceful Tressie’s Museum and Caravan Park. The caravan park owners are really friendly, the facilities are modern and clean and the views across the farmland are stunning. The museum is full of memorabilia, pioneer farming machinery and gramophones. The owners run a daily tour which is a must if you are staying at the park or just passing through the town. It was a very relaxing couple of days, mooching around, playing Scrabble, baking scones and chatting to fellow travellers.
Leaving Karlgarin, we drove part of the Tin Horse Highway to Kulin, the most friendly of all the RV Friendly towns we visited on our travels. It has a free 72 hour RV park, with toilets and hot showers, right in the centre of the town. We loved staying here as the facilities were excellent, all the locals that we met were friendly and made travellers feel very welcome and there were great places to walk Bobby, including a nature trail around the golf course and the sports oval where he was able to run off lead. If you stay in Kulin, make sure you get fish & chips from Kulin Woolshed Cafe, directly opposite the RV park. They were so good!
Feeling very relaxed after our stay in Kulin, we visited Yeerakine Rock to see the Anzac statue and then spent the evening at Gorge Rock campsite.
From Gorge Rock, we drove to Corrigin to visit Man’s Best Friend Cemetery. A dog cemetery established in 1974, now with over 80 headstones, paying tribute to some very loved pets. Of course, we cried our way around it!
Then the rain started and we drove through several soggy, grey towns including Brockton, Pingelly and Cuballing, before pulling into Narrogin for the night. The welcome at Narrogin Caravan Park was fantastic, the caretakers are doing a great job to keep the park clean and tidy and we were given a $10 voucher from the shire to spend in town…needless to say, we spent it in the bottleshop! The caravan park is within walking distance of Narrogin town centre, where there are plenty of shops, banks, etc. and it is opposite Foxes Lair, a dog friendly bushland reserve with clearly marked trails.
Despite having lived in Perth for 3 years, the Southern Wheatbelt was an area that we knew almost nothing about before we set off on our travels. Our journey from Wave Rock to Narrogin was one of the most enjoyable parts of our trip around WA, taking us through amazing scenery and really friendly towns where travellers are welcomed and encouraged to stay.