After our Pilbara adventures, it was time to buck the winter trend and head south rather than following the convoy of Grey Nomads round to Broome. It was a bit sad to leave behind the heat of the north and head for the cold, wet south but we knew that Broome in winter peak season would get very busy and very expensive, neither of which are great when you are on a budget and have a dog that has become very protective of his van and the space around it! So we set off down the Great Northern Highway and, at times, it felt like we were the only ones heading south but we got lots of cheery waves and smiles from the north-bound sun-chasers.
After a few overnight stops along the Great Northern, we arrived back in the Wheatbelt, the agricultural and pastoral farming centre of WA. The rolling hills, fields and greenery are a real contrast to the red dirt of the Pilbara and a reminder of how vast and diverse this state is. Most Wheatbelt towns appreciate the business that tourism bring to their communities and are actively encouraging people to visit by providing excellent facilities, including some free overnight RV parking areas and campgrounds. The area is famous for it’s Spring wildflowers and, although we were a few weeks ahead of the season, we saw the blooms starting to push through and bring bursts of colour to the area.
Our first stop was in Dalwallinu, a lovely little town surrounded by fantastic, well-marked bush trails where we were able to spend hours walking and running with Bobby each day.
After a few days in Dalwallinu, we made our way to Wongan Hills and set up camp at Lake Ninan. It is an eerily beautiful spot and it was hard to resist taking hundreds of photos! We stayed for a few days and had the place to ourselves…
Leaving Lake Ninan, we took a short drive through some beautiful countryside and farmland to our next stop, Yerecoin.
We spent about 4 weeks travelling around the Wheatbelt. The region was just starting to emerge from the Winter cold, Spring was just around the corner and the flowers were starting to bloom. For us, this is where we found peace and quiet, great bush walks, friendly country towns and some excellent free camping.