Visit the charming Wheatbelt town of Wickepin and be dazzled by spring wildflowers, enthralled by colonial history and captivated by the story of renowned Australian author and resident Albert Facey.
Driving south east from Perth, you can reach the township of Wickepin in under three hours and indulge your passion for nature and history.
Time your visit to coincide with the spring wildflower season and marvel at the rich variety of colourful native flora that carpets the Wheatbelt landscape. Stop by the Shire office for a copy of the wildflower brochure and explore the wildflower trails to appreciate the district’s unique ecology and natural heritage.
Take a walk around Yarling Brook to admire the town’s man-made history. The walk features a number of old buildings, including the Arts and Crafts Centre, Old Police Station and Railway Station precinct. Don’t miss the historic photographic collection at the general store.
The Albert Facey Trail also provides a fascinating insight into Wickepin’s past and the town’s most famous resident, the Australian author Albert Facey. Many of his stories are set in his hometown and the half day trail brings to life the story of his famous book ‘A Fortunate Life’. Be sure to visit his house, which was built in 1924 and has now been fully restored and moved to the centre of the town.
To the north of Wickepin lies the small town of Yealering, on the banks of the beautiful Lake Yealering, which supports an abundance of waterfowl and is a popular summer recreation spot with locals and tourists alike.
To the south, you’ll find Toolibin Lake – one of the last remaining freshwater wetlands in the south west of Australia. Enjoy the walk trails, barbecue facilities and huge variety of birdlife at this unique site, then head east to Harrismith for another wonderful wildflower walk trail.
If you’d like to soak up the Wheatbelt country ambience at your leisure, book a stay at Wickepin’s hotel or caravan park.