Bruce Rock is as rich in pioneer history as it is natural wonders, offering glimpses of early settler life, and panoramic vistas over outback Wheatbelt country.
Located three and a half hours east of Perth by car, this farming town is at the centre of Western Australia’s crop-growing heartland.
For a unique insight into the harsh realities of life for 19th century pioneers, visit Bruce Rock Museum. View historical displays in the restored bank and explore reconstructions of an original one-room school, mud-brick settler’s hut and a blacksmiths to gain a real sense of what life was like for the early settlers.
From Bruce’s Rock or Kokerbin Rock, you can take in the timeless landscape of the Wheatbelt.
The local landmark of Bruce’s Rock, two kilometres outside the town, was named after John Rufus Bruce, a sandalwooder who used the outcrop as his depot in 1869. Take a walk over the rock and enjoy a picnic or barbeque at its base.
Venture 45 kilometres west and you’ll find Kokerbin Rock in unspoilt Kokerbin Nature Reserve. You can’t miss this immense 122 metre high granite outcrop – it’s the third largest monolith in Australia. Drive to the top for sweeping views over the countryside, or park at the base and walk to the peak, taking in the native flora and fauna and Devil’s Marbles. There are also picnic and barbecue facilities there.
Back in town, you’ll find a motel, hotel, caravan park and bed and breakfast accommodation, along with an arts and crafts centre and sculpture park displaying a variety of work by local artists.