Westonia, on the historic Golden Pipeline Trail, is where the Wheatbelt meets the Goldfields. It’s a town rich in pioneering heritage and natural attractions, from the faithfully restored streetscape to the native bushland that surrounds the town.
A three hour and 45 minute drive east of from Perth, or a three hour and 15 minute road trip west of Kalgoorlie will bring you to the charming outback town of Westonia – your halfway house on the Golden Pipeline Trail.
This fascinating self-drive tour charts the route and history of engineer C. Y. O’Connor’s 560 kilometre freshwater pipeline from Perth to the Goldfields. On the trail you can step inside a 100 year old steam pumping station, walk across a dam wall and learn about the people behind the scheme at numerous museums.
Walking through Westonia is a leap back in time. Established during the gold rush era, the town has restored and rebuilt its fine buildings to create a streetscape straight out of the pioneering era. From the original bank, cafe and green grocer store to the bright red doors on Westonia’s fire station, wander through town and imagine life here during the mining boom of the early 1900s.
The township is nestled amid 4,000 hectares of salmon gum, morrell and gimlet woodland, dotted with granite outcrops, as well as remnants of the town’s gold mining past.
Hit the four kilometre Woodlands and Wildflowers Heritage Trail to explore the native bushland, taking in Westonia Common woodland and historic points of interest. Or drive a little way out of town to Boodalin Soak or Sandford Rocks – both are picturesque spots providing the opportunity to explore woodlands, granite outcrops, refreshing pools and diverse native flora.
Time your visit to coincide with spring wildflower season (June to November) and you’ll find the arid landscape transformed by a plethora of vibrant wildflowers after replenishing winter rains.
When it’s time for refreshments and a rest from exploring this unique outback town and landscape, you’ll find everything you need in Westonia, including motel and caravan park accommodation.