Things to do - The Heartlands WA

What are the great things to do in The Heartlands area of Western Australia? Here is the place where ONLY THE BEST make the list!

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Surfing Wave Rock

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Wave Rock is a favourite of ours. It is one of many large granite outcrops in this region, which has been beautifully sculptured by the forces of nature on its northern side to resemble an almost perfect Waimea Bay special.
It's not just Wave Rock that makes this spot a must do. Take a picnic dinner and a bottle of wine up on top of the rock and enjoy beautiful scenery over the wheatbelt and the nearby town of Hyden as you watch the sunset.
Ahh, how's the serenity?
It is a memory that is guaranteed to stick with you. AND IT'S ALL FREE - once you provide you the dinner and wine that is!

The campground is 3 star (which suits us as it's casual and not too expensive) and is a short walk to Wave Rock. A well stocked Souvenir shop and cabins are also provided. Interesting and easy bushwalks to Hippo's Yawn and the surrounding salt pans are worth doing.

Wave Rock can be difficult to easily fit into an itinerary as it's a little out of the way. We recommend making the effort and enjoying The Humps and Mulka's Cave on the well graded dirt road from Southern Cross.

The Pinnacles


The Pinnacles in Nambung National Park are a 3 hr drive north of Perth, near the towns of Cervantes and Jurien Bay (both of which have expensive caravan parks). The Pinnacles are thousands of limestone pillars that have remained long after the surrounding limestone has eroded. They form an unusual and interesting sight, with the Indian Ocean forming a beautiful backdrop.

To be honest,The Pinnacles is small, interesting and worth a visit if you are going that way, but we rate it as a good thing to do, not a must do. There is a massive visitors centre that needs loads of tourists pumped through it, and this is exactly what happens.

We have included The Pinnacles here as an honest response to the large amount of promotion that it receives. How "good" something is is a subjective thing, so if you are going by, call in and make up your own mind.

New Norcia


New Norcia is a 130km north of Perth, and is an easy day trip if you are staying in Perth or even Fremantle. The drive also takes you through the beautiful Swan Valley.

Built in 1846 by Spanish Benedictine Monks, it is Australia's only monastic town, and as such is quite unique in terms of its architecture and it cultural history. An easy way to experience the town is to take the self guided New Norcia Heritage Trail (3 hrs) and to purchase items such as bread baked in the monastery bakery and olive oil produced by the monks.

If travelling north from Perth, you can call in and visit the town and free camp on the cricket oval.

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