The Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, as its name suggests, is famous for its cereal cropping. With its relatively flat landscape and trees cleared to make way for farming, the granite outcrops stand out like a sore thumb. I was going to call this post your ultimate guide to rocks in the Wheatbelt but there are just way too many to list! Everywhere you go another huge rock pops up out of nowhere. So instead, I’ve chosen 5 to cover in detail, all within a four-and-a-half-hour drive from Perth city. They are listed below in the order that we visited them. I feel as though each rock is bigger and better than the one before it so this would be a great itinerary if you’re considering a road trip to the area. As an added bonus, free camping is available at each destination! I’m not going to lie, I was a sceptic at first. I also thought ‘Who on earth wants to drive around for days looking at rocks?’ but this turned out to be one of my favourite trips so far!
Less than four hours drive North East of Perth, you can find Billiburning Rock located in Karoun Hill Nature Reserve. We actually stumbled across this rock when we were looking through the Wheatbelt Way App and then decided to stay and free camp overnight. There were three separate campsites dotted alongside the rock. One as you entered the reserve in a large field and the other two located further along, closer to the camp toilet facility. If you visit Billiburning during wildflower season (August/September) you are in for a real treat. There were pink and white everlastings scattered everywhere below the shrubbery. Check out the view from my swag below! We camped here overnight but if I’m being honest, I think it’s better as a picnic stop. There are picnic tables and a bit of exploration to be had but there are definitely more exciting outcrops! If you do end up camping, it’s just a small climb to the top of the rock so do yourself a favour and don’t miss the sun setting over the surrounding farms.
This is where my interest in rocks really began (I never thought I’d say that). As you drive up to Beringbooding Rock, the first thing you notice is a gigantic water tank right next to the rock. I initially thought it had been put there for the campers and wondered why they would taint the beauty of the rock like that. Then you see a metre-high wall looping all the way around the bottom of the rock. So, it turns out that Beringbooding rock is the largest rock water catchment in Australia and the wall acts as gutters to catch the rainfall. After reading the information board, I learnt that the tank was built by 100 men in the early 1900’s to support farming in the area. It cost 10,000 pounds to build and holds over two million gallons of water. My favourite bit about this rock though was the gnamma hole (I had to google this too! Gnamma hole is the Indigenous name for a natural water tank). It’s a beautiful water hole with the rock acting as a natural amphitheatre, looping around it. We spent most of our time enjoying this one section of the rock but there’s also a 2 and a half kilometre walk right around the base, Indigenous hand paintings, wells and balancing rocks to explore. We just stopped for lunch but I would definitely recommend camping here overnight if you can! Toilets, free camping and picnic areas provided.
Along with the wildflowers (see my blog post for how to find them), this rock was the main reason we headed out into the Wheatbelt for a few days. We had seen photos and it looked so similar to Wave Rock in Hyden which is a hugely popular tourist destination. Everyone I asked about it actually thought it was Wave Rock. People who have lived in Perth their entire lives have never even heard of this spot so it’s a true hidden gem. It deserves to be appreciated though so here’s some info about it. As you enter the reserve, you will see the signs to the wave. Spend some time exploring this area as there is a wave, cave and tunnel all really close to one another and they are spectacular. There is a 6km walking track around the base of the rock which I wish we’d done now but I guess it’s just another excuse to return! If exploring the top of the rock during the day, keep an eye out for lizards sunning themselves. Sunset from the top of the rock was just stunning and if you’re feeling lazy like we were, there’s a 4wd track that leads you almost all the way to the top. We drove it in my aunties van which isn’t a 4X4 so you should be fine to get up there in a normal car (maybe just walk it first if you’re unsure). Apparently donkey orchids bloom around the base after winter rains so keep your eyes peeled.