Region profile: Central Wheatbelt

Posted on 2nd Apr 2020

Did you know the Central Wheatbelt is the farming hub of Western Australia? Twice the size of Tasmania, this region forms a fringe around the central Perth area.

There is plenty to do when you live in the Central Wheatbelt, here are our top five:

  1. Marvel at another one of Australia’s amazing rock formations, Wave Rock. It is just as it sounds - a giant wave, 14 metres high and 110 metres long, frozen in time.
  2. Join a local Aboriginal tour guide on a cultural walking tour of Merredin Peak and the surrounding reserve. Or visit Bilya Koort Boodja, the new Centre for Noongar Culture and Environmental Knowledge to learn about the Indigenous culture and history of the region.
  3. Follow the pathway prospectors once took on their way to Southern Cross, Kalgoorlie and the Goldfields. The Pioneers’ Pathway is a self-drive route passing through Wheatbelt farmlands and small towns.
  4. Travel 25 kilometres south of the Great Eastern Highway between Merredin and Burracoppin to drive through one of the largest wind farms in Australia. An interpretive display shelter is located on Bulls Head Road which provides information on the project.
  5. Take a walk along the Railway Dam on the edge of Narrogin and soak in the distinctive Australian flora and bird life. If you’re lucky you might even spy a piebald tortoise.
  6. Moora is the gateway to the wildflowers and stands on the junction of two important and very different botanical districts. Located just a few hours from the city heading north, the wildflower country offers you the opportunity to view some of the most magnificent displays of Australian native flowering plants and a chance to experience a country way of life.
  7. Located in the heart of the picturesque Avon Valley, Northam is home to a diverse range of tourist and heritage attractions. Relax by the Avon River, take in some of the town’s rich history, or walk across the suspension bridge to view the white swans. Other attractions include hot air ballooning, walking trails, historic buildings, horse racing and much more.

If you’re looking for some fantastic clinical exposure, Central Wheatbelt is a great training location. You will gain exposure in:

  • aged care
  • agricultural medicine
  • emergency medicine
  • palliative care
  • occupational medicine related to agriculture and mining work
  • population health
  • Aboriginal health
  • chronic health

If you want to know more, get in touch with our team on 08 9473 8200 or at gpcareers@wagpet.com.au.