The Shire of Lake Grace is a photographer’s dream with vast skies and horizons and a wonderful array of springtime wildflowers which bloom right through to summer. Located in the Southern Wheatbelt, the Lake Grace region invites you to experience its wide open spaces and stars, vast salt lake environments along ancient river systems and friendly country towns where the locals always have time for chat and you can experience country hospitality at its best. Travel our open roads and enjoy the natural beauty of the farming landscape dotted with natural salt lakes shimmering in shades of pinks, greens and mauves. Stop over at any of our town caravan parks and enjoy a warm country welcome. See the countryside come alive with wildflowers in spring and take the time to enjoy the native wildlife in our larger than average nature reserves, perfect for picnics and hikers. You can check out the wildflower ‘hotspots’ at the Lake Grace Visitor Centre Lake Grace 345km south-east of Perth on the Esperance to Perth, Albany to Hyden crossroads. Lake Grace is a thriving rural town and a larger Centre in the region. It was named after a shallow lake 10km west of the townsite. Lake Grace itself is one of Western Australia’s largest inland salt lakes and a nationally significant wetland comprising of two separate bodies of water – Lake Grace North and Lake Grace South. Lake Grace has a diverse range of public artwork from the Story Trail nestled in the centre of town, to the detailed Mural of pioneering women from the region. Visit the restored Stationmaster’s House now operating as the Lake Grace Visitor Centre showcasing local produce, arts and an array of gifts. Right next door is the Lake Grace Regional Artspace featuring exhibitions from local artists, travelling exhibitions and artists in residence. For heritage buffs, Lake Grace has the only remaining Australian Inland Mission Hospital in $ located in Stubbs Street, Lake Grace or Tel: (08) 9865 2140 for information.
$ WA which has been restored as a museum. This museum is located at the western end of the town and provides insight into the challenges faced by our pioneering medical staff, and how they administered medical care in the isolated inland. Follow the penny pathway from the parking bay to the AIM and discover its story. You can also walk the trail to the Mosaic Garden Gallery which features 365 mosaics created by locals, representing the past and present. Sample wines from our local winery located 8km north of Lake Grace and don’t miss our nature reserve the Jam Patch. It boasts various walking trails, ideal for viewing wildflowers between August and November each year. Lake Grace Visitor Centre Stubbs Street ‘Gateway to the Holland Track’ - follow the traces of John Holland’s 1893 epic journey when he and his partners cut the now famous Holland Track. Along the ‘Track’ explore salt lakes along the ancient river systems and immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Dragon Rock Reserve resplendent in spring wildflowers. Newdegate forms part of the PUBLIC Silo Trail and visitors can view the stunning creations by Perth muralist Brenton See, depicting the area’s local wildlife; the western bearded lizard, mallee fowl, thigh spotted tree frog and red- tailed phascogale across four 30m high silos. Time your trip to include the Newdegate Machinery Field Days on the first Wednesday and Thursday in September each year, when the town comes alive to host one of WA’s largest agricultural shows. Take a visit to Pioneer Park in the town centre and read up about the town, while getting an overview from the satellite photo of this ancient river system. Then head across the road to the new skate park and check out this family friendly facility. Whilst in town step back in time with a visit to the Hainsworth Museum, and be transported Lake Grace WA 6353 Tel: (08) 9865 2140 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.lakegrace.wa.gov.au Newdegate 397km south-east of Perth on the Esperance to Perth Route.
back to a bygone era. The Museum houses historical artefacts, objects and photographs depicting the story of settlement in Newdegate and its surrounding sidings. Lake King 460km south-east of Perth on the Esperance Perth, Brookton Highway junction. A small rural town on the fringe of the Wheatbelt’s sheep and wheat farming country, the area truly comes alive during spring with some of the districts best wildflower displays. Walk trails through the town’s bushland enable visitors to take short, self-guided walks and enjoy the wildflowers, native vegetation, birdlife and a little local history. Trail maps are available from local retail outlets. South of the town, the Roe Heritage Trail retraces part of Surveyor General Roe’s historical journey in 1848 and features flora Travel 30km east on the Lake King Norseman Road to the Rabbit Proof Fence which is also a great place to see truly magnificent displays of wildflowers when in season. Make sure you call in at the new Lake King Tractor Museum with its exhibit of unique locally made tractors. and fauna reserves, historical sites and panoramic views of the countryside. Varley 40km south of Hyden on Brookton Highway. A small community with the motto ‘Great Place Small Crowd’. Travel from Varley to Hatters Hill or to the historic Rabbit Proof Fence that skirts the eastern end of the Shire. The town Rabbit Cemetery is the community’s tribute to the rabbit plague of the 1920s that was a major pestilence to early farmers in the Shire. Gold was discovered at Hatters Hill in the early part of the twentieth century and the small settlement is now uninhabited and an interesting spot for fossickers. The town has a comprehensive museum established in 2001 with interesting displays of memorabilia and historic town records. (Below photo credits: Newdegate Silo by Bewley Shaylor, Milky Way & Flying Doctors by Present Moment Photography)