The farming town of Dalwallinu has a rich history and is renowned for its equally colourful carpets of spring wildflowers. Discover why Indigenous nomads, Benedictine monk graziers and European settlers chose to call this area home.
Take the three hour drive north of Perth on the Great Northern Highway to reach Dalwallinu, the first town on the Wildflower Way that stretches north to Mullewa.
Showcasing beautiful wildflowers that blanket the countryside between July and October, it's a flora hotspot that attracts thousands of nature enthusiasts every year.
Marvel at some of the State's 12,000 plus wildflower species, gaze in awe at the largest density of wattle (acacia) on Earth, and picnic on a blanket of pink, yellow and white everlastings. Time your trip to coincide with the Wattle Week Festival in early September and you'll also be treated to an array of festivities, including a street parade, market day and cabaret.
There are a number of self-drive tours and walking trails that will enable you to explore the area's flora-rich bushland, woodland and countryside, as well as Dalwallinu's interesting history. You can download the tour brochures from the Shire of Dalwallinu's website.
Prior to European settlement, the Indigenous Badima and Galamaia peoples were the first to occupy the region's farming land, although they lived a nomadic life of hunting and gathering.
It wasn't until the first graziers arrived in the district - Benedictine monks from New Norcia - that the land was used for farming sheep. Soon after, European settlers arrived and Dalwallinu came of age as a crop-growing region.
To explore the rolling countryside at your leisure, make Dalwallinu your base. There's a range of accommodation available, including the hotel/motel, bed and breakfast and caravan park.
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Dalwallinu: Where To Go / Sightseeing
Dalwallinu Remnant Bushland
The natural areas of bush at Dalwallinu Remnant Bushland present a changing pattern during the spring, with most years offering a profusion of wildflowers during the months of August, September and October. From pink, white and lemon everlastings, the vivid colour of the local grevilleas, damperia, spectacular 'Wreath Flower' and the profusion of the yellow to orange wattles throughout the countryside are a photographers dream and a budding botanists paradise.
The area is regarded as the 'Gateway to World of Wattles' with eco tourism becoming a great attraction to the area with the recognition that this bushland boasts the most species of Wattles (Acacias) to be found in any one place in the world. They flower most of the year but blooming reaches its maximum during the months of August and September producing a yellow landscape.
During the second week of September a Wattle Festival offers the visitor the opportunity to sample bush cuisine with bush foods including the wattle seed.
Great Northern Highway
Dalwallinu, WA, 6609
Located 2.9K from Dalwallinu
Wubin Wheatbin Museum
Take a look at the history of grain handling in the wheatbelt region with a visit to the Wubin Wheatbin Museum. Learn how the wheat was collected and stored in the early days by viewing a collection of photographs and a fascinating display of farming machinery.
Walk around the original 1930s wheatbin where the museum is situated and compare its size and structure to the modern bins that are located next door and are in operation today.
Drive through the region during the months of August or September for a memorable display of vibrant wildflowers. Keep a close watch for the rare and unusual Leschenaultia wreath flower which is famous in the region. Park the car and walk along bush trails to examine the flowers closely and stop at the picturesque Wubin Rocks for a picnic lunch amongst the wildflowers.
The town of Wubin is a three hour drive north of Perth.
Great Northern Highway
Wubin, WA, 6612
Located 19.3K from Dalwallinu