North of Perth rolling wheat paddocks dotted with historic settlements gradually give way to desert, seasonally brightened by carpets of wildflowers, toward the eerie limestone spires of the Pinnacles that jut out of the sand by the Indian Ocean in Nambung National Park.
From here driving or walking trails lead to lookouts with a stunning view of these curious pillars.
Around the Heartlands
Southeast is Hyden and marvelous Wave Rock, where erosion has shaped its granite surface to resemble a massive wave rising from the landscape.
An unexpected sight is the Spanish settlement of New Norcia, established by Benedictine monks, where the church, art gallery and monastery bring touches of Hispanic architecture to the region.
This area is easily accessible by pretty country roads that link heritage towns, each with their own vivid glimpses into the past and Outback life.
Suggested itinerary featuring the Heartlands
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in the Heartlands, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.