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About Pioneers Pathway, Toodyay to Merredin
A rewarding and slower paced alternative to the Great Eastern Highway if you are travelling between Perth to Kalgoorlie or a scenic alternative to the Avon Valley and Coral Coast if you are travelling west.
The sealed two-lane road offers historical towns, many with names derived from Aboriginal words, with museums full of pioneer farming, millitary and rail history. Marvel at the construction of stone pioneer wells dug to supply water to the travellers. Nature based family excursions take you exploring along bush walking trails to pristine reserves and 2,500 million year granite rock features where an abundance of birds and animals call home.
Many flowering trees and shrubs are common along the trail and after significant rains the wildflowers and delicate orchids put on a spectacular display from August to November which is a photographer’s paradise.
Many markets, family fun days, agricultural shows, festivals and events include the Act Belong Commit Avon Decent which starts at Toodyay, the Dowerin GWN Machinery Field Days and monthly Wheatbelt Markets at Nungarin and nearby, the annual Mangowine Concert. Motor sport enthusiasts are catered for at the Goomalling Flyer and the Trayning Mud-Bog and Burn-Out Day.
To help you experience a memorable journey through one of WA’s most friendly and laid-back regions, pick up one of the free Pioneers' Pathway booklets from a visitor centre along the way - or download the free e-book from the Pioneers' Pathway website.
Be trail ready for Pioneers Pathway, Toodyay to Merredin
Here is everything you need to know before visiting this trail.
Time / Duration
Recommend 1 - 5 day itineraries as set out in the Pioneers’ Pathway Brochure.
The Pioneers' Pathway is 224km starting at Toodyay or 314km if starting from Perth. An alternative return route to Perth is along the Great Eastern Highway (260km) making the round trip 574km
What To Pack
Group D (Drive trails) required.
What To Pack
Group D (Drive trails)
- Research your trip well in advance. Good preparation is essential as distances in Western Australia are huge and facilities are limited. Visit the website associated with each drive trail for in-depth travel information.
- Carry maps, spare parts, a first aid kit and plenty of food and water to last your journey
- Visit the ‘Travelling in Outback Western Australia’ website for information regarding travelling in the Outback. Permits may need to be arranged in advance to enter into some areas which are on private property.
Additional Useful ItemsExtra water and food
Hazards & WarningsSummer months (December to February) can be hot. Burning (open fires) restrictions November to March. Beware of snakes in summer.
FacilitiesCaravan parks and/or accommodation in all towns along the Pioneers' Pathway.
- BBQ Facilities
- Car Park
- Child Activities
- Dog Friendly
- All accessible parking
- Picnic Area
- Public Toilet
- Shaded Area
- Sheltered Area
- All accessible toilet facilities
- Visitor Information Centre
- Water Access Points
Best time of year
Any time of year but best August to November for wildflowers.
Prohibited ItemsDogs on leads permitted at most reserves and caravan parks.
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Slaters Homestead, GoomallingHistoric Slaters Homestead 2.5km east of Goomalling.
Entry Statement to DowerinRusty the Tin Dog on the western entry to Dowerin and the start of the Tin Dog Walk Trail.
Nungarin Wheatbelt MarketsMonthly Wheatbelt Markets at Nungarin attract many visitors.
Inside Nungarin Heritage Machinery and Army MuseumNungarin Heritage Machinery and Army Museum is housed in a massive Army Vehicle Workshop building which was part of the No.5 Base Ordinance Depot (5BOD).
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