York Self Drives - The wonder of the West


“The wonder of the West burst open: under dark and rushing cloud….” Robert Laurence Binyon.
A scenic tour of undulating farmland, with spectacular granite outcrops crowned by Wandoo and Salmon Gums.

Balancing Rock (private property, please view from roadside only)

Turn left into Qualen West Road to find a site of Noongar significance. Timeless, unchanging natural landmarks were often used as waymarkers by the Ballardong Noongar people and still hold significant meanings in traditional culture. Sometimes called 'the Balancing Boot' today - what do you see?

Photo Credit: Shire of York

About the Trail

This scenic drive through the beautiful Talbot area offers three options. The nucleus of the drive is a 40km loop taking in theTalbot Hall and Reserve, one of the Shire's most unspoilt Nature Reserves, providing a perfect insight into this scenic area and some great photographic opportunities. 

It can be combined with an upper loop of 80km travelling through the Wandoo National Park, calling at a number of Nature Reserves and the historic St. Ronan's Well. This section is ideal for wildflower season during August and September and can be linked to the York Self Drive 'Sky O'the North' route.

Alternatively, a lower loop of 94km goes south towards Beverley and joins up with the 'South of my day's circle' self drive route. 

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