To ensure a safe and enjoyable trip there are a number of things to consider before you head off on your Pathways to Wave Rock road trip. The following travel tips and information are a useful guide for your on-road adventure, and safety precautions should be taken at all times.
Be sure to call ahead to your nearest Visitor Centre or Shire Office if you are in doubt.
Hot dry summers and mild winters characterise the weather of the Wheatbelt region. The average daily temperature during the summer months is around 34 degrees, with a minimum of 17 degrees Celsius. In winter the daily temperature is approximately 15 degrees, with a minimum of around 5 degrees.
With sunshine, bright blue skies as far as the eye can see and incredible sunsets, there is an average of 170 clear days per year and plenty of time to enjoy the ‘Pathways to Wave Rock’ self-drive trail.
To view the current weather forecast, you can visit the Bureau of Meteorology website here.
- Ensure you have drinking water, a hat and sunscreen when exploring rock sites.
- Protect the flora, wildlife, environment and heritage sites so future visitors and generations may enjoy them too.
- Fires are prohibited during the summer months.
- Take your rubbish with you.
- Take extra care when driving on gravel roads (unsealed).
- Slow down. You’ll see more of us, we’ll see more of you.
- Distances of 100km are at least one hour of driving.
Telstra is the regional network provider for remote parts of Western Australia. If you are travelling along the Pathways to Wave Rock you will need a Blue Tick-certified device. Please note: mobile phone coverage varies and can be unreliable in some areas.
Traveling in remote areas we recommend that you plan ahead and familiarise yourself with distance and availability of fuel on travels. For further information on where you can purchase fuel on the Pathways to Wave Rock here.
LPG Autogas is not available in all regional areas. Contact local Visitor Information Centres or Shire Offices for fuel availability before you travel.
Road trains are common along many regional Western Australian highways and in particular the mining and agricultural areas. Road trains can often have up to four trailers and on the open road can travel at speeds up to 100kph.
When bush walking or visiting Nature Reserves do not disturb wildlife, remove plants, rocks or aboriginal artefacts. In warmer months watch out and stay clear of snakes. Always have a well-equipped First Aid Kit nearby in case of emergencies.
Self-driving may take you into some remote areas or off the beaten track, where forward planning is extremely important to ensure your experience is safe, enjoyable and memorable. See our list of safety tips to assist you when heading off on your self-drive adventure.
- Always tell someone where you are travelling, your return dates and your itinerary.
- Make sure your vehicle is in top mechanical condition.
- Check road conditions before departure. Rain can make some tracks and roads impassable. When travelling on unsealed roads, exercise caution and ‘read’ the road well ahead of the vehicle.
- If you are travelling on remote tracks, ensure you have water, food and a spare tyre.
- The outback can be very hot in summer so if you are travelling at this time of the year make sure you are carrying plenty of drinking water.
- Roads and tracks on private property should not be used without the landholder’s permission. Leave gates as you found them.
- Take care at all railway crossings. Train movements can be irregular and not all crossings have flashing lights.
- Large slow-moving agricultural machinery may be encountered on highways and local roads, so take care when overtaking.
- Dust can obscure vision when travelling or passing on unsealed gravel.
- Beware of wandering livestock and wildlife, especially at dusk and dawn when visibility may be poor and they become more active.
- Be prepared! Pack a first-aid kit.
- Slow down on corrugated dirt roads and always drive at a speed suited to the prevailing conditions.
For more information on driving in regional Western Australia, visit the Road Safety Commission website.
How to find us…which path will you take?
The Pathways to Wave Rock Trail travels through 14 wheatbelt towns.
The trail can be entered from other routes in all directions and links to other trails such as;
There are a number of Visitor Centres and Visitor Information points located along the Pathways to Wave Rock. These are invaluable first points of contact when you need travel information, or help with planning your road trip. They are a hub for up-to-date relevant information and provide local knowledge of the area to help make your visit a safe and happy one.
Browse through our list of Wheatbelt brochures, maps and guides to help you explore the region.