On the way to Boddington stop at the Riverside Roadhouse for fresh bakery delights and make some new friends: the alpacas! In Boddington, cycle along the picturesque Hotham River; bushwalk on the Tullis Bridge Walking Trail, or walk the 2km to the Ranford Pool River Trail. If time permits, book in a guided tour with Go West to have a look behind the scenes of Australia's largest gold mine. Tours depart at 9.45am and require advanced bookings.
If you haven't already packed a picnic, a delicious lunch can found at the Black Sheep Cafe on the main street of town. Next, embark on a journey of discovery at the Boddington Interpretive Centre where you can immerse yourself in the stories, history and artefacts of the region. Check out the Len Zuks’ sculptures in the gardens of the Boddington Old School, the Boddington Memorial Park and along Main Street.
Take a scenic drive to the beautiful hamlet of Quindanning via the meandering Lower Hotham Road, which also takes you straight through the centre of South 32’s Bauxite Mining operations. Through this picturesque backroad and home to one of the regions largest summits, Mt Saddleback, you'll pass under South 32's Overland Conveyor Belt (the largest in the southern hemisphere) which takes bauxite ore to a processing plant near Collie over 50kms away. Have dinner at the family-friendly Quindanning Hotel with a sprawling beer garden for the kids to explore.
Accommodation: Spend the night at the Quindanning Pub or book a night at Springhill's Farmstay just 5kms down the road and complete with its own pet paddock that the kids are sure to love. Alternatively, get a head start on tomorrows itinerary and head to Williams for the night.
Start the day right in Williams with a coffee or breakfast at the Williams Woolshed. For those who love to shop, the Woolshed will also delight with a number of quality retail boutiques to peruse.
Advanced bookings are essential but Jesse Martin’s Historical Village is not to be missed; young and old will love his incredible private collection of historic buildings and artefacts from an era gone by.
Lunchtime! Choose from the many Cafes along the main street of Williams including the Rustik Rainbow or The Williams Hotel if more adult refreshments are in order.
Head to the Williams Lions Park to play on the flying fox and meet the famous Williams Numbat. Alternatively, take an interactive tour of the Shearer’s Yarn Shearing Museum back at the Williams Woolshed - with an advanced booking, live sheep shearing demonstrations can be arranged.
Following the day in Williams, head on to Dryandra to spend a night at the Lions Dryandra Village (cabins) or the two campsites available in this beautiful and environmentally significant conservation area - one of only two remaining habitats for the endangered and adorable Numbat! If time permits, book in a guided nocturnal tour to get up close and personal with the many native creatures that reside at Dryandra with the Barna Mia Nocturnal Tour.
Spend the morning doing one of Dryandra's many spectacular walking trails before heading on to Wandering. Pop into Tanglefoot Winery for a light lunch and some of the regions local wines (seasonal opening hours apply so be sure to call ahead) and then burn off some excess energy in town with the Wandering Heritage & Nature trail that takes you past an excellent kids playground on the picturesque Wandering Oval.
Please note: All Accomodation must be arranged prior to arrival.
Caravan park in the heart of Boddington on the banks of the Hotham River.08 9883 8018
Motel accommodation with 9 rooms with a TV, microwave, tea & coffee facilities, toaster and kettle as well as its own en-suite. www.boddingtonmotel.com.au08 9883 9383
This bed and breakfast has two double rooms available, one with its own ensuite and the other has a separate bath and shower.08 9883 9293
Fully self-contained country farmstay retreat.08 9885 6063
Self-contained cottages in the forest of Dryandra.08 9884 5231
Self contained cottages set next to the winery.08 9884 1064
Caravan and Camping facilities in a picturesque woodland. Walking distance to the town centre.08 9884 1056