Welcome to the Wheatbelt Science Trail

There is nowhere on Earth like the Western Australian Wheatbelt. DO, SEE or LEARN at over fifty unique sites throughout the region.

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It’s hard to imagine but Taarblin Lake was once an inland freshwater lake similar to the adjacent Toolibin Lake. Most of the lakebed vegetation here died in the 1950s but there is still plenty of life to be found. It also plays an important role slowing the decline of Toolibin Lake.…

The future of farming is right here right now. At the University of Western Australia’s 1600-hectare Ridgefield farm, the Future Farm 2050 (FF2050) Project is imagining and starting to build a practical and profitable mixed-enterprise farm integrating cutting edge technology along the way.…

Lake Towerrinning has something for everyone – it’s a popular spot for camping, water skiing, fishing and picnicking – along with abundant wildlife.…

Toolibin Lake is one of the last remaining inland freshwater lakes in southwest Australia. It’s so rare it’s classified as critically endangered in WA and is internationally recognised as a wetland of importance. A range of engineering solutions have been developed to halt the decline of Toolibin Lake.…

Across the Wheatbelt cameras are watching… waiting for fireballs or meteors. The Desert Fireball Network studies meteorites to try and uncover the mysteries surrounding the formation of the solar system. As a citizen scientist you also have a role to play.…

In 1968, Meckering entered Western Australian history as the site of a magnitude 6.5 earthquake. Earthquakes are usually caused when stress between and within tectonic plates cause rocks to break along fault lines and release energy in the form of shaking and vibrating.…

The shape and features of the Avon Valley’s landscape make Northam ideal for hot air ballooning. Northam Airfield has international significance as the starting point for several ballooning world records. It’s also the base for the WA Ballooning & Airship Club as well as a commercial balloon flight business.…

Beringbooding Rock is an example of both natural and man-made and water storage methods. You can also find the tiny water-loving Crawling Toadlet which is found only in WA.…

Right in the middle of Tammin you can explore a working hydrology model. It depicts a typical Wheatbelt landscape with farmland being lost to dryland salinity – one of the greatest environmental threats to Western Australian agriculture, water, biodiversity and infrastructure.…

Explore the story of grain handling and transport as well as the history of Rabbit Proof Fence No.2. You can also see hundreds of rocks from a private collection plus the last known surviving 10kw art deco AWA broadcasting transmitter in Australia.…

Rising 50 metres above the surrounding landscape, Boyagin (or Boodjin) rock is a deeply spiritual place for Noongar people. It is also a refuge for threatened species and home to some more unusual ones, such as shrimp!…

Narrogin is part of a worldwide seismic monitoring network, which offers near real-time seismic monitoring, including monitoring compliance with the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Narrogin station also played a role trying to solve a mysterious seismic event in the WA outback in 1993.…

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The first round of sites on this map were listed in August 2017 and made possible by a Community Chest Fund grant, Inspiring Australia and our volunteers. The trail also features a Geo Trail, a series of geocaches throughout the region.

Want to know more? If you would like more information or would like to support us to add more sites to the map, visit our FAQs. To find out more about the people who made this possible see our acknowledgements page.