Wheatbelt Weekend – Bencubbin
Sometimes you only have the weekend to getaway! So we have provided you with the local knowledge on how to best spend a weekend in each of the Wheatbelt Way towns!
Explore Pergandes Sheepyards, Bencubbin.
Just over a 3 hr (272km) drive from Perth, arrive at the Bencubbin Caravan Park, park up your van or check-in to a cabin, and be welcomed into our relaxed country lifestyle (otherwise stay at one of the nearby free campgrounds of Marshall Rock or Gabbin Hall)! Take a walk along the main street, see what we have to offer, and admire our Sandalwood Dray and Power House displays. Enjoy a delicious dinner from KC’s Café; they offer a selection of burgers, including steak and chicken, hot chips, seafood options, toasties, homemade desserts, milkshakes, and more! Settle in for the night and take some time out from the rest of the world to enjoy our peaceful surroundings. Admire the clear night sky and endless stars, they really do need to be seen to be believed!
Start your day with a Fiori coffee or tea from KC’s Café, you could opt to enjoy breakfast here or make yourself at home in our Caravan Park camp kitchen, which provides excellent facilities for all your cooking needs. Pay a visit to The Bencubbin Shop before lunchtime to make sure you are fully stocked up with supplies. You will find a great variety of fresh produce, dry goods, and products so you’ll have everything you’ll need during your stay. Then take a short drive east of town and take a step back in time with a visit to the unique site of the Pergandes Sheep Yards, here you will find the remains of an original and prominent homestead and granite sheep yards that were constructed in 1913. Given the historical and cultural importance of this site, it is now open to visitors, a must-see! Make a stop at Marshall Rock to take in the panoramic views from the top, where you can see our golden pastoral countryside. This reserve provides great opportunities for bushwalking, birdwatching, and inspecting our wildflowers. A popular leisure spot for both locals and visitors alike, great for a picnic, so take some lunch with you and enjoy the peace, quiet, and breathe in some fresh air.
If you have time be sure to take a drive out to the small pioneering town of Gabbin, you can enjoy a walk along the heritage trail and it will take you on a journey back in time to where it all began, showcasing the highlights of Gabbin’s history. After a day of exploring you might like to enjoy an evening meal at the Bencubbin Sports Club, they regularly have meals on offer on a Saturday night. Providing a great opportunity to mingle with the locals and enjoy a refreshing beverage.
Place a rock to the cairn (highest point) after climbing to the top of Marshall Rock, Bencubbin.
Start your day early and wake with the sunrise, the colors are stunning, and the skies are clear. Either make use of the camp kitchen for breakfast or grab a hot drink and toastie from KC’s Cafe between 8.00 am and 9.30 am. Enjoy a leisurely walk around the Bencubbin Heritage Trail, this 5km track meanders through the townsite, surrounding bushland, and our golf course. Make the most of the peace and quiet while admiring the flora, fauna, and at the right time of year, our orchids! Head on over to Lake McDermott, a large salt lake located just east of Bencubbin. At the moment, due to recent rainfall, you can enjoy a swim, some water sports (bring your own kayak!) or even get chatting with the locals and head out on their boat with them! A beautiful picnic spot surrounded by water, a rare find out this way. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to take some stunning photographs, before heading for home after lunch. We hope that you enjoyed your stay with us, and we hope to welcome you back again soon!
At the moment you can bring your canoe or kayak and paddle on Lake McDermott, an inland salt lake near Bencubbin.