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The Avon Valley town of Goomalling is your gateway to one of the largest and most dazzling displays of wildflowers in Western Australia and, in fact, the world. In spring, you'll see some of the State's 12,000 plus blooming varieties blanket the countryside as far as the eye can see. Nestled in the north-eastern corner of the Avon Valley, you can get to Goomalling direct from Perth in just under two hours, via the charming country town of Northam. Or, if you're in no hurry, hit the self-drive loop trail taking in the rolling pastures and heritage towns of York and Toodyay too. About 15 kilometres to the north of Goomalling sits Oak Park, one of the last remnants of original native bushland in the Wheatbelt. Here, you can lay out your picnic on a vast blanket of spring wildflowers, explore 149 hectares of native woodlands and wetlands, or discover the ancient traditions of the local Indigenous Balardong people and their gnamma (water holes). For insights into the region's more recent history, head for the Slater Homestead to view the residence of Goomalling's first European settler family (circa 1860), or the Railway Station and Museum which dates back to the early 1900s (open to the public by appointment). Goomalling's traditional taverns offer some country hospitality in the form of drinks, wholesome meals and accommodation. For a more family and budget-friendly overnight option, try the caravan park.
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