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Welcome to Western Australia’s
Great Southern Pioneer Way
through our southern rural heartland

As you head south for your holiday,
or on your way back home,
wouldn’t it be nice to

  • start your holiday as soon as you leave home?
  • arrive at your destination happy and relaxed?
  • experience some of W.A.’s colourful history?
  • see many of our historic towns and landmarks?
  • visit a large number of amazing communities?
  • experience real agriculture – right where it happens?
  • visit stunning national parks?
  • see unique flora, fauna and beautiful natural scenery?

Route 120
Northam-Cranbrook Road

Commonly referred to as
Great Southern Highway
is also often referred to as
“The Pioneer Way” or the “Heritage Highway”

All thirteen towns along the way have something
unique
for visitors to see and experience…
and there’s plenty of accommodation,
food and fuel as you go.
You can stay a day. A night. A week…
Or as long as you like!

When leaving home you will avoid the road-hogging
heavy trucks and road-trains
on Albany Highway
and take a leisurely drive down
Route 120 – the Pioneer Way

One of Western Australia’s best kept secrets.

Here’s just a sample of what you will see…

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They have a number of tourist dvd’s available

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Travelling South…

Via Midland, Toodyay, & Northam
Travel along Toodyay Road
Turn off Roe Highway at Midland

Via Midland & Northam
Turn off Great Eastern Highway
at Northam and drive through town

Via “The Lakes” to York
Turn right off Great Eastern Highway
Historic York was W.A.’s first inland town
and is the ‘gateway’ to Route 120

Via Brookton Highway
Turn off Albany Highway at Kelmscott
and join Route 120 at Brookton

Travelling North…

Via Cranbrook
The ‘Gateway’ to the Stirling Range
Turn off Albany Highway at Cranbrook
as you head north.

From Esperance

Via Ravensthorpe and Lake Grace
You will  join Route 120 at Wagin
The home of the Big Ram

or
Via Ravensthorpe and Gnowangerup
and you will join Route 120 at Broomehill
The starting point for the Holland Track

 

Click on a town above

 

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The Pioneer Way

Follow the path of our early pioneers as they headed south from York

The Great Southern Highway is a highway in the Southern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, starting from Great Eastern Highway at The Lakes, 50 km from Perth, and ending at Albany Highway near Cranbrook.
It is the primary thoroughfare for this part of Western Australia and runs parallel with the Northam-Albany Great Southern Railway for its entire length.
It is signed as State Route 120 from York to Cranbrook, and was first named in 1949, although it was built well before that time.
The highway initially travels east to the historic town of York (the first inland town in Western Australia), before following the Avon Valley and the railway roughly southwards until Narrogin.
The highway then runs parallel with Albany Highway at a distance of about 30 km through Wagin and Katanning before curving to approach Albany Highway where it ends 4 km past Cranbrook.
Many of the towns along this highway have prominent grain silos, and Narrogin, Wagin and Katanning have remained important population centres sustained by agriculture and its supporting industries.

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The first permanent home on “Coompertine” in Katanning

 

We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional
custodians
of this land upon which we walk together.

We recognise that these towns are located on Noongar country.
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Site created by Arthur Todd – Lost Katanning
Email: webmaster@lostkatanning.com

The Pioneer Way

The Pioneer Way

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