Welcome to Western Australia’s
Great Southern Pioneer Way
through our 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 stunning flora, fauna and beautiful natural scenery?
Route 120 (Great Southern Highway),
is 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.
You can join the Pioneer Way
Via Northam – along Great Eastern Highway
Via historic York – WA’s first inland town
Via Brookton Highway from Kelmscott
or by turning off Albany Highway at Cranbrook
as you head north.
Click on a town above
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 Perth-Albany 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, 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.
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
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