Merredin


Merredin Museum & Historical Society Attractions

Occupying the old railway station, the Merredin Railway Museum has an extensive display of railway memorabilia and social history. Wander among massive steam engines and rolling stock, including the 1897 locomotive that hauled the Kalgoorlie Express, or climb the signal tower for a view and insight into the amount of signal leavers necessary to operate this once major rail hub. Marvel at the farming pioneers of Merredin and district with a visit to the Pioneer Women's Room and the Memorial Rose Garden.

Address: Great Eastern Highway, merredin 6415

Phone: 428411551

Email: merredinmuseum@gmail.com

Website: www.wheatbelttourism.com/heritage-the-arts/museums-in-the-wheatbelt/

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Merredin Military Museum Attractions

A fine collection of memorabilia, uniforms, vehicles and equipment relating to most conflicts from World War 1 onwards. Some vehicles have been restored to working order. In September 2014 the museum took delivery of “huey” a former RAAF and Army Aviation Iroquois UH-1H helicopter. The only other Iroquois on public display in WA is at Perth’s Bull Creek Aviation Heritage Museum.

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Great Eastern Highway, Merredin 6415

Phone: 0429411204

Email: visitor@merredin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.wheatbelttourism.com/heritage-the-arts/museums-in-the-wheatbelt/

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Merredin Cummins Theatre Attractions

Cummins Theatre is one of the oldest buildings in the Shire of Merredin. The Theatre owns its existence in Merredin to James Cummins, who was the Mayor of Kalgoorlie and owner of both the Merredin and Kalgoorlie breweries. Mr Cummins purchased the Tivoli Theatre, which had been built in Coolgardie in 1897, and had it dismantled and sent in pieces to Merredin by train. Here, the thirty year old Theatre was rebuilt where it stands today on Bates Street. Cummins Theatre, renamed in honour of its founder, opened to the public on the 10th October, 1928. Cummins Theatre has played host to a number of Australia’s favourite artists over the years, including AC/DC, Slim Dusty, Johnny O’Keefe, Lano & Woodley, The Wiggles, David Helfgott, Sherbert, Marcia Hines, John Paul Young, and many, many others. The theatre was permanently entered on the State Register of Heritage Places in 1996, and is highly valued in its community for its live entertainment. 

Address: 31 Bates Street, Merredin 6415

Phone: 890413295

Email: cumminstheatre@merredin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.cumminstheatre.com.au

Facebook Link: facebook.com/CumminsTheatreMerredin/

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Merredin Peak and Railway Dam Attractions

Surrounded by native bushland this area is perfect for bushwalking or climbing the rock along the interpretive trail, rewarding you with magnificent views over Merredin and the surrounding countryside. Interpretive signage tells the story of the engineering techniques of building the stone contour wall, rock channel and railway dam in 1893. This early catchment scheme provided water for both the town and railway. The rock wall built around the contours of the peak led to a 100m channel and a 25 million litre capacity storage dam. Adjacent to the Peak is the World War II remains of the 2/1 Australian General Hospital. A drive around the site explains the history of the construction and reason for this inland hospital. Merredin Peak is a 24hr self-contained RV site. Dogs are permitted off leash in this area.

Address: Benson Road, Merredin

Phone: 890411666

Email: visitor@merredin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.wheatbelttourism.com/natural-wonders/granite-outcrops-in-the-wheatbelt/

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Merredin Collgar Wind Farm Attractions

Between Merredin and Burracoppin you can drive through one of the largest wind farms in Australia. Collgar Wind Farm is a site of 18,000 hectares and contains 111 turbines which generate enough power to supply 125,000 homes. It will displace 700,000 tonnes of carbon which is equivalent to taking 160,000 cars off the road each year. Visitors are invited to stop at the Interpretive information shelter located on Bulls Head Road.

Address: Bullshead Road Merredin

Phone: 890411666

Email: visitor@merredin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.wheatbelttourism.com/enterprise/

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Merredin Totadgin Conservation Park Attractions

Located 14 kilometres south of Merredin on the Bruce Rock Road. Totadgin Conservation Park offers a picturesque setting for a picnic and provides an ideal location to discover much of the native flora and fauna inhabiting the area. Take a gentle stroll along the bottom of the Totadgin Rock,  a granite outcrop with a similar wave formation to the more famous Wave Rock in Hyden. Discover the plethora of native birds that live in the reserve, including the White-eared Honeyeater and Chestnut-rumped Thornbill. Relax at the picnic area under the shade of the woodlands before continuing on to explore more of the reserve. A visit to the reserve in spring is even more spectacular with the diverse assortment of wildflowers out on display. A stone lined well built by Hunt in the 1860’s, to assist pioneers moving through the country, is also located in the Park.

Address: Merredin-Bruce Rock Road

Phone: 890411666

Email: visitor@merredin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.wheatbelttourism.com/natural-wonders/granite-outcrops-in-the-wheatbelt/

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Merredin Heritage Walk Attractions

The Merredin Heritage Walk begins in the Museum precinct where you can see the Railway and Military Museums and historic water tower. Continue along the trail through Barrack and Mitchell Street and look at buildings including Merredin Courthouse, Town Hall and Cummins Theatre. Take a look inside Cummins Theatre and see the beautiful pressed tin ceiling. Take a look at the former bank buildings and see what they are used for today. Continue along the trail to the Long Tan Vietnam memorial then continue back towards the visitor centre where the trail ends. Grab a copy of the Merredin brochure which includes the heritage trail map, available from the Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre and a map of the trail is located on the Visitor Centre building.

Address: Various locations Merredin

Phone: 890411666

Email: visitor@merredin.wa.gov.au

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Merredin Parks and Reserves Attractions

Merredin has a range of parks and reserves which are well worth exploring. Apex Park located on Barrack Street is a childrens playground which includes tables, bbq, public toilets, shelter shed and a skate park. Roy Little Park located on King Street provides a paved walking or cycle trail, playground, picnic seats and a home for the other two legged locals - the ducks. Tamma Parkland is located on the southern side of the Merredin townsite accessible via South Avenue, O’Connor Street, Cohn Street and Snell Street. Tamma Parkland provides a glimpse into the type of vegetation that was once found in the area. The 23 hectares is home to 175 native plants in five habitat sites. More than 45 species of birds have been sighted in the park and there are two species of trap door spider. In spring time droseras, a variety of orchids, grevillea, hakea and the mallee trees are all a feature of the park.

Address: Various locations Merredin

Phone: 890411666

Email: visitor@merredin.wa.gov.au

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Merredin WW11 Military Sites Attractions

The World War II Sites in Merredin provide a fascinating insight into the role the Central Wheatbelt played in Australia's preparation for World War II. Visit the old hangars and the Officer's mess which together tell an interesting part of the town's history. Military history enthusiasts will be captivated by the RAAF No 10 Store Depot which comprises of igloo shaped tin hangars. They were originally built in 1943 to store American aircraft for the war. From the sky the hangars were camouflaged to look like a salt lake. Take a drive to the High Frequency Direction Finding Installation, also known as the Radar Hut. It was built to give advance warning of an impending invasion. Whilst it is located on private property, it can be seen from the Merredin-Chandler Road. The foundations of a once active hospital are all that remain at the Merredin Army Hospital Site beside Merredin Peak. Wander over the concrete base and imagine the scene with army medics racing around to help injured soldiers during World War II. The hospital was situated in Gaza Ridge near Tobruck and was relocated here in 1942. Read about the hospital's history and the significant role it played in the war, and discover why it was relocated to Merredin.

Address: Various locations Merredin

Phone: 890411666

Email: visitor@merredin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.wheatbelttourism.com/heritage-the-arts/military-history-of-the-wheatbelt/

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Merredin No.4 Pump Station Attractions

A point of interest on the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail, located 3km west of Merredin off the Great Eastern Highway. This once significant structure is now a stabilised ruin with a interpretation on site.

Address: Great Eastern Highway, merredin 6415

Phone: 890411666

Email: visitor@merredin.wa.gov.au

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