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Ardath Hotel Attractions

Circa 1925, this is a Heritage style hotel. Ardath hotel has been restored as a tavern with counter meals available. The main bar features original behind-bar furniture. If you look closely, you may recognize the hotel from a television commercial with Saw. Even though it might seem like an unlikely location, Ardath has an 18 hole par 72 golf course.

Address: 25 Main Street Ardath WA 6419

Phone: 890651045

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Bruce Rock Ampitheatre Attractions

The Amphitheatre seats up to 1200 people. Designed and built by the local community, it is the host for many get-togethers and community events including the annual Vietnam Veterans Reunion and many other shows, concerts and community initiatives. The adjoining Sculpture Park has contributions of artwork form all around the region and is a unique place for a family picnic or a peaceful stroll around picturesque gardens.

Address:

Johnston Street, Bruce Rock 6418

Phone: 890611377

Email: admin@brucerock.wa.go.au

Website: http://www.brucerock.wa.gov.au/amphitheatre.aspx

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Bruce Rock Museum Attractions

The Bruce Rock Museum is located on Johnson Street, and contains a comprehensive collection of memorabilia. To the rear of the museum you will find an original one-room school house and a replica mud brick settler’s cottage from pioneering farm days. Situated across the road is the Machinery and Motor Museum, which houses working farm machinery, a vintage car and a steam traction engine – all from local historical times.

Address:

24 Johnston Street, Bruce Rock , 6418

Phone: 890611377

Email: admin@brucerock.wa.go.au

Website: www.brucerock.wa.gov.au/museum.aspx

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Bruce's Rock Attractions

Bruce's Rock, two kilometres outside the town, was named after John Rufus Bruce, a sandalwooder who used the outcrop as his depot in 1869. Take a walk over the rock and enjoy a picnic or barbeque at its base.

Address: Bruce Rock Nature Reserve, Bruce Rock East Road, Bruce Rock 6418

Phone: 890611377

Email: roctel@wn.com.au

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Granite Way Attractions

From Kwolyin, Strike out on a 60km tour of the most impressive granite rocks on any drive. Spectacular scenery of both grantie rocks and farmland abound, on this short but impressive drive. The drive can be accessed from Kellerberrin, Yoting or from Kwolyin.

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Phone: 890611377

Email: roctel@wn.com.au

Website: www.brucerock.wa.gov.au/kwolyin-campsite.aspx

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Kokerbin Rock Attractions

The Rock is situated within the Kokerbin Nature Reserve which is administered by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Also known as Kokerbin Hill, it is the third largest monolith in Australia and is recognized as an interesting unspoilt spot for flora and fauna study. It covers 9 hectares and is 122m high with interesting formations, caves and a deep well on the western side. Situated approximately 40km north-west of Bruce Rock. Picnic and barbecue facilities are available that creates an ideal location for a pleasant outing with family and friends.

Address:

Kokerbin Nature Reserve, Kwolyin, WA 6385

Phone: 890611377

Email: roctel@wn.com.au

Website: www.brucerock.wa.gov.au/kokerbin-rock.aspx

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Kwolyin Campsite

Kwolyin Campsite is situated on what used to be the old football oval. You wouldn't know it. Pristine bush, with orchids, flowering annual and sandalwoods surround the camp. Rarely can you sit in a picnic shelter and look on at orchids on the sides of the shelter. Or, park your caravan in a dedicated bay in the bush. 

The camp boasts toilets, camp kitchen, large & small shelters, dedicated tent camping and caravan bays, campfires with BBQ plate (April til Sept only), bush walks and a pioneer walk trail through the old campsite & more.


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Kwolyin Campsite, Kwolyin 6385

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Website: www.brucerock.wa.gov.au/kwolyin-campsite.aspx

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Shackleton Bank Attractions

The Bankwest bank at Shackleton claims to be Australia’s smallest bank. This is a claim that few would argue with. Measuring only 3 metres by 4 metres the bank closed its doors from business for the last time in 1997. Thoughout its life, the building has been an Aircraft Observation Post during World War II, a Child Care Centre and the Bank of New South Wales before it finally became known as Bankwest.

Address: 7 Jermyn Street Shackleton WA 6386

Phone: 890641082

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Website: www.brucerock.wa.gov.au/shackleton-bank.aspx

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Shackleton Hall Attractions

Newly painted and renovated by the Shackleton Progress Assocation. It contains wall time-lines and pictures of the history and farming industries of Shackleton, Kwolyin and Erikin. A room devoted to the Antarctic expolits of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew has been decorated with posters, information and books. August 30th was the centenary of their rescue by the Chilean Navy tug S.S Yelcho from Elephant Island in 1916. Shackelton was named by land-owner Dr Jermyn to honour the hero who returned all the un-harmed crew of twenty-eight to england. Their Ship Endurance stuck in the ice, drifted in the Waddell Sea and was finally crushed. ( The Shackleton Hall Key is at the Shackleton Store).

Address: 4 Jermyn Street Shackleton WA 6386

Phone: 890641082

Email: Ivord@bigpond.com

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Kellerberrin Centenary Park Kellerberrin

Located in the centre of town, Centenary Park has been recently redeveloped to feature a new Skate Park as well as a Naturescape Playground. Park also features picnic and barbecue area, seating, new paths and sensory garden.

Address: Leake Street, Kellerberrin

Phone: 61890454006

Email: shire@kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

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Kellerberrin Hill Kellerberrin

Offers spectacular views over the townsite of Kellerberrin and beyond. Features lookout platform and picnic facilities.

Address: Nicholls Drive, Kellerberrin

Phone: 61890454006

Email: shire@kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

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Kellerberrin Lake Baandee Kellerberrin

A popular Ski Lake 25km east of Kellerberrin off the Great Eastern Highway. The lake is a gazetted water skiing area - when the lake is full, dependent on seasonal conditions. A boat ramp, showers and toilets are located at this popular spot.

Address: Ski Lake Road (off Great Eastern Highway) Baandee

Phone: 61890454006

Email: shire@kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

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Kellerberrin Marek Brothers Garage Kellerberrin

A former Blacksmith shop come Holden dealership from the 60's to 2004, now houses a small collection of Holden cars and memorabilia from days gone by. Open by request only generally daily.

Address: 126 Massingham Street, Kellerberrin

Phone: 61409528289

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Website: www.marekbrosgarage.com/

Facebook Link: facebook.com/Marek-Brothers-Garage-205612639482566/

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Kellerberrin Pioneer Museum Kellerberrin

Folk Museum featuring local memorabilia is located in the old agricultural hall (built 1897). Old farming machinery and implements are located next to the building in the grounds of Pioneer Park. A key can be collected from the Shire Offices during business hours Monday to Friday alternatively the Museum is manned by volunteers of the Kellerberrin Historical Society every Sunday between 2pm & 4pm.

Address: Leake Street, Kellerberrin

Phone: 61427523332

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Website: kellerberrinhistoricalsociety.weebly.com/

Facebook Link: facebook.com/kellerberrinhistoricalsociety/

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Kellerberrin Trayning Road Kellerberrin

This is considered to be an excellent drive during the wildflower season with many varieties of wildflowers along the route. The Kellerberrin countryside is covered in wildflowers during the spring with two excellent places to enjoy the flora being Durokoppin Wildlife Sactuary 27km north and Charles Gardner Nature Park, 35km south west.

Address: Kellerberrin-Trayning Road, Kellerberrin

Phone: 61890454006

Email: shire@kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

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Kokerbin Rock Kellerberrin

A massive granite outcrop 30km south of Kellerberrin. It is reputed to be Australia's largest monolith. A walking trail takes you to the top where you are provided with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. There is a picnic ground at the base of the rock with toilets and running water. The rock is both the Shire of Kellerberrin as well as Shire of Bruce Rock.

Address: Kwolyin West Road, Kellerberrin

Phone: 61890454006

Email: shire@kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

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Mt Caroline & Mt Stirling Kellerberrin

Giant granite outcrops 22km south of Kellerberrin. These ancient landforms are some of the oldest exposed rocks in the world; which were first exposed in the middle of the Jurassic period. These granite outcrops are important water sources for the Aborginal people and the early explorers. These rock pools are called gnamma holes. The granite outcrops provide a great place for bird and black flanked wallaby watching as well as home to various types of orchids. The granite outcrops are located in the Shires of Kellerberrin and Quairading.

Address: Yoting Road, Kellerberrin

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Email: shire@kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

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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 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 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 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.

Address:

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 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 Njaki Njaki Aboriginal Cultural Tours Business

Sharing Culture, Exploring Country.
Join local Aboriginal tour guide Mick Hayden and undertake a cultural walking tour of Merredin Peak and the surrounding reserve. Learn about the rich Aboriginal history via a walk along the trail up the rock and be rewarded with delightful views of the town and reserve land to the east. Alternatively book in for the day tour and allow yourself to be taken on a journey of the Njaki Njaki Nyoongar peoples country and hear stories of their connection to the sites. This tour offers an insight into traditional and historical site important to the Njaki Nyoongar people.

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Phone: 407984470

Email: mick@njakinjaki.com.au

Website: www.njakinjaki.com.au

Facebook Link: facebook.com/NjakiNjakiACT

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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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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 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 Silo Art

The third public Silo Trail mural in regional Western Australia is a 35 metre high artwork created in August 2017 by Perth artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers’at Merredin in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt.  

The mural joins silo artworks in Northam and Ravensthorpe. Ultimately the silos will form a large scale art trail for tourists and travellers to take through regional Western Australia, casting a spotlight on less known towns. 

Creating the artwork was a labour of love, requiring the artist to work around the clock. Through his geometric yet playful paintings on the Merredin silos Hughes-Odgers depicts two large plant pots with sprouting seedlings, which represent the importance of the agricultural industry to Merredin and the Wheatbelt region. A man and a woman are standing tall on the silos. The patterns on the woman’s body pay reference to local buildings, structures and local icons in Merredin. The designs on the man’s body are inspired by local salt lakes, dams, and granite outcrops. The colours are recognisable, as they are taken directly from the Wheatbelt’s natural environment. The burnt oranges, yellows, and blues are from the landscape and sky.

Address:

Merredin Silo Art, Great Eastern Highway, Merredin, 6415

Phone: 890411666

Email: visitor@merredin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.publicsilotrail.com

Facebook Link: facebook.com.au/CWVCMerredin

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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 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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Southern Cross Frog Rock Attractions

Situated in the Yilgarn Shire 25km south east off the Great Eastern Highway from Parker Rd out from Moorine Rock, Frog Rock is a popular picnic spot. A small dam is located beneath a wave rock formation. There is a fine stand of gimlet on the road into the site and wildflowers abound in the spring.

Address: Frog Rock Nature Reserve, Dulyalbin WA 6425

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Golden Valley Knutsford Attractions

Named not from gold but from the “Golden Scrub Wattle” which covers the slopes of the valley. Township of Knutsford – this is where it began in 1887 with the find of gold reef, paving the way to Southern Cross and other finds within the Yilgarn.

Address:

Mount Jackson Rd, Bullfinch WA 6484

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Government Dam Attractions

Government Dam is on the Bullfinch Road adjacent to the turn off for Hunts Soak. The discovery of gold set off a chain reaction which in space of 2 years placed the public Works Department under extremepressure to provide even the most basic water supplies to the area. Hunts Soaks were not enough with an ever expanding population. Along with the rapid development of the eastern railway it was also necessary to establish a good water supply for the locomotives.

In this area, constructed simple in a rock out crop with natural catchment, is one such basic water supply. As well as the railway’s use it supplemented water for stock, horses and men during the boom years. It still contains water today.

Address:

Bullfinch Road, Southern Cross 6426

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Hunts Soak Attractions

As wells were established along what became known as Hunts Track, later called the Old York Road, these watering holes signposted the way to the future of the Eastern Goldfields. Hunt located a number of aboriginal water holes and native springs.

Address:

Turkey Hill Road, Southern Cross, 6426

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Karalee Dam Attractions

Karalee Dam is located off the Great Eastern Highway 34 km east of Southern Cross.

Karalee Dam was constructed to provide water for slow steam trains en route to Kalgoorlie. The site was chosen mainly because of the granite outcrop; with rain the outcrop becomes a natural catchment area. Construction between 1896–1897, its capacity 10.6 million gallons, 1487 feet above sea level and 25 feet in depth. Retaining walls of granite slab, all cut from the top of the rock and laid by hand, surround the enormous rock catchment.

This enables the water to flow off the rock into the dam via a large semi-circular aqueduct of steel, hand riveted at each joint, which is still in very good condition considering its age and the natural harsh elements. To reflect upon the unbelievable manual labour and horsepower involved in this construction, is well worth the journey.

Karalee includes a caravan dump point, toilet facilities and large camping grounds with fire pits for cooking.

Address: Karalee Rocks, Yellowdine WA 6426

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Lake Koorkoordine Attractions

Aboriginal for meat (Koorkoor) and place of (dine). Due to the water and wind erosion over the years some very interesting miniature caves, cliffs and bays are to be discovered.

On the Bullfinch Road, just north of the lake, you can identify the quarry site, used to supply foundations for a proposed air training school. The school never eventuated. However $60,000 worth of engine bed foundations in the middle of a wheat field adjacent to Southern Cross are the remaining proof of the unfinished project. 

Address:

Turkey Hill Road, Southern Cross, 6426

Phone: 0890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross New Zealand Gully Dam Attractions

Water, or lack of it was the curse of early Southern Cross.

Between 1888 & 1894 the only source of water to service an ever expanding town was obtained from rock holes, soaks, what ran off theroof of the houses or from the condensers around the lake.

As the railway reached Southern Cross in 1894, water was carted via rail from Northam some 260kms to the west, this was meant to be atemporary measure. As the population swelled the government considered it necessary for a large dam to be built. This led to the New Zealand Gully Dam site being selected, due to the considered good run off from the hills alongside. 

In 1903 the goldfields pipeline reached Southern Cross (a great ceremony was conducted with the turning on of the firstwater tap).
The New Zealand Gully Dam lay dormant until 1980, when the area was sold to a local farmer who restored the dam into working order, with great foresight he introduced Marron and fish stock with moderate success. Eventually with mining becoming more prominent the area was sold to a mining company.

Address: Southern Cross South Road, Southern Cross 6426

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Pioneer Trek Attractions

Follow in the tracks of our early pioneers and their search for gold

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Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Vultee Vengeance Attractions

An RAAF Vultee Vengeance dive bomber went missing on a training flight from Pearce near Perth. The plane had apparently become lost and run out of fuel.

Address: King-Ingram Rd, Mount Holland WA 6426

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Wimmera Hill Attractions

Featuring a large cement monument with a pick and shovel to represent the early mining settlers in the district, and a scythe and rake depicting the farming industry in the Yilgarn.

Address: 70 Canopus St, Southern Cross WA 6426


Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Yilgarn History Museum Attractions

Visit the earliest Registrar’s Office in Western Australia and the courthouse, now the Museum, built in 1892.

Southern Cross, standing as it does, where the Agricultural areas meet the Mining regions, is in unique position, and its History Museum contains a collection of artefacts, records and memorabilia from both areas.

Address: 28 Antares Street, Southern Cross 6426

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Westonia Baladjie Rock Attractions

42 kilometers north east of Westonia, just a few minutes off the Koorda-Bullfinch Road, and 55 kms north west of Southern Cross. Features: Lake, Camping & BBQ facilities (BYO Firewood).

Address: Koorda Bullfinch Road (First left after Booderockin Road heading towards Bullfinch)

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/granite-outcrops.aspx

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Westonia Chiddaracooping Reserve Attractions

50 kilometers north of Westonia, 5262 hectares of bushland and rocky outcrops.

Address: Chiddarcooping Nature Reserve, Warralakin WA 6421

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/nature-reserves.aspx

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Westonia Common Attractions

Westonia town-site is significant in that it has the unique charm of being nestled inside approximately 5,600 hectares of remnant bushland, known as the Common. Features: WWH walk trail

Address: Surounds Westonia Townsite and heads out along Stoneman road.

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/woodlands.aspx

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Westonia Edna May Gold Mine Lookout Attractions

The Edna May is a working Gold Mine. Watch a Mine Blast or check out the Fantastic View from Sun-up to Sunset. Travel down the Mainstreet of Westonia, turn left on to Booderockin rd, then take the first right right on to Warrachuppin ( Gravel & now a no through road) follow the signage to the entrance which is a personnel gate from here you can travel on foot to the top. Contact the Shire office 90467063 for Blast times and Lookout closures.

Address: Old Warrachuppin Road

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/edna-may-gold-mine.aspx

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Westonia Elachbutting Rock Attractions

Approximately 100kms North on the Elachbutting Road. Features: Wave rock formation, Monty’s Pass, Camping/BBQ facilities (BYO Firewood), Eco toilet.

Address: 2157 Elachbutting Rd, Elachbutting WA 6479

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: westonia.wa.gov.au/granite-outcrops.aspx

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Westonia Fascades Attractions

Take a wander around the streets of Westonia and you will notice all is not what it seems the main street is one big façade set to look like the town once was back in it’s Boomtown era circa 1915.

Address: 36 - 55 Wolfram Street, Westonia, 6423

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/explore-westonia.aspx

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Westonia Hood - Penn Museum Attractions

This museum features a variety of social history scenes showcasing early life in the Shire. The museum also includes a mine tunnel and a blast simulation that aims to replicate life in an early Westonian gold mine. Open: Mon to Fri 9am-4.30pm

Address: 38 Wolfram Street, Westonia, 6423

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/hood-penn-museum.aspx

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Westonia Joans Leap Attractions

Is significant to the people in the district because of the following event which unfolded in the gold era of the time. It is situated aproximatley 1km East of the townsite along Boodarockin Rd on the edge of the edna May mine boundary. Story has it that a school girl named Joan, was running along a High Mullock dump (rock from which gold has been extracted)not knowing that there was an uncovered mine shaft of approximately 200ft in depth in her path. With split second thinking the running event was changed into a long jump event, which would have put any Olympic athlete to shame. Joan landed on the opposite side of the shaft with little room to spare.

Address: Boodarockin Road (Just on the outskirt of town on the edge of the Mine)

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/explore-westonia.aspx

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Westonia Moondyne Joe & Boodalin Soak Attractions

Check out where Moondyne Joe was tracked and captured on the 29th of September 1866. Moondyne Joe escaped prison early in the month of August and met up with three other escapees making robberies and narrowly avoiding capture left Perth by foot on the 5th of September along Explorer Charles Hunt’s established travellers route from York to Kalgoorlie. The idea was that the convicts would catch up to Hunt and his men working along the route and steal horses and supplies needed to get them to the S.A. border. However their plans were foiled when their tracks were found 160kms east of York. A team of police then set out after them and eventually caught up with them at Boodalin Soak located just off Stoneman Rd roughly 6km North West of Westonia townsite. Boodalin Soak also features a Stone Well a part of the series along Hunt’s trail excavated and lined by CC Hunt with the help of convict labourers. The stone work lining is a dry stone wall constructed in a circular fashion. Orchids & fascinating carpets of everlastings can be found through the spring months. 

Address: Stoneman Road, Walgoolan 6422

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/woodlands.aspx

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Westonia Sandford Rock Bird Hide Attractions

Approximately 10 kms North East of town, along the Boodarockin Road. Features: Bird Hide, Rock pool, Walk trail & Picnic area. Grab a copy of the trail brochure on your way.

Address:

Sandford Rocks Nature Reserve, Westonia 6423

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/nature-reserves.aspx

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Westonia St Lukes Church Attractions

48hr free Camping site for fully Self-contained RV’s only. St Lukes Church was originally built in 1916 at Naretha 205 mile camp along the Trans Australian Railway. When the camp was disbanded in 1918 the church was dismantled and moved to Westonia. The church has been recently decommissioned and restoration by the Westonia Community has begun on this Historic Building.

Address: 63 Wolfram Street, Westonia, 6423


Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/places-to-stay/st-lukes-church-48hr-free-camping.aspx

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Westonia Woodlands & Wildflowers Heritage Walk Trail Attractions

Starting just outside the entrance to the Westonia caravan park heading South, keep an eye out for wildflowers & Orchids in season. Grab a copy of the trail brochure on your way.

Address: Trail starts on Wolfram Street (at the edge of Caravan Park)

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/explore-westonia.aspx

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Westonia Yannemooning Hill Reserve Attractions

75 kms north of Westonia on the corner of Elachbutting and Echo Valley roads. Offering spectacular views variety of birdlife, Wildflowers and Orchids (rare Patricia’s spider orchids)

Address: Yanneymooning Nature Reserve, Elachbutting 6479

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/granite-outcrops.aspx

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Bruce Rock


Ardath Hotel Attractions

Circa 1925, this is a Heritage style hotel. Ardath hotel has been restored as a tavern with counter meals available. The main bar features original behind-bar furniture. If you look closely, you may recognize the hotel from a television commercial with Saw. Even though it might seem like an unlikely location, Ardath has an 18 hole par 72 golf course.

Address: 25 Main Street Ardath WA 6419

Phone: 890651045

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Bruce Rock Ampitheatre Attractions

The Amphitheatre seats up to 1200 people. Designed and built by the local community, it is the host for many get-togethers and community events including the annual Vietnam Veterans Reunion and many other shows, concerts and community initiatives. The adjoining Sculpture Park has contributions of artwork form all around the region and is a unique place for a family picnic or a peaceful stroll around picturesque gardens.

Address:

Johnston Street, Bruce Rock 6418

Phone: 890611377

Email: admin@brucerock.wa.go.au

Website: http://www.brucerock.wa.gov.au/amphitheatre.aspx

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Bruce Rock Museum Attractions

The Bruce Rock Museum is located on Johnson Street, and contains a comprehensive collection of memorabilia. To the rear of the museum you will find an original one-room school house and a replica mud brick settler’s cottage from pioneering farm days. Situated across the road is the Machinery and Motor Museum, which houses working farm machinery, a vintage car and a steam traction engine – all from local historical times.

Address:

24 Johnston Street, Bruce Rock , 6418

Phone: 890611377

Email: admin@brucerock.wa.go.au

Website: www.brucerock.wa.gov.au/museum.aspx

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Bruce's Rock Attractions

Bruce's Rock, two kilometres outside the town, was named after John Rufus Bruce, a sandalwooder who used the outcrop as his depot in 1869. Take a walk over the rock and enjoy a picnic or barbeque at its base.

Address: Bruce Rock Nature Reserve, Bruce Rock East Road, Bruce Rock 6418

Phone: 890611377

Email: roctel@wn.com.au

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Granite Way Attractions

From Kwolyin, Strike out on a 60km tour of the most impressive granite rocks on any drive. Spectacular scenery of both grantie rocks and farmland abound, on this short but impressive drive. The drive can be accessed from Kellerberrin, Yoting or from Kwolyin.

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Phone: 890611377

Email: roctel@wn.com.au

Website: www.brucerock.wa.gov.au/kwolyin-campsite.aspx

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Kokerbin Rock Attractions

The Rock is situated within the Kokerbin Nature Reserve which is administered by the Department of Parks and Wildlife. Also known as Kokerbin Hill, it is the third largest monolith in Australia and is recognized as an interesting unspoilt spot for flora and fauna study. It covers 9 hectares and is 122m high with interesting formations, caves and a deep well on the western side. Situated approximately 40km north-west of Bruce Rock. Picnic and barbecue facilities are available that creates an ideal location for a pleasant outing with family and friends.

Address:

Kokerbin Nature Reserve, Kwolyin, WA 6385

Phone: 890611377

Email: roctel@wn.com.au

Website: www.brucerock.wa.gov.au/kokerbin-rock.aspx

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Kwolyin Campsite

Kwolyin Campsite is situated on what used to be the old football oval. You wouldn't know it. Pristine bush, with orchids, flowering annual and sandalwoods surround the camp. Rarely can you sit in a picnic shelter and look on at orchids on the sides of the shelter. Or, park your caravan in a dedicated bay in the bush. 

The camp boasts toilets, camp kitchen, large & small shelters, dedicated tent camping and caravan bays, campfires with BBQ plate (April til Sept only), bush walks and a pioneer walk trail through the old campsite & more.


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Kwolyin Campsite, Kwolyin 6385

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Website: www.brucerock.wa.gov.au/kwolyin-campsite.aspx

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Shackleton Bank Attractions

The Bankwest bank at Shackleton claims to be Australia’s smallest bank. This is a claim that few would argue with. Measuring only 3 metres by 4 metres the bank closed its doors from business for the last time in 1997. Thoughout its life, the building has been an Aircraft Observation Post during World War II, a Child Care Centre and the Bank of New South Wales before it finally became known as Bankwest.

Address: 7 Jermyn Street Shackleton WA 6386

Phone: 890641082

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Website: www.brucerock.wa.gov.au/shackleton-bank.aspx

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Shackleton Hall Attractions

Newly painted and renovated by the Shackleton Progress Assocation. It contains wall time-lines and pictures of the history and farming industries of Shackleton, Kwolyin and Erikin. A room devoted to the Antarctic expolits of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew has been decorated with posters, information and books. August 30th was the centenary of their rescue by the Chilean Navy tug S.S Yelcho from Elephant Island in 1916. Shackelton was named by land-owner Dr Jermyn to honour the hero who returned all the un-harmed crew of twenty-eight to england. Their Ship Endurance stuck in the ice, drifted in the Waddell Sea and was finally crushed. ( The Shackleton Hall Key is at the Shackleton Store).

Address: 4 Jermyn Street Shackleton WA 6386

Phone: 890641082

Email: Ivord@bigpond.com

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Kellerberrin


Kellerberrin Centenary Park Kellerberrin

Located in the centre of town, Centenary Park has been recently redeveloped to feature a new Skate Park as well as a Naturescape Playground. Park also features picnic and barbecue area, seating, new paths and sensory garden.

Address: Leake Street, Kellerberrin

Phone: 61890454006

Email: shire@kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

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Kellerberrin Hill Kellerberrin

Offers spectacular views over the townsite of Kellerberrin and beyond. Features lookout platform and picnic facilities.

Address: Nicholls Drive, Kellerberrin

Phone: 61890454006

Email: shire@kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

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Kellerberrin Lake Baandee Kellerberrin

A popular Ski Lake 25km east of Kellerberrin off the Great Eastern Highway. The lake is a gazetted water skiing area - when the lake is full, dependent on seasonal conditions. A boat ramp, showers and toilets are located at this popular spot.

Address: Ski Lake Road (off Great Eastern Highway) Baandee

Phone: 61890454006

Email: shire@kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

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Kellerberrin Marek Brothers Garage Kellerberrin

A former Blacksmith shop come Holden dealership from the 60's to 2004, now houses a small collection of Holden cars and memorabilia from days gone by. Open by request only generally daily.

Address: 126 Massingham Street, Kellerberrin

Phone: 61409528289

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Website: www.marekbrosgarage.com/

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Kellerberrin Pioneer Museum Kellerberrin

Folk Museum featuring local memorabilia is located in the old agricultural hall (built 1897). Old farming machinery and implements are located next to the building in the grounds of Pioneer Park. A key can be collected from the Shire Offices during business hours Monday to Friday alternatively the Museum is manned by volunteers of the Kellerberrin Historical Society every Sunday between 2pm & 4pm.

Address: Leake Street, Kellerberrin

Phone: 61427523332

Email:

Website: kellerberrinhistoricalsociety.weebly.com/

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Kellerberrin Trayning Road Kellerberrin

This is considered to be an excellent drive during the wildflower season with many varieties of wildflowers along the route. The Kellerberrin countryside is covered in wildflowers during the spring with two excellent places to enjoy the flora being Durokoppin Wildlife Sactuary 27km north and Charles Gardner Nature Park, 35km south west.

Address: Kellerberrin-Trayning Road, Kellerberrin

Phone: 61890454006

Email: shire@kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

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Kokerbin Rock Kellerberrin

A massive granite outcrop 30km south of Kellerberrin. It is reputed to be Australia's largest monolith. A walking trail takes you to the top where you are provided with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. There is a picnic ground at the base of the rock with toilets and running water. The rock is both the Shire of Kellerberrin as well as Shire of Bruce Rock.

Address: Kwolyin West Road, Kellerberrin

Phone: 61890454006

Email: shire@kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

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Mt Caroline & Mt Stirling Kellerberrin

Giant granite outcrops 22km south of Kellerberrin. These ancient landforms are some of the oldest exposed rocks in the world; which were first exposed in the middle of the Jurassic period. These granite outcrops are important water sources for the Aborginal people and the early explorers. These rock pools are called gnamma holes. The granite outcrops provide a great place for bird and black flanked wallaby watching as well as home to various types of orchids. The granite outcrops are located in the Shires of Kellerberrin and Quairading.

Address: Yoting Road, Kellerberrin

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Email: shire@kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.kellerberrin.wa.gov.au

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Merredin


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 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

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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 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.

Address:

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 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 Njaki Njaki Aboriginal Cultural Tours Business

Sharing Culture, Exploring Country.
Join local Aboriginal tour guide Mick Hayden and undertake a cultural walking tour of Merredin Peak and the surrounding reserve. Learn about the rich Aboriginal history via a walk along the trail up the rock and be rewarded with delightful views of the town and reserve land to the east. Alternatively book in for the day tour and allow yourself to be taken on a journey of the Njaki Njaki Nyoongar peoples country and hear stories of their connection to the sites. This tour offers an insight into traditional and historical site important to the Njaki Nyoongar people.

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Phone: 407984470

Email: mick@njakinjaki.com.au

Website: www.njakinjaki.com.au

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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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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 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 Silo Art

The third public Silo Trail mural in regional Western Australia is a 35 metre high artwork created in August 2017 by Perth artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers’at Merredin in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt.  

The mural joins silo artworks in Northam and Ravensthorpe. Ultimately the silos will form a large scale art trail for tourists and travellers to take through regional Western Australia, casting a spotlight on less known towns. 

Creating the artwork was a labour of love, requiring the artist to work around the clock. Through his geometric yet playful paintings on the Merredin silos Hughes-Odgers depicts two large plant pots with sprouting seedlings, which represent the importance of the agricultural industry to Merredin and the Wheatbelt region. A man and a woman are standing tall on the silos. The patterns on the woman’s body pay reference to local buildings, structures and local icons in Merredin. The designs on the man’s body are inspired by local salt lakes, dams, and granite outcrops. The colours are recognisable, as they are taken directly from the Wheatbelt’s natural environment. The burnt oranges, yellows, and blues are from the landscape and sky.

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Merredin Silo Art, Great Eastern Highway, Merredin, 6415

Phone: 890411666

Email: visitor@merredin.wa.gov.au

Website: www.publicsilotrail.com

Facebook Link: facebook.com.au/CWVCMerredin

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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 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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Southern Cross


Southern Cross Frog Rock Attractions

Situated in the Yilgarn Shire 25km south east off the Great Eastern Highway from Parker Rd out from Moorine Rock, Frog Rock is a popular picnic spot. A small dam is located beneath a wave rock formation. There is a fine stand of gimlet on the road into the site and wildflowers abound in the spring.

Address: Frog Rock Nature Reserve, Dulyalbin WA 6425

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Golden Valley Knutsford Attractions

Named not from gold but from the “Golden Scrub Wattle” which covers the slopes of the valley. Township of Knutsford – this is where it began in 1887 with the find of gold reef, paving the way to Southern Cross and other finds within the Yilgarn.

Address:

Mount Jackson Rd, Bullfinch WA 6484

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Government Dam Attractions

Government Dam is on the Bullfinch Road adjacent to the turn off for Hunts Soak. The discovery of gold set off a chain reaction which in space of 2 years placed the public Works Department under extremepressure to provide even the most basic water supplies to the area. Hunts Soaks were not enough with an ever expanding population. Along with the rapid development of the eastern railway it was also necessary to establish a good water supply for the locomotives.

In this area, constructed simple in a rock out crop with natural catchment, is one such basic water supply. As well as the railway’s use it supplemented water for stock, horses and men during the boom years. It still contains water today.

Address:

Bullfinch Road, Southern Cross 6426

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Hunts Soak Attractions

As wells were established along what became known as Hunts Track, later called the Old York Road, these watering holes signposted the way to the future of the Eastern Goldfields. Hunt located a number of aboriginal water holes and native springs.

Address:

Turkey Hill Road, Southern Cross, 6426

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Karalee Dam Attractions

Karalee Dam is located off the Great Eastern Highway 34 km east of Southern Cross.

Karalee Dam was constructed to provide water for slow steam trains en route to Kalgoorlie. The site was chosen mainly because of the granite outcrop; with rain the outcrop becomes a natural catchment area. Construction between 1896–1897, its capacity 10.6 million gallons, 1487 feet above sea level and 25 feet in depth. Retaining walls of granite slab, all cut from the top of the rock and laid by hand, surround the enormous rock catchment.

This enables the water to flow off the rock into the dam via a large semi-circular aqueduct of steel, hand riveted at each joint, which is still in very good condition considering its age and the natural harsh elements. To reflect upon the unbelievable manual labour and horsepower involved in this construction, is well worth the journey.

Karalee includes a caravan dump point, toilet facilities and large camping grounds with fire pits for cooking.

Address: Karalee Rocks, Yellowdine WA 6426

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Lake Koorkoordine Attractions

Aboriginal for meat (Koorkoor) and place of (dine). Due to the water and wind erosion over the years some very interesting miniature caves, cliffs and bays are to be discovered.

On the Bullfinch Road, just north of the lake, you can identify the quarry site, used to supply foundations for a proposed air training school. The school never eventuated. However $60,000 worth of engine bed foundations in the middle of a wheat field adjacent to Southern Cross are the remaining proof of the unfinished project. 

Address:

Turkey Hill Road, Southern Cross, 6426

Phone: 0890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross New Zealand Gully Dam Attractions

Water, or lack of it was the curse of early Southern Cross.

Between 1888 & 1894 the only source of water to service an ever expanding town was obtained from rock holes, soaks, what ran off theroof of the houses or from the condensers around the lake.

As the railway reached Southern Cross in 1894, water was carted via rail from Northam some 260kms to the west, this was meant to be atemporary measure. As the population swelled the government considered it necessary for a large dam to be built. This led to the New Zealand Gully Dam site being selected, due to the considered good run off from the hills alongside. 

In 1903 the goldfields pipeline reached Southern Cross (a great ceremony was conducted with the turning on of the firstwater tap).
The New Zealand Gully Dam lay dormant until 1980, when the area was sold to a local farmer who restored the dam into working order, with great foresight he introduced Marron and fish stock with moderate success. Eventually with mining becoming more prominent the area was sold to a mining company.

Address: Southern Cross South Road, Southern Cross 6426

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Pioneer Trek Attractions

Follow in the tracks of our early pioneers and their search for gold

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Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Vultee Vengeance Attractions

An RAAF Vultee Vengeance dive bomber went missing on a training flight from Pearce near Perth. The plane had apparently become lost and run out of fuel.

Address: King-Ingram Rd, Mount Holland WA 6426

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Wimmera Hill Attractions

Featuring a large cement monument with a pick and shovel to represent the early mining settlers in the district, and a scythe and rake depicting the farming industry in the Yilgarn.

Address: 70 Canopus St, Southern Cross WA 6426


Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Yilgarn History Museum Attractions

Visit the earliest Registrar’s Office in Western Australia and the courthouse, now the Museum, built in 1892.

Southern Cross, standing as it does, where the Agricultural areas meet the Mining regions, is in unique position, and its History Museum contains a collection of artefacts, records and memorabilia from both areas.

Address: 28 Antares Street, Southern Cross 6426

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Westonia


Westonia Baladjie Rock Attractions

42 kilometers north east of Westonia, just a few minutes off the Koorda-Bullfinch Road, and 55 kms north west of Southern Cross. Features: Lake, Camping & BBQ facilities (BYO Firewood).

Address: Koorda Bullfinch Road (First left after Booderockin Road heading towards Bullfinch)

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/granite-outcrops.aspx

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Westonia Chiddaracooping Reserve Attractions

50 kilometers north of Westonia, 5262 hectares of bushland and rocky outcrops.

Address: Chiddarcooping Nature Reserve, Warralakin WA 6421

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/nature-reserves.aspx

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Westonia Common Attractions

Westonia town-site is significant in that it has the unique charm of being nestled inside approximately 5,600 hectares of remnant bushland, known as the Common. Features: WWH walk trail

Address: Surounds Westonia Townsite and heads out along Stoneman road.

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/woodlands.aspx

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Westonia Edna May Gold Mine Lookout Attractions

The Edna May is a working Gold Mine. Watch a Mine Blast or check out the Fantastic View from Sun-up to Sunset. Travel down the Mainstreet of Westonia, turn left on to Booderockin rd, then take the first right right on to Warrachuppin ( Gravel & now a no through road) follow the signage to the entrance which is a personnel gate from here you can travel on foot to the top. Contact the Shire office 90467063 for Blast times and Lookout closures.

Address: Old Warrachuppin Road

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/edna-may-gold-mine.aspx

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Westonia Elachbutting Rock Attractions

Approximately 100kms North on the Elachbutting Road. Features: Wave rock formation, Monty’s Pass, Camping/BBQ facilities (BYO Firewood), Eco toilet.

Address: 2157 Elachbutting Rd, Elachbutting WA 6479

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: westonia.wa.gov.au/granite-outcrops.aspx

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Westonia Fascades Attractions

Take a wander around the streets of Westonia and you will notice all is not what it seems the main street is one big façade set to look like the town once was back in it’s Boomtown era circa 1915.

Address: 36 - 55 Wolfram Street, Westonia, 6423

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/explore-westonia.aspx

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Westonia Hood - Penn Museum Attractions

This museum features a variety of social history scenes showcasing early life in the Shire. The museum also includes a mine tunnel and a blast simulation that aims to replicate life in an early Westonian gold mine. Open: Mon to Fri 9am-4.30pm

Address: 38 Wolfram Street, Westonia, 6423

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/hood-penn-museum.aspx

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Westonia Joans Leap Attractions

Is significant to the people in the district because of the following event which unfolded in the gold era of the time. It is situated aproximatley 1km East of the townsite along Boodarockin Rd on the edge of the edna May mine boundary. Story has it that a school girl named Joan, was running along a High Mullock dump (rock from which gold has been extracted)not knowing that there was an uncovered mine shaft of approximately 200ft in depth in her path. With split second thinking the running event was changed into a long jump event, which would have put any Olympic athlete to shame. Joan landed on the opposite side of the shaft with little room to spare.

Address: Boodarockin Road (Just on the outskirt of town on the edge of the Mine)

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/explore-westonia.aspx

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Westonia Moondyne Joe & Boodalin Soak Attractions

Check out where Moondyne Joe was tracked and captured on the 29th of September 1866. Moondyne Joe escaped prison early in the month of August and met up with three other escapees making robberies and narrowly avoiding capture left Perth by foot on the 5th of September along Explorer Charles Hunt’s established travellers route from York to Kalgoorlie. The idea was that the convicts would catch up to Hunt and his men working along the route and steal horses and supplies needed to get them to the S.A. border. However their plans were foiled when their tracks were found 160kms east of York. A team of police then set out after them and eventually caught up with them at Boodalin Soak located just off Stoneman Rd roughly 6km North West of Westonia townsite. Boodalin Soak also features a Stone Well a part of the series along Hunt’s trail excavated and lined by CC Hunt with the help of convict labourers. The stone work lining is a dry stone wall constructed in a circular fashion. Orchids & fascinating carpets of everlastings can be found through the spring months. 

Address: Stoneman Road, Walgoolan 6422

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/woodlands.aspx

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Westonia Sandford Rock Bird Hide Attractions

Approximately 10 kms North East of town, along the Boodarockin Road. Features: Bird Hide, Rock pool, Walk trail & Picnic area. Grab a copy of the trail brochure on your way.

Address:

Sandford Rocks Nature Reserve, Westonia 6423

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/nature-reserves.aspx

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Westonia St Lukes Church Attractions

48hr free Camping site for fully Self-contained RV’s only. St Lukes Church was originally built in 1916 at Naretha 205 mile camp along the Trans Australian Railway. When the camp was disbanded in 1918 the church was dismantled and moved to Westonia. The church has been recently decommissioned and restoration by the Westonia Community has begun on this Historic Building.

Address: 63 Wolfram Street, Westonia, 6423


Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/places-to-stay/st-lukes-church-48hr-free-camping.aspx

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Westonia Woodlands & Wildflowers Heritage Walk Trail Attractions

Starting just outside the entrance to the Westonia caravan park heading South, keep an eye out for wildflowers & Orchids in season. Grab a copy of the trail brochure on your way.

Address: Trail starts on Wolfram Street (at the edge of Caravan Park)

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/explore-westonia.aspx

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Westonia Yannemooning Hill Reserve Attractions

75 kms north of Westonia on the corner of Elachbutting and Echo Valley roads. Offering spectacular views variety of birdlife, Wildflowers and Orchids (rare Patricia’s spider orchids)

Address: Yanneymooning Nature Reserve, Elachbutting 6479

Phone: 890467063

Email: shire@westonia.wa.gov.au

Website: www.westonia.wa.gov.au/granite-outcrops.aspx

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