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Western Australia Outback Attractions

Mourambine Heritage Trail
Situated 8 kilometres east of Pingelly, Mourambine was the original townsite. The Heritage Trail starts at St. Patricks Church, built in 1871. The church is still in use today, containing a historic display relating to the district.

Pingelly Courthouse Museum
Built in 1907 and used as a Courthouse until 1977 it now houses historic photographs and local memorabilia. Open by appointment.
Telephone: (098) 871 320.

Boyagin Rock Nature Reserve
Just 26km north-west of Pingelly, the rock rises 360m above sea level at the summit and is a favorite scenic and picnic area in Spring. Boyagin Nature Reserve is an important remnant of natural bushland on the western edge of the Central Wheatbelt.

Albert Facey's Homestead
Situated 15km south of Wickepin on the Wickepin-Nomans Lake road, is the home built by Albert Facey after the original homestead burned down. Albert Facey's colorful character is closely associated with Wlickepin's past. He lived and worked in the area and his award-winning autobiography "A Fortunate Life", details much of Wickepin's pioneering lifestyle.

Wagin Historical Village
Walk the streets of a real pioneering village as it was 100 years ago. The main street of the Village displays a bank, one room school (built at the turn of the century), a stone kiosk, newspaper office, mud brick settler's cottage, wattle and daub cottage, blacksmith and general store. The Village also houses a number of old farming machines and tools, all restored to working order. A comprehensive Wool Museum is located in this complex.
Open daily at 10.00am-4.00pm.

Lake Dunbleyung
This beautiful splash of blue is a sanctuary for birdlife and extremely popular venue for water sports and picnics. Bush walks and bird watching can be enjoyed year round among the tall Salmon Gum woodlands, Mallee, Heath and shrubland. Wildflowers are abundant between August - October.

Hollands Track
Determined to reach the Goldfields in record time, John Holland and four mates cut a track from Broomehill to Coolgardie. This track was used by many prospectors, riding or walking beside their heavy wagons. The marks cut by the wheels can still be seen on the Lake Grace-Newdegate Road.

Roe Heritage Trail
This Trail traces part of J.S. Roe's explorations of 1848. It begins south of lake King and covers natural reserves, historical sites and panoramic views. This countryside abounds with wildflowers, especially in spring.

Wave Rock
Wave Rock is found just 4km east of Hyden on a natural reserve of some 160ha. Geologists believe the original formation was vertical, but has been sculptured and coloured by chemicals over 2,700 million years to take on its wave-like character.

The "Wave" is not a separate rock, but an overhanging wall more than 100m long on the northern side of a granite outcrop known as Hyden Rock. Wave Rock rises 15m above the ground like a giant wave about to break. For its full length, it is streaked with vertical bands of rusty red, ochre and sandy grey, simulating the rolling movement of the sea. These beautiful bands of colour are caused by "runoff" waters, charged with carbonates and iron hydroxide from the rock itself. When the water evaporates, the minerals are deposited on the slope, their various colours increasing the banded appearance of the rock-face.

Cunderdin Museum
Visitors can view machinery used in bygone years. The Museum includes displays depicting the 1968 earthquake, an original steam pump used on the Goldfields Water Scheme, a Tigermoth aircraft, an original bush school and many artifacts depicting the pioneering spirit of the district. Located in Forrest Street.

Built in 1865 as a police outpost, it was originally a stopping place on the old Goldfields track. Later, it became the home of Alfred and Mary Anne Eaten, the district's earliest pioneers. Today, it is a farmstead and situated 19km south of Cunderdin.

Railway Museum
In 1893, the station was built from pressed brick salvaged from Golden Gate, Hannan and Kallaroo Stations. The displays include a 1897 locomotive and old signal box, with its array of 95 switching signal levers!

Hunts Dam
In 1886 Assistant Surveyor Charles Hunt made his third journey into Hampton Plains. The route of this expedition is marked by a series of Hunt's Well or Hunt's Dam localities. Located 5km from town on the Chandler Road, it provides a good picnic spot and excellent bush walking.

Merredin Military Museum
A comprehensive display of World War II memorabilia and history of Merredin's involvement in the War effort.

Merredin Heritage Trail
The first heritage trail established in W.A. retraces the early history of Merredin and its links with the goldfields and the railway. The trail has two sections, the first a half hour walk through the townsite highlighting historic buildings, and the second a 6km walk around Merredin Peak and the original townsite.

Golden Valley
Golden Valley is the site of the first gold mining lease in the Eastern Goldfields where gold was discovered in 1887 by Colreavy and is now marked with a plaque. Enroute to Golden Valley you will pass the Radio Mine which was the richest privately owned gold mine in Australia. In season you will find magnificent displays of wildflowers.

Pioneer Museum
Housed in the district's first hospital building, the displays includes artefacts depicting pioneering days, many photographs, including some of the devastating Cadoux earthquake and early farm implements.

Reynoldsons Flora Reserve
The reserve is located 15km north of Wongan Hills on the Old Ballidu Road. Renowned for its wildflowers in Spring and a brilliant display of Verticordia occurs each November.

Goomalling Museum
The 1930's museum building was originally used as a one teacher school and now houses a rare windmill display. Viewing by appointment only.

Wyalkatchem Museums
One museum is located in the original 1936 C.B.H. bulk wheat bin on Railway Terrace. The display includes a collection of antique farm machines and vehicles. The other museum, located in Flint Street, is housed in the old headmaster's house featuring a collection of historical household items from early pioneering days.

The search for gold in this area also unearthed an unusual finger-like projection of white quartz at this site. The Whiteman can be found north-east of Trayning on the Mouakine Road.

Nungarin Heritage Machinery & Army Museum
The Museum is housed in the Building of the Army's No. 5 Base Ordnance Depot. The Museum features army relics and agricultural heritage pieces.

Koorda Heritage Trail
The Trail has two sections, a 2km walk to Pioneer Memonals in the town, and a 16km drive through farmland to a wildflower park, which is best viewed during Springtime.

Koorda Museum
The building's origin was a hospital in the years before World War II. An interesting display of old hospital and surgical equipment is featured in one of the former wards. There is also a display of early farming machinery and pioneering homestead effects.

C.B.H. Installation
Koorda is the regional office for Co- operative Bulk Handling's cereal grain transport system for the surrounding area. A tour of the modern complex will give an appreciation of the processes involved in the receival and handling of the vast quantity of grain grown here. Tours by arrangement through the Koorda Tourist Centre.

Bates Museum
An historical treasure-trove including restored tractors, old horse, camel and donkey harnesses, bottles, telephone exchange, coins, stones, machines and a sulky.

Mt Marshall Shire Museum
Situated in the Old Roads Board Building next to the Shire, the exhibits include a piece of meteorite found nearby, together with old Shire memorabilia.

All Photos courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

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