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Centrally located in the Wheatbelt, just 202km east of Perth along Great Eastern Highway , Kellerberrin is a warm, charming community, steeped in a vibrant history dating back from its Indigenous people to European pioneers.
Celebrating its centenary in 2008, Kellerberrin’s longevity is attributed to the passion and commitment of its community, the beauty of its natural attractions and the fostering of new forms of artistic expression.
Kellerberrin is a town where life is as rich as the landscape.
Experience vistas of open farmland and walks on granite rock outcrops with woodlands full of wildflowers. Take in the fascinating heritage of Kellerberrin, just two and a half hours from Perth.
Meet the locals and enjoy a counter meal and drink at the country pub. Stay awhile and wake up to the relaxing rural lifestyle of the Wheatbelt.



Being less than 100km from the Perth metropolitan area, Brookton is a comfortable one hour drive from Karragullen and residents enjoy the lifestyle benefits of outer metropolitan country living whilst retaining many creature comforts such as five commercial television stations and digital mobile telephone coverage. The Shire includes the localities of Kweda and Aldersyde and the township is well appointed with facilities, including 20 hectares of parks and gardens.

The first settler and founder of the Brookton district, John Seabrook (1818-1891), moved to the area in 1846 soon after marrying, and named his property “Brookton House”. He remained the only European in the area, aside from itinerant sandalwood cutters, until his stepson, A.W. Robinson, took up adjacent land in 1864. During the 1860s and 1870s, more settlers moved into the area, and took on sandalwood cutting (it sold for £9 per ton) as well as wheat and sheep farming.

In June 1889, when the Great Southern Railway opened, Brookton was one of the original stations. The station proved to be the catalyst that created a centre for the isolated farms, and the government gazetted a townsite here in 1895 and named it “Seabrook” but local acceptance of the station name and confusion with another Seabrook near York resulted in the townsite’s name being changed to Brookton in 1899. The townsite attracted a few businesses and by 1903, the tiny settlement comprised a school, hotel, bank and a few shops. The Old Police Station Museum located in the town is the base of the local historical society and contains artifacts and memorabilia of the early settlement days.


Goomalling is 140km north east of Perth, Western Australia. It’s in the Avon Valley, about 30 minutes drive to Northam, Toodyay and Dowerin.

Goomalling has excellent health, community and education facilities and services, plus work and business opportunities, shops, emergency services and affordable land and housing.

About 1,100 people live in the Shire of Goomalling, of which about 600 in town and 500 on rural properties.

Goomalling is the gateway to the central wheatbelt and its main industry is agriculture.

The Mortlock River flows through Goomalling and into the Avon River, which later joins the Swan River.

Goomalling is a Noongar word meaning ‘place of possums’ (but possums are very rare here now). The original Indigenous people, the Balardong people, spoke the Tjapanmay dialect of the Noongar language. Many place names in Goomalling today are the original Noongar names.

The district was explored in 1854 by Assistant Surveyor Austin and the earliest white settler in Goomalling was George Slater, whose historic ‘Slater Homestead’ can be visited 3km east of the Goomalling townsite. The Benedictine Monks of New Norcia once held extensive grazing rights in the area.

Goomalling was declared a township in 1903, a year after the railway line from Northam was officially opened.


The Kulin Region has everything to really make you tick!

Famous for our annual October Kulin Bush Races, Tin Horse Highway and giant waterslide, the Kulin Region provides visitors with quality accommodation, recreation facilities and services. Our region encompasses the towns of Kulin,Pingaring, Dudinin, Jitarning and Holt Rock and offers and array of uniquie events, visitor experiences and true rural hospitality.

And if that’s not enough to get you on the move, the townsite of Kulin is an ‘RV Friendly Location’ offering free overnight stays for fully self-contained recreation vehicles.

Bruce Rock

The Shire of Bruce Rock and its townsite are situated in the heart of the Wheatbelt, 254km east of Perth.  It has a population of approximately 700 people, with 1200 people in the shire.  Bruce Rock ‘leads the way’ to open spaces and an agricultural experience to be enjoyed by all.  We welcome visitors to enjoy the picturesque main street, gardens, amphitheatre and sculpturepark, historic buildings, museums, federation style verandahs and great facilities.


The western boundary of the Shire of Northam is situated approximately 50 kilometres from the Perth metropolitan area with the main town, Northam, being 96 kilometres from Perth, and set in the picturesque Avon Valley. The town occupies approximately 2,400 hectares and is the main urban and commercial hub of the Shire of Northam.  Other localities within the Shire of Northam are Bakers Hill, Clackline, Grass Valley, Spencers Brook and Wundowie.

Northam is the Regional Centre of the Avon Valley and Central Wheatbelt. Farming communities of the Shire of Northam (which primarily produce wheat, barley, oats, sheep, wool and cattle) use Northam for their everyday banking, retail, shopping and government needs. The Northam Marketing Strategy completed during the 2001/02 financial year identifies Northam as a Market Town, which survives and grows through the provision of services to surrounding towns and communities.

Northam has also been clearly established by the State Government as a Regional Centre, resulting in many Government Departments strengthening their regional office or establishing such an office. Furthermore, the four major banks have outlets in Town, unlike smaller rural communities.

The Shire of Northam is well catered for in recreation, culture, health and education facilities. The town of Northam is home to a Regional Library, Hospital, Senior Citizens’ Centre and recreation facilities, including a Recreation Centre, three major sporting grounds and an Olympic Swimming Pool.  There are other recreation facilities throughout the Shire including a Swimming Pool at Wundowie, and a Sports Pavilion at Bakers Hill.

From an educational viewpoint, Northam has a Senior High School, C Y O`Connor College of TAFE, Muresk Institute of Agriculture (division of Curtin University), three Primary Schools and St Joseph`s School, which provides education to Year 10.  Bakers Hill and Wundowie also have primary schools.

The townsite of Northam was first gazetted in 1836 and is the focal point for important rail and road links to Eastern Australia. It was a centre for Post-War migration and many of the residents have strong links to Eastern Europe. The Mundaring to Kalgoorlie pipeline also passes through Northam, which has significance as an engineering feat.

Council is committed to developing the Shire and encouraging growth, through new investment and tourism, whilst maintaining a warm country feel and friendly community.


Stretching from the canal and riverside suburbs of North and South Yunderup, Ravenswood and Dwellingup in the beautiful Darling Scarp, with historic Pinjarra at its heart, there is something to appeal for everyone.

From bush walking and fishing to local quality art and crafts many relaxing activities are available. And for the more adventurous why not try canoeing, white water rafting, mountain biking or skydiving? How about a flutter on the horses at Pinjarra Race Club. Take a trip back in time on a romantic steam train, stroke a snake, a meal at a riverside pub? The choices are endless!

Relax on the tranquil Murray River on a houseboat, B&B, stay at an apartment or enjoy a night under the stars camping.

With so much to offer in such close proximity to Perth we know you’ll enjoy the friendly local welcome of this very special area.


Renowned as a timber town, Manjimup in the heart of the south west, is fast becoming known for its gourmet foods and wine.
Designed as a super town Manjimup was named after the Noongar Aboriginal words “Manjin”; a broad-leafed edible reed; and “up” (meeting place, or place of).
Manjimup was first settled in 1856 by timber cutter Thomas Muir. It was declared a town in 1910.  Timber is the town’s major industry, but it has been joined by fruit and vegetable farms, dairy farms, wool, and grain.
You’ll also find avocadoes, apples and Australia’s and, indeed, the southern hemisphere’s largest producer of truffles!
Back in 2003 only one truffle was harvested – this year more than 3 tons of truffles were harvested from 13 thousand trees and exported to over 20 countries around the world.  No wonder it’s known as the black diamond at $3,000 per kilo!
The town of Manjimup is also home to many wineries, marron farms and beautiful blossoming fruit trees.


Nestled on the banks of the Avon River in the gently rolling farmlands of the beautiful Avon Valley, the district offers unique insights into Western Australia’s rich and colourful past, both before and following European settlement in 1831. York was the first inland settlement in Western Australia, and the town has maintained a vibrant spirit among its many Victorian and Federation buildings. An abundance of local activities and facilities make it an attractive destination and a fantastic place to live.

York offers a scenic, rural lifestyle and a family orientated community. It’s close enough to Perth for easy access, and only 60 minutes to Midland, but without the big city stress. Its healthy climate, excellent educational facilities and slower pace of life, coupled with affordable land and a strong community, make it a lifestyle that more and more are seeking, including retirees. There’s a culture of support and participation and York is famous for its many festivals and tourist events.

York is well serviced with all essential facilities, including York District High School for students from kindergarten to Year 10. The York Community Resource Centre (TAFE / Westlink) enables access to tertiary education.

York has a Medical Service, York District Hospital, Home & Community Care Services, Pioneer Memorial Lodge, Aged Accommodation, St John’s Ambulance, Fire & Rescue, RSL, CWA, York Society and other community organisations. Many religious denominations are catered for in York.

A full programme of recreational activities takes place including at the York Recreation & Convention Centre including, netball, hockey, tennis, lawn bowls, football, basketball and cricket.

Also York has skydiving, paragliding, motorcross and a skate park.

There’s a York library, swimming pool and pony club, you will find the Avon Park, Peace Park and Gwambygine Avon Ascent Recreational areas are extremely popular.

York has an abundance of activities and attractions from the York Motor Museum, Residency Museum, Sock Factory and Skydive Express to The York Mill. York is packed with historical buildings and sites, and is a favourite tourist destination, especially ‘day trippers’ from Perth. There are arts and crafts to be found and excellent accommodation for longer stays. York is famous for its many festivals that cover Arts and Crafts Awards, Antiques and Collectibles, Vintage Motoring events and York Motorcycle Festival.

A walk trail network is available to give access to reserves and other parts of our attractive and unique natural environment. This is complimented by a network of flora roads.

The Shire covers 2,010km2 and includes the suburbs and localities of Badgin, Balladong, Burges Siding, Caljie, Cold Harbour, Daliak, Flynn, Gilgering, Greenhills, Gwambygine, Inkpen, Kauring, Malebelling, Mt Hardey, Mt Observation, Narrologgan, Quellington, St Ronans, Talbot Brook, Wilberforce and York.


Dalwallinu is a sheep and wheat farming region located two and a half hours’ drive north of Perth along the Great Northern Highway. Dalwallinu is the first shire along the Wildflower Way, a route that stretches north to Mullewa and showcases beautiful wildflowers carpeting the countryside. The wildflower season is from July to October, and during this time thousands of nature enthusiasts make the trip along the Way.

A Shire with social and economic stability and well planned sustainable towns.

A Shire that sets a high standard of living, promotes business growth and nurtures agriculture in balance with the environment.

A place of opportunity, acceptance of all people, strong health/aged care, educational services and a community favourable to extended families.


Moora is located less than two hour’s drive to the north of Perth. It is a thriving town, nestled amongst a diverse range of economic opportunities including horticulture and livestock developments. It is also strategically located between two of the State’s most popular tourism attractions — New Norcia and the Pinnacles.
Moora is the largest inland service centre between Perth and Geraldton, providing services to a population catchment of 6,000 residents within a 100km radius.
Moora boasts five commercial banks, two primary schools, Senior High School, Pharmacy, Dentist, Doctors, District Hospital, commerce and retail sectors and community recreational facilities.
With the services and facilities Moora offers it is an ideal country town to raise a family, set up a business, invest or simply retire.


The Shire of Donnybrook-Balingup is situated in the South West of Western Australia in a picturesque area surrounded by stunning forests, winding rivers, rolling hills, vineyards and lush orchards. Donnybrook-Balingup is historically known as the first genuinely “rural” township of consequence that one enters when travelling south from Perth.
Donnybrook-Balingup also boasts a highly central location, being only half an hour from the city life and beautiful beaches of Bunbury. The Shire is a leisurely one hour drive from the tranquil waters of Geographe Bay and the famous Margaret River Wine Region, while still being within within easy reach of the tall timbers of Pemberton and the South West’s abundant attractions. Its central location is also well placed for access to adjacent areas of employment such as Bunbury, Capel, Collie and Greenbushes.


Where the sky meets the land, the desert meets the sea, where white sands, red rocks and cobalt blue waters come together; on a peninsula not more than 15km long, here rests the town of Broome.

It is often mistakenly thought that the first European to visit Broome was William Dampier in 1688, but he only visited the north of what was later named the Dampier Peninsula. In 1699 he explored the coast from Shark Bay to La Grange Bay, from where he headed north leaving the Australian coast. Many of the coastal features of the area were later named for him. In 1879, Charles Harper suggested that the pearling industry could be served by a port closer to the pearling grounds and that Roebuck Bay would be suitable. In 1883, John Forrest chose the site for the town, and it was named after Sir Frederick Broome, the Governor of Western Australia from 1883 to 1889.

In 1889, a telegraph undersea cable was laid from Broome to Singapore, connecting to England. Hence the name Cable Beach given to the landfall site.

The town has an interesting history based around the exploits of the men and women who developed the pearling industry, starting with the harvesting of oysters for mother of pearl in the 1880s to the current major cultured pearl farming enterprises. The riches from the pearl beds did not come cheaply, and the town’s Japanese cemetery is the resting place of 919 Japanese divers who lost their lives working in the industry. Many more were lost at sea, and the exact number of deaths is unknown. The Japanese were only one of the major ethnic groups who flocked to Broome to work on the luggers or the shore based activities supporting the harvesting of oysters from the waters around Broome. They were specialist divers and, despite being considered enemies, became an indispensable part of the industry until World War II.

Referred to as the southern gateway to the Kimberley, this tropical seaside town simply oozes charm and character.


Norseman being the major town in the Shire of Dundas is situated 726 km from Perth. The Borders of the Shire are 45km North of Norseman, 50km South of Norseman, 165km West of Norseman (as the crow flies) and East until you reach the WA/SA border. Eucla is the other townsite in the Shire of Dundas and is situated 717 km East of Norseman.

Despite a low annual rainfall, much of which fall during the Summer months, the countryside is quite pleasantly wooded with more than 40 species of Eucalypts and more than 70 species of Acacias, all of which flower. At certain times of the year wildflowers bloom and the countryside abounds with native blossoms. Much of the flora is of unusual interest and the trees and scrubs provide a continuity of colour over many months of each season.

Norseman has a semi-arid climate with an annual rainfall of about 300mm. Temperature ranges in summer from 15 to the hire 30’s early 40’s degrees Celsius. Winter ranges from 0 to the low 20’s.

The population of the Shire varies and at present is approximately 1,600.

Major industries in the Shire include Goldmining and Tourism in Norseman, Pastoral Farming along the Eyre Highway and Fishing and Tourism at Eucla.

Business mining and tourism are the backbone of the Norseman economy. Norseman sits on an ancient geological plate containing a variety of mineral deposits worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The mainstay of the mining economy is gold mined by Central Norseman Gold which is owned by Croesus Mining N/L. Gold deposits are very rich. Three times as much gold per tonne of ore is extracted from Norseman mines as compared to major mines in Kalgoorlie. There is a very large proven deposit of tantalum in its exploration stage of development, gypsum is also currently mined.

Today gold remains of major importance to Norseman who still depend on the mining industry.


The Shire of Exmouth is situated 1,270 kilometres north of Perth, on the tip of the North West Cape in Western Australia.

Exmouth is one of the few areas in Australia that can boast the Range to Reef experience.

The Cape Range National Park, with its spectacular gorges, is nestled on the west coast of the Cape and provides a large variety of camp sites on the coastal fringe of the park. You can hike through walk trails and gorges offering some of the best views in the west, or indulge in relaxing at pristine sandy beaches with crystal clear turquoise waters. Visit the top of the Range to see the sun rise and set over the beautiful beaches that encompass the North West Cape.

The world-heritage listed Ningaloo Marine Park extends 260 kilometres along the west coast of the Cape and provides one of the world’s best reef experiences. Accessible directly from the shore, the Ningaloo Reef boasts an abundance of beautiful corals and amazing marine life. Explore the reef by snorkelling, diving or swimming amongst unique and colourful fish, ancient and vibrant corals, inquisitive dolphins, dugongs, turtles and manta rays. Visit at the right time of year and swim alongside the majestic whalesharks as they migrate past the coast.


Leonora is the service centre for the mining, exploration and well established pastoral industry. Gwalia is a must see for the visitor as it has been restored to its original condition (as it was in the early 1900’s) and boasts one of Australia’s finest museums. Malcolm serves today only as a railhead and has a population of zero.

Leonora experiences day time temperatures of around 15° celsius in winter to 38° in summer. Rainfall is scarce with the average being around 250mm per year. Travellers are advised to carry ample water when venturing off the main highways.

The surrounding country side is the home to an abundance of wildlife with kangaroos and emus being the most prolific. Wedge tailed eagles are also in large numbers throughout the area. All can be seen in the wild any time of the year. An abundance of wildflowers can be witnessed in the months July to September.

Leonora is serviced by a bitumen road from Perth via Kalgoorlie. A bus service operates from Perth on this route. Travel via Great Eastern Highway to Kalgoorlie and then on the Goldfields Highway to Leonora. A public airline also services the Leonora and Leinster townsites.


With its significant coastline and permanently flowing water courses of the Moore River and Gingin Brook, the Shire of Gingin is a unique and exciting place in which to live and visit.

Covering and area of 3,325 square kilometres and with a population in excess of 4,500, the Shire of Gingin is one of the fastest growing and developing rural shires in Western Australia, and it’s strategic location to the immediate north of the City of Wanneroo ensures that it will continue to experience significant growth and change.

The town of Gingin, 84km north of Perth, is one of the oldest in the state and is becoming a popular point of call for travellers on day trips from Perth.


Meekatharra is a town with golden prospects.

Situated on the Great Northern Highway, Meekatharra is the largest centre in the Murchison, easily accessible with excellent sealed roads from Perth in the south, Geraldton in the west and further north into the Pilbara.

If you haven’t been to Meekatharra for a while, you are sure to notice the changes.  The town has had a major facelift with the opening of the Meeka Rangelands Discovery Trail.  Taking advantage of the town’s historical, tourism and cultural assets, the Discovery Trail has provided a new recreation facility for locals and a new attraction for visitors.

The town has a wide range of sporting facilities including a fabulous oval, basketball courts, tennis courts and a new squash court. There is also a gym and indoor soccer and cricket facility and the sparkling Meekatharra town pool is open from October to April.

It’s all moving forward at Meekatharra. It really is a town of golden prospects.


The Shire of Coorow consists of several town-sites including Leeman and Green Head, Coastal Town-sites.

Coorow is about 265km north of Perth which is approximately a 3 hour drive. It’s a farming town, home to 250 people. Coorow is well know for its wildflower season, between Winter and early Summer.

Leeman is about 265km from Perth and approximately a 2.5 hour drive. Leeman is a small coastal town and is well known for its crayfishing and deep sea fishing. Green Head is about 250km from Perth. It is a small coastal town only 15km south of Leeman and offers pristine beaches and a very relaxed holiday atmosphere.


Perenjori is a town whose community is renowned for embracing opportunity and diversifying in a changing landscape.

With many exciting economic prospects around the Shire including mining tenements approaching or having reached operational stage, Perenjori is a town on the move. Couple this with a rich agricultural history, and Perenjori offers a fantastic contemporary lifestyle in a traditional rural context.

Perenjori’s residents form the social fabric of our community and our attitude has always been to embrace newcomers to town and dig in and help each other out in times of need.

East Pilbara

Whilst mining is a strong economic driver for the community, the Shire is well known for its’ magnificent landscapes, unique outback experiences, long stretches of desert country and magnificent and rare wildflower scenes.

Although rich in minerals, the true value lies in the community’s spirit and contribution to making the Shire of East Pilbara a fantastic place to live, work and enjoy…


The Shire is located in the centre of the Western Australian Wheatbelt and covers an area of 3,368 square kilometres. The localities within the Shire are Ballidu, East Ballidu, West Ballidu, Burakin, Cadoux, Kondut, Lake Hinds, Lake Ninan, Mocardy and Wongan Hills. The Shire consists of undulating land with various soil types and granite outcrops.

Surveyor General John Septimus Roe discovered the district in 1836, seven years after the founding of the Swan River colony. The Wongan Hills name originates from the Aboriginal name ‘Wongan Katta’, which translates to ‘Talking Hills’, referring to the wind whispering through the hills.

The region offers all the services of a city area while residents can enjoy the advantages of country living including clean air, lack of traffic, low crime and vandalism and a caring community. The community is well serviced with sporting facilities and well-presented, clean streets. Indeed the Wongan Hills townsite offers one of the most livable communities in regional Western Australia. The service industries in the area provide high quality, reasonably priced services and are backed up by competent peripheral industries.  Including a hospital, medical centre, dentist and pharmacist.


The port city of Bunbury is the third largest city in Western Australia after the state capital, Perth, and Mandurah. It is situated 175 kilometres (109 mi) south of Perth’s central business district (CBD). The port services the farming, mining and timber industries of the south west originally connected via an extensive rail network.


The Shire of Waroona stretches from ‘sea to scarp’ ie the Indian Ocean to the Darling Range, and incorporates the localities of Waroona, Hamel, Preston Beach and Lake Clifton. You will find pristine beaches, unspoilt lakes of the coastal plains, fertile farmlands and peaceful jarrah forests. The Waroona townsite is located off the South Western Highway, about 108 kilometre from Perth. It can be reached by road from Perth via Mandurah or Armadale and is a comfortable 1.5 hour drive from the city centre. Waroona can also be reached from Bunbury by Old Coast Road or South Western Highway, an easy 40 minute drive. The Waroona townsite has a population of approximately 2,500 people and a total Shire population of 3,772 as per last Bureau Statistics Information (2009).

Settlers began to arrive in the area in the late 1830s although Drakesbrook (Officially changed to Waroona in 1946) did not come into its own until the Pinjarra to Picton railway line was opened in 1893. The railway building, was made by local timber, which boosted the town. When the railway was extended many more settlers came to the district. Some of the early families who settled and helped develop the area include the Fouracres at the coast, Whittakers in the hills, the Eastcotts of Wagerup and the Birch family near Coolup.


Kalannie is a small town in the Shire of Dalwallinu, in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, approximately 259 kilometres (161 mi) north-east of the state capital, Perth.
Kalannie was gazetted as a townsite in 1929. The name is Aboriginal, and is in a list of names from the York area where the meaning is given as “where the Aboriginals got white stone for their spears”.
The main resources in Kalannie are wheat and gypsum. Kalannie is connected to the narrow gauge rail network from a branch-line on the Amery to Bonnie Rock section.


Nestled in the heart of the Perth Hills, 40 minutes east of Perth, is Mundaring. Transport yourself from the hustle and bustle of the city to a place where you can be totally immersed in nature.

One third of the Shire is classified as State Forest with a bountiful selection of trails to enjoy including six of the State’s Top Trails. The Railway Reserves Heritage Trail stretches 59kms through the Shire linking the charming settlements that evolved alongside the old railway line. Bibbulmun Track passes through Mundaring on its way to Albany in the south-west and the Munda Biddi off-road cycle trail head is located in Mundaring Community Sculpture Park, making Mundaring an ideal starting point to enjoy some of the region’s stunning scenery.

A visit to Mundaring Weir and the museum at No.1 Pump Station is a must. Although the project was completed more than 100 years ago it remains one of the longest freshwater pipelines in the world and a starting point for the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail and Kep Track.

Other attractions to discover include first-class restaurants, cafes and boutique wineries, a famous pizzeria, open-air markets, art galleries, outdoor concerts and heritage-listed hotels, inns and taverns oozing with country charm. Idyllic picnic spots at Lake Leschenaultia, John Forrest and Beelu National Parks, plus many nature-based activities can complete your Hills experience. There’s also a range of accommodation on offer, whether it’s a romantic luxury hideaway or a quiet camping spot that appeals.

Mundaring Visitor Centre is located in The Old School in the heart of Mundaring and the best starting point to explore the region.


Sandstone is a remote community situated between Mount Magnet and Leinster, right in the heart of the spectacular east Murchison District, where you’ve got the action of gold prospecting and the industry of mining and pastoral stations, all coexisting with a rapidly growing Tourism industry
What about sensational weather nine months of the year, temperatures in the mid 20s, clear blue skies, sensational breakaways, waterholes, wildflowers, wildlife and a host of natural features, all one day’s drive from Perth?


A historical area, Narembeen has a number of attractions such as the crash site of the Vultee Vengeance and the historic mining town of Holleton.
There are many natural attractions within the district along with tourist attractions such as craft and nursery outlets. Wild flowers are also another attraction in this part of Western Australia.
In close proximity to Wave Rock and with the Great Eastern Highway only 70km away, Narembeen is a great overnight stop whilst travelling around this great state.
Narembeen has all necessary medical facilities including, doctor, physio, pharmacy and dentist and is a warm and friendly community to live or visit.
Narembeen alsohas full educational facilities for children from pre primary to Year 10 at the Narembeen and District School.


Just six hours north of Perth, or two hours east of Geraldton, Yalgoo is the ideal place to start your outback adventure. This historic mining town is the closest base for an outback experience from Western Australia’s capital.
Yalgoo’s rich gold mining heritage and many working sheep stations, a lot of which are now open for farm stays, make it a perfect escape for a true Aussie holiday. Catching glimpses of Australian wildlife, from kangaroos and emus to the large bungarra lizards, you can tap into the real Australia, making it an experience you will never forget.

Getting to and from Yalgoo, the main roads are two lane, sealed surfaces, ensuring a comfortable outback drive. When you get to town, you will find fuel, camping and food supplies to replenish your stocks, along with invaluable local knowledge on where and when to visit the local attractions.



Welcome to Koorda, in the heart of Western Australia’s great Wheatbelt! The Shire of Koorda forms a part of the north-eastern section of the Central Agricultural Division. Its population of 596 consists of mostly farming community dedicated to wheat, coarse grains and sheep.

There are numerous scenic areas to stop at, most with public barbecue facilities. Mollerin Rock, Newcarlbeon and Badgerin Rock are popular spots to enjoy the surroundings and perhaps catch some of the local inhabitants – kangaroo, echidna, and dozens of bird varieties.



The town of Merredin is a thriving regional centre, centrally located between Perth and Kalgoorlie; 257kms from Perth (via the Great Eastern Highway) and 334kms from Kalgoorlie. Merredin services a hinterland of over 15,000 people and is the regional base for government and commercial organisations, and supports quality facilities for business, education, health, transport, recreation and tourism.

The Shire of Merredin covers an area of 3,372 sq kms, incorporating the townsites of Burracoppin, Muntadgin, Hines Hill and the localities of Goomarin, Korbel, Nangeenan, Nokanning, Norpa, Nukarni, South Burracoppin, and Tandegin.

The Council strives to encourage a vibrant community that offers a comprehensive range of local and regional services. Its aim is to work with all communities in the Central Wheatbelt to support quality of life as well as economic and social development within the region.

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