Snap a photo with the Giant Ram of Wagin on your way to Western Australia’s largest agricultural show, or immerse yourself in early pioneer life at the Historical Village.
Just under three hours’ drive south east of Perth and two and a half hours west of Bunbury, Wagin is a Goldfields farming hub, with a thriving Merino stud industry and rich early-settler heritage.
At Wagin’s Historical Village, you’ll discover relocated and restored buildings depicting a real settler village as it would have looked over 100 years ago. Visit the bank, the one room school, a stone kiosk, newspaper office, settler’s cottage, blacksmiths, general store and the Wool Museum to get a tangible sense of what life was like for pioneering farmers.
If you time your visit to coincide with Woolorama in early March, you’ll also get an insight into modern sheep, cattle and goat farming.
The two day Woolorama extravaganza is Western Australia’s biggest Autumn Show, showcasing local produce, gourmet food, art and mammoth-sized agricultural technology. Family friendly entertainment includes shearing and shedhand competitions, state sheepdog trials, inventor competitions, a fashion show and fairground fun at Sideshow Alley.
All year round, you can visit Marroblie Bird Place to admire native birdlife and other fauna. Or hit the 10.5 kilometre Wait-Jen Trail that meanders past four lakes on the Coblinine River, with interpretive signs providing a window into local Noongar culture, flora and fauna.
If you’re extending your stay in Wagin, there are plenty of accommodation options to choose from, including hotels, motels and a caravan park.