With its vibrant annual festival and art shows, heritage architecture and multicultural community, Katanning is a rural cultural hotspot, while nearby Kojonup invites you to learn the secrets of one of the oldest surviving cultures on Earth at the Kodja Place.
Take the three hour and 20 minute drive south east of Perth to Katanning – a Wheatbelt country town that’s home to large Malay, Afghan and Chinese populations and the local Indigenous Noongar people.
This diversity has resulted in a wide range of regular community events, including many art exhibitions and the Multicultural Festival held in March each year, celebrating the food, art, music, dance and culture of Katanning’s residents.
The town also boasts a rich colonial heritage dating back to its birth at the end of the 19th century, when the arrival of the railway line made Katanning a focus for the region’s agricultural industry. Wander the streets and admire the Federation architecture and historic buildings built with bricks from the local brick works that helped make the town a regional hub.
Head to nearby Kojonup and travel even further back in time at the state of the art Kodja Place Visitor and Interpretive Centre – a significant site for the local Indigenous people. Here, you can discover one of the oldest surviving cultures on Earth in stories by the campfire, as well as heartfelt accounts of hardship from some of the area’s first European settlers.
To really immerse yourself in Katanning’s unique blend of cultures, history and country charm, extend your visit with a stay at the hotel, motel or caravan park.