Don't forget to head over to the Dryandra Country Visitor Centre website, an information hub for both tourists and locals. If you are interested in the local attractions, or any information about events or accommodation. the DCVC is your first port of call.
The Dryandra Country Visitors Centre in located on the corner of Park and Fairway Streets In Narrogin. Their contact number is (08) 9881 2064.
Albert Facey Homestead
Located in the main street of Wickepin, the Albert Facey Homestead celebrates the life of Albert Facey, author of the best selling autobiography A Fortunate Life. The homestead was moved into town from a farm property in 2000 and has been lovingly restored to reflect the harsh and simple lifestyle in the early 1930's.
The Albert Facey Homestead Committee oversaw the relocation of the Homestead and have continued to hold meetings for the running, maintenance and upkeep of the Homestead. Click here for an interesting article 'On the Trail of Furtune' placed in 'Walkabout Travel' Magazine featuring the Homestead and various committee members.
Two long term members of the Albert Facey Homestead committee, Colin Lang and Juli Auld retired from the committee in October 2015. To read more on thier time as an Albert Facey Homestead committee member in the farewell speech, click here.
Wickepin Swimming Pool
Don’t forget to head down to the Wickepin Swimming Pool to check out the spray painting art murals. Oh, and have a swim of course!
Jerome Davenport is a young talented artist, originally from Wickepin and now living in Perth. Jerome has used his spray painting art skills on the Wickepin Swimming Pool building and has really livened up what was once a very dull looking building. Very impressive stuff! For more pictures of Jerome’s work, and him in action, check out the Shire of Wickepin Facebook page.
Wickepin is also home to the Facey Group, a prominent grower group in Western Australia that aims to improve the profitability and sustainability of broad-acre farming in the Upper Great Southern region of the state. The Facey Group provides the latest information and research to farmers and conducts agricultural trials and demonstrations. The group regularly conducts seminars and training to improve the skills and knowledge of farmers in the Wickepin area.
Rare and unique wildflowers are on display at the Malyalling Reserve during spring and summer. Spider and donkey orchids can be found at the reserve located 15km north of Wickepin.
Wickepin Heritage Precinct
A walk trail links the Wickepin Heritage Precinct on the north side of the railway line with the main town centre. The Old Railway Station, Stationmaster's House, Old Police Station and former Road Board Building were all constructed prior to 1915 and can bee seen from the walk trail.
Yarling Brook Estate
Strong interest has been shown in the release of new housing blocks by the Shire of Wickepin in 2005 with all of the blocks in Stage 1 of the development sold. The Shire is currently seeking expressions of interest for Stage 2 of the Yarling Brook Estate.
Yealering is a small town located 27km north of Wickepin, with a population of approximately 100 people. Yealering is thought to be the only country town in Western Australia with a lake within the town boundary.
The land surrounding the lake was first released in the 1870’s and Yugoslav migrants began a market garden at the present town site before it was officially recognized as a town in 1907.
Lake Yealering was a valuable source of fresh water for early settlers in the area. Community picnics and sporting days, for which the town became renowned, were held on the banks of the lake and in dry years horse races were run on the lake bed.
In a picturesque setting with picnic and barbecue facilities, Lake Yealering is an ideal place for a variety of water sports including skiing, swimming, sailing and windsurfing. There are nature walks throughout the surrounding bush land. Black swans are a regular sight on the lake.
Overlooking the lake are modern sporting facilities including tennis courts, bowling green and cricket oval. The 18 hole golf course surrounds the lake and the 18th hole features a unique tee box over the water. The Town Hall, caravan park and picnic facilities are located on the lake shore.
The historic two storey Yealering Hotel was featured in the successful mini-series A Waltz Through the Hills.
The small town of Harrismith is located 45km south east of Wickepin and the area boasts some of Western Australia’s most unique wildflowers and wildlife.
Visitors to the town will enjoy the display of historical machinery and memorabilia assembled by local community members including information about the famous Rabbit Proof Fence.
Facilities in the town include Town Hall, Caravan Park and backpackers accommodation, cricket oval and 18 hole golf course.
Harrismith Walk Trail
Harrismith is internationally recognised for the wide variety of wildflowers that grow in the area including; orchids, verticordias, grevilleas and banksias. A well defined walktrail with informative signage surrounds the town and showcases the magnificent display of wildflowers.
Tincurrin is located 50km south of Wickepin. Like most small towns it has seen a decline in population over the years; however it still maintains a wonderful community spirit.
In spring the Tincurrin area has a stunning display of wildflowers and is especially renown for the
The first official school opened in 1938 when the Jilikan Rock school building was moved to Tincurrin.
The school caters for children from kindergarten to year 4.
Lake Toolibin is located at the southern end of the Shire of Wickepin near Harrismith. The lake is recognised as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar convention. The woodland of sheoaks and paperbarks that grow across the lake floor supports a diverse range of waterbirds, many of which breed on the lake. The trees provide excellent breeding and feeding habitat for migratory waterbirds when the lake is full. For a Bird Species list please click here.
Toolibin is now the largest remaining freshwater wetland in the wheatbelt area of Western Australia and attracts many visitors and researchers every year.
The Department of Environment and Conservation is working closely with local farmers, scientists and other government agencies to implement recovery works aimed at stopping, then reversing the current degradation of the lake.
For information on the Project Summary of the Toolibin Lake Natural Diversity Recovery Catchment click here.