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Merredin

Visitor Centre:
Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre
Barrack Street
Phone: (08) 9041 1666
Fax: (08) 9041 2788
Visitor website: www.wheatbelttourism.com
General:
Merredin is the most
substantial settlement in the
Central Wheatbelt and was
developed from the turn of the
century to service the railway
to the goldfields and the
surrounding farming district.
Around 40% of WA’s wheat is
grown within a 100km radius
of the town.
The name is derived from
the merritt trees, a eucalyptus
tree once used by Aborigines
to make spears. Merredin has
a wide variety of facilities
to cater for both the local
community and visitors.
Attractions:
ATTRACTIONS
• Merredin Walk & Cycle Trails
Numerous bushland, nature
and heritage trails 1.5km to
15kms. A brochure is available
from the Visitor Centre.
• Apex Park
Family Friendly playground
with BBQ and toilets.
• Merredin Peak & Railway
Dam A great view of the
town with a historic water
catchment scheme and
Railway Dam designed in
1898. A good picnic site with
shady trees. Free 24 hour
self-contained RV site.
• Site of the WW11 First
Australian General Field
Hospital at Merredin Peak.
Interpretation panels give an
insight into the operations of a
military field hospital that came
to Merredin from near Tobruk
and left to go to New Guinea.
• Wildflower Season – August
to October
Over 980 species of
wildflowers and a variety of
bird species are found within
the Merredin Shire. Ask at the
visitor Centre for a map of
wildflower hotspots.
• Totadgin Conservation Park
Located 14km south on
the Bruce Rock Merredin
Road. A bushland setting and
interpretive walk trail to a
mini wave rock and historic
Hunts well.
September 2014 the museum
took delivery of “Huey” a
former RAAF and Army
Aviation Iroquois UH-1H
helicopter, one of two in WA.
• The Railway Water Tower
and Pioneer Park
Dating from 1893 the Railway
Water Tower still advertises
once locally produced beer.
Nearby Pioneer Park has a
tribute to the pioneering days
with a bronze monument of
a ploughman, his Clydesdale
horse and dog. BBQ, picnic
tables and a pioneer wall of
fame surround the park.
• Cummins Theatre
This heritage listed building
was railed to Merredin and
rebuilt in 1928 by local
brewer James Cummins. It
was reconstructed with
bricks salvaged from several
Coolgardie Hotels. The
original theatre’s stage,
decking and pressed metal
ceiling were part of the
Tivoli Theatre C1897 built in
Coolgardie. Regular annual
productions are held here and
weekday guided tours.
• No 4 Pump Station
A point of interest on the
Golden Pipeline Heritage
Trail. This once significant
structure is now a stabilised
ruin. Interpretive information
on site. Located 3km west
of Merredin on the Great
Eastern Highway.
• CBH Grain Transfer Terminal
Is the longest grain storage
facility in the Southern
Hemisphere with a capacity
of 468,860 tonnes.
• Wind Farm – 25km south east
The Collgar Wind Farm
covers 18,000 hectares
and contains 111 turbines
which generate enough
power to supply 125,000
homes. This is the largest
single stage wind farm in the
southern hemisphere to date.
Interpretive shelter located
on Bulls Head Road.