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Nungarin

Visitor Centre:
Nungarin Visitor Centre
Phone: (08) 9046 5148
Visitor website: www.wheatbelttourism.com
General:
For those interested in
military history, the area around
Nungarin has much to offer.
During WWII, Nungarin was
selected as the site of a huge
army ordnance depot. The
base was built at a cost of 10
million pounds and considered
one of the largest military
storage facilities in W.A.
The army depot was closed
down after the war, but
one of the huge workshops
still remains and houses the
impressive Nungarin Heritage
Machinery & Army Museum
boasting a wide range of military
machinery and equipment.
On the outskirts of town
you will see massive brick walls
looming incongruously from
surrounding farmland. The
walls are all that remain of 5
huge army storehouses.
At nearby Nokaning there
are 46 concrete igloos built to
house bombs and a wide range
of munitions. A General Army
Hospital was relocated from
Gaza Ridge in Tobruk and a
high frequency radio listening
station was established.
At Merredin also are 2 large
hangars built to serve the RAAF
supply base and underground
bunkers for storage of aviation
fuel. Army fuel dumps were
established every 100 kms from
Wyalkatchem to Booran and
down to Ardath.
Go on a journey of discovery
and revel in Australian military
history.
History:
The first European to visit the Nungarin area was Surveyor General J S Roe who on the night of 25th October 1836, made camp at Mangowine Spring which years later was to be the focus of the area’s first settlement.
Attractions:
Machinery & Army Museum
Housed in an original
massive 5BOD army vehicle
workshop, the huge timber
building has displays of military
memorabilia including a 10th
Light Horse collection, a
rare Dingo Scout car, brengun
carrier, examples of
military uniforms, agricultural
machinery and local history.
Open 9-12 & 2-5 Mon to Sat
and 1st Sunday of each month.
Ph: 9046 5108.
The Mangowine Homestead
Located 15 kms north of
town, Mangowine was the
home of Charles and Jane
Adams, the first settlers in the
district. The homestead was
built entirely of local materials
and there is a fascinating
interpretive walk trail depicting
the hardships of life in the
1870s. The property is RV
friendly and welcomes campers.
The property is owned by the
National Trust and leased and
managed by the local Shire.
Resident caretakers open the
property Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri
(closed Wednesday) 1 pm to
4 pm and 10 am to 4 pm on
weekends and public holidays.
Ph 9046 5149.
Wegner’s Rural Café,
General Store & Farm
Supplies
Open 7 days: 8-5 Mon
to Fri, 9-11 Sat and Sun.
Newspapers, bread, milk, fruit
& veg. Takeaway food and real
coffee! Ph: 9046 5003 UHF
Channel 3
Nungarin Wheatbelt
Markets
Indulge yourself at the famous
Nungarin Wheatbelt Markets
(held on the first Sunday of
each month except January
& February). Enjoy browsing
for local produce, crafts and
bric-a-brac. Café and sausage
sizzle. Entertainment and
free trains rides for children.
Ph 9046 5174.
OTHER ATTRACTIONS
• Cemetery and Town Heritage
walks
• Self drive tours
• Annual Mangowine Concert
(first Sunday in October)
• Awesome granite outcrops
at Talgomine, Danberrin and
Eaglestone
• Excellent sporting facilities
– golf club, bowling green,
lawn tennis courts, swimming
pool.