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Wagin

Visitor Centre:
Wagin Historical Village
Showground Road
Phone: (08) 9861 1232
History:
Wagin is considered one of the most heritage rich towns in WA. It is at the crossroads of the Great Southern Highway following the Beverley to Albany Railway and the Roe/Lake King Highway which takes you to the other side of Australia.
It is a place to see, explore and appreciate. Its name derives from the Noongar Aboriginal word “Wedge-an” (emu) and the local lakes when fresh, served as a watering place for these birds.
Today the lands, originally settled in the 1890’s and 1900’s continue to yield magnificent grain crops and support large flocks of sheep and some cattle.
Attractions:
Wagin Historical Village
Step back in time in a village setting that replicates the development of a typical rural Australian community over the last 200 years. Nowhere else in Western Australia is there a more comprehensive collection of fully restored and replica rural buildings, machinery and equipment.
Situated within the Wagin Sports Ground. The main street of the village supports a little bush school, printing machines used to print the first local newspaper in 1905, a mud bat cottage, replica settler’s cottage, the blacksmith’s shop and the old bush dairy. The Village also houses a number of old ‘working’ tractors and engines.
Wagin ‘Woolorama
One of the state’s largest agricultural shows regularly attracts over 30,000 visitors. Woolorama is held annually in March. This is a major community event demonstrating the strong community spirit and involvement that is present in Wagin.
Giant Ram
The largest ram in the Southern Hemisphere. One of the town’s major attractions, Baart the Giant Ram was built in Wagin in 1985 and is located in the Wetlands Park.
Wagin Lakes
There are many accessible lakes south of the town including the largest Lake Norring covering an area of 700ha. People visit these lakes to picnic and bird watch. They attract many migratory birds and provide protected habitat for various marsupials. The Wait-jen Walk Trail starts on the Great Southern Hwy south of the town and follows the lakes over a 10 km track.
Puntapin Rock
A large granite rock south east of the town which offers extensive 360 degree views from its summit. This rock has significant cultural history for the local Noongar people.
Wagin Historical
Old Wagin Well
Located at the western entrance to the town, this restored watering hole dates back to 1886.
Mount Latham
A granite rock formation situated on the main road between Wagin and Arthur River.