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Waroona

Visitor Centre:
Waroona Visitor Information Centre & Art & Craft Gallery
37 South West Highway
Phone: (08) 9733 1506
Fax: (08) 9733 1506
Visitor website: www.waroona.wa.gov.au
General:
The Shire of Waroona stretches from ‘sea to scarp’ between the Indian Ocean and the Darling Range and includes Waroona, Hamel and the coastal localities of Preston Beach and Lake Clifton.
Waroona is a quiet country town nestled on the slopes of the Darling Ranges with beautiful views over the coastal plain and irrigation areas.
Dump point - Waroona Showground near Walmsley Pavillion (off Millar Street).
History:
Settlers began to arrive in the 1830s although Drakesbrook (later to be known as Waroona) did not come into its own until the Pinjarra to Picton railway line was opened in 1893.
As in many of the small towns of the time, dances, picnics and football formed the core of social life within the community.
Today agriculture, bauxite mining and tourism are important contributors to the local economy.
Attractions:
Historic Hamel
A few minutes south of Waroona, Hamel is rich in history. Hamel Hall, built by prisoners around 1902 has shaded picnic tables, barbecues and information boards.
Hamel Wetlands Walk
Off Cornucopia a short walk leads to a gazebo overlooking the wetlands, home to many species of bird, plant and animal life.
Lake Navarino/ Waroona Dam
The Waroona Dam was built on Drakes Brook with work completed in 1966 and is extensively used for recreational activities. The surrounding forest provides a beautiful display of wildflowers in season. Bushwalking is a popular pastime and part of the Old Bibbulmun Track is still in existence and has been re-opened for public use as The Waterous Loop, part of the Munda Biddi Trail.
Drakesbrook Weir
Gently undulating hills provide a picturesque backdrop to the weir. The grassed area, shaded tables and BBQs complete the perfect picnic spot. Swim to the pontoon, fish and canoe (no power boats). Toilet facilities.
Centennial Park
On South West Highway at the southern end of town and home to an interactive memorial to the Old Drakesbrook School. Gas BBQs, picnic seating, children’s playground and toilet facilities.
Art in the Community
An original ‘forest’ of carved and painted jarrah poles (adjacent to the Visitor Centre) makes a unique statement on Waroona’s community spirit and pride of place.
On South West Highway in front of the Waroona Hotel is Waroona’s 2.4 tonne sofa. A makeover in 2008 saw new artwork completed by a talented local artist.
Drakesbrook Place at Memorial Hall has a display of artwork, informal picnic and seating areas and public toilets.
Art Gallery
Waroona Visitor Centre & Gallery has a wonderful display of local art and handmade crafts, plus giftware and souvenir lines. Friendly staff & volunteers are there to assist with information on Waroona and outlying areas.
Geocaching Waroona
Geocaching is described as a high-tech treasure hunt for dime store treasures. It’s a fun way for young and old to explore the area. www.geocaching.com for more information.
Recreation & Aquatic Centre
Heated indoor pool with toddlers’ area, gymnasium, squash, basketball and netball courts. Crèche and free BBQs for Centre users. Open access to children’s playground and skateboard park off Hill Street.
Community & Telecentre
Access centre for Centrelink, ATO, Medicare; Telecentre, facilities; health resources. 10 Henning Street 9733 2545.
Vintage Machinery Rally
Vintage engines, cars, trucks, tractors, motor bikes, tools & toys. Antiques, craft & food stalls & more. Sun 20/09/15.
Agricultural Show
All the fun & excitement of a real country show. Displays, exhibits, stalls, horse events, log chopping, entertainment & so much more. A band in the evening & sideshow alley until late. Fireworks around 8pm. Sat Oct 10, 2015.
Sea to ART Exhibition
Exhibition & sale of works by talented local artists. November 2105.
Lions Monster Auction
Farm, garden, home, office, old, new, you name it - it all goes under the hammer! Bargains galore. May 2016.