Apr
21
2018

So, you have arrived in Perth after a nice flight, you’ve gone to the Perth airport car rental kiosk to grab your vehicle of your choice and then you have been to the more well-known destinations like Mandurah, Bussellton, Jurien Bay and the like. You will have seen plenty of ocean, long sandy beaches and lots of coastal attractions but surely that’s not the end of your journeys? Surely it’s time to go a little inland and explore a true wheatbelt town? Yep. Time to broaden your travel horizons and head to the township of Merredin.

Location

The township of Merredin is a comfortable three-hour drive from Perth. The route is well signed on a major road with all necessary fuel, shopping and sightseeing available to break up the drive.

Merredin is part of the wheat belt and as such is a town steeped in tradition and history. The wheat belt consistently acts as a major provider of revenue to the state of WA and Merredin across the years has assisted in this endeavour. Despite it being a strong provincial support town to the broader farming communities, Merredin is increasingly making itself known as a tourist destination with many stories to tell.

Attractions

The township offers up an assortment of tourist attractions that will tempt most travellers to the area. Better still, the township has made sure that vehicle parking, whether big or small, is very easy and close to all attractions.

Whilst a good walk is a good walk, sometimes it adds a dimension when one can get out of the vehicle close to what it is you wish to see. This certainly assists the elderly and less firm amongst our fellow travellers – so be quick to take the grandparents as well!

RAILWAY MUSEUM – A group of local and dedicated residents have kept the thrill of the railway alive and well in Merredin. Come see original old buildings, railway artifacts and traditional rolling stock from years ago. Among prize possessions is a 1897 steam locomotive that hauled the Kalgoorlie Express for many years.

WAR MUSEUM – This small museum is also managed by volunteer locals who wish to keep a piece of history alive and well. A terrific display of older military vehicles many of which are in perfect working order. There are numerous interesting WW11 sites around the area and museum staff are only to happy to provide directions.

SILO ART – three big silos provide for some great photo opportunities as you come into town from the west. See the amazing video above by Peacock Visuals with Kyle Hughes Odgers.

WALK/CYCLE TRAILS – for those wanting to be a bit more active try the North Trail, or the South Trail and check out all sorts of history like the old brewery site, Merredin Peak, Pioneer Cemetery, and the list goes on.

TOURS – Why not try the Njaki Njaki Aboriginal Cultural Tour, or the Discover the Wheatbelt Tour?

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Accommodation

There are several motel options in Merredin to help make your stay comfortable. But I chose to stay at the Merredin Tourist Park. A great venue with large powered sites, great cabins, a pool, excellent bbq facilities and very helpful and friendly staff. So bring your car, your caravan, your motorhome and check out Merredin in a fabulous place to retreat to.

M for Merredin, and M for Must see.

Happy travels,

THE CHAIR

(DriveNow has teamed up with “The Chair”, none other than Dennis Werthenbach, the enigmatic and super popular chairman of the board for Family Parks Holiday Parks & Campgrounds – for more than 26 years, Family Parks has represented independent caravan parks and camping grounds, promoting fantastic holiday destinations for travellers young and old. With so many great caravan and camping parks throughout Australia and New Zealand, Family Parks is more than just a holiday, it’s a unique holiday experience.)

DennisW

Dennis Werthenbach is the enigmatic and larger than life Chairman of the Family Parks chain of holiday havens designed for caravanners, campers and park life enthusiasts throughout Australia and New Zealand (www.familyparks.com.au). DriveNow is proud to say he's our roving reporter on the road.

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