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picturesque church, cemetery, and the old baker’s oven. Located in Minnivale, Wheatbelt Heritage Rail Discovery Centre. Housed within a 1964 Type B wheatbin, is a collection of carriages dating from early in the 20th century. Climb aboard passenger carriages, read the history of the district, along with the early days of the wheat industry. Viewing by appointment only, please make arrangement through the Shire. Namelcatchem Well Namelcatchem Well is located within a 600-acre Reserve, 17km east of Dowerin. Built in 1865, it is the earliest European built structure in the area, the Well was used to provide water to miners and travellers, later for horse teams carting wheat to Minnivale. The Rabbit Proof Fence No.2 Runs north to south through the east, this fence was built in 1907-1908 and designed to control the rabbit plague. Much of it remains in good condition. Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days An iconic agricultural event, since its inception in 1964 it has evolved and become the States most successful and largest agricultural field day. Exhibitors showcase the latest in agriculture, technology, innovation, leisure and lifestyle. Held annually on the last Wednesday & Thursday of August. Visit Wildflowers Dowerin has several reserves which are home to an array of wildflowers, wildflowers can be observed between July and October. Orchid species spotted include Donkey, Bunny, Leek and Spider. Many species of flowering wattles, grevillea and hakea can be seen. Pink, white, and yellow everlastings form a carpet of colour from late August to October.

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Dowerin 156km north-east of Perth

Tin Dog Creek Walk Trail and Bird Hide Walk through native bushland, the trail has interpretive panels located along the trail providing interesting information about the surroundings. Along the walk trail, discover the Dowerin Bird Hide, home to a variety of birds. Dowerin and Districts Museum The Dowerin District Museum in a genuine cottage, containing various artefacts from around the district. The building was built in 1915 by Eugene O’Shaughnessy and offers a compelling vision of family and business life. Showcasing pioneer stories include Mr Eugene O’Shaughnessy’s and the Couper Sisters, Jean & Mary. Viewing by appointment only, please make arrangement through the Shire. Minnivale Minnivale is an example of town of the past, its importance lost as rail was replaced by roads. Minnivale boasts the old general store, still displaying advertisements from times gone by, the Dowerin Short Stay Accommodation & Caravan Park A hidden gem in the Wheatbelt with quality, comfortable accommodation for business and leisure travellers, located a short stroll to local amenities and attractions. • One bedroom self contained units with full kitchen • Studio rooms with kitchenette, 1 with disabled access • Powered caravan/camper sites with hardstand • Sites for caravans/campers who are self-sufficient • Grassed tent sites with power • Modern ablutions & laundry facilities • Camp kitchen & alfresco dining area Located on Fraser Street, Dowerin T: (08) 9631 1202 (M-F 8.30-4pm) 0429 311 202 A/H E: W:

The name Dowerin is derived from the aboriginal word “Daren” given to a series of lakes, 10 km south of town. It was originally established as a watering hole and resting place for prospectors and travellers on their way to the goldfields. Dowerin is a two-hour drive from Perth, located along the Wheatbelt Way and Pioneers’ Pathway self-drive trails. Dowerin is a welcoming and well ‘Rusty’ & ‘Rosey ’ ‘Rusty’ is located to the west entrance of town. Rusty was a project designed by local school students in 2004, the inspiration came from the Tin Dog Creek. ‘Rosey’ is located along Stewart Street and her paw directs visitors to the Dowerin Visitors Centre. Established in 2021, Rosey acknowledges the pioneering women who were integral in the development of Dowerin. serviced country town. Places of Interest

Dowerin Community Resource Centre 13 Stewart Street Dowerin T: (08) 9631 1662 E:

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