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Wyalkatchem Shire of

Wyalkatchem 192km north-east of Perth

Wyalkatchem lies along the popular Pioneers’ Pathway and Wheatbelt Way self-drive routes, an easy two hour drive from Perth via Northam or Toodyay. The first recorded exploration was in 1846, guided by local Aboriginals. Settlers first arrived in 1904 and the town site was officially declared in 1908. By 1905, Wyalkatchem was home to pioneer and politician John Lindsay, a key advocate for farmers and the bulk handling of wheat. Later, Wyalkatchem became known as the “cradle of bulk handling’, and remains a thriving grain and sheep farming region.

Wyalkachem Visitor Centre CRC & CBH Museum Railway Tce, Wyalkatchem WA 6485 T: (08) 9681 1500 E: E:

Railway Terrace

spring, the reserve comes alive with stunning wildflowers and orchids.

Korrelocking Reserve Site 4 on the ‘Wheatbelt Way’ self- drive trail, 259 hectares of bushland with Salmon Gums and Gimlets. A picturesque picnic spot especially during wildflower season with amenities, interpretative signage, marked walk trail and pioneer well. Some 44 bird species have been recorded at the reserve including Pacific Heron, Black- shouldered Kite, Whistling Kite, Little Eagle, Black-tailed native-hen and Long- billed Corella. Historic Wyalkatchem Well Site 5 on the ‘Wheatbelt Way’ self-drive trail, commonly known as ‘Wyalkatchem Tank’ - unique with its rectangular granite walls, constructed by John Haywood for the Toodyay Road Board in 1881 and later utilised as a water source for early steam locomotives. WHERE TO STAY The town has a variety of accommodation. Visit wyalkatchem.crc. The Visitor Centre and Library is located at the front of the museum in “The Bushel”.

Wyalkatchem town

Local pool

Places of Interest

Elizabeth II. See life from a bygone era - viewing by appointment. Contact Pat Jones Tel: (08) 9681 1036 or Wendy Begley Tel: (08) 9681 1397.

CBH Agricultural Museum The first delivery of bulk wheat in Western Australia was received at

Walk-A-Wyal Tracks Three different tracks, marked by

Korrelocking in November 1931. Today, the Museum’s original K Type wheat bin protects an impressive collection of early farming equipment including the rare Waterloo Boy - one of the first John Deere tractors (1920) and a collection of wagons, farm equipment and items of historic interest. Wyalkatchem Town Heritage Walk The town boasts many fine historical, National Trust and Heritage listed buildings from the early 1900s. A leaflet is available at the Visitor Centre and Shire Offices. Old School House Once home to Sir William Heseltine, who later became a member of the Royal Household and Press Secretary to Queen

yellow, blue and red triangles, where you can observe unique flora and fauna in the peaceful surrounds of some of the oldest bushland reserves in WA. Cowcowing Lake Cowcowing Lake and Cemetery lie 26km to the north of town. The lake gives its name to Cowcowing Siding and covers an area of 15,000 hectares. On rare occasions when the lake is full, locals use it to water ski. Yorkrakine Rock A spectacular granite outcrop rising 341 metres and covering some 160 hectares. An ideal spot for picnics (amenities) and bush walking. During | The Wheatbelt | 47

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