Australia's Golden Outback 2023 Holiday Planner

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WHAT’SON Australia Day Celebrations — 26 Jan 2023 Cunderdin Hot Rod Show — late Oct 2023 TOP ATTRACTIONS Meckering Memorial Rose Garden / Meckering Earthquake trail / Cunderdin Museum / Ettamogah Pub / Cunderdin Hill Lookout WILDFLOWERS TO DISCOVER Everlastings / Dandelions / Orchids / Blue Pincushions

Everlastings on Cunderdin Hill

CUNDERDIN 158km east of Perth

Youndegin At Youndegin (19km south of Cunderdin along the Cunderdin-Quairading Road, and left onto Goldfields Road), you’ll find the original police outpost still standing, built in the 1880s from stone and mud

I n the heart of the spectacular Wheatbelt is Cunderdin, a major town situated on the Great Eastern Highway approximately a two-hour drive from Perth. The town was settled and evolved into the Wheatbelt centre it is today due to the development of the Coolgardie/ Kalgoorlie Goldfields railway in 1894 and the Goldfields water supply pipeline in 1901. While in town, explore some of Cunderdin’s main attractions… Cunderdin Museum Explore this central attraction showcasing historic machinery and memorabilia, Aboriginal district culture, the agricultural industry, railways, the Cunderdin training aircraft from World War II, a Meckering earthquake simulator and much more. Cunderdin Hill Lookout When visiting the Cunderdin Hill (1km south of the main street), you’ll be greeted by 360-degree panoramic views of the town and surrounding farmland. Ettamogah Pub This is one landmark you certainly won’t miss when you visit Cunderdin. The brightly coloured and rather distinctive Ettamogah Pub is based on the well known comics of Ken Maynard – made famous by the Australian Post magazine. Bulgin Rock Reserve Bulgin Rock, located off Burges Road, is the perfect place to absorb the rolling landscape and observe an array of wildflowers.

CUNDERDIN TOURIST CENTRE 100 Forrest Street Cunderdin (08) 9365 1291

with a thatched roof. MECKERING 132km east of Perth

The name Meckering originates from a local Aboriginal language meaning ‘place of water’ or ‘moon on water’. The town formerly called Beebering was established in 1887 then renamed Meckering in 1897. Today, Meckering is probably best known for the devastating earthquake in October 1968 with many of the places of interest relating to this event. Discover some of the town’s highlights… Memorial Rose Garden Explore the devastation of the 1968 Meckering earthquake first-hand at this impressive display, which includes a section of the damaged railway line, a mangled piece of the Golden Pipeline, photographs, statistics and information. Take a stroll across the road to the beautiful Memorial Rose Garden – a tribute to the dedication and hard work of many local volunteers. Meckering Earthquake Walk Trail Visitors can view images, descriptions and footprints of the former Meckering Main Street businesses and public buildings through a trail of interpretative signage. View the preserved fault line 12km south of Meckering on York–Meckering Road. Meckering Earthquake Gazebo and

Meckering Earthquake FarmRuins ‘Salisbury’ - an old stone homestead built in 1904 - was flattened during the quake. The ruins give an eerie insight into the scale of the devastation experienced (2km north of Meckering, turn off Meckering to Goomalling Road). Photography It is impossible to miss this unique building on the Great Eastern Highway. An amazing history of photography is on display including a wonderful collection of earthquake images. The Big Camera – Museumof

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Cunderdin Museum

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