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Shire of DOWERIN

WHAT’S ON Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days — 30-31 Aug 2023 TOP ATTRACTIONS Rusty & Rosey / Tin Dog Walk Trail / Minnivale / Namelcatchem Well / Dowerin Museum WILDFLOWERS TODISCOVER Donkey Orchid / Bunny Orchid / Leek Orchid / Spider Orchid

Dowerin Townsite

DOWERINCOMMUNITY RESOURCE CENTRE 13 Stewart Street, Dowerin (08) 9631 1662

DOWERIN 156km north-east of Perth

only through the shire). The Dowerin District Museum is a genuine cottage, containing various artefacts from around the district and was built in 1915 by Eugene O’Shaughnessy. Minnivale The old town Minnivale will also showcase life once upon a time. Its importance was lost as rail was replaced by roads and now, Minnivale boasts the old general store, still displaying advertisements from times gone by, the picturesque church, cemetery, and the old baker’s oven. Located in Minnivale is the 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

T he name Dowerin is derived from the Aboriginal word “Daren” given to a series of lakes found 10km 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 serviced country town. Explore its main attractions... Rusty & Rosey When in town, be sure to say ‘hi’ to ‘Rusty’ and ‘Rosey’, the iconic, large tin sculpture dogs . Rusty is located to the west entrance of town and was a project designed by local school students in 2004. Rosey is located along Stewart Street and its paw directs visitors to the Dowerin Visitors Centre. Rosey acknowledges the pioneering women who were integral in the development of Dowerin. The inspiration for Rusty came from the Tin Dog Creek, which you can observe on the Tin Dog Creek Walk Trail through native bushland. Along the walk trail discover the Dowerin Bird Hide, home to a variety of birds. Dowerin and Districts Museum For a peek back in time, visit the Dowerin and Districts Museum (by appointment

of the wheat industry (by appointment only through the shire).

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 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. NamelcatchemWell 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.

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