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WHAT’S ON Wyalkatchem Rodeo — 26 Aug 2023 TOPATTRACTIONS Wyalkatchem CBH and Agriculture Museum and Pioneer Pathway display – John Lyndsay / Wyalkatchem Schoolhouse Museum / Korrelocking Reserve / Pioneer Park Memorial Rose Garden / Olympic swimming pool and childrens’ pool WILDFLOWERS TODISCOVER Wyalkatchem Foxglove / Spider Orchids / Donkey Orchids / Paper Daises WYALKATCHEMVISITORCENTRE Wyalkachem Visitor Centre CRC & CBH Museum Railway Tce, Wyalkatchem WA 6485 (08) 9681 1500

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19/7/2022 3:16 pm Royal Household and Press Secretary to Queen Elizabeth II, see life from a bygone era at Old School House. Viewing by appointment only – contact Pat Jones on (08) 9681 1036 or Wendy Begley on (08) 9681 1397. Walk-A-Wyal Tracks Three different tracks, marked by yellow, blue and red triangles, along the Walk-A-Wyal Tracks 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 15,000ha. On rare occasions when the lake is full, locals use it to water ski. Yorkrakine Rock A spectacular granite outcrop rising 341m and covering some 160ha, Yorkrakine Rock is an ideal spot for picnics (amenities) and bush walking. Korrelocking Reserve Site four on the ‘Wheatbelt Way’ self drive trail, Korrelocking Reserve features 259ha of bushland and a picturesque picnic spot (especially during wildflower season) with amenities, interpretative signage, a 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.

W yalkatchem 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. Discover some of Wyalkatchem’s top attractions while travelling through… CBH Agricultural Museum The first delivery of bulk wheat in Western Australia was received at 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). 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

Historic WyalkatchemWell Commonly known as ‘Wyalkatchem Tank’, find the unique granite Wylkatchem Well at site five on the ‘Wheatbelt Way’ self-drive trail.

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