landscape. This is a popular camping spot in the milder months. Westonia Common and Reserve/ Boodalin Soak Westonia is nestled inside a common of 5,600 hectares of remnant woodland. Situated 6km west from Westonia just off Stoneman Road, Boodalin Soak was a historic water and rest place for travellers to the Goldfields and was the place of capture for Moondyne Joe (Western Australia’s best known bushranger) in 1866. The stonework is an early example of circular dry stone wall construction. An array of wildflowers Located on the corner of Elachbutting and Echo Valley Roads, 75km north of Westonia this 513 hectare reserve comprises granite rock formations and bushland. Spot the abundant ornate dragon lizard (Ctenophurus ornatus) which is an inhabitant of Yanneymooning Rock and an abundance of everlastings and other wildflowers in season. Sandford Rocks Nature Reserve 10km north east of Westonia experience 806 hectares of granite outcrop, pools, wildflowers scrub and woodland. Try your luck at locating many species of birds from the newly constructed bird hide located on the walk trail, on the edge of the ephemeral rock pool. Chiddaracooping Reserve This is a reserve covering 5,262 hectares 50km north of Westonia and has abundant and unique flora such as the cowslip orchid. The reserve is home to the lesser bottlebrush or Callistemon Phoeniceus one of only two bottlebrush species native to south-west Western Australia. Wildflowers Westonia has a fantastic array of wildflowers that bloom from late August to early October. These include Red Morrell Eucalypts, everlastings and orchids along Westonia’s walk trail. At Elachbutting Rock also see wattles, senna, grevilleas and hakeas. Edna May Lookout Located on the old Warrachuppin Road, exit off Boodarockin Road at northern end of Westonia townsite. View the operational mine clearly is also prevalent at the Soak in season. Yanneymooning Rock and Reserve
and maybe see a blast. Blast times available from Shire office.
‘Wessy’, as the locals call it, is located just over 3 hours’ drive to the east of Perth, where the Wheatbelt meets the Goldfields. The town owes its origin to gold mining, although now it relies to a large extent on wheat and sheep farming. In 1915 Westonia had two mines in operation and by 1917 there was a population in excess of 2,000. This quickly diminished when all mining ceased in 1948. The Edna May Mine to the north of the town is now in its third phase of operation, after operations between 1985 and 1992. It was reopened by Catalpa Resources in 2010 and is currently mined by Ramelius Resources. The Edna May Gold Mine, is still in operation, producing on average 90,000 ounces of gold per annum. The town is located along the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail and also the Wheatbelt Way self- drive trails and boasts a beautifully built historic façade main street, but don’t be deceived, inside what appears to be historic pubs and shops you will find a museum and the Shire offices. Plan your trip at www.wheatbeltway.com.au This museum features a variety of social history scenes showcasing early life in the Shire. The museum also includes a mine tunnel and a blast simulation that aims to replicate life in an early Westonian gold mine. Open hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm and Sat-Sun 10am-12pm. Wolfram Street The charming main street of the town with its historic buildings and new buildings built in a historic style. You will see the facades of the town’s original bank, café, hotel, fire station, boarding house and green grocer. Nature Trail Walk along the bio diverse nature trail through some 4,000 hectares of natural woodlands or take a picnic at one of several nature reserves with spectacular rock formations. Elachbutting Rock Located 100km north of Westonia on Elachbutting Road. The name Elachbutting means ‘big thing standing’ a prominent landmark which has excellent views from the top. It has two spectacular colourful waves, a 40m tunnel ‘Montys Pass’ caused by a rock slide and a large acoustic cave named ‘Kings Cave’. Baladjie Rock Baladjie rock is located on the Koorda- Bullfinch Road 42km north-east of Westonia. Extensive granite outcrops in attractive woodland setting adjacent to Baladjie Lake. Climb the main rock for spectacular views of the nearby lake system and surrounding Places of interest Hood-Penn Museum
Places to Eat and Drink Westonia Gallery Café An original 1916 shop serving WA roasted coffee as well as showcasing art, photography and jewellery. Open Thu-Sun 8am-2pm or by appointment. Tel: (08) 9046 7200. Westonia Tavern Serving drinks 7 days from 4pm, dinner every night. Group bookings by appointment only. Tel: (08) 9046 7012. Carrabin Roadhouse Hotel/Motel Bar open from noon 7 days, lunch and dinner daily. Tel: (08) 9046 7162. Westonia Community Cooperative Providing lunches and all your grocery needs open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm & Sat 9am-12pm. Tel: (08) 9046 7222. Accommodation Westonia is an ‘RV Friendly Town’ and has a range of accommodation including the Shire of Westonia Caravan Park, Westonia Tavern, Carrabin Roadhouse Hotel/Motel & Caravan Park and 48 hour casual parking at St Luke’s Church. For more information visit www.westonia.wa.gov.au or Tel: (08) 9046 7063. Carrabin 306km east of Perth, 291km east of Kalgoorlie Located on Great Eastern Highway, 42km from Merredin and 66km from Southern Cross, an ideal refuelling location. The Carrabin Roadhouse Motel serves meals every day, bar open from noon and provides overnight accommodation. For more information on Shire attractions check out @shireofwestonia on Facebook.
Shire of Westonia 41 Wolfram Street Westonia WA 6423 Tel: (08) 9046 7063 www.westonia.wa.gov.au
1 Westonia town streetscape 2 Westonia Caravan Park 3 Sandford Rocks Nature Reserve