Population 3806

Katanning lies in the middle of a prosperous grain-growing and pastoral area. A significant development in the town's history was the 1889 completion of the Great Southern Railway, which linked Perth and Albany. Construction was undertaken at both ends, and a cairn north of town marks the spot where the lines were joined.

Visitor Information

Old Mill, cnr Austral Tce and Clive St; (08) 9821 4390


Nearby national parks

  • Stirling Range National Park

    Surrounded by a flat, sandy plain, the Stirling Range rises abruptly to over 1000 metres, its jagged peaks sometimes veiled in swirling...more

  • Porongurup National Park

    The Porongurup Range, a 40-minute drive north of Albany, is renowned for its stark granite domes and unusual rock formations that rise up...more

  • Shannon National Park

    Shannon National Park, between Manjimup and Walpole in Western Australia’s southern forest region, encompasses the Shannon River as it...more

Nearby towns

  • Kojonup

    A freshwater spring first attracted white settlement of the town now known as Kojonup. In 1837 Alfred Hillman arrived in the area after...more

  • Wagin

    Wagin, 177 kilometres east of Bunbury, is the sheep capital of Western Australia. The importance of the wool industry to the district is...more

  • Cranbrook

    The small town of Cranbrook greets travellers with a large sign announcing that it is the 'Gateway to the Stirlings'. A mere 10 kilometres...more

In Town

Old Mill Museum: built in 1889, it features an outstanding display of vintage roller flour-milling processes; Cnr Austral Tce and Clive St.

All Ages Playground and Miniature Steam Railway: scenic grounds with playground equipment for all ages. Covered shoes required to ride the train, which runs on the 2nd and 4th Sun of each month; Cnr Great Southern Hwy and Clive St.

Kobeelya: a majestic residence (1902) with 7 bedrooms, ballroom, billiard room, tennis courts and croquet lawn, now a conference centre; Brownie St.

Old Winery Ruins: inspect the ruins of the original turreted distillery and brick vats, with old ploughs and machinery on display; Andrews Rd.

Historical Museum: the original school building has been converted into a museum of local memorabilia; open 2–4pm Sun, or by appt; Taylor St.

Sale Yards: one of the biggest yards in Australia, sheep sales every Wed at 8am; viewing platform for visitors; Daping St.

Heritage Rose Garden: with roses dating from 1830; Austral Tce.

Piesse Memorial Statue: unveiled in 1916, this statue of Frederick H. Piesse, the founder of Katanning, was sculpted by P. C. Porcelli, a well-known artist in the early days of WA; Austral Tce.

Art Gallery: a changing display and local collection; closed Sun; Austral Tce.


Police Pools (Twonkwillingup): site of the original camp for the district's first police officers. Enjoy swimming, picnicking, birdwatching and bushwalking; 3 km S.

Lake Ewlyamartup: picturesque freshwater lake ideal for picnicking, swimming, boating and waterskiing, particularly in early summer when the water level is high; 22 km E.

Katanning-Piesse Heritage Trail: 20 km self-drive/walk trail; map at visitor centre.

Watersports: the lakes surrounding the town are excellent for recreational boating, waterskiing and swimming; details at visitor centre.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Kimberley Restaurant

Situated in the grounds of The White House, established in 1913, and in the centre of town, the Kimberley Restaurant is part of the New Lodge Motel. The high ceilings, bay windows and soft decor create an intimate... Find out more

Loretta @ Feddy

Serving fresh salads and other tasty treats, the seasonal menu makes Loretta @ Freddy at the Federal Hotel a popular lunchtime spot. Also open for dinner, the menu features local produce, bringing out the gourmets in... Find out more

Campsites around town

Broomehill Village Caravan Park 19 km

On the corner of Morgan Rd and Journal St, Broomehill Village is perfectly positioned for visitors wanting to follow the town’s Heritage Trail. The caravan park has good facilities and amenities.... Find out more

Nyabing Recreation Reserve camping area 57 km

Nyabing’s Recreation Reserve is on Martin St, and offers welcome facilities for travellers. The area is noted for its string of shallow lakes: Magenta, Pingarup, Grace South, Grace North and Joy. This is also... Find out more

Lakeside Camping 72 km

Lake Towerinning is a tranquil, ancient meteor crater filled with fresh, clear water off Darkin Rd South, 8 km south of Duranillin. The lake is a haven for waterbirds and lovers of boating, sailing, waterskiing and... Find out more

Lake Poorrarecup camping area 87 km

Water-based activities abound at Lake Poorrarecup, 13 km east of Frankland on the Frankland–Cranbrook Rd. Boating, canoeing, waterskiing and sailing are just some of the diversions available to pass the time away... Find out more

Pingrup Caravan Park 90 km

This caravan park on Sanderson St in Pingrup is an ideal base for visiting the many historic and natural sites in and around the town. Birdwatchers head to Lake Bryde, an ephemeral wetland that is part of a chain of... Find out more

Narrogin Caravan Park 91 km

Narrogin is at the heart of some of the best agricultural country in WA, about 190 km south-east of Perth. It is the major service centre for the Great Southern region. The caravan park has a good range of facilities for... Find out more

Moingup Springs camping area 93 km

Moingup Springs camping area is on Chester Pass Rd, 76 km north-east of Albany. It has a good range of facilities in an area of breathtaking beauty that is very popular with hikers and climbers. Bring in a gas/fuel... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

New Lodge Motel

Spacious and comfortable accommodation is guaranteed at the New Lodge Motel. Situated in the gardens of The White House, a grand residence built in the early 1900s, the motel’s function centre and conference... Find out more

Woodchester B&B

Housed in a lovely Cape Dutch colonial home, the Woodchester B&B is a hidden treasure in the country town of Katanning, known for its farming community. Built in 1927 and designed by a Dutch architect, each of the... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Boscabel Road rest area 43 km

75km SE of Williams (L) or 19km NW of Kojonup (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Martup Pool rest area 47 km

62km SE of Williams (L) or 32km NW of Kojonup (R)

Secluded in scrub near the Beaufort River.

Tunney Road rest area 50 km

38km SE of Kojonup (L) or 65km NW of Mt Barker (R)

Just off the highway among trees.

Arthur River rest area 62 km

At Arthur River

Just off the highway and near the roadhouse.

Sturdee Road rest area 94 km

11km SE of Kojonup (R) or 92km N of Mt Barker (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

What's on around town

Farmers markets: Pemble St; 3rd Sat each month.

Spring Lamb Festival: Oct.

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