Wheat fields, Nick Rains / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 2556

Merredin started as a shanty town where miners stopped on their way to the goldfields. In 1893 the railway reached the town and a water catchment was established on Merredin Peak, guaranteeing the town's importance to the surrounding region. An incredible 40 per cent of the state's wheat is grown within a 100-kilometre radius of the town.

Visitor Information

Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre, 85 Barrack St; (08) 9041 1666

Nearby national parks

  • Avon Valley National Park

    The Avon River runs through the centre of this national park, not far from Perth and once occupied by the Nyoongar people of the Darling...more

  • Walyunga National Park

    Set on the edge of the Darling Scarp just north of Perth, Walyunga National Park encompasses a section of the Swan River valley. It is here...more

  • John Forrest National Park

    Declared in 1900, John Forrest is the oldest national park in Western Australia. Lying at the northern edge of the Hills Forest in the...more

Nearby towns

  • Kellerberrin

    Centrally located in the wheat belt, Kellerberrin is 200 kilometres east of Perth. In springtime, magnificent displays of wildflowers adorn...more

  • Corrigin

    Corrigin was established in the early 1900s and was one of the last wheat-belt towns to be settled. Today the town has a healthy obsession...more

  • Southern Cross

    A small, flourishing town on the Great Eastern Highway, Southern Cross is the centre of a prosperous agricultural and pastoral region. Its...more

In Town

Cummins Theatre Heritage-listed theatre that was totally recycled from Coolgardie in 1928. Used regularly for local productions, events and visiting artists. Open 9am–3pm Mon–Fri; Bates St.

Military Museum: significant collection of restored military vehicles and equipment; closed Sat; Great Eastern Hwy.

Old Railway Station Museum: prize exhibits are the 1897 locomotive that once hauled the Kalgoorlie Express and the old signal box with 95 switching and signal levers; open 9am–3pm Mon–Sun; Great Eastern Hwy.

Pioneer Park: picnic area adjacent to the highway including a historic water tower that once supplied the steam trains; Great Eastern Hwy.

Merredin Peak

Heritage Walk: self-guided walk that retraces the early history of Merredin and its links with the goldfields and the railway; contact visitor centre for map.

Merredin Peak Heritage Trail: leads to great views of the countryside, and a rock catchment channel and dam from the 1890s. Adjacent to the peak is the interpretation site of a WW II field hospital that had over 600 patients in 1942; off Benson Rd.

Tamma Parkland Trail: a 1.2 km walk around this 23 ha of bushland will give an insight into the flora and fauna of the area. Wildflowers in spring; South Ave.


Pumping Station No 4: built in 1902 but closed in 1960 to make way for electrically driven stations, this fine example of early industrial architecture was designed by C. Y. O'Connor; 3 km W.

Hunt's Dam: one of several wells sunk by convicts under the direction of Charles Hunt in 1866. It is now a good spot for picnics and bushwalking; 5 km N.

Totadgin Conservation Park: interpretive walk, Hunt's Well and mini rock formation similar to Wave Rock. Picnic tables and wildflowers in spring; 16 km SW.

Rabbit-Proof Fence: roadside display gives an insight into the history of this feature; 25 km E.

Mangowine Homestead: now a restored National Trust property, in the 1880s this was a wayside stop en route to the Yilgam goldfields. Nearby is the Billyacatting Conservation Park with interpretative signage; open 1–4pm Mon–Sat, 10am–4pm Sun (closed Jan); Nungarin; 40 km NW.

Shackelton: Australia's smallest bank; 85 km SW.

Kokerbin Rock: superb views from summit; 90 km SW.

Koorda: museum and several wildlife reserves in area; 140 km NW.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Denzils Restaurant

Situated halfway between Perth and Kalgoorlie, Denzils Restaurant at the Merredin Olympic Motel serves good food and a more than reasonable selection of wines. The restaurant is popular with locals as well as with... Find out more

Gumtree Restaurant

The dated 1960s decor may not be to everyone’s liking, but the Gumtree Restaurant turns out a decent meal nonetheless. Popular with locals or guests of the motel, it’s located conveniently close to the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Westonia Caravan Park 45 km

This caravan park has a good range of facilities in a location that has been preserved to reflect its days as a goldmining boom town. Old buildings have been restored and new ones have been constructed in a style that... Find out more

Bruce Rock Caravan Park 46 km

Bruce Rock Caravan Park is on Dunstall St in this small wheat-belt town, 247 km east of Perth. Visitors to Bruce Rock can drop into Totadjin Dam Reserve, a favourite cooling-off spot for locals, and also view a large... Find out more

Kellerberrin Caravan Park 55 km

This small caravan park with basic facilities is at the sports ground on Connelly St in Kellerberrin, 202 km east of Perth via the Great Eastern Hwy. Visitors to this pastoral town should take a look at the old... Find out more

Trayning Caravan Park 61 km

Visitors will see some interesting rock formations around Trayning, confined within a 2500 ha flora and fauna reserve that harbours a variety of rare plant species. Needless to say, the wildflowers in this part of the... Find out more

Mukinbudin Caravan Park 63 km

Mukinbudin is about 300 km north-east of Perth via Merredin on the Great Eastern Hwy. The caravan park has shady sites and a good range of facilities, including on-site accommodation. Nearby, you’ll find a number... Find out more

Narembeen Caravan Park 66 km

Narembeen Caravan Park is on Curral St, 290 km east of Perth. It has basic camping facilities and limited on-site accommodation. Travellers through this predominantly grain-belt region can visit Roe Lookout, explore some... Find out more

Kokerbin Rock camping area 70 km

Kokerbin Rock camping area is on Kwolyin West Rd, 10 km north of Kwolyin via Bruce Rock–Quairading Rd. Visitors to this large granite outcrop can enjoy panoramic views and explore caves and walking trails. Note: a... Find out more

Marshall Rock camping area 80 km

Marshall Rock camping area is 10 km south-east of Bencubbin and 273 km north-east of Perth. Access is via Mukinbudin and Marshall Rock rds. The area is noted for its wildflower displays in spring. There is plenty of... Find out more

Bencubbin Caravan Park 84 km

A minuscule wheat-belt town about 273 km north-east of Perth, Bencubbin’s surrounds represent the last outposts of arable land before the desert exerts its desiccating influence on most non-indigenous plants. The... Find out more

Wyalkatchem Caravan Park 91 km

Wyalkatchem is at the centre of WA’s major wheat belt, 191 km north-east of Perth via Toodyay, and smack in the middle of some of Australia’s best wildflower country. The town lies on the old Goldfields... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Merredin Tourist Park 2 km

This park is of a quality rarely found in an inland town the size of Merredin and we highly recommend it. From here it is a comfortable 260 km to Perth or 335 km to Kalgoorlie; Merredin is an excellent choice for an... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Merredin B&B

Formerly a bank residence dating from the 1930s, the Merredin B&B is decorated in keeping with that era. Centrally located opposite the Cummins Theatre, the B&B is well situated in town and has three guest rooms... Find out more

Merredin Tourist Park

One of the most highly regarded independent parks in the state, there are many accommodation options here. Whether you’re staying in one of the self-contained villas, or in a caravan or tent, the barbecue... Find out more

Merredin Oasis Hotel Motel

Recently upgraded, the Merredin Oasis Motel Hotel has a range of standard rooms, executive suites and budget rooms. The parking and accommodation are located at the back of the establishment, away from the bustle of the... Find out more

Merredin Plaza All Suites

Considered to be the town’s premier accommodation, the Merredin Plaza All Suites has been renovated to include one-bedroom suites with separate living areas and plasma TVs. Situated in the centre of town,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Merredin park area

At Merredin

Well off the highway. On the main street.

Hines Hill rest area 19 km

37km E of Kellerberrin (L) or 20km W of Merredin (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Kellerberrin park area 55 km

At Kellerberrin

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Cunderdin park area 100 km

At Cunderdin

Adjacent to the highway and near the museum.

What's on around town

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