Narrogin

Lake Taarblin salt lake, Australian Geographic

Population 4240

Narrogin, 192 kilometres south-east of Perth on the Great Southern Highway, is the commercial hub of a prosperous agricultural area. Sheep, pigs and cereal farms are the major industries. First settled in the 1870s, the town's name is derived from an Aboriginal word 'gnarojin', meaning waterhole.

Visitor Information

Dryandra Country Visitor Centre, cnr Park and Fairway sts; (08) 9881 2064

www.dryandratourism.org.au

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  • John Forrest National Park

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In Town

Gnarojin Park This park is a national award winner for its original designs and artworks portraying local history and culture, which include the Centenary Pathway, marked with 100 locally designed commemorative tiles, Newton House Barbecue and Noongar Cultural Sites. Gordon St.

History Hall: local history collection; Egerton St.

Old Courthouse Museum: built in 1894 as a school, it later became the district courthouse; open Mon–Sat; Egerton St.

Narrogin Art Gallery: exhibitions; open 10am–4pm Tues–Fri, 10am–12pm Sat; Federal St.

Lions Lookout: excellent views; Kipling St.

Heritage trail: self-guided walk around the town's historic buildings; contact visitor centre for map.

Nearby

Dryandra Woodland One of the few remaining areas of virgin forest in the wheat belt, Dryandra is a paradise for birdwatchers and bushwalkers. The open, graceful eucalypt woodlands of white-barked wandoo, powderbark and thickets of rock she-oak support many species of flora and fauna including numbats (the state's animal emblem), woylies, tammar wallabies, brush-tailed possums and many others. Over 100 species of birds have been identified, including the mound-building mallee fowl. Tune your radio to 100 FM for 'Sounds of Dryandra', a 25 km radio drive trail with 6 stops featuring tales of the local Nyungar people, early forestry days, bush railways and Dryandra's unique wildlife. There are day-visitor facilities and accommodation, walk trails, a weekend Ecology Course (runs in autumn and spring; try your hand at radio-tracking, trapping and spotlighting) and school holiday programs. 22 km NW.

Barna Mia Animal Sanctuary The sanctuary, within the Dryandra Woodland, has guided spotlight walks at night that reveal threatened marsupials, including the bilby and boodie. Bookings essential; contact DEC on (08) 9881 9200 or visitor centre which also has maps; Narrogin–Wandering Rd; 26 km NW.

Foxes Lair Nature Reserve: 60 ha of bushland with good walking trails, wildflowers in spring and 40 species of birds; maps and brochures from visitor centre; Williams Rd; 1 km SW.

Yilliminning and Birdwhistle Rocks: unusual rock formations; 11 km E.

District heritage trail: contact visitor centre for map.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Albert’s Restaurant

Located in the charming Albert Facey Motor Inn, Albert’s restaurant overlooks the hotel’s pool area. Complementing the à la carte menu full of international flavours, the wine list includes many local... Find out more


Campsites around town

Narrogin Caravan Park

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


Dryandra Woodland camping area 29 km

Dryandra Woodland camping area is 27 km north of Williams via York–Williams Rd, in a natural bush setting popular with bushwalkers, nature lovers and cyclists. Visitors can see a variety of flora, rare wildlife... Find out more


Wickepin Caravan Park 35 km

In the town of Wickepin, 38 km north-east of Narrogin on the Great Southern Hwy, there are some fine Edwardian buildings, including the house that Albert Facey made famous in his best-selling book, A Fortunate Life. Many... Find out more


Wandering Caravan Park 55 km

Wander into Wandering, south-east of Perth off the Albany Hwy, and you’ll find the caravan park on Cheetaning St. It provides travellers with a good range of facilities and shady sites in a pleasant natural setting... Find out more


Lake Yealering Caravan Park 56 km

Yealering is a small town about 250 km south-east of Perth. The lake is on the edge of town via Wickepin–Corrigin Rd. Camping here is in a picturesque setting with BBQ facilities. It is an ideal place for a variety... Find out more


Brookton Caravan Park 64 km

Set on the Brookton Hwy, 138 km south-east of Perth, this caravan park provides travellers with a good range of facilities in a town where the famous WA wildflowers bloom in colourful profusion in spring.... Find out more


Boddington Caravan Park 67 km

Boddington Caravan Park provides a good range of facilities for travellers as it is close to the town and shops. The park is on the Hotham River, a popular fishing spot. Visitors can take a delightful excursion from here... Find out more


Gringer Creek camping area 80 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Gringer Creek camping area is 16.6 km from Nerang camping area and 17.6 km from White Horse camping area.... Find out more


Lakeside Camping 81 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


Mount Wells camping area 82 km

On the Bibbulmun Track, Mt Wells is 14.5 km from White Horse camping area, which lies within the Heartlands region of the track, and 14.8 km from the Chadoora camping area.... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Albert Facey Motor Inn

The Albert Facey Motor Inn brings a touch of modern luxury to the region with its spacious and comfortable rooms. The honeymoon suite includes a spa, and the hotel has corporate facilities and a restaurant overlooking... Find out more


Chuckem Farm B&B

Chuckem Farm B&B consists of two bedrooms in the main homestead and an additional self-contained three-bedroom cottage. Situated on a grain and sheep farm, guests can enjoy a tour of the property, fish for yabbies,... Find out more


Eden Valley Farmstay

Your hosts Jefferson and Barbara Harris welcome you to their working sheep, cattle and alpaca farm. A guided tour of the property and its varied birdlife and wildflowers is included with your stay. The two-bedroom... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Arthur River rest area 47 km

At Arthur River

Just off the highway and near the roadhouse.


Crossman rest area 57 km

At Crossman

Just off the highway among trees.


Bannister rest area 65 km

84km SE of Armadale (L) or 48km NW of Williams (R)

Just off the highway among trees.


Martup Pool rest area 69 km

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

Secluded in scrub near the Beaufort River.


Boscabel Road rest area 81 km

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

Just off the highway among a few trees.


What's on around town

State Gliding Championships: Jan.

Spring Festival: Oct.

Rev Heads: car rally; Nov/Dec.

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