Population 245

The first settlers arrived in the Wickepin area in the 1890s. Albert Facey's internationally acclaimed autobiography, A Fortunate Life, details these pioneering times. However, Facey is not the only major literary figure to feature in Wickepin's history. The poet and playwright Dorothy Hewett was born in Wickepin in 1923, and much of her work deals with life in the area.

Visitor Information

District Resource and Telecentre, 24 Wogolin Rd; (08) 9888 1500


Nearby national parks

  • Serpentine National Park

    This delightful park, only an hour’s drive from Perth, has attracted recreational visitors for over a century. They come to picnic...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

  • Yalgorup National Park

    Located just south of Mandurah in a long, narrow strip between the Old Coast Road and the Indian Ocean, and protecting a wetland system...more

Nearby towns

  • Narrogin

    Narrogin, 192 kilometres south-east of Perth on the Great Southern Highway, is the commercial hub of a prosperous agricultural area. Sheep,...more

  • Pingelly

    Located 158 kilometres south-east of Perth on the Great Southern Highway, Pingelly is part of the central-southern farming district....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

In Town

Historic buildings in Wogolin Road: excellent examples of Edwardian architecture.

Facey Homestead: the home of author Albert Facey has been relocated and restored with its original furniture; open 10am–4pm Mon–Sun Mar–Nov, 10am–4pm Fri–Sun and public holidays Dec–Feb.


Tarling Well: the circular stone well marks the original intended site for the town; 8 km W.

Malyalling Rock: unusual rock formation; 15 km NE.

Toolibin Lake Reserve: see a wide variety of waterfowl while you enjoy a barbecue; 20 km S.

Yealering and Yealering Lake: historic photographs on display in town, and swimming, boating, windsurfing and birdwatching at lake; 30 km NE.

Harrismith Walk Path: self-guided trail through wildflowers in season, including orchids and some species unique to the area; contact visitor centre for brochure.

Albert Facey Heritage Trail: 86 km drive brings to life the story of Albert Facey and the harshness of life in the early pioneering days of the wheat belt; contact visitor centre for map.

Cafes & restaurants around town

Wickepin Hotel

The small wheat-belt town of Wickepin is most famous for the Albert Facey Homestead, which celebrates the life of the author and his best-selling novel, A Fortunate Life. The Wickepin Hotel serves light lunches and... Find out more

Campsites around town

Wickepin Caravan Park

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

Lake Yealering Caravan Park 24 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

Narrogin Caravan Park 35 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

Dryandra Woodland camping area 57 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

Corrigin Caravan Park 61 km

Corrigin is widely regarded as one of WA’s most attractive and tidy country towns. You’ll be bewitched by the spring wildflower show and the granite outcrops that give an alien feel to the landscape, but... Find out more

Kulin Caravan Park 63 km

This caravan park is a popular stopover for floral fanciers who flock to this corner of the state’s south-east to enjoy the abundant wildflowers in spring. The countryside is carpeted with vibrant colour as a swag... Find out more

Brookton Caravan Park 65 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

Wandering Caravan Park 79 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

Kondinin Caravan Park 79 km

You’ll find this caravan park in Kondinin, a town that presides over sheep country and the central wheat belt, about 278 km south-east of Perth. The gateway to Wave Rock, this is flat country that can get pretty... Find out more

Beverley Caravan and Camping Ground 92 km

Beverley is a small historic town on the banks of the Avon River, 135 km east of Perth. Its main street features beautifully preserved examples of Edwardian, Federation and Art Deco architecture. As you wander around... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Wickepin Hotel

Wickepin was immortalised in Albert Facey’s novel A Fortunate Life, which depicted the hardship of his life during his time here. The Albert Facey homestead stands today in remembrance of the author. Nearby, the... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Arthur River rest area 76 km

At Arthur River

Just off the highway and near the roadhouse.

Crossman rest area 85 km

At Crossman

Just off the highway among trees.

Bannister rest area 91 km

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

Just off the highway among trees.

Martup Pool rest area 93 km

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

Secluded in scrub near the Beaufort River.

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