Westonia is located just over four hours' drive east of Perth in Western Australia, where the Wheatbelt meets the Goldfields. The town owes its origin to gold mining, although it now relies on wheat and sheep farming. In 1915 Westonia had two mines in operation and by 1917 there was a population in excess of 2000. This quickly diminished when mining operations ceased in 1948.
The Westonia Hood-Penn Museum contains a large historical collection from the Hood-Penn family and also houses a vibrating mine tunnel that aims to replicate life in an early Westonian gold mine.
Accommodation and food are available from the local motel and tavern.
Visit the Shire website at www.westonia.wa.gov.au for more information about Westonia, accommodation and attractions.
Suggested outback drive routes
The Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail begins in the town
of Mundaring in the Perth Hills and follows the route of
the Golden Pipeline - built more than 100 years ago it is
still the longest fresh water pipeline on Earth. View more
The brand new Wheatbelt Way is a fascinating
experience, starting in Dowerin and spanning 800
kilometres with 24 interpretive sites as you travel
the north-east Wheatbelt. You can even order a
free trail guide and CD from wheatbeltway.com.au