Dowerin and Wyalkatchem are located in the Central Wheatbelt region of Western Australia’s Golden Outback, a few hours’ drive north-east of Perth.
Dowerin is situated on the Northam-Wyalkatchem-Merredin railway loop line. The town takes its name from the Aboriginal word 'Daren' that was given to a series of lakes some eight kilometres south of the town. The nearby soak or water hole known as Tin Dog Creek was a resting place and watering hole for travellers and prospectors on their way to the Goldfields.
The first settlement for agriculture was in 1897 and the town was not established until 1906 when the railway line was extended from Goomalling. The town grew rapidly, the first store opened in 1906 and in a short time was able to cater for most settlers' needs. The first public buildings, a school and Methodist Church were built at Dowerin Lakes, or Old Dowerin.
Primary production, including farming livestock, wool, and cereal crops, is the chief source of income for the area.
Uberin Rock, a large monolith, can be found approximately twenty-eight kilometres north west of Dowerin on the Uberin Road.
Dowerin is home to the Dowerin Field Days, an annual event showcasing the very latest in machinery, associated equipment, precision technology and rural services. The town's population can increase from around 400 up to 15,000 during this event.
Hotel, motel and a caravan park accommodation is available.
Wyalkatchem lies on Pioneers’ Pathway and part of the old Goldfields Track followed by prospectors to Kalgoorlie and now has RV friendly status. The first bulk wheat bins were built in the district and a 1936 Bin is preserved within a heritage listed railway precinct as an agricultural and transport museum in the town.
The two museums in town display the districts farming and pioneering heritage and a visit to Korrelocking Reserve for a picnic and walk trail is a must, particularly during the wildflower season. A leisurely drive or walk through the town will reveal heritage buildings and a unique memorial park. Three walk trails through bushland start at the north end of town.
The Heritage and Roses Festival is held over 3 days each October and the WA State Hang Gliding Championships are held each year in late January/ early February, the area is also popular with many hang gliders during the weekend.
The Shire operates a caravan park with en-suite units. Also barracks style accommodation whilst the Hotel has rooms and Motel units. A bed and breakfast is also located in town.
For more information about Dowerin and Wyalkatchem, visit the local Shire websites at www.dowerin.wa.gov.au and www.wyalkatchem.wa.gov.au.
Suggested outback drive route