Kondinin and Karlgarin are small settlements nestled in the heart of the Western Australian Wheatbelt’s grain and sheep farming country, three and a half hours' drive from Perth.
Known as the gateway to Wave Rock, which is a leisurely 40-minute drive away, Kondinin was traversed in 1848 by Surveyor General JS Roe and settled in 1909. You can retrace his steps along the JS Roe Heritage Trail, which includes a mural depicting his epic journey, a replica well and the picturesque Yeerakine Rock which provides a 360 degree view.
A short drive from the Kondinin town site follow the walk trails to explore the historic rock catchment scheme, enjoy the views from the summit and learn about the wildflowers and woodlands of the lovely bush reserve.
Anzac Day Dawn Service
Held annually on the summit of Yeerakine Lodge, this is a very moving service not to be missed. Situated on Yeerakine Rock is a beautifully carved light horseman statue in recognition of the light horse servicemen from the Kondinin district. The statue makes a stunning silhouette at sunrise.
2017 Red Soil Riches Weekend
This weekend comprises the Kondinin Art Show which is in its 11th year and attracts a high calibre of art work across various mediums including metal sculpture with a $5,000 acquisition prize.
Opening night is Friday 6th October and then open daily from 10am to 4pm at the Kondinin Town Hall until the 11th October. The weekend also includes the Kondinin Twilight Market featuring a variety of stalls, live music, fire pits, beer and wine and this year celebrity chefs Anna Gare and Sophie Budd cooking up some recipes from local produce.
The markets take place from 3pm to 8pm at the Kondinin Community Garden which boasts some colourful murals, seating and tables, fresh produce and a nature play area for the kids.
Kondinin Bush Walk
Starting in town, explore 50 hectares of natural woodland along the Kondinin Bush Walk trail.
JS Roe Heritage Trail
Take a look at the colourful mural depicting the journey of WA’s first Surveyor – General, John Septimus Roe and signage regarding Kondinin from pre European settlement to modern day. The mural and signage are conveniently situated at the Traveller’s Rest near the caravan park, mosaic and sculpture park and free BBQ facilities.
Kondinin Aquatic Centre
Come and take a dip in the lovely new Kondinin Swimming Pool. Conveniently located opposite the Kondinin Caravan Park the pool boasts a 25 metre lap pool, a spa, a kids area and clean and spacious change rooms. Open Tuesday to Sunday from November to April.
Take a drive out to the Kondinin Lake located 5 kms west of town which after sufficient rain there is an abundance of birdlife as well as ski boats and kayaking activities and makes a wonderful place to view the sunset.
Granite and Woodlands Discovery Trail
Make Kondinin a stop off as you drive the scenic Granite and Woodlands Discovery trail.
Kondinin Caravan Park
Modern facilities, shady powered and unpowered sites and stylish chalets with ensuites. One chalet with disability facilities. Phone: 9889 1006
RV Friendly Site
Located opposite the Kondinin Town Hall on Jones Street.
Winner of rural pub of the year 2007 (under same management) the hotel provides 6 units that are very clean and well maintained. Phone: 9889 1009
Kondinin Roadhouse Motel
6 units available. Phone: 9889 1190
Windy Hill Bed and Breakfast
Beautiful gardens and homely hospitality with friendly host Dave and Judy. A self-contained unit also available.
Places to Eat
CC’s Coffee & Cakes
In the homely surroundings of the Old Postmaster’s Cottage you will find great coffee and fabulous fresh food. Sit indoors and view the many home wares for sale or sit outdoors under the shady trees.
Cooked breakfast available for workers from 4.30am. Lunch and Dinner dine-in or takeaway. Tuesday steak night very popular.
Takeaway or dine in til 8pm. Multi-cuisine available.
The tiny farming community of Karlgarin has a population of less than 50 people. First settled in the 1920s, many of the town’s buildings still retain their old-world charm, including the former primary school which has been converted to a residence and Eddy’s Kernal Corn, and the former CWA building which has been converted to a café and gift shop. Admire the unique stone frontage of the Catholic Church and mosaic of native plants and animals. Make sure you call in at Tressie's Museum, or take in the scenic vistas from McCanns, Buckley’s Breakaway and the Karlgarin Hills.
www.kondinin.wa.gov.au Visit the Shire of Kondinin website for more information about Karlgarin and Kondinin accommodation and attractions.
Suggested outback drive route
Pathways to Wave Rock visits one of Australia’s best known natural icons, Wave Rock, and takes you on a journey of discovery through the changing landscapes and charming farming communities of the Western Australian Wheatbelt. View more