Kondinin and Karlgarin are small settlements nestled in the heart of the Western Australian Wheatbelt’s grain and sheep farming country, half a day’s 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.
- Explore 50 hectares of natural woodland along the Kondinin Bush Walk.
- Follow the JS Roe Heritage Trail or the Granite and Woodlands Discovery Trail.
- Check out Woorkakanin Rock, once used as a water supply for steam trains at the railway station.
- See the spectacular wildflowers during September and October.
- Head out to Kondinin Lake, a salt lake that attracts waterbirds, water skiers and wind surfers.
Kondinin accommodation options include a hotel and motel, caravan and camping, or rooms at the roadhouse.
The tiny farming community of Kalgarin 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 primary school and 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.
Visit the Shire of Kondinin website www.kondinin.wa.gov.au for more information about Karlgarin and Kondinin accommodation and attractions.
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