West Arthur and Wickepin are located in the Southern Wheatbelt region of Western Australia’s Golden Outback, just two and a half hours’ drive south east of Perth.
West Arthur and Arthur River
The area of West Arthur includes Darkan, Curanillin, Moodiarrup and the historic settlement of Arthur River. Dating back to the 1850s, when a mail service was started between Perth and Albany, people gradually moved into the area around Arthur River to farm.
West Arthur attractions
- The Arthur Shearing Shed was built in the early 1900’s by the Piesse family who had extensive pastoral holdings in the area. Later as the area became more closely settled other farmers brought their sheep here for shearing, some droving the sheep a considerable distance.
- St Paul’s Church which was built in 1883 and is a rare example of a small rural church and graveyard which is still in use.
- Arthur River Hall Built of stone in the late 1800’s and added to in the 1930’s.
- Mt Pleasant Inn Kitchen (built in 1868) and the old Post Office are the only buildings remaining of the settlement which grew around the Mt Pleasant Inn which was built as a staging Post on the old Perth- Albany Road.
West Arthur accommodation
Farm stays and backpacker accommodations are available.
The small wheatbelt town of Wickepin was once home to the well known Australian author Albert Facey, and many of his stories are about the area. His house has been moved to the centre of the town as a tourist attraction. The homestead was built in 1924 and has been fully restored. It includes a wash house, outside toilet and garden.
- The Albert Facey Trail brings to life the story of his famous book 'A Fortunate Life' and makes a pleasant half day drive. Don't miss the historic photographic collection at the general store.
- The small town of Yealering, 31 kilometres east of Wickepin, is situated on the banks of the beautiful Lake Yealering. The lake supports an abundance of waterfowl and is popular in summer with locals and tourists for recreation sports. Toolibin Lake is one of the last remaining freshwater wetlands in the south west of Australia. Enjoy the walk trails, barbecue facilities and huge variety of birdlife at this unique site. Harrismith boasts a wonderful wildflower walk trail near the town site.
- Spring wildflowers are abundant in every bush reserve in the Wickepin area.
A hotel and a caravan park provide accommodation in Wickepin.
For more information about West Arthur and Wickepin, visit the Shires’ websites www.wickepin.wa.gov.au and www.westarthur.wa.gov.au.
Suggested self-drive routes