The Wheatbelt town of Williams is noted for its magnificent display of roses in the main street over the summer and well into the cooler months.
The area around this friendly farming community was first explored in 1831 by Captain Bannister en route from Perth to King George III Sound (Albany). Williams has been a convenient stopping place for travellers on the same route since the 1850s.
Most of the buildings in the town were constructed around 1905. Williams is still reliant on the wool and coarse grains industry, and around 1,000 people live in the district, with approximately 400 in the town itself.
- Visit the Jesse Martin Museum. This unique collection of memorabilia from the Williams district (and others) has been compiled by passionate local farmer, Jesse Martin. The project began in 1976, with the building of a replica inn, complete with original fittings, and has grown to encompass a general store and other replica buildings as well as farm machinery. Located on the family farm, this private collection is available for viewing by appointment. A donation to Cancer Research is asked as entry fee.
- Follow the Williams Heritage Trail. Developed by the Williams Historical Society, Williams District High School and Williams Shire Council, the trail explores early settlement areas. It has two sections: a 1km walk around the townsite and a 35km scenic drive to Quindanning.
- Check out the Williams Woolshed.This innovative, interactive and interpretive tourism complex represents 'a wool story'. The Williams Woolshed showcases sheep shearing, regional wines, food, art educational programs and wool products. The Williams Woolshed also houses the local visitor centre.
- Located on the banks of the picturesque Williams River, Lions Park is a pleasant spot for a barbecue or picnic for travellers and locals.
- Take a relaxing walk or cycle on the cycleway that begins at the Shell Roadhouse and runs along the river.
For more information about Williams attractions, visit the Shire's website www.williams.wa.gov.au.
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