The town of Cunderdin was first settled with the arrival of the railway in 1894. In 1901, the Goldfields Water Scheme reached the town, bringing with it an increase in population. View the original steam pump used during this bygone era at the Cunderdin Museum, which also houses a Tiger Moth aircraft, an original bush school, artefacts from the pioneering years and a display depicting the Meckering 1968 earthquake.
The results of the earthquake can still be seen today, 11 kilometres from Meckering on the Quellington (York) Road.
Museum The Museum is the central attraction to the Shire and many visitors comment that it is arguably one of the best rural Museums they have seen. Apart from the Pumping Station machinery and memorabilia, the large collection also includes indigenous district culture, agricultural industry, railways, Cunderdin training aircraft from World War 2, the original Quelagetting School, the Telegraph, Meckering earthquake simulator and much more. No visitor should miss the opportunity to experience the many displays offered which, together, weave a rich historical tapestry of the district’s heritage.
Cunderdin Hill Lookout
It appears quite inconspicuous, but it’s definitely worth taking the time to venture to the top of Cunderdin Hill (1km south of the main street). You’ll be greeted by 360-degree panoramic views of the town and surrounding farmland – a view that gives a real sense of the wide open spaces and big blue sky.
There’s one landmark you certainly won’t miss when you visit Cunderdin – the brightly coloured and rather distinctive Ettamogah Pub. Based on the well known comics of Ken Maynard – made famous by the Australian Post magazine - the pub is not only a novelty for tourists but an important central hub for residents in the Shire.
Cunderdin Gliding Tours
The Gliding Club of Western Australia offers an 'Air Experience' flight from $200 per person with an experienced instructor, taking in scenic Wheatbelt vistas of the area.
Reserve Bulgin Rock, located on Collins Road is the perfect place to absorb the rolling landscape and it’s easy to see why it’s been a popular picnic spot for more than a century. Sitting amongst the sheoak woodland you’ll probably glimpse a variety of birds and, at the right time of year an abundance of colourful wildflowers including a beautiful display of orchids
Immerse yourself in our fascinating past by taking a trip to Youndegin (19km south of Cunderdin along the Cunderdin-Quairading Road, then left on the Goldfields Road), here you’ll find the original police outpost. Built from stone and mud with a thatched roof, the outpost’s answer to the modern day ‘lock-up’ was a nearby York Gum.
For more information about local attractions, visit the Shire of Cunderdin website.