The Shire of West Arthur is located on the western edge of the Wheatbelt, encompasses the townsites of Darkan, Duranillin and Arthur River with jarrah forests to the west and more traditional Wheatbelt vistas to the east.
Located 210km south of Perth, Darkan is a small, friendly rural community and a great base to explore the Shire's attractions
Located 35km south of Darkan, this water playground is a great place to spend the day. You can swim, kayak, SUP on the lake and if you have a boat, bring it along and spend the day skiing. For the bird lovers, Lake Towerrinning is part of a nature reserve with areas set aside for the bird population. It is also a great place to discover some excellent astrophotography sites. Camping is available at Lakeside Camping
Collie to Darkan Rail Trail
The old railway line from Narrogin through to Collie passed through West Arthur and has been developed into a walk/bike/horse trail. The trail extends west from Darkan to Buckingham (45km) and passes through jarrah forests and farm lands. East from Darkan, the rail trail extends 15km to Dardadine. During the spring months wildflowers abound and the farm views are gloriously green.
West Arthur is part of the astrotowns network. The area is exceptionally dark and there are many places to view the stars and take some amazing astro- photographs. Download the izi.travel app (https://www.izi.travel/en/2eb8-astro-tour-of-shire-of-west-arthur/en) to find out more about each of our designated locations. However, a bit of exploring in the area and you will discover plenty more areas where star gazing is possible.
West Arthur Historical trail
To follow the West Arthur Historical trail download the izi.travel app and search for West Arthur Historical Tour https://www.izi.travel/en/7f61-west-arthur-heritage-trail/en. Some of the attractions on this trail are listed below
Betty Brown Historical Centre
The brand new Betty Brown Historical Centre is housed in the old Road Board Building in Darkan and offers an insight into how women contributed to building the rural communities in the area. Entry is by gold coin donation through the West Arthur Community and Resource Centre. An audio guide is available on izi.travel for those wanting to add more to the experience (https://www.izi.travel/en/aebf-betty-brown-historical-centre/en)
Six Mile Cottage
Set in amongst farm land 10km north of Darkan on the Darkan Quindanning Road, Six Mile Cottage is a beautifully preserved example of how the early settlers lived. Entry is free and you can wander inside the cottage an imagine life in the early years.
Arthur River townsite
The small town of Arthur River (or 125 Mile as it was originally known) is located on Albany Highway and was a welcome stop for the weary traveller on the way from Perth to Albany in the late 1800s. There are many historical buildings in the area which you can wander around. Check out St Paul’s church and graveyard, the historic Mt Pleasant Inn kitchen and Post office, the Arthur River Hall and the Old Tillellan Shearing Shed and Shearer’s quarters.
The Arthur River
The Arthur River weaves its way through the area before joining the Blackwood River. After the winter rains there are a number of places where you can put a kayak in the water and have a whole river to yourself. A small parking area on the south of Hughes Mill Road at Duranillin, Moodiarrup Hall (north side of the Arthur-Boyup Road) and Glenorchy Bridge (Glenorchy South Road) are just a few of the places where you can set off from
Orchids, lechenaultia, kangaroo paws, verticoridas and isopogons are just some of the wildflowers that are prolific in the spring months. There are many nature reserves throughout the Shire where it is possible to stop and wander through the bush to see some of the delicate flowers in the area.
Join the local community on the second Saturday in February every year for a good old country show that celebrates everything about sheep and wool, the mainstay of the local economy for generations. Fashion parades, fun for the kids, dog trailling and sheep shearing, there is something for everyone for just a gold coin donation.
There are plenty of places to stay in Darkan or you can camp at Lake Towerrinning. Check out the Shire of West Arthur website for details on accommodation options when visiting the area.
Maps and brochures
There is plenty of information on the Shire website about the attractions in the area. Maps and brochures can be found here https://www.westarthur.wa.gov.au/about/maps.aspx