Dowerin is situated on the Northam-Wyalkatchem-Merredin railway loop line. The town takes its name from the Aboriginal word 'Daren' that was given to a series of lakes some eight kilometres south of the town. The nearby soak or water hole known as Tin Dog Creek was a resting place and watering hole for travellers and prospectors on their way to the Goldfields.
The first settlement for agriculture was in 1897 and the town was not established until 1906 when the railway line was extended from Goomalling. The town grew rapidly, the first store opened in 1906 and in a short time was able to cater for most settlers' needs. The first public buildings, a school and Methodist Church were built at Dowerin Lakes, or Old Dowerin.
Primary production, including farming livestock, wool, and cereal crops, is the chief source of income for the area.
Uberin Rock, a large monolith, can be found approximately twenty-eight kilometres north west of Dowerin on the Uberin Road.
Dowerin is home to the Dowerin Field Days, an annual event showcasing the very latest in machinery, associated equipment, precision technology and rural services. The town's population can increase from around 400 up to 15,000 during this event.
For more information about Dowerin, visit the local Shire website at www.dowerin.wa.gov.au
Things to see and do in and around Dowerin
The Wheatbelt Way
Take a road trip through the fascinating Northern Wheatbelt, along the Wheatbelt Way. An area that boasts a rich and extensive history, charming and friendly people, and all located in a diverse and truly Australian landscape.
Follow the video links below and discover the unique attractions of Western Australia's North-East Wheatbelt along the Wheatbelt Way.