Kondinin and Karlgarin are small settlements nestled in the heart of the Western Australian Wheatbelt’s grain and sheep farming country, three and a half hours' drive from Perth.
Known as the gateway to Wave Rock, which is a leisurely 40-minute drive away, Kondinin was traversed in 1848 by Surveyor General JS Roe and settled in 1909. You can retrace his steps along the JS Roe Heritage Trail, which includes a mural depicting his epic journey, a replica well and the picturesque Yeerakine Rock which provides a 360-degree view.
A short drive from the Kondinin town site follows the walk trails to explore the historic rock catchment scheme, enjoy the views from the summit and learn about the wildflowers and woodlands of the lovely bush reserve.
Anzac Day Dawn Service
Held annually on the summit of Yeerakine Rock, this is a very moving service not to be missed. Situated on Yeerakine Rock is a beautifully carved light horseman statue in recognition of the light horse servicemen from the Kondinin district. The statue makes a stunning silhouette at sunrise.
Kondinin Bush Walk
Starting in town, explore 50 hectares of natural woodland along the Kondinin Bush Walk trail.
JS Roe Heritage Trail
Take a look at the colourful mural depicting the journey of WA’s first Surveyor-General, John Septimus Roe and signage regarding Kondinin from pre-European settlement to modern-day. The mural and signage are conveniently situated at the Traveller’s Rest near the caravan park, mosaic and sculpture park and free BBQ facilities.
Kondinin Aquatic Centre
Come and take a dip in the lovely new Kondinin Swimming Pool. Conveniently located opposite the Kondinin Caravan Park the pool boasts a 25 metre lap pool, a spa, a kids area and clean and spacious change rooms. Open Tuesday to Sunday from November to April.
Take a drive out to the Kondinin Lake located 5km west of town which after sufficient rain there is an abundance of birdlife as well as ski boats and kayaking activities and makes a wonderful place to view the sunset.
Kondinin Community Garden
Founded in 2016 at the site of the old swimming pool, this is not for profit and the volunteer-run garden has continued to evolve over the past few years. Come and have a stroll through the fabulous community garden. Pick a few fresh veggies and check out the community artwork, including murals, sculptures and Noongar six-season poles. A nature play area, toilets and seating are also available for travellers.
The garden is host to the popular annual event 'Gourmet in the Garden’ held next on 25th March 2022.
Kondinin Art Show
If visiting Kondinin, Karlgarin, Hyden, or Wave Rock during October, why not time your visit and check out the Kondinin Art Show. Held in October every year and worth $11,000 in prize money, the Kondinin Art Show attracts a very high calibre of artwork which is on display and pieces available for purchase during the five-day exhibition. If you would like to enter the Kondinin Art Show you can download an application form from the Shire’s website.
Granite and Woodlands Discovery Trail
Make Kondinin a stop off as you drive the scenic Granite and Woodlands Discovery Trail.
Kondinin Caravan Park
Modern facilities, shady powered and unpowered sites and stylish chalets with ensuites. One chalet with disability facilities. Phone: 9889 1006
RV Friendly Site
Located opposite the Kondinin Town Hall on Jones Street.
Winner of rural pub of the year 2007 (under the same management) the hotel provides 6 units that are very clean and well maintained. Phone: 9889 1009 or visit www.kondininhotel.com.au
Kondinin Roadhouse Motel
6 units available. Phone: 9889 1190
Places to Eat
In the homely surroundings of the Old Postmaster’s Cottage, you will find great coffee and fabulous fresh food. Sit indoors and view the many homewares for sale or sit outdoors under the shady trees.
Cooked breakfast available for workers from 4.30am. Lunch and Dinner dine-in or takeaway. Tuesday steak night is very popular.
Takeaway or dine in til 8pm. Multi-cuisine available.
Karlgarin Country Club
Karlgarin Country Club is open every Thursday and Friday night. Dinner from 5:30pm to 8pm and then open to late.
The tiny farming community of Karlgarin has a population of fewer than 50 people. First settled in the 1920s, many of the town’s buildings still retain their old-world charm, including the former primary school which has been converted to a residence and Eddy’s Kernal Corn, and the former CWA building which has been converted to a café and gift shop.
Admire the unique stone frontage of the Catholic Church and a mosaic of native plants and animals and make sure you take in the scenic vistas from McCanns, Buckley’s Breakaway and the Karlgarin Hills.
Visit the Shire of Kondinin website for more information about Karlgarin and Kondinin accommodation and attractions.