Merredin is the largest regional centre in the Eastern Wheatbelt, and is a comfortable three-hour drive east of Perth on the Great Eastern Highway following the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail, or alternative routes along the Pioneers’ Pathway or the Wheatbelt Way and the Pathways to Wave Rock self drive trail.
Transport and the harvesting of grain give the major impetus to the town’s economy. The Co-operative Bulk Handling (CBH) grain terminal is capable of storing up to 468,860 tonnes of grain. The region supplies up to 40% of the state’s grain harvest.
With plenty of parks, gardens, natural bushland and a wide range of accommodation and cafes, it’s an ideal base for exploring the many Merredin attractions and the sights of the Western Australian Wheatbelt. The town is also serviced daily by the Transwa, Prospector and Avon Link passenger trains.
- Take a walk/cycle around Merredin CBD following a heritage trail linking numerous significant heritage buildings and historical sites or take a longer walk/cycle trail along Merredin’s perimeter trails. Make sure you pick up a Merredin Trails brochure from the Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre.
- While staying in Merredin, pack a picnic for the family and head to Roy Little Park, Apex Park, Merredin Peak and Railway Dam or a short drive south to Totadgin Conservation Park.
- Follow the Golden Pipeline interpretive walk trail to the top of Merredin Peak and see the engineering techniques used by early pioneers to harvest water from the rock.
- At the Merredin Museum climb the signal tower and check out the amazing displays of rolling stock, railway memorabilia and social history.
- Explore the interpreted sites of the World War II Army Hospital and the extensive military history displays at the Military Museum.
- Take in a live show at the heritage listed Cummins Theatre. The original theatre’s stage, decking and pressed tin ceiling were part of the Tivoli Theatre C1897 built originally in Coolgardie and transported and rebuilt in Merredin in 1927. Self guided tours available weekdays only.
- Walk the interpretive trail at Totadgin Conservation Park 14kms south to see the mini wave rock and the unique plants, wildflowers and animals of the Wheatbelt woodland.
- Take a drive to Collgar Wind farm 25kms south east, the largest single stage wind farm in the southern hemisphere to date.
- Drive one of the many Wheatbelt's self drive routes to explore granite rock formations, the Rabbit Proof Fence and heritage sites.
Hotel, motel, backpacker, bed and breakfast, self contained and caravan park accommodation is available. Farmstays are available within a 100km range. Search accommodation.
Contact the Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre for more information about Merredin and Eastern Wheatbelt accommodation, attractions and self-drive routes.