The area was first settled by Europeans in 1836 and Wongan Hills was proclaimed in 1911, the year the railway was built. Local government was established in 1916.
Mount O'Brien lookout has recently been developed to provide a panoramic view of almost the whole shire. Nearby Mount Matilda also offers an interesting walk through the natural bushland. Both Mounts are 10 kilometres west of the town.
The area is renowned for its wildflowers in spring (September to December). In particular Gathercole and Reynoldsons Reserves offer a wonderful array of wildflowers.
The local museum is well worth a visit. Located in the old hospital's building and grounds, many interesting items of historical value can be viewed here.
Visitors are well catered for with accommodation at the hotel/motel which has 23 rooms plus 10 self contained motel units, the guesthouse also has 12 well appointed rooms. The caravan park has a wide range of accommodation available. The local roadhouse offers seven day service for stocking up on fuel and food, and IGA, plus liquor is open 7 days from 8am - 6pm Sun. to Wed. and 8am - 7.30pm Thurs - Sat. providing all your grocery needs.
For more information about local attractions and accommodation, see the Wongan Hills Visitor Centre website.