Merredin Peak, Merredin
Merredin Peak is located off Benson Road in the townsite of Merredin. It offers two interpretive walks, the Rock Walk and the Bush Walk which can be joined to become one longer walk trail. Follow the rock walk for beautiful views over Merredin and the surrounding countryside and the bush walk to see native flora and fauna.
About the Trail
The Merredin Peak Trail provides an uninterrupted view across the town of Merredin and the surrounding rural area. As the highest peak in the area it offers spectacular panoramic views as far as the eye can see.
Choose between two walk trails, depending on your level of fitness and stop to read the informative plaques indicating various points of interest along the trail.
The Rock Walk
This trail offers scenic views of the town and adjacent bushland as well as interpretation on how granite rocks were used as water catchments from the 1890’s. Water from the rock was collected via granite walled channels and feed into Railway Dam. From there it filled the water tower in town to supply the steam trains. Walking over the rock you look down on the site of World War 2 Army Field Hospital and over the town. Prospectors on their way to the Yilgarn Goldfields had their camps tucked away in the lee of the rock.
The Bush Walk
This trail traverses a variety of habitats from Wandoo woodland to tamma thickets. The bush to the east of the trail is the home of the rare Mallee Fowl. Kangaroos, echidna and a variety of snakes and lizards are found in the reserve while most of the common bush bird species of Wheatbelt can be seen seasonally over a year. This trail links with the Rock Trail or you can return directly to your starting point.
The Merredin Peak Trail is one of many recommended stops along the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail. Merredin is the largest regional town in the Central Eastern Wheatbelt and is a three hour drive east of Perth
Need to Know
Make Merredin a must-stop on your wildflower and heritage tour, following the Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail or the Pioneer's Pathway from Wheatbelt to Goldfields. Here, huge granite outcrops create a striking backdrop to beautfiful wildflower blooms, and glimpses of the past can be found in pioneer heritage and WWII military sites. Three hours on the Great Eastern Highway will bring you to Merredin, the largest regional centre in the eastern Wheatbelt. You can also jump aboard the TransWA Prospector, Avon Link or Goldrush Coach Lines and join a town or wildflower tour on arrival. If you're on the trail to discover some of Western Australia's 12,000 plus flowering species that make up the largest collection on Earth, make a beeline for the delicate orchids of Tamma Parkland or the vast granite outcrops of Merredin Peak and Totadgin Conservation Park. The Merredin Peak Heritage Trail will also lead you through native bushland to the remains of a former army field hospital - one of many historic military installations dotted throughout the region as reminders of Merredin's role as the second line of defence. A good place to start your lesson in local WWI and WWII history is to head for the Military Museum. In the town, Cummins Theatre oozes yesteryear charm from every classic 1920s' feature. Built from bricks salvaged from Coolgardie hotels and the original pressed metal ceiling from Coolgardie's Tivoli Theatre, it also houses one of the best collections of Australian theatre archives in the state. Today, this thriving business centre also boasts the longest grain storage facilities in the southern hemisphere, as well as a good selection of eating houses and accommodation options - making it the ideal base for exploring the eastern Wheatbelt.
Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre
85 Barrack Street, Merredin Western Australia 6415, Australia
Phone: (08) 9041 1666 | www.wheatbelttourism.com
The Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre is located in the heart of Merredin; a thriving regional town a pleasant three hours' drive from Perth and Kalgoorlie along the Great Eastern Highway. The Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre is located on the Avon Link and Prospector TransWA railway route. The friendly staff are happy to welcome you to the centre and advise you on travel and attractions throughout the Central Wheatbelt as well as other parts of Western Australia. They offer a range of maps and brochures to assist you while exploring the region as well as selling local craft and merchandise items including local history books and wildflower guides. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm.