Merredin Heritage Walk
A two kilometre walk around Merredin’s CBD looking at Merredin’s Heritage buildings, including Cummins Theatre, Merredin Courthouse and Townhall. Collect the Rediscover Merredin brochure from the Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre for a map of the trail including a detailed history of the buildings and their significance in Merredin.
About the Trail
The Merredin Heritage Walk begins in our Museum precinct where you can see the Railway and Military Musuems and historic water tower. Continue along the trail through Barrack and Mitchell Street and look at buildings including Merredin Courthouse,Townhall and Cummins Theatre. Take a look inside Cummins Theatre and see the beautiful pressed tin ceiling. Theatre open weekdays 10am to 4pm.
Take a look at the former bank buildings and see what they are used for today. Continue along the trail to the Long Tan Vietnam memorial then continue back towards the visitor centre where the trail ends.
The walk trail brochure is available from the Central Wheatbelt Visitor Centre and a map of the trail is located on the Visitor Centre building.
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.