Sometimes you only have the weekend to getaway! So we have provided you with the local knowledge on how to best spend a weekend in each of the Wheatbelt Way towns!
Wheatbelt Weekend – Dowerin
Only a short 2-hour drive (157km from Perth) and you have arrived at your destination, Dowerin. Accommodation to suit any style and budget is available – you can unpack your bags at the Dowerin Commercial Hotel, unhook the van at the Dowerin Caravan Park or enjoy a night at the Dowerin Short Stay Accommodation in either a unit/chalet, caravan site or our grassed & powered camping area. Then take a stroll along Stewart Street, and pop into the local bakery to organise a breakfast hamper to get your Saturday off to a good start (breakfast hampers require 48 hours’ notice for orders). The Dowerin Gourmet Butcher offers BBQ hamper to meat, we mean meet, any requirements which you may have, so pop in and see Brent to arrange a delicious hamper for your weekend of exploring!
Then head to the Community Club from 4 pm for a drink. The Community Club offers a modern yet cosy atmosphere, with a playground outside for the children and plenty of room for them to burn off some energy on the football oval. If you feel like staying on a bit longer, why not order from the menu for a delicious meal from 6 pm.
Enjoy breakfast in the comfort of your accommodation, take advantage of the camp kitchen facilities at the Dowerin Short Stay Accommodation or stop by the bakery to pick up your pre-arranged breakfast hamper. Dine-in at the Bakery is available for breakfast from 8am, still looking for more options why not pack up the family and head to Centenary Park to use the free BBQ facilities and purchase a delicious coffee from the Dowerin Roadhouse whilst the children play on the playground.
Enjoy a walk through the Tin Dog Reserve at the Dowerin Information Bay, which hosts a small display of pioneer farm machinery. If you feel like a bit of exercise, you might like to go on one of the walking trails available or venture across the road for a photo with Rusty the Tin Dog.
Why not take in some of the history Dowerin has to offer, the famous Rabbit Proof Fence, as shown in the movie, runs north/south through the eastern third of the Shire, there are several wells throughout the Shire including the Namelkatchem & Naanin. Both wells hold historical importance for explorers dating back to the 1860’s or arrange an appointment with the Dowerin & Districts Museum to explore the history of how Dowerin has developed over time. For more information on the fence, wells, or Museum please pick up a copy of the Dowerin brochure available from the Shire or CRC.
Looking for a little bit more? Why not take a drive and explore Minnivale with the Wheatbelt Heritage Rail Museum (open by appointment only) and the old Bakers Oven. During spring there are lovely wildflowers throughout the nearby bush.
Be sure to head to the Dowerin Commercial Hotel for a refreshing drink and some country-style hospitality with delicious pizzas and pub grub available for lunch and dinner.
Enjoy a toasted sandwich, bacon & egg burger or breakfast wrap from the Dowerin Roadhouse, take a walk along Memorial Ave & see the Home of the Field Days site, along with a Historical Church and the incredible mural completed by Dowerin students at the front of the Memorial Swimming Pool.
On your way home be sure to check out the Nambling Salt Lake, located 6km west of Dowerin, The lake turns pink at certain times of the year and does not disappoint!
Dowerin District Museum – Di Hatwell 0427 631 101 or Julie Bailey 0474 500 215
Wheatbelt Heritage Rail – Di Hatwell 0427 631 101
Dowerin CRC – 9631 1662