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Art & Craft Gallery:

Open from 9.30am until 3.30pm every day. The visitor's centre is located adjacent to the Forest Of Heritage Bush Poles. The centre houses an art and craft gallery alongside visitor and tourism information, a traveller's library, with disabled access.

Art in The Community:

Since 1998 the Community of Waroona has been involved in many art projects. The Art series has been a great success under the creative direction of local artists with the support of the Shire, Local businesses and families. Each project makes a statement on Waroona's community spirit and pride of place.

Heritage Bush Poles:

View the unique Forest of carved and painted jarrah poles near the Visitors centre.

The Sofa:

In the centre of town you will find Waroona's 204 tonne concrete sofa covered by a patch work quilt. Over 60 local women created pieces that to them portrayed something important about life in Waroona.

Waroona Heritage Trail:

Look out for markers for the heritage walk that passes many of the town's historical sites and buildings. Local artists have provided sketches of the sites as they were and these form the basis for the trail.

Drakesbrook Place:

Waroona's town square provides a central meeting place with its community picnic and seating areas, an amphitheatre and stage and public facilities. A number of artworks in various mediums have been introduced as a commitment to the local community and to reflect and celebrate Waroona's past and present.

Drakesbrook Antiques:

Right in the centre of Waroona, Drakesbrook Antiques have one of the best displays of collectable china in WA. A fabulous collection of antiques for enthusiasts and browsers alike.

Drakesbrook Weir:

You've got it all at the Drakesbrook Weir - a scenic setting, cool clear waters, grassed areas and a host of recreational activities including swimming, fishing and canoeing. Take a stroll through natural bush where, from about December to April thousands of Monarch Butterflies arrive on the native tree's blossom

Lake Navarino Waroona Dam:

The Waroona Dam on the Drakes Brook was completed in 1966. The reservoir known as Lake Navarino covers an area of 145 hectares and is primarily used for irrigation. Fresh water fishing is probably one of the main uses for the dam, as well as water skiing and other recreational activities. The surrounding forest provides beautiful displays of wildflowers in season, while bush walking is a popular pastime for many visitors. A section of the old Bibbulmun track has been reopened for public use as part of the Munda Biddi Track.

The Cream Shed:

Watch cows being milked and calves being fed, then see how cream is separated from the milk before tasting a drop of the food stuff. Milking takes place every day around 4pm.

Hamel Hall and Bushpoles:

Hamel is a small community working to protect its heritage. Hamel Hall, on Cornucopia Street, was constructed by prisoners around 1902 as prison barracks. Its rich history then saw it utilised in various capacities from 1908 until late 1970. In mid 1980 it was saved from demolition and restored for use.  Today you can find picnic tables, barbecues and three bushpoles, crafted by locals depicting facets of life in Hamel, there for you to enjoy.  Hamel Park has a modern playground, half basketball court and wide open spaces for a game of your choice.

Preston Beach:

About 25 minutes drive west of Waroona is the seaside hamlet of Preston Beach renowned for its fishing and small close knit, friendly community.

The sand is warm and the water beckons you to swim or to throw in a line for a catch of skippy, herring, tailor, whiting, or salmon when they run. Four wheel drives (4WDs) are permitted on the beach but there is a strict no camping policy. Preston Beach is also home to a demanding and challenging nine-hole golf course adjacent to Yalgorup National Park. You can negotiate the undulating terrain while kangaroos and emus assess your talent. Green fee is honour system with own clubs required.

The lakes of Yalgorup National Park are long, narrow and very salty. As the temporary home to hundreds of migrating birds, they abound with a large variety of bird life like the sharp tailed sandpiper and red-necked stint that come from Siberia, and the beautifully coloured rainbow bird that migrates from the Solomon Isles and New Guinea appearing from October to February. The plains and listed Ramsar wetlands support many other water birds such as the elegant black swans that come to breed from October to March, and the endangered hooded plover.

Stroll along any one of the area’s three walk trails to observe the animal and plant life (wildflowers prolific in season) arriving lakeside for bird watching. The Heathlands Walk also offers sweeping views over Lake Preston to Myalup, and the Lake Pollard Trail leads to a bird hide on the water’s edge.

Lake Clifton:

Off Mount John Road an interpretive board will introduce you to the fascinating world of a rare thrombolite colony, a modern-day example of those that existed around 600 million years ago.

Thrombolites are a particular form of microbialite (rock-like structure built by micro-organisms) that have a clotted internal structure.  The word thrombolite is derived from the same root as thrombosis which means clot.

Lake Clifton supports a thrombolite reef over 6km long and up to 120m wide, possibly the largest living thrombolite reef in the southern hemisphere. A board walk leads out over the lake for easy viewing.


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