Westonia Attractions and Things to Do in and Around Town:
Old Buildings in the Historic Westonia Town Centre
One of the main Westonia attractions is the town centre itself. Wander around and take note of old buildings (not all of them as old as they seem!) in contrast to the newly revamped main street with its palm trees and colourful flowers. Old agricultural equipment is on display along the median strip and roadside, and also look out for the replica old mine tower.
Small-scale colourful models built from corrugated iron and large twigs represent old shops and businesses that operated in Westonia long ago. You’ll see some at the entrance to town and if you go for a wander around the town centre you’ll find a few more.
The Hood-Penn Museum is a new addition to the list of Westonia attractions and things to do, opened in 2014. In keeping with the Wolfram Street Facades Project, it has been built to look like the old Club Hotel, which was open on the main street between 1013 and 1922. Inside you’ll find local historic artifacts, plus scenes from the olden days including a pub, a blacksmith and an old mine shaft among others. Open 9 – 4:30 on weekdays, and in the morning on weekends. Closed public holidays. Entrance fee is $3 for adults and $1 for the under 18’s.
This cute little weatherboard church nestled amongst some trees on the northern outskirts of town is almost a hundred years old and has an interesting history all of its own, having first been built over 600 kilometres away on the edge of the Nullabor Plain.
The Westonia Common
The beautiful natural woodland of gimlets, morrel and salmon gums that surrounds the townsite is known as The Common. It covers 5600ha.
Woodlands and Wildflowers Heritage Walk Trail
Explore the town and in particular its beautiful natural bushland surrounds on this 4km/1.5h walk. The trail begins off Wolfram Street just south of the town caravan park and will take you through the Westonia Common, then back into town via historical points of interest.
Edna May Minesite Lookout
View the Edna May Gold Mine in operation. The mine is a large open-cut operation so there’s a lot to see from the lookout above. It’s located just a kilometre or two away from the town centre.
Boodalin Soak is a small waterhole within the Westonia Common, about 6km north-west of town off Stoneman Road. Historically this was resting place for travellers and gold prospectors on the long journey between Perth and Kalgoorlie. The first gold in the area was found near here by Alfred David Weston in 1910 – see the History of Westonia page. These days it’s a nice spot to camp the night in the bush.
Westonia Town Entrance
Westonia’s cemetery is off to the side of the road on Wolfram Street, surrounded by woodland south of town. You’ll see it in a clearing on the left not long after the entrance to town.
Explore the Natural Wonders of the Surrounding Area
Westonia makes a great base from which to explore the North Eastern Wheat Belt, an area of surprising natural beauty if you’ve never been there before. Most of the scenery is made up of wheat fields growing over red earth, extending as far as the eye can see. But scattered throughout the landscape are a number of nature reserves and spectacular ancient granite outcrops.
Below are some of my favourite granites and reserves in the area, all of which are unique and worth a look:
Sandford Rocks Nature Reserve
Sandford Rocks is a beautiful windswept reserve protecting woodland and a huge expanse of lichen-covered granite. Follow an arrow-marked trail out across the granite, explore and climb some of the higher rocks. Or set up a picnic on a bench beneath the gimlets and salmon gums. Located just 10km north of town via Boodarockin Road.
Baladjie Rock is a particularly nice granite outcrop and nature reserve to stop at for a picnic or to camp the night. It has a lake next door that makes for beautiful reflective photographs!
Yanneymooning is yet another interesting granite outcrop to explore. Climb up onto this huge bright orange granite rock for views of the surrounding countryside. (Pictured in the first image on this page.)
Further afield (about 100km away from Westonia townsite), closer to the town of Mukinbudin yet still part of Westonia Shire, Elachbutting Rock is a spectacular granite monolith featuring a wave formation, a tunnel and plenty of caves and hollows. The rock is surrounded by a pristine nature reserve. Stay the night or stop for a picnic in a campsite next to the rock.
Beringbooding Rock is close to Elachbutting Rock and part of Mukinbudin Shire. An unusual and beautiful granite outcrop, bright orange in colour and with interesting man-made modifications built to collect water. Also has a campsite close by.
Eaglestone Hill and Lake Brown
Although part of neighbouring Nungarin Shire, Eaglestone Hill is not too far away from Westonia and is well worth a visit. Climb the huge hill and explore interesting rock features, and admire spectacular views of the shimmering lake. I’ve only visited during the day, but I think Eaglestone Reserve would make a fantastic campsite.
Last Updated: 1st August, 2014.
First posted on 28th July, 2014 by Bonny.
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