Welcome to the Shire of Waroona

The Shire of Waroona stretches from ‘sea to scarp’ ie the Indian Ocean to the Darling Range, and incorporates the localities of Waroona, Hamel, Preston Beach and Lake Clifton. You will find pristine beaches, unspoilt lakes of the coastal plains, fertile farmlands and peaceful jarrah forests.

The Waroona townsite is located off the South Western Highway, about 108 kilometre from Perth. It can be reached by road from Perth via Mandurah or Armadale and is a comfortable 1.5 hour drive from the city centre. Waroona can also be reached from Bunbury by Old Coast Road or South Western Highway, an easy 40 minute drive. The Waroona townsite has a population of approximately 2,500 people and a total Shire population of 3,843 as per last Bureau Statistics Information (2013).

Settlers began to arrive in the area in the late 1830s although Drakesbrook (Officially changed to Waroona in 1946) did not come into its own until the Pinjarra to Picton railway line was opened in 1893. The railway building, was made by local timber, which boosted the town. When the railway was extended many more settlers came to the district. Some of the early families who settled and helped develop the area include the Fouracres at the coast, Whittakers in the hills, the Eastcotts of Wagerup and the Birch family near Coolup. If you wish to read more about the history of Waroona go to the “Our Shire” tab.

The Shire boasts a range of diverse industries including Earthmoving, Wagerup Alumina Refinery, Bauxite Mining, Engineering, Beef, Sheep, Forestry, Horticulture, Tourism, Dairy and is an important destination for tourist enjoying activities with the State Forests, beaches and the many waterways both natural and manmade.

 

Latest News

  • Green Colouration of Lake Navarino and Drakesbrook Weir The Shire is aware of the current green colouration of the water at Lake Navarino and the Drakesbrook Weir. December 1, 2016 Read More...
  • Holiday Closure Hours The Shire of Waroona including the Licensing Centre & Public Library will be closed from 3pm on the 23/12/2016 and will reopen Tuesday the 03/01/2017 December 1, 2016 Read More...
  • Green Waste Area at Preston Beach is CLOSED Due to the risk of fire, Council has directed that the green waste area at Preston Beach shall be closed November 23, 2016 Read More...
  • Swimming Pool Is Now OPEN! Swimming Pool will be reopening on Monday the 19th of September September 16, 2016 Read More...
  • Release of the Waroona-Yarloop Bushfire Inquiry Report The report of the special inquiry titled Reframing Rural Fire Management: Report of the Special Inquiry into the January 2016 Waroona Fire, was tabled in Parliament by the Premier on Thursday 23 June 2016. June 27, 2016 Read More...
  • 2016 Coastwest Dune Restoration Continues The Shire of Waroona, in partnership with the Preston Beach Progress Association, were again successful in securing a grant from the Department of Planning’s Coastwest grant in 2016 for the successful and ongoing Preston Beach Dune Restoration Project. May 26, 2016 Read More...