Waroona & Hamel

The township of Waroona has much to offer visitors. Please scroll down the page to find a little of its history plus "Things to See & Do", "Places to Stay and Eat", "Annual Events" and a list of other services and activities.

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History

Settlers began to arrive in the area in the late 1830s although Drakesbrook (later to be known as Waroona) did not come into its own until the Pinjarra to Picton railway line was opened in 1893. The building of the railway, for which local timber was milled, boosted the town. When the railway was extended many more settlers came to the district.

The town catered to the needs of the mill workers with a post office, general store, blacksmith, a number of hotels come boarding houses, churches, doctor and dentist. The farms supplied butter, fruit and vegetables for the men of the mills and chaff for the horse teams that hauled the logs.

As in many of the small towns of the time dances, picnics and football formed the core of social life within the community.

The devastation of the Dwellingup fire of 1961 saw the closure of the nearby Nanga Brook Mill and townsite.

Today agriculture (beef and fresh produce), bauxite mining and tourism are important contributors to the local economy.

Waroona’s history book ‘Drakesbrook Days & Waroona Years' is available from the Visitor Centre.

Things to see & do

Waroona Visitor Centre - Local Art & CraftTourist Centre

Open 9.30am to 3.30pm daily, the Waroona Visitor Centre houses an art and craft gallery with a display of quality local art and handcrafts, and has visitor, tourism & community information. Disabled access and public toilets (during opening hours).

Waroona Visitor Centre Information
Open Closed - Good Friday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Years Day
Location 37 South West Highway, Waroona
Postal Address PO Box 20, Waroona, WA, 6215
Ph/Fax (08) 9733 1506
Email visitorcentre@waroona.wa.gov.au

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Art In The Community

The community of Waroona has been involved in many art projects including those sponsored by ALCOA and the Fremantle Art Centre as part of their "Art in the Community" series. All projects have been assured success under the creative direction of talented local artists and with the support of the Shire of Waroona, local businesses and families. Each project makes a statement on Waroona’s community spirit and pride of place.

  • Wave your Flag - Created by Waroona's youth, the flags are displayed periodically in front of the Memorial Hall. The colourful imagery depicts the areas of tourism, history, commerce and agriculture.
  • Heritage Bush Poles - View the unique 'forest' of carved and painted jarrah poles (adjacent to the Visitor Centre) near the northern tourist bay. The concept was so well received that additional funding was secured for poles at Lake Navarino Holiday Park, Hamel, Lake Clifton and Preston Beach.
  • Sofa - In the centre of town you will find Waroona’s 2.4 tonne concrete sofa which was once covered by a 'patchwork quilt'. Over 60 local men and women created pieces portraying something important about their lives in Waroona. Due to deterioration of the fibreglass coating it was necessary to refurbish the sofa in 2008 by stripping back the fibreglass and removing the 'quilt' pieces. The new-look sofa was painted by local artist Lorraine Bawden with scenes showing 'old' Waroona, local flora and fauna, and places of interest.
  • Aluminium Sculptures and Mosaics (Drakesbrook Place) - The concept of this project was to develop a series of aluminium sculptures to tell the story of Waroona's heritage, culture and diversity through education and art. Over 250 school children and 100 community members were involved in the consultation phase of the project. The design was based around a common theme with elements within the design reflecting the children’s interpretation of stories told to them by older members of the community. Local artisan Warren East, as leading artist for the project, co-ordinated a team of local artists to create the sculptures, panels and footpath mosaic. An interesting addition to the project are six engraved aluminium panels representing the six aboriginal seasons and these now adorn the Moorditj Miya Building at Waroona District High School and provide an educational insight for local students.

Alcoa Discovery Tours

Since 1963 Alcoa has been part of the Australian community. From its earliest beginnings Alcoa have opened their doors giving the public and students an insight into the amazing technology that transforms the red rock-like mineral bauxite into light-weight, shining aluminium.

Over 635,000 people have seen Alcoa’s operations through tours and school visits to both their Victorian and West Australian operations.

The Discover Alcoa program offers education and experience. A free general public tour operates every Wednesday morning, collecting guests from Mandurah and Pinjarra. Wagerup, near Waroona, has a monthly tour.

To make a tour booking, or to discuss educational materials, contact the WA Alcoa Discovery Centre via tourcentre@alcoa.com.au or call 08 9530 2400.

Alcoa Discovery Tours
Open 10:00am-5:00pm Wednesday to Sunday
Location 1 Fimmel Lane, Pinjarra
Phone (08) 9530 2400
Website www.alcoa.com.au/discover

Drakesbrook Place

Waroona's town square provides a central meeting place with its informal picnic and seating areas, an amphitheatre, stage and public facilities. An ongoing commitment by the local community saw a number of artworks in various mediums created to reflect and celebrate Waroona past and present. Memorial Hall, South West Highway.

Drakesbrook Night Leaf

Drakesbrook Antiques & Collectables

A wonderful collection including over 300 pieces of Moorcroft pottery plus Charlie Bears, Clarice Cliff, Doulton, figurines, china, glass, toys, dolls and more. This is a must see for browsers and collectors alike.

Antiques

Drakesbrook Antiques & Collectables Information
Open 10:00am-5:00pm Wednesday to Sunday
Location 85 South West Highway, Waroona
Phone (08) 9733 1240
Website www.drakesbrookantique.com.au

Centennial Park

Centennial Park is situated on South West Hwy at the southern end of town. Children’s playground, picnic seating, gas barbecues and stately trees provide a relaxed setting. Wide paths and modern toilets accommodate wheelchairs. The park is home to an interactive memorial to the old Drakesbrook School which burnt down in 2006.

Centennial ParkRotunda

Drakesbrook Weir

Gently undulating hills provide a picturesque backdrop for the cool clear waters and the grassed area is a popular picnic spot with its shaded tables and free gas barbecues. Recreational activities include walking, birdwatching, swimming, fishing and canoeing (no power boats).

Take a stroll along the wide disabled-friendly path (500m return) through natural bush to the rock-face wall of the weir where nearby a bronze plaque commemorates the discovery of the first known specimen of WA's remarkable atrichornis clamosus (noisy scrub bird).

Please note - Public toilets are available. Dogs are prohibited in all areas. Powerboats are also prohibited.

Waroona Recreation & Aquatic Centre

A modern facility with heated indoor pool, water slide, toddlers' area; squash, indoor tennis, basketball and netball courts; comprehensive gym, and various programmes offered. Crèche & free barbecues for Centre users. Function & meeting rooms, and fully appointed kitchen available at excellent rates. Disabled facilities. Open access to children’s playground and skate park.

Waroona Recreation & Aquatic Centre Information
Open (Click here) for Opening Hours
Location Hill Street, Waroona
Phone (08) 9733 2389

Langford Hill Riding Farm

Lessons, school camps and trail rides through scenic bushland on the panoramic escarpment surrounding Lake Navarino and the Drakesbrook Weir. Rides with refreshment stopovers. Catering for beginners, disabled and experienced riders with accommodation available by arrangement. Disabled access. Bookings required.

Langford Hill Riding Farm Information
Location 136 Elliott Street, Waroona
Phone (08) 9733 1455 or 0417 911 491
   

Lake Navarino (Waroona Dam)

The Waroona Dam was built on the Drakes Brook with work completed in 1966. The reservoir known as Lake Navarino covers an area of 145 hectares with its primary use being irrigation. It is also used extensively for recreational activities such as water skiing and freshwater fishing. The surrounding forest provides beautiful displays of wildflowers in season. Bush walking is a popular pastime for many visitors and part of the old Bibbulmun Track is still in existence and has been reopened for public use as part of the Munda Biddi Trail. Dogs on leash.

Please click the below link to view a video of Lake Navarino. The video was taken using a drone courtesy of Trent Lewis.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JqmCtl4dlL8&feature=youtu.be

Waroona Dam March 2017

Munda Biddi Trail

Munda Biddi means "path through the forest" in the local Nyoongar language. Predominantly a gentle cycling trail, it is made up of bush tracks, firebreaks and old railway formations and begins in Mundaring. The Waterous Loop starts at Lake Navarino Forest Resort and meanders through the rolling hills of the Darling Scarp.

Munda Biddi Trail Information
Phone (08)9481 2483 or 0422 112 229 (Munda Biddi Trail Foundation)
Website www.mundabiddi.org.au

Forest Edge Recreation Camp

Forest Edge Recreation Camp experienced a major loss of key infrastructure and property in the January 2016 Waroona-Yarloop bush fires. The owners, Graeme and Sonia Watson, together with staff and volunteers, are working tirelessly on the rebuild and will reopen early in 2017. For updates on their progress, and to show support, please visit their Facebook page or their website.

Forest Edge Recreation Camp Information
Location 133 Weller Road, Waroona
Phone (08) 9733 1731 or 0429 470 047
Website www.forestedge.net

Hamel Hall & Bush Poles

Hamel is a small though progressive 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. By this time it was in poor repair but in mid 1980 was saved from demolition and restored for use. On its eastern side you will find picnic tables, barbecues and three bush poles crafted by locals depicting facets of life in Hamel. Hamel Park, nearby on Cullinga Street, has a modern playground, half basketball court and wide open spaces for a game of your choice.

Hamel Hall & Bush Poles Information
Location Cornucopia Street, Hamel (a few minutes drive south of Waroona)

Walks, Trails & Drives

  • Waroona Heritage Trail (walk or drive)
  • King Jarrah Track, Lane Poole Reserve (18km loop)
  • Island Poole Walk Trail, Lane Poole Reserve (1.5km loop)
  • 4x4 Nanga Heritage Circuit, Lane Poole Reserve (51.3km loop)
  • Munda Biddi Trail - Waterous Loop (www.mundabiddi.org.au)
  • Lake Preston Walk Trail (2km)
  • Noise Scrub Bird Trail - Drakesbrook Weir
  • Harvey River Walk Trail - John Tognela Rest Area Forrest Highway
  • Hamel Wetland Walk Trail - Hamel
  • Hamel Nursery Walk Trails

For more information on trails visit www.peeltrails.com.au

Sporting & Recreation

  • Golf Club, Hill Street (18 Holes Green Fee Honour System) Ph: 9733 1700
  • Bowling Club, Parnell Street. Ph: 9733 1406
  • Recreation & Aquatic Centre, Hill Street. Ph: 9733 2389
  • Freshwater fishing & marroning
  • Skiing, boating, canoeing (canoe hire from Forest Edge Recreation Camp) & swimming
  • Bushwalking & bird watching

Places to Stay


Drakesbrook Hotel/Motel

Single, double and family accommodation. Fully airconditioned and serviced. Barbecues and pool for guests. Licensed restaurant with a choice of bar and restaurant menus or enjoy your meal alfresco by the pool. Breakfast for guests by arrangement.

Drakesbrook Hotel/Motel Information
Meals Bar & restaurant from 11am with specials nights
Location 8229 South West Highway, Waroona
Phone (08) 9733 1566
Email info@drakesbrookhotel.com
Website www.drakesbrookhotel.com

Lake Navarino Holiday Park

Set in jarrah forest by the lake, the Holiday Park's surrounds provide a relaxed setting for bush-walking, canoeing (canoe hire from Forest Edge Recreation Camp 9733 1731 or 0429 470 047), mountain bike riding and fishing. Cottages, cabins, park homes and shady powered sites for caravanners and campers. Dogs on leash welcome. Laundry and ablutions with disabled facilities. Shop/kiosk sells groceries, drinks, takeaway food, ice-creams, fuel & ice.

Lake Navarino Holiday Park Information
Location Invarell Road, Waroona
Phone (08) 9733 3000 or toll free (WA) 1800 650 626
Fax (08) 9733 1529
Email info@navarino.com.au
Website www.navarino.com.au

Waroona Hotel

An elegant mix of old and new at this refurbished, historic country hotel. Fine dining, quality counter meals and daily specials. Accommodation, TAB, ATM, beer garden and bottle shop.

Waroona Hotel Information
Meals Mon-Sat 12-2pm & 6-8pm Sunday Roast lunch and dinner
Location Fouracre Street, Waroona
Phone (08) 9733 1232

Waroona Ensuite Caravan Village

Experience the calm and harmony of a rural setting while still within a short walking distance of the town centre and golf course. On-site caravans, powered tent and van sites all with ensuites. Barbecues, modern laundry and close to all amenities. Dogs on leash welcome.

Waroona Ensuite Caravan Village Information
Location 45 Logue Street, Waroona
Phone/Fax (08) 9733 1518
Email mail@waroonavillage.com.au
Website www.waroonavillage.com.au

Camping, Bush & Recreation Camps

  • Lake Navarino/Waroona Dam (lakeside camping, BBQs & toilets) - Ph 9733 3000
  • Lane Poole Reserve (bush camping, day use area, river access, hiking, picnic tables, gas and wood BBQs & toilets). Phone Department Parks & Wildlife (08) 9538 1078

Places to Eat

Dining

  • Drakesbrook Hotel Motel (08) 9733 1566 (Details above)
  • Waroona Bowling Club, Parnell Street (08) 9733 1406 (Friday evenings, bookings required)
  • Waroona Hotel (08) 9733 1232 (Details above)

Dine In & Takeaway

  • Waroona Country Cafe - 9733 3155, 97 South West Highway. Fully enclosed alfresco area, children's playground, varied menu. M-F 6:00am-4:00pm, Sat-Sun 7:00am-4:00pm.
  • Waroona Roadhouse - 9733 1294, 32 South West Highway. Full range of takeaways and home-made meals, drinks and grocery lines, fuel, etc. Daily 4:30am-8:00 pm.
  • Pinjarra Bakery & Patisserie (Waroona Store) - 9733 2278, 36 South West Hwy (opposite Waroona Visitor Centre). Award winning pastries; fresh wraps, etc. M-F 6:00am-4:00pm, Sat-Sun 7:00am-3:30pm.
  • The Hairy Lentil – 0466 824 633, 8/61 South West Highway. Health food restaurant, organic coffee, vegan grocery lines.       Tues 10:00-4:00, W-F 9:00am-5:30pm, Sat 9:00am-12:30pm. Closed Sunday.

Picnic & BBQ Areas

  • Centennial Park (South West Highway, Waroona)
  • Drakesbrook Weir (Weir Road, Waroona)
  • Hamel Hall (Cornucopia Street, Hamel)
  • Hamel Park (Cullinga Street, Hamel)
  • Waroona Dam (Invarell Road, Waroona)

Visitors are requested to use only the barbecue facilities available at most picnic areas. Lighting of fires outside these facilities is an offence during the restricted burning times 1st November - 25th April inclusive.

Annual Events

Waroona Vintage Machinery Rally

Sunday September 24, 2017

9:00am to 3:00pm

The biggest vintage machinery rally in the south west with stationary engines, vintage cars, tractors, motor bikes, trucks, tools, toys, antiques plus hand and home-made crafts and interests, food stalls. A great day out for the whole family. Waroona showgrounds, South West Highway, Waroona. Entry $5 (free for kids 10 and under).

Information: (08) 9733 1445 or 0419 942 137

Web: http://www.waroonavintagemachineryrally.com.au

Waroona Agricultural Show

Saturday October 7, 2017

8:00am to 9:00pm

All the fun and excitement of a real country show. The Waroona Agricultural Society presented the first show on 2nd December 1925 and the tradition continues today with hall displays, exhibits, stalls, horse events, log chopping, entertainment and so much more. A band in the evening & sideshow alley going through until late.  Fireworks around 8pm.

Waroona showgrounds, South West Highway, Waroona. Entry fees apply (cash only).

Information: (08) 9733 1092

Email: waroona.ag@westnet.com.au

Web: http://www.waroonashow.com.au

 

Sea to ART Exhibition

All through November, 2017

9:30 – 3:30pm daily

Showcasing works by talented local artists and artisans in a diverse range of mediums including fine woodwork, resin, sculpture, textiles and glass.

Waroona Visitor Centre, 37 South West Highway, Waroona. Free entry.

Information: (08) 9733 1506

Email: visitorcentre@waroona.wa.gov.au

 

Yarn Bomb Waroona

November 2017 to January 2018

Yarn meets street art in this festival of colour and fun. Check out the themed trees including Fairy Fantasy, Australia Zoo and Maree’s Tree.  Then there’s serpents, ballerinas, creepy crawlies, flowers galore and so much more! 

During the Christmas school holidays hairy rocks will be released for kids big and small to find - keep, swap or rehome, the choice will be yours.

The yarnbombing displays will be around the Waroona Visitor Centre (art/craft gallery) and adjacent tourist bay.   37 South West Highway, Waroona.  Free entry.

Information: 0472 595 266

Email: yarnbombwaroona@gmail.com

Facebook: Yarn Bomb Waroona

 

All Australian Car Day

April 2018 (date TBA)

9:00am to 4:00pm

Hundreds of great Aussie cars, food and market stalls, Gourmet Food & Wine Hall, children’s entertainment and more at this family friendly event. Waroona showgrounds, South West Highway, Waroona.  Entry by gold coin donation.

Email: aacdwaroona@dodo.com.au or check out their Facebook page.

 

Monthly Markets

Really Really Free Markets where everything really is free – 3rd Saturday from 1-3pm.  Check out their Facebook page.

Lions Club Markets – 1st Sunday 8am-12pm (excluding January).  Enquiries 0415 954 993

Community Groups & Activities

  • Waroona Playgroup
  • Waroona Bowling & Social Club
  • Waroona Creative Arts Centre
  • Waroona Youth Group
  • Waroona Senior Citizens
  • Waroona Social Club
  • Tai Chi in the Park
  • Lions & Young Leos Clubs
  • Waroona Historical Society display and information, Old Road Board Building, South West Highway. Open by appointment - phone 9733 1687

Waroona Health And Community Resource Centre

Access centre for Centrelink, TAFE, Medicare and ATO. The telecentre provides low cost, open-access to computers, the internet, email and scanning facilities, photocopying, fax, laminating services and more.

Health services include a general practitioner, physiotherapist, infant health & immunisation clinics on appointed days. Family & Youth support services available.

Waroona Community Resource Centre Information
Open Monday - Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-3pm
Location 10 Henning Street, Waroona
Phone (08) 9733 3011

Other Available Services

  • Bendigo Bank ATM
  • Churches - St Mark's Anglican Church, St Patrick's Catholic Church, Waroona Abundant Life, Waroona Uniting Church, Salvation Army, Christian Fellowship
  • Dump Point – Waroona oval, Gate 3 on Millar Street, water available.
  • Medical & Dental
    • Harvey Medical (Waroona), Fouracre Street 9733 3007
    • Dentures Direct WA, Fouracre Street 0411 222 784
    • Chiropractic, 10 Henning Street 0458 940 981
  • Fashion Boutiques
  • Hairdressers
  • Laundromat
  • Library
  • Licencing
  • National Bank (ATM available only during banking hours)
  • Natural Therapies & Massage
  • Newsagency
  • Pharmacy
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Supermarket
  • Transport & Charters
  • Vehicle Service/Repairs
    • Rigg’s Auto Service, 7 Coronation Road 9733 1848
    • Waroona Tyre & Mechanical, 62 SW Hwy 9733 1007
    • Waroona Smash Repairs, 3/69 McLarty Street 9733 1103

Tourist Radio www.TouristRadio.com.au

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