Places to Visit

 


 


Wongan Hills Nature Reserve

Also known as the Mount Matilda Walk Trail.

418 hectare reserve approx 12kms from Wongan Hills on the Waddington/Wongan Road.

The landscape of the hills is a complex of ridges dissected by steep gullies with the rugged ground unsuitable for farming and grazing. It remains an island of natural vegetation surrounded by cleared farmland. The highest point of the reserve is Mt Matilda at 434 metres above sea level.

The significance of the Wongan Hills is that it is not only floristically rich, but it also contains an assembly of plants that does not occur anywhere else in the wheatbelt.

The flora of the Wongan Hills is extremely diverse with more than 250 species of flowering plants, an exceptionally high number of species for this area. Of greater importance is that 16 of these species are unique to the Wongan Hills.

There are five species gazetted rare flora in the Wongan Hills Nature Reserve and numerous species of priority flora.


Roger’s Nature Reserve

341 hectare reserve is the second largest nature reserve in the Wongan Hills area 8kms west of Wongan Hills on the Waddington/Wongan Road. A spectacular display of many and various wildflowers. Visit the Wongan Hills Visitor Centre for up to date information on what is flowering and where to find them.

Flora: Eucalyptus sp., Grevillea sp., Isopogon sp., Pertophile sp., Conospermum sp., Verticordia sp., Stylidium sp., Daviesia sp. Orchids and many more.


Elphin Nature Reserve

This 198 hectare reserve is 2kms west of Wongan Hills on the Waddington/Wongan Road. A spectacular display of many and various wildflowers. Visit the Wongan Hills Visitor Centre for up to date information on what is flowering and where to find them.

Flora: Eucalyptus sp., Grevillea sp., Isopogon sp., Pertophile sp., Conospermum sp., Verticordia sp., Stylidium sp., Daviesia sp. Orchids and many more.


Fowler Gully Reserve

230 hectare reserve approx 15kms west of Wongan Hills on the Waddington/Wongan Road. Turn left and 2kms down Wilding Road.


Lake Hinds Nature Reserve

Lake Hinds is approx 23kms from Wongan Hills on Waddington/Wongan Hills Road turn off either Lake Hinds North Road or Smith Road. Lake Hinds covers an area of approx 2000 hectares. The catchment area is from the Ballidu district, east Dalwallinu and the west Cadoux district. The whole area drains into the Avon River at Northam and called the north branch of the Mortlock River.


Reynoldson Reserve

Reynoldson Reserve Wongan Hills

Reynoldson Reserve

Reynoldson Reserve 16kms north of Wongan Hills is a truly outstanding reserve in November when the Verticordia abound with several different varities. The 1 hour walk trail resembles a massive garden of colours, shapes and sizes with scarcely room to tread. We recommend you keep to the bitumen and drive to Kondut which is approx 29 km’s to the reserve.

Flora: Verticordia chrysantha, Verticordia eriocephala, Verticordia monadelpha, Verticordia picta, Verticordia pritzelii, Verticordia venusta, Verticordia wonganensis, Grevillea sp., Xylomelum angustifolium, Persoonia sp. and more.

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Dingo Rock

Enjoy a picnic at this Fauna and Flora Reserve on the Manmanning Road 25kms east of Wongan Hills. During the late winter and spring the reserve develops a picturesque covering of wildflowers. This large granite outcrop has a ‘Gnamma’ hole on the rock face. This was a water collection site. Picnic area with tables/seating and parking bays.


Gathercole Reserve

Canola & Gathercole

Canola Crop with Gathercole Nature Reserve in the backgorund

Gathercole Nature Reserve is a wonderful reserve that has just been newly interpretated by Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) about 7kms from Wongan Hills. It is known for its wildflowers and rock formations.

Gathercole Nature Reserve new Entrance and Parking Area

Gathercole NR new entrance and parking area

Gathercole Nature Reserve

Gathercole Nature Reserve new interpretation signs and parking.

Gathercole NR new walk trail

Gathercole NR new walk trail


Christmas Rock Walk

Walk the 2.5km trail through natural bushland, following the signs commencing in Wandoo Crescent at Apex Park. Wander along the rock wall used to divert water to the town dam. In spring see the variety of colourful wildflowers/orchids and listen to the many birds.


Mt Matilda

Mt Matilda provides one of WAs top five walk trails. The newly interpretated flora walk taking 3 hours and the scenic walk 5 hours to complete. It features rare and endangered flora and outstanding animals and birds.


Wongan Hills Cemetery

Wongan Hills Cemetery

The Wongan Hills Cemetery is situated approx. 2kms from the centre of town on Ningham Road. There are many beautiful wildflowers in evidence at the Cemetery.

The first recorded burial in the Wongan Hills Cemetery was in 1914.

The Cemetery is in two sections, divided by a centre roadway. The left hand side is the earliest section in which many members of Pioneer families are buried, and which was used until 1956. The right hand side was commenced in approx. 1943 and is currently still in use.

Unfortunately, there are many graves in the Pioneer Section of the Cemetery that are unmarked, because we are unsure of grave locations. There are no early records of the Cemetery, but it is presumed that this area was selected for the Cemetery as it is on a sandplain, and is therefore easy to dig.

Wongan Hills Cemetery


Wongan Hills Water Tower

Wongan Hills Water Tower

The Water Tower was built between 1913-1914. The stand is 12ms (40ft) high and made of karri and jarrah.

The tank holds 100,000 Ltr (32,000 Gal). The water tank was built for steam trains and used solely this.

In 2005 the Wongan Hills Tourism Group raised funds to light the water tower with amber coloured lights. For the month of October the Water Tower is lit “Pink” for Global Illumination Breast Cancer Research.

Water Tower at Night