A major regional centre for the surrounding central agricultural district. It is promoted as the Garden Town of the Wheatbelt.
The town's Grain Transfer Terminal, with its capacity of 220,000
tonnes, is the largest horizontal storage facility in the southern
Merredin aerodrome is leased under a 100-year lease arrangement by
China Southern Airlines and is used as a pilot training facility by the
China Southern West Australian Flying College, who also operate from
Jandakot Airport in Perth.
Merredin Railway Museum
Merredin Railway Museum is one of the finest regional railway
museums in Australia. The railway line arrived in Merredin in 1893 and
the station was built in 1895. It now is a near-perfect re-creation of
the old station with just about every piece of railway memorabilia
possible. It has a working windmill, a beautifully preserved 1897 G117
steam engine, and the station still has the old scales and cream cans.
One of a number of interesting ande unusual buildings in the town,
the theatre was built in 1928 from remnants of some demolished
Coolgardie pubs and the old Coolgardie Tivoli Theatre. Local legend has
it that the bricks still have small deposits of gold in them. Other
buildings of note are the Post Office (1913) and Town Hall (1925).
Pumping Station No. 4
Pumping Station No. 4 (3 km west) is one of 8 stations designed by
C.Y. O’Connor used to pump water from Mundaring to the Eastern
Goldfields. It was closed as an operational pumping station in 1960 and
was replaced by the electrically driven stations located nearby. The
precinct contails three generations of pumping stations in one place.
Interpretation on site. A picnic area and walk trail around the
perimeter of No 4 Pump Station provide a welcome stop on the Golden
Pipeline Heritage Trail.
Now just the shell of the building remains, all interior machinery
and fittings having been removed. The building is rectangular in plan,
with door openings and arched and circular windows in opposing walls
being quite different. The most prominent feature of northern face to
the highway is an arch more than half the height of the wall, a common
feature of industrial buildings of the Federation era (turn of the 20th
century). The concrete floor contains pits and mounting blocks where
the machinery was installed.
Located off Benson Road in the townsite of Merredin. Merredin Peak
is a naturally occurring outcrop of granites that are about 2,700
million years old. The Peak is set in an area of woodland known locally
as Merredin’s National Forest. This 1200 hectares of woodland and
sand plain country was originally set aside as a firewood reserve for
the town residents. Over the years it was under threat to be converted
to farm land. However, the Shire stood firm and it is now protected as
a bushland reserve. Take the Merredin Peak Heritage Trail and explore
the site of the Army Field Hospital. Interpretation on site.