Mukinbudin

A service town in the central wheatbelt region of Western Australia, Mukinbudin was gazetted in 1922 and has many interesting historical and natural features. Visit three historical graves at the Wattoning Homestead site and the gnamma hole which was the town’s main water source. Goodchild’s Gate is a reminder of the contribution soldiers from farming districts made in World War 2.

Mukinbudin is an ideal starting point when visiting the many large garanite outcrops which are scattered throughout the central whatbelt. Quanta Cutting, east of Mukinbudin, is a granite outcrop with an interesting large circular gnamma hole. When flowering, the Kunzea pulchella can be found in both the red and white varieties.

Beringbooding Rock

Beringbooding Rock, north east of Mukinbudin, has the largest rock water catchment tank in Australia. It was built in 1937 by sustenance labour during the Great Depression. Beringbooding has an amazing balancing boulder, a huge gnamma hole and some of the Kalamaia Tribes paintings of hands in a cave at the rear of the rock. Two early pioneer wells are nearby. Elachbutting and Beringbooding are by far the most spectacular granite outcrops in the Wheatbelt.


Bonnie Rock

The town of Bonnie Rock was named after the rock formation that is situated close to the town, then Beacon. The Tampu and Datjion Pioneer Wells near Beacon make for beautiful picnic spots during the wildflower season. The Beacon Botanical Park contains several species of native flora that were propagated from local areas. It is great for a quiet leisurely walk or an opportunity to select native plants that would suit your own garden.


Jilakin Rock

20 kilometres east of Kulin, there is a shady picnic spot at the base of Jilakin Rock. An easy climb to the top provides spectacular views of Jilakin Lake and the surrounding Wheatbelt. Jilakin Rock also boasts the most isolated known stand of jarrah (150 kilometres from the main jarrah belt), surviving on the water run off and quarry soils at the base of the rock.

Billiburning Rock

Billiburning Rock: this Outcrop in Beacon provides excellent views of both cropping and pastoral country. Billiburning Reserve displays it’s beauty in Spring with the masses of wildflowers. The Outcrop is also the location of a pioneer well and Gnamma hole.

Elachbutting Rock

Elachbutting Rock is a giant wave shaped formation and 40 metre rock tunnel you can walk through. Elachbutting Rock has a number of large cavern areas and is surrounded by natural bushland. The rock is around 100km north of Westonia and is easily accessed via well maintained gravel roads.


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Where is it?

293 kim north east of Perth; 80 km north of Merredin


Yanneymooning Rock

Yanneymooning Rock: 531 hectares of reserve land situated on the corner of Echo Valley and Elachbutting Roads. The rock offers spectacular views with a wonderful variety of bird life and flowers.


Billyacatting Hill

Billyacatting Hill: located north of Kununoppin. There is a wealth of biodiversity at Billyacatting Hill where wildflowers and fauna are plentiful. A recently installed interpretive walk trail enriches your visit to this Park. A reasonable level of fitness is needed as a rock climb is involved. Allow about two hours for the whole walk.


Ingobblein Rock

Ingobblein Rock: located 13 kilometres north of Mukinbudin. Ingobblein Rock and Well is a man-made well which is still in good condition and continues to be used as a water source. Situated in the wheatbelt area, it's a great spot to rest and enjoy a picnic.


Chiddarcooping

Chiddarcooping is a 1,400 acre granite reserve including a white hidden valley and, in spring, spectacular white leschenaultia and red velvet flowers.


Brief history

The Shire of Mukinbudin was settled by pastoralists who in the 1870s took up large leases in excess of 81 km2 to run sheep and by sandalwood cutters and miners en route to the goldfields. In 1910 the first of the farmers arrived to commence wheat growing on their 4 km2 block and it was some time before they added stock to what had been entirely a wheat growing enterprise. An extension of the Mount Marshall railway line to Mukinbudin and Lake Brown was approved in 1922 and opened in October 1923. The townsite was gazetted in 1922.

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