A major rail junction, market town and agricultural centre on the main route from Perth to Albany.
Narrogin Heritage Trail
The excellent Narrogin Heritage Trail offers visitors two guided
tours of the town and environs which start at the Old Court House
Museum and encompass most of the old properties and buildings in the
The Old Courthouse, located on the corner of Egerton and Earl
Streets, was originally built as a Government school in 1894. Designed
by the prominent architect George Temple-Poole it remained a school
until 1905 when it was converted into the local courthouse. It became
the local branch of the Agricultural Bank between 1924–1945 but
returned to a courthouse in 1970. It has been a museum since 1976 and
contains extensive displays of local memorabilia which offer an insight
into early life in the area.
The town centre, with its solid Town Hall and Library (both built in
1908) and Horderns Hotel (rebuilt after a fire in 1922) has a solidity
and confidence which the smaller wheatbelt towns lack. The Heritage
Trail makes much of the story of Nicholas 'Charlie' Bushalla, a Syrian
who arrived in Western Australia in 1887, settled in Narrogin and
during his lifetime managed to provide the town with a general store,
hotels, a brewery (although the beer was apparently awful), a picture
theatre, skating rink and cordial factory. He is a good example of the
achievements which were possible for enterprising merchants in rural
Western Australia around the turn of the century.
Dryandra Woodland Nature Reserve
Dryandra Woodland Nature Reserve (22 km north west): one of the best
wildlife destinations in the South West. It has stands of mallet trees
which were grown because the bark could be used in the tanning
industry. At Barna Mia, an animal viewing enclosure for endangered
marsupials, visitors can take a guided nocturnal tour, watching for
bilbies, wallabies, bandicoots and woylies.
Yilliminning Rock (17 km east): climb to the top to enjoy panoramic
views of the area. Watch for rock dragons who bask in the sun and
scamper over the rock.
Heritage features: Albert Facey's Homestead; Old Court House Museum; Narrogin Town Hall (1908).