Walkaway, 9 km east of the historic village of Greenough, is a
charming, tiny settlement of Walkaway with its railway station, store,
hall, school and church.
The story is told that Walkaway received its name when an Aborigine
reported that one of the early European settlers, disappointed in his
wheat crop, had 'waggaway'. Known as Wagawa for many years the name was
finally Anglicised to Walkaway. The Aboriginal name for the bend in the
Greenough River was 'Wagga Wah'.
Walkaway Railway Station
The Walkaway Railway Station is one the State's earliest
Government-built railway complexes and the terminus for Western
Australia's. Designed by George Temple Poole and built in 1886,
Walkaway Station was originally the same pattern as the Claremont
Railway Station also designed by Poole and built in 1886. Prior to
alterations and additions, the two stations were almost identical. Both
structures derive from the Federations Arts and Craft style of
The buildings are part of a railway precinct, which includes the
station, platform, goods shed, track levers, ramp, wishing well,
weighbridge, cabin and loading ramp. Conservation works a decade ago
involved repairs to roof sheeting and plumbing, stonework, brick
quoining, joinery and stormwater damage. Now a museum, the complex has
an excellent display of regional transport, natural resources, weapons
and military relics.