Dowerin is the next town on the Wheatbelt loop road. Nice little town this; and time to pause will be in order. There is no doubt a commercial buzz does exist in Dowerin, and closer proximity to Northam is most likely the catalyst.

In 1906 the government extended the railway from Goomalling to the developing Dowerin Agricultural Area and decided to develop a townsite at the terminus. The Aboriginal name of the site chosen was "Wuguni", but "Dowerin", also an Aboriginal name, was already in local use for the place, and was the name gazetted in 1907. The name is derived from nearby Lake Dowerin, first recorded on maps around 1879. One source suggests Dowerin is the Aboriginal word for the twenty eight parrot (Dow-arn), and another suggests it means "place of the throwing stick" (dower).[

The Dowerin Hotel is a grand classic 100 year plus pub that continues to be driving positive for the town.

The church denominations in Dowerin are all modern.

The War Memorial is a modest and appropriate cenotaph.

When passing through refreshment or a coffee may be in order, but that said a diversion to this Wheatbelt loop of towns is not necessary.

Heritage diary




  Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
  Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
  Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course