LAKE GRACE

Lake Grace is a crossroads town in the mid south region of WA. Lake Grace is encounted when traveling east from Wagin to Lake King. Lake Grace in itself is a very large salt pan, but no doubt from time to time is in flood. Lake Grace is a pretty and modest town that does pack a pleasant heritage surprise, and after most likely traveling a long distance is a recommended stop over.

The area was first taken up for agriculture around 1911, and in 1913 a school was established here and named Lake Grace after the nearby lake.

The townsite of Lake Grace was gazetted later in 1916. The branch railway was extended to the ultimate terminus at Newdegate on 15 February 1926 and a further branch from Lake Grace to Hyden opened on 5 April 1933, thus making Lake Grace a junction and therefore some importance for train working operations

In 1922 the Reverend ‘the John Flynn’ visited the town to assess the suitability for establishing an AIM ‘mission’ hospital. The Western Australian Government agreed to subsidize the building of the hospital, which was subsequently built by AIM and opened in April 1926 staffed by two nurses,

The lake after which the townsite was named was given the name Lake Grace by Marshall Fox, the District Surveyor, in 1910. It is named after Grace Brockman, the wife of the Surveyor General.

Lake Grace has an inn and a hotel. In spite of various signage's the inn was not cited. The Lake Grace Hotel is the classic Victorian Pub.

The Lake Grace War Memorial is located in the central area of the town.

All church denominations operate in Lake Grace. All in mid 20th Century and traditional buildings.

When visiting Lake Grace, make sure that 1; you visit the lake and 2; be sure to check out that ‘mission museum’.

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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