Wagin is the next town encountered when traveling south from Northam to Albany. Wagin, similarly to Narrogin is a fabulous ‘young’ historic town. Heritage is clearly important and a stroll up the main street well and truly reinforces this profile.
The name of the town is derived from Wagin Lake, a usually dry salt lake south of the town. The name is Aboriginal having been first recorded for the lake by a surveyor in 1869-72. There is uncertainty about the actual meaning of 'Wagin' but it is likely that it either means 'the place where emus watered' or is a variation of 'wedge-an' an Aboriginal word for 'emu'.
The first European explorer through the area was John, the Surveyor General of Western Australia in 1835. The town itself came into existence after the construction of the railway. Just look at these carryover survivors.
Wagin is one of the largest towns in the Southern Wheatbelt region, and annually hosts the Woolorama, one of Western Australia's largest Agricultural Shows.
Wagin is one of those places that if the traveler opted to stay over would be very happy. Wagin is a really nice place.