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.

The Anglican Church is 100 year classic. The other denominations area mix.

The Wagin War Memorial is located near the memorial swimming pool.

The Museum is represented by the Historical Village. The 'old' town in effect.

There are still two surviving hotels in Wagin but their past buildings live on.

Wagin is one of those places that if the traveler opted to stay over would be very happy. Wagin is a really nice place.

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