Shire of West Arthur

Places Of Interest

Betty Brown Historical Centre

Our newly opened Historical Centre showcases the contributions made by women to the development of rural communities.  The Centre was established as a result of the generosity of Betty Brown who provided the Shire with funding for the Centre.  A number of women are featured in the Centre.  Audio material in the museum can be listened to here

Street frontage of Betty Brown Historical Centre Sign above display of Edith Browns lacework Internal image of historical centre Internal of Historical Centre 2

Our Night Skies

West Arthur is part of the Astrotourism WA network and there are many places throughout the Shire that you can visit to take stunning astrophotos. Hillman Siding (approximately 9km north of Darkan) has been designated as an area that astronomers are able to set up their telescopes and view the night sky away from any light pollution. 

 Places that are suitable for astro-activities are detailed here  or by downloading the izi.travel app here). 

Night Sky at Lake Towerinning

Night Sky from Arthur River Inn Kitchen

Photo credit below to: Gerald Rose

Night Sky from old train station in Darkan

Lake Towerrinning

Lake Towerrinning is a 256 ha phenomenon close to, but not directly part of, the Arthur River. The Lake is ideal for all water sports including skiing, and has a barbecue and picnic spot.

Read more about Lake Towerrinning.

Lake Towerrinning

Arthur River Heritage Precinct

The Arthur River Heritage Precinct is located on the Albany Highway in Arthur River.  It includes the Mt Pleasant Kitchen built in 1869 to cater for travellers, shepherds, sandalwood cutters and settlers, the Post Office, the Town Hall and other restored historical buildings. 

Hotel Railway Station

6-Mile Cottage

Located on the Quindanning Road, the Six Mile Cottage is a historical two-roomed cottage built from timber slab with a stone end wall and fireplace.

Six Mile Cottage

Collie Darkan Rail Trail

The Collie Darkan Rail Trail is a multi-use trail for walkers, horse riders and cyclists that extends from Collie in the west to Dardadine in the east. For more information go the Rail Trail Facebook page www.facebook.com/colliedarkanrailtrail/  

Darkan Skate Park and Nature Play area

The Darkan town site caters for all ages with a skate park, nature play area, traditional playground, trampolines, BMX bike track, exercises equipment and free BBQs located on the Darkan Railway Reserve.  

Six Mile Cottage        Six Mile Cottage         Six Mile Cottage

Wildflower Reserves

Throughout the Shire of West Arthur there are many areas with beautiful wildflowers. The "Boronia Reserve" is cared for by a local warden, who will often act as tour guide and provides information for visitors.

Bottlebrush Bushes

Hillman Rock And Hillman Dam

Hillman Rock is a large area of rock on Mount Harris. Hillman Dam was built during the Depression. The dam channels are over one mile long and were dug by hand and concreted in order to bring water from Hillman Rock. The area surrounding Hillman Dam is a flora and fauna reserve.

Due to asbestos hazard, access to the site is restricted. Please contact the Shire Office.

Duralyn Patchworks Barn Retreat

Suitable for small groups, up to ten people, for business workshops or relaxation. Stay in the barn on a picturesque working farm.
Heather Jefferies provides a complete experience for pachworkers, including accommodation, tuition and supply of materials.

Contact Heather Jefferies

Heather Jefferies Information
Phone (08) 9862 9056
Fax (08) 9862 9003
Email duralyn@bordernet.com.au
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Shire Administration Office April 3, 2020

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