The Tambellup Heritage Trail takes in the history of the early settlement, the rich Noongar culture around the Gordon River, and the former Aboriginal Reserve.
The Corner Shop Museum in the old Tambellup Stationmaster’s House has original rooms, furniture and artefacts.
Walk through the village from the 100-year-old Broomehill Post Office, past sites like St Elizabeth’s Church, (originally the town police station), the Museum (a treasure trove of old- school machinery and memorabilia), and the heritage-listed Jones Building, built in 1911 as a general store selling everything from flour to bullets. Today, you can drop in for a taste of history and local wines.
You can also walk the Holland Track, carved out from Albany to Coolgardie in 1893 by John Holland and his party. Keen 4WD enthusiasts can drive it all the way to the Goldfields – it’s one of the best outback adventures to be had. Pick up a map at the Broomehill shire office and see the beautiful mosaics on the wall while you’re there.
The Tambellup Hotel offers counter lunches, or the Post Cafe has coffee and cake. Feel like a picnic? Pop into town for supplies and visit the black swans at the Gordon River Reserve. Saggers Pool is another great riverside picnic site.
Diprose Park has a children’s play area, and barbecues under the gum trees. Cross one of the oldest bridges in WA (carefully) to the Hayfield Reserve, and enjoy the trees and animals, the local pool, and the old Pioneer grave.
In Broomehill, Holland Park is a lovely shady spot, as is the Centenary Park. Stretch your legs after lunch and explore the surrounding bushland.
The cheeky, mischeivous Willy Wagtail features in local Noongar culture and can be spotted around the shire. A famous Tambellup Big Willy, made from local timber, stands sentry at the town gates, welcoming visitors.
Photo credit: Broomehill Shire