Towns in Australia

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Wandering WA


Postcode: 6308

The town of Wandering lies one and a half hours’ drive south east of Perth. It was first settled in 1859 by members of the George Stedman Watts family, when they found their straying wagon team horses grazing in lush grass around a fresh water spring, still known as Horse Well. It is the main town in the Shire of Wandering.

The Watts property, Grassdale, located on the south eastern approach to town, was selected in 1861 and is still in the possession of the Watts family. The village was called Wandering to recall the first sighting of the wandering stock. Wandering’s growth was restricted when the rail link on the south east bypassed the town.

Today, the town services agricultural industries. Major agricultural activities include cereal crops (oats, wheat, barley) pulse crops (lupins, chickpeas, faba beans) oil seed (canola), sheep (wool & meat), cattle (meat), pigs and vineyards.

Other commercial industries include wineries, timber milling and hay exporting. Try wine tasting and a light meal at a winery or head to the local tavern for country meals and refreshments. A powered caravan park and camping area with basic facilities is located in Wandering.