Towns in Australia

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Wooroloo WA


Wooroloo is an hour’s drive east of Perth along the Great Eastern Highway. Interesting places to discover are the little Anglican church St Francis, which is built out of the local laterite stone. Inside, the pews and altar are crafted from the local timber, jarrah. Visit an artist’s studio where you can view and purchase works of art. Also what is reputed to be the smallest post office in Australia, is now home to an interesting small store selling old style gifts and curios.

The Railway Reserve Heritage Trail passes through Wooroloo. This trail retraces 70 km of the old Eastern Railway, which was constructed from Fremantle to York in the 1880’s. Walking along the trail, you will discover the individual history and character of the small settlements that sprang up alongside the railway line. This trail has become one of the major recreational facilities in the Mundaring shire, and is suitable for walking, cycling and horse riding; it features the attractive scenery and flora and fauna of the Darling Range.

In 1912, a State sanatorium for tuberculosis patients was built in Wooroloo. When it was opened in May 1915 there were 80 resident patients. Many are buried in the nearby cemetery which is an interesting place to visit especially in Spring when numerous kangaroo paws are flowering. Close by is Resort style accommodation with an 18 hole golf course and also a winery/cafe with a wonderful lake. A roadhouse provides breakfast, snacks and light meals.