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Merredin

Merredin came to existence as a result of the gold rush in 1888

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About Merredin

Centrally located about a three hour drive between Perth (256kms) and Kalgoorlie (326kms) is the town of Merredin in Western Australia.

Between 1864 and 1866, Assistant Surveyor Charles Hunt explored the area, and called the area Hampton Plains after John Stephen Hampton, who was the Governor of Western Australia at the time.

The town came to existence as a result of the gold rush in 1888, the area to the east of Merredin was officially proclaimed a goldfield and over the next decade prospectors and fossickers poured into the area. Like many towns in Western Australia, the discovery of gold sped up Merredin's development.

Merredin became a rail centre for the region due to the availability of fresh water.

Today Merredin is known for farming and roughly 40% of Western Australia’s wheat production, which comes from within a 100km radius around the town.

 Hot, dry summers and mild winters are enjoyed with an average maximum temperature of 24.70C and an average minimum temperature of 10.6°C.

Wildflowers and granite rocks are a picturesque natural environmental feature of the area.

Features

  • ATM
  • Fuel
  • Airport
  • Hospital
  • Medical Centre
  • Dump Point
  • Groceries
  • Mechanical Repairs