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Mingenew

Mingenew

Blessed by an abundance of natural beauty and a kaleidoscope of wildflowers, Mingenew is a hidden gem in inland Western Australia! A 3.5 hour drive from Perth, this friendly and authentic country town is well worth the visit!

History

European exploration in Mingenew first occurred in 1847 by the brothers Augustus Charles and Francis Thomas Gregory who discovered the ‘goldmine’ of grazing land. 4 years later the first settlement occurred followed by the development of a railway in the early 1890’s. Soon Mingenew was officially gazetted in 1906, with the town being named after the local Aboriginal word for, ‘place of many waters’. Due to the development occurring in Mingenew, including the construction of a railway, hotels and general stores, it became a trading and shipment hub for agricultural industries. Due to this agricultural success, the town has prospered since!

Attractions

Mingenew Walks

Mingenew is home to a few stunning walks that can be down by all ages and levels of fitness! Depot Hill, 12kms Northwest of Mingenew, is a rugged reserve that was used as a firing range during World War II. The reserve contains some impressive scenery, especially during the wildflower season, between August and October! The 30 minute nature walk takes you along to the banks of the Irwin River, where you’ll be able to see an abundance of flora and fauna. This is the perfect place for a leisurely picnic, sitting on the banks of the river underneath the shade of the leafy gumtrees!

The Mingenew Hill Walk is a short 1km walk that is a must for any visitors of this country town! Offering spectacular panoramic views of the Mingenew countryside, this vantage point is the perfect place to watch the dying embers of the sun as it sets over the sea of wildflowers!

Coalseam Conservation Park

Coalseam Conservation Park is a 30 minute drive from Mingenew, accessed via the sealed Coalseam Road. A little pocket of wilderness in amongst the vast open farmland, Coalseam is one of Mingenew’s attractions rich in history, geology and picturesque natural beauty. The 250 million years old cliff faces, dating back to the Permian Ice Age, offer an ancient charm amongst the yellow array of wildflowers! Exploring can be done down by the ancient river where fossils from millions of years ago can sometimes be found! In more recent history, this conservation park was home to the first mined coal deposit in the whole Western Australia, back in 1846!

Fun Facts:

Distance from Perth: 383kms North of Perth

Population: 282

Postcode: 6522

Founded: 1906

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