Located just 90 minutes' drive south east of Perth, the Marradong Country region has a long history of farming and grazing and is now emerging as a gourmet food and wine region with several wineries, olive groves and producers of preserves and homemade delights.
Marradong Country, a name recognising the Noongar heritage of the region, offers nature at its best. History buffs will enjoy scenery encompassing old town sites, churches and cemetaries. The surrounding landscape has a very diverse and distinct range of flora and fauna all of which can be enjoyed in numerous reserves and open spaces freely available to picnickers and travellers.
Accommodation in the region ranges from caravan parks and farm stays to motels, pubs and bed and breakfasts for those wishing to nestle in for the night or enjoy a weekend away.
Nestled on the banks of the Hotham River, Boddington boasts beautiful natural bushland reserves and a thriving community atmosphere. Boddington is well known for Australia's largest gold mine, The Boddington Gold Mine and one of the world's longest bauxite conveyors, BHP's Worsley Bauxite Mine - both of which are discreetly hidden in the surrounding hills.
Boddington is also home to the famous Boddington Bakehouse which serves up delicious treats including a range of gourmet pies. The local Café Wandoo and Boddington Hotel provide for those wishing to linger and enjoy a day in the country.
The town is surrounded by state forest making it ideal for hiking, camping and picnics. Walk trails, short and long, surround the town and offer you the opportunity to see a diverse range of flora and fauna and most importantly relax in the quiet landscapes. The Tullis Walk Trail is a 3 kilometer trail running along the river through jarrah and wandoo forests and passing features such as the old railway and historic Federal stone river crossing. It starts and ends at Tullis Bridge, an old wooden trestle railway bridge built in 1912.
Lion's Weir in Boddington is a favourite picnic and fishing spot on the banks of the river where the river has been dammed to provide a year-round haven for waterbirds and fish. A picnic area is provided on the banks of the river with a public BBQ and rotunda.
The Boddington Community Markets are held on the first Sunday of the month at the Old School Oval on Bannister Road, adjacent to the Hotham River and Memorial Gardens. The markets showcase local produce and services and also feature local artists and community groups. Lions Rodeo is the largest rodeo in the state run by the local Lions Club every November in Boddington.
The weekend has something in store for everyone including arts and craft exhibits, wine and cheese evenings, carnival rides and entertainment, Friday Night Music Festival, street parade and more!
The Shire of Wandering is a friendly focussed and nurturing community. Located just 30 minutes north-east of Boddington, Wandering is recognised for its quality wines and agricultural industries.
Wandering is also home to Tanglefoot Winery and Wandering Brook Estate, both of which offer wine tasting, cellar door sales and meals showcasing local produce. A number of early pioneer buildings remain in the main street of town including the Wandering Agricultural Hall, Original Shire Office, Old Post Office and the Anglican Church of St. Martins.
Pumphreys Bridge in Wandering, is a popular picnic spot, set next to the Hotham River and the near the historic homestead of John Pumphrey who settled in 1888. The town is also home to a number of early pioneer buildings and two cemetaries – remnants of past lives.
The rural community of Williams offers many attractions ranging from the Jesse Martin Museum and The Williams Woolshed to Dryandra Woodland and Williams Heritage Trail – all of which are supported by local hotels and cafes to enhance your stay.
Ye Old Quinndanning Inn is a must see for diners and music enthusiasts alike, often offering visitors live music on their green lawns alongside the Williams River. Explore and discover Marradong Country, a region that is rich with ancient heritage, warm and friendly communities, bountiful farms and endless forests. You're always welcome!