In the heart of Robertstown lies a unique garden interpreting the demarcation line between where rainfall has been reliable and where unreliable rainfall continues to prevail. During a severe drought in 1865, George Woodroffe Goyder plotted this line on a map based on the change of vegetation on both sides. The Goyder Interpretive Garden features these vegetation variations as well as the town's original railway sign and some old farm machinery and ploughs.
As you enter the garden, you'll be greeted by silhouettes of a German wagon and a steam train. You'll also notice a number of tiles that have been prepared by primary school children for the centenary of federation.
Walk straight in and head towards the information bay with the Robertstown sign. Here you can read all about the good old railway days and the three-hectare railway yard that has now become this dry land native garden.
The north-south pathway symbolising Goyder's Line
Continue walking and you'll see a north-south pathway dividing the garden into two areas of differing vegetation. And, yes, you've guessed it - the pathway symbolises Goyder's Line! Drier vegetation typifies the eastern side while wetter vegetation typifies the western side.
Eastern side with drier vegetation
Western side with wetter vegetation
Further along, you'll find old farm machinery and ploughs. Did you know that a horse-drawn single furrow plough was once used by council employees to make trenches for various purposes?
Old farm machinery
Single furrow plough
The garden is established and maintained entirely by members of the community. Many voluntary hours have been invested and it is hoped that these grounds will be enjoyed by all who visit. The garden can be found along Commercial Street near the town centre. Do drop by and check it out next time you're in the vicinity.