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Published December 28th 2017
Military History, Natural Attraction and Indigenous Culture
Whether you are travelling in the wheatbelt or just looking for a great stay a short distance from Perth, Merredin is an ideal location. A thriving country town, Merredin has many amenities including banks, visitors centre, museums, a well stocked IGA and plenty of picnic spots.
And there is a natural attraction that is not to be missed - Merredin Peak.
Situated nearby to the ruins of the WWII Australian General Hospital and a short drive from town is where you will find Merredin Peak - a single massive granite rock that is a cultural reserve as well as a special place for the Njaki Njaki aboriginal people.
Visitors to the area can see the remains of the Military Hospital with it's interpretative signage that tells you a bit about the history. Relocated from Tobruk in 1942, this location was chosen due to it's distance from the coast which meant Japanese planes couldn't reach it on a single tank of fuel.
It was only in use for less than a year but has left a fantastic tourist attraction.
Additionally due to access to water which we all know is so precious in Australia. As well as being connected to the Golden Pipeline an ingenious method was used to collect rainwater from the huge rock itself.
A stone wall and channel was built all the way around the rock so that rainwater could be collected in the dam and then pumped over to the hospital. Informative signs throughout the area give further details about how the rocks were collected and the use of the peak and dam.
There are several walk trails that are suitable for even younger explorers though there is no disabled access. Dogs are permitted in the area and there is even an RV area so if you are self sufficient (ie no tents) you can enjoy a 24 hour free stay.
It's a short walk along the channel wall and up the rock and once you reach the top you are rewarded with spectacular 360 degree views of the town of Merredin and surrounding landscape. At the very top you will find the remains of the reservoir used for the hospital as well as the footings used for the pipes.
Merredin Peak is a must see if you are in the area and will delight both history and nature buffs as well as those who enjoy a scenic walk.