Things to See and Do in Merredin
As a large regional centre, Merredin
offers visitors plenty of things to see and do while in town. It boasts attractive wildflowers (when in season) as well as beautifully preserved heritage buildings. Walking around town will lead you to the Merredin Courthouse, Town Hall and Cummins Theatre
. The heritage-listed theatre was built using bricks from Coolgardie's demolished hotels and the pressed metal ceiling from Tivoli Theatre. Its inside is just as charming as its outside, so do plan your visit to coincide with one of the many theatrical and musical performances held here.
In the museum precinct, be sure to visit both the Railway and Military Museums as well as the historic water tower. Among other displays, you'll find a 95-lever signal tower that operated the rail system and an 1897 locomotive that hauled the Kalgoorlie Express. A collection of war memorabilia, uniforms, vehicles and equipment including the former RAAF and Army Aviation Iroquois UH-1H helicopter awaits too.
For those who weren't aware, Merredin and the surrounding wheatbelt region played a significant role in our country's defence preparation for World War II. Several sites such as the RAAF No 10 Store Depot with its igloo-shaped hangars can be viewed from the roadside. Believe it or not, sheets of tin camouflaged the hangars to look like a salt lake from the sky! The remains of a once-active army hospital can also be found in native bushland near Merredin Peak
. Walking to the top of the area's highest peak might interest hikers with a moderate level of fitness.
Lastly, Merredin is home to one of the largest and longest grain storage bins in the southern hemisphere. The facility has been operating since 1966 and is capable of storing up to 600,000 tonnes of grain. Its sheer enormity is rather impressive, not to mention the artwork
across four of its 35-metre-high silos. Western Australian street artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers used 200 litres of paint to transform the silos into a giant mural. The artwork tells the story of Merredin through colours (natural environment), abstract forms and figures (diverse community), and symbols (landforms and agricultural history). It is part of FORM's PUBLIC Silo Trail.
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