Shire Map

Our Towns

Welcome to our wide open spaces, salt lakes and stars. Enjoy a leisurely stroll down the streets of a country town where everybody says hello.

Travel the open road and take your time to see both the natural and farming landscapes or venture off the beaten track to see our wildlife - kangaroos, emus, echidna, wedge-tail eagles and, if you’re lucky, the mallee fowl.

The area has a temperate climate and cool evening breezes in the summertime, so is ideal for travellers.

When in the lakes country you will find a range of accommodation, dining and touring options to suit your budget. If you need directions or tour ideas just ask the friendly locals.

 PUBLIC Silo Trail friends!

Brenton See's sky high silo art has been dazzling above the treetops in Newdegate since June, when the Western Australian artist finished the fifth mural in the trail.

This film, by Peacock Visuals, will make you feel as though you were there. Watch it here.

Over the past three years the PUBLIC Silo Trail has created murals on grain silos in Northam, Ravensthorpe, Merredin, Albany and Newdegate, and on public walls and transformer boxes throughout Katanning.

 

The shire stretches from Tarin Rock in the west to Hatters Hill in the east, and covers 9245 km2. The most notable features of the shire are the many natural shallow salt lakes - crystal white or beautiful shades of pink, green, tan and mauve. The lakes, rimmed by echidna and tall paperbark shrubs, host a unique range of flora and fauna.

 

Lake Grace

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Lake Grace is an attractive Wheatbelt town with a self-contained community of 548 people & is the commercial centre of the shire.

Newdegate

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Newdegate is a self-sufficient farming community which hosts one of the State's major agricultural events - Newdegate Machinery Field Days.

Lake King

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Travel east along the fascinating Lake King Causeway (the longest WA road built across a salt lake) as you cross 10 kms of salt lakes studded with natural scrub and wildflowers.

Varley

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Pack a picnic and travel a scenic landscape to the town of Varley. Get a great view of farmland - pale gold in the summer and vivid green in the spring - from Dempster Rock, just west of the town.

Pingaring

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Situated at the foot of a large granite rock, it is thought that the town's name may have been derived from the Noongar word 'pinjaa' which refers to areas of wet land, soakage or swamp as 'Pingaring Spring' is nearby.