Home to large Malay, Afghan and Chinese populations and the local Indigenous Noongar people as well as farm folk, Katanning is a rural cultural hotspot, offering many art exhibitions and a multicultural festival held in March each year, celebrating the food, art, music, dance and culture of Katanning’s residents.
All year round you can enjoy local produce and crafts at the monthly farmers’ market, or wander the streets and admire the Federation architecture and brick-built buildings; the original brickworks helped make the town a regional hub.
Katanning also boasts a rich colonial heritage dating back to its establishment at the end of the 19th century, when the arrival of the railway line made the town a focus for the region’s agricultural industry.
A visit to the Kodja Place Visitor and Interpretive Centre nearby Kojonup: a significant site for the local Indigenous people. Here, you can discover one of the oldest surviving cultures on Earth in stories by the campfire, as well as heartfelt accounts of hardship from some of the area’s first European settlers.
Wednesday morning at the sheep selling yards. If Merredin has the longest grain storage facilities in the southern hemisphere, then Katanning operates the largest undercover sheep selling complex. Housing 1008 pens equalling more than 44,000m² these yards are capable of trading up to 1.5million sheep annually.
Lake Ewlyamartup a great place for a lovely walk or picnic, as the area offers picnic facilities including bbq access. If the water level is high enough, there are opportunities to swim in the lake or even water ski.
For more information or to plan your trip please visit the Katanning Visitors Centre.