Walk around the streets of Katanning and you’reconstantly slipping from the 21st century intothe mid-19th century and back again. The signsare there that this is an important and vigorousfarming centre, but then you turn a corner and see a graceful oldfamily home from colonial days that seems frozen in time.
When people first settled here they planned to stay a long while.You can see it in the many heritage buildings, such as the TownHall, the King George Hostel, Kobeelya andthe Old Roller Flour Mill.The Pochelli statue of Piesse, one of the town’sfounders, is in front of the Railway Station.
Katanning was originally known as Ke’tungupand was the junction of three Aboriginal tribal grounds long beforeEuropean settlement.
Katanning’s large Muslim community originatedfrom the Cocos and Christmas Islands. They have contributed tothe diversity of the community and maintain their unique culturalidentity by operating their own Mosque.
KOBEELYA is a stately home at the end ofClive Street and overlooks the township.Built in 1902 as a home for the Piessefamily, it became a private boardingschool for young ladies from well-todofamilies. It is currently used for religious meetings and hasaccommodation and a function centre. You can still hear the gigglesof past students on their way to the lovely little chapel. Strollaround or stay the night.
Katanning Historical Society Museum
The Katanning Historical Society Museum is located onRichardson and Taylor Streets. Open every Sunday.
The 1930's Wakes Garage
Somepeople never throw anything away and atWakes Garage on Richardson Street theykept everything. You’ll find a collection ofthings that ‘just might come in handy some time’. It was establishedin 1938 and has the only dirt floor left in WA. It is the home of thefirst rotary engine invented which sits on its original workbench.
Katanning Town Hall and Mechanics' Institute
The lowerfloor of this attractive building in Austral Terrace was completed in1897. It started public life as the Agriculture Hall and after extensiverenovations in 1928 it became known as the Town Hall. On the side,the Mechanics’ Institute rooms still operate and proudly house threelarge billiard tables.
Heritage Rose Garden
The Heritage Rose Garden is located opposite the Town Hall andincorporates a Noongar Time Walk, Malay mosaic, the PioneerWomen’s clock and roses dating back to 1830. This picturesquegarden offers visitors a place to relax with large slab benches and ashaded gazebo.
The Flour Mill
The Flour Mill was one of the town’s first major industries and was constructed close to the centre of the town in 1891 by brothers Frederick Henry Piesse and Charles Austin Piesse; this in turn encouraged the local farmers to grow wheat which was at the heart of the town's early economic success.
Most of the mill equipment is still in place, however is now closed due to redevelopment.
Katanning Agricultural Show
The Katanning Agricultural Show is held on the fourth Saturdayof October at the Katanning Leisure Centre. Sideshow alley,exhibitions, entertainment, and more! A fun day out for the family.
Katanning Harmony Festival
Katanning Harmony Festival celebrates diversity, communityparticipation, inclusiveness and respect for all the different culturesthat make Australia a great place to live in. The day featuresentertainment, food, art, activities, cooking shows, a multiculturalfashion parade and more. Held on the second Sunday of March eachyear, the Festival promises colour, culture and excitement.
Water-skiers, kayakers, sailors, swimmers,picnickers and birdwatchers alike will enjoy a visit to this 100 harecreation lake. Located 17 km east of Katanning on LangaweiraRoad, this lake has water for most of the year and is home to 95species of birds. Picnic and boating facility upgrades are currentlyunderway as part of a major restoration project being undertakenby the Katanning community.
Police Pools Nature Reserve
Avid bird watchers should head to the Police Pools in Twonkwillingup Nature Reserve. Originally it was a police outstation from 1863, the reserve hosts a rewarding walking trail through shady and peaceful bush, featuring a boardwalk and an abundance of wildlife.
The Badgebup Church
This exquisite St Peters Church is foundon the road between Katanning and Nyabing. It was built in 1922and heritage listed in 1996. It is well worth a stop to have a look andyou can even ring the old bell outside.
The Mini Steam Train and All Ages Playground
The Mini Steam Train and All Ages Playground is not to be missed. Thisunique playground is for all ages, including very big kids and comescomplete with a BBQ area. The Mini Steam Train chuffs around thepark on the second and fourth Sunday of every month.
Katanning Sale Yards
Experience a sheep sale until all stock is sold at the newly built Katanning Saleyards. Come and enjoy the largest undercover sheep saleyards in the southern hemisphere, while enjoying food from the onsite canteen.
Officially opened by WA Premier Colin Barnett, on 28 May 2014, the Saleyards houses 1,008 selling pens under a roof of more than 44,000sqm and is the only saleyards in Australia with water in the selling pens capable of trading 1.2 million sheep annually.