The town of Woodanilling was first gazetted in 1892, not far from the watering hole called Round Pool.
Woodanilling got its name from a spring in the nearby Boyerine Creek. Woodanilling is a Noongar Aboriginal word meaning place of little fishes.
The very first settlers came to the area looking for pastures on which to graze their sheep. Later, cutters poured into the district and decimated the sandalwood tree population.
In 1904 the railway station was the freight leader for the region, transporting mallet bark, sandalwood, grain, wool and goods for the local shops and businesses on the big old steam trains.
In the early 1900s, 800 people lived in the Shire, and the townsite boasted general stores, a hotel, banks, a hospital, a road board office, a post office, a bakery, a blacksmith’s shop and brickworks. Today the population is on the increase again and stands at about 420 people.
Historic Drive Trail
Take yourself on a discovery drive by following the Woodanilling Pioneer Heritage Trail. Large rocks with information plaques are dotted all over the Shire. Drive trail brochures are available from the Woodanilling General Store and the Shire council offices.
Woodanilling General Store & Post Office
Right in the centre of town the Woodanilling General Store has everything you need from fuel to snacks, even stamps for your post cards. Give them a call to find out opening hours (08) 9823 1523.
Woodanilling Heritage Walk
Opened in 2008, the Woodanilling Heritage Walk consists of 13 panels on a short walk around the townsite. There are old black and white photos on each panel together with all sorts of stories about our people and places. Heritage Walk colour guides are available at the Shire council offices.
Weddings, meetings and other social functions were held at the Kenmare Hall, located 15km west of Woodanilling town. Many a husband and wife have been picked out at dances here! The back section was used as a school from 1921 to 1944.
When you get to town, it’s probably a good idea to drop into the Woodanilling Tavern for a drink and a chat with some of the friendly locals. A few 'ghostly' stories haunt the history of this beautiful two-storey pub which is just over 100 years old.
Woodanilling Baptist Church
Renowned for travellingaround the Great Southern on his push bike, the late Reverend William Kennedy instigated the building of many churches in the region including the one in the Woodanilling townsite with its colourful stained-glass windows. Stone used to build the church was taken from a hill between Woodanilling and Boyerine to the north. Building work was completed in 1908 with the help of local labour.
Although the church has been decommissioned, the church can still be used with special permission form the Shire. The visitor’s book is an interesting read and we would love you to enrich it with your own comments.
Centenary Park & Prime Ministers' Walk
This is a great place to stop for a picnic with the kids. The park has a skateboard area, shaded playground equipment, free barbecue facilities, tables with benches, and large toilets. It’s smoke-free and has a safetyfence all around.
A tranquil picnic spot located on the Albany Highway, north of the Beaufort River Roadhouse. Appreciate the natural beauty of the water surrounded by paperbark trees.
Come and have a ball with your mates, sporting group or family on one of the three huge paintball fields, playing a variety of games. Catering for groups of 10 – 18 people. Why not make a booking next time you’re in Woodanilling. Open 7 days 9823 1067 or 0427 982 310
Target Woodanilling for an Archery Experience
Hitting the bullseye may be easier than you think under the expert tuition of State and National coach / judge Keith Schurmann. No experience necessary it’s for anyone between the ages 9 to 90 years. There’s even archery golf!
Situated right on the Great Southern Highway to the north side of the Woodanilling townsite. Open by appointment call 08 9823 1196 or 0407 389 792.
You will find this salt lake about 30 kms west of the Woodanilling townsite. In years of good rainfall, the locals head out to Queerearrup Lake with boats, water skis and canoes. A variety of birds visit during the year including black swans. There’s a barbecue and new toilets.