A place of hidden gems, Wubin

Take a look at the history of grain handling in the Wheatbelt region with a visit to the Wubin Wheatbin Museum. You can learn how the wheat was collected and stored in the early days by viewing a collection of photographs and a fascinating display of farming machinery.

The Heritage Wheatbin Museum depicts Wubin’s grain growing history through pictorial photos and intricately crafted models, with the emphasis on bulk handling and displaying the machinery involved in this farming revolution.

The old Wheatbin sits side by side with today’s modern storage bins, and as you walk around the site you get a direct comparison between past and present day grain handling. Walk around the original 1930s Wheatbin where the museum is situated and compare its size and structure to the modern bins that are in operation today.

Drive through the region during the months of August and September for a memorable display of vibrant wildflowers. Make sure that you keep a close watch for the rare and unusual Leschenaultia wreath flower which is famous in the region.

You can park the car right next to the popular wildflowers spots. Then, you can walk along bush trails to examine the flowers closely. Stop and pause at the picturesque Wubin Rocks for a picnic lunch amongst the wildflowers.

The town of Wubin is located on the Great Northern Highway, and is a three hour drive north of Perth.

Note: The museum is open during the months of June – September from 10am – 3pm, 7 days per week (subject to volunteers). Please check the exact business hours with the Museum before you go.

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A rare opportunity to visit the NASA station in Mingenew

This April Mingenew will be showcasing its space sector with a unique event as part of the annual Shore leave Festival (April 27 – May 1).  A select few are invited to visit the WA Space Centre at Yarragadee for dinner under the stars, a guided astronomy session and a tour of the MOBLAS-5 Satellite Laser Ranging station tour.

Mingenew, which enjoys the Mid West’s stunning clear night skies and is home to several stargazing sites, has a long connection with the space industry which is not well known outside of space industry circles. This connection goes back to October 1979 when NASA first established a satellite laser ranging system in the Mid West.

Over time, this presence has grown, with Geoscience Australia taking on the management of the NASA facility, the Swedish Space Corporation and Capricorn Space also establishing satellite communication and ground control facilities in the area.

There are plenty of Satellite Laser Ranging stations around the world. But Yarragadee remains key to gathering geospatial information for the world’s scientists.

“We are the most productive station in the world. We collect more data than any other station using this fairly old school equipment,” says Sandy Jones, Assistant Manager at the Observatory. “We’re very lucky and proud of that fact.”

Whilst normally closed to visitors, as part of Shore Leave 2022, guests will be given a tour of the Laser Ranging facility to learn more about the Mid West’s contribution to the space sector and will also be treated to some guided stargazing and astronomy, as well as dinner under the stars.

Join us for a unique evening of stargazing and scientific discovery in Mingenew on Saturday 30th April from 6:00 – 9:30 pm. To book your ticket go to Shore Leave Festival.

See you in Mingenew!

All aboard for Shore Leave Festival

Geraldton is the seafood capital of Western Australia so what better place to host Shore Leave Festival! A four-day cuisine, culture and entertainment extravaganza guaranteed to satisfy all who have a love for seafood and fun.

Scheduled for Wednesday 27 April – Sunday 1 May 2022, this vibrant festival pays homage to the region’s rich maritime history and produce through an array of activities and entertainment.

Catering for a range of budgets with free art exhibitions, guided tours of the museum, dragon boat races and markets to a variety of ticketed dining experiences – Shore Leave Festival is an event not to be missed.

The crowning culinary experience of this celebration is the Abrolhos Long Table Lunch on East Wallabi Island.

Those out for culture as well as food and entertainment can look forward to a Smoking Ceremony and performances by the Wilinyu dancers and Yamatji Boys at the opening Welcome to Port.

Live music will be on show throughout the weekend at The Helm on the Geraldton Foreshore including the Midwest’s very own swashbuckling group Rum Jungle Sea Shanties!

So block out your calendar, bring your appetite as well as your thirst for adventure and we will see you in Geraldton for Shore Leave, the ultimate seafood festival.

For tickets and details check out shoreleavefestival.com.au