The Henry Jones building was constructed in 1911 and served as quite a shopping plaza of its time for the towns people to purchase just about anything they needed. There was also a bank and a bakery within the building complex. The bakers oven still exists.
Built in 1892, the local post office has been in operation for well over 100 years. Now upgraded, the post office also has a small stationary and gift shop included. You can also get your tourist information there.
The Imperial Hotel built between 1902 and 1905 is the local hangout. It has an open bar, video lounges, open fire places and a library with an extensive range of books as well as chess board games.
The Jones Building has been recently renovated. There has also been a two storey brick building added just beside the complex. Today the heritage building houses a popular restaurant with upmarket dishes which also provides a good selection of local wines to both try or buy. Closed on Mondays. Hours are Tues & Wed 10.00am – 5.00pm. Thurs – Sat 9.30am – late. Sunday 9.00am – 6.00pm. 08 9824 1513
Henry Jones built the two storey Federation style corner building and its six adjoining shops in India Street in 1911.
Its restoration has been a labour of love for Jim and Annabel Witham who also own Wadjekanup River Wines. From the cafe/wine bar they sell their wines as well as other local produce and artworks.
We had left the Stirling Ranges much earlier that morning and were in much need of a freshly brewed coffee.
The cafe sign said 'closed' but upon spotting us looking in the window the owners bid us to enter. They'd had a busy evening the night before and were still cleaning up.
We said we'd look around around while they warmed up the coffee perculator. Their coffee was hot, strong and very refreshing.
After our daily dose of caffeine I asked them about their Wadjekanup Wines. Normally they offer you a wine tasting but it was still too early for me so I purchased a couple of bottles of their recommendation.
It was some weeks after that I drank the wine and it was simply delicious. I knew that a work colleague was passing through Broomehill so I gave him money to buy me anoter half dozen bottles of wine ;~)
The town of Broomehill can be found 302kms south east of Perth and 20kms from Katanning. If travelling from Perth, take the Albany Hwy, left at Arthur River to Wagin and right onto the Great Southern Hwy. TransWA operat a bus service from Perth to Gnowangerup which passes through Broomehill once a week.