The old Police Station was the first in Dongara and was built in 1890 from local limestone. The building incorporated the courthouse, residence and gaol with walls 600mm thick and jarrah floors. The first case to be heard in the courtroom was in 1871 and the accused was fined 5 shillings for using foul language at a Dongara cricket ground.In the...more
The museum is located inside the old Police Station. Inside there are displays of local photos and memorabilia which depict early history of the area including shipwrecks off the coast. There are also records which go back to the Gregory brothers days in the area. There is also the old courtroom to take a look at. You can view the original cells...more
In the main street of Dongara you will see large Moreton Bay Fig trees lining either side of the road. The Fig trees were planted in 1906 in line with the town’s philosophy of ‘City Beautiful’ which was a time when the gold boom of the 1890’s was generating wealth in the area. In 2006 the town held a festival to celebrate a 100 years of these...more
This cute old building was once the Road Board Office which was built in 1910 of local stone. The single roomed office served the Road Board until 1958 when new offices were built. The Roads Board were formed in 1871 and local meetings were originally held in the courthouse. It served as their office until 1958 and is part of the heritage trail in...more
The cottage is supposed to be typical of a late 19th century yeoman’s cottage. Inside is a display of household implements and furnishings which have been donated by local residents of the area. The house is owned by the Shire of Irwin and is open on Sundays from 10.00am to 2.00pm. There is a small admission. There is no problem however walking...more
Russ Cottage is on the Heritage Walk. It was built in 1868 by Titus Russ out of local limestone. He was the son of immigrants Absolom and Clementina and moved to Dongara and married Caroline Wintle in 1864. He is said to have transported the limestone by wheelbarrow from the Irwin River which was some 400ms away where it was quarriedmore
The church was built in 1884 and has always been for church uses. It has been classified by the National Trust as well as being entered into the Register of the National Estate. It was constructed of simple stone with a high pitched roof which was styled in Victorian Gothic Revival style.more
A landmark in Dongara, this Victorian Gothic styled church was built in 1884 from local limestone. One significant feature is the church bell which is said to have come from the Fremantle Gaol. Its original use was to call ‘ticket-of-leave’ or curfew men to return to the gaol at night. The original pews of the church are supposed to be made from...more
The old mill was built in 1894 by Francis Pearse and is next to a new railway which connected the Dongara area to Perth. For its time, the mill was the most up-to-date in Western Australia. The flour which was ground by a steam-driven wheat grinder, was then sent away via rail to the Goldfields and northern towns of WA. The mill was closed in 1935...more
There are some 11 different walks you can take which travel between Dongara and Pt Denison. Along the way there are areas for picnicking and swimming. During the wildflower season, there are splashes of colour everywhere.There is plenty of wildlife to see along the banks of the Irwin River including Pelicans and Black Swansmore
This coffee shop and bookshop is right on Morton Tce with a huge Morton Bay Fig tree right outside its door. A nice spot to do a bit of people watching or just have a read of a good book. They offer breakfast and light snacks
I didn't see much in the way of nightlife except for maybe the owner of this van who obviously had high hopes :
If you want a lover I'll do anything you ask me to, and if you want another kind of love, I'll wear a mask for you. If you want a partner take my hand or if you want to strike me down in anger, here I stand, I'm your man. If you want a boxer I will step into the ring for you, If you want a driver, climb inside or if you want to take me for a ride, you know you can... I'm your man... 'Leonard Cohen - I'm Your Man'
In November each year Dongara holds the Larry Lobster festival. Along with concerts, there is a sky show, competitions and exhibitions. There is also a Blessing of the Fleet.