Katanning Travel Guide

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Katanning Things to Do

  • Katanning Mosque

    Out on Andrews road you are surprised by the sight of a Mosque. There is a large Muslim community living in Katanning, most of the early community originated from the Christmas and Cocos Islands. They built the mosque in 1980 and it was opened in 1981 by Tunku Abdul Rahman. Today there are around 350 in the Muslim community living in Katanning.

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  • The Tourist Office

    Some of the pieces of machinery on display are a Ribbon Mixer, Plansifters, Dust Collectors, bucket elevators and bucket elevators. The Flour Mill closed in 1977 and today the old mill is largely used as a tourist office and a museum which is open from Monday to Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm and Saturday 10.00am – Noon.

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  • Milling Machinery

    Much of the milling machinery is still intact and in original condition making it quite unique in Western Australia. It is thought to show promise as being a prime site for teaching of turn of the century milling practices in the state.

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  • Roller Flour Mill

    The old flour mill along with the railway, had a major role in the development of Katanning and the agricultural areas surrounding the town. Built in 1891 of English bond red brick, it originally took up 3 acres close to the rail site for the off loading of grain and incorporated the store, offices, the mill and blacksmith shop and a large...

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  • Kobeelya

    Kobeelya was once the Piesse family mansion. It was built by FH Piesse in 1902 during the town’s early years and therefore was quite a grand structure in the small farming town. It had 7 bedrooms, hot and cold running water, a ballroom and billiard room with a croquet field and tennis courts laid out on the grounds. The Baptist Union of Western...

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  • Old Winery Ruins

    Out on Andrews Road by the Mosque are the ruins of an old winery. The property, complete with its vats, tanks and handmade brick building, are what is left of the original winery which was built by A.E. Piesse in 1904. The Piesse family owned vineyards from where the grapes came from some 10,000 vines. When the winery was closed, much of the wine...

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  • Royal Exchange Hotel

    The Royal Exchange Hotel was built in 1891 and was originally known as The Railway. The hotel offers some accommodation. There is a dining room and beer garden. Oscars Café is in the Royal Exchange Hotel.

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  • Bank Buildings

    One of the heritage listed buildings in Katanning is the Bank Building built in 1900 on the site of Beecks Saddlery. It was made up of a Banking area, and the Bank Manager’s residence.

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  • Park

    There is a little park opposite the Shire Offices and Town Hall which was created by the Townscape Committee of Katanning. Many of the plants featured are from in the turn of the century. Within the park is a heritage rose garden, the Pioneer Women’s Clock, a migrant community sculpture, Noongar Time Walk, seats and tables, a pioneer memorial walk...

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  • Uniting Church

    The Uniting church is unique in that the tall spire clad in zinc and crenellated tower are the only known example of its kind. The church itself is styled Federation Gothic.

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  • ANZ Building

    The ANZ building was original built in 1911 for the Union Bank of Australasia and is heritage listed. Prominent architects Hobbs, Smith and Forbes were responsible for many notable buildings in Western Australia including this bank. Despite several renovations, the building continued to serve the town as a bank.

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  • Historical Museum

    The Historical Museum is housed in what was the town’s first government school. The school opened in 1896. On display is a display of artifacts and memorabilia which relate to the early years of the town. The museum is open from 2.00pm to 4.00pm on Sundays.

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  • St Ritas Convent /Reidy House

    Built in 1930 in an architectural style described as Inter-War Romanesque. The building was originally constructed as St Rita’s Boarding School, then becoming a convent for the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions. It was later converted to a youth hostel and today houses numerous community groups.

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  • Town Hall

    The Town Hall was placed on the State Register of historical places in 2000. It was built in 1896 after Piesse donated some 10,000 bricks to its construction. The buildings of the Town Hall include the Mechanics Institute, Shire Offices and the Agricultural Hall. The Town Hall was the civic and cultural centre of the small town.

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  • Post Office

    The Post Office in Katanning is heritage listed. It was built in 1913 in a Federation style. Built on the site of the original post office which opened at the time of the Great Southern Railway Line coming through the town. A telephone exchange was added in 1907.

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  • Railway Station

    The railway station was built in 1889 with the first passenger train running from Perth to Albany passing through Katanning the same year. The building was designed by George Temple Pool.

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  • Public Library & Art Gallery

    The library and Art Gallery was built in 1999. The Art Gallery displays art collections from local artists as well as students from the TAFE college. International artists also have a change to exhibit their works.

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  • Frederick Piesse Statue

    Frederick Henry Piesse was the founder of Katanning. For 23 years he was the representative of the Williams and Katanning Districts in WA’s Legislative Assembly. He was also Minister for Railways and the Director of Public Works. This statue was erected in recognition of his valuable services both to the district and to the State of Western...

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  • Pioneer Women's Memorial Clock

    The memorial clock was erected in March 1968 and unveiled by Sister Grover. It was dedicated to the Pioneer Women of the area.

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  • St Andrews

    St. Andrew's Church was built 9 years after the founding of the town in 1898. The church and hall was the second church to be built in Katanning and today is the oldest remaining church in the town. The land for the church was given in 1891.

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  • F & C Piesse Building

    Piesse was an important founding person in the origins of Katanning. He was responsible for building just about every building between the statue which was erected in his honour and the Mill. The building complex which was erected in Austral Tce is now a shopping complex which was originally built in 1901 as a department store. The bricks for the...

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Katanning Restaurants

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    by keeweechic Written Jul 27, 2009

    The original Katanning Hotel was built by the Piesse Bros in 1889 but burned to the ground in 1897 and a new hotel was built in 1898 and called the Unit Hotel. The Katz Restaurant in the hotel is a la carte and is open for dinner serving anything from racks of lamb to Hokkien noodles Mon - Sat. There is also a children’s menu.

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Katanning Transportation

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    by keeweechic Written Jul 28, 2009

    Katanning is around 277kms from Perth, 40kms from Kojonup, 49kms from Gowangerup and 171kms from Albany – right in the heart of WA’s Great Southern region. TransWA had a bus service six days a week which runs from both Perth and Albany.

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Katanning Local Customs

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    by keeweechic Written Jul 28, 2009

    Katanning enjoys warm to hot summers which are mostly dry. January I s the hottest month averaging around 30C. Winter is usually wet with an average rainfall of 486mm falling between May to August. July is the coldest month and only averages around 14C.

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