Badgingarra

 

 

BADGINGARRA

 

HEMA Map reference 76/H4

 

GPS 30 23 24 S 115 50 23 E

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

205 Km

Population

less than 50

Average Rainfall

541mm

Mean Max Temp

25.9C

Mean Min Temp

11.8C

 

SERVICES

Police

See Jurien

Fire and Rescue

0429 203 936

Medical

See Jurien

Visitor Centre

08 9652 0800

 

CARAVAN PARKS

Badgingarra

08 9652 9034

 

HOTEL / MOTEL

Waddi Farm

 

08 9652 9071

Tavern

 

08 9652 9020

Coomallo Park

 

08 9652 6018

Amble-Inn

 

0429 652 401

Hi Vallee Farm

 

08 9652 3035

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

 

Booking.com

 

 

link to Mingor.net website

DESCRIPTION

 

Badgingarra is little more than a roadhouse, caravan park and tavern. The name originates (as with many towns) with the Aboriginal people who named a small pool in a river about 5km out of town. The name is said to mean "water by the manna gums". The name obviously came about before land clearing started as there appear to be precious few trees in the area today. The original spelling was Badjingarra.

 

In spring (August/September) the wildflowers grow in profusion in this area. Nature trails through the national parks attract visitors from all over. Farming did not reach the area until relatively recently so much of the large tracts of native wildflowers have remained undisturbed.

 

22km north west of the town is the Nyagarda Bird Park. It houses over 100 types of birds both domestic and imported. It also has a large shell collection. (Opening times: 9.00 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. seven days a week.)

 

South east of the town is the Waddi Emu Farm that breeds emus for the skin trade as well as planting and harvesting wildflowers. The farm has chalets and a caravan park as well as a swimming pool and restaurant.

 

In 1984 a nature trail was established and information on the trail can be obtained from the roadhouse. In 2013 the Badgingarra Natural Playground was opened next to the community centre.

 

In 2005 work began on the Emu Downs Wind Farm. The facility is made up of 48 wind turbines and it began producing power in 2006.

 

In 2010 a large bushfire damaged many farms and killed over 1,700 livestock. In 2012 the area suffered almost the opposite effect when 50mm of rain was dumped on the town in an hour and large falls of hail damaged crops.

 

HISTORY

 

The first Europeans to visit this area were Augustus Gregory and Francis Gregory in 1848. In 1877 Alexander Forrest led an expedition through the area and he was followed by Henry Lefroy in 1895.

 

A farm lease was taken up by William McNamara in 1894. McNamara bred horses for the Indian Army but there were few other settlers attracted to the area and even today it is largely undeveloped.

 

George Lang saw the potential of the area for farming and he worked hard to open the area up for selection but this did not occur until 1948.

 

The original town site was eventually abandoned and a new town developed as the Brand Highway reached the area. The site was gazetted in 1955.

 

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ATTRACTIONS

 

Badgingarra Nature Trail, Vern Westbrook Walk, Woolly Bush trail, Waddi Farm Wildflower and Emu Farm, Badgingarra National Park, Lang Lookout, Natural playground.

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

William McNamara's house.

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Moore

Federal : Durack

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6521

Local Government : Shire of Dandaragan

 

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