Calingiri is the administrative centre of the Shire of Victoria Plains. Facilities in the town include shire office,
public library, sports ground, cemetery, primary school, church, general store and post office, and a tourist
information bay on the main street.
A number of the endangered Carnaby's black cockatoos inhabit the area and an area around the town has been classified as an
'Important Bird Area.'
While there isn't a great deal in the shire to attract tourists, it is a popular area during wildflowerr season and places
to look for wildflowers are, Rica Erikson Reserve, Old Plains Road Nature Reserve, Bolgart West Road and the Old Telegraph
The Calingiri caravan park is small but has excellent facilities. Bookings can be made through the Shire Office.
Other localities within the shire include
The town gets its name from Calingiri Waterhole that was recorded by a surveyor in 1903.
The spelling of the name has varied somewhat in the past with Calingtry, Kalingiri, The Washpool, Kalingary, Calingarra,
Calingtry, Calingiry, Kalingiry being some of the noted different spellings. The name originates with the Aboriginal
word for the diamond dove, 'Calingal'.
A formal proposal for a settlement was made in 1914 and the townsite was gazetted in 1917.
In March 1970 the area experienced an earthquake of 5.9 magnitude.
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BUILDINGS OF NOTE
State : Moore
Federal : Durack
Postcode : 6569
Local Government : Shire of Victoria Plains
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