Walkaway

 

 

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GPS 28 56 22.53 S 114 48 17.55 E

 

 

 

 

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Geraldton

Greenough

Nearby Towns

Mingenew

 

 

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STATISTICS

Distance from Perth

395 Km

Population

287

Average Rainfall

527mm

Mean Max Temp

27.2C

Mean Min Temp

13.8C

 

SERVICES

Police

See Geraldton

Fire and Rescue

See Geraldton

Medical

See Geraldton

Visitor Centre

See Geraldton

 

CARAVAN PARKS

S Bend

08 9926 1072

 

HOTEL / MOTEL / B AND B

Walkaway Tavern

08 9926 1015

 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

 

 

link to Mingor.net website

 

DESCRIPTION

 

Walkaway is only 7km off the main highway from Geraldton to Perth and is often overlooked by travellers who are in a hurry to get to somewhere else. This is a shame because Walkaway is a lovely little town that has some historic buildings and an interesting railway museum that is open Tuesday - Friday from 10am to 4pm and from 1pm to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

There is a church, general store, tavern local hall and a primary school plus assorted other dwellings. It is worth the few minutes it takes to leave the main road (turn east at Greenough Village) and check out Walkaway.

Anyone familiar with this area is all too well aware of the constant westerly winds that seem to be always blowing across the Greenough Flats. It must have seemed like the ideal place to harness the power of the wind to generate electricity as two wind farms have been established and provide up to 162 megawatts of power.

A solar power generation station has also been built in the area and is expected to produce 40 megawatts of power when development is completed.

Ellendale Pool lies not far east of the town and is used for picnics and as a bush campsite. A fee is charged for camping and there is a time limit.

 

HISTORY

 

The name 'Walkaway' sounds like it may have originated from early settlers walking away from either their land or from larger centres to live here but in fact it is believed the name comes from the local Aboriginal dialect and was the name for a bend in the nearby Greenough River - 'Wagga wah'.

The railway came to the area in 1887 and by 1894 the town had been connected to Midland via a private line that extended the existing government railway.

 

 

TALL TALES AND TRUE

 

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ATTRACTIONS

 

Ellendale Pool, Station markets held on the first Sunday of the month, April to December.

 

BUILDINGS OF NOTE

 

Church, Local hall, Railway station.

 

ELECTORAL ZONES

 

State : Geraldton

Federal : Durack

 

OTHER INFO.

 

Postcode : 6528

Local Government : Geraldton Visitor Centre

 

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