HEMA Map reference 76/G4
29° 41' 27" S 115° 53' 07" E
Yarra Yarra Lake, MacPherson's Homestead, Museum (Open Open Fridays 1.30pm – 5.)
Buildings of note
MacPherson homestead 1870s, Uniting church 1926, St. Andrews Church 1930.
Calendar of events
March: Wimbledon on the Wheatbelt. September: Agricultural show.
Day use area
Shop opposite the travellers rest area
This is another inland wheat and
sheep town. Duncan Macpherson and George
Slater took up leases in the area in 1861. James
Nairn appears to have been the first settler in the
area in 1866. (One source quotes the 1888 as the
settlement date but appears to be wrong.) Duncan
Macpherson and his family moved into the area in
1868 and named their property "Carnamah". It is
possible that this is a Gaelic word meaning 'cairn
of the cattle.' Another suggested possibility are
the Aboriginal words karna meaning fat and mah
In 1874 a telegraph station was established at the Macphearson homestead.
The Shire of Carnamah extends to the coast and access is possible at Coolimba, Gum Tree Bay and Illawong. The coast is popular with fishermen and bird watchers. Over 180 bird species have been identified including 17 seabird species that breed on the offshore islands.
Historic MacPherson's Homestead is
located just east of town and dates from 1869. It
took 5 years to complete the homestead which the
family used until 1939. Restoration of the house
began in 1979 and it was entered on the register of
the National Trust in 1993. Restoration took a long
time to complete but it finally opened to the public
The original homestead was used as a post and telegraph office and members of the family were appointed to undertake the work. In 1913 the functions were transferred to the railway station and later to a tin shed. It was not until 1932 that the current post office building was erected.
Lakes Lookout, just a kilometre from town, gives a view over Yarra Yarra lakes. These lakes are the western end of a salt lake system stretching east towards Yalgoo. A long time ago this was part of a large inland river system but changes in sea levels and rainfall mean the lakes now only fill after good winter rains. The main lake is 25 kilometres long and 9 kilometres wide.
There is an excellent day use area for travellers in town that has a large parking and turning area, a good shelter, BBQ, water and tables plus a toilet.