Wildflower bag

Wildflower tourism emerges

While locals had long admired the profusion of dazzling wildflowers which erupted around Dongara each spring, it wasn’t until the 1960s that wildflower tourism emerged. The Midland Railway Company started bus tours from Perth to ferry visitors to Dongara during wildflower season. The visitors would stroll amid the blooms, tuck flowers behind their ears and gather great armfuls of flowers as bouquets. Keen to cash in on the tourism, Midland Railway also sold souvenirs, such as this vinyl shoulder bag featuring an illustration of kangaroo paws and other wildflowers.

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Irwin Districts Historical Society and Russ Cottage

Old prison protects pioneering history

Wander through the old police house and court rooms which today house the vast Irwin Districts Historical Society collection and you can almost hear the click of chains which once bound prisoners here...


5 Waldeck St
Dongara WA 6525

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Mon to Sat 10am to 12pm

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