We decided for our stay, we would find a place in the town of Dalwallinu.

Dalwallinu is a town in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, located 248 km from Perth via the Great Northern Highway. Agriculture and supporting industries are the town’s primary economic activities. The town is also the first town on The Wildflower Way, a world-famous Western Australian tourist route which stretches north to Mullewa.

The name of the town comes from the Aboriginal word that means “place to wait a while” or possible “goodlands”. The first inhabitants of the area were nomadic and had no set boundaries and the area was mostly used for hunting and gathering. The Badima people lived in the northern areas of the shire and the Galamaia peoples inhabited the southern areas.

The site of the town was originally a station on the train line between Wongan Hills and Mullewa and was later officially gazetted in 1914.

The first Europeans to arrive were Benedictine monks who came from New Norcia to graze their sheep on the pastoral leases that they had taken up. The first settlers arrived, hoping to develop the lands for wheat, in 1907. The region was surveyed in 1909 and then opened for selection in 1910 with crops being planted shortly afterward.

 

The first welcome we got to Dalwallinu was this huntsman spider, seen as I dared go past it on my way to the ladies room.

Our first visit was to the train station.

Some of the town on the main street.

We found it humorous to see the town that promised to be the gateway to the Wildflowers of Western Australia, lined their streets with every day petunias.

A great picnic table and chairs idea.

John captures me at the post office, digging through my camera bag.

Another view of the post office.

A town surrounded by wheat, sheep and wildflowers
Located 248 km from Perth via the Great Northern Highway, Dalwallinu is a typical wheat belt settlement and is part of Western Australia’s famous ‘wildflower way’. The Dalwallinu Road Board was established in 1916.

We didn’t hang around long in the town, check in wasn’t for awhile, so we pushed north to see if we could find any wildflowers before we got to our rooms.