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Dandaragan - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located half way between Perth and Geraldton, Dandaragan is derived from the name of a watering hole, 9 km north of the present townsite, “Dandara Spring” and according to the local aboriginal language, means “good kangaroo” country.

Dandaragan is a diverse agricultural base community that include the traditional farming of sheep, cattle and cropping, and the current farming of wildflowers, forestry, yabbies, wine and olives. Other attractions include the historic sites of Wolba Wolba, St Annes Church and the old stock route to Moora.

Make Dandaragan your base to visit nearby towns of Cervantes (to see the The Pinnacles), Jurien Bay and historical New Norcia. There is also Waddi Farms (Emu & Wildflower Farm), Moora (The Heart of the Midlands) and Reagan’s Ford, as well as the spectacular wildflower displays.

Check out our listing of Dandaragan accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.
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Dandaragan Attractions

Cataby
A small township originally known as West Dandaragan, on the Brand Highway approximately 32 km north of Regan’s Ford and 160 km north of Perth. There is a refreshment stop of two roadhouses.
Dandaragan Post and Telegraph Office and Quarters
• Moora-Caro Rd, DANDARAGAN
Made from local stone and designed by the architect George Temple Pool, who was also responsible for some of Perth’s prominent buildings including the Central Railway Station.
Moore River
Named after George Fletcher Moore, the Swan River settler, explorer and foundation member of the colony’s Legislative Council in 1832, and later, its Advocate-General.
Regan’s Ford/Regan’s Ford Bridge
This is just the place to have that shady picnic on the bank of the Moore River and only 200 m from the Brand Highway.
Shire Office and Chambers
• Moora-Caro Rd, DANDARAGAN
Opened on 22 June, 1961 by the Minister for Local Government, LA Logan and is a good example of the architecture of its day.
St Anne’s Church
• Moora-Caro Rd, DANDARAGAN
Located south of the township is this Anglican church, constructed between 1885-1887, and named after May Anne Nairn, mother of Walter Padbury’s wife, Charlotte. Entry to the church is through a Gothic arch, constructed of local soap stone which came from ‘Kayanaba’, a nearby property. This stone was soft when first quarried, so the blocks could be easily sawn into shape. Hardening occurred after contact with the air.
Wolba Cottage (Aggie’s Cottage)
• ‘Wolba Wolba’, Badgingara Rd, DANDARAGAN
Used by the local historical and craft groups, this brick, stone and iron cottage was built around 1871 on land which was originally taken up by Thomas Jones.

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Dandaragan Distance

Distance to Dandaragan
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Dandaragan:
  Km
Carnarvon 727
Cervantes 95
• Gingin 155
Lancelin 176
  Km
Moora 30
• New Norcia 87
Perth 236
• Yanchep 245
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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