Historic Gems and Cultural Songlines

It’s easy to immerse yourself in Katanning’s rich history and culture, thanks to attractions that transport you back in time, and
interactive experiences that reveal the town’s unique mix of cultures.

The Premier Mill Hotel masterfully melds history and luxury together in one of WA’s best
bespoke hotel offerings. Stay within this beautifully restored flour mill, a historically
significant building that used to mill the region’s flour and once supplied the town with
electricity. Under its roof find remnants of its past – gantry arms and pully wheels, old
flour milling equipment and a large grain silo – and characters who love sharing tales of
how the building was brought back to life.
Katanning’s diverse background is showcased at the Lions Park, which is lined by 20 flag
poles featuring some of the nationalities that live in the town. See how many flags you
recognise and learn about the many countries that the town’s people hail from.
From the town’s founding father to long-neck turtles and Arabic scriptures – discover a
series of vivid artworks painted on walls and electric transformer boxes in Katanning’s
town centre.
Originally built in 1902 for Fredrick Henry Piesse, Kobeelya House later became a private
boarding school for young ladies from “well-to-do” families. The building is now used as
an accommodation and function centre, owned and operated by the Katanning Baptist
Katanning is one of many places in the South West Boojarah region that holds spiritual
significance to the Noongar people, playing an important part in the story of Mulka and
Djinda, the first spirit people of the Nyetting (cold time). This dreaming story reveals a
deep connection between dreaming and the place names of Katanning and other areas
in the region.
One of the largest galleries in the Great Southern, Katanning’s public art gallery presents
a number of exhibitions throughout the year. On show are works by local West Australian
and international artists.
Built in 1899, the former Katanning Government School is now a museum full of
interesting artefacts and quaint memorabilia that provide unique insight into Katanning’s
fascinating history.
Did you know there are more than 100 heritage-listed buildings and sites in Katanning?
From churches and homesteads, to hotels and power houses – these places offer an
insight into a town that claims to be home to many of Western Australia’s firsts.