Watheroo

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Watheroo is a small town situated roughly half way between Perth and Geraldon on the scenic part of the Midlands road. 

Along with wheat and sheep farming, Watheroo grew up as a major stopover on the Perth-Geraldton railway line and at its peak the town bustled with line gangs and maintanence crews who worked in the railway complex.  The old locomotive station, which is one of only two left standing in Western Australia, and the railway station are all that remains of the siding which dates back to the 1980's.  Watheroo boasts one ofWatheroo 2 the best bush style golf courses in Western Australia, with a large population of resident kangaroos and cockatoos.  Sporting and community facilities, including primary school adn hall, are of the highest standard and local business provides a wide range of goods and services.  Watheroo offers a relaxed small town atmosphere with lots to see and do - especially during wildflower season.

The name Watheroo is derived from the Aboriginal word "WARDO" meaning 'a little bird', the Willy Wagtail, or "WARDORO", meaning 'water'.  This name was given to the spring of water which made this spot centre for man, bird and beast. About 1850 some of the venturesome people who had migrated to this colony came here and took up land as pastoral leases.

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