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Wundowie lies on the Great Eastern Highway (between El Caballo and Bakers Hill), and takes its name from nearby Woondowing Spring (which is an Aboriginal word thought to come from Ngwundow, meaning "to lie down").

Following the decision of the government to construct the blast furnace and wood distillation plant (to produce charcoal) in 1943 at Wundowie, plans were made to develop the townsite. Lots were surveyed in 1946 and the town was gazetted in 1947.

The design of the town was based on the concepts of the garden city movement of town planning. This is reflected in its street pattern, subdivision layout, location of land uses, open space and the civic core of the town. Construction of the town was by the Western Australian Department of Housing.

If you are in Wundowie, don’t miss the chance to snap some photos of the impressive Wundowie Foundry and experience the beautiful bushland walk trails.

Interesting Fact: In 2011, the Town of Wundowie was granted Heritage Status by The National Trust of Australia, more information on which can be found here.


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