Slater Homestead

Step back in time at historic Slater Homestead for a taste of pioneering life in the Western Australian wheatbelt, admire the surrounding agricultural landscapes, relax and watch the birds of Slater Homestead, dine in the tearoom and/or stay in the quaint accommodation.

Slater Homestead has been home to a few local weddings in recent years with both the ceremonies and receptions being held at the venue. It is the perfect location for couples looking for that perfect country back drop. The Homesteads also hosts many functions from graduation dinners to corporate events.

History

George Slater, the first European settler in Goomalling, built the Slater Homestead in 1856 on a pastoral lease. He expanded his pastoral interests and bred remount horses for the Indian Army. Slater employed convicts to assist in the development of the property and engaged a school teacher to provide education for his children and others in the district, and built a school room and teacher accommodation.

From 1888, to cater for the growing number of travellers trekking to the Yilgarn goldfields, Slater Homestead became a wayside inn, providing refreshments and hay to explorers, surveyors and travellers. It was a retreat for explorer John Forrest who set out on some of his expeditions from here and was a stop off for Bayley and Ford who discovered gold in Coolgardie.

Australian Creatures Art Gallery

The School Master’s Residence at Slater Homestead provides a perfect setting for the Australian Creatures Art Gallery. Here you can marvel at some stunning wildlife photographs that superbly capture the diversity and uniqueness of Australia’s fauna. Janine Guenther is the multi-talented artist responsible for this small but remarkable piece of work.

In the adjacent souvenir shop, you can browse through a wide range of gifts such as postcards, tea towels, booklets and books all dedicated to Australia’s wildlife.

Australian Creatures Art Gallery at Slater Homestead, Goomalling WA, from 3 May 2013

Location

Slater Homestead is 2km north east of Goomalling on the Goomalling-Wyalkatchem Rd.

Opening hours

Open every Saturday and Sunday from April until October from 10am to 4pm and at other times by appointment. Devonshire teas, homemade cakes and light lunches are served in Mary’s Tearoom, with Lavazza Blue coffee and a selection of quality teas.

Reservations are appreciated for larger groups and bookings are essential for accommodation at the homestead; please phone Wendy on 0429 468 763.

More information

Please contact the Shire of Goomalling on 9629 1101 or email Wendy on wendywill@bigpond.com if you would like more information about Slater Homestead.

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