Rural service centre which has grown into a tourist destination on the route to New Norcia.
Located 87 km north of Perth, Bindoon is a tiny settlement servicing a predominantly cattle, sheep and fruit growing area. It was one of the first areas outside of Perth to be settled. As early as 1836 the Chittering valley had been explored by George Fletcher Moore who returned and settled in the district in 1841.
The first European settler in the area named his property (the ruins of the original homestead can still be seen north of the town - ask at the Chittering Tourist Promotion Centre or at the Bindoon Hotel for directions) Bindoon which is thought to be the local Aboriginal word for 'a place where yams grow'.
The early pioneers eked a simple living from the land by growing fruit and vegetables and raising a few head of cattle and sheep. There was no real development of the area and transportation between Bindoon and Perth was slow and unreliable.
The development of the village was so slow that even by the 1950s there was really nothing more than a post office, garage and general store.
Bindoon's proximity to Perth and its location en route between Perth and New Norcia have ensured that in recent times the district has seen a dramatic expansion of tourism.
Things to see:
There is a herb farm, a maze, the Golden Grove citrus orchard which sells fresh juice and jams, a small winery, a commercial rose garden, a commercial marron farm and a pottery. Details of all these attractions are available at the Chittering Tourist Promotion Centre in the town's Post Office or telephone (08) 9576 1100.
Claremont and the Holy Trinity Church
Of historical interest are Claremont, a home built in the 1860s, which was used as a halfway house by the monks at New Norcia who passed through the area on their way to and from Perth, and the Holy Trinity Church, south of the village, which was built in 1886 for less than £100. It is a fine example of rustic architecture with all the timbers being either pitsawn or hand-dressed with an adze and the stones being hauled by voluntary labour and laid by a local stonemason.
Like so much of the Lower West, Bindoon comes alive with spectacular displays of wildflowers in the spring. It also has significant stands of marri and jarrah on the hilltops around the town.