Lake Grace Roadhouse and Accommodation
96 Stubbs Street, Lake Grace, WA 6353
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Lake Grace is a small town located 353 km south east of Perth. It is a typical wheatbelt township characterised by the inevitable grain silos, bulk loading facilities and single pub.

The first European to explore the area was the indomitable Surveyor General John Septimus Roe who passed through the area south of the present townsite in 1848 and named Mt Madden, the most prominent granite outcrop in the area.

Roe was on an expedition to survey and explore the south-east interior of Western Australia. He was accompanied by two soldiers from the 95th regiment, two members of the Surveyor General's Department, and an Aboriginal guide named Souper.

To gain some insight into the kind of experiences that Roe and his party must have had there has been an excellent brochure, the Roe Heritage Trail, produced which covers 23 km of the route he took in the last days of October 1848. The trail starts at Roe Hill near the Old Newdegate Road which is to the west of the main Ravensthorpe–Lake King road. It was here that Roe's party split with one half moving towards Lake King while the other half travelled towards Mt Madden.

The two groups joined up at the base of Mt Madden which Roe named after Dr Richard Madden, Western Australia's Colonial Secretary. Mt Madden is now a popular picnic location and the climb to the top of the outcrop, which is 386 m above sea level, is quite easy and affords excellent views over the surrounding countryside.

Roe's reports on the countryside he visited (he pushed further west on this journey and returned along the coast from Esperance) did not engender any great rush for settlement.

Even the establishment of Holland's Track from Broomehill to the goldfields in 1893 (the tracks made by the drays and wagons can still be seen between Lake Grace and Newdegate (ask for directions from the local Shire Office) could not encourage people to move into the area in significant numbers.

In 1909 the surveyor, F. S. Brockman, named Lake Grace after his wife, Grace Bussell. Shortly afterwards settlement occurred in the area but it wasn't until 1914 that Lake Grace got its own school. An Australian Inland Mission Hospital was built in the town in 1925 and around this time the tiny wheatbelt townships of Newdegate (1924), Varley (1928) and Lake King (1928) were established.


 

Things to see:

Lake Grace
The major attraction in the Lake Grace area (apart from Mt Madden) is Lake Grace itself. Part of an ancient river system which probably flowed more than 20 million years ago it was reduced to a lake about 5 million years ago and gradual silting made it into the shallow lake which exists today.

The clearing of the land around Lake Grace at the turn of the century has resulted in the whole area experiencing long term salinity problems as the water table rises to the surface bringing dissolved salts with it. Entry to Lake Grace township from Dumbleyung involves crossing a narrow causeway across the lake which offers an excellent opportunity to observe the level of salination in the lake.

The area around Lake Grace is noted for the variety of small mammals including the western mouse, white tailed dunnart, Mitchell's hopping mouse and the ashy-grey mouse.

Climate statistics for Lake Grace


Whilst in the area, stroll over to the water feature and colourful mosaics in the gardens of the Medical Centre. If you are in need of some inspiration have a look at our Historical Mural in the centre of town. The mural features women who in some way were pioneers of the district, from European settlement to the present. Panoramic views of our immense lake system can be seen from the Lake Grace Lookout, 12 kms west of town. Lake Grace is 50.5 kms long and up to 7.25 kms wide. It has been estimated that 19 million tonnes of gypsum lie under the salty surface. Lake Grace Lions Park at the eastern entry to town and Apex Park on the western outskirts are both ideal for rest breaks and picnics. There are also a number of small parks within the townsite.

Head out to the White Cliffs, an interesting geological feature and local picnic spot. Located 12 kms south of Lake Grace, the cliffs are a mixture of granite, quartz and soft white kaolin. The cliffs are on private property and can be viewed by appointment.

With larger than average nature reserves, you can picnic and walk in bushland heaths of native eucalypts, grevillea and banksia. Granite rock outcrops form a reliable water catchment and have a rugged beauty, with orchids blooming at their base in the springtime and hardy kunzia and verticordia in crevices on the top. Sit in a quiet spot and take in some bird-watching -- rainbow bee-eaters, colourful galahs and honeyeaters are all common. Expect to see and photograph a wonderful array of wildflowers. The best time for viewing is around September/October each year when the sand plains are transformed into a sea of colour. Times of flowering may vary due to rainfall and seasonal conditions. Some of our many species are rare or endangered so please don’t pick the wildflowers.

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