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Attractions around Mullewa

De Grey Stock Route

Commencing at the mouth of the de Grey River, approximately 70km north-east of Port Hedland and finishing at Mullewa, the De Grey stock Route features picturesque and ideal picnic and barbecue spots for travellers.

In 1905 the network of northern and eastern stock routes, used to move stock from the Kimberley in the far north to Perth became gazetted as A Class Reserves. The route marked by Perkins No 2 Government Well, White Government Well and Woodenooka Government Well became known as the De Grey Mullewa Stock Route, number 9701.

7kms east from Mullewa, off the Mullewa-Carnarvon Rd, the natural waterfall is an ideal feature of the Stock Route in which to picnic, with a shaded parking area and barbeque facilities.

The waterfall is formed by a pool which fills from runoff flowing down the creek bed and over the ledge of laterite rock after rains. The supply remains fresh during winter and was used as a resting and water place on the stock route. In the early period travellers went from Waterfall to Wooderarrung Spring and Well and the bush yards (made of Scrub laid on the ground to form walls), which were used along the routes to hold mobs of sheep at night. Salt bush and sandfire species grow along the creek and Flannel Bush, Mulla Mulla and everlastings flowers in abundance during the wildflower season.

Butterabby Graves

For over 100 years Butterabby Graves remained on remote pastoral land, 17kms south of Mullewa, virtually unknown to the rest of the country.

Yet its story is one of such significance to Western Australians, that the site has been listed in the State Register of Heritage Places.

The historic gravesite was the scene of a bloody 1864 conflict between pastoralist James Rudd and five aboriginal men executed for killing him, Wangayakoo, Yourmacarra, Garder, Charlacarra and Williacarra.

The deaths followed a classic conflict over limited food and water resources. Violence was inevitable and two white men, one of them Rudd, were killed. The five aboriginal men were arrested, sent to Perth for trial, found guilty and sentenced to death. They were taken back to Butterabby and hanged near the scene of the crime as an example to other tribesmen.

Butterabby is representative of many sites, recorded and unrecorded, where conflict occurred due to the displacement of Aboriginal people from their traditional lands through the establishment of agricultural and pastoral properties. Today Butterabby Graves is highly valued by the Mullewa community. It is also recognised by Aboriginal communities through their oral tradition as a site where five of their people were executed and is listed in the Aboriginal Heritage sites register.

Butterabby Graves is one of about 2,000 lonely graves in Western Australia.

Tenindewa Siding and Pioneer Well

Tenindewa is usually the first area in the Mullewa region to have showings of wildflowers in bloom. The tiny siding of Tenindewa is located 18kms from Mullewa along the Geraldton/Mt Magnet Road.

The Tenindewa store and stock yards are all that remains from a busy siding in the early 1900's that contained five railway workers houses, a wheat bin and goods shed.

A further two kilometres north of the siding on the Yuna/Tenindewa Road, situated on the boundary of Woolya Reserve, you will find the Tenindewa Pioneer Well site.

For those who enjoy bush walking, Tenindewa Pioneer Well has a number of short walks that offer picturesque scenery of wildflowers in bloom between July and September. One path includes a stone footway across a small creek that, in the winter months, was used by school children who attended the Tenindewa school, to avoid slipping in the clay of the creek bed. A plaque and picture of school children now stand where the school was erected.

Bird Watching Around Mullewa

The Mullewa region provides a wide range of habitats for the nature lover to visit - wildflowers, marsupials, natural features and over 140 species of birds have been recorded in this eucalypt-mulga transition zone.

Click here to download a copy of the bird-watching brochure.