Our Towns


The Shire of Kondinin has three towns within its boundary - Kondinin, Karlgarin and Hyden and the population of the Shire is approximately 1,400 people.

The main activities within the Shire is Grain Growing (Wheat, Canola, Peas, Lupins, Barley and Hay), Sheep, Cattle Feedlots, Tourism, Mining – (high grade Nickel sulphides, Gold and Lithium – although the last two commodities aren’t being currently mined they are being actively explored).


Interesting places to visit are the Kondinin Lake, John Septimus Roe Heritage Trail, Woorkakanin Rock, enjoy a stroll through natural woodlands on the Kondinin Bush Walk or head out to Yeerakine Rock for a picnic or to walk the trails through the beautiful bushland.

Kondinin was first settled in 1909 and then surveyed in 1910 where it was selected as an area for early pioneer farmers. At this time, the red fertile loam soils were highly sought after by the pioneers for growing crops. Today, Kondinin still plays a significant role in the state’s agricultural industry.


Karlgarin is a small and proud Wheatbelt town to a community of 93 people. A small traditional farming town, most of the farmers trade in sheep, cattle, wheat, oat, canola, barley and lupins.

The main hub of the community is the Karlgarin Country Club, established in 1953. Located on Foundation Street, the Country Club only opens Thursdays and Friday nights and sells food and a range of drinks. In 2015 Karlgarin welcomed a new cafe and art gallery at the old CWA building. Pamela Jay Expressions is open Sundays and public holidays. 


Hyden is bush living at its best! More than 150,000 tourists visit Hyden every year to enjoy the granite attraction of Wave Rock and also other remarkable granite outcrops including Mulka’s Cave and The Humps.

Hyden also has other attractions and fun activities to do such as swimming in the salt pool at the Wave Rock Resort to checking out the statute artwork in town. For those chasing a bit of colour, August to October is the best time of the year to catch the wildflowers in full bloom.

Whats on in Kondinin

Kondinin Art Exhibition

Annually held in October
Run by the Kondinin Artists’ Group, the Kondinin Art Exhibition is held annually on the second weekend of October. The exhibition is openf for a week and showcases a high calibre of art work from across the State in various mediums. The Shire Acquisition Prize is valued at $7,500 and with individual medium winners taking home prize money of up to $11,800. Opening night is held at the Kondinin Town Hall.

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