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Kukerin, Western Australia

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Experience Western Australia's country hospitality and pioneer Wheatbelt history in the old sandalwood cutter town of Kukerin. Visit the famous Rabbit Proof Fence, explore nearby Chinocup Nature Reserve and Lake Grace, then retire to Kukerin's original 1928 hotel for refreshments, outback-style. From Perth, it's a three hour and 45 minute road trip to Kukerin in the heart of the wheat belt, south east of the State's capital. Originally known as Merilup Spring, John Holland took up a pastoral lease of 9,000 acres and established a sandalwood depot here in the mid 1870s. Much of the surrounding area was then opened up by sandalwood cutters, including two gentlemen called Cooke and Ring, whose names are thought to be the inspiration for the town's modern name. On 7 September 1928, the Kukerin Hotel began trading and is still operating to this day. It's the ideal place for a meal and refreshments, or a bed for the night, if you're planning on exploring nearby Chinocup Nature Reserve and Lake Grace. Stop by the Shire office for directions, then head to the reserve for an outback bushwalking and nature spotting experience. You may be lucky enough to encounter some of its unique native wildlife, such as black gloved wallabies, brushtail possums and the tawny frogmouth. While you're exploring, visit the Rabbit Proof Fence, a pest exclusion fence constructed in the early 1900s to keep rabbits and other agricultural pests, from the east, out of Western Australian pastoral areas. Stretching from north of Yalgoo to Point Anne in the south, there are three fences covering a staggering 3,253 kilometres. In addition to the hotel in Kukerin, you'll find motel, hotel and caravan park accommodation in nearby Lake Grace.