The Narrogin Tourism Strategy was commissioned by the Shire of Narrogin to map out a pathway to sustainable tourism experiences that provide a compelling reason for people to visit and stay (longer) in Narrogin.

Narrogin’s key advantages relate to people, nature and heritage. It is also only a short, easily accessible drive from Perth and the Shire can capitalise on the fact there is currently a renaissance towards regional, short breaks from city life where people can re-engage with nature. 

The current majority of visitors to Narrogin are young males travelling alone for business purposes. They are unlikely to seek out tourism related activities whilst here. Instead the tourism strategy recommends targeting the self-drive touring market. This includes those travelling with caravans/campers and covers a wide demographic including families, grey nomads and backpackers. This means the caravan park and farm stay accommodations are the most popular.

It is recommended all strategies used to increase tourism flow from one big idea or Narrogin brand promise. The following strategies are recommended in the report from easiest/most likely to implement to most challenging.

  1. Conduct a Visitor Information Services Review

Transition towards to predominately online delivery of tourist information, though an online, tourism destination promotional strategy, which incorporates an outstanding, all-things encompassing tourism website, providing digitally based visitor information

  1. Enhance Narrogin’s Natural Experiences

Ie. Dryandra Woodland, Foxes Lair, Yilliminning Rock etc. Enhance with quality interpretive signage and wayfinding.

  1. Farmer for a Day

Provide opportunities for visitor to immerse themselves in country life including a Farmers Market

  1. Identify and cater for Niche Visitor Interests

These could include wildflowers, bird spotting, walk and mountain bike trails

  1. Connect Visitors with Narrogin’s Heritage and Aboriginal Culture

Interpretive Tours and cultural activities at appropriate locations

  1. Encourage the Development of Experiential Accommodation Options

Farm-stay, caravanning, camping (possibly glamping)

  1. Develop and promote escorted and self-guided tours

This could include art, photography, astronomy and gliding

  1. Strengthen linkages with Industry Networks and Complimentary Destinations

Improve tourism network linkages with Tourism WA, Australia’s Golden Outback and the towns and tourism attractions in the Southern Wheatbelt

  1. Leverage Events to Attract New Visitors

The Tourism Strategy will be put to the community for public comment.

The Shire of Narrogin is also working on becoming an Astro Tourism Town. This means that the Stargazers Club WA will promote the WA towns involved as world-class tourism destinations for stargazing and astronomy. Many local communities across country and outback Western Australia are creating welcoming dark sky places where stargazing is considered spectacular.