The Shire of Chapman Valley is home to a wide range of unique attractions to suit all ages.

Whatever has brought you to our Valley of Charm, be it a holiday, weekend drive or just passing through, we are sure you’ll find something here for everyone.


As the Chapman Valley Shire covers a vast area there is a huge diversity in wildflower species. The following list includes some of the many places to stop and view our magnificent wildflowers during wildflower season [between the end of August and beginning of September]

Opposite Bella Vista turn off on the Nanson Howatharra Road

Halfway between Nanson and Nabawa is the Nabawa Yetna Road. Some fascinating flowers can be seen along this road.

The Naraling Hall is a pleasant place to stop and discover a blanket of flowers.

Nolba Road and the Old Nolba Stock Route are also worth a look

The Wandana Reserve has a large variety of wildflowers. An access point is Wandana Road, slightly east of Yuna.

Channel 9's Garden Guru's showcased Chapman Valley with this fantastic clip on wildflowers in the Midwest.

Watch the video on YouTube


Bird Watching

With over 200 species of birds within the Shire, there are many places to catch a glimpse or photograph species such as Ospreys at Coronation Beach, the endangered Black Carnaby Cockatoo at Nukara, Black Swans and Mountain Ducks at Noondamurra Pool. Rare Mallee Fowl can also be found in the Wandana Reserve east of Yuna.


If fishing excites you, Coronation Beach is a popular spot for amateur fishermen and crayfishermen. Fish from the beach or boat.

Surfing and Windsurfing

Coronation Beach is internationally renowned for windsurfing all year round. With cross onshore winds, Coronation Beach is one of the world's best locations for wave jumping and well worth a look.

Coronation Fishing         

Moresby Ranges

The Moresby Ranges are an ancient landscape feature, formed some 50 million years ago and their unique shape makes for interesting viewing. A fantastic view of the ranges can be seen from Mills Lookout on Chapman Valley Road.

Moresby Ranges

Chapman Valley Museum

Located in the heart of the Nanson Hamlet the Chapman Valley Museum is a treasure even visiting anthropologists cannot resist. The Museum is home to an impressive display of old farm machinery, vehicles, local history and photos brought to you by the Chapman Valley Historical Society. The Chapman Valley Historical Society is a community group dedicated to preserving and promoting our local history, which includes local pioneers, railway and mining. Treat yourself to a visit at the Chapman Valley Museum, you’ll be surprised by what you’ll discover. 

Chapman Valley Museum, Nanson

Photo courtesy of Explored Vision of GD - Greg Davis

Historic Churches

Chapman Valley is also home to some beautiful historic Churches, including one designed by Monsignor Hawes, which is featured in a Monsignor Hawes trails guide []. To find out more about our Churches and other historic buildings please contact the Shire on 9920 5011

Nanson Catholic Church

Photo courtesy of Explored Vision of GD - Greg Davis