The Venue for Fibres West 2015 is MURESK INSTITUTE near NORTHAM, an easy 90 kms to the east of Perth CBD.
Muresk Institute is located in the heart of the south-west region of Western Australia, where the Avon Valley meets the Western Australian Wheatbelt. First established as an agricultural college in 1926, Muresk Institute offers modern-day conference facilities in a rural setting. The town of Northam is only 10 minutes away and offers a wide range of services and amenities, including five op-shops!
Muresk Institute provides an ideal venue for Fibres West 2015 as a place to become immersed in a week of textile activity.
Accommodation is single rooms throughout, in wings comprising on average ten rooms, a kitchenette, common area and shared bathroom facilities including provisions for disabled access. All linen and bedding is provided. There is ample parking space on site and tennis/squash courts are available for use.
Accommodation and all meals from Sunday evening July 2 to Saturday morning July 8 are included in the enrolment fee. Special diets are catered for on request. Smoking is only permitted in designated, outdoor areas.
TransWA operates Coach and Rail Services from Perth (East Perth Terminal) to Northam Station (journey time approximately 90 minutes); as at July 2016 prices are $20.50 full fare one way ($10.25 for WA senior or Transperth Student), and $41.00 ($20.50) return. Weekend services are available but somewhat limited so be sure to check details well ahead of time. Journey timetables can be downloaded at: http://www.transwa.wa.gov.au and bookings can be made on-line too. Phone inquiries: 1300 662 205.
As an example (based on July 2016 schedule), a coach from East Perth Terminal that departs on Sunday at 1:00PM reaches Northam at 2:26PM, duration 1 Hour 26 Minutes. Have a mobile phone with you to ring a cab from there or book one beforehand (see below). Saturday departure from Northam station to East Perth Terminal departs Northam at 12.12 pm and arrives into East Perth at 1.45 pm.
The number is 08 9622 2936 for Avon Valley Taxis in Northam. If you are arriving at Northam Station, we advise you to book your taxi ahead of time.
From the west (Perth): From Midland, take the Great Eastern Highway and head east. At Clackline, turn right on to Spencers Brook Road just after the Clackline bridge. Continue on this road for approximately 19 km. Go past the Spencers Brook Tavern, over the railway crossing and the Avon River bridge. Look for the Muresk Institute signpost and turn right into Muresk Drive.
From the north (Geraldton): Take Great Northern Highway to Moora and then the Piawaning turn off (18km south of Walebing). This road is called the Waddington-Wongan Hills Road. Once at Piawaning, turn right at the T junction and then take another right once over the railway line (you will then be heading south). From there you will pass through Yerecoin, Calingiri, Bolgart, Toodyay and Clackline. Drive another 19 km (after turning left at the Clackline T junction), passing through Spencers Brook. After the railway line and bridge make a sharp right turn into Muresk Institute.
From the south (Albany): Travel to York township, making sure to turn left off the main road, go over the river and into the town centre. Turn right onto the main street and keep going north. This road will become the Spencers Brook-York Road. At Spencers Brook there is a T junction, turn right, go over the bridge and then turn right into Muresk Institute.
From the east (Merredin): Take Great Eastern Highway to Northam. Turn right on to Peel Terrace. Look out for Wellington Street on the left (just opposite the entrance to the railway station).
Wellington Street runs parallel to the town’s main street and becomes Spencers Brook Road, which leads to Muresk. The turn into Muresk Institute will be on a bend to the left, before the township of Spencers Brook.