The Painted Sheep of Northampton WA: Wool Ewe Visit?

Several hours north of Perth, is the town of Northampton WA, which is dotted with painted fibre-glass sheep statues. Read more about the Northampton sheep and the town’s ‘Ewe-Turn’ festival below.

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More creative ways to craft a sheep.

Drive through Australia long enough and you’ll see any amount of bizarre things.

This was no exception on a recent road trip in Western Australia, where we drove through the town of Northampton, which is forty mins from Geraldton and over 5 hours north of Perth.

Northampton WA: The Sheep and Several Baaaa’d Puns

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The sign outside the local IGA.

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Day of the Dead sheep.

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If you’re baaaa’d this sheep may arrest you (puns are only going to get worse from here on in).

Dotted around the main street of the town and beyond, are many brightly coloured, fibre-glass sheep.

If we hadn’t been on such a tight schedule to get to the Principality of Hutt River before it closed, I would have screamed “chuck an ewe turn!”

Read more: 17 Weird Facts About Perth and WA

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The main street of Northampton.

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This is my favourite of all the sheep.

Fortunately, we were to drive through the town on the way back south to Perth and took the opportunity to get out, grab a bite to eat for brekky and stretch our legs.

The sheep are just about everywhere and it’s quite fun to walk around the town, snapping photos and observing the fun that locals have had with puns and placement.

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A very Aussie scene.

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What a fancy ewe.

Turns out the sheep are a result of a town festival held in 2018, called ‘Ewe Turn’.

Artists and representatives of community groups, local businesses and organisations had got together to paint the sheep.

There was then a public vote, with a winner chosen. Here’s last year’s victorious sheep, named “Ulurewe”.

Read more: Small Towns in Australia Worth Visiting

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The town’s arts centre.

If ewe too want to check out these sheep, there is an official walking trail you can follow. Maps are available from the Visitors Centre, or any local businesses.

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These sheep look almost plain in comparison!

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A very well-dressed sheep.

Why sheep, specifically?

Simply because sheep farming is an important part of the local economy. What better to pay tribute to and look to for further financing, than the industry that has helped keep this small town afloat for so long?

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It’s not just sheep – there are painted working dogs, too!

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Off we go to the baa-ba.

If you’re in the area (or want to be!) there’ll be a “1st Birthday Party” for the Northampton sheep on Saturday, the 6th of July.

There’s also a Junk Art Sheep Competition, where sheep have to be made out of entirely recycled products. Check out last year’s winner below.

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Last year’s Junk Art winner is proudly displayed in town.

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Looking back towards Northampton.

I’ve “herd” many say Australia’s small towns are dying. Maybe, but the more I travel, the clearer it is that they’re not going down without a fight.

Have ewe visited the town of Northampton WA and seen its painted sheep?

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LC can often be found nursing a cup of green tea, with her head in a book. She is a writer, video editor and professional cheese eater. Her life's aspiration is to one day live on a farm in Tasmania with 11 dogs, a Shetland pony and several pygmy goats. Follow along on Facebook or sign up to the monthly newsletter.

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Rhiannon - September 6, 2019

Did you go to Morrinsville in NZ?? I can’t remember if I asked you… I think I did? Anyway, it should be twinned with Northampton!

    LC - September 6, 2019

    Is that the place with the cows?? Sadly, no.

David Dale - February 18, 2021

A great presentation.

Do you have a painted sheep representative of Willi Gully Station near Bowes River mouth?

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