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The WA country town where you can buy a pub for cheaper than a Perth house

Phil Meredith has owned the hotel since 2014 but is leaving Wagin for family reasons, calling himself a reluctant seller.

“The best thing for me is sitting out on my balcony at my bar having a cold one at night and a barbecue,” he said.

“It’s just a great place to come for a quiet get away.

“Most people love the place, they like that it hasn’t been changed a lot.”

The hotel’s honeymoon suite features a four-post bed and balcony access with views of Tudhoe Street in the centre of Wagin.

Guests have views of Bart the Wagin Ram, which stands at 9 metres tall.

“I don’t know where else you’d buy something that’s fully equipped and ready to go,” Mr Meredith said.

“The banks tightened up that much it was just too hard for people to get in with deposits.”

The hotel is going for less than the price of an average Perth home.

The hotel is going for less than the price of an average Perth home.Credit:Facebook

Wagin Shire president Phil Bright has seen an increase in demand for workers to service the local farming industry.

“The future is bright at the moment, the world is crying out for the products of farming, there’s a shortage, as the world’s population increases the need for food and fibre is just going to increase,” he said.

“I see the next 20 years of farming looking very positive which means the service industries which back that are important.

“In the Shire of Wagin we have an economic development strategy around creating, fostering and enhancing the business in town and if we continue to attract business there’s a need for employment then that’s all about the need for accommodation.”

About 2000 people live in Wagin, which is 2½ hours east of Perth.

Every year the town is filled with about 20,000 visitors for the Wagin Woolarama agricultural show, and some hotels are booked 12 months in advance.

“[It’s] extraordinarily hard to find a bed, the only way you can do that is to bring a swag or buy a hotel … there is one available,” Mr Blight said.

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