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Dictionary Definition

wandering adj
1 (of groups of people) tending to travel and change settlements frequently; "a restless mobile society"; "the nomadic habits of the Bedouins"; "believed the profession of a peregrine typist would have a happy future"; "wandering tribes" [syn: mobile, nomadic, peregrine, roving]
2 of a path e.g.; "meandering streams"; "rambling forest paths"; "the river followed its wandering course"; "a winding country road" [syn: meandering(a), rambling, wandering(a), winding]
3 having no fixed course; "an erratic comet"; "his life followed a wandering course"; "a planetary vagabond" [syn: erratic, planetary] n : travelling about without any clear destination; "she followed him in his wanderings and looked after him" [syn: roving, vagabondage]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. present participle of wander


  1. Travelling with no preset route; roaming.
  2. Irregular turning of the eyes.
  3. Aimless thought.
  4. Straying from a desired path.
  5. especially in plural Disordered speech or delirium.


  • Hebrew:
  • Portuguese: vagear
  • Spanish: vagar


  1. That wanders.

Extensive Definition

Wandering is a town located in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, approximately from the state capital, Perth, just off the Albany Highway. It is the main town in the Shire of Wandering.


The area's name, although an English word, appears to owe its name to a local Aboriginal word, "wandooin", after the wandoo or white gum tree that is prevalent in the area, although some sources suggest it was named to recall the first sighting of wandering stock, and was originally applied to Wandering Brook, first recorded in 1866.
Wandering was first settled in 1859 by members of the George Stedman Watts family when their straying wagon team horses were found grazing in lush grass around a fresh water spring known to this day as Horse Well. In 1861, they selected an area on what is now the south-eastern approach to the town, and named it "Grassdale" - the property is still owned by the Watts family to this day. A road board (later to become the Shire Council) was convened in 1874 within slightly different boundaries to the present day. By 1877, there was sufficient population in the area for the government to set aside land for a school.
In 1911-1912, the government surveyed a number of lots and then gazetted the townsite of Wandering. However, the decision two decades earlier to build the railway some distance to the east restricted the town's growth. Also, fresh water was not readily available - the town was reliant on two Water Corporation dams until scheme water was extended here in 1997. Subsequently, rural residential subdivisions in the area on 1600 m² lots have been developed.

Present day

Wandering is primarily an agricultural region which produces hay, cereal crops, pulse crops (such as lupins), oil seed (canola), wool, lamb and beef. Timber milling and viticulture are also practiced. The town's school (K-7) still operates with mixed-grade classes, and accommodation is offered at a caravan park with powered sites. The original Agricultural Hall (1896) now hosts a telecentre for the use of the town's residents, and a nearby hall hosts local community groups and clubs.
Wandering is one of the coldest towns in Western Australia, not infrequently recording temperatures below zero celsius. The primary school's rather unusual motto, "Cold Temperatures Warm Hearts", is testament to this.


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