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North Bannister is a small town located in the Wheatbelt region of Western Australia, 94 kilometres (58 mi) south-southeast of the state capital, Perth along Albany Highway between Armadale and Williams.
The town's name honours Captain Thomas Bannister who discovered the nearby Bannister River, a tributary of the Hotham River, in 1830 while leading the first overland expedition from Perth to King George Sound (now Albany). The name was applied to the river in 1832 by Surveyor-General John Septimus Roe.
Today, North Bannister Roadhouse, or Riverside Roadhouse as its known is a busy roadhouse and bakery with takeaway and sit-down meals, operates on Albany Highway. The roadhouse is a stop on the Transwa bus services to Albany (GS1) and Esperance (GE1).The Riverside Roadhouse operates 7 days a week. The site was originally the police station house and coach house and is very popular with locals for fresh bakery items