The largest centre in the Murchison region, located approximately 500 kilometres inland from Geraldton, Meekatharra is a thriving mining, sheep and cattle district. Originally a gold prospecting town, first settled in 1896, the town and surrounding area features a host of old mining pits and relics from the wild Australian gold rush era.
Gold mining still continues on a small scale today, and as a visitor you are welcome to try your luck at prospecting. See the gold prospecting and fossicking section for details. And for nature-lovers, there are plenty of opportunities to see Western Australian animals and explore rock formations.
- Take the Meeka Town Heritage Walk or the Creek Trail to discover the history and heritage of Meekatharra and its people.
- Follow the three kilometre Meeka Rangelands Discovery Trail for a fascinating insight into the Indigenous history, nature and cultural heritage of Meekatharra.
- Pack a picnic and head out to Peace Gorge, just five kilometres from town off the Gascoyne Junction Road, and explore the interesting granite rock formations.
- View over 100 photographs and interesting memorabilia of this outback town at the Meekatharra Museum.
- Walk down Main Street and take a look at the State Battery and other interesting relics of the town’s gold prospecting past.
- Take a tour of the Royal Flying Doctor’s Base at the northern end of Main Street.
- Catch a movie at the outdoor Picture Garden.
- Explore the ghost towns of Peak Hill and Nannine, where the ruins and old gold mines can be viewed.
- Check out the 25 Mile Well located 40 kilometres north of town on the Great Northern Highway. During 1976, the Meekatharra Lions Club restored the well as a tribute to the old drovers and stockmen.
You’ll find a good range of Meekatharra accommodation, including motels, hotels and a shady caravan park. Search Gascoyne-Murchison accommodation.
Visit the Meekatharra Shire website at www.meekashire.wa.gov.au for more information about Meekatharra accommodation and attractions.
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