Meekatharra and Cue in Western Australia’s Gascoyne-Murchison region are popular spots for gold prospecting and fossicking. Both towns are accessed along the Great Northern Highway and offer many attractions and accommodation options.
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.
The town of Cue in Western Australia is known as the ‘Queen of the Murchison’. Situated right in the centre of the region, an hour's drive north from Mount Magnet, the town has many grand heritage buildings dating back to the gold rush of the late 1890s, some of which are still being used for their original purpose. Be sure to check out the Cue Hotel, the government buildings, post office, court house, police station and Bell's Emporium.
Visit the region between July and September and you’ll also be treated to a beautiful display of Western Australian wildflowers.
- Explore Walga Rock and Walga Cave (48 kilometres west of Cue), a huge granite monolith approximately one and a half kilometres long. It is of great cultural and spiritual significance to the local Indigenous people and features fascinating Indigenous rock art.
- Take a look at the Cue historical photograph collection dating from the late 1800s.
- Head out to Nallan Lake nature reserve or Milly Soak after heavy rains and enjoy a picnic.
- Try your luck at gold prospecting and fossicking.
- Check out the Great Fingall Mine ruins and grand old government buildings, including the Cue Shire offices and the Old Municipal Chambers, as well as the Masonic Lodge, original hospital and the old gaol.
Cue accommodation options include hotel, motel, and bed and breakfast. Farm stay accommodation is also offered nearby. Search Gascoyne-Murchison accommodation.
Visit the Shire's website www.cue.wa.gov.au for more information about Cue in Western Australia.
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