Moora, in Western Australia’s North East Wheatbelt, is a popular stopover for tourists heading north along the outback wildflower trails. Nestled on the banks of the Moore River, about two hours’ drive north of Perth, the town stands at the junction of two distinct botanical districts where the underlying geology has produced varied soil types and very different plant communities. Originally a wheat and sheep farming community, wildflowers, cattle and various other grains are now farmed here.
The area surrounding Moora was originally a large salmon gum forest and many of the attractive trees still remain. In winter and early spring, you'll see masses of wattle and blue dampiera. And as summer approaches, the colours change to orange eremaeas, yellow kangaroo paws, pink and white feather flowers and the gentle waving grey of smokebush. The occasional Western Australia Christmas Tree makes a brilliant show in December.
Moora Attractions Moora Town Walk
This fascinating walk trail leads to Moora’s historic buildings and points of interest including the Moora Town Clock. This stunning clock was designed by local school students with the design then translated and constructed into a magnificent stained glass feature by local artists.
Moora Eco Walk Trails
The Shire of Moora features a wonderful array of remnant native vegetation amongst the Wheatbelt arable landscape. Stay a while in Moora and explore its many nature walk trails, for all levels for fitness. Download a brochure on Eco Trails Walks in the Shire of Moora.
The mural in Federation Park, Moora depicts the district’s agricultural heritage. This park also has a life size bronze statue of a draught horse and kelpie. The statues and mural are a lasting memorial to the animals that were essential in opening up the area in the early years.
Moora Wildflower Drive
Moora stands on the junction of two important and very different botanical districts, where the underlying geology has produced different soil types and so very different plant communities. To the east lies the very ancient rocks (200 million years or more) of the Western Australian Shield, one of the oldest land surfaces on earth.
It has fertile red soils and has largely been cleared for farming. To the west are the younger rocks of the Dandaragan Plateau, covered with poor sandy or gravely soils. The fault line is marked by the course of the Moore River. The Moora Wildflower Drive is designed to show you these regions and their plants.
Watheroo National Park and Jingamia Cave
The National Park was created in 1955 with an area covering 1634 hectares. The park is very rich in many different kinds of wildflowers. Nearby Jingamia Cave is a shady picnic site. The cave is formed in chert, an unsealed rock that leads to a vegetation community in the hill that is very different from the surrounding areas.
Watheroo Wildflower Drive
The Watheroo Wildflower Drive is well worth a look as it features one of the only patches of E.Rhodantha (Rose Mallee) in the world. You can also spot rare and beautiful orchids along the way as well as many different varieties of wildflower.
20kms to the east of Moora and 19km north or Walebing is Berkshire Valley. Berkshire Valley is the English version of New Norcia and was founded by James Clinch in 1847. Clinch was a poor Berkshire farm hand who attempted to reproduce a Berkshire farm complex down to the finest detail.
The buildings were made from adobe, pise, hand made bricks and unworked stone. Berkshire Valley was built over a period of 25 years and contains a homestead (1847), stables (1867), a shearing shed (1869), barn, managers cottage (1856), and a two-arched bridge (1869) which is claimed to be the first of its kind to be built in Western Australia.
While Berkshire Valley is not open to the public the buildings can still be seen from the roadside.
The Shire owns and operates the very popular caravan park, offering great stopover facilities for travellers.
Visit the Shire of Moora website at www.moora.wa.gov.au for further information about the Wheatbelt town of Moora, accommodation options and local attractions.