Welcome to Laverton, a town perched on the edge of the Great Victoria Desert, brimming with gold mining history, Indigenous cultures, and a fascinating legacy of early European exploration. With its position at the crossroads of some of Australia’s most famous four-wheel-drive tracks, visitors to Laverton come here anticipating adventure. But before heading off on your expedition, take a day in Laverton to appreciate this unique hub.

The Great Beyond Visitor Centre is an excellent place to start your day, and happens to serve the best barista coffee in town, plus a delicious selection of cakes and sandwiches. Pick up copies of maps and guide books, enquire about permits for Aboriginal land, and local road conditions. There’s a great selection of souvenirs and resource books, too.

Ask the friendly staff for a printed copy of the History Walk, which will guide you through some key historic sites of the town. Take in the Laverton Coach House (circa 1901), built as a hotel that could accommodate Cobb & Co coaches, and now serving as the Community Resource Centre. Continue through numbered stops and interpretive information for more historical sites, including the courthouse, the station master’s house, old police complex and the Desert Hotel.

Drop in to the Laverton Outback Gallery, to view art and craft made by the local Wongatha Indigenous people and other Western Desert groups. Items for sale here include paintings wooden artefacts, painted emu eggs, baskets and hand dyed silk scarves.

A cemetery may seem like an unusual tourist attraction, but Laverton Cemetery is worth a stop. Here, the volunteer organisation Outback Graves Markers has installed plaques and QR codes to identify all the graves, shedding light on these forgotten souls.

In surrounding ghost towns and former mining camps, many lonely graves are now marked, and appear as stops on the Golden Quest Discovery Trail. Take a short drive south to explore more of these at Mt Morgan, Hawkes Nest and Red Flag Well, where you’ll also find the story of two tragic deaths that occurred in an underground kitchen in 1896.

To the southeast of town, Burtville is another ruined gold town, and all that remains is the entrance doorway to a former hotel. To the northwest of town, the Windarra Lookout provides a panorama over the Mt Windarra Mine, the site of a major nickel boom in 1969.

To the northeast of town, the Outback Way stretches all the way to Queensland. But for a small taste of this tourist drive, head out on the Great Central Road for around 50 km to the Giles Breakaway, an eroding hill where dramatic orange and white rocks are exposed to the elements. On the way back to town, drop in to Deeba Rockhole, a natural waterhole that once formed part of a waterhole network, crucial to the survival of local Indigenous people

Back in town, head to the BP Laverton service station for dinner supplies, or grab a quick meal from Desert Deli Takeaway. For an authentic outback pub experience, quench your thirst in the beer garden and order a meal at the Desert Inn Hotel.