Once a thriving goldmining town, Cue is today one of Australia's
most famous ghost towns. Known as the 'Queen of the Murchison', at the
turn of the 20th century Cue was the centre of the Murchison Goldfields
boasting a population of around 10 000, now all that is left is a small
settlement (current population is around 300) with some of the most
grandiose buildings to be seen anywhere in rural Western Australia.
The whole of this fascinating place is heritage listed as a town of
significant historical value. The main street has changed little since
it was first built. There are several buildings within the townsite
that are icons in their own right. These include the Post &
Telegraph Offices, Savings Bank, Warden's Office, Mining Registrar's
Office, Police Station, Police & Land Office, Inspecting Surveyors
Office and associated quarters (1897); Masonic Hall (1899).
Looking at the town now with its shuttered buildings, its
sleepiness, and a few Aborigines mooching around the elegant rotunda,
it is hard to imagine that in 1901 May Vivienne, in her Travels in
Western Australia, wrote of the town: 'At last I saw the lights of Cue.
Electric lights in the streets, horses and carts, the shrill whistle of
the railway engine, boys calling out the evening papers...all told me
that I had emerged from the 'back blocks' and was once more nearing the
5 km to the south of the town is the old settlement of Day Dawn. It
is now nothing more than a few ruins suggesting the huge settlement
which existed at the turn of the century. There is a photograph
upstairs in the Shire council offices of Day Dawn in 1906 which shows
it as a thriving settlement. It is an insight into the way mining towns
thrive and disappear.
Today all that is left is the Great Fingal Mine Office, a
magnificent building which the Murchison Advocate described as 'an
object lesson for the Murchison in mason work. The rooms are lofty,
windows numerous, and the whole structure is surrounded by a wide and
Another significant Aboriginal rock art site, The Granites (64 km
south) is a place of strong cultural significance to the Badimia tribe.
The escarpment is about 15 metres high and is spread over several
hectares. Allow plenty of time to explore the caves around the rocky
outcrop and appreciate the proliferation of old carvings and paintings.