A small farming service town on Great Eastern Highway, known for an earthquake which destroyed most of the town in 1968.
There is a section of twisted railway track at the outdoor
earthquake display across the road from the Shell Roadhouse in the town.
Approximately 3km to the West of Meckering is a "Historic Earthquake
Ruins" site. Take the first left turn after the Shell Roadhouse heading
East on the Great Eastern Highway and follow the marked signs to the
To visit what is remaining of the original fault scarp you drive
West for 2km on the Great Eastern Highway from the township of
Meckering until you turn left at Quellington Road. Drive for a further
9km following the signs which read "Earthquake Site". On your left you
will see a small corrugated iron roofed information site. Park car and
then follow the markers on foot to walk the remains of the Meckering
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Where is it?
130 km east of Perth.
The Big Camera Museum of Photography is well worth the visit while
you are in town. It has a collection of newspaper clippings from 1968
about the Meckering Earthquake.
Land was first granted here in 1849, settlement began in 1887. The
town was destroyed by an earthquake on 14th October 1968 and had to be
rebuilt at a new location nearby.
Origin of name: named after a native watering hole 1 km north of the
town. Of aboriginal origin, it means "moon on the water". The moon
often reflects on the soak when it becomes a dry salt pan.