An old gold and copper mining town in the East Murchison Goldfields,
it was once an important cattle railhead for stock overlanded from the
Meekatharra was once an important cattle railhead for stock
overlanded down the Canning Stock Route from the Northern Territory via
the Gibson Desert or another stock route, known as the Madman's Track,
from stations to the north west.
A 2,181-metre runway, now known as Meekatharra Airport, was built by
the Americans during World War II. It today serves as an important
ETOPS diversion airport for inbound transcontinental flights to
Australia when Perth Airport is closed.
Regional Ghost Towns in the Area is an excellent booklet is the
comprehensive Shire of Meekatharra Information Directory which is a
'must' for anyone interested in exploring the ghost towns in the area.
It has detailed directions and potted histories relating to Nannine,
Garden Gully, Abbotts, Gabanintha, Peak Hill and Horseshoe.
Meeka Rangelands Discovery Trail
The trail provides a fascinating insight into the history and
natural and cultural heritage of Meekatharra, along an easy 3 kilometre
walk around Meekatharra Creek. The trail also includes the Meeka
Lookout, an opportunity to take in the vast red rangelands and
appreciate the beauty of the outback landscape.
acknowledges the early prospectors and miners who followed them.
Located on Meekatharra Creek with other interesting relics from
Meekatharra’s gold mining past.
One of many locations around town with mining pits, providing a
fascinating insight into the district’s rich gold mining heritage.
(3 km): an area of granite rock formations. Its reputation for
picnics dates back to World War 1 when Meekatharra’s servicemen
were welcomed home with a gala picnic and sports day at the granites.
Since that day, the area has been known as Peace Gorge.
Nannine, formerly a gold mining town, is now a ghost town. Located
on the northern bank of Lake Anneen, approximately 35 kilometres
south-southwest of Meekatharra, Nannine came to life when John Connolly
discovered gold at the site in 1890, prompting a gold rush to the area.
A town was proclaimed in September 1891 and gazetted in 1893. It is
claimed that it was the first town in the region.
By 1894 the town was large enough to be given its own electoral
district, and in 1896 construction began on a Northern Railway between
Nannine and Cue, which was completed in 1903. The continuation of the
line to Meekatharra was begun in 1909. By 1919 the town was in deep
Mount Augustus National Park
(348 km north west): Mount Augustus is an inselberg that stands 1106
m above sea level, or approximately 860 m above the surrounding plain.
Mt. Augustus is more than twice the size of Uluru, but unlike Uluru,
which is devoid of plant growth, Mt. Augustus has plant growth on it.
Mt. Augustus is surrounded by other fascinating geological formations,
Aboriginal rock art and engravings plus a wealth of animal and bird
life. The journey to Mount Augustus is far from easy (4-wheel drive
only) but the result of the effort is a rare opportunity to see one of
the wonders of Australia.