Australia's Golden Outback 2023 Holiday Planner

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elements. You can obtain information brochures at the Visitor Centre. Features include the Rangelands Discovery Trail along the town creek, a lookout, and the Meekatharra Drive Trail, which takes in the famous racecourse “at the end of the earth,” spectacular views of open cut mining pits, and more. Meekatharra is an RV-friendly town with potable water and a chemical toilet dump located at the ‘Welcome Park’ on Main Street. It also boasts a hospital, chemist, and GP clinic as well as visiting dental and specialist services, a post office, and 24-hour fuel. ‘Meeka’ has a state-of-the-art small wheels park behind the supermarket, and playground at the town oval. The centrally located town pool is an oasis for all with family-friendly facilities. Discover more of Meekatharra’s top attractions when visiting the town… Peace Gorge Free camping is permitted at Peace Gorge, just 3km from town. The site is named after a picnic held for service people returning from WWI. However, it is also a registered Aboriginal heritage site with many cultural uses. This beautiful area of the shared country is popular for weddings, town celebrations, and get-togethers. Prospecting Prospecting is a popular pastime, and many locals have their own leases. Venture out bush and discover traces of the past, including Garden Gully, where you can see the remains of kerosene tin ‘humpies’.


WHAT’S ON Meeka Outback Festival — 22-25 Sept 2023 TOP ATTRACTIONS

Peace Gorge / Museum / Drive and Walk Trails / Gold Mining Pits and Prospecting / Wildflowers and Wildlife WILDFLOWERS TO DISCOVER Mulla Mulla / Native Hops / Flannel Bush / Cotton Bush / Various Eremophila

Peace Gorge

MEEKATHARRASHIRE OFFICE Corner Main & Savage Street, Meekatharra (08) 9980 0600

MEEKATHARRA 764km north of Perth

M eekatharra is an historic

outback town with so much to see and do. A busy regional

hub located 764km north of Perth, Meekatharra is a friendly place to refresh and refuel on your Golden Outback adventure. Pastoral and prospecting settlement began in the late 1800s, changing the rangelands landscape and the rich Aboriginal culture of the area. The town was gazetted in 1903 and named Meekatharra after the first mine was registered there in 1894. The Shire of Meekatharra wonderfully displays the Murchison Georegion’s ‘ancient lands and brilliant skies’ with a wealth of fascinating geological formations, mind-blowing stargazing opportunities and significant cultural

Respecting People and Country There are untold cultural sites with locations passed on from the Traditional Owners who can read the ancient signposts. If you want to learn more about the Aboriginal history and culture of the area, just ask – there is usually an Elder who will be happy to explain aspects of their country and culture. Lloyd’s Plaza Refurbished in recent years, this town jewel encompasses a bakery, shops, and the Visitor Centre.

Unique outback glamping in the heart of the spectacular Karijini National Park

Karijini Eco Retreat is one of Australia’s leading eco-tourism attractions, situated 1,500km north of Perth in WA’s second largest national park. Stay in luxury or deluxe eco tents, eco cabins or campsites, and dine at the famous outback style restaurant, nestled at the edge of Joffre Gorge. Take a trip into adventure exploring a wonderland of ancient natural landscapes, formed more than two billion years ago – deep gorges, red cliffs, towering waterfalls and emerald green waterholes. (08) 9286 1731 • | The Gascoyne Murchison | 25

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