Outback Towns

Meekatharra and Wiluna

The Shire of Wiluna covers an enormous area of some 184,000 square kilometres, which is predominantly a mining and pastoral area.

About Meekatharra and Wiluna

About Meekatharra and Wiluna

Wiluna at the junction of the Canning stock route and Gunbarrel highway is approx. 966 kms. Northeast of Perth first became famous in 1906 when Alfred Canning and his pioneers built a stock route through 1500 kms. of desert. The harsh environment took its toll on his men and the journey to roads end eventually took 4 years to complete.

Like many towns in Western Australia Wiluna began to prosper in the 1930’s with the discovery of gold. A railway service and 4 hotels provided the town’s folk with facilities.

The war took its toll and mining became almost non existent but in 1981 saw the town boom again and now some of Australia’s top quality sheep are produced there. For the 4WD enthusiast the Gunbarrel highway connects Western Australia to many places in central Australia. Air services fly from Perth 4 times per week.

Be sure to take a trip out to Carnegie Station which is situated 342 kms east of Wiluna.

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