Wiluna Attractions

  • The old “State Battery” from 1904 – 1940 the facility processed all the local ore
  • A visit to the Tjurkurba Art Gallery, housed in the Council Chambers, there you can and see the display of historic photos and unique paintings by Wiluna’s Indigenous artists who often produce their quality art at the Gallery workshop
  • Red Hill Lookout just over a km south of town, this 1200m lookout gives a good view of the old Wiluna site, current townsite and the goldmine to the east, on the way out you can drop in at the old railway station/shed for a look at the ruins of a piece of history that was once a busy rail stop
  • Check out the Last of the Nomads statue, the town’s tribute to Warri (1909-1979) and Yatungka (1917-1979), believed to be the last nomads to come in from the desert and the traditional lifestyle they had practiced in isolation all their lives
  • Check out the Shire Offices, formerly the town hospital where past Governor General Sir Michael Jeffrey was born
  • The old “Bomb Shelter” is was constructed during WW2 as protection from possible Japanese air raids on the local Arsenic Mine
  • Head out to the Clay Pans which fill with water during the wetter months and are great for canoeing, bird watching and picnics
  • View the grave sites in the Pioneer Cemetery, history dating back to 1893
  • If you are lucky you may see the black swans descend on Lake Violet after the rains, sometimes numbering in the hundreds, located off the Gunbarrel and down the Mine Access Road it’s a good picnic spot but take rubbish away and definitely No Camping
  • The opportunity to visit “Well1” on the historical Canning Stock Route is less than 10km out of town – a good chance to be an adventurer without the whole experience
  • A little further north is the River Gum oasis called “North Pool” a great spot for camping or a picnic.

Wiluna

The town was at its peak the home to the biggest gold mine in the Southern Hemisphere with several hotels, a thriving business centre and a population of 8,000. Today the town is much quieter and services a large indigenous population, several mining companies and the pastoral industry.

The Shire Administration Office is located in Scotia Street, Wiluna
PO Box 38 - WILUNA WA 6646
Phone (08) 9981 8000 - Fax (08) 9981 7110

Email - reception@wiluna.wa.gov.au

Wiluna Contact Sheet - Station, Service, Accommodation and Retail site contact numbers.

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Wiluna Townsite Map

Latitude - 26.5921º S 26º 35' 31.56" S
Longitude - 120.224º E 120º 13' 26.48" E
Altitude - 518m
Distance from Perth (km) – 966
From Leinster, 154.07kms N (172kms, 2hrs 16mins driving)
From Meekatharra, 171.91kms E (182kms, 2hrs 25mins driving)
From Newman, 362.83kms S (602kms, 7hrs 23mins driving)
Area (km2) - 184,000
Length of Sealed Roads (km) - 20
Length of Unsealed Roads (km) - 1,833
Population Total*# - 1644 – 700 Township
Median Age* - 33

As we are at the edge of the desert, it is imperative that you travel on a well planned route, inform people of your destination and ETA. It is also extremely important that your vehicle is well suited and fitted out for the trip with sufficient water, spare tyres, oil, tools, recovery gear, communication and fuel to see you to safety. Just as your vehicle must be lubricated, you will need sufficient food and water for the trip (+ emergency supplies), a first aid kit and the skills to use it. Best advice is to talk to someone who has been there and done that – you can save a lot of time, vehicle damage and frustration if you know what to expect.

Try to be courteous to your hosts, often you will be travelling through station country so don’t camp off-road and leave gates as you find them. Road Closed signs are there for a reason so please keep off when signs are out – the reasons for imposing such restrictions can be many and varied.  For example, the road surface may be such that constant, general use will very quickly deteriorate the surface, and thus when the circumstances necessitating use of the track arise, it may be found to be impassable simply as a consequence of the volume of traffic that had previously used it.  In other cases the "emergency" or "wet weather" tracks are simply not maintained at all, and thus regular traffic could render such tracks impassable.  Road maintenance costs in the bush are very high.