Kingoonya

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Kingoonya is a small town located off the Stuart Highway, with a checked history and band of loyal supporters. If you love an adventure, you will love Kingoonya!

The town was established in the early 1900s as a railway support town on the line extending west. It became more important during and after the First World War, when in fulfilment of the undertakings given to Western Australia in the processes leading up to Federation, the East-West railway line was built west to link with Kalgoorlie and Perth. The abundant high quality underground water made it a vital stop for the steam trains to refill.

Kingoonya was also a key point along the old Stuart Highway to Alice Springs offering services to road weary travellers, until the road was moved 40 kilometres to the east in the 1990’s.

The township is reputed to have the widest main street in Australia and cricket matches have been played on it. Many of the facilities are still intact and there is an annual picnic race meeting at Kingoonya that is widely patronised. There is also an airstrip within walking distance to the town.

Today the town is popular with four wheel drive enthusiasts. Kingoonya offers free camping near the railway line and you can get food, fuel and accommodation at the Kingoonya Hotel. While the road is generally in good condition, you should check in case of local flooding before proceeding.

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