Witness the spring wildflower explosion in Meekatharra, when native blooms turn the outback landscape into a blanket of breathtaking colour. Marvel at the local flora and fauna all year round on the Meeka Rangelands Discovery Trail, immerse yourself in the town’s gold rush heritage and ambience, or learn about the region’s Indigenous history.
Around eight and a half hours north of Perth by car and a seven hour road trip from Geraldton, the modern day mining, sheep and cattle district of Meekathara is rich in pioneering and gold prospecting history.
Remnants of Meekathara’s gold mining past can be found throughout the area, dating back to the 1890s when prospectors first settled there. Visit the eerie ghost towns of Peak Hill and Nannine to view the settlements’ ruins and explore old mines. Stop by the restored 25 Mile Well, 40 kilometres north of town, which stands as a tribute to the drovers and stockmen who made the journey through the outback.
Alternatively, you can travel back in time to the wild days of the Murchison Gold Rush on the 970 kilometre Miners Pathway or 800 kilometre Kingsford Smith Mail Run – two unique opportunities to learn about the regions colourful pioneer heroes, Indigenous culture and natural wonders.
On the Meeka Rangelands Discovery Trail, you’ll learn more about Meekathara’s settlement history and Indigenous culture from interpretive signs, as you make your way around Meekatharra Creek to the lookout over the super pit mine and town.
More insights into outback life can be found at the Royal Flying Doctor Service, or by taking a moment to listen to the School of the Air.
In spring, the red earth gives life to an array of wildflowers, creating some of Western Australia’s most breathtaking displays. Picnic on a blanket of pink, yellow and white everlastings. Look out for the red sturt pea – the signature flower of Meekatharra – as well as emus, kangaroos, wedge tailed eagles and bungarra lizards.
If you’re looking for a base for your own gold rush or wildflower adventure, you’ll find motels, hotels and a shady caravan park in Meekathara.