MOUNT MAGNET VISITOR CENTRE
Mount Magnet Visitor Centre and Mining and Pastoral Museum will be closed on Thursday 16th October. Friday 24th October, reopening on Wednesday 29th October and closed the week beginning Monday 3rd and 10th November. We apologise for any inconvenience. [Please go to Shire Office or Caravan Park in the main street for local information.]
The new, purpose built VISITOR CENTRE with entry into the MINING AND PASTORAL MUSEUM, is located at the southern entrance to town. Located at the Hub of the Murchison Region, with sealed roads to all four points of the compass, Mount Magnet's spacious and airconditioned Visitor Centre offers local, regional and state wide travel information, brochures and maps. A town map with the popular 37km Tourist Drive, which passes through the rich historic goldmining area and spectacular ancient landscape, can be picked up here. Gifts which have a unique connection to the region - including books, fine artwork, cards and fascinating rocks are available in the Gift Shop. When planning your stay, allow time to visit the Museum (small fee) and "Ron the Rock Man's" extraordinary Rock Collection.
Open April to October.
Saturday Mornings 9.00am - 12noon
Closed Sunday and Public Holidays
Open Summer Season November - March
Weekdays 9am - 12noon
Closed Sunday and Public Holidays
Southern end of Hepburn Street, (continuation of Great Northern Hwy) Mount Magnet, Western Australia
+61 (08) 9963 4172
The Heritage Walk is a leisurely stroll through town offering visitors a small part of the history of Mount Magnet. The walk down the main street still gives a feeling of days gone by, with its wide road and old shop fronts. Just around the corner see the Old School Masters House and Old School, now renovated and housing the Rural Transaction Centre. The first Police Station has been destroyed by fire but the Station Masters House, Original Bank of Western Australia and Old Post Office and Residence, plus other sights are included on the Heritage Walk. For a detailed map and guide for the walk click here or visit the Tourist Centre or Shire Office.
The Mount Magnet Tourist Trail is a 37 kilometre self-drive trail that takes in sights such as the Amphitheatre, Granites, caves and old mining settlements. There are incredible displays of wildflowers (during the season), beautiful picnic places and spectacular rock formations. Visit the Cemetery and imagine the hardship and suffering the pioneers of this beautiful country must have endured. Finish up your day with a visit to the Museum with an assortment of pastoral and mining memorabilia, or have a picnic and explore the beautiful Granites at sunset!
For more detail on the Tourist Trail including a map please click here.
On the Boogardie-Lennonville road there is a very interesting rock formation known locally as the Amphitheatre. For over eighty years it has been used as a local picnic spot. It is one of those magic places which sensitive people say brings them close to nature. It appears to be an ancient waterfall from an older land level, a laterite capped island in space. It was always a great lovers’ trysting place and it has been whispered that a large percentage of Mount Magnet's population originated from there.
The Granites are an escarpment about 15 metres high, formed by the erosion of the soft white granite from beneath a hard red brown iron cemented capping. The caves formed in the soft granite have fantastically sculptured surfaces formed by the small curved quartz veins in the granite. The Granites are a popular picnic spot and are situated approximately 9km north of Mount Magnet, along the Great Northen Highway.
For at least 20,000 years prior to settlement the Aborigines considered the Mount Magnet region their home. The Granites is a place of strong cultural significance to the Badimia tribe. Their old carvings and paintings can be seen at several sites at The Granites. Paintings on the rocks at Walganna Rocks have been dated at 9,000 years old, making them of a similar age to cave paintings in Europe. There is also a “Gnamma” hole in this area known to a few local people, this being a traditional native well covered by a stone. Ceremonial and burial sites are also located within The Granites area. Visitors and residents are asked to respect the cultural significance of the land and sites. A beautiful place to explore and picnic, especially at sunset!
The tourist trail takes you through to the vacant mining town of Lennonville just north of the Mount Magnet townsite. At the peak of the gold rush in the region, in the early 1900’s it is believed that the population of Lennonville reached 3000, making it the most important of the 3 townsites of Mount Magnet, Boogardie and Lennonville. During this peak time there were 5 hotels in the townsite. In 1909 after several years of slow decline, a huge fire swept through the main street of the town, provoking a general exodus from Lennonville. Today you can visit the vacant townsite, explore through what was a thriving township less than 100 years ago. The old railway platform remains in Lennonville and has a great collection of relics from the old town left by fossickers. A great place to explore and maybe add to the collection!
MOUNT MAGNET MINING AND PASTORAL MUSEUM
At the southern entrance to town, where the Great Northern Highway enters Mount Magnet, the new purpose built MINING AND PASTORAL MUSEUM exhibits a vast collection of artifacts and photographs from the town’s rich past. Countless voluntary hours and more than twenty five years has been dedicated, by members of the Mount Magnet Historical Society, to collect, restore and preserve this unique collection. Now on permanent display, the museum provides an insight into early pastoral (since 1878) and goldmining activities (since 1891) which make up the Murchison region's history. Insight is also given into a rapidly vanishing way of outback life. The original Boogardie State Battery has been rebuilt on the museum site and, with other relics, is a must-see for tourists and residents of the region alike.
Entry is through the Visitor Centre (See Visitor Centre Opening Hours).
Museum entrance fee for Adults (includes concession) $5.00
No charge for children, who must be accompanied by an adult.
During wildflower season (July to October) many spectacular wildflower displays can be seen in and around Mount Magnet. It doesn't matter where you venture, you will be amazed at the beautiful colours and variety of flowers appearing as carpets throughout the bush. An incredible experience you will remember always.
Gascoyne Murchison Miners Pathway
The Gascoyne Murchison Miners Pathway is a self-drive tour throughout the historical mining regions of the MidWest and Gascoyne. The pathway is approximately 970km in distance and travellers should allow a minimum of three days. The journey not only involves seeing historical sites within the old mining towns and disused mines but is also a great way to see the spectacular wildflower displays unique to this region. Mount Magnet is situated at the crossroads of the Miners Pathway making it the perfect place for an overnight stay. Highlights of the Pathway include- Jokers Tunnel, Big Bell Hotel, London Bridge and old gold mines. Miners Pathway is suitable for all vehicles, but it should be noted that the road from Meekatharra to Sandstone is not sealed- check for road condition reports.