The largest centre in the Murchison region, located approximately 500 kilometres inland from Geraldton, Meekatharra is a thriving mining, sheep and cattle district. Originally a gold prospecting town, first settled in 1896, the town and surrounding area features a host of old mining pits and relics from the wild Australian gold rush era.
Gold mining still continues on a small scale today, and as a visitor you are welcome to try your luck at prospecting. See the gold prospecting and fossicking section for details. And for nature-lovers, there are plenty of opportunities to see Western Australian animals and explore rock formations.