Meekatharra Tourist Information
Meeka Outback Festival
With golden sunsets, big starry skies, cowboys and miners, indigenous culture, red dirt and cold beer Meekatharra is a premium destination for a genuine Western Australian outback experience. The Meeka Outback Festival is four days of nonstop events held over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend (September 22-24 in 2017. There are fireworks, street entertainers, the famous Meeka Races, live music under the stars, an outback ball and special guests ‘Luna Circus’. Mark it on your calendar today! www.meekafestival.com.au
What to see and do in Meekatharra
Meeka Rangelands Discovery Trail
A new addition to Meekatharra’s tourism attractions, the Discovery Trail winds around Meekatharra Creek and includes a look out from which a “superpit” mine and the town of Meekatharra can be viewed. Interpretive signage along the trail features information relating to Meekatharra’s Indigenous and settlement history.
Located in the library in the Shire building, the museum contains more than 100 photographs and interesting items of memorabilia of life through the ages in Meekatharra. There is also a delightful collection of quilts crafted locally. All items in the museum have been donated by local people looking to preserve their heritage. The Meekatharra Museum in open 8:00am to 4:30 pm Monday to Friday.
In Meekatharra’s Centenary Year of 1994, the State Battery was relocated to Main Street in acknowledgment of the early prospectors and miners who followed them. It stands proudly along Meekatharra Creek with other interesting relics from Meekatharra’s gold mining past.
Royal Flying Doctors Base
The Flying Doctors are synonymous with the outback and in Meekatharra you can tour the base. Open to visitors between 9am and 2pm daily at the northern end of Main Street, learn about the integral role the Flying Doctors play while supporting this vital outback service.
Meekatharra Meteorological Office
Part of the Australia-wide Bureau of Meteorology network, weather balloons are launched twice daily. Call 9981 1191 to arrange a site tour. You’ll find the Meteorological Office in the airport grounds, 5km from town.
25 Mile Well 40km north on the Great Northern Highway, this well has been restored as a monument to the many drovers and stockmen driving their charges through this rugged land.
Mt Gould Police Station
Operating from 1888 to 1902 to enforce immediate action over sheep killing in the area, you can view this old police station 156km west of Meekatharra on the Meekatharra – Carnarvon Road.
Recapture the excitement of the outdoor movie theatre. The Picture Garden regularly screens the best of Hollywood!
Just 3km from the town, this fascinating area of granite rock formations is an ideal picnic spot. Its reputation for picnics dates back to World War I when Meekatharra’s service men were welcomed home with a gala picnic and sports day at the granites. Since that day, the area has been known as Peace Gorge.
Gold Mining Pits and Prospecting
The surrounds of Meekatharra echo with the district’s rich gold mining heritage. Disused and operational pits provide a fascinating and spectacular site. Many prospecting sites around the town yield regular finds. Peak Hill to the north is a particular favourite.
Wildflowers and Wildlife
When the winter rains fall, the red earth around Meekatharra gives life to a dazzling array of colourful wildflowers. A must see for the fauna enthusiast. Look out for the red sturt desert pea – the signature flower of Meekatharra. Also lookout for emus, kangaroos, wedge tailed eagles and bungarra lizards as they are all prevalent in the area. Tourists flock to Meekatharra during the wildflower season, to see the fantastic display of Western Australian Wildflowers.
Swim in the Meekatharra Swimming Pool
Take a dip to cool off at the Shire's Meekatharra Swimming Pool, 86 Main St Meekatharra. It is only open in summer approx 1 Oct - 1 May.
Ph (08) 9981 1065 for opening hours.
Getting to Meekatharra
Skippers Airlines flys to Meekatharra from Perth
Integrity Coaches provides a bus service to Meekatharra from Perth and Port Hedland
Meekatharra Hospital is located on Savage Street, Meekatharra WA 6642 Phone: 08 9981 0600
Meekatharra birding sites
Here is a link to Birding Sites in Cue, near Meekatharra and just south of Meekatharra.
Meekatharra Resource Centre
The Meekatharra Resources Centre provides a Westpac agency service in Meekatharra ( until March 2016 - after that the Aust Post office will do Westpac banking), It is open 9.30-12.30 and 1.30-3.30 pm Mon-Fri.
Ph 08 9980 1811
Translink bus terminal Meekatharra
Translink - Bus Meekatharra to Geraldton is on Tuesday and Fridays and leaves Meekatharra Accommodation Center at 7.00am. We are their local booking agent, please ring us for tickets.