MEEKATHARRA

Meekatharra is a next town encounted after Cue when heading to Newman. Meekatharra is a major supply centre for the pastoral and mining area in this part of WA. Meekatharra, given the vast distances will be an accommodation consideration. It is a centre for sheep and cattle transshipment, initially by rail but now by road trains.

The name Meekatharra is unknown as at the time of writing the synopsis.

A huge 2,181-metre runway, now known as Meekatharra Airport, was built by the Americans during WW ll It serves as an important diversional for inbound transcontinental flights to Australia. It is also a regional home to the Flying Doctor Service.

Meekatharra is a former gold rush town. It seems the first settlement at Meekatharra occurred in 1894 and that, in May 1896, after the prospectors Meehan, Porter and Soich discovered gold, miners moved to the new settlement from the other East Murchison fields and mining grew rapidly in scale and sophistication.

Success on the Meekatharra field was short-lived. It was only because a second gold discovery occurred in 1899 that the town survived but Meekatharra underwent a significant gold rush during the mining boom of the 1980s, with mining continuing until May 2004 at St Barbara Mine's restarted in the area and St Barbara sold out to a company known as Mercator Gold in October 2005.

The placement of the Meekatharra War Memorial is remote from the cbd. Directions will have to be requested.

The Meekatharra Hotels are  all classic for the era.

The Meekatharra Churches are all very old and traditional. The ‘new’ catholic being the exception.

There aspects of Meekatharra that are really positive and a stopover can be a consideration.

Heritage diary

 

  Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
  Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course