Mount Magnet is the next town encounted when traveling north from Perth to Newman. Mount Magnet is a crossroads and mining town; i.e. now a relatively young town in recent times that has been planned for mining growth. Originally Mount Magnet was an old gold rush town. However its gold-rush heyday can be seen in its very wide main street with three hotels, a race course and a golf course complete with oiled greens.

The name was chosen during exploration of the region due to an isolated hill 5 km north west of the town current townsite. This hill has extremely high iron content and affected the compasses of explorers. Serendipitously, the magnetic variation at this location, as of 2006, is zero: magnetic north equals true north.

Surrounding the town are remnants of old mining operations, and to the north east are significant Aboriginal sites being preserved jointly by the local community and the West Australian Museum.

Today Mount Magnet is primarily a service town for the surrounding pastoral district which supports very large sheep stations.

Mount Magnet is soon to have a new larger and better museum.

Only two of the hotels are trading as at the time of the Bustout visit. Be sure to check this old stuff out And this pub is currently closed.

The Mount Magnet War Memorial is a small fenced cenotaph.

The churches in Mount Magnet are a mix of old and ‘new’.

Distances are quite vast in this part of WA. Mount Magnet does offer a mix of accommodation offers.

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